Travel Weekly's Caribbean E-letter: June 5, 2007

FAIRMONT HOTELS & RESORTS will unfurl its flag on Anguilla when the 140-room Fairmont Anguilla opens on the island's south coast in 2010. The luxury property will be the Toronto-based company's fourth resort in the Caribbean, where it already has beachheads in Barbados, Bermuda and on Canouan (under the Raffles brand) in the Grenadines. The Anguilla project will include, in addition to the hotel, an 18-hole Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course and club, and the Fairmont Residences, composed of condominiums, villas and estate homes. The hotel will offer 15,000 square feet of meetings space, a 15,000-square-foot Willow Stream Spa, dining outlets, a beach club and a variety of pools.

TAKEOFFS

" Seaborne Airlines, based in St. Croix with scheduled seaplane services within the U.S. Virgin Islands and to San Juan, will launch weekend seaplane flights to North Sound on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands on July 6. The schedule calls for one roundtrip flight Fridays through Sundays from San Juan to Virgin Gorda via St. Thomas and a second roundtrip from St. Thomas to Virgin Gorda. The carrier launched five new seaplane/ferry connections June 1 within the USVI and between St. Croix and West End and Road Town, Tortola. For schedules, visit www.seaborneairlines.com.

" Air Dominicana, a new charter airline in the Dominican Republic, will launch 737-800 service to and from the East Coast of the U.S. from its hub in Punta Cana in April 2008. Future routes will include intra-Caribbean flights as well as service to Central America. A second 737 will be added in June 2008, and a 767-300 in October 2008. The Dominican government is a minority partner in the venture, according to Felix Jimenez, minister of tourism. A Web site, at www.airdominicana.com, is under construction.

ST. LUCIA SUPER SUMMER SAVERS promotion, which runs through Nov. 15, offers discounts of up to 40% off through Nov.15 off on accommodations at 26 participating properties as well as 25% discounts at attractions, restaurants, shops, golf courses, spas, watersports activities and car rental outlets. For details, visit www.stlucia.org.

LODGEPODGE

" The $80 million Sheraton Cable Beach Resort in Nassau -- the former Radisson Cable Beach Resort -- will open its doors June 12. The opening marks the first phase in the development of the 1,000-acre Baha Mar site, a $2.3 billion project that will eventually include four Starwood-brand hotels and spas; a 1,000-room Caesars Resort Hotel & Casino; an 18-hole golf course; meetings space; a 20-acre pool and beachfront complex; and a village with retail shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Completion of the Baha Mar project is scheduled for late 2010. For details, visit www.bahamar.com.

" Elliott, a hospitality and real estate firm in the Dominican Republic, has partnered with Dennis Publishing, a New York-based media company that publishes men's lifestyle magazines (Maxim and Stuff) and entertainment publications (Blender and The Week) to launch Maxim-branded luxury properties. Elliott owns the Sun Village Resort & Spa brand in the DR and operates the Sun Village Resort & Spa-Cofresi on the north coast. The new Maxim-branded properties include the Maxim Bungalows at Cofresi Beach, which will include 108 studio-, one- and two-bedroom accommodation when the property opens in October, and the Maxim Bungalows at Juan Dolio on the island's south coast, which will offer 240 rooms from studio units to presidential suites when the resort opens in early 2008. For details, visit www.maximbungalows.com.

Caribbean Editor: Gay Nagle Myers

Phone: (201) 902-1924

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