Travel Weeklys Caribbean E-letter: Feb. 24, 2005

GOOD NEWS FOR GRENADA: The 32-room Blue Horizons Garden Resort will reopen July 5 with new furnishings, a new color scheme and structural renovations, according to owner Arnold Hopkin. The property has been closed since last September to make repairs from Hurricane Ivan. Other refurbishments include a redesigned La Belle Creole gourmet restaurant and a new hotel entrance. Rates from July 5 through Dec. 15 start at $125 per room, per night, double in a superior studio. For information, call (800) 223-9444 or visit www.grenadabluehorizons.com.

LODGEPODGE
" The 19-room Cotton House, the only hotel on Mustique in the Grenadines, reopened recently after a seven-month renovation project that added the new two-bedroom Cotton Hill Residence, complete with pool, outdoor rock shower, soaking tub and dedicated staff. Private plunge pools were added to eight suites; all rooms and baths were refurbished and include flat screen TVs and DVDs. Wireless Internet access is offered throughout the property. For rates and bookings, call (877) 240-9945 or visit www.cottonhouse.net.
" Old Bahama Bay on Grand Bahama Island, closed since last fall due to hurricane damage, will reopen March 14. All resort, marina and recreational operations with resume on that date. For details, visit www.oldbahamabay.com.

US AIRWAYS VACATIONS has more than 180 kids-stay-free packages at participating properties on 15 islands, Cancun, Cozumel, the Riviera Maya, Belize and Costa Rica.  Packages cover roundtrip air on US Airways, accommodations, taxes and service charges, and transfers. All-inclusive plans also cover meals, beverages, water sports and entertainment. For information, access VAX VacationAccess.

PENCIL IT IN
" Caribbean Hotel Industry Conference [CHIC], June 26 to 29, Hyatt Regency Miami. The U.S. location marks the first time that the annual event, sponsored by the Caribbean Hotel Association, will be held outside the Caribbean. CHIC details will be announced shortly at www.caribbeanhotels.org.
" The 40th annual Carriacou Regatta, July 24 to Aug. 1, Carriacou in the Grenadines. To celebrate the islands boat-building and boat-racing traditions, the event will feature wooden boat races, model boat races, donkey races, and music competitions. More than 3,000 returning locals and 2,000 visitors are expected. For schedules and ticket prices, visit www.carriacouregatta.com.

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