The Caribbean's Customized Luxury

On the northwestern coast of Curaçao, the Lodge Kura Hulanda and Beach Club, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World, boasts a selection of water sports and a decidedly natural setting that's ideal for active travelers. Paradisus Palma Real on Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

For clients who like to stay close to the action, select

Suites 104
and 105, near the lobby; if privacy trumps proximity, opt for the more secluded
Suite 122
. All offer ocean views. BookOcean Front Studios (two doubles and a pullout sleeper sofa) and Ocean Front One Bedroom Suites (one king and a pullout sofa bed) for clients traveling with more than one companion—ground-floor studios connect to the top-floor suites via an interior staircase, rendering this combo a perfect apartment-style setup. Because of their ample living space, plus a balcony and two terraces that provide ocean views, Ocean Front Two Bedroom Suites are top of the lot.

Jody DeLeon ([email protected]m) in the U.S. sales office can assist with bookings (reservations can also be made via GDS), and liaises with travel agents to make sure that their clients' stay more than meets their expectations. Ask DeLeon to arrange a private luxury sedan from Curaçao's airport, a 30-minute drive from the resort (VIPs can land helicopters and private jets). Another name to keep handy is Resident Manager Rolf Oversier ([email protected], 5999-839-3600). There's no spa at the Kura Hulanda; instead, ask Oversier to arrange massages, wraps and facials in a private poolside palapa, or treatments at the Lodge's sister property, Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa and Casino (a member of Leading Spas). At Hotel Kura Hulanda, book several treatments to make the 40-minute drive worthwhile. Oversier once arranged a private helicopter tour of the islands—complete with a champagne welcome and a private dinner on the beach—for a guest who wanted to surprise his wife.

Paradisus Palma's Royal Service Suite

Action seekers need look no further than the resort for the best variety of activities—the Kura Hulanda offers non-motorized water sports, including snorkeling, wind surfing, sunfish and paddle boating and kayaking. Often overlooked, Curaçao's are among the Caribbean's best dive sites. Guests can explore the island underwater with guides from PADI-certifiedOcean Encounters West, located on site.

All of this activity is likely to awaken an even more active appetite. Watamula Restaurant, the main dining venue, serves local and international specialties for breakfast, lunch and dinner in an open-air, thatched-roof hut, while Kalki Beach Bar & Grill is a more casual, beachfront option. Open for lunch and dinner, Christoffel Terrace boasts a more dramatic backdrop—it's perched cliffside—and affords panoramic views of the sea, perfect for a romantic sunset dinner. Christoffel Sunset Lounge is hailed as the best sunset-watching venue on Curaçao. Restaurants are open to non-guests; reservations aren't necessary.

Sheriton Estates on Anguilla

A few tips before traveling: There are local shops in downtown Willemstad, 40 minutes from the Kura Hulanda; complimentary daily shuttle service is provided. This year's Curaçao Dive Festival takes place May 25-June 2, a high-occupancy week at the resort, as are Christmas week, February and Easter. Book at least six months in advance.

On BávaroBeach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, Paradisus Palma Real is a classic pick for clients whose business in the Caribbean is leisure. At this laid-back all-inclusive, the most difficult decision clients have to make is which room to pick. Royal Service Suites are a common choice (choose garden- or oceanview, or oceanfront), though the two Royal Service Presidential Suites are best if you're sending a top client. (We suspect past guests Gerard Depardieu, William Baldwin and Matt Dillon slept here). What do we love most? The huge terrace that overlooks the ocean and has an elevated Jacuzzi (they also offer exclusive butler service; the other Royal Service Suites also has butler service, though not exclusive). Sending a client and his entire brood? Choose a Luxury Junior Suite, a One-bedroom Master Suite with Jacuzzi, or, our preference, a Family Concierge Suite—these come with children's entertainment amenities and a Family Concierge service that family-proofs every aspect of your client's stay, from accommodations to activities. To score the most coveted Caribbean views, choose one of the Royal Service Oceanfront Jacuzzi Suites, specifying Imperial Honeymoon or Presidential. Book via Sales Manager Patricia Sanchez ([email protected]; 809-730-6705) or GDS (contact Sanchez or the hotel directly for parties of three or more, and for clients with children). Oceanfront rooms fill up fastest; book them as far ahead as possible.

PuntaCanaInternationalAirport, which welcomes private jets, is a 30-minute drive; you'll need to secure transportation (ask the concierge), as the resort doesn't provide it. There is an on-site helipad.

Travel advisors can book treatments at the Spa at Paradisus via Sales Representative Ana Becerra ([email protected], 809-688-5000, ext. 8112), though insiders say advance reservations aren't necessary. The soothing Live the Water Bliss water ritual is particularly popular. The spa manager is Daniela Pranjic ([email protected], 800-688-5000, ext. 8112). When it comes time to sate a sophisticated appetite, guests pick from five à la carte and two poolside buffet restaurants.

To make sure your clients' every wish becomes reality, contact Concierge Manager Janin Soto ([email protected], 809-688-5000, ext. 8081), or one of the resort's Romance Specialists if your clients' angle is amor. Contact Managing Director Bernard Wyss ([email protected], 809-688-5000, ext. 8025) when VIPs are en route.

If you're catering to a celeb or CEO whose Caribbean getaway is meant to be just that, check out Sheriton Estates on Anguilla, which opened in November 2006. Nestled on a 10-acre alcove overlooking Cove Pond, Sheriton Estates comprises three villas—the identical 14,000-square-foot Harmony and Infinity, and the 21,000-square-foot Mystique. Villas Harmony and Infinity each have seven bedrooms, two pools, a media room, a fitness area and four master suites, while Villa Mystique boasts five Grand Villa Master Suites (bathrooms with double rain showers and infinity-edge tubs), three pools, a full gym and optional garden suite that's ideal for the nanny, butler or bodyguard.

Sheriton Estates is all about exclusivity. There's no spa and there are no restaurants; instead, each villa is assigned a Concierge Privé, who sets up in-room spa treatments—ask him to recruit Jill Walker for a Sheriton Sea-Spa Body Wrap or other therapies—and private chef service and groceries. If your clients are celebrating a special occasion or just want to enjoy an authentic Caribbean meal, have their villa concierge arrange a Sheriton Island BBQ Buffet—grilled lobster, crayfish and Anguillan snapper and organic veggies. Insiders keep the list of famous past guests a closely guarded secret, but they do tell us that Head Concierge Rosina Gumbs ([email protected], 264-498-9898) has seamlessly pulled off dinner parties for up to 30 guests, including celebs, on less than five hours' notice.

To book, contact General Manager Jeannine Connor-Gittens ([email protected], 264-476-9898), who can also help with pre-arrival planning, including private jet service to and from Anguilla, as well as for day trips to other Caribbean islands.

A few more tips before booking: Reservations should be made six months ahead if clients plan to stay during Christmas and New Year's. Tennis courts are anticipated in 2007; meanwhile, villa guests enjoy complimentary beach chairs and umbrellas at nearby Cap Juluca (, and signing privileges at its three restaurants. Malliouhana Hotel ( and CuisinArt Resort & Spa ( are also nearby, both of whose spas welcome Sheriton Estates guests. Ask the villa concierge to book treatments and arrange transportation—both resorts are less than five minutes away.