T H E P A L M S
This property boasts top of the line accommodations, a doting staff and 72 suites feature no less than 1800 square feet of living space. The building’s white mansion exterior of cut limestone is more like a grand plantation than a tropical resort—in fact, management refers to it as a colonial estate and this resort is the most evocative of a classical Caribbean feel of any resort on the island. Arrivals are welcomed under an open-air portico where elegant mahogany desks provide sit-down reception. The interior courtyard is fit for a king with a palatial fountain, manicured gardens and a ring of boutiques surrounding them.
A flame-shaped sundeck with an offshoot whirlpool pierces a sensational and sensual infinity pool. Nonmotorized sports are included in the rates. The serene lap pool is lined with private cabanas for secluded relaxation, and lounge chairs coated with fabric with fold-up shade canopies are a bonus on the beach. Chilled towels and fruit skewers are delivered regularly by smiling staffers. True to its name, graceful palms line the poolside. Other areas include infinity and wading pools, which provide the perfect backdrop. Serious shoppers can peruse the designer clothes and accessories in the hotel’s boutiques. Lighted tennis courts and a fitness center add to the recreational offers. The hotel’s elaborate spa is the island’s finest, with 25,000 sq ft of pampering space for treatments including six new treatment rooms. Non motorized sports and bicycles are also available.
Accommodations are among the island’s most elegant with Caribbean accents and casual style. They boast milled crown moldings, custom-made mahogany furnishings, and enormous four-poster beds topped with European duvets. Fine carpeting adds to the luxury, and there are plenty of stylish sofas and chairs, a surfeit of reading lamps, floral decorations and wall prints lit by brass lamps.
One-, two- and three bedroom suites are opulently appointed for families and have their own studies, plus flat-screen TVs, full kitchens and marble floors. Butler service is available for those who book the penthouse suites.
Grace Bay Road
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