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Special quarterly travel advertiSing Supplement tO the new yOrk ObServer winter 2012

SenSationaltravel escapesWinter GetaWayS

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by Stephen Duffy

hose looking for a break away from it all really away from it all Anna Maria Island, with its long uninterrupted beaches, offers just about the greatest contrast one could get from the screeching of cars and flashing ads of the city. In fact the Island is completely devoid of billboards, chain hotels, restaurants, and high rises too. the residents just dont want that, said Deb Wing, Vice president of Anna Maria Chamber of Commerce, thats the beautiful thing about the Island, they want to keep the old world florida feel about it. nested between Manatee County and the Gulf of Mexico, the Island has that rare private feel, visitors often comment on how it doesnt feel like they are even in the u.S. the seven mile long Island has three main areas; Anna Maria, holmes and bradenton beach. the island caters for many pastime pursuits. biking is big, said Ms. Wing,

At 7 miles, the Island is great to bike around for the expert, and at the same time, ideal for a family. If biking from A to b isnt your idea of fun, you can always avail of the timeless, and free, trolley service. It operates from 6a.m. till 10p.m. and runs the full length of the Island. the adventurous vacationer can fill their days with the bounteous parasailing, jet skiing, surfing or kayaking thats available. theres also two main yachting companies with 70 foot long vessels for rent, giving you the perfect vantage point for watching bottlenose dolphins perpetually leap in and out of the crystal clear water. the Island has one golf club, which has a guest membership of $500, ten more may be found within a thirtyminute drive to the main land. nature lovers will be in their element with the whole island a bird sanctuary. Workers and volunteers from Anna Maria Island turtle Watch & Shorebird Monitoring, diligently discover areas where turtle and bird eggs land, and

rope it off. Attached to the rope will be a notice that gives a predicted date of hatching, so you can show up with your picnic blanket and witness an amazing event that has occurred for millennia. for shopping there is the bay View plaza on the bay-side of the island, with boutiques and the historic Anna Maria City pier, however the main shopping district is located at bradenton beach. bradenton is also littered with restaurants, so you can reenergize before you drop. All ages come here, from the young to

the old, and we get a lot of families, Said Ms. Wing, indeed the amenities cater to those looking for action, whilst also holding equal appeal to those that just want to laze on miles of its famous sugar white beaches. As for the all important winter weather, the highs are in the low 80s and the lows in the mid 70s Said Ms. Wing, adding being close to the sea its not as humid, its the perfect temperature to stroll around in. the Island is best serviced by tampa International Airport, with

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St. BartsBY ReBeCCA ClAIRe Seel AnD FReYA HATlem-OlSen

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he exclusivity of St Barths, which sits between Guadeloupe and martinique, bears the same romanticism only found in parts of the French Riviera. With old-Gallic architecture villas, craggy-cobbled streets, seafront cafes, and a resident mega-yacht community in tow, there is no wonder why this makes peak season with its warm weather, during the winter breaks. The islands choice of real estate, Sibarth, offers the perfect escape. Founded in the 1970s by partners Brook and Roger lacour, what was once a tiny tourist boutique, has grown into a luxury real estate with private villas with a choice of amenities from gloriously sized swimming pools, to private chefs and fully staffed maid service and everything you would expect from a top of the range modern lodging Says Ann Dentel, Sales & marketing Director of the Sibarth Resort. With a 24 hour concierge service, ready to make a reservation for its guests to any corner of the eight mile square long island that is lined with coral shores. The resort offers book-ability to any part of the island and Sibarth is partnered with most of the islands all year round events, from the choice of yacht racing events to the more cultural festivities that take place all throughout the year. The most sought after invitation in the Caribbean is reflective of the island activities that begin the new Year We get celebrities over the holiday period. They tend to come in private jets Adds ms. Dentel. As water sports are part and parcel of the rich island life, the first annual boating event is the Bucket Regatta, a 30 strong premium yacht race, is just one of the spectator sports, which has been enjoyed for over 25 years on a 28 mile course around the isles perimeter. With more emphasis on the fun than the winning the goal is to enjoy the international family environment, and a fair start is permitted with the slowest rated yacht breaking a head start. On shore, the island also plays a regular tribute to cultural entertainment in the arts withJanuary 30, 2012

the annual Film Festival, showing Caribbean film clips, and the music Festival that starts off in January, with a classical orchestra conducted by Richard Buckley. The activities on the island are so popular that Sibarths has a high clientele of repeated business, Families will come, then their kids will come too. Ive watched some children grow up in my 17 years here! Says ms. Dentel. For those seeking a lighter activity on the island there is tennis, volley ball and personal trainers on offer for holiday makers and their guests on the island, along with duty free shopping offered by the Parisian boutiques in St Jean or Gustavia, ensuring that every guest leaves Sibarth with a hint of Joie de vivre. For travel to and from the island, Sibarth also offers a flight chartered service. One of the islands distinctive traits is its remoteness. Though the location promises safety to travelers, as well as pristine surroundings, it makes transport to the island more difficult. Planes to St Barth must land on other islands, such as St. Juan or St. martin, before taking a shuttle flight to St. Barth. It is the inaccessibility of the island that inspired mr. Zara to found Tradewind. mr. Zara and partners eric and David Zipkin (all former pilots) founded the company close to 10 years ago. Tradewind was the first US company granted landing rights to the island. The service was sub-par and we felt we could add something to it, said mr. Zara. We saw people getting taken

advantage of. Tradewind flies from multiple locations, including all of the new York City airports, Westchester and nantucket. The airline charters thousands of flights to the Caribbean every year, with clientele ranging from the upper middleclass to super high net-worth individuals and celebrities. mr. Zara stressed Tradewinds culture of safety, including a guaranteed two pilots on each flight, US-manufactured aircraft and above all FAA guidelines. Our motto is that were not in the trans-

portation business; were in the service business. every flight must be a memorable experience, said mr. Zara. Its beautiful year-round, but particularly in summer, said mr. Zara. He said summer is the best time of year to visit, as the temperatures on the island are cooler than new Yorks. Year-round, St. Barth is a French paradise nestled away in the Caribbean. With reliable air service and luxury resorts, the island remains one of the most exclusive vacation spots for those who value privacy and ultimate comfort.

ach of our three major islands has a unique character all its own. St. Croixs Danish influence is perfect for visitors who prefer a laid-back experience. The historic towns of Frederiksted and Christiansted offer quaint shops, charming pastel buildings and refreshing cultural diversity. From horseback riding near 18th-century sugar mills to playing golf on one of the islands three scenic golf courses, youre sure to find something to suit your tastes. Two-thirds of St. John is a national park. Its comfortable pace is perfect for enjoying the islands world-renowned beaches such as Trunk Bay, Cinnamon Bay and Salt Pond Bay. A nature lovers favorite, St. John offers hiking, camping, specialty shopping and breathtaking views. If you take just a few hours to visit this island, youll find it well worth the trip. St. Thomas boasts one of the most beautiful harbors in the world. As the most visited port in the Caribbean, downtown Charlotte Amalie offers elegant dining, exciting nightlife, duty-free shopping and even submarine rides. Though its full of energy, especially in Charlotte Amalie, this island also possesses numerous sublime natural splendors, such as stunning views of the Caribbean from 1,500 feet above sea level. For more information about the United States Virgin Islands please visit www. virgin-islands-hotels.com.observer.com | the new york observer

The U.S. Virgin IslandsSt. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas

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