The Natural Bridge, one
of Arubas most treasured and photographed attractions, collapsed
and fell into the sea after centuries of pounding by the
The rock bridge,
which was 100 feet long and 25 feet high, was formed by coral
limestone carved from thousands of years of pounding waves and
strong winds on Arubas jagged northern coast.
arrangements for a tribute to the bridge are not yet final, the
Aruba Tourism Authority is discussing several
plans, one of which could include Web site submissions by visitors
of their favorite Natural Bridge photos and memories.
adds Turks and Caicos flights
Airlines will offer daily flights from Fort Lauderdale to
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos, on Feb. 16.
service to Grand Turk, also in the Turks and Caicos, from Fort
Lauderdale will begin Feb. 19.
Seabourne opens wine cellar
Seabourne opened a wine cellar for private tastings,
dining and corporate meetings on the island of Culebra off the east
coast of Puerto Rico.
weekend program, valid through Dec. 15, includes room, breakfast,
one dinner, a wine tasting, two drinks and use of a kayak for an
hour, and is priced from $398 per couple.
to enter Barbados market
After pulling out
of St. Martin earlier this year, Meridien Hotels &
Resorts plans to enter the Barbados market with the
200-room Le Meridien Barbados, opening in 2010 as
part of a luxury waterfront development at the Pierhead in
The property will
offer banquet facilities, a marina restaurant, a pool with a
beachside terrace and bar, a health and fitness club and a rooftop
Continental adds Punta Cana
Continental Airlines will launch two
weekly flights from Houston to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, on
Dec. 16. The new route will complement Continentals existing
nonstop flights to Punta Cana from Newark.
The flights will
depart Houston on Fridays and Saturdays at 1:30 p.m., arriving in
Punta Cana at 7:35 p.m. The return flights will leave Punta Cana on
Saturdays and Sundays at 9:10 a.m., arriving in Houston at
Nevis launches fall promo
Nevis in Nevis offers a fall promotion with one free night
for every two paid nights, which can reduce the price for a couple
in a deluxe king to $83 per person, per night, and the price for a
family of four in a superior suite to $50 per person, per night
(kids under 12 years are free of charge in room with
The offer is
valid to Dec. 15 but blacked out from Nov. 23 to 27. For more
information, visit www.mountnevishotel.com.
offer high-speed Internet
Hilton hotels in the Caribbean now offer
high-speed Internet access in guest rooms and meetings facilities,
and seven of the nine properties also offer wireless Internet in
public areas, priced at $15 or less for 24 hours use.
is available at the Hilton Barbados; Caribe Hilton, San Juan;
Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort in Ponce, Puerto Rico; Hilton
Tobago Golf & Spa Resort, Tobago; Hilton Trinidad &
Conference Center, Trinidad; Hilton Kingston Jamaica; and Hilton
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Tobago expands services
Tobago, a Halifax, Nova-Scotia-based company specializing
in Tobago, now offers arrangements for land tours, car rentals,
diving, mountain biking, fishing, kayak rentals and wedding
The firm works
with on-island Holiday Accommodations to secure rooms at most of
Tobagos resorts and villas.
details, visit www.adventuretobago.com or e-mail Susan Kalliecharan
at [email protected].
Almond Resort offers 40% off
Morgan Bay Beach Resort, the newest member of
Almond Resorts, will open on St. Lucia Nov. 15
with special rates of up to 40% off on bookings made through Nov.
30 for travel to Jan. 21.
drops to 30% for travel from Jan. 22 to April 24. Sale prices start at $150 per person, per night,
double, and require a three-night minimum stay.
The property will
open with 238 rooms and expand to 336 by fall 2006. To book, visit
www.almondresorts.com and include booking code
enhances commission options
Vacations is paying 15% commission on its
vacation flight packages, scheduled air packages and land-only
packages from Newark, LaGuardia, Kennedy and Islip, booked through
June 30, for travel anytime.
agents can keep 15% commissions throughout 2006 if they have 100
passengers on the books by June 30.
reveals swimwear collection
To coincide with
the debut of the $60 million Club Med Buccaneers Creek on
Martinique on Dec. 17, Club Med will unveil a
collection of swimwear created by Brazilian
designer Rosa Cha. The swimwear will be sold at Club Med boutiques
The new, 293-room
resort was constructed on the site of the original property, which
opened in 1969. Amenities include an infinity pool, the Club Med
Spa, gym, a beachside entertainment area and three
restaurants. Rooms have CDs, flat-screen
TVs, pillow-top beds and mini-refrigerators.
air-inclusive packages start at $1,775 per person plus a $55 Club
Med membership fee. For details, visit www.clubmed.com.
launch kids photo contest
with the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the
National Geographic Traveler magazine launched its
first annual Caribbean Youth Photography
The In My View
competition is aimed at Caribbean students between 12 and 17 years
of age, who are asked to submit up to five photos each that capture
the best attributes of their country and culture, including people,
food, landscapes or local community events.
Entry forms are
available at schools in the 32 CTO member nations. The entry
deadline is Nov. 15; winners will be announced in
winner will receive a three-night trip for two (child and
parent/guardian) to Washington with a visit to the National
Geographic Society, a tour of the city and a digital
photos will appear in National Geographic Travelers May/June 2006
winner will receive a digital camera and three photography books
from National Geographic. The third-place winner gets 10
will be displayed at select travel shows.
visit www.onecaribbean.org or www.nationalgeographic.com/traveler.
reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].