CHARLESTOWN, 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 2005.

Families checking 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.

A conservation 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 Nevis.

The Web site is at If the tracking device falls off, kids can e-mail the CCC and the group will assign another turtle to them.

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.

The movements of "adopted" turtles are posted on a Web site.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.

Another environmental effort taking shape at the Four Seasons is the creation of an artificial reef in the waters off Pinneys Beach.

We received 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, Sinclair said.

The booking pace has increased over last winter; the Christmas season was booked months ago, and the high season prospects are very strong, he said.

Todd Cilano, formerly of the Four Seasons Hotel London, was named resort manager.

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.

Other initiatives 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 package.

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 or call (800) 332-3442.

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


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