Elegant in midst of refit at two Barbados hotels By Kimberly Scholz / October 26, 2001 Share 1 -- NEW YORK -- Two of Elegant Hotels Group's six properties are undergoing refurbishments totaling $20 million. Renovations on the hotels, both located in Barbados, will be completed in stages. Colony Club's first phase will be completed in time for the property's reopening on Nov. 15. Renovations include revamping the public areas, pool and restaurants; upgrading food and beverage options, and adding a new amenities program. From Dec. 1 to May 31, Colony Club is restricting guests to ages 13 and older. Sister property Tamarind Cove is expanding. The adjacent 37-room Buccaneer hotel will become part of Tamarind and will receive guests by December."We are marketing Buccaneer as our luxury section" said Marcello Pigozzo, Elegant Hotels' chief executive officer. The section will be reserved for "our loyal and repeat guests, who account for more than half of our winter business," he said.This winter, Tamarind will open a branch of Daphne's, an upscale London restaurant. The resort plans to add a spa, as well. The group also owns Coconut Creek, Crystal Cove and Turtle Beach Resort in Barbados and Trade Winds in Antigua.Agents account for 75% of U.S. business for Elegant Hotels Group's six Caribbean properties, according to Pigozzo. Before Sept. 11, the U.S. market accounted for about 25% of Elegant's business, up 7% over last year.The bulk of its business comes from the U.K., so although business has slipped, the hotel group does not expect to be as hard-hit as other places in the Caribbean, according to a spokeswoman.