Caribbean Connection: Grenada's LaSource pushes back reopening to February '07

LaSource, a Grenada resort still grappling with insurance adjustors almost two years after Hurricane Ivan pummeled the island, has pushed back its opening date to February 2007 from December.

 

Initial projections called for the reopening of the 100-room resort on Pink Gin Beach late this year, but the problems with insurance adjustors delayed the start of construction.

However, the wait may be worth it. The resort will be all new, from pool decks to beach bars and everything in between, including a new deli, air conditioning in a section of the Great House restaurant, upgraded guest rooms and bathrooms and the addition of a second pool and Jacuzzi.

LaSource plans to open its reservations lines in October. For more information, visit www.theamazingholiday.com.

Delta to launch Trinidad service

Delta will launch year-round service four times a week from Atlanta to Port of Spain, Trinidad, on Dec. 9. The flight will depart Atlanta on Mondays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays at 2:50 p.m., arriving at 8:30 p.m.  The return flight will depart Port of Spain on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 9:05 a.m., arriving in Atlanta at 1:15 p.m.

Chopper and champagne

Helicopter transfers are complimentary for guests arriving at the 55-suite Sivory Punta Cana resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, which opened last December.

The 15-minute transfer, which includes champagne at landing and an immediate check-in at the resort, comes with a few caveats, including a booking deadline of Oct. 15 for travel by Dec. 15, a three-night minimum stay, purchase of a meal plan and one-way travel from Punta Cana airport only.

For more, visit www.sivorypuntacana.com.

Labor Day freebie

Bolongo Bay Beach Resort on St. Thomas is offering a fourth night free when three are booked for Labor Day weekend in an oceanview room with Sept. 4 as one of the nights.

Guests must book through Bolongo's on-island reservations department at (800) 524-4746 or e-mail [email protected]. Rates are $180 per room, double.

Bolongo now offers wireless Internet access around its pool and lounge areas. For those who do not want to travel with their laptop, phone cards may be purchased in Bolongo's gift shop to use at the resort's Internet kiosk.

Curacao airport terminal opens

A new terminal has opened at Curacao Airport. The terminal was designed to accommodate approximately 1.6 million passengers per year.

Along with the new terminal, which provides direct access to aircraft via loading bridges, the expansion included two interior gardens, a large outdoor plaza and expanded areas for aircraft parking, passport control, check-in and ticket sales.

Sandals' circular suites to open

Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort will open 10 of its new Rondoval Suites on Sept. 10. The final eight are scheduled to open in December.

The circular units were first introduced at the opening of Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa in 1991.

Each of the 1,800-square-foot beachfront suites features a plasma TV, ceiling fans, double sinks, seating areas, in-room Jacuzzi tubs, a separate shower area and a private pool deck with an outdoor Jacuzzi or plunge pool with a waterfall. Sandals' butler service is available to guests booking Rondoval rooms.

As an incentive, guests who book a minimum of six nights in a Rondoval suite by Aug. 31 for travel from Sept. 10 through Dec. 22 will receive a $250 resort credit that can be used for any item or services at the resort, including treatments at the Red Lane Spa and private candlelight dinners.

For details, visit www.sandals.com.

Continental to fly Newark-Bonaire

Continental Airlines will launch weekly service between Newark and Bonaire on Dec. 16, pending government approval.

The flight will depart Newark at 11:55 p.m. on Saturdays, arriving in Bonaire at 5:40 a.m. on Sundays. The return flight will leave Bonaire at 7 a.m. on Sundays, arriving in Newark at 10:45 a.m.

Continental also offers weekly, nonstop service between Houston and Bonaire.

You've got mail

Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino in St. Maarten opened its Internet cafe in the lower lobby on the pool level. The cafe features three computer stations with 17-inch, flat-screen monitors, DSL connections and printing facilities.

Hours are daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; rates are $5 for half an hour and $8 for an hour.

For resort details, visit www.greatbaybeachresort.com.

Sun and Sand Dollars

Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean & Mexico Resorts are offering the Sand Dollars package, with rates from $149 per night through Dec. 16 and a $100 food credit at eight of its resorts in Aruba, Curacao, St. Kitts, St. Thomas, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta.

For details, call (888) 727-2347 or visit www.paradisebymarriott.com.

Villa vacations

The Westin St. John Resort & Villas in the U.S. Virgin Islands is converting 186 of its 285 guest rooms \into 94 two- and three-bedroom villas.

The new villas will join the 72 timeshare villas already on site.

Construction and sales of the first 54 villas began last month, with a projected opening date of late 2007, followed by the construction of the 40 remaining villas.

Montserrat hotels renovate

Hotel news on Montserrat includes the renovation of the bar and restaurant at the Vue Pointe Hotel, one of only two properties on the island.

During the renovation period, which will last until Oct. 15, the hotel is offering a discounted rate of $60 per night, single or double, which is 50% off regular rates, in a deluxe cottage with a kitchenette.

The rate includes a 10% service charge and 10% government tax. For details, visit www.vuepointe.com.

Renovations to the 18 guest rooms at the Tropical Mansion Suites Hotel, Montserrat's other property, will be completed by Sept. 1, 2007.

The hotel will not close during this period but will take one or two rooms out of circulation during the renovation, which includes the addition of air-conditioning units and bathroom upgrades in each room.

For information on the hotel, visit www.tropicalmansion.com

Gay Nagle Myers is Travel Weekly's Caribbean editor. E-mail her at [email protected].

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