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The Caribbean is one of the easiest getaway choicesfor U.S.–based travelers. In today’s tight market-place, they demand stellar value for hard-earnedcash.

The two new five-star, all-inclusives, the Grand PalladiumJamaica Resort and Spa and Grand Palladium Lady HamiltonResort and Spa on Jamaica’s northwest coast, nicely satisfythat demand. The Grand Palladium properties offer theirguests an enhanced experience: all guests share the respec-tive features of each property.

Opened in July 2008, the properties command spectacularviews as they embrace both lava-rock and sandy beach covesor simply meander across the 172-acre terrain. Located some23 miles west of Montego Bay off the Negril Highway, theseare the only Jamaican properties of Spain’s Fiesta HotelsGroup.

Based in Ibiza, Fiesta Hotels Group is established in Mexico- on the Mexican Riviera and in Puerto Vallarta, and in theDominican Republic – in Punta Cana and Santo Domingo.Other properties are located throughout Spain, and in theSpanish island resorts in Canarias (the Canary Islands) andin Ibiza, Mallorca, and Menorca (the Balearic Islands). InItaly, they offer one property in Sicily.

“Grand” reflects the value-laden and upscale offerings;“Palladium” refers to the myriad Grecian pillars, architecturalelements liberally found on the grounds. The design philoso-phy that incorporates low-density buildings at all the GrandPalladium Resorts enhances the immense sense of space theguest experiences. No building is too daunting, no structureimpedes the view. American, Canadian, Spanish, British andRussian guests populated most of the 1,056 rooms during arecent visit.

Jamaica itself possesses a well-developed tourism infra-structure. In addition to the stunning beauty found here, along-established variety of tourist attractions, and genuinelywarm people, Jamaica will always call forth audiophiles asthe homeland of reggae and Bob Marley.

The Grand Palladium Resorts and Spas feature two lobbiesand resorts. The Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort andSpa consists of 516 rooms in 13 villas of one-bedrooms andjunior suites. Here 48 “adults only” ocean-front villa suites -four per villa - face Las Brisas (Breezes) Beach. Those withthe most dramatic views overlook the Point. Book the LadyHamilton for a couples’ getaway. The Grand PalladiumJamaica Resort and Spa houses 540 rooms divided into 15

three-level villas with one-bedrooms and junior suites. Herechildren are welcome.

In high season, junior suites are $175 pp/do, low are $120;one-bedrooms are $190 pp/do, low are $135. The adult-onlyvillas in Lady Hamilton are high season $205 pp/do, and low$150. Agent commissions are net. Special promotions notavailable.

And Lady Emma Hamilton? She was British AdmiralHoratio Nelson’s great love, portrayed in the 1941AcademyAward-winning film “That Hamilton Woman.” With VivienLeigh and Sir Laurence Olivier, the film was Sir WinstonChurchill’s favorite.

Equally as cinematic are the five Grand Palladium freshwater swimming pools, swim-up bars, and the quiet Spa pool.Renova Spa is a full compliment of beauty services, severalkinds of massage, hydrotherapy, and a state-of-the-art gym.All Spa services are separate charges.

Other tourist facilities include three tennis courts, two vol-ley beach courts, one basketball court, one soccer field and anine-hole mini-golf facility.

The open-air lobbies are conjoined by a lovely breezewaywhere six of the ten restaurants, very wisely-situated, offer ex-ceptional cuisine from an international culinary roster.Spanish, Indian, Chinese, Mexican chefs, along with localJamaican chefs, faithfully recreate specialties from their re-spective countries. Seasoned foodies will verify this claim.

The daily paella, for example, featured at the Sunset CoveRestaurant, and offered buffet-style in an authentic oversizedpaellera (paella pan) is as much at home at Sunset Cove as itwould be at any of the Fiesta Hotels Mediterranean resorts or

The ‘Grand’ in Jamaica’s Two Grand Palladium ResortsReal value in addition to sunsets, coves and cuisine.H E L E N K I T T I S M I T H

The Lobby Staircase in the Grand Palladium Lady Hamilton Resort and Spa.

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Spanish properties. Similarly, the dal and biryanis fromBhogali’s Restaurant authentically represent their origin, andwould be appreciated unquestionably throughout India andby Indophiles.

But it is at the Grand Palladium’s Xaymaica CreoleRestaurant (Xaymaica is old Spanish for ‘Jamaica’) where oneof the finest dessert specialties is made, the one that proudlyrepresents this unique island. Packed inside the sweetness ofBritish West Indies sugar and rum, entwined within its historymarked by the toils of slave labor, this specialty is summed upin three words: Jamaican rum cake. And the indulgence is asupreme one in situ, enhanced only by a cup of the island’sworld-renowned Blue Mountain coffee.

Of the ten restaurants, three are buffets. Twelve bars are sit-uated throughout the property as well. The Jamaica-themedbar known as “Miss Lou” features premium call brands,served at no extra charge. It is here at “Miss Lou” – named forthe lauded Jamaican poet Louise Bennett-Coverley – that thequiet refuge bridge and chess players is located, as are thebook exchange and newspapers. Most evenings a Cubancigar vendor holds court in the adjacent Infinity Lobby Bar.

Internet service is available free-of-charge in the lobby fortechnophiles with laptop in hand. Those without, can simplyhead for the internet café downstairs where rates are billed incrementally.

American Airlines offers non-stop service to Jamaica viafour gateways: Miami (MIA is 3 times daily); Dallas (DFW is5–day frequency, but excludes Tuesdays and Wednesdays);Chicago (ORD is Saturday/ Sunday weekend-only service);New York Kennedy (JFK is 4–day frequency but excludesWednesday, Friday and Sunday).

