Travel Weekly's Caribbean E-Letter: August 1, 2002

HARBOR POINT VILLAGE, a shopping complex for cruise passengers, is under construction in Philipsburg, St. Maarten. When completed next March, the $4.6 million project will have 12 stores offering jewelry, electronics, china, crystal and linen and a dozen designated areas for local vendors selling their own specialized wares. The village will contain re-created vintage landmarks and indigenous Caribbean plants and trees.

ELITE ISLAND RESORTS is the new name of Antigua Resorts, according to chairman Rob Barrett, who said the new brand "better conveys the range of destinations and resorts we offer." Elite has eight resorts on Antigua, St. Kitts and Palm Island in the Grenadines. For info, call (800) 345-0356.

• Jumby Bay, Antigua, will close Aug. 15 to Nov. 15 to complete a $5.6 million property refurbishment, including a redesign of the 39 guest room interiors and the addition of a private outdoor garden with rain shower and soaking tub in each guest bath. Rosewood Hotels & Resorts manages Jumby Bay.
• LaSource, Grenada offers two three-day scuba certification courses using the PADI Fastrack plan, which features advance study at home. The Open Water certification program is $410 for the PADI manual and video ($420 for the CD-ROM); the Advanced Open Water course is $310. Room rates through Dec. 20 start at $220 per person, double. For info, call (800) 544-2883 or visit the Web site at
• Couples Resorts offers savings of up to $900 or 30% on packages of six nights or more booked by Sept. 25 for travel from Jan. 1 through Dec. 26, 2003. For details, call (800) COUPLES.
• Starfish Trelawny debuted a Platinum Plan package for clients who know in advance they want all the trimmings. The plan entitles guests to unlimited access to all restaurant and meal privileges, motorized water sports (except parasails and wave runners), kids' club activities, trapeze sessions and rock-climbing sessions. Prices are an additional $38 per day for adults and $19 for children ages 2 to 13. All individuals in the same room must purchase the plan, which runs through Dec. 31, 2003.

GOGO Worldwide Vacations provides a free companion ticket on Air Jamaica and a room upgrade on seven-night packages to Antigua when stays are at one of four inclusive resorts: Royal Antiguan Beach & Tennis Resort; St. James Club; Allegro Resort Pineapple Beach; and Galley Bay. Bookings must be received by Aug. 15 and travel completed by Dec. 20.

• John Toti has been named general manager, St. Kitts Marriott Royal Beach Resort, set to open early next year.
• New general manager at the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall, Jamaica, is Martin Nicholson.
• Bitter End Yacht Club, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, appointed Ross Justice as managing director.

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