CASTRIES, St. Lucia -- Hotel developments, expanded airlift and a
spike in visitor figures in 2003 are good news to tourism officials
here who are optimistic that 2004 will see a continuation of the
upward tourism trend.
St. Lucia's primary markets, the U.S., the U.K. and the
Caribbean, registered increases through the third quarter of last
year, up 8.6% overall and 4.2% for the U.S, according to the St.
Lucia Tourist Board.
An official described the upsurge as "one of the highest bumps
in the eastern Caribbean."
Airlift will get a boost when Delta Airlines launches nonstop
service between Atlanta and St. Lucia's Hewanorra Airport on April
4. Delta will fly twice weekly, on Sundays and Mondays, using the
737-800 series with 148 seats.
Minister of tourism Phillip Pierre said the new service "will
add impetus to our efforts to increase U.S. arrivals and
initiatives to expand the reach of St. Lucia's tourism
In the hotel arena, the 20-room boutique-style Coco Kreole
(formerly Candyo Inn), which opened in Rodney Bay last fall, offers
high-season rates based on length of stay.
For one to three nights, prices begin at $100 per room, per
night, double; the rates drop to $95 a night for a stay of three to
five nights and to $90 a night for six or more nights. The prices
cover accommodations and continental breakfast; an 18% tax is
Coco Kreole, the first of three properties in the Coco Resorts
family, is owned and managed by Allen Chastanet, formerly with Air
Jamaica and, prior to that, with the St. Lucia Tourist Board as
director of tourism.
Chastanet said that Coco Resorts will include two additional
properties, Coco Palm and Coco Plum, to be built in two phases over
the next four years.
The new resorts, also in the Rodney Bay area, will feature
between 70 and 90 rooms each, representing a total investment of
For Coco Kreole information and reservations, visit the Web site
Other hotel developments:
• Stonefield Estate Villa Resort near Soufriere added four
one-bedroom luxury villas to its room inventory of 16 one-, two-and
Each of the new villas has a four-poster king bed, a
kitchenette, a veranda with hammocks, a private garden shower, a
walk-in closet, double sinks and a deck with a plunge pool.
The villas, named Casuarina, Rain Tree, Frangipani and
Manchineel, offer ocean views; rates start at $250 a night, double.
The resort has seven-night honeymoon, wedding, escape and adventure
For reservations or information, visit www.stonefieldvillas.com.
To contact reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].