In its effort to truly partner with travel agents (especiallygiven today’s marketplace and cash flow considerations),American Airlines offers a new payment policy with theirAAVacations agent bookings: travel agents now can pay netfees to American. This policy was instituted in December2008, according to Tony Mara, VP of AAVacations.

Two more exciting changes boost the American Airlines/travel agent relationship. First, a newly-enhanced, drop-down“Deal Section” on AAVacations’ website( features an easy product segmenta-tion to facilitate agent research. Categories include All-inclu-sives, EP Plan, and Family Values, among others. Second, alltravel agents are encouraged to sign up with “” to receive advanced notice about AA’s topfive featured “Deals of the Week.” This advanced travel pick(sent every Thursday) informs to augment agents’ savvy andsales. The Grand Palladium Hotels and Resorts, 888-237-1226,; American Airlines, 800-321-2121,


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After the successful inaugural SaboreaPuerto Rico Culinary Extravaganza in2008, the event returns April 3–5, 2009 toEscambrón Beach in San Juan, PuertoRico. The beachfront weekend destinationevent will once again feature culinarycelebrities, live demo kitchens, signaturedinners, wine and spirits tastings, and atasting pavilion. For foodies everywhere,host hotel Holiday Inn San Juan haslaunched an official package that includesthree-night/four day stay in single or doubleroom; upgrade to deluxe room based onavailability; government tax and resort fee;welcome rum drink from Rums of PuertoRico© on arrival; daily full Americanbreakfast; $40 supplementary transporta-tion credit; reserved seat at inaugural sig-nature gala dinner; full-access weekendpass to Saborea Village; nightly “goodiesfor foodies” turndown amenity; andfarewell epicurean keepsake. Holiday InnSan Juan’s Saborea Puerto Rico Package is$939 per person in single occupancy,$1,285 ppdo. Package is valid for groupsand bookings are commissionable for travelagents.

The experience begins April 3 with an in-augural gala dinner hosted by Rums ofPuerto Rico, when local and internationalchefs will present a five-course rum-in-spired menu to pair perfectly with some ofthe finest local sipping rums. On April 4and 5, everything revolves around SaboreaVillage, with cooking and beverage semi-nars and a tasting pavilion showcasing theproducts of wine, beer and spirits distribu-tors, as well as some of the island’s finestrestaurants. Holiday Inn San Juan’sExecutive Chef Damián Hernández isscheduled to take part in the live kitchendemonstrations and will also oversee theparticipation of the hotel’s hip newEighty20 Bistro.

An event shuttle will provide transporta-tion to and from scheduled activities, cour-tesy of the Metropolitan Bus Authority andSaborea Puerto Rico; clients may apply the

supplementary transportation credit attheir discretion for activities on their ownor to cover airport-hotel-airport transferson taxi.

Located in trendy Isla Verde, the hotel isfive minutes from the airport, a block awayfrom the beach and surrounded by restau-rants, casinos, and clubs within walkingdistance. Holiday Inn San Juan,; Saborea Puerto Rico,


Saborea Puerto Rico: A CulinaryExtravaganza will return April 3–5 at theworld-famous Escambrón Beach in SanJuan, featuring distinguished chefs and per-sonalities from Puerto Rico and around theworld.

Renowned culinary personalities andchefs will participate, as well as famed chefand chocolatier Jacques Torres of Mr.Chocolate in New York, Iron Chef Cat Corafrom the Food Network and MichaelPsilakis, executive chef and owner ofAnthos in New York and proclaimed “Chefof the Year” by Bon Appétit magazine.

Puerto Rico has gained notable support tothe gastronomic sector through the effortsof the Puerto Rico Hotel & TourismAssociation (PRHTA) and its President andCEO Clarisa Jiménez with the creation ofSaborea Puerto Rico to showcase the culi-nary contributions of the island in the devel-

opment of this tourism niche. Saborea Puerto Rico’s Founder and

Executive Director Barbara Mari has as-sured it “will be spectacularly creative, re-freshing and innovative, with the over-whelming support of the culinary industryand international press.” There will be ninedaily demo kitchens at the Al Euro DemoKitchen Theater where visitors will be ableto learn techniques and ingredients to pre-pare recipes by the experts. Guests visitingthe Tasting Pavilion will enjoy samples fromPuerto Rico’s finest restaurants.

At the Saborea Kids Pavilion, childrenand teens will be able to try their hand atdish preparation through kitchen work-shops and educational activities and games.

Despite its entertainment value, saidJiménez, “Saborea Puerto Rico is muchmore than culinary enjoyment; it also hasan important component of social responsi-bility and tourism development. The pro-ceeds of the event are part of PRHTA’sEducational Fund for training, skills devel-opment and education of employees of thehospitality industry.” Saborea Puerto Ricohas received the Excel Award in the SpecialEvents category from the Association ofPublic Relations Professionals of PuertoRico (ARPPR).

The Puerto Rico Tourism Company is thetitle sponsor of the event and MasterCardthe exclusive card. Other sponsors includeAl Euro, Jeep, American Airlines, Splenda,Cristalia, OneLink, and Bon Appétit.The Puerto Rico Hotel & TourismAssociation,; SaboreaPuerto Rico,

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Mango Bay, Barbados, the 76-room boutique-style property onthe famed Gold Coast, offers an all-inclusive vacation that’s idealfor travelers seeking a tropical retreat during these difficult economic times.

The all-inclusive vacation features hotel accommodations, allmeals, afternoon tea, local and brand-name drinks including winewith dinner, water sports (waterskiing, hobie cat sailing, kayakingand snorkeling) and nightly entertainment.

