72-SUITE PALMS resort on Grace Bay Beach in
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, signed a management contract with
Carlson-owned Regent Hotels & Resorts, marking Regent's debut
in the Caribbean. The deluxe property, which has had no management
company since its February 2005 opening, will be rebranded as the
Regent Palms, Turks and Caicos in early 2007, according to Frank
Klare, who is serving as acting interim general manager. A
permanent general manager will be named shortly. Stan Hartling, CEO
of the Hartling Group, which is a co-owner of the Palms, said that
"Regent has established itself over the years as a worldwide leader
in the hospitality industry. As part of the evolution as a premier
world-class resort, we were convinced it made good business sense
to align ourselves with a true luxury brand with global reach."
Regent has six properties worldwide and plans to open properties in
South Beach, Fla., and Beijing this fall, followed by Bal Harbour,
Fla., and Boston, among other destinations, in 2007. Planned for
the Palms is a revamping of hotel operations as well as
implementation of Regent's product and service standards, according
to Klare. The resort will remain open
throughout. The reservations number will
remain the same at (866) 877-7256.
" Tradewind Aviation will launch daily, scheduled
service between San Juan and St. Barts on Nov. 1. The 60-minute
flight will depart San Juan at 3 p.m. and St. Barts at noon.
Service is aboard an eight-passenger turbo-prop
plane with executive club seats, laptop power outlets, in-flight
phone and data links and DVD players with wireless headphones.
Through Nov. 15, introductory rates are $350 one way or $700
roundtrip; after Nov. 15, the fare increases to $495 one way or
$990 roundtrip. Wimco, a Rhode Island-based villa rental and hotel
reservations firm, is the authorized air charter agent for
Tradewind. The air service is available through Wimco to anyone
wishing to fly between San Juan and St. Barts, not limited to
villa/hotel clients. For further information on Wimco and Tradewind
Aviation, call (800) 932-3222.
" Spirit Airlines
discontinued its eight-month-old service from Fort Lauderdale to
the Turks and Caicos on Sept. 3, according to Rebecca Rivera,
communications manager. The carrier had
launched daily service from Fort Lauderdale to Providenciales,
Turks and Caicos, on Feb. 16, followed three days later by
twice-weekly service on Wednesdays and Sundays to Grand Turk. The
destination is served by American with a daily flight from New York
(Kennedy), twice-daily flights from Miami and three times a week
from Boston. US Airways offers daily flights from Charlotte, N.C.,
and five flights a week from Philadelphia. Delta serves the
destination daily from Atlanta.
"The 600-suite Cove
Atlantis on Paradise Island will open in March, marking the next
phase of Kerzner International's Atlantis expansion. The property
will be housed in a 22-story tower and will feature the first Bobby
Flay Mesa Grill restaurant outside the U.S., an adults-only pool
area with 22 private cabanas as well as a separate family pool, a
nightclub called Pure, and several cafes and restaurants. In
addition, the 63-acre Aquafest water theme park with a river rapids
course and the Power Tower with four high-tech water slides opens
in January; on tap in February will be the 11-acre Dolphin Cay
attraction, which will serve as the new home to 17 dolphins
displaced from their home in Gulfport, Miss. by Hurricane Katrina.
The 30,000-square-foot Mandara Spa and a residential condominium
tower next to the Cove will open next spring as well. Atlantis is
accepting reservations for the Cove at (877) COVE VIP or via the
Web site at www.thecoveatlantis.com.
" After $29 million
in renovations and upgrades, the 329-room Club Med La Caravelle in
Guadeloupe will reopen Dec. 16, following a nine-month closure.
Three days earlier, Delta will launch twice-weekly flights on
Wednesdays and Saturdays from Atlanta to Pointe a Pitre,
Guadeloupe. La Caravelle, a longtime favorite with families, opened
in 1971. Facilities now include a Mini-Club Med for ages 4 to 10
years and a Junior Club for teenagers up to age 17. Seven-night
all-inclusive land-and-air rates this winter start at $1,120 per
person, double. For details, visit www.clubmed.com.
ANNUAL NEVIS INTERNATIONAL CULINARY HERITAGE EXPOSITION is
set for Oct. 18 to 25. The festival highlights the food, wine and
culture of the Caribbean and includes cooking demonstrations by
leading Caribbean and international chefs. In celebration, the Four
Seasons Resort Nevis is offering two NICHE packages: a seven-night
plan with accommodations, daily breakfast and two massages is
priced from $2,450 per person, double; five nights with room and
breakfast daily is $1,625 per person, double. Rates do not include
admission to NICHE events. For festival details, visit www.nevis-niche.com; for Four Seasons, visit www.fourseasons.com/nevis.
Phone: (201) 902-1591
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