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Here’s Definitive Proof that a Villa is Actually Cheaper than an All-Inclusive Resort

April 14, 2014
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The Cove, Eleuthera, Bahamas

Ask me to share, and I say “of course” — unless it’s my beach towel. When it comes to loafing on white sand and studying the flight patterns of clouds, I do my best work alone, or at least with those who share my low-volume agenda. So thank goodness for villas Donecio and Savoie, the Cove’s three-bedroom chateaus that offer private pools, butler service and, yes, a just-for-you beach. You can rock out or, like me, maintain a library-esque level of fervor. If I fail to pack reading material or an iPad charger, butler Kezang Dorji makes them appear. Same with paddle boards, bathrobes or, well, anything. Says Kezang, “The answer is ‘yes.’ Now ask the question.” He’ll arrange a lobster dinner on the terrace if that’s my desire. So if you ask nicely, I might share the rum cake with you because, darling, Kezang can bring us more. From $290 per person per night; sleeps 12. thecoveeleuthera.com — Brooke Morton

THREE-BEDROOM VILLA

Round-trip airport transfers from Montego Bay: $80

Room: $67

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Breakfast, lunch and dinner: $45

Drinks (one cocktail, one beer, two glasses of wine): $14

Equipment rental: Included

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Baby-sitting: $21 for three hours

Tips: $10

Total: $237

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Amenities: private pool, full-time staff of four and, resort membership for beach, water sports and kids club

ALL-INCLUSIVE RESORT

Round-trip airport transfers from Montego Bay: Included

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Room: $362

Breakfast, lunch and dinner: Included

Drinks (one cocktail, one beer, two glasses of wine): Included

Equipment rental: Included

Baby-sitting: $60 for three hours

Tips: Included

Total: $422

Amenities: six restaurants, two pools, beach, water park and kids program

EUROPEAN-PLAN HOTEL

Round-trip airport transfers from Montego Bay: $70

Room: $120

Breakfast, lunch and dinner: $82

Drinks (one cocktail, one beer, two glasses of wine): $36

Equipment rental: $35 for snorkel gear

Baby-sitting: $24 for three hours

Tips: $18

Total: $395

Amenities: four restaurants, pool, golf course, beach, gym, spa and water sports

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