Mango Bay’s beachfront restaurant creates a fusion of Caribbeanand international cuisine, and live music is offered nightly. Drinkscan be enjoyed any time (by the pool or beach) at the Mango Baybar including signature beverages like the Mango Bay BurningFlame or the Total Eclipse made with only top-shelf liquors.

Travelers seeking added indulgence can relax at Mango Bay’s Elements Spa, a cozy facility with one treatment room in a delightful tropical atmosphere. Elements Spa is operatedunder the strictest hygienic standards; cultural spa treatments are performed with the Phytomer line of products derived frombeneficial properties from the sea. Services at the spa are adminis-tered by trained professionals and not included in the all-inclusiveroom rates.

Mango Bay is a romantic place to “tie the knot” or renew wedding vows. A wedding package is $1,000 added on to the costof a hotel stay and features the personalized services of a weddingcoordinator and the services of a clergyman to perform the cere-mony, administration and marriage license fees; roundtrip trans-fers to obtain the marriage license; decoration of a wedding arch;boutonniere for the groom and wedding bouquet for the bride; one bottle of champagne; and a one-tier, 12-inch light sponge cakewith icing.

Mango Bay can arrange tee times for guests wanting to golf inthe tropics at world-class championship golf courses, includingRoyal Westmoreland, Sandy Lane, Rockley Golf and Country Cluband The Barbados Golf Club.

Nightly rates now through April 1 start at $510 ppdo in Standardaccommodations, $545 in a Standard One-Bedroom Apartment,$582 for Superior accommodations, $650 Deluxe, $690Oceanfront, and $2,250 for a Penthouse Suite.Mango Bay, [email protected],


Bucuti Beach Resort has again been lauded by TripAdvisor®users as a top resort for romance in the 2009 Travelers’ Choice®awards. TripAdvisors contributors chose Bucuti as one of the top10 most romantic resorts in the world for the fourth year in a row,as well as one of the top five most romantic hotels in the Caribbeanand Mexico. Bucuti was the only resort in Aruba to be recognizedin the romance category.

According to Michele Perry, vice president of global communica-tions for TripAdvisor, millions of real travelers worldwide identi-fied the outstanding hotels and resorts based upon exceptional ac-commodations, service and value.

Bucuti’s dedicated team members craft an exceptional and spe-cific environment for romantic getaways as the resort caters exclu-sively to couples. The uncrowded white sands of Eagle Beach, inti-mate moonlight dinners for two, a serene infinity pool and anoverall tranquil ambience allow couples to enjoy each other with-out distraction. Bucuti associates are known for providing personalattention as they create unforgettable moments for their guests,from private beach picnics to memorable sunset cruises and under-water proposals.

“Our associates are gifted with a sincere spirit of hospitality, andthey pride themselves on developing personal connections with ourguests and creating one-of-a-kind, individualized experiences,”said Director of Sales and Marketing Susan Biemans. “Because ofthis, we have many return guests who we truly consider family.While our intimate and serene beachfront environment sets thestage for a magical experience, it’s the element of genuine servicethat helps Bucuti stand out and continue to receive positive acco-lades from our guests.”Bucuti Beach Resort,; TripAdvisor,

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Coco Palm, St. Lucia’s award-winning boutique hotel, is openingup new rooms, family suites and a conference center in Rodney BayVillage, located in the north of the island.

The new Kreole Rooms at Coco Palm, formerly part of the adja-cent Coco Kreole property, offers EP rates starting at $125 pernight. The recently upgraded Kreole Rooms are just a short walkfrom a wide selection of popular St. Lucian bars and restaurants,featuring French creole, Thai and tapas-themed cuisine.

In addition to the Kreole Rooms, Coco Palm now has four 600-square-feet Family Suites offering a master bedroom, flat screentelevision, I-Pod docking station and cordless phones with the en-suite master bathroom offering both a shower and Victorian rolltop tub. The adjoining room offers two twin beds, cable television,DVD player and en-suite bathroom, and is easily able to accommo-date two children 16 years and under.

A newly built Conference Center, centrally located in the heart ofRodney Bay Village adjacent to the Kreole Rooms, has also openedin January. The traditional chattel house-styled meeting room ac-commodates up to 90 people and is fully fitted with wirelessInternet access, with secretariat services offered at the KreoleRooms. In addition, Coco Palm has added the Caribé boutique shopalong with poolside showers and bathroom facilities.

Located in the heart of St Lucia’s entertainment capital, theaward-winning Coco Palm caters to the savvy traveler looking fora chic boutique hotel with affordable rates and uncompromisingstandards of style and service. Coco Palm, 877-655-COCO (2626),


True Blue Bay Resort (TBBR) collaborated with EJ-Communications in January to stage a one-day Customer Serviceorientation program for Immigration Officers of the Royal GrenadaPolice. The program, themed “Motivation for Better Results” was

held at True Blue Bay Resort in True Blue, St. George’s.The session was created to polish the people-skills of Immigration

Officers in order to deliver the best quality customer service to lo-cals as well as visitors to the shores.

Mr. Russ Fielden, Owner/Manager of True Blue Bay Resort andcurrent President of the Grenada Hotel & Tourism Association(GHTA), readily consented to partner with EJ Communications tomake the program a reality. It was designed and facilitated byEddie Frederick, a longstanding regional certified hospitalitytrainer and human resource development practitioner. Mr.Frederick has worked widely within the region under the auspicesof a European Union funded Caribbean Tourism Organization(CTO) Tourism Development Program and has served many privateand public sector entities internationally. True Blue Bay Resort,


The Aruban Resort & Casino at Eagle Beach on Aruba is build-ing momentum on its comprehensive renovation project, includingexpected completion of 16 units to reflect a completely newCaribbean Contemporary design, a new Owners’ VIP ReceptionRoom and Open-Air Seating Lounge, and completion of a newthree-bedroom model.

