INTERNATIONAL HOTELS will manage the new Discovery at
Marigot Bay, a Sonesta Resort, on the west coast of St. Lucia, set
to open late this year. The 124-room property will offer one-, two-
and three-bedroom apartment-style accommodations, three restaurants
and lounges, a spa, fitness center, a 60-berth marina and a Marina
Village with shops, water sports, cafes and yachting facilities.
Sonestas portfolio of 26 hotels, resorts and three Nile cruise
ships, includes only one other Caribbean resort -- the 534-room Maho Beach
Resort & Casino in St. Maarten, which was rebranded as a
Sonesta last July. For booking details, call (800) SONESTA or visit
TOURISM OFFICIALS report that 774 hotel rooms are
available for occupancy, which is 48% of the islands current room
stock. Officials project that more than 900 will be on line by the
end of March. By the end of 2005, another 600 rooms will become
available. The Rex Grenadian will be back in business in May while
Blue Horizons Garden Resort reopens July 5. Both LaSource and Spice
Island Beach Resort are scheduled to reopen in December. Coyaba
Beach Resort is slated to reopen in March 2006 as a four-star
property. For more information on Grenada, visit www.grenadagrenadines.com.
MONTSERRATS recently opened $1.2 million
air terminal signals how far the island has come since the 1997
Soufriere Hills volcanic eruptions. Officials indicated the
airports new runway should be in operation by May. The government
awarded a two-year contract to Winair to operate scheduled flights
between Montserrat and Antigua on 19-seater Twin Otter aircraft.
Montserrats original W. H. Bramble airport was abandoned in June 97
following elevated levels of volcanic activity in the area. Since
that time, transport in and out of Montserrat has been by ferry and
" The Hotel Guanahani & Spa in St. Barts offers an even
exchange rate, dollar to euro, on summer packages prepaid in
U.S. dollars. The packages also reflect a 50% discount on
high-season prices. The five-night St. Barts Spree, valid for
travel from April 15 to Oct. 31, is priced from $2,680 [or euros]
in an oceanview double. Rates also cover transfers, all meals, a
five-day car rental, a welcome gift, tax and service charges. To
book, call Leading Hotels of the World at (800) 223-6800.
" Groundbreaking will take place this spring for the Palmyra Resort
& Spa at Rose Hall, a beachfront condo-hotel project near the
Ritz-Carlton in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Facilities will include 26
villas, 504 condominium units, a spa, infinity pool and a
half-mile-long beach. Completion is set for late 2006. For details,
PALM RESORT and Conference Center, the former Holiday Inn
Nassau at Junkanoo Beach, has begun a half-million-dollar
refurbishment and upgrade project, set for completion in May. The
resort, located on Bay Street in Nassau, is one of 26 properties
owned and operated by Driftwood Hospitality Management in Jupiter,
firms other Bahamas resort includes the Holiday Inn Sunspree Resort
on Paradise Island and the nearby Hurricane Hole Marina in Nassau.
For details on the Nassau Palm Resort, visit www.nassau-hotel.com.