The 72-room Bay Gardens Beach
Hotel on Reduit Beach in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia is open for
The resort is the
centerpiece of the Bay Garden Resorts chain on St. Lucia, which
includes the 87-room Bay Gardens Hotel and the 32-room Bay Gardens
Facilities at the
new resort include the Hi Tide beachside restaurant, the Lo Tide
deli and snack bar and a wedding gazebo.
Mediterranean-style restaurant will open later this
The resort said a
kids' club, a fitness center and dive facilities will be ready by
Resorts, a hotel management and development company based
in Sedona, Ariz., launched two projects in the Caribbean:
Crab Cay and Kittitian
Crab Cay is a
180-acre island located off Great Exuma in the Bahamas; Kittitian
Hill is on the north side of St. Kitts.
include resort and residential components. Each development will
have a boutique hotel and a destination spa. There will be a golf
course at Kittitian Hill and a marina for yachts up to 300 feet
long at Crab Cay. No timetable has been announced for the
named CHA president
Marchena Kaluche from the Dominican Republic is the new
president of the Caribbean Hotel Association.
Kaluche succeeds Peter Odle of Barbados and will serve a two-year
term, 2008 to 2010.
Kaluche, a lawyer,
is the second Dominican to hold that post. The first was Simon
Suarez in 2002.
The two-year, $25
million renovation at the 479-room Frenchman's Reef and
Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort on St. Thomas will be
completed later this summer.
Guest room upgrades
include new bedding, mahogany and granite furniture and new
The 96-unit Morning
Star complex added flat-screen TVs in guest rooms, while the four
bilevel suites at Frenchman's Reef were renovated at a cost of
$100,000 per suite.
Public areas have
been enhanced, including the Windows on the Harbour restaurant,
which got new carpeting and booths.
for Grand Cayman
Airways, which operates nonstop service three days a week
between New York and Grand Cayman, will up its frequency next
The schedule calls
for four weekly flights from Nov. 9 to Jan. 6, three from Jan. 7 to
Feb. 7, and five from Feb. 8 to April 20.
The schedule will
go back to three flights on April 21.
Ritz-Carlton targets groups
Ritz-Carlton resorts in the Caribbean (Rose Hall,
Jamaica; Grand Cayman; San Juan; and St. Thomas) are offering a
Summer Escape group plan until Oct. 30.
The package is
based on 30 rooms or more per night. Rates start at $229 per room,
per night, double, in a gardenview room at the Ritz-Carlton, Rose
Rates cover room,
tax, service charges, resort fees, meeting space, a spa treatment
and a 10% discount on catered food and beverage.
Gay Nagle Myers is Travel Weekly's Caribbean editor. E-mail
her at [email protected].