Back in the summer of last year I did a quick post where I reviewed the highlights of a fairly long stay on the island. I want t do that again this time, but have to do it before I leave the island, as things will be nuts when I get home...
Arrived Easter Sunday during the downpour. Coming from the cold North Eastern USA it felt refreshing.... until afterwards when the humidity went way up. As usual we were staying at our condo in West Bay. The first night was the traditional visit to Macabuca which was great, as always. Saw the first of two waterspouts out over the ocean at sunset which was spectacular.
Breakfasts and lunches were in the condo (Meat Patties, fresh mango, cheap plantains, amongst other things), dinners mostly out.
Other restaurants visited, with comments:
Rum Point Restaurant - did the free Red Sails Sports catamaran trip over from Safe Haven - sunset going over was beautiful, the meal was fabulous and the trip back, lying in the webbing in the front, staring up at the stars was truly amazing. I can recommend this highly. Thanks to the folks here on TA that recommended that.
Ragazzi - an old go-to - we were in the mood for great pizza, and they never let us down. They have Barolo by the glass which was really yummy.
Tiki Beach - this place transforms in the evening once the cruise folks have left. Really good food and great service served within earshot of the lapping waves on SMB. I love their curry.
Sunday Brunch at the Ritz-Carlton - ok, so this was the major splurge for the trip - we had emailed Luca for a booking (per the recommendations here) but they never got back to us and never got it, so this was a pretty awesome "plan B" - it was more expensive, but the quality was way up there. All the usual brunch stuff, plus a sushi chef making sushi and sashimi, dim sum dishes, three types of caviar, charcuterie... and the list goes on and on. If you do the bubbles option you are drinking unlimited Taittinger and they are definitely not stingy with it.
Brasserie - another recommendation from the folks here. This one made us very very happy - the locavore idea is something that we support, and them having their own garden where they grow the veg they serve, plus their own chicken farm for the eggs was a great concept. The place, the service, the food... all amazing. We got a tour of the garden and the kitchen (always a good sign!). That was our big find of this trip, and we have TA to thank for it.
Other places we visited:
Beach Bubbles - very impressive selection of soaps and lotions.
Pure Art - definitely better than the run-of-the-mill souvenirs.
Smith Cove for a picnic under a palm tree - that was such a nice tropical experience.
Snorkelling off Eden Rock - did this last summer for the first time, and the second time was just as impressive.
Other than that did some diving, and snorkelling, plus the usual running around that you have to get done when you own, as well as hanging out by the pool and just relaxing in paradise.
Rented a new Kia Picanto (lime green!!!) from Frank's which worked out really, really well. It was very new - less than 10,000 miles on it, and spotlessly clean.
Can't wait for the next visit....
So a big thank you to everyone who contributes to this forum for the ideas - you are most definitely listened to and your advice is great. I am still finding new stuff to do that I enjoy.