DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. -- Elite Island Resorts, with eight
properties totaling 1,227 rooms in the eastern Caribbean, will
offer summer rates for peak-season travel starting Dec. 21.
The rates will be in effect year-round, including Christmas,
said Steve Heydt, the company's president.
Peak-season bookings from Dec. 21 through April 20 must be made
by Dec. 10 to be eligible for the summer rates. A supplement may
apply to bookings in February and March, based upon demand, Heydt
Commission is 13% for bookings made directly with the
Heydt said the company's new moniker -- the firm previously was
known as Antigua Resorts -- "identifies our market category. Our
properties appeal to travelers who do not want mass-market
Although Elite's properties carry different names and are in
four destinations, they share marketing, sales efforts, management
To mark its most recent acquisition -- St. James's Club, Morgan
Bay, St. Lucia -- Elite offers complimentary golf at the nearby St.
Lucia Golf & Country Club. On a seven-night stay, guests can
play three 18-hole rounds during peak season and four rounds in the
"Golf costs normally run $85 per round, so this represents a
substantial savings," Heydt said.
Roundtrip transfers to the club are $10; a mandatory cart rental
is $27.50 per cart or $13.75 per golfer.
Other improve-ments planned for the St. Lucia resort include a
new gourmet restaurant; expansion of the health club into a
full-service spa; expansion of the beach; new landscaping; a second
pool with waterfalls and a swim-up bar; and a new canopied
The inclusive resort also will introduce an EP option, effective
"We think this will be popular and will offer a significant
reduction in price," Heydt said.
Elite Island Resorts also plans to introduce Antigua-St. Lucia
combination packages, including interisland air.
Elite's eight resorts project winter occupancies of 75% or
better, Heydt said. "Advance bookings are strong and our rates are
lower," he said.
Agents account for more than 50% of all bookings, he added.
Year-round fam rates for agents and family members also are in
effect and are subject to availability.
A new Web site, at www.eliteislandresorts.com, debuted Oct. 3; the
agent link on the site will be operational by Nov. 15.
Elite Island Resorts
Grand Pineapple Beach
Jolly Harbor Villas
St. James's Club
Allegro St. Kitts
Palm Island Resort
St. James's Club, Morgan Bay