Caribbean Travel Roundup

Newsletter - Paul Graveline, Editor

Caribbean Travel Roundup
Paul Graveline, Editor
Edition 105
May 15, 2000

Last Update 13 May 00

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* New Rates for Five-Night Insider’s Jamaica Packages Start at $399*

NEW  YORK,  NY,  MARCH  2000  -- Whether gazing out at Negril’s famous 
seven-mile  stretch  of  beach  or perched in the scenic hills of Port 
Antonio,  Jamaica’s  small  hotels  and inns offer the kind of idyllic 
settings  and  relaxed  ambience  that  make  vacation memories linger 
happily for years.

The  Insider’s  Jamaica  --  the  innovative  program  created  by the 
Jamaica Tourist Board -- could make them last forever.

Expressly  designed  for  travelers  yearning to wander off the beaten 
path and soak up local culture, The Insider’s Jamaica combines a five-
night  or  longer stay at an intimate inn or hotel with the freedom to 
experience Jamaica’s richly diverse attractions.

A  total  of  58 of Jamaica’s finest small properties, each with fewer 
than  100  rooms, are now a part of the Insider’s Jamaica, offering an 
endless   variety  of  accommodations,  from  mountain  hideaways  and 
gracious  old  estates,  to  family-run  beachside  inns  and tropical 
villas.  Each has its own distinct character, but all are dedicated to 
offering  guests a high degree of personal service and helpful tips on 
exploring the "real" Jamaica.

Spring/Summer  2000 rates (per person, double occupancy) for Insider’s 
Jamaica packages begin as follows:
     a..  From  New York / Newark, five-night packages begin at $499 + 
tax (April 15th-June 16th)
     b..  From  Miami,  five-night packages begin at $399 + tax (April 
15th-June 16th)
     c.. From Los Angeles, six-night packages begin at $617 + tax (May 
1st- June 9th)
     d..  From  Philadelphia,  five-night packages begin at $489 + tax 
(April 15th- June 16th)
     e..  From  Baltimore/DC,  five-night packages begin at $483 + tax 
(April 16th-June 16th)
     f..  From Atlanta, five-night packages begin at $498 + tax (April 
15th- June 9th)
     g..  From  New  Orleans,  five-night packages begin at $605 + tax 
(April 15th-June 9th)
     h..  From Memphis, five-night packages begin at $609 + tax (April 
16th- June 14th)
     i..  From  Phoenix, five-night packages begin at $759 + tax (June 
15th-September 4th)
Rates  include  a  Jamaican  House  Party--with  a Jamaican host, in a 
Jamaican  home--where  authentic island food, drink and music flow all 
night. Priority access to a 

Meet-the-People   experience,   where   "Insiders"  are  matched  with 
Jamaicans   who   share   similar   hobbies,  occupations  or  special 
interests, is another highlight.

On  arrival at the airport, package holders are met by representatives 
of  the  Jamaica  Tourist  Board,  assisted  with  customs  and ground 
transportation,  and  given  an Insider’s Jamaica Membership Card good 
for  25%  off  admission  to  historic plantation houses, art museums, 
river  rafting  and  other  attractions;  15% discounts at restaurants 
across  the  island;  and  a  one-class  upgrade  at select car rental 

At  their  hotels,  guests  are  greeted  by  the owner or manager and 
provided  with  a  personal  orientation  of  the property, along with 
advice  about  experiencing Jamaica as an "Insider"--the best place to 
shop  for local crafts, secret gardens that bloom with rare orchids or 
the closest secluded beach for snorkeling.

Additional  details  about the Insider’s Jamaica program are available 
online   at,   a   Website   that   provides 
descriptions  of  the  program’s participating hotels, attractions and 
restaurants,  and  is  directly  linked to the Jamaica Tourist Board’s 
Website at

For reservations or more information, call your travel agent or 1-800-


Rates Start as low as $35 Night, EP

 Jamaica’s Best Value of the Season

NEW  YORK,  NY,  APRIL  2000  –  Jamaica’s “capital of casual” Negril, 
known  for  its famed seven-mile stretch of white sand beach, dramatic 
cliffs,  and  bath-warm azure sea, is making a spring, summer and fall 
vacation  extremely  affordable  with four special promotions: “Negril 
Carnival”,  “Honeymooners  in  Negril”,  “Negril  Summer  Madness” and 
“Families in Negril”.

