ROSEWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS terminated its
management contract Feb. 20 with Carenage Bay Beach & Golf Club
on Canouan Island in the Grenadines. Jim Brown, Rosewood president,
did not divulge the reasons behind the termination. The 178-villa
property opened in late 1999, and Rosewood signed on a year later.
Bruce Hearn, who was named general manager in December, remains in
that post. Rosewood continues to operate Caneel Bay on St. John,
U.S. Virgin Islands, and Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, British
PUT THE WORD "Starfish" in front of the former
Trelawny Beach & Fun Resort in Falmouth, Jamaica, near Montego
Bay, and you've got SuperClubs' newest entry into the inclusive
market. The 350-room, family-friendly resort reopened Feb. 14 --
construction and weather delays postponed its original debut of
Dec. 11. Starfish Trelawny will be followed by Starfish Ocho Rios
in September. Both three-star resorts will be managed by SuperClubs
but will be marketed separately from the upscale SuperClubs
ARUBA ARRIVALS: The island welcomed 298 cruise
ships carrying 487,296 passengers last year, down 0.5% from 2000,
according to the Aruba Cruise Tourism Authority. Projections for
this year call for 308 ship calls.
• All 18 cottages at Vue Pointe Hotel on Montserrat have been
renovated, and 12 offer fully equipped kitchenettes. Facilities
include a pool, two tennis courts, a beach bar and boutique. Grand
View Hotel has added two suites and a new sports bar.
Accommodations can be viewed at www.visitmontserrat.com.
• The Matrimony Fruit Bath, an island tradition on Jamaica, is
apparently very popular with couples who tie the knot at
Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall, Jamaica. The bath -- an exotic combination
of Jamaican star apples, oranges and condensed milk -- takes place
in a very private treatment suite at the resort's spa.
• Colony Club, Crystal Cove and Coconut Creek in Barbados offer
complimentary post-Valentine Day goodies through July 15, including
a free helicopter ride for two, a champagne breakfast or gourmet
picnic and a his-and-hers in-room massage. Visit the Web site at www.eleganthotels.com for further information.
• The 50th anniversary celebrations of the Jamaica Inn in Ocho Rios
include free air for two on American Airlines or Air Jamaica from
New York, Philadelphia or Miami with a minimum five-night booking
for a double room. Reservations must be booked through Gogo
Worldwide Vacations and travel completed by April 10.
• The Sheraton Curacao Resort opened the Society Club, the only
hotel nightclub on the island with scheduled live entertainment two
nights a week and DJ music three nights a week. The club is dark on
Mondays and Tuesdays.
• Copamarina Beach Resort on Puerto Rico's south shore in Guanica
introduced its first inclusive package that features three a la
carte meals per day plus beverages, nonmotorized water sports, room
tax and resort fee. Nightly rates start at $195 per person, double
through Dec. 14.
SANDALS Champagne Express roundtrip charter
flights to Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort & Spa now operate
nonstop from JFK on Sundays and from Newark on Saturdays. Service
from Boston with a stop in Philadelphia operates on Saturdays.
Charters to St. Lucia's two Sandals' properties run on Sundays from
Newark. All fares are $369 round trip plus taxes.
AIR JAMAICA added a third nonstop flight
between Atlanta and Montego Bay, Jamaica. The three-times-a week
service will become daily May 22. The carrier also operates
twice-daily nonstop service between the two points.
ATLANTIS RESORT on Paradise Island will get
plenty of exposure the week of Feb. 25 when ABC-TV's "Live with
Regis and Kelly" morning show originates live from the grounds of
ISLAND DESTINATIONS added Sandy Lane in
Barbados to its collection of 36 luxury properties. For a complete
list, visit www.islanddestinations.com.
• Dominica's White River Wilderness Resort, with 50 cottages, a
small spa, pool and a conference center on a cliff along the
island's rugged southeastern coast, hopes to open by
• The 471-room St. Kitts Marriott Royal Beach Resort plans a
• The 18-hole Royal St. Kitts Golf Course at Frigate Bay is
scheduled to complete a multimillion-dollar renovation this
NEW HEAD of the St. Thomas/St. John Hotel and
Tourism Association is Jayne Hillner, general manager of Marriott's
Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Beach Resorts on St. Thomas.
Hillner, who will serve a two-year term, is the first female to
head the group.