A FORMER SUGAR PLANTATION at the northern tip of St. Lucia is the site of the 50-room
Cap Maison, the island's first residence-style boutique hotel. It
is scheduled to open in March. The project will include private
residences, guest rooms and villa and studio suites, each with
private butler service. Facilities will include a cliff-top
restaurant and walk-in wine cellar; a spa and gym; beach and water
sports; and a boat for daytrip outings and sunset cruises. Golf
will be available at the nearby 18-hole St. Lucia Golf &
Country Club; a Jack Nicklaus-designed course is scheduled to open
near the resort in 2009.
SANDALS GRANDE ANTIGUA Resort & Spa unveiled its 180-suite Mediterranean
Village on July 15, a $70 million expansion to the resort's
existing 193-room Caribbean Village. The Mediterranean Village
features six room categories; four new restaurants, bringing the
resort total to nine; a sixth freshwater pool, complete with a
Signature Sandals pool tower; a swim-up bar and a whirlpool;
poolside cabanas with Wi-Fi; and an expanded Red Lane spa. A
32,000-square-foot shopping area, an art gallery with works by
local and international artists, 9,000 more square feet of meetings
and banquet space, and a private wedding gazebo with a reflective
pool round out the new additions.
* American Airlines
will launch daily, nonstop service between Fort Lauderdale and
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on Dec. 13. The carrier had
suspended its service between the two points in 2005. In addition,
the carrier will upgrade to a 267-seat Airbus A300 on one of its
three daily flights from Fort Lauderdale to San Juan on the same
date and will upgrade to an Airbus A300 on its daily flight from
Fort Lauderdale to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
* American will add
nonstop service from New York (Kennedy) to St. Lucia on Nov. 15.
The three flights a week will fly into Hewanorra International
Airport in the south. American currently operates daily nonstop
service to Hewanorra from Miami, while regional partner American
Eagle flies five times a day from San Juan to George F.L. Charles
Airport near Castries. American Eagle also will launch service
between St. Lucia and Barbados three times a week, effective Sept.
PENCIL IT IN
* Sixth Annual Aruba
Music Festival, Oct. 5 and 6, Aruba Entertainment Center,
Oranjestad, Aruba. Headliners include 1980s pop star Richard Marx
and Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees. Festival packages are offered at
Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino, the Hyatt Regency Aruba
Resort & Casino, the Marriott Aruba Resort & Stellaris
Casino, Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort, and the Westin Aruba Resort.
For more information, call (800) 390-4936.
* Fourth Annual
Cayman Jazz Fest, Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, Grand Cayman. For information,