Bahamas mega-resort Atlantis, Paradise Island and Johnson's, the baby-care company, will launch the Gentle Travel program on June 1 to address the needs of families traveling with infants.

The program will include the Gentle Travel Kit, delivered with each crib (last year, Atlantis logged 6,500 crib requests). The kit is stocked with body creams, a lullaby CD and a nightlight.

The program was created by Dr. Jennifer Trachtenberg, a pediatrician, in response to the concerns of parents traveling with very young children. In addition to  the Gentle Travel program, Atlantis also created a Prompt Response line for parents in need of additional baby supplies or baby-sitters.

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Elite Island Resorts, with eight properties in the Caribbean, broke ground on The Verandah, a 30-acre resort on the northeastern coast of Antigua set to open in the spring of 2007.

Each of the 200 oceanfront villas will accommodate four, with an option to interconnect adjoining units. Amenities include kitchenettes with microwave, coffeemaker, mini-fridge; Internet access; and satellite TV.

The Verandah joins Elite's four other Antigua resorts: Galley Bay, St. James's Club, Occidental Grand Pineapple Beach and Dian Bay Resort & Spa.

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We're a hotel ...

The Water Club in San Juan officially changed its name to the San Juan Water & Beach Club Hotel. Prior to the name change, many perceived the beachfront boutique property as a members-only facility that was unavailable to outsiders.

Services at the hotel include beach butler service, afternoon sorbets and beach massages. For rates, call (888) 265-6699.

Earlier birds

Continental Airlines shifts flight times from Houston to Aruba as of June 10. The flights, operating Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, will depart Houston at 9:30 a.m. and arrive in Aruba at 3:15 p.m.

Previously, the flight left Houston at 1:35 p.m. with a 7:07 p.m. arrival. The return flight, which remains the same, will leave Aruba at 4:15 p.m., arriving in Houston at 7:55 p.m.

White is in at Round Hill

Designer Ralph Lauren lent his hand to the redesign of Round Hill Hotel & Villas' 36-room Pineapple House Hotel in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The resort also offers 27 private villas, most with private pools. Lauren used an all-white color scheme in the rooms, which are accented by four-poster king-size beds, draped in white nets, with 300-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets.

New bathrooms, also a Lauren design, include freestanding white tubs with separate showers. Nightly rates are $350, double, to Dec. 14 and $550, double, from Dec. 15 to April 14, including tax and service charges.


Another name for Our Lucaya

The Grand Bahama resort known as the Westin and Sheraton at Our Lucaya since February 2003 has changed names again. Officials said the new name, the Westin and Sheraton Grand Bahama Island Our Lucaya Resort, is supposed to more effectively communicate the resort's location.

In addition, the Westin part of the resort reopened its Lighthouse Pointe wing after a four-month makeover. A total of 198 oceanview rooms, including six 1,000-square-foot suites, were renovated with new furniture, including Westin's Heavenly Bed and Bath, carpeting and flat-screen TVs.

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Viva la familia!

Viva Resorts rolls out the red carpet for families this summer. From June 1 to July 31, kids ages 17 and under eat, stay and play for free while rooming with one paying adult at any of eight all-inclusive resorts in the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and Mexico. Visit


The challenge of global tourism will be the theme of the annual Caribbean Hotel Industry Conference (CHIC 2006), set for June 25 to 28 at the Hyatt Regency Miami.

The 2006 Caribbean Hotelier of the Year will be announced at the closing black-tie gala. In addition, CHA President-Elect Peter Odle from Barbados will officially assume the CHA reins for the 2006-2008 term, as Berthia Parle, the current president from St. Lucia, steps down.

Barbados home run

The Barbados Tourism Authority signed a three-year deal with the New York Mets baseball team to promote Barbados at all home and away games through 2008.

When a Mets player hits a home run at Shea Stadium during a designated inning, one fan who is either at the stadium or registered online at wins a free trip to Barbados. The BTA also will offer a Mets-themed Barbados weekend package next fall to season-ticket holders.

Gay Nagle Myers is Travel Weeklys Caribbean editor. E-mail her at [email protected].


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