Caribbean Connections: Spa hideaway Discovery at Marigot Bay plans May debut

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The124-room, Sonesta-managedDiscovery at Marigot Bay plans a May opening on the west coast of St. Lucia, five miles south of Castries, the capital city.

 

The luxury resorts Lapli Spa will welcome its first guests in July. Treatments, products and staff training will be provided by Espa, a U.K.-based spa company. Lapli will offer four treatment rooms, a Zen garden with wooden soaking tubs, two massage cabanas and water features.

For more details on Discovery at Marigot Bay, visit www.sonesta.com.

Fort Lauderdale flights

New air service to the Out Islands of the Bahamas use the Fort Lauderdale gateway as the U.S. mainland link.

Lynx Air International flies to Treasure Cay, Abaco; North Eleuthera; and Congo Town, Andros. Bahamasair now serves Marsh Harbour, Abaco, twice a week.

Continental Connection offers daily flights to South Bimini from Fort Lauderdale and Miami and four weekly flights to Andros Town, North Andros, from Fort Lauderdale.

Its cocktail time

The 71-unit Grand Case Beach Club in St. Martin, French West Indies, opened the Pavilion, a gathering spot for guests to enjoy music, a big-screen television, cocktails and each others company.

The open-air structure can accommodate up to 50 guests and complements other facilities at the resort, including the Sunset Cafe, a water-sports center, a pool and a tennis court.

Visit www.grandcasebeachclub.com or call (800) 344-3016.

Expansion on Abaco

The 76-room Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour in Abaco, the Bahamas, broke ground on the second phase of its expansion plan. Within 18 months, Abaco Beach intends to open 23 two- and three-bedroom condominium units in two buildings.

The Residences at Abaco Beach Resort will be available as hotel inventory when not owner-occupied.

For more information, visit www.abacoresort.com.

DR updates Web site

The ministry of tourism of the Dominican Republic launched a redesigned Web site at www.godominicanrepublic.com.

The upgraded site includes a trip-planning section and suggestions for activities and sightseeing.

According to Luis Simo, vice minister of tourism, the destinations recent growth spurt made it essential to develop a Web site that will grow with visitors needs for information.

No bag, no hassle

Luggage-free travel is the latest offering from Sandy Lane in Barbados. The resort will arrange for guests luggage to be shipped prior to arrival. Once the luggage arrives, butlers unpack, press and iron as needed.

For pricing, visit www.firstluggage.com. For information on Sandy Lane, go to www.sandylane.com.

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

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