Nevis -- A turtle adoption program is at the heart of an upscale
resorts winter promotion targeted at the family market.
The Four Seasons
Resort Nevis, which operates the complimentary Kids for All Seasons
activity program for guests ages 3 to 11, partnered with the
Florida-based Caribbean Conservation Corp. (CCC) to launch an
adoption program in December for endangered hawksbill, leatherback
and green sea turtles. The program will run through summer
in at the resort this winter receive an adoption kit, complete with
a certificate bearing the name and color photograph of the adopted
turtle as well as its weight, length, location tagged and date
released into the sea.
guide, decal, logo magnet, turtle postage stamps created by Nevis
schoolchildren and a one-year subscription to the CCCs newsletter
also are in the packet. Four Seasons
makes a contribution in each familys name to the CCCs ongoing
efforts to study and save the turtles.
Each turtle has a
small transmitter attached to its back, enabling CCC researchers to
monitor its movements, which are then posted on CCCs Web site with
maps that show the turtles movements and whereabouts, said Martin
Sinclair, general manager of the Four Seasons Resort
The Web site is
at www.cccturtle.org. If the tracking device falls off,
kids can e-mail the CCC and the group will assign another turtle to
Kids get really
excited knowing they can see on the computer what their very own
turtle is doing, Sinclair said. While they are here at the resort
with us, we gear lots of their activities to sea turtle life on
Nevis, which has always been a turtle nesting spot.
He said turtles
return to the same beach to lay their eggs, and our employees have
been trained to spot turtle tracks in the sand.
Four Seasons works with the
Department of Fisheries and the Nevis Turtle Group to monitor
nesting activities. Families are given a curriculum guide to sea
turtle biology and the conservation efforts in Nevis.
Arts and crafts,
beach walks and other kids activities are tailored to the turtle
program, Sinclair said. We even have a life-size model of a turtle
in our reception area.
environmental effort taking shape at the Four Seasons is the
creation of an artificial reef in the waters off Pinneys
governmental approval for a reef to be built by a group called the
Reef Ball Foundation, Sinclair said.
He explained that
the first section of the new reef, which will be completed next
month, is at the north end of the resorts beach, spanning between
60 feet and 80 feet in length.
Concrete balls in
different sizes and shapes, weighing between 100 pounds and 500
pounds each, are dropped into about 10 feet of water with a sandy
bottom, Sinclair said. Each ball has lots of holes in it, which
will attract corals, other marine life and fish. The goal is to
simulate reef action and ultimately create a snorkeling trail
around this reef.
In other resort
news, Sinclair, who was named general manager last June after
serving as the resort manager for two years, said 2004 was the best
year the resort has had since 1999.
Were returning to
the occupancies of the 1990s, and next year looks even better,
The booking pace
has increased over last winter; the Christmas season was booked
months ago, and the high season prospects are very strong, he
formerly of the Four Seasons Hotel London, was named resort
The Four Seasons
became the Caribbeans first AAA Five Diamond Resort this year, and
its new spa already has garnered several consumer travel readership
awards. A series of treatments that use products made on the island
will debut this winter.
Close to 50 of
our new villas will be ready by the end of the year, and were
building more, Sinclair said.
The four- and
five-bedroom units with gardens and a pool, when not occupied by
the owners, supplement the resorts 196-room inventory.
include new recipes created by the resorts executive chef, Cyrille
Pannier, who also offers guests an opportunity to dive or fish for
their dinner with him on the resorts Dive and Dine
Daily rack rates
from Jan. 3 through April 9 range from $625 for a deluxe
mountainside room to $4,940 for a luxury three-bedroom suite.
Villas go from $1,700 per night for two bedrooms to $5,100 for five
bedrooms with a pool.
For packages and
meal plans, contact the resort at www.fourseasons.com or call (800) 332-3442.
reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].