CORAL BY HILTON
, a partnership between Hilton
Caribbean and Coral Hotels & Resorts, launched a 10 Points of
Improvement program, which is aimed at increasing the resorts'
appeal to U.S. visitors, said Simon Suarez, executive vice
president, Coral Hotels & Resorts. Enhancements at Coral by
Hilton's four inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic include
beverage-stocked mini refrigerators; coffee machines and alarm
clocks in guest rooms; kids' menus in a la carte restaurants;
tropical juice bars and breakfast buffets; upgrades to the Coralin
Kidz Paradise program; and international liquor brands in resort
bars. "The 10 Points program will bring us closer to our goal of
creating new standards in the all-inclusive market," said Danny
Hughes, vice president of operations, Hilton Caribbean. For resort
details, visit www.coralbyhilton.com
ST. BARTS, as reported last week, is closing up
next fall while its airport runway is repaved and emergency landing
lights installed. However, not all the island's hotels are shutting
their doors and putting away the keys in September and October.
Five hotels will remain open for guests, according to the Hotels
Association. The hotels are: Tropical; Village St. Jean; Carl
Gustaf; Manapany; and Tom Beach. In addition to ferry services from
St. Maarten/Martin during the airport closure, other inter-island
connections are under discussion, such as helicopters and
speedboats. For more information on the island, log onto www.st-barths.com.
• Spirit Airlines added a second daily nonstop flight from Fort
Lauderdale, Fla., to San Juan and reinstituted its Washington
(National)-Fort Lauderdale-San Juan route that it dropped after
• Caribbean Sun Airlines, based in Fort Lauderdale, will launch
daily service from San Juan to St. Thomas and St. Croix Dec. 11.
The one-year-old carrier is the sister airline to three-year-old
Caribbean Star, based in Antigua. For details, visit www.flycsa.com.
• American Airlines will begin nonstop Saturday service from New
York (Kennedy) to the Cayman Islands Dec. 20. In addition, American
will boost its St. Thomas schedule Dec. 15 with the addition of a
second flight from Kennedy five days a week, a Boston flight five
times a week and a second daily flight from Miami.
• Airbus 321s will replace the Airbus 320 on Air Jamaica's
Boston-Montego Bay, Jamaica, daily service, effective Dec. 12. The
larger aircraft will add 38 more seats per flight, per day. Hot
meal service remains a fixture on these flights.
• Continental's new nonstop service four times a week to Barbados
from Newark begins Dec. 18. Daily service on Continental Express
between Newark and Freeport, Grand Bahama Island goes into effect
• Seventh Annual Abaco Art Festival, Jan. 30 to Feb. 2, Abaco Beach
Resort & Boat Harbour, Abaco, Bahamas. A three-night land
package is $477 per person, double; to book, call (800)
• St. Lucia Jazz Festival, May 7 to 16, St. Lucia. For details,
• 8th Annual Bonaire Dive Festival, June 5 to 19, Bonaire. The
festival has expanded from one week to two weeks; admission fees
have been dropped. Hotel packages will be available. Visit www.bonairedivefestival.com or www.infobonaire.com.