“With  these  added-value  packages to Negril, now is the best time to 
book  a  Jamaican  vacation,”  said Mr. Noel Mignott, Deputy Director, 
Jamaica  Tourist  Board  (JTB).  “The destination offers something for 

“There  has  never been a program in Negril quite like this one, since 
it   includes   the   participation  of  so  many  hotels  and  travel 
businesses,”  said  Ms.  Carolyn  Wright,  Chairperson, Negril Chapter 
Jamaica  Hotel  and  Tourist  Association (JHTA).  “There is simply no 
better  deal  for  anyone  looking  for world renowned beaches, breath 
taking  cliffs,  exciting  nightlife,  and  the Reggae vibe at a value 
never offered before.” 

Negril,  located  on  the  west  coast of Jamaica about two hours from 
Montego  Bay,  is  known  for  its significant number of small, value-
priced  and  boutique  hotels  that  offer  a  personalized  B&B-style 
experience  with  the  amenities of traditional resorts, such as fresh 
water  pools,  water  sports,  on-site  restaurants,  bars,  and  tour 
desks.   The  area  was  initially  “discovered”  by American counter-
culture  in  the  early  70’s,  who  found  the laid-back, out-in-the-
country, unpretentious and friendly lifestyle appealing.  

While  no  longer  a  quaint  fishing  village,  development  has been 
controlled  to  keep  buildings  no  taller  than  a palm tree – still 
giving  today’s  travelers  a sense of remoteness, but one that offers 
yet  a  myriad  of  entertainment  and shopping opportunities.  Hotels 
line  both sides of the main avenue, Norman Manley Boulevard, and also 
dot  the  sea-splashed  cliff  tops in the “West-End” section of town.  
In  the evening, vacationers use the beach as their highway, strolling 
to  restaurants  and  bars offering live music.  During the day, there 
is  a “casualness” in the air that reflects European influenced beach-
going traditions.

The four promotional packages are:

NEGRIL   CARNIVAL,   April  14-16:   The  famous  Byron  Lee  and  the 
Dragonaires  will  be bringing Jamaica Carnival to Negril with special 
performances,  including  Leon  Caldero as well as a costumed Carnival 
Road  March.   Special  rates  apply  to  three,  four and seven-night 
packages booked in conjunction with April 14-16th Carnival dates.

HONEYMOONERS   IN   NEGRIL,   May  1-June  30  and  Sept.  1-Oct.  31:  
Participating  hotels are offering the sixth night free with any five-
night stay booked with standard published (rack) rates.

NEGRIL  SUMMER  MADNESS,  May  15-June  15:  Offers heavily discounted 
rates  as  low as US$35 per night, EP (European Plan; single or double 
occupancy)  for  one  and two-star properties and US$50 per night, EP, 
for three and four-star properties.  Minimum stay is three nights.

FAMILIES  IN  NEGRIL,  July  15-August  31:  Families will receive one 
complimentary  dinner  for  four  persons  at  their host hotel with a 
minimum three-night stay.

Sponsored  by  the  JHTA’s  Negril  Chapter,  participating hotels and 
businesses  include: Beachcomber, Charela Inn, Chuckles Resort, Devine 
Destiny,  Drumville  Cove,  Falcon Cottages, Footeprints, Hedonism II, 
Hilltop  Villas  &  Apartments, Kuyaba Negril, La Mar Resort, Mariners 
Resorts,  Negril  Gardens,  Negril  Tree  House,  Our  Pastime,  Point 
Village,  Rock  Cliff Hotel, Rondel Village, Sandals Negril, Sandi San 
Beach  Hotel,  Sea  Splash Resort, Thrills Hotel, Villa La Cage, White 
Sands,    Xtabi,   Risky   Business,   Margueritaville   and   DeBuss.  
Participating   properties   with   all-inclusive  packages  are  also 
offering specially reduced rates.

Prices  do  not  include  air,  airport  ground transfers, or Jamaican 
departure  tax  of  US$27 per person.  Tax and service charges are not 
included  in  some  packages.  Rates cannot be combined with any other 
promotion.   Participating  hotels may vary per promotion and blackout 
dates  and  restrictions  apply.    For more information, contact your 
travel  agent  or  call  GPW  at 1-800-752-6824 or JRS Tours at 1-800-


SOMERSET,  NJ  –  (April  11, 2000) – It's time to start packing for a 
trip  to  a  Caribbean  island!   Thanks  to  Marriott and Renaissance 
Offshore Resorts, the ideal tropical vacation 
that  always  seemed  too  expensive  has  just become affordable with 
exciting new "All-Inclusive Value Vacations."   

