The 65-room Bolongo Bay Beach Club in St. Thomas is offering an early-booking bonus of 10% for travel next year on the resorts new European Plan. The bonus is valid on all EP bookings made by Nov. 15 for travel from Jan. 1 through Dec. 22, 2005.

Bookings must be made through the resort at (800) 524-4746 or by e-mailing [email protected]. Nightly rates for the EP option are $245 per room, double, from Dec. 23 to April 10.

Biras Creek Resort in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands will reopen Oct. 30 after a two-month refurbishment. Amenities will include new bikes, a giant chess set on the beach, a yoga deck at the spa and a guest room upgrade.

Rates will start at $525 per night, double, in a garden suite and will include accommodations, all meals, afternoon tea, water sports and transfers with a private launch. For details, visit

The 40th annual Ms. Travel Agent contest, sponsored by American/Wolfe International Hotel Representatives, Sandals Resorts and Air Jamaica, is set for Dec. 9 to 13 at Sandals Royal Caribbean Resort and Offshore Island in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

The contest is open to travel agency salespeople who have been employed in a sales capacity for at least a year.

Six finalists will be flown to Jamaica. The winner gets a four-night stay for two at any Sandals resort. For entry forms, contact A/WIHR, 1890 Palmer Ave., Larchmont, N.Y. 10538, (800) 223-5695. Forms and two photos are due by Nov. 1.

Two airlines will add direct flights to St. Thomas during the fall season, bringing to 49 the number of direct flights from the U.S. mainland to King Airport on St. Thomas.

ATA will offer its first nonstop Saturday service to St. Thomas from Indianapolis on Dec. 18. US Airways will add a second nonstop Saturday flight to St. Thomas from Charlotte, N.C., on Dec. 11. St. Croix, meanwhile, has eight direct flights per week from the U.S. scheduled for the fall travel season.

Altamer, the Caribbean villa hideaway in Anguilla, will debut its third and final luxury villa, christened the African Sapphire, next month. The 14,000-square-foot villa is designed for large groups, destination weddings and reunions.

Facilities include eight bedrooms, a snorkeling pond and separate swimming pool, a home theater, a fitness center, multiple hot tubs, marble bathrooms, a digital sound system with 30,000 programmable songs and plasma TVs. Rates begin at $30,000 per week in the summer; $40,000 in the winter. For information, visit

Maho Bay Camps in St. John offers 25% discounts to single travelers through Dec. 14 for nightly stays in tent-cottages. Singles now pay $56 per night; the double rate is $75.

To book, visit

Elite Island Resorts offers a $199 roundtrip air fare from most East Coast cities to its properties in Antigua, St. Lucia, Palm Island (reopens Nov. 8) and Tortola. Five-night bookings must be made by Nov. 15 for midweek travel through Dec. 20. Flights are on American, Air Jamaica or US Airways, based on the gateway city.

Rates start at $824 per person, double, at the Royal Antiguan in Antigua and cover air, accommodations, all meals and drinks, activities, taxes, tips and service charges. To book, call (877) 675-5054.

Montpelier Plantation Inn in Nevis and Cap Juluca in Anguilla teamed up to offer the Blissful Duet program, available through Nov. 13 and from April 23 to Nov. 12, 2005.

The rate is $395 per night, double, and requires a minimum three-night stay at each property. For details, visit or

Dominica will host the eighth annual Dominica World Creole Music Festival from Oct. 29 through 31. Headline artists will include Sweet Mickey and Carimi from Haiti, Jamaican reggae artist Elephant Man and Dominican entertainer Michelle Henderson. For ticket prices and schedule, visit the festival Web site at

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

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