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Column #HR458 REAL PARADISE? YES!

Thursday, June 20, 2024
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REAL PARADISE?  YES!

From the moment you step off the plane at Cancun Airport you’re on your way to 7 days of living like the Rich and Famous.  Your destination is the Dreams Jade Resort and Spa where guests’ dreams of luxury become reality.  You’ll be treated and pampered like a King or Queen 24/7 – as your every need is catered to.  Muy pronto.

You’ll be experiencing a luxurious Cancun resort complete with mesmerizing ocean views, gourmet food with 24/7 room service all played out under the azure sky. Frolic in the ocean or resort pools as you enjoy activities for every age, interest or passion. Spacious rooms and suites, graciously appointed and luxuriously equipped, provide a picture-perfect vacation experience. Dreams Jade features 550 ultra-comfortable suites, each inspired by the turquoise sea and Cancun’s mesmerizing sunset. Enjoy the welcoming service. Then maybe get lucky with romantic inclusions of two.  Enjoy delicious dining and limitless drinks, endless activities and epic entertainment. And, oh yes – the biggest dart tournament in North America’s history.

Plus, pamper your every wish and indulge in any or all of the 16 special restaurants there to make your dining adventure one of a life kind.

Capers – Italian cuisine to die for. Rich Italian flavors in a Tuscan setting.  Casual Elegance dress.  This includes sneakers/tennis shoes or sandals and dress shirts with short sleeves or shirts required. Long pants are required for men. No sleeveless shirts or flip-flops allowed Dinner: 5:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Carnival International Buffet – Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Dress? Yes, please. NO bare feet or sleeveless shirts for me.

Castaways Poolside dining – Serving sandwiches, gourmet favorites, small bites and drinks.  Open Noon to 5:00 p.m.

Cin Cin Mediterranean Gourmet Cuisine – An elegant, romantic atmosphere serving Mediterranean specialties. Casual elegant dress.  This also includes sneakers/tennis shoes or sandals and dress shirts with short sleeves or shirts are required. Long pants are required for men. No sleeveless shirts or flip-flops allowed.

Coco Café 24-hour café – Premium coffee and deli snacks in a casual atmosphere.  Late night bites served à la carte that include soup, salad, sandwiches, pizza, pasta and paninis.

Mercure French Cuisine – Elegant French cuisine in a serene garden setting. 5:30 – 11:00 p.m. Casual Elegance dress.   This again includes sneakers/tennis shoes or sandals and dress shirts with short sleeves or shirts required. Long pants are required for men. No sleeveless shirts or flip-flops allowed.  Are you noticing a trend?  Casual is the real deal on Cancun.

Moments Lobby bar – Main lobby bar serving domestic and international drinks.

Scores Sports bar – A casual ambience with flat panel TVs, pool tables and a DJ.

Spice Asian Cuisine – Asian cuisine served inside an indoor Zen Garden with three teppanyaki tables, a sushi bar and pagoda. Casual Elegance dress.   Yet again, this includes sneakers/tennis shoes or sandals and dress shirts with short sleeves or shirts required. Long pants are required for men. No sleeveless shirts or flip-flops allowed.

Splash Poolside Bar Swim – pool bar located at the main pool. Swimsuits required.

Tamarindo Mexican – specializes in delectable Mexican cuisine.  Casual Elegance dress.

The Lounge Preferred Club bar – A relaxed, private atmosphere serving top-shelf brand cocktails.

The Reef Swim-up Bar – Enjoy delightful drinks with a view. Then add in three outdoor bars Time Out, Reef and the Mix.

Yep, that’s Darts in Paradise.

What does this dining, drinking and darting experience cost?  Nada as it’s all included in your special Darts in Paradise package.  The fact is it’s the old Royal Hawaiian on steroids.

The package price is $4,508 per room BUT by sharing with another player the cost per person is reduced to $2,254 or $322 dollars a night per person.  Bringing along a non-dart playing “Friend with Benefits”?  $4,508. There is a plan to pay monthly which if you’re sharing a room equates to about $187 per month over 12 months. WHAT A DEAL, AMIGO.

WHAT ABOUT DARTS?  Glad you axed. With $200,000 in the prize fund, putting things in perspective is a must. The tournament runs Tuesday-Thursday (June 2-7, 2025) with $10 entry blind draws on Money and Friday.  All other entry fees are included in the package.

The men’s and women’s singles payout is $20,000 (first), $10,000 (runner-up), $3,750 (3rd and 4th) $1,000 (5th through 8th) $490 (9th through 16th).  Not too Chablis for any taste.

Last week, the PDC held the Poland Dart Masters. To the surprise of no one Luke Littler reigned supreme. As an aside, Littler has had 92 maximums in his last 100 legs, a near-100 average and a PDC-leading 28 legs won in 12 darts or fewer.

Littler went through the field like the man on the flying trapeze (he flies thru the air with ridiculous ease).  In the semis, Michael Smith pushed him – forcing a decider which Smith could have won except for missing 4 doubles, giving the match to Littler.  For that win Littler garnered £20,000 and runner-up Rob Cross (8-3) £10,000.  Almost the same as Darts in Paradise pays.

On the distaff side it’s a big story as the payout equals the men’s. The PDC runs a lady’s series which has grown. Just last weekend, there were 4 events. Beau Graves took the first with a 13-dart decider against Mikuru Suzuki. Lisa Ashton went on a tear winning the last two events.  For a win in the series a player gets £2,000 and runner-up £1,000.

The top money earners meet in the Betfred Women’s World Matchplay July 21.  The totals for those invited are:

1 – Beau Greaves £25,100

2 – Fallon Sherrock £18,800

3 – Lisa Ashton £12,600

4 – Mikuru Suzuki £12,500

5 – Noa-Lynn van Leuven £8,700*

6 – Rhian O’Sullivan £7,500

7 – Anastasia Dobromyslova £5,000

8 – Aileen de Graaf £4,700

* Noa-Lynn van Leuven is the “woman using factory installed male equipment.” Someone has suggested that her walk-on music should be Shaina Twain’s “Feel like a Women.” No S**T, Sherlock – the Old Dart Coach came up with that a long time ago.

For the ladies, Darts in Paradise surely is “paradise” – they can make more in three days than the PDC ladies can make in their entire series.

If you are in Las Vegas “paradise” is spelled “pair-a-dice”. Standing at the craps table a player wants to roll 7 or 11 first time out. For darters rolling the dice with Darts in Paradise IS a 7 or 11 – a winner all around with champagne wishes and caviar dreams.

Stay thirsty my friends.

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  • Howie Reed

    Astute, often controversial, and always humorous, the Old Dart Coach, Howie Reed (a former rodeo cowboy and advertising executive), is heralded as the Dean of Darts Chroniclers - the most prolific and widely followed writer ever about our sport. He goes back decades with the legends and knows where the skeletons are buried (just ask any of the ADO and WDF old-timers!). Here are four well-known facts about the Old Dart Coach: 1) he is a Republican, 2) he loves the ladies, 3) he can drink most anybody under the table, and 4) he throws darts as bad as Dartoid.

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