GUANA BEACH RESORT on Great Guana Cay near Abaco
in the Bahamas goes on the auction block May 13 to the highest
bidder. The eight-suite beachfront hotel has a restaurant and bar
and 24-slip marina. The owners, who have run the resort for 10
years, are packing it in and heading to the Smoky Mountains to open
another property. Guana Beach will remain open through May; nightly
rates start at $195 double. For details, visit the Web site at www.guanabeach.com.
THE CARIBBEAN TOURISM Organization released the
eighth edition of the Caribbean Vacation Planner, a free 128-page
guide covering its member countries. Destination information
includes facts, figures and Web site addresses. General articles
highlight family vacations, sports, festivals and island
activities. New this year, countries are segmented by language,
cultural heritage and geography instead of alphabetically. All
travel agencies will automatically receive one copy of the planner;
agents can request additional copies by logging onto www.doitcaribbean.com.
• Sheraton Curacao Resort celebrates the fine art of parenthood
with five-night packages for Mother's Day and Father's Day that
include spa services for mom or a round of golf for dad and plenty
of R 'n R for both. Rates start at $899 per couple and are valid
through Dec. 17. To book, call (866) 974-5466.
• Marriott Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Resorts and
Renaissance Grand Beach Resort, St. Thomas, extended their Bonus
Bucks package through May. The package includes a $100 resort
credit for use during the current stay and a $200 Bonus Bucks
credit for a future stay. Nightly rates start at $329 double; a
four-night minimum is required. For Marriott info, call (800)
223-6388; for Renaissance, call (800) 421-8188.
• Bimini Big Game Resort & Marina on Bimini in the Bahamas
reopens May 15 under new management and ownership, following a $2
million restoration. The 55-year-old property has 51 rooms, an
81-slip marina, the Gulfstream Restaurant and Calcutta Bar, an art
gallery and craft center, a pool and water sports that range from
diving to boat rentals and fishing. The resort can be viewed at www.biminibiggame.com.
• The Body Holiday at LeSport, St. Lucia has added a dietician to
its staff to help guests improve well being through changes in
eating and lifestyle habits.
• Sonesta Beach Resort & Villas Anguilla reflagged its former
Ici Restaurant as Il Mare. The beachfront restaurant specializes in
rustic Italian cuisine at lunch and dinner.
• Peter Island Resort offers early spring savings. Bookings for
room nights between March 31 and April 7 now qualify for the
reduced rate traditionally offered after April 7. Rates start at
$615 per night, double, versus the winter starting rate of $800 per
night. Rates include all meals and unlimited use of island
facilities. Call (800) 346-4451 for details.
• Wyndham Hotels launched a dedicated Web site for those planning a
wedding. The site, at www.destinationweddingsbywyndham.com, lets couples --
or their travel agents -- research all aspects of a destination
wedding, from the type of ceremony to the style of reception to the
wedding and honeymoon location (as long as it is at one of the 20
participating Wyndham resort.
• Air Jamaica is offering discount fares from the U.S. to Bonaire
this spring for clients booking by March 31 and traveling by May
19. Sample round-trip fares include $281 from Miami, $421 from New
York/Newark, $490 from Chicago and $602 from Los Angeles.
• Caribbean Star signed on as a sponsor of the St. Lucia Jazz
Festival May 3 to 12.
DOMINICA, known as the Nature Isle, plays host
to the World Eco-Tourism Conference & Nature Fest May 31-June
9. The island is home to the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in
the Caribbean -- the Morne Trois Pitons National Park -- as well as
one of the last remaining communities of Carib Indians from whom
the region got its name. For information on conference events,
contact [email protected].
INTER-ISLAND Tours will pay 13% commission on
its packages to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, in conjunction with
American Airlines' new nonstop service from New York (Kennedy) to
Punta Cana beginning June 15. Visit www.interislandtours.com for more details.
USAIRWAYS VACATIONS created a new program
whereby agents can extend a $100 discount per reservation to
clients who prepay by March 31. Travel must be completed through
June 30 at any of the 14 inclusive Sandals and Beaches resorts in
the Caribbean. To qualify, agents must book electronically through
their CRSs or through VAX Vacation Access.
GOGO WORLDWIDE VACATIONS introduced a Caribbean
vacation sale designed to bolster its six-night spring and summer
tours. The deal offers up to a 35% Spring and Summer Sale savings
on stays between April 15 and Aug. 31. To be eligible for the deal,
plans must include air via American Airlines Coupled with that deal
is a credit of up to $300 per couple to return in the fall (Sept.
15 to Dec. 15) for four nights or longer. To qualify, travelers
agree to stay at one of more than 80 participating properties and
to prepay in full within seven days of booking, but not later than
March 31. Fall bookings and prepayment must be made by July 14. The
$300 rebate is transferable. For information, visit www.gogowwv.com.
LET'S HEAR IT for Nisbet Plantation Beach Club
in Nevis, which was awarded AAA's Four-Diamond rating for the sixth