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 last year.

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 of them."

Island Destinations' properties are deluxe resorts "that represent the top places in the Caribbean," according to Bonham-Carter.

"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 Islands.

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 Islands.

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. Barts.

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," he said.

"Discerning guests have different requirements and needs for a Caribbean vacation.

"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 booking."

For further information or reservations, call (800) 729-9599.

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