Reed Travel Features
LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- Island Destinations' 1997 Caribbean product
line, called Traveler's Collection, features 20 resorts on 15
islands plus a new yacht vacation plan.
Maurice Bonham-Carter, the firm's president, said that this
year's roster includes 11 new properties in addition to nine from
Ten properties from the last Traveler's Collection were omitted
from the current roster.
The new group includes more resorts with private villas, golf
courses and children's programs.
"Our research indicates that these are evolving themes in our
customers' travel preferences," Bonham-Carter said.
"Our clients are busy people; villas, golf and family programs
represent necessary ingredients for a successful vacation for many
Island Destinations' properties are deluxe resorts "that
represent the top places in the Caribbean," according to
"Some properties are large, some are not. We do not appeal to --
nor will we ever seek out -- the mass markets."
Among Island Destinations' resorts with private villas are
Covecastles Villa Resort on Anguilla; Casa de Campo in the
Dominican Republic; Tryall on Jamaica; the Four Seasons on Nevis;
Windjammer Landing on St. Lucia; Carimo on St. Martin, and Long Bay
Beach Resort & Villas on Tortola in the British Virgin
In addition, Casa de Campo, Tryall and the Four Seasons have
golf courses, as do Sandy Lane on Barbados and Coco Reef on Tobago,
both of which are new to the Traveler's Collection this year.
Joining Sandy Lane, Casa de Campo, the Four Seasons and
Windjammer Landing with supervised children's programs are Little
Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands; Caneel Bay, St.
John, and the Ritz-Carlton St. Thomas, both in the U.S. Virgin
Other top resorts in the collection with a range of recreational
facilities are Jumby Bay on Antigua, Privilege Resort & Spa on
St. Martin and three B.V.I. resorts: Peter Island, Biras Creek and
Bitter End Yacht Club.
Intimate resorts new to the Caribbean collection this year
include Carl Gustaf, the Christopher Hotel and Le Toiny, all on St.
Island Destinations offers yacht charter vacations in
conjunction with the Moorings. The land-sea package spends some
nights at sea and some at a hotel, if desired.
Bonham-Carter, who also is president of Long Bay Beach Resort on
Tortola, started the Traveler's Collection in 1991.
"After I bought Long Bay and began marketing the property, I
realized that it was difficult to fill rooms with just one resort,"
"Discerning guests have different requirements and needs for a
"I created the Traveler's Collection to fill that marketing and
sales niche with a variety of upscale properties to appeal to
people for whom time is more precious than money."
The Four Seasons on Nevis was Bonham-Carter's first client, and
the roster has expanded ever since then.
He said that "travel agents are assured of quality when they
book through us."
"We handle air tickets as well," he added. "We can arrange
two-resort stays, and we award American AAdvantage frequent flier
miles to both the client and the agent with each five-night
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