Travel Weeklys Caribbean E-letter: January 12, 2006

GRACE BAY BEACH in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, will welcome another high-end resort when The Somerset on Grace Bay, a 54-suite residence resort, has its grand opening June 1. The property, located on 4.6 beachfront acres next door to The Palms, will feature innovations new to the current accommodations product in Provo, including Somerset Extreme Croquet (a beach variation of the regular game); whimsical tea parties; the Potcake Wishing Well, where coins tossed by guests will be used to rescue the islands abandoned dogs; and seminars taught in sandcastle-building. The suites, which will be placed in the resort inventory when not owner-occupied, will feature full kitchens, a dining room, a living room and from one to four bedrooms each. The resort manager is Karen Whitt; the residence manager is Karl Shand. Rates will start at $455 per night during low season for a one-bedroom English cottage suite to $5,000 for a four-bedroom estate penthouse during peak season. For details, call (649) 946-5900 or visit www.thesomerset.com.

TAKEOFFS

" Air Jamaica will add one more nonstop flight per week from New York (Kennedy) to Grenada, effective Feb. 23, up from the current schedule of three nonstops a week. The flights, which will operate Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays in both directions, will depart Kennedy at 10:30 a.m., arriving in Grenada at 4:10 p.m. On the return leg, the flight will leave Grenada at 5 p.m. and arrive in New York at 8:50 p.m. Brenda Hood, Grenadas minister of tourism and culture, applauded Air Jamaicas quick response to our need for additional nonstop service to and from New York. Mike Conway, Air Jamaicas president and CEO said: The route has been performing exceptionally well and an increase in service is good for both Air Jamaica and Grenada.

" Delta Vacations Companion Flies Free promotion is valid on bookings of six or more nights through Jan. 31 for travel through June 30, except for the April 8 to 18 blackout period. The free roundtrip companion ticket applies to the air portion only of the package, which is offered at 35 resorts in Antigua, Aruba, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St. Thomas and the Turks and Caicos. For details, visit www.deltavacations.com or call (800) 221-6666. Delta Vacations also can be booked via VAX VacationAccess.

LODGEPODGE

" The six-apartment Jennys Place, a new complex near Coconuts Cafe on the northern end of Grand Anse Beach on Grenada, has six-night rates from $420 per room, single or double, through April 14. The rates drop to a $350 per week starting point from April 15 to Dec. 14. Children 3 to 12 years of age can stay in the same room for $70 per week, year round. For details, visit www.jennysplacegrenada.com.

" Sandals and Beaches Resorts annual Early Booking Bonus offer is on the books again. Guests booking a three-night minimum stay for travel from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2007 (yes, thats next year) at any Sandals or Beaches resort, can take advantage of 2006 rates, which means a savings of up to 25% off published rack rates, single supplements, extra adult rates and children rates. Blackout dates apply and a four-night minimum stay is required for stays at the Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort & Offshore Island in Nassau. For details, visit www.sandals.com or www.beaches.com.

IN THE BAD NEWS DEPARTMENT, hurricane experts William Gray and Philip Klotzbach of Colorado State University predicted this years Atlantic hurricane season could see 17 named storms with nine of them reaching hurricane status and five of those expected to be intense. The experts also predicted that the probability of a Category 3 or higher storm making landfall in the Caribbean is above average. The chance of a strong hurricane hitting the U.S. coastline is expected to be 81%, up from an average of 52% for the past century. We can only wait and see.

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