Travel Weekly's Caribbean E-letter: March 13, 2007

CHUKKA 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, visit www.chukkacaribbean.com.

NO IFS, 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.

SANDALS 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.

THE 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.

Caribbean Editor: Gay Nagle Myers

Phone: (201) 902-1924

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