Travel Weekly's Caribbean E-letter: Nov. 21, 2006

GORDON "BUTCH" STEWART, chairman of Sandals and Beaches Resorts, named his 25-year-old son Adam Stewart to the CEO post of Sandals Resorts International, effective Nov. 10. The younger Stewart will report to his father in his new post. Until now, the chairman also had held the CEO title. Adam Stewart formerly was director of resort product for Sandals, responsible for all on-property operations and revenues, including water sports, the photo shops and gift boutiques at each resort, in-room entertainment systems and Internet facilities. In addition, he is the current chairman of the firm's Youth Committee and spearheaded the expansion project at Beaches Turks and Caicos that includes a 180-suite Italian Village addition, new entertainment facilities and a futuristic water park which will be what the hotel chain says is the largest in the Caribbean when completed. Stewart, who joined the company on a full-time basis three years ago after graduating from Florida International University with a degree in hospitality management, was born in 1981, the same year that his father bought his first hotel -- the present Sandals Montego Bay -- and launched the Sandals chain that now includes 16 Sandals and Beaches properties on five Caribbean islands with a total of 7,500 employees.

CORAL HOTELS & RESORTS and Hilton Hotels mutually dissolved their three-year agreement to further develop the Coral by Hilton brand, which included four all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic. Coral's properties will revert back to the Coral Hotels & Resorts brand. The resorts are Coral Canoa Resort in Bayahibe, the Coral Costa Caribe in Juan Dolio, the Coral Hamaca in Boca Chica and the Coral Marien in Puerto Plata. Existing Coral reservations will be honored by the four hotels. The de-branding "stems from a mutually agreed upon and amicable decision," said Simon Suarez, Coral's executive vice president. From Hilton's Matthew Hart, president and COO, came word that "this mutual decision is a result of our companies pursuing new direction and focus for development opportunities." For details, call (866) 863-9281 or visit

THE RENAISSANCE ARUBA RESORT & CASINO, which includes the Renaissance Marina Hotel and the Renaissance Ocean Suites, will reposition its accommodations units to offer separate lodging options for adults and families, effective Dec. 24. The adults-only, 290-room/10-suite Renaissance Marina Hotel in downtown Oranjestad features plasma-screen TVs, an infinity pool, a fitness center, the Okeanos Spa, the Crystal Casino and the Lounge Midnight Grill. Renaissance Marina guests have access to the adult-exclusive Flamingo Beach, part of the 40-acre private Renaissance Island, which is open to all guests. Meanwhile, the family-friendly Renaissance Ocean Suites, a short boat ride away on the harbor, has 285 suites, each with a living room with a queen-size sofa bed, a mini refrigerator and a separate master bedroom. Other features include several restaurants; the Patamingo Kids Club; two pools and a saltwater lagoon; babysitting services; a playground; and use of Iguana Beach on Renaissance Island. For details, visit

IN OTHER ARUBA NEWS, the 413-room Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino has been sold for $237 million to a Caribbean investment group. Marriott will continue to manage the resort for the new owners under a long-term management agreement. And in the air, JetBlue will add a second nonstop flight between New York (Kennedy) and Aruba on Dec. 2. The new Saturday service will complement the existing daily roundtrip flight that began in September. In addition, a second daily flight will be added for the holiday season from Dec. 21 through Jan. 7.


" Caribbean Hotel Association 28th annual CHA Marketplace, Jan. 14 to 16, Aruba. For details, visit

" Caribbean Bridal Expo and Marketplace, Feb. 10 and 11, Puerto Rico Convention Center, San Juan. More than 70 exhibitors from 15 Caribbean countries will showcase destination wedding and honeymoon packages; 300 exhibitors will highlight wedding and honeymoon services. For details, visit

Caribbean Editor:

Gay Nagle Myers

Phone: (201) 902-1591

[email protected]

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