Paradise Bay sets opening rates

Paradise Bay's rates in June and from Sept. 1 to Oct. 26 range from $109 per room, per night, double, for a standard room to $191 for a honeymoon suite, based on a three-night minimum stay and a deposit of three nights. In July, August and from Oct. 27 to Dec. 14, the rates range from $119 to $209.

A Saver Rate, which requires a three-month advance booking, a seven-night minimum stay and a three-night deposit, ranges from $96 to $168 from Sept. 1 to Oct. 26, and from $136 to $184 from Oct. 27 to Dec. 14.

The resort's Wedding in Paradise package, priced at $2,950, includes local formalities, a bridal bouquet, a digital photo shoot, a wedding photo, floral decorations, a champagne reception with hors d'oeuvres and a gourmet wedding dinner with live music.

Paradise Bay offers a one-week Wellness Special package, available through Dec. 14, that includes all meals, one massage or spa treatment per day and unlimited use of the health club. The package is $875 per person plus 18% tax and service charges.

Commission is 10%. Agents will be able to book through the resort's Web site, which currently is being redesigned and updated, and through a GDS.

To book, call (473) 405-8888 or e-mail [email protected]. -- G.N.M.

James Post, owner and managing director of the new Paradise Bay Resort in Grenada, is serious about energy conservation. So serious, in fact, that he has installed the first utility-grade windmill in the Caribbean. It will be used as the resort's primary source of electricity.

In mid-March, installation was completed on a 100-foot tower with blades that span 60 feet.

The commissioning of the windmill -- the date when it becomes fully operative -- rests with the local electric company in Grenada, according to Post.

"We were trying for May, but I think it will be in June, according to good Caribbean delay standards," he said.

Post, a former high-tech electronics executive, couldn't be happier about the benefits that the windmill will bring to his resort.

"The economic sense of wind energy as an alternative energy source is now a very clear issue," said Post. "The environmental advantages of wind energy are already known. The primary wind systems in the Caribbean are the northeast trade winds, which are ideal for windmills. Because the cost of fuel is very high in the Caribbean, wind energy is a natural choice in this region."

Post estimated that the resort's energy costs will decrease by more than 30% due to the windmill.

The nine-villa Paradise Bay is set to open on June 1 in La Tante near St. David's on eight beachfront acres on the southeastern coast of Grenada, about a 40-minute drive from the airport.

Each villa has a suite and a standard guest room. Each suite has a small living room with a sofa bed. The honeymoon rooms and suites have Jacuzzis on large verandas.

The villas are being sold as residential units; when not owner-occupied, the units will be available as rentals.

All accommodations offer ocean views and are furnished with locally made soft goods and rattan furniture; an entertainment center with TV, DVD player and CDs; a fully equipped kitchen; hammocks; and lounge chairs. 

Facilities at Paradise Bay include the Aloe Vera restaurant, where locally caught rock lobsters are the specialty; the Frangipani Beach Bar & Grill; a pool and sun deck; spa facilities; a tennis court; and trails and walkways. Kayaks and snorkeling gear are available.

Post's preoccupation with energy conservation extends to the 500 solar lights placed around the resort, solar-powered water heaters, energy-saving light bulbs and rainwater wells. Hundreds of fruit trees and an organic vegetable garden will supply much of the resort's produce.

But for now, it is the windmill that is the eye-catcher.

Its construction took three months; involved up to 12 workers, depending on the stage of construction; and cost $240,000. It was funded by private investors, according to Post.

Post said that the windmill "has generated international interest from students, hoteliers, hotel associations, environmental organizations and potential windmill developers."

Because of this interest, Post will run tours of the windmill on Saturdays in July and August.

For more information on the resort, visit www.paradisebayresort.net.

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

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