These renovations complement a number of recent capital im-provements at the resort including a new one-bedroom model, anew Cardio Fitness Gym exclusively for members and guests, a re-furbished pool, waterslide and outdoor showers, new pool furniture,new magnetic key room locks, a new state-of-the-art telephone sys-tem, new Internet station and replacement of the roofing.

The 16-Unit Building B is getting a completely new exterior lookthat combines glazed blue roof tiles, plantation-style shutters andBrazilian hardwood trellises as well as blue-gray glass and aluminum railings to create a modern yet traditional feel forthe resort.

The one-, two- and three-Bedroom suites and penthouses arebeing completely remodeled with porcelain designer tiles, Artonekitchen cabinets and LG & GE stainless steel appliances, granitecountertops and European style bathrooms with walk-in showers.Italian marble vanity counters with raised porcelain sinks and wall-mounted faucets finish the bathroom décor, creating a spa-like vi-sual experience.

The living areas feature a 42-inch flat screen television and acomfortable sectional queen sleeper. The bedrooms will feature acompletely new contemporary design aesthetic, with pillow topbeds, an abundance of pillows along with and fresh white linens andbuilt-in dresser closets to visually open up the rooms.

The units will include a second 42-inch flat screen television inthe master bedroom, along with 32-inch sets in the other bedrooms.A new state-of-the-art Otis elevator has also been installed.The Aruban Resort & Casino at Eagle Beach, 888-970-1717,[email protected],

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St. Lucia’s recent staging of Caribbean Marketplace, producedby the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association, will help give

tourism a lift for today’s challenging international economic envi-ronment, says Caribbean hotelier Feolla Chastanet.

Chastanet, Managing Director of the three-year-old Coco Palm, atop boutique property in St. Lucia, said the island’s ability to show-case new and upgraded accommodations and attractions to a dis-cerning audience of tour operators, travel agents and elite mediarepresentatives is a lucrative investment that is already paying offfor the island.

“We found it extremely productive,” said Chastanet of January’sregional travel meeting that attracted over 400 booths and close to1,500 delegates who gathered to brainstorm strategies to increaseCaribbean demand in the global marketplace. The hotelier alsocongratulated the St. Lucia government for unveiling its new brandstrategy and design initiative to boost the island’s position signifi-cantly in the marketplace while promoting sustainable tourism de-velopment that benefits the island’s people and communities.

Coco Palm recently opened up newly-renovated rooms, familysuites and a conference center in Rodney Bay Village in the northof the island.

Located in the heart of St Lucia’s entertainment capital, award-winning Coco Palm is a chic boutique hotel with affordable ratesand uncompromising standards of style and service. Coco Palm, 877-655-COCO (2626),

*Golf & Spa 4th Night Free Special is valid for Stays until December 22, 2009. *Average Daily Rate displayed already reflects the 4th Nite Free discount. Not cmbinable with any other promotions.Current published prices valid only for New Reservations.

Feolla Chastanet of Coco Palm (second from right) talks busi-ness with Julie Suehiro of the Canada-based WestJet Vacations.In background (from left) are Claudia Edgar and ClaudineGilbert of Coco Palm.

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There was no sign of economic fallout on the island of Anguillathis holiday season with some 215 private jet flights into the island.Famous throughout the world for its pristine beaches, tony resortsand celebrity clientele, the island’s Wallblake Airport was aliveduring the Christmas and New Year holiday season with a record-breaking number of executive jets roaring in and out of Anguilla.

Causing near traffic jams on the tiny tarmac, and keeping staffworking nearly round the clock, jets included Gulfstreams 4s and5s, Falcon 900s, Citations, Lear Jets, Challengers, Hawkers,Astras, Embraer 135s, Global Expresses and Galaxies. The activ-ity began on December 19, 2008 and continued through January5, 2009, with celebrity and VIP passengers staying at the signa-ture luxury resorts and renowned super villas that dot the island.Anguilla Tourist Board, 877-4 ANGUILLA (877-426-4845),

ANGUILLA ISLAND UPDATE FOR THE SEASONWith some of the world’s best beaches, finest restaurants and

roadside eateries, and accommodations to suit every budget,Anguilla remains a top spot for warm getaways. Here’s a briefrecap of some island-wide features this winter.

Bird of Paradise, the stunning villa with meandering, lagoon-stylepools that weave between the four buildings, will provide servicesof expert Chef Zoe Tise Hodge for additional fees. Her extensivemenu includes Mediterranean, Thai, French, Italian, Caribbeanand Vegetarian. An executive chef in Anguilla for 10 years, she pre-viously had the California catering service Saveur & Co. and hasstudied and cooked in France.

Cap Juluca shows off mega-million investment improvementsfrom new owner Adam Aron—solar powered golf carts, woodengame tables from Morocco, hand-sewn bedspreads and other lux-ury in-room amenities and technologies. Flowering plants by thethousands have been added and a beach groomer insures the firstfootsteps on the sand belong to guests each day. Exciting changeshave been introduced to the restaurants as well, with new ExecutiveChef Rene Bajeux one of only 50 French Master Chefs in the U.S.and Chevalier du Merite Agricole designation.

At West End Bay, nine sophisticated holiday suites just openedoverlooking CoveCastles Resort, a three-minute walk to the beach.Cool and modern Caribbean, each has a full kitchen with profes-sional-grade equipment, living room, air conditioning, dining area,spacious bathrooms and large balconies. Rates range from $325for a one-bedroom to $475, two-bedroom, per night, excluding 10-percent service charge and 10-percent government tax.

