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... still in their waters.
St Maarten is considered the centre for yachting in the Caribbean with many chandleries, it is also known for its white sand beaches and aqua coloured seawater. The first two nights we spent anchored in Simpson bay and we took the dinghy into the town a few times to buy provisions and to check email at cafes. In the end we decided to move back down the coast to "Great Bay" as it gave much better protection from the ...
... songs he never does the same ones twice and if you request a song, he knows it. He has a great back up band too.
I love it at Spice, great parking and wonderful view, they set us in the dining room right by the water, it was fabulous, I like it way better than Maundays Club.
Thurs, 5/2 - beach – very nice – more Gerauds, ordered sammy’s for departure day – turkey and ham – no stinky stuff – I hate being on the ...
... about an hour sightseeing drive, we arrived at a dock to take a double-decker pontoon style boat (the Explorer) to the French side capital city of Marigot. One member of the crew had a DJ setup on the second deck and entertained us during the 30 minute ride. He has a great voice. We were told that normally a lot of dancing takes places during the ride, but today the deck was wet and a hazard. We also had the island’s favorite rum punch ...
... and tying up a few loose ends in the UK takes us to 1500hrs and time to venture back out. It is still very hot. We swim in the beautiful and clear blue watered Little Bay just outside our suite. Lovely white sanded beach. In 15 years we have not really had a beach holiday as this is not really our scene but for 3 days we are having fun. Not quite sure how we would manage much longer as we are ready to explore other ...
... see regular winner Soma (from St John USVI) up against boats like Paradox, the 63 ft Irens trimaran and the Gunboat Coco de Mer entered by Katherine Mullins…. Around 11 cruising catamarans will sail with entries from Ukraine and Russia who will compete with local jaw breakers Guimamalou and Katzenellenbogen.”
Pas de Deux was clearly not even on the radar screen….
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Anguilla!.....a third world country?....Hellooooooooo!!! where are these folks from? Either they are just a bunch of sad complainers or extremely ignorant. I think these people have not travelled in their lifetime, to come up with such sad issues. These people are pathetic. Anguilla is paradise, with the most warm and friendly faces, you could find anywhere. And who are they to say that the locals are crazy and uneducated. They had some nerve. I picked up a local newspaper while on island and saw five faces that have just completed their degrees in the USA and guess what...these are the said locals that are topping the Deans list and graduating with honors? What is wrong with these people? I have stayed at Ku....Ku's beds are firm but comfortable and the staff....o my God, down to earth and soooooo helpful. Go to Ku and have a ball.......Don't you dare let these people, deter you from going to Anguilla and having a marvellous time at Ku. Those people are just plain losers. Anguilla and Ku is toooooooo goooooood for these losers.
My wife and I spent seven nights at the Ku in late April for our honeymoon. Overall, we were pleased with the accomodations. Because the beaches and water on Anguilla are the main attraction, a hotel only needs minimal services for an enjoyable stay on Anguilla.
We stayed at KU in December last year with our then 10 month old baby. I had requested a ground floor apartment by telephone and e-mail, so I was very cross and disappointed to find we were on the 1st floor. I had also requested a cot and high chair which again they knew nothing about. There was definitely a lack of communication between reservation/management and check-in which was disorganised and slow. I heard that the managemnet team from Cap Juluca had been placed at KU to 'manage' things, clearly they were more concerned about PR and decor than the real nitty gritty and also nowhere to be seen. We were moved 4 days later to a ground floor apartment overlooking the pool and beach which was great.
After reading the negative reviews about Ku on this site I feel I must tell of our wonderful experience. We thought the hotel and grounds were beautiful, far more beautiful than any of the pictures that I have seen on the net.
I couldn't help but chuckle after seeing the last few reviews of Ku - they were so accurate. From the moment my wife and I arrived at Ku we were uneasy with the service - this is their #1 problem. We planned this trip to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. The day before arrival I called to make sure we got the best garden view room available and a chilled bottle of champagne to get our anniversary off on the right foot. When we arrived at 4PM we had no room at all - it was still being cleaned even though check-in time is at 3PM. No problem - they gave us vouchers to get a drink at the beach bar. When our room was ready we dropped our bags and opened the curtains. To my surprise there was a garbage dumpster outside of the kitchen window AND there was no chilled bottle of champagne to be found. I proceeded to walk over to the front desk to inform them about the room and the champagne. They were very gracious about the champagne - they actually sent over a bottle on the house. They could not however, find us another room since they were sold out. After I walked back to the room my wife noticed that the TV and phone were out of commission. I had to walk back to reception again since the phone was out. Once those problems were fixed we started to relax but my opinion of the service had already been formed. The staff was very nice and quick to help - the problem is they are all rookies and it was evident that they were not knowledgeable or confident in what they were doing. This applied to hotel issues and to offsite activities. My wife and I are VERY easygoing and for us to be complaining like this takes a lot.
This property is located on one of the most beautiful beaches to be found anywhere. Alas, this resort now under new management by the Cap Jalucca folks was a major disappointment during our recent 5 night stay--especially at those prices. It must be said that we are seasoned BVI travellers and we were concerned that the exessive expense of this island would not be justified. Ku was off kilter from the moment we arrived. Check in provided early clues that this might be a little iffy as particularly hideous 'dentist waiting room' music is piped into the reception area. The checkin itself was chaotic and even the free rum grog was a hassle standing in line while one overworked bartender was attending to participants in a silly spin the wheel happy hour game. At $360 bucks a night (including the 10% tax and 10% SC), our garden/'ocean view' unit was separated from the adjacent Shoal Bay Villas by a beat up construction fence and fronted a parking lot.Behind the building and up a small embankment was a local house and its rather loud occupants were heard from regularly (especially in the mornings).You could see the ocean but on the rare occassion that I hung out on the balcony, a truck came into the lot and idled for about 20 minutes spewing diesel fumes while resort garbage was collected.We could not wait to get off the property and explore Shoal Bay and the rest of the island on our own and it appeared that many other people felt the same way. The restaurant and bar were sparsely attended during our stay. My mother-in-law contacted Ku to surprise my wife on her 40th birthday with a bottle of wine and one-hour massage. They got us the bottle but forgot the massage certificate.
With all the hype this new hotel has received and from its part ownership by Cap Jaluca, my husband and I had high expectations. These were quickly dashed when we arrived at the hotel to find that reception had no knowlege of e-mails that their own reservationist had sent us-for example agreeing to have a car for us and a certain class of room. The reception staff, while friendly enough, was constantly baffled when asked to do anything.Were they ever trained?
We were at Ku from 12/11 to 12/19. We love Anguilla and had a really good time on the island. We have very mixed feelings about Ku. The staff was generally very warm and as helpful as possible. We tipped heavily and got good service. Ku had great prices when we were there and we realized that we got what we paid for. Now, at $395.00 per night it is not great value.
Ku is a good hotel. Clean, nice. The location is terrific. The breakfast is overpriced, rent a car and head to the supermarket to stock up (east of smittys is a good one) or head to the highway bakery for cinnamon buns. The rooms are not 'resort like' but are very functional (full kitchen etc) I would stay beachfront when I do it again (and i will!) Can't wait to go back.
I just returned from a 2 week stay in Anguilla and I stayed at Ku. Ku use to be the old Shoal Bay Hotel which I never had stayed at but had heard that the owners had let get very run down. Now that is it is Ku it is being managed by the Cap Juluca people for the next 5 yrs to turn it into a top hotel on the eastern end of the island.