Saturday, June 20, 2009

Vacation Like Bailed-Out Bank CEO's

Bailed-out executives working for Regions Financial Corp., Bank of America Corp., Morgan Stanley, and Citigroup Inc. had used company jets for private use, reported The Wall Street Journal this week. According to Federal Aviation Administration flight records, personal use of the planes occurred on multiple occasions, and a Bank of America spokesperson said that they were currently developing a policy forbidding the personal use of company airplanes. Banks like Marshall & Ilsley Corp. and Synovus Financial Corp. have already added restrictions to their company jet use policy, or have eliminated the possibility of personal use altogether, reports The Wall Street Journal. Sure, you might be flying in business class or economy, but you can enjoy the same resorts that these executives take advantage of when they're indulging in a personal vacation.

The Caribbean is always a smart pick when you're choosing resorts. You won't need to travel too far from the States to go somewhere warm, and that makes the flight easily forgettable when you're relaxing on the white sands and staring out at the glittering ocean. Saint Lucia is one of the more notable Caribbean islands, with a more mountainous terrain and one of the few "drive-in volcanos" in the world. The Landings St. Lucia is an outstanding spot for your vacation in the Caribbean, and will meet many an executive's requirements for a lush and luxurious spot. This exclusive RockResort location is found on Rodney Bay and has 800 feet of beachfront stretching out for guests. Take your pick from 2- or 3-bedroom suites (the ones at the top and ground floor units have plunge pools), and whip up an exotic meal in the fully-equipped kitchen if you'd like. To do it up executive-style, order a sumptuous room service spread and taking in views from your balcony of either the inlet or harbor.

Many visitors to the Caribbean explore more than one island when they travel: Canouan Island is another great choice for explorers looking for quiet beauty on an island, but with the perks of an established hotel. The Raffles Resort at Canouan Island offers just what you are looking for, set on 300 acres with three white sand beaches. With all that space, you'll notice that your accommodations stretch out to a space of at least 600 square feet, with private plunge pools added to many of the suites. After exploring your room, which is guaranteed to have a private patio or terrace overlooking the beach or ocean, head down to one of the hotel's prized dining experiences, like their European or Italian restaurants. Have a good browse before you dine, because The Raffles Resort at Canouan Island has seven different restaurants from which to choose. Just like an executive, you might be thrilled to discover the Raffles Golf Course, which is regularly voted among the top golf courses in the Caribbean, and was also awarded the Robb Reports "best of the best" Golf Courses in the World 2005. Hang with the locals on the beaches, where you might get a glimpse into Canouan Island's complex past of French settlement, plantation life, and slow-but-steady development.

Are you ready to travel like an executive, sans the drama? Get yourself to a resort and experience what it's like to be positively pampered.

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