The luxury boutique villa hotel Sheriva has a winter specialdubbed “Shed the Shivers” until April 1, at Villas Mystique,Infinity, and Harmony. With a villa rental of seven nights or more,guests enjoy a complimentary three-course champagne dinner,served poolside on their private terrace the night of arrival, plus atwo-day car. For those staying 10 nights or more, three complimen-

tary lunches are included, plus four complimentary sunset mas-sages and a four-day car rental.

Rum Punch Villa is the exclusive new property on Jopsey Baycombining privacy, elegant indoor/outdoor living, state-of-the-artamenities and stunning views—the culmination of a dream for own-ers Bruce and Elaine Hearn. Bruce draws on management experi-ence of 25 years at top resorts and properties. Featured are expan-sive patio areas, private infinity pool and intimate beach, and threefinely-appointed master suites and a penthouse.

Covecastles’ new fitness center has equipment that includes TuffStuff Apollo 5425 Multi Gym, True TS1 Elliptical Trainer, True ES9.0 Treadmill, True CS 8.0 Bike, Hoist HF 4165 6 position benchesand Kettler Master Pro Table Tennis units.

Villa Alcyon, the Mediterranean-inspired villa with infinity pooldirectly on the Caribbean and views of St. Martin and St. Barts,has a special celebratory opening promotion of “Pay for Six NightsStay for Seven” plus a car on all new bookings now throughDecember 18, 2009 (some holiday exceptions). Rates are from$960 per night. The villa can be rented as 1/2, 3, 4 or 5 bedrooms.

Ambia Bed & Breakfast offers guests the ambiance of a bed andbreakfast, the luxury of a hotel and the comfort of home. Ambia iscentrally located in Anguilla with spectacular views overlookingSandy Ground. Now through September 1, guests may book sixnights and receive the seventh free (discount code AMBIA0809). Anguilla Tourist Board, 877-4 ANGUILLA (877-426-4845),


Savvy Grenada, a development and management companychaired by Peter de Savary, has contracted Grace’s DistinctiveProperties to promote Mount Cinnamon and Grenada as a destina-tion. Headed by travel industry executive Grace Grillo, the destina-tion management and marketing company has begun promoting thenew boutique resort property to the United States market.

“It is important for us now to intensify our promotion of DeSavary properties and of Grenada as a unique destination. GraceGrillo, President of Grace’s Distinctive Properties has achieved re-markable results in the Caribbean and other parts of the world.They market to some of the most exclusive travelers and these arethe kind of tourist that we want to attract to our properties. In ad-dition, we feel even more confident about tapping the US marketnow because of the American Airlines service. This is why we in-vested heavily in sponsoring the American Airlines bond which en-sured their service,” said Development Director Mark Scott.

Savvy Grenada will be intensifying marketing of Grenada and thede Savary properties this year, especially Mount Cinnamon, withits prime location on Grenada’s most famous beach. Renovated andfurnished villas with access to Mount Cinnamon’s clubhouse variedamenities will include five-star Italian dining.Grace’s Distinctive Properties,

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A weekend of music and beach party magic—Moonsplash2009—is set to take place this March 26–29 under the gloriousAnguillian full moon. Hosted by Anguilla’s own musical ambas-sador Bankie Banx at his ultra-funky Dune Preserve beach club andconcert venue on Rendezvous Bay, fans will be treated to a combi-nation of talented artists in a bright Caribbean backdrop.

Moonsplash began as a musical outlet for Bankie Banx and hasemerged as a showcase for emerging regional talent and a musicalreunion for some of reggae’s finest. Joining Bankie and his All StarBand this year are Reggae Bad Boys “Inner Circle” and up-and-coming conscious crooner Duane Stephenson, along with a lineupof additional artists to be announced.

Inner Circle goes back nearly four decades with a host of reggaedance floor standards. They are best known for their internationalCOP anthem “Bad Boys” which has been used as the theme songfor the long-running Reality TV hit COPS and was also the featurefor the soundtrack of the Will Smith/Martin Lawrence blockbustersBad Boys and Bad Boys II. Duane Stephenson, originally a mem-ber of Toisis, has carved out a unique sound and loyal followingsince leaving to go solo only two years ago.

The festival kicks off on Thursday, March 26, and includes twonights of seaside headliner concerts at Dune Preserve Friday andSaturday, March 27–28. The weekend caps off with a grand beachparty open to the public at the Dune Preserve on Sunday, March29, starting at noon with local foods, crafts and more music.

The Dune setting is an eclectic blend of driftwood, fishing boatsand brightly-painted platforms set on one of the world’s most beau-tiful beaches, a picture-perfect concert venue in the Caribbean.

The festival is sponsored by the Anguilla Tourist Board andCaribbean Liquors/Coors.Anguilla Tourist Board, 877-4 ANGUILLA (877-426-4845),;

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Located on Willemstad’s picturesque historic waterfront and con-nected to the legendary 19th-century Rif Fort, the 237-roomRenaissance Curaçao Resort & Casino is the newest full-service,branded resort to open on Curaçao in more than 15 years. Its con-temporary Caribbean style evokes the colorful architecture of thelarge Dutch Lesser Antilles island and blends it with traditionalEuropean design.

The resort’s signature “Eternity Beach” sits above sea level ad-jacent to the resort’s freshwater infinity pool, giving both spectac-ular views of the Caribbean Sea—a marvel of modern maritime engineering.

Arriving vacationers may save 40 percent off regular room ratesby booking the resort’s special $199 premier rate valid nowthrough April 15, 2009 (based on availability and not includingtaxes).

