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THE GRAND ALMONDS
 
(2012 - Winter/Spring Issue)

Writer: MELANIE REFFES



With a trio of resorts in the Caribbean, a stay at an Almond is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

All-inclusive and family-friendly, the resorts offer a kaleidoscope of fun from water sports and West Indian cooking classes to energetic nights of dancing to a calypso beat.

Barbados Beckons

On the west coast, the adults-only Almond Beach Club tantalizes with treats for grown-ups. Set amidst fragrant gardens bursting with rainbow-hued flowers, a frolic in the warm waves is the perfect antidote to frigid temperatures back home. And for the ultimate chill-out, salt scrubs and seaweed baths lure guests to linger for hours in the spa. Waterskiing, sailing and aqua cycling soothe the spirit and there’s always plenty of tennis and pool volleyball.

Also on the west coast, Almond Beach Village tempts with comfyhammocks stretched between two coconut palm trees and afternoon naps that are elevated to a high art. For kids, sailing and windsurfing are tops and, after dark, babysitters will watch the kids for a nominal charge, while parents enjoy a night on the town. 

Fronting Dover Beach on the south coast, Almond Casuarina lures gastronomes with a trio of eateries as the green monkeys outside snack on bamboo and fruit trees and frogs whistle in harmony. Popular nighttime outings include pit stops at the many bars and restaurants in St. Lawrence Gap and dinner at Oistins’ Fish Fry where a meal consisting of steamed snapper and a side of macaroni pie is an authentic slice of local life.

Saying I Do

Getting married Almond-style is a breeze with the signature “For You About You” wedding packages, which include expert planners, sunset ceremonies on the beach or in the vibrant gardens, and uber-romantic suites for honeymooners. A sumptuous reception from a beach barbecue to an elegant affair in one of the on-property eateries can be added to the all-inclusive program for wedding guests staying at any one of the resorts.

To sweeten the deal, weddings are gratis with a seven-night stay and include a bottle of bubbly, registrar fees, wedding cake, floral bouquet and a best man or maid of honour, in the event the couple forgot to bring one along. Upgrades to the complimentary package run the gamut from the Platinum Wedding For You with a seaside candlelight dinner and spa day pour deux to an Opulent Wedding For You with a pair of champagne flutes to toast the day, a cascade bouquet of tropical flowers for the bride, a couples’ massage to take the edge off jittery nerves, a scrumptious breakfast in bed the morning after the wedding and a Couples Star from the International Star Registry as a treasured keepsake of a wedding in paradise.

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For information and reservations, visit almondresorts.com.

 
 
 
 
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