Providing   the  convenience  of  an  all-inclusive  getaway  and  the 
renowned  service of Marriott and Renaissance for one great price, the 
"All-Inclusive  Value  Vacations"  package  is  available at the Aruba 
Marriott  Resort & Stellaris Casino, the Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort 
&  Emerald  Casino,  the  Renaissance  Jamaica  Grande Resort, and the 
Renaissance Grand Beach Resort located on St. Thomas.

Now  through  December  20,  2000,  rates for the "All-Inclusive Value 
Vacations"  package  start as low as $339 per room, per night (or $170 
per  person,  per  night) and are based on double occupancy.  Not only 
does  the  package  include  room  service (not typically part of all-
inclusive   offerings),   it   also   provides   guests   with  deluxe 
accommodations;  all food & beverages at select restaurants, including 
unlimited  house-brand  cocktails  and  wine  and  beer  by the glass; 
complimentary   use   of  the  tennis  courts  and  health  club  (the 
Renaissance  Jamaica  Grande  and Renaissance Grand Beach resorts also 
include  complimentary non-motorized water sports); and any applicable 
room  taxes  and  gratuities,  all  while  earning  valuable  Marriott 
Rewards  points.   In  addition,  up to two children under 12 stay and 
eat  free  when  sharing  a  room with a parent.  A minimum five-night 
stay is required and rates are subject to availability. 

The  "All-Inclusive Value Vacations" package rates (quoted per couple, 
per night) are 
as follows:
At the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino: 
$380 -- From April 23 through December 20, 2000.  
At the Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino:
$339 -- From April 23 through December 20, 2000.
At the Renaissance Grand Beach Resort on St. Thomas: 
$435 -- From April 2 through May 31, 2000
$345 -- From June 1 to December 20, 2000.
At the Renaissance Jamaica Grande Resort:
$260  for an oceanview room or $340 for a beachfront room – From April 
24 through December 20, 2000.

Located  on  the  famed  Palm  Beach  area  of  the  island, the Aruba 
Marriott  Resort  &  Stellaris  Casino  offers 413 spacious guestrooms 
including  20  suites,  each with a private balcony.  In addition, the 
resort  features:  a  freeform pool with waterfalls and a swim-up bar; 
several  restaurants;  a  variety of water sports activities; a health 
club  with sauna and whirlpool; two lighted tennis courts; nearby golf 
and  a  special  children's  program.   Island  attractions range from 
horseback riding to scuba diving to touring Arikok National Park. 

The  Curaçao  Marriott  Beach  Resort  &  Emerald  Casino  is  on  the 
southwest  coast  of  the  island  adjacent  to the World Trade Center 
Curaçao.  The resort features: 247 guest rooms and suites, each with a 
private  balcony  or  terrace; four restaurants; a freeform oceanfront 
pool  with  swim-up  bar;  two  oceanfront  whirlpools;  several water 
sports;  nearby  golf;  two  lighted  tennis  courts; health club with 
steam  room,  sauna  and  massage  services; and a children's program.  
While  staying  in  Curaçao,  guests can visit the Curaçao Seaquarium, 
tour historic Willemstad or take a canoe safari.   

The  Renaissance  Grand  Beach  Resort  on  St. Thomas is roughly nine 
miles  from  Cyril  E.  King  Airport  and  seven miles from Charlotte 
Amalie.  The  resort  features 290 guestrooms and suites; a variety of 
restaurants;  fitness  center;  water  sports  including on-site SCUBA 
diving;   six   lighted  tennis  courts;  spa  treatments;  children's 
program;  and  nearby  golf facilities.  Situated on a beautiful sandy 
beach,  the  resort's  beachfront  Grand  pool  is the perfect vantage 
point for viewing the sea.  
Located  within  walking distance of bustling, historic Ocho Rios, the 
Renaissance  Jamaica Grande Resort features 720 guestrooms and suites, 
all  with  private  balconies and ocean views.  The resort boasts five 
restaurants;  a  fantasy  swimming  pool  complex  with  26-foot  high 
waterfalls,  a swim-up bar, swim-through grottos and a walk-over swing 
bridge;  sandy  beach;  various  water  sports; lighted tennis courts; 
fitness center; casino and the Jamaic'N Me Crazy nightclub.
The  Marriott  and  Renaissance Offshore Resorts group brings together 
several  Marriott  and  Renaissance  properties  in  the Caribbean and 
Mexico  including: the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort, the CasaMagna 
Marriott  Puerto  Vallarta Resort, the Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort & 
Emerald  Casino,  the  Aruba  Marriott Resort &  Stellaris Casino, the 
Renaissance  Grand  Beach  Resort  in  St.  Thomas and the Renaissance 
Jamaica  Grande Resort. When it opens later this year, the JW Marriott 
Resort Cancun will also join the group. 

