AND FIREWORKS came out over Dickenson Bay in Antigua Oct.
4 to 7 for Sandals Resorts' official opening of its $70 million,
180-site Mediterranean Village expansion to the Sandals Grande
Antigua Resort & Spa. The new complex, designed to complement
the existing 193-room Caribbean Village, marked the launch of
Sandals' Luxury Included Vacation concept, which will be followed
by a collection of luxury suites now under renovation and
construction in five of the 12 Sandals' resorts in Jamaica, St.
Lucia and the Bahamas. Gordon "Butch" Stewart, chairman, described
the opening of the Mediterranean Village as "a defining moment for
Sandals. We have moved beyond the all-inclusive category and the
often maligned all-inclusive connotation. This opening signifies
and celebrates a new direction for our 26-year-old company. As our
company has evolved, so too has the Sandals Resort customer."
Targeted at the luxury leisure, honeymoon and bridal markets, the
Mediterranean Village combines the architectural styles and colors
of the region with Sandals' signature landmarks, including the
Sandals pool tower, swim-up bar and whirlpool (both the pool and
whirlpool reportedly are the largest in the eastern Caribbean);
poolside cabanas with Wi-Fi access; six categories of oceanview
suites with the top two categories offering Sandals' private butler
service; four restaurants and three bars, including a Cricketers'
Pub; a 3,200-square-foot shopping village; more than 10,000 feet of
meetings space; and a private wedding gazebo. For details and
rates, visit www.sandals.com.
REGENCY in Grand Cayman will no longer operate and manage
the Rum Point beach attraction on North Sound, effective Nov. 1,
according to Diego Concha, Hyatt general manager. The Hyatt has 20
staff members stationed at the Wreck Bar & Grill as chefs,
servers and bartenders. Rum Point also has a beach facility with
lounge chairs and hammocks, and a water sports concession operated
by Red Sail Sports. Rum Point Investment Co., which owns the Rum
Point property, is in discussions with several parties regarding
the leasing of the property so that Rum Point can reopen for the
winter season. Hyatt has run Rum Point since 1995. Following
Hurricane Ivan in 2004, Rum Point's dinner restaurant never
reopened nor did the ferry service across North Sound that
connected the Hyatt with Rum Point. The Hyatt Regency resort, in
fact, has not reopened since Ivan, although a separate 53-suite
Hyatt Regency Beach Suites on Seven Mile Beach across from the main
resort, did reopen.
" Yvor Nassief,
Dominica's minister of tourism, industry and private sector
relations, resigned his post, effective Sept. 30. Nassief, who held
the position for two years, indicated when he accepted the post in
2005 that he would give two years of service. A new minister has
not been named; Loreen Bannis-Roberts is acting as tourism minister
for the time being. Steve Bornn, formerly with the U.S. Virgin
Islands Dept. of Tourism, was recently tapped to serve as the CEO
and director of tourism for the Discover Dominica
" Bruce Golding,
prime minister of Jamaica, appointed Edmund Bartlett as minister of
tourism, following Jamaica's recent national elections that
returned the Labour Party to power after an 18-year hiatus.
Bartlett, a member of Parliament for 22 years, succeeds Aloun
n'Dombet Assamba in the tourism post.
SINGAPORE-BASED BANYAN TREE HOLDINGS, a
developer, designer and operator of top-tier resorts and spas
worldwide, signed a management contract for the Angsana Resort
& Spa Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos. The 160-suite
property will mark the debut of the Angsana brand in the Caribbean
region. The brand was launched in 2000 and is the sister brand of
Banyan Tree, which operates 23 resorts and hotels, 61 spas and two
golf courses, primarily in Asia and the South Pacific. No timeline
for opening has been announced.
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