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Seven Hotels That Sell More Than Sun
By Elaine Glusac
THE good news for hotels in the Caribbean is that there's little that they must do to draw visitors - the beach and the waters take care of that. The bad news is that every other hotel offers these amenities, so owners have to work doubly hard to stand out from the crowd. Several hotels have taken up the challenge. One is adding open-air rooms, another is helping stray pet adoption, another is marketing a cool factor that comes with starting off as a recording studio. Some are brand-new while others are spiffed-up older properties that remind visitors why the place was so special to begin with. Here are seven establishments that are peddling more than sunshine this season.
LOCATION Port Antonio, on the north shore, a two-hour drive from the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.
Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort
LOCATION On the south coast's Charlotte Amalie Harbor.
The Crane Residential Resort
LOCATION Southeastern Barbados.
The Bannister Hotel
LOCATION On the bayside shore of the Samana Peninsula in the Dominican Republic's northeast.
Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort
LOCATION On Eagle Beach, the low-rise hotel district north of Oranjestad.
LOCATION On the south end of the island, between the Petit Mountains.
Dorado Beach, a Ritz-Carlton Reserve
LOCATION On the north shore, roughly 20 miles west of San Juan.
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