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Dress for dinner?

Actually, you can go in a bathing suit at the beachfront restaurants highlighted in the February issue of Conde Nast Traveler.

The magazine’s picks for the best places to dine on the beach in the Caribbean include two on the island of Barbados:

Fish Pot Restaurant, Shermans, Barbados, lunch and dinner, $13 to $35, including curried chicken and crab salad. (Cover-ups required for your bathing suit at this one.)

Il Tempio, Fitts Village, Barbados, lunch and dinner, $14 to $46, Italian cuisine.

Karibuni Restaurant, Ilet Pinel, St. Maarten, grilled entrees, lunch only, $16 to $33.

La Plage Restaurant, Plage de St. Jean, St. Barts, lunch and dinner, $20 to $55, described as the type of meal you would “expect on the Cote d’Azur.”

Snack Zen, Shell Beach, St. Barts, sandwiches, lunch only, $9 to $12.

Scilly Cay, Island Harbour, Anguilla, lunch only, $25 to $50.

Chill Out, Long Bay, lunch and dinner, $5 to $27, “unabashedly Jamaican” food, like fish with rice and peas.

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Sandy Lane Hotel Barbados

How’s that for beach service?

Travel geru Peter Greensburg has a new site, and in one of his travel news articles he talks about the unique services hotels are offering for the descriminating traveler (which means you spend lots of money).

His article reminded me of a picture taken at Sandy Lane, one of the most expensive hotels on the island of Barbados – (shown above).   

Peter writes: In the highly competitive hotel business, for the discriminating traveler, it all comes down to service. Not just basic services like housekeeping, turn down, and room service, but special and unusual services. At some hotels, whatever you want, chances are there’s a concierge dedicated to getting it.

Here are some of the latest we’ve found…

BEACH BUTLERS

At most hotels, the most “service” you’ll get on the beach will either be help in setting up an umbrella, or perhaps fetching you a cool drink.

But if you’re willing to spend the money, a growing number of hotels are offering an ever-increasing variety of services beachside.

Now at the beach, you might find a “Sorbet Butler,” like at the Rosewood’s Jumby Bay in Antigua. This “butler” strolls the beach handing out complimentary frosty treats to guests.

To read Peter’s full article, “Hotel Services, the Newest Butlers,  visit his new website – sign up for his newsletter – he always has great article and travel tips and advice.

caribbean cocktails and beer at the beachThere’s nothing better than relaxing on your favorite beach, and having one of those island cocktails, or perhaps a beer.

However you should be aware that drinking alcohol and beer will dehydrate you, so your best bet is to take along some good old h20, and keep yourself healthy while sunbathing.

Save the cocktails and beer for after the sun goes down!