CARIBBEAN ADVENTURES, based in Ocho Rios, Jamaica,
launched the Polo Collection, a new category in its nature
adventure product line. The first three of 10 Polo Collection tours
are: Twilight Canopy Adventure in Montego Bay, priced at $200 per
person; High Tea Horseback, $180 per person; and Jamaica Dogsled
Experience, $100 per person. The canopy program includes dining and
entertainment by bonfire; the horseback tour is a variation on
Chukka's signature tour and features white-glove tea service
followed by a horseback ride in the surf; and the dogsled program
offers animal lovers a chance to mush a team of dogs. For details,
ANDS OR BUTTS ABOUT IT: Puerto Rico's new smoke-free
regulations that took effect March 2 place it at the forefront of
Caribbean destinations with a comprehensive smoking ban. However,
the Cayman Islands may soon join Puerto Rico on that smoke-free
list if a proposal now before its Legislative Assembly is approved.
Puerto Rico's law prohibits smoking at all food establishments,
cultural centers, casinos, bars, clubs, convention centers, and
public and government buildings. Hotel rooms designated as
"smoke-friendly" are exempt from the ban, but all hotels must post
the new regulations and implement proper ventilation and
maintenance procedures in rooms where smoking is permitted. If
passed, the Cayman Islands' smoking ban would be just as
restrictive as Puerto Rico's.
RESORTS added a cancellation waiver benefit to its
existing Travel Protection Plan. The waiver allows clients to
cancel or change their travel arrangements up to the day of
departure. The travel plan and waiver, priced at $99 for adults and
$79 for children, includes protection against cancellation
penalties, medical emergencies, baggage damage and delay and
reimbursement for meals and accommodations if travels are delayed.
Agents' commissions are protected when the booking is paid in full.
However, the cancellation waiver does not cover air arrangements
and options such as spa services, sightseeing and private
transfers. The travel protection plan and waiver are valid if
purchased within seven days of the initial deposit or payment for
the trip. For details, visit www.sandals.com.
357-ROOM ALMOND SMUGGLERS COVE, Almond Resorts' second
all-inclusive property on St. Lucia (the 250-room Almond Morgan Bay
Beach Resort opened a year ago near Castries), welcomed its first
guests on Feb. 26. The resort is on the site of the former Club St.
Lucia on the island's northwest coast, eight miles north of
Castries. Facilities include five pools; a racquet club with a
squash court and seven tennis courts; four restaurants and four
bars; a spa and fitness center; a kids club; and a watersports
center. For details, visit www.almondresorts.com.
AQUAVENTURE, a 63-acre water park with 81
lifeguard stations, opened at Atlantis, Paradise Island in the
Bahamas on March 2. Aquaventure features various water slides and a
mile-long river ride with rapids, wave surges and special effects.
Once guests are in their inner tubes and enter the attraction, they
are moved along by water escalators, surges and conveyors and never
have to leave the water. The 120-foot-high Power Tower offers four
water slides -- including one called The Abyss, which drops riders
50 vertical feet into near darkness through a tumbling waterfall.
Admission to Aquaventure is free of charge to Atlantis guests. For
details, visit www.atlantis.com.
Editor: Gay Nagle Myers
Phone: (201) 902-1924
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