For  additional information or reservations, contact your travel agent 
or  call  the  Marriott  Resort Desk at 800-223-6388.  Visit us on the 
web at   


--  Special  Packages,  “Healthy  Lunches”  and  Mature Adult Programs 
Available --

BONAIRE,  DUTCH  CARIBBEAN  –  February 4, 2000 – Harbour Village, the 
first-class  luxury  resort of Bonaire, is offering the islands’ first 
Wellness  Program  from  September  3  –  30.  The Wellness Program is 
complimentary  to  all  guests  of Harbour Village during the month of 
September  and  many  of  the  classes  will  be  offered  through the 
resort’s  full-service  spa  and  fitness  center.   This  program  is 
designed  for  individuals  of  all  ages, including a special program 
targeted  to  mature  adults  with bone building exercises, non-impact 
water  aerobics, and special stretching techniques, as well as special 
nutritional   courses   on   anti-aging,  osteoporosis  and  arthritis 

Mariangel  Gonzalez,  Harbour  Village’s  Director  of  Marketing  and 
Business  Development,  defines  the  month-long  program as “a world-
class  program  led  by  internationally renowned instructors who will 
guide  guests  towards  optimal health and well being through a series 
of  workshops and lectures in weight management, stress reduction, the 
latest  in  exercise  and  New  Age  fitness,  and  an  innovative new 
wellness  program  in diving known as Mind, Body and Spirit Scuba (MBS 
The following programs will be offered during Wellness Month:
Daily  (AM/PM)  Mind,  Body  and Spirit Scuba courses that include the 
latest  in  pre-dive  stretching  and breathing techniques to give you 
the  ultimate  diving  experience.   This course is PADI certified and 
includes  techniques  adapted from champion breath-hold divers, sports 
medicine,   martial   arts  programs,  and  meditation  and  spiritual 
Stress   Management   workshops  that  will  guide  you  to  emotional 
cleansing  by  expunging negative energies.  The goal of the workshops 
is  to  teach  you to heal yourself by purposefully moving your energy 
vibrations toward greater wellness at all times.

Wellness Month/Harbour Village Beach Resort

Weight  Management  workshops  composed of nutrition and exercise that 
will   maximize  results  through  behavior  modification,  not  ‘fad-
dieting’.   The  course  recognizes the busy schedule and lifestyle of 
today’s  society  and  will  teach  you  how  to  incorporate  healthy 
convenience  foods  into your diet.  September 17-30, a special mature 
adult   component   featuring   bone  building  exercises,  anti-aging 
nutrition  techniques,  and osteoporosis and arthritis prevention will 
be included.

New  Age  Fitness  classes  offered  daily: stretching, aqua strength, 
circuit   challenge,   power   walks,   body   sculpting,   step,  and 

Four  renowned  international  instructors  will  lead guests on their 
path  to  wellness.  The weight management workshops will be taught by 
Julie  Feldman  MPH,  RD,  CPT,  who  has  been  a  health and fitness 
professional  for  the  past  13  years.  The stress reduction courses 
will  be  led by Condessa Maui de Espinosa, M. Ed, LPC, BSN, an energy 
coach  who  has spent the past 10 years in “energy studies,” the study 
of  the  aura  around  and  within  us.   MBS  Scuba will be taught by 
creator  Steve Schultz, who has 26 years of diving experience, and Dot 
Fundock,  a  PADI  OWSI and Underwater Naturalist Specialty Instructor 
with 17 years of diving experience.  
During  Wellness  Month,  Harbour Village will offer “Healthy Lunches” 
as  an  add-on  to  the  resort’s  seven-night  packages   (Spa, Dive, 
Tennis,  and  Summer  Escapade packages).  Healthy lunches include the 
Chef’s daily special soup and all you can eat healthy salads.  
Nestled  in  fragrant,  tropical gardens, Harbour Village Beach Resort 
fronts  a  quarter-mile  stretch  of  white  sand beach.  There are 64 
elegantly  appointed  rooms  and  suites  housed  in  charming,  Dutch 
Caribbean-style  villas.   The  resort’s  amenities  include  a  full-
service  spa  and fitness center, freshwater pools, a 5-star PADI Gold 
Palm  IDC  &  NAUI  certified dive operation, a 64-slip marina, a mega 
yacht  dock,  a tennis facility (with night lighting) managed by Peter 
Burwash  International,  and a variety of excellent dining options and 
retail  shops.  Harbour  Village,  the finest resort on the island, is 
just  a  short  stroll away from Kralendijk, the island’s capital, and 
only a 10-minute drive from the airport.