There are 14 spacious suites including two, one-bedroomMajestic Suites— large corner suites on the top floor with spectac-ular views of the Caribbean, the historic stately bridge, the‘Swinging Old Lady’ and ‘Handelskade,’ Willemstad’s famed har-bor-front street lined with brightly-painted 18th-century buildings.The Majestic Suites feature a lounge area with flat screen televi-sion, reading area, dining area and separate bedroom. The suiteshave a fully-equipped bathroom with separate shower andwhirlpool bath plus a separate half-bath. On the spacious balconyguests can relax while enjoying some of the best views of the his-torical world heritage city.

The resort’s Carnaval Casino captures the ambiance and energyof Carnaval with a wide variety of the latest slot machines and chal-lenging table games. “The Renaissance Curaçao Resort & Casinois truly a destination within a destination, offering nightlife, enter-tainment, gaming, dining and shopping all in one place,” said

Maylin Trenidad, General Manager of the Renaissance CuraçaoResort & Casino.

Restaurants and lounges at the resort, and those at the adjacentRif Fort are many, and offer tremendous flavor choices. An expan-sive fitness center is complimentary to all guests, and the AquaSpa, located within the Rif Fort, will offer invigorating treatmentsutilizing indigenous island ingredients. New meeting and banquetfacilities provide versatile indoor and outdoor function space.Renaissance Curacao Resort & Casino, 888-778-4722,


Fodor’s, the prominent guidebook series, has listed The PeninsulaHouse as being one of the best accommodations experiences in theCaribbean and “if not the world.” To celebrate this and its first an-niversary, guests of The Peninsula House can enjoy a sixth compli-mentary night to all five-night bookings from now throughSeptember 30, 2009.

The rate for the “book five/receive six” 2009 AnniversaryPackage is $2,600 for two, with full European breakfasts daily.This represents a savings of nearly $100 per night. Taxes and ser-vice charges are additional.

The Peninsula House in Las Terranas on the Samana Peninsulaopened in February last year as the Dominican Republic’s firstsmall luxury hotel—an exclusive, private environment with world-class works of art, exceptional accommodations and services, andgourmet fare. The hotel offers a chance to experience five-staramenities while enjoying a relaxed and private ambience reminis-cent of visiting a friend’s Caribbean home.

Junior suites have high ceilings and crown moldings, hardwoodfloors and four-poster king beds draped with Frette linens.Oversized bathrooms feature mahogany soaking tubs and walk-inrainforest showers. A private helicopter-landing pad ushers gueststo the property.

Outside, lush gardens and an infinity pool grace the estate. Alounge area has a fully stocked refrigerator, as well as WiFi conve-nience. Also located poolside is The Chapel, an intimate structurewhere guests receive pampering massages; treatments are alsoavailable in the comfort of the guest’s suite.

Whale watching is a top attraction: the Peninsula is a marinemammal sanctuary and each year from January through Marchthousands of Humpback whales migrate to breed and give birth.Next to Hawaii this area in the Dominican Republic is the premierspot for visitors to enjoy the phenomenon.

Additional outdoor activities include horseback riding, islandtours, kite and wind surfing, surfing and deep-sea fishing. Eveningsguests may venture in to Las Terranas village where old fishingshacks renovated into beachfront lounges feature live music, re-volving art exhibits and the perfect surround for a sunset cocktail.The Peninsula House,

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In an effort to boost bookings to the British Virgin Islands in2009, BVI Tourism has launched an incentive program for travelagents in the U.S. Those booking as few as three client trips to theBVI can earn a three-night stay in the BVI, with airfare for two,valued at more than $1,450.

Travel agents who make four bookings will earn a four-night va-cation, valued at more than $1,700. Agents who make six or morebookings will earn a seven-night vacation, valued at more than$2,450.

In order to qualify for the program, each client booking must havea five-night minimum stay and be booked by June 30, 2009 fortravel to be completed by December 31, 2009. Airfare and hotelvacations are only for registered IATAN Agents. Airfare is not in-cluded for CLIA agents, only hotel stay.British Virgin Islands Tourist Board,


Florida-based Global Hospitality Marketing Link has announceda new collaboration with Biras Creek Resort, helping the iconicCaribbean property expand their sales efforts and target the grow-ing international inbound markets to the British Virgin Islands.Through their overseas network of sales offices, Global HospitalityMarketing Link will focus primarily on development of the leisureindividual traveler from Europe and Latin America through closepartnerships with tour operators and the travel trade.

“Biras Creek Resort is a unique product with an unparalleled setting in one of the world’s fastest growing tourism markets,” said Eric Hamblen, managing director of Global HospitalityMarketing Link.

Tucked in a private bay on the lush island of Virgin Gorda in theBritish Virgin Islands (BVI), Biras Creek Resort is a hidden oasisset upon a 140-acre nature reserve amidst white sand beaches andturquoise waters of the North Sound, Atlantic Ocean andCaribbean Sea. A member of the prestigious Relais & Chateauxhotel group, and celebrated as the 2008 Condé Nast JohansensMost Excellent Hotel in the Caribbean, Biras Creek is a boutiqueresort known for its island charm, exceptional hospitality, myriadoutdoor activities and BVI fine dining.

