Although Grenadas hotel inventory
currently stands at slightly more than 55% operational as
properties renovate and repair following Hurricane Ivan last fall,
its cruise picture is looking very bright.
are expected to top 280,000 this year, a 20% increase compared with
2004 and well above figures for 2003, as well.
A tourist board
spokesman said that the high volume indicates that Grenada already
is benefitting from the new cruise port, which opened last fall
after the hurricane.
hotels issued new timetables for reopening, including LaSource,
which plans to reopen in March 2006 instead of December 2005, and
the Rex Grenadian, which will reopen in July instead of next
With an eye aimed
squarely at the teen market (ages 14 to 17), Club Med debuted the
Ramp at the Club Med Punta Cana in the Dominican
The facility also
will be rolled out at Club Meds family properties in Ixtapa,
Mexico, and Sandpiper, Fla., by the end of the year.
The Ramp, a
collaboration between Coca-Cola and Rockwell Group designers, is a
two-story, open-air lounge that serves as a place for teens to hang
out, skateboard, roller skate and escape parental
deck has a skateboard and skating ramp, housed beneath a fabric
sail, as well as a giant hammock and two benches with telescopes.
Under the ramp is a lounge lined with chairs, a self-serve soda
fountain bar, and a jukebox.
packages at Club Med Punta Cana this summer start at $840 per adult
and $430 per child (ages 4 to 15).
The Grand Cayman
Marriott Beach Resort on Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman, closed
since Hurricane Ivan last fall, is undergoing a $15 million
The pool, beach,
oceanfront bars and restaurants and 75% of its 307 guest rooms and
suites will be back in operation at the resorts soft opening
planned for June 1.
will be completed by Aug. 1.
Trans Meridian Airlines will launch its summer schedule of 10
nonstop flights per week between Orlando Sanford Airport and San
Juan on May 13.
On May 27, the
carrier will begin nonstop, seasonal service twice a week between
Orlando Sanford and Aguadilla, Puerto Rico.
Hilton Curacao became the first Caribbean venue for the Hilton
International-owned Livingwell Health Club brand.
Facilities at the
resorts renovated and expanded health and fitness club, now called
Livingwell Health and Beach Club, include two tennis courts, three
pools, two beach areas and a 2,000-square-foot fitness center with
a range of workout equipment and exercise classes.
Adjacent to but
not affiliated with the health club is the Color of Purple Spa,
which opened last September.
Peter Webster said that the 2-year-old resort will introduce
high-speed Internet access in guest rooms in May.
Caneel Bay in St. John named Ted Peters executive chef in charge of
the propertys four restaurants. Peters
was with the Loews Miami Beach Hotel.
Little Dix Bay in Virgin Gorda, Kathaleen Fairey was named spa
director. She was formerly at the Hotel Crescent Court in
reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].