Travel Weekly's Caribbean E-letter: April 29, 2004

THE ANGELUS RESORT AND SPA ST. KITTS on Frigate Bay celebrates the April 30 opening of 36 of its planned 102 studio, one- and two-bedroom units with a 20% commission booking incentive through Sept. 20. Scott Ward, acting general manager and vice president, said the 15-acre property will debut its Aveda Spa this summer. Opening rates start at $69 for a mountainview studio and run up to $199 for a two-bedroom oceanview suite; rates are per room, per night, double. Amenities include ceramic floors, king bed, 27-inch cable television with VCR, refrigerator, wet bar, microwave, stove, washer/dryer and coffeemaker. Ward described the resort as having "an at-home Caribbean feeling not found in traditional hotel settings." For details, visit www.angelusstkitts.com or call (800) 530-4340.

FIRST-QUARTER ARRIVALS to the Cayman Islands were up 8.6% over the same period last year, according to Pilar Bush, acting director of tourism. March arrival figures increased 8.2%.

LODGEPODGE
• Hyatt's Caribbean resorts are offering a Summer Fun Family Plan June 1 through Aug. 31 that includes a free night based on minimum length of stay and the option of purchasing a second room at 50% for kids 18 and under traveling with parent(s). Room rates begin at $185 per room, per night, single or double, depending on the property. Soft adventure add-on activities can be viewed at www.adventurehyatt.com and customized through each resort's Adventure Concierge. Hyatt's Caribbean resorts are in Aruba, Grand Cayman, Puerto Rico and Key West, Fla. To book, visit www.hyatt.com.
• Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino offers a 20% discount on room rates as well as a $100 food and beverage credit per room for stays of five or more nights from June 1 through Sept. 30. Rates begin at $180 per room, per night, double. To book, visit www.radisson.com/aruba.
• Cayo Espanto, the private resort on the private island of the same name off the coast of Belize, offers a five-night Millionaire Honeymoon package June 2 through Sept. 19, priced from $9,000 per couple. The plan includes accommodations at the ultra-private Casa Olita villa and covers just about everything -- accommodations, all meals and drinks [excluding champagne, wine and cordials], use of water sports equipment, a snorkeling excursion and a spa treatment. Other romance packages start at $5,995 per couple. For details, visit www.aprivateisland.com.
• The 77-suite Royal Plantation Spa & Golf Resort by Sandals in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, has a fly-free offer good for travel on Air Jamaica, American Airlines or US Airways from May 1 through Dec. 12 on stays of seven or more nights for two people. The booking window runs through June 30; departure cities are Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia. For details, call (800) SANDALS and mention promotional code 202.

TOUR TIDBITS
• Apple Vacations' Pick-A-Price sale, which can be booked from May 2 through 8 for clients departing from Detroit on air and land packages on select dates in May and June, offers four price categories -- from $299.99 to $999.99 per person, double. Sample rates include an all-inclusive week in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, at Natura Park Eco-Resort & Spa from $599.99 or a week in Montego Bay, Jamaica, at the all-inclusive Sunset Beach Resort & Spa from $699.99. Packages cover roundtrip charter air, meals and unlimited drinks. For information, call (800) 365-2775.
• Kids stay free at 123 Caribbean resorts through Dec.14 with US Airways Vacations' packages that include roundtrip air on US Airways, accommodations, transfers, taxes and service charges. Resorts are located on 17 Caribbean islands as well as in Bermuda and Mexico; rates, travel dates and length of stay vary by property. For details, visit Vax VacationAccess.

HALF MOON named Joe Higgins U.S. director of group sales for the resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Higgins most recently was director of incentive sales for Kerzner International's Atlantis in the Bahamas.

PENCIL IT IN
• 50th annual St. John July 4 Celebration, May 29 to July 5, St. John. Visit www.usvitourism.vi for details.
• Yoga and Meditation Retreats, June 7 to 13, Sept. 6 to 12, Oct. 4 to 10, Sandy Lane resort, Barbados. To book, visit www.sandylane.com.
• Cayman Brac Family Week, July 11 to 18, Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands. Visit www.caymanislands.ky.
• 39th annual Carriacou Regatta, July 25 to Aug. 2, Carriacou. For details, visit www.carriacouregatta.com.

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