The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 7, 1997 · Page 133
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 133

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Sunday, December 7, 1997
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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7, 1997 The Palm Beach Post SECTION I INSIDE WAY TO GO. If being stuck for hours in an! airplane seat makes your muscles ache, there's -. something you can do about-' it at least in Denver. PAGE 81 ::' TRAVEL DIVE INTO WWII HISTORY The underwater grave of a Japanese fleet sunk in the Pacific's Chuuk Lagoon, lures clivers from around the world. PAGE 71 QMifmm CPCoiRi rriiiji V "w - ' f 4 i uAWl i " if Hf '' 7' - v; l .V x -N " s '' '' ' ; v V- " - Photos by CHERYL BLACKERBY Len Toft, a yoga instructor at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat on Paradise Island, teaches a class on a deck overlooking the ocean. Welcome Four hours of yoga a day. Eating brown rice and vegetables, Cold showers. And not a margarita in sight. to your VACM ION it The tiny wooden cabins are 50 feet from the beach. They don't have bathrooms Oflair conditioning, TVs, telephones, room service . . . s , v , ? H ... .... By Cheryl Blackerby Palm Beach Post Travel Editor NASSAU, Bahamas The boom of a gong pierced the silence of the night promptly at 5:30 a.m., which is mighty early on Paradise Island. This is the time to go to bed after a night at the casinos and bars, not to get up to meditate and to do yoga positions that turn your body into a pretzel. , I obediently got out of bed. My legs were as stiff as a crab's, and a spasm in my neck, the result of a recent backpack trip, ached when I turned my head. I bent down to see if I could touch my toes not even close and then stumbled half-asleep down a path through 5 acres of lush gardens to the yoga temple overlooking Nassau Harbour. I joined two dozen other retreaters, who sat cross-legged in the dark in front of an incense flame. I tried to meditate, concentrating on the Sanskrit word Om (meaning something along the lines of what was, what is and what will be). But it was hard to focus longer than 15 seconds. Ommmmmmm. need a cup of coffee. Ommmmmm. My legs are going numb and my knees feel like they're calcifying. Ommmmmmm. Please see YOGA57 ..' ..1 ... .1-" I,. Atlantis continues amazing rise from beside the ocean Tax-free shopping a duty in Nassau By Cheryl Blackerby Palm Beach Post Travel Editor NASSAU, Bahamas The duty-free shops on Bay Street were packed the week before Thanksgiving with cruise ship passengers and sunburned tourists from the beach resorts. At Butler & Sands liquor store, an American man bought a half-dozen liters of Johnny Walker Black Label. Another man with an unlit cigar in his mouth was snatching up bottles of Hennessy VS cognac. Down the street, the Perfume Bar was jammed with 50 or so passengers from a cruise ship who were ordering Chanel, Calvin Klein and other fragrances like they were sandwiches at a deli. At Little Switzerland, the china and watch sections were as busy as a grocery store. Nassau has been a duty-free port since 1992, when the government abolished customs duty for specific imported items including photography-related products, perfumes, jewelry, clocks and watches, table linen, leather goods, sweaters, china, crystal, glassware and alcohol. Consumers often save 30 to 35 percent. Savvy U.S. shoppers fly or cruise in to do Christmas shopping. How much cheaper is it? Here are some compari- r 1 .,.miiH)J NASSAU, Bahamas At midnight, flood lights illuminated the 22-story Palace hotel and its fanciful turrets and towers as workers labored around the clock to get it ready for its December 1998 opening. The enormous 1,208-room hotel, which already dominates the skyline of Paradise Island, will be the centerpiece of a spectacular $450 million expansion of the mega-resort Atlantis. The new hotel complex will include a casino, five restaurants, a dozen bars and lounges, and a life-size replica of an ancient Mayan temple with five water slides surrounded by a lush jungle. The Kamikaze slide will have a 60-foot drop from the top of the temple, propelling riders at high speed through a clear acrylic tunnel submerged in a shark-filled lagoon. Atlantis opened in 1994 after Sun International bought and renovated three hotels, a casino and golf course and built a 14-acre Waterscape park, a one-quarter-mile-long River Ride and an underwater clear tunnel for shark observation. The $250 million project was the first step in a mammoth construction project. The new complex will include a $15 million luxury marina, a 10-acre facility that will be able to accommodate yachts up to 200 feet long. CHERYL BLACKERBY Bay & East liquor store in Nassau displays dutyfree prices along with American prices. Photo by CHERYL BLACKERBY A 3.4-ounce bottle of Calvin Klein One cologne at the Perfume Bar was $28; $35 at Macy's. A 2.5-ounce bottle of Estee Lauder Beautiful cologne was $49.50 at Little Switzerland in Nassau; it's $55 at Macy's. A liter of Johnny Walker Black Label was $21.95 at Butler & Sands liquor store in Nassau; $37.99 at ABC Liquor in West Palm Beach. At Bay & East Liquor Store in Nassau, a liter of Hennessy VS cognac was $25.95; it's $35.99 at Big Daddy's Liquors in West Palm Beach. Americans can bring back up to $600 worth of merchandise tax-free. After that, they have to pay taxes on the purchase price. You should save receipts to show customs officials. sons: At the Perfume Bar in Nassau, a 3.3. ounce bottle of Anais Anais perfume was $42; it's $49.50 at Burdines. A 1.7 ounce bottle of Coco Chanel cologne was $43; at Burdines $48.50. 4-

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