Originally Posted by Chinski
I have been to the island several times. Never stayed at the Grand though. To rich for my blood! I had heard the Grand was not worth the money but I guess it looks pretty fancy from your pics! I have been to their outdoor bar... they serve beer in yard and half-yard glasses. They are neat. A 3 foot tall beer glass! I defiantly need to get up there again.
On a side note:
I don't know about your reasoning about the workers at the hotel...did they tell you that? I knew a guy that worked on the island and he said there is a large issue on the island with foreigner/minority workers being underpaid and poorly housed. Was a sad thing to hear since its a nice place to visit.
My aunt and uncle took me to the island along with my brother and they completely covered the bill. If I were going on my own I'd have a hard time justifying the cost of the Grand Hotel myself. IT is definately a very unique experience, one I'll never forget, but I don't know if I could spend $700/night like they had. A bottle of wine at dinner was even $200+! I dipped into the fridge a bit and took a bag of gummy bears, a miller lite, a bud lite, a Heinekin, 4 shots of vodka, some rum, a red bull, snickers bar, pringles, and a water, and that was a $40 bill from that! My aunt/uncle'* room service bill was $450 from the fridge and a bottle of shampaigne. Too much for me as well.
I'm old fashioned though, and I think that type of lifestyle without today'* technology would be very fulfilling. It was amazing how peaceful and QUIET it was without vehicles driving by constantly and just machinery in general. It was almost always completly silent, minus the chatter of people talking, and the sound of horse hooves against the roadways. About the workers, I'm not sure why exactly they're there. I do know that most of htem were from Jamaica, and the taxi drivers were mostly from Australia. about 98% of all people who work on the island are foreign in some way.