“Although Biras Creek Resort had a long tradition of UK-basedvisitors, we are looking forward to expanding into additionalEuropean and Latin American markets. Our international guestsseem to have a real appreciation for the uniqueness of the BirasCreek property, our low-key luxury and environmental conscious-ness are special attractions,” said Rik Blyth, General Manager ofBiras Creek. “We are excited about the opportunity to work withEric Hamblen and his team at Global Hospitality Marketing Linkto attract more guests from all over the world. I’ve known Eric foryears and he is absolutely one of the most knowledgeable interna-

tional sales and marketing guys around. I have no doubt in his abil-ity to bring additional guests to Biras.”Biras Creek, 877-883-0756,


The 36-suite Beach View in Barbados’ affluent St James regionis now fully open for business. A brand new all-suite condo hotel,the property is set amid three acres of beautifully landscaped gar-dens overlooking Barbados’ famed West Coast. Spacious, fullyequipped two- and three-bedroom suites, all over 1,300 squarefeet, feature tropical furnishings, air conditioned bedrooms, waterviews, full kitchens and open-plan living areas that lead onto largebalconies, offering the perfect setting for dramatic champagne-sunsets. A large centrally located pool area with separate children’spool, spacious sun decks and a “beach” access adult swimmingpool forms the heart of the new resort. Rates lead in at $215 ppdofor a one-bedroom room in summer season; the same room is $301in shoulder season and $414 during winter, inclusive of VAT.

Under the guidance of Beach View’s General Manager, PatriciaAffonso-Dass, Beach View’s helpful staff can arrange nearby spatreatments, golf tee times and visits to some of Barbados’ many his-toric and cultural attractions.

Just a few minutes away is vibrant Holetown, Barbados’ secondlargest town with a wonderful choice of Zagat-rated restaurantsand duty-free boutique shopping. The island offers exceptionallyrich culture, history and remarkable landscapes, including TheCrane beach, St. Philips, voted one of the world’s sexiest beachesfor 2008 by Barbados has also hosted numerousathletic championships, including the ICC Cricket World Cup Final2007 and the 2006 PGA World Golf Championship—TheBarbados World Cup. Accommodations range from picturesqueplantation houses and villas to quaint bed and breakfasts to award-winning five-star resorts.

Trip Advisor’s ‘2008 Travelers Choice Destination Awards’ in itsTop 100 Destinations category voted Barbados eighth in the world.Beach View, [email protected],; Barbados Tourism Authority, 800-221-9831,

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Garry Perotin has been appointedDirector of Sales & Marketing for The Regent Palms Turks and Caicos. With a quarter-century of sales and mar-keting experience throughout the hospi-tality and cruise industries, Perotin is re-sponsible for all sales and marketinginitiatives for The Regent Palms, namedone of Robb Report’s 100 Best Places toStay in 2008.

Perotin joins The Regent Palms fromEntrée Destination, a luxury destination management companybased in Vancouver, British Columbia. Prior to Entrée, Perotin wasSenior Director of Sales at GOGO Worldwide Vacations.

The luxury resort boasts deluxe accommodations and amenitieslike custom-made mahogany furnishings and 400 thread-countEgyptian linens—along with a $1.8-million serpentine infinitypool. Their Regent Spa has an immense reflecting pool and stand-alone treatment rooms, with numerous signature and classic treat-ments. Caribbean fusion cuisine at Parallel23, A Tropical Grille, isserved up by acclaimed Executive Chef, Torsten Rumprecht, for-merly with world-renowned Mobil 5-Star White Barn InnRestaurant in Kennebunkport, ME. Regent Palms Turks and Caicos,


TripAdvisor’s annual “Traveler’s Choice” Awards for 2009 hasnamed properties in the Caribbean among the world’s best forvalue, romance, family, all-inclusive and luxury vacations. Theawards are based on consumer feedback from TripAdvisor’s morethan 10 million members. Inclusion is reflective of the quantity andquality of reviews a hotel or resort receives. A wealth of Caribbeandestinations were represented in 2009 including Aruba, theBahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bonaire, Jamaica, St. Lucia, St.Martin and Turks and Caicos.

“TripAdvisor’s ‘Traveler’s Choice’ Awards are of particular im-portance to the Caribbean as they reflect the unfettered opinion ofour guests without provocation or persuasion,” said Hugh Riley, in-terim secretary general of the Caribbean Tourism Organization.

Top 100 Best Bargains in the World: Deep Blue View IntimateResort, Bonaire; Peach and Quiet, Barbados; The Inn on the Bay,St. Lucia; and Catcha Falling Star, Jamaica; Top 10 Best All-Inclusives in the World: The Caves, Jamaica; Mopan River Resort,Belize; Royal Plantation, Jamaica, Sunset at the Palms, Jamaica;and East Winds Inn, St. Lucia; Top 10 Best for Families in theWorld: FDR Pebbles, Jamaica; Top 10 Best for Romance in theWorld: The Caves, Jamaica; and Golden Tulip Bucuti Beach Resort

& Tara Beach Suites, Aruba; Top 100 Best Luxury in the World:The Caves, Jamaica; Seven Stars Resort, Turks and Caicos; LittleArches Hotel, Barbados; Chabil Mar Villas, Belize; The Tuscany,Turks and Caicos; Jamaica Inn, Jamaica; Rock House, Bahamas;East Winds Inn, St. Lucia; and Villa Renaissance, Turks andCaicos.TripAdvisor,; Caribbean TourismDevelopment Company (CTDC),


St. Lucia’s exotic southern coast is home to Coconut Bay BeachResort, an all-inclusive resort able to create a complete vacationexperience and mix it up for all generations.

Mirrored after the island’s most famous landmarks, the twinPiton Mountains, Coconut Bay has its own set of twins, Harmonyand Splash. “Harmony” is a tranquil adult-only oasis perfect forthose seeking a romantic escape, with a coconut palm-fringed pool,braided hammocks and intimate daybeds. Couples can bring theirvacation home after a couple’s massage class at the oceanfrontKai-Mer Spa. At the opposite side of the resort, the young at heartare drawn to “Splash,” the resort’s tropical playground featuringKidz Klub, a paintball facility and the island’s largest water park.Guests can float in the lazy river, visit the swim-up bar or playpaintball. Since Coconut Bay is all-inclusive, breakfast, lunch anddinner buffets at Coconut Walk offer guests variety and ease. Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, 866-978-6226,


The Fort Young Hotel in Dominica is marking its 20th year withspecial celebration. Various attractive packages are available,plans are being finalized to upgrade the 31 original rooms, a book’sbeen published on the history of the Fort Young, and toward year’send extensive jubilee programs are planned for both guests andDominican residents.

