Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Isolation Vacation

I got a press release today that made me laugh. I have survived a night in the Ice Hotel in Quebec, woke up at 6am in the morning to go fly fishing in Alaska, and a gueling 39 day train trip thorugh Europe.

I might be able to survive without the internet (well, maybe) But I could never survive without shopping. Do they have any vintage stores underground?

No Phones or Calls, Just Snorkeling, Swimming, Deep Sea Fishing & Food

Anguilla, B.W.I – February 20th, 2008 – Remember when work was confined to the office and vacation was truly a time to relax and unwind? These days, eighty-three percent of Americans check e-mail once a day while on vacation.+ The Arawak Beach Inn on the posh island of Anguilla invites travelers to relive the days of the so-called “Dark Ages” with its Isolation Vacation. Without Internet access, TV or phones, guests will be forced to enjoy all the island, and this rejuvenating escape, have to offer. The seven-night getaway, created to help overworked guests unplug and recharge, is available year-round and priced seasonally starting at $999 per person (less than $143 per night), based on double occupancy, June 1 through October 31, 2008. *

Tech junkies looking to go cold turkey will be blacklisted and unable to purchase or have access to an Internet connection at the resort (bribes not accepted!). BlackBerries and laptops will be kept under lock and key upon arrival if guests were not able to leave their electronic security blankets at home. The office will be unable to reach guests as there are no phones in the room. And for those constantly monitoring the market or addicted to the cable networks coverage of the economy, don’t think the TV will be the savior; they will be removed from guestrooms. What’s a guest to do in this tech-starved environment? The seven-night Isolation Vacation includes:

Oceanfront accommodations, ideal for watching the waves roll in
Daily breakfast, to provide all the energy needed for a day of exploring
Four dinners at the Inn’s Arawak Café
Three-day car rental, to see take in the gorgeous sights of Anguilla**
Private day-trip to an uninhabited island complete with a gourmet picnic lunch (no chance of sneaking technology in here!)
A deep sea fishing excursion
Three days of snorkel equipment
Round-trip airport or ferry transfers

Visitors going through work withdrawal can refer to Maria Hawkins, the resident innkeeper, for ways to witness Anguilla's varied culture and history or for recommendations on beaches, local restaurants, and how to really kick back, relax and enjoy the island way of life.

For reservations contact the reservations office at 1-877-4-ARAWAK or e-mail For more information, visit

“This intimate gem sings with island warmth and color,” says Fodor’s. Arawak Beach Inn features a pool, the Arawak Beach Inn Café, home of the Caribbean’s best pizza, a bar, and oceanfront accommodations boasting a balcony or deck with spectacular views, a king- or queen-size bed, a refrigerator, and a private bath. Most Oceanfront Deluxe rooms also include cable TV and four-poster beds. But the best part may be Maria Hawkins, Arawak’s exuberant innkeeper extraordinaire who invites guest into the kitchen to whip up their favorite meal. Maria makes guests feel at home while in paradise.

The pace at Arawak is entirely up to guests. Lazing around the pool and enjoying the Arawak Beach Inn Café’s delicious Caribbean fare and International cuisine is a popular “activity.” For more adventurous guests, inn staff members will arrange boat excursions, sailing trips, tennis, and diving for an extra fee. Deserted beaches are a short stroll away for snorkeling and letting sand seep through toes.