Bolongo Bay Beach Resort on St. Thomas introduced its VI Keys package for guests who want to include activities in the price.

In addition to oceanview accommodations, the deal includes visits to island attractions such as Coral World Ocean Park, Trunk Bay on St. John and the St. Thomas Skyride.

A shopping excursion, an island tour of St. John, a one-day car rental and a scuba lesson in the resorts pool also are included.

Pricing starts at $1,717. The VI Keys package is available from Dec. 23 to April 16.

Call (800) 524-4746 or visit www.bolongobay.com/html/hmypkg.html for more information.

The 114-room Mandarin Oriental, Grand Cayman is scheduled to open on Barefoot Beach on the islands northeastern shore in 2007.

Included in the development will be 37 condos, which will be available for rent and included in the total room count.

The resort spa facility will offer 11 treatment rooms, including two VIP couples suites, heat and water treatments, an outdoor Watsu pool and a cafe.

The resort also will have two pools, tennis courts and a fitness center.

Raffles Resort Canouan Island in the Grenadines launched its flight concierge program, which entails private jet service from Barbados or St. Lucia to tiny Canouan.

A member of Raffles flight concierge team greets guests at the airport and escorts them to a private plane for the 45-minute flight from Barbados or the 30-minute flight from St. Lucia.

The roundtrip service costs $375 per person and includes ground transportation to the resort.

In addition, the Raffles Resort Canouan Island uses its seven-seat Cessna Citation II to fly guests to the resort from Miami or other points in the Caribbean.

SuperClubs launched a cash-back Warm Up sweepstakes incentive to help clients and their agents deal with rising fuel costs.

One contest winner will be selected each month through March in drawings from a pool of guests booked by March 31 for stays of at least two nights through April 30.

Prize winners will receive a $1,000 check from SuperClubs. In addition, each winners travel agent will win $1,000.

Agents who book clients at any of SuperClubs 11 Grand Lido, Hedonism and Breezes resorts are eligible to win.

Once a booking is in place, agents can register themselves and their clients at www.superclubs.com/warmup.

Montpelier Plantation Inn in Nevis is the sole Caribbean resort selected to join Relais & Chateaux in 2006.

Relais & Chateaux is a global association of 453 luxury hotels and restaurants in 50 countries on five continents.

Six Caribbean properties are already Relais & Chateaux members: Biras Creek Resort, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands; Cobblers Cove, Barbados; Hotel Cap Est Lagoon Resort and Spa, Martinique; the Horned Dorset Primavera, Puerto Rico; and Eden Rock and Le Toiny, both on St. Barts.

For a complete listing, visit www.relaischateaux.com.

St. Johns Concordia Campgrounds at the Estate Concordia Preserve has added seven cloth-covered eco-tents that include fully equipped kitchens and solar-powered refrigerators and showers. The tents can accommodate up to six people.

The seven new units complement the 18 already standing and are based on ideas developed by Concordias sister property, Maho Bay Camps, one of the first eco-resorts in the U.S.

Maho Bay Camps opened in 1976 and has since been a leader in sustainable tourism.

Concordia now offers five wheelchair-accessible eco-tents, one of them in the new section. For details, visit www.maho.org.

Carlson Hotels Worldwide acquired the 253-room LHabitation de Lonvilliers Resort, formerly the Le Meridien, on St. Martin.

Carlson plans to rename it the Radisson St. Martin Resort and Spa in late 2006, following a $60 million renovation of the property.

The acquisition also includes a 160-slip marina. 

A $65 million luxury resort on Scrub Island, a 230-acre tract off Beef Island near Tortola in the British Virgin Islands, broke ground last month. The opening is pegged for the fall of 2007.

The property, which will include hotel rooms, condominium units and a 150-slip marina, is the first new resort development in the British Virgin Islands in 20 years.

Westin will enter the Dutch Caribbean market with the 310-room Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort and Spa, slated for a fall 2006 opening.

The facility also will include a 99-unit condominium complex, a spa, a casino and meetings facilities.

Westin currently operates Caribbean resorts on Grand Cayman, Puerto Rico and St. John as well as in the Bahamas.

The Four Seasons Resort Nevis will celebrate its 15th anniversary on Feb. 14 with the completion of a $10 million product enhancement.

Upgrades include seaside restaurant Mango, on the site of the former Hermitage Plantation Inn Beach Club; new soft goods in the guest rooms; and a new reflection pool.

A new Dive & Dine program offers scuba divers the opportunity to cook what they catch at a private beach barbecue.

The Four Seasons also has enhanced its sea turtle adoption program for kids, which helps preserve the  turtles that nest on Nevis beaches.

Peter Island Resort in the British Virgin Islands debuted the first phase of its new Web site at www.peterisland.com, doubling the size and scope of the old version.

In the second phase, slated for completion in the first quarter of 2006, the site will address travel agent benefits and rewards, a comprehensive guest loyalty program and an online booking tool.

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To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].

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