“We are happy to launch a wide range of new packages that willbe appreciated by all guests with special expectations. Uniqueabout the Fort Young Hotel is its diversity and we are home formany different type of guests; scuba divers, adventurers, families,culture and history seekers—who will find what they are lookingfor during their vacation,” Ruud van Baal, Fort Young’s GeneralManager explains.

Recently the Fort Young Hotel launched new Adventure, Family,Honeymoon and Wedding packages; others will be added soon, andthose existing for Scuba Divers and Whale Watchers continue tobe available. Special promotions for the upcoming popularDominica Carnival (Mas Dominik) and the Annual Dive Fest arealso being offered. Fort Young Hotel, 800-581-2034, [email protected],


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Christopher Calabrese, a veteran ofMarriott International since 1972, hasbeen newly appointed as Vice Presidentand General Manager of the JW MarriottCancun Resort & Spa (just announced asan AAA Five Diamond Award winner forthe second year in a row!) and theCasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort. Mr.Calabrese was most recently the directorgeneral for both Cancun properties, a po-sition he has held since the year 2000.

During his tenure at the Marriott Cancun properties, Calabresehas led the way in positioning them as award-winning hotels for dis-criminating travelers. As director general, Mr. Calabrese oversawmajor renovations, instituted revamped guest programs and sethigh standards for the culinary and spa experiences.

In his new position as vice president and general manager,Calabrese will continue to set high goals at the two properties inorder to ensure that all guests continue to receive the utmost in per-sonalized service and a truly unforgettable resort experience.

Furthermore, in addition to Mr. Calabrese’s promotion, staffs atboth hotels are celebrating the news that the JW Marriott CancunResort & Spa has been honored with the AAA Five Diamond awardfor the second year in a row. The AAA Five Diamond Award for ho-tels and restaurants is North America’s most coveted symbol of ex-cellence in the hospitality industry and is reserved for propertiesthat exemplify the highest levels of excellence in every facet of operation.

“It had been my mission, for the past ten years, to receive theAAA Five Diamond Award, and for the JW Marriott Cancun Resortto receive this great honor now two years in a row, is spectacular,”said Mr. Calabrese.

The JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa and the CasaMagnaMarriott Cancun are members of the Marriott and RenaissanceCaribbean & Mexico Resorts. JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, CasaMagna MarriottCancun, 888-PARADISE (-727-2347),,


Sandos Hotels & Resorts, with four all-inclusive products housedin two resort complexes on the Riviera Maya, Mexico, invites trav-elers to enjoy some incredible performances for 2009 Sandos con-certs as part of an all-inclusive getaway.

In March and April, Sandos Hotels & Resorts will feature one ormore bands at each of their Riviera Maya Complexes (PlayacarComplex and Caracol Complex). Concerts are included as part of

the hotel’s all-inclusive plan, and will be presented at each of theproperty’s theaters.

Taking place on March 27 at Sandos Playacar and March 28 atSandos Caracol will be Black Dog’s “Tribute to Led Zeppelin.”Performances will include all of Zeppelin's classic anthems usingmany of the same musical instruments such as a harmonica, violinbow and keyboards to recreate the signature sound.

On April 27 at Sandos Playacar and April 28 at Sandos Caracol,Tokyo Road will present “Tribute to Bon Jovi.” Tokyo Road isHouston's only Bon Jovi Tribute Band. Guests will enjoy chart-top-ping singles such as Bad Medicine, Raise Your Hands, Wanted andmany more.

An all-inclusive Sandos Hotels & Resorts vacation features accessto the concert events; all meals and beverages; sporting activities;water sports; use of the fitness center and spa; daily activities pro-gram; water and beach activities; supervised “Kids Club” and a“Teen Club;” nightly entertainment and entrance to the disco; and all hotel taxes and service charges. Rates vary based on travel dates.Sandos Hotels & Resorts, 866-887-5601,


BlueBay Resorts has announced thatRoberto Cintrón has joined its team asSales Manager for USA, E-commerce andMexico. Roberto will provide key accountsupport and business development for theBlueBay and Hotetur Resorts in theCaribbean.

He brings extensive management experi-ence in the hotel industry to his newpost—with an emphasis in sales for vari-ous operations in Mexico. In addition to

serving as Groups and Conventions Manager at Melia TurquesaCancun, he’s held sales management positions at Camino RealCancun for both Groups and Conventions and Tour and Travel. Hewas named Best Groups and Conventions Manager (a nationalaward) in 1999 by Destinos y Convenciones Magazine.

He served as Director of Sales at Camino Real Loreto, CaminoReal Huatulco, Costa Club Acapulco, El Cozumeleño Beach Resortat Cozumel, and Grand Coco Bay all-inclusive resort at Playa delCarmen.

Mr. Cintrón was born in Mexico City and attended schools inCancun and the USA. His high-school studies were with LymanWard Military Academy at Camp Hill in Alabama, where he grad-uated fourth in his class and was offered scholarship to a militarycollege.

He opted to pursue Communications and a marketing major atthe Anahuac University of North Mexico.

He currently lives in Cancun with his wife Ana and their two sons.BlueBay Hotels and Resorts,