Travel Weekly's Caribbean E-Letter: February 21, 2002

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 Virgin Islands.

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 properties.

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.

LODGEPODGE
• 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 the property.

ISLAND DESTINATIONS added Sandy Lane in Barbados to its collection of 36 luxury properties. For a complete list, visit www.islanddestinations.com.

UNDER CONSTRUCTION
• 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 mid-October.
• The 471-room St. Kitts Marriott Royal Beach Resort plans a November opening.
• The 18-hole Royal St. Kitts Golf Course at Frigate Bay is scheduled to complete a multimillion-dollar renovation this fall.

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.

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