Biras Creek to join Relais & Chateaux

VIRGIN GORDA, British Virgin Islands -- Congratulations to Biras Creek Resort, the newest Caribbean member of Relais & Chateaux's 400-member worldwide association of premier hotels and restaurants.

The 33-suite property at the north end of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands was the only Caribbean property to be named a member for 1999. Biras joins four other Caribbean resorts selected by Relais & Chateaux in past years. They are: Cobblers Cove in Barbados; the Horned Dorset Primavera in Puerto Rico, and Le Toiny and Filao Beach Hotel, both in St. Barts.

Membership in Relais & Chateaux is predicated on meeting and retaining standards of excellence in the areas of service, food, comfort and surroundings. The selection process includes anonymous ongoing inspections by the association's board of directors, who place particular emphasis on cuisine.

Biras Creek's executive chef, Daniel Patterson, joined the resort in 1996, after more than 15 years in Europe, several of which were spent at other Relais & Chateaux member hotels. Patterson's menus at Biras Creek combine continental and Caribbean cuisine.

Winter rates at Biras Creek start at $570 per suite, per night, double, and include all meals. Biras offers several winter season packages. One combines accommodations on land and on the resort's sailing yacht. Room rates and packages are commissionable at 10%.

Biras Creek Resort, Phone: (800) 223-1108, Web: www.biras.com

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