A Look At Two Olympians' Post-Game Vacations
Olympic gold-medal winner Kirani James ran for his native seaside hills of Grenada upon the conclusion of the 2012 summer games, no doubt escaping the Brit-pop orgy that took place at the closing ceremony in London. He spent a few days on the south side of the island at Spice Island Beach Resort in one of the Royal Collection Private Pool Suites, which runs about $1300 a night this time of year (low season).
Known for its serene scene, James was invited to the hotel by owner Sir Royston Hopkin, who wanted to discuss the Olympian’s new role as Grenadian ambassador. Let’s hope Hopkin didn’t ask too many questions about what went down in the Olympic Village, where we're sure James’ gold medals were well received.
Good for him spending time on philanthropy, but James, who turned 20 years old on September 1st, doesn’t exactly have a reputation for subtle celebrations over tea and crumpets. We hope Spice Island had a calming effect on him.
Meanwhile, James could probably learn a thing or two from Michael Phelps, who wasted no time ringing in his retirement. Like all the cool kids, the most decorated Olympian of all time decided to skip out on London’s closing ceremony entirely and head off to the Ari Atoll region of the Maldives for a “mancation” with his buddies. But that was the calm before the storm as Phelps invaded the Encore Las Vegas over Labor Day weekend where he hosted two parties to celebrate his accomplishments. There was one on Friday night at Surrender Nightclub and a second the following day at the Encore Beach Club – a pool party, no less.
Given the fact that Phelps recently admitted he routinely pees in the pool, we’re guessing the Encore loaded up on chlorine for this one.
Half-board (breakfast and dinner)rates for Spice Island begin at $612 per night. Encore Las Vegas starts at $250 for room only.
[Photos:Spice Island Beach Resort/Encore Las Vegas]