For  reservations and more information, contact First Class Resorts at 
One  Alhambra  Plaza,  Suite  1150,  Coral Gables, Florida 33134; call 
(305)  567-9509  or  call  toll-free (800) 424-0004 (U.S. and Canada); 
fax  (305)  567-9659.  Visit our website     or     send     an     e-mail    to:



IRISH  TOWN,  Jamaica  (April  19,  2000)   -- Strawberry Hill, Island 
Outpost's  serene  hideaway  in  Jamaica's Blue Mountains, is offering 
spa  packages  ranging  from  a  three-night  getaway  to  a week-long 
escape.   This  intimate  resort  is  the  perfect place to indulge in 
total  rejuvenation  of  the  body  and  soul.The Aveda Concept Spa at 
Strawberry  Hill  is  the only full-service Aveda Spa in the Caribbean 
and  is  the  perfect  complement  to  the  property's  lush botanical 
gardens,  winding  trails  and breathtaking vistas.  Guests can choose 
from  Strawberry  Hill's  three,  five  and  seven-night  Spa Packages 
available now through December 14, 2000.  

All  packages  offer  single  or  double  occupancy rates and include: 
accommodations   in  a  mountainside  studio  cottage;  a  variety  of 
treatments  according to package; daily continental breakfast; airport 
transfers  from  Kingston; tax and service charges and full use of the 
spa  facilities -- dry sauna, plunge pool and state-of-the-art fitness 
equipment.   Guided  walks and bike riding are available upon request.  
Details and rates follow:

The  THREE   NIGHT   RETREAT  offers a brief escape from the everyday!  
Guests  spend three nights and are pampered with seven spa treatments: 
a  sensory  journey to determine their personal aroma identity, a full 
body  massage,  body  elixir,  eye  zone treatment, AVEDA®'s signature 
Purescriptionsä treatment, manicure and pedicure.  
$1,630 (double  occupancy) / $1,366 (single  occupancy)

The  FIVE   NIGHT  GETAWAY offers guests five nights of complete bliss 
and  absolute  relaxation  with  the seven spa treatments in the Three 
Night  Retreat,  plus  three  additional treatments: an essential back 
treatment,  self-renewal  face  &  body treatment, and signature sauna 
$2,727 (double  occupancy)  / $2262 (single  occupancy)

The  SEVEN   NIGHTS   OF  REJUVENATION features a revitalizing week of 
seven  nights  in  the  Blue  Mountains  immersed  in a variety of spa 
treatments.   Guests  enjoy  all  the spa treatments in the Five Night 
Getaway plus one additional full body massage per person.  

$3,581 (double   occupancy)  / $3037 (single  occupancy)

Strawberry  Hill  is  perched  3,100  feet  in  the Blue Mountains and 
provides   guests   with   spectacular  vistas  of  Kingston  and  the 
surrounding   valleys.   Twelve  19th-century,  Georgian-style  wooden 
cottages  are  tucked  within  the  property's  26 acres.  All feature 
louvered  windows,  mahogany  furniture made by local craftsmen, white 
Irish  linens  and  private  verandahs.   The  property also houses an 
executive  conference  room,  library,  restaurant featuring fine "New 
Jamaican  Cuisine" and spa cuisine by Chef James Palmer, and a 60-foot 
negative edge pool overlooking the city lights below.
Opened  in  1997,  The  Aveda  Concept Spa has five treatment rooms, a 
plunge  pool,  sauna,  a  hydrotherapy  room,  hair and nail treatment 
center,  and a sun deck where guests can relax before treatments while 
sipping tea and fresh fruit juices.

Strawberry  Hill's Spa Packages are commissionable to travel agents at 
10  percent.   For  more  information,  call 800-OUTPOST (from USA and 
Canada)  or (305) 531-8800 (from all other countries), or visit Island 
Outpost on the Internet at:

In  addition  to  Strawberry  Hill,  Island Outpost's collection of 13 
boutique  hotels  include  The Caves, Jake's, Goldeneye and Bolt House 
in  Jamaica;  Pink  Sands  and  Compass Point in The Bahamas; and Casa 
Grande,  The  Tides,  Marlin,  Leslie,  Cavalier,  and  Kent  in South 
Beach.   Additional  information  is  available  on the Island Outpost 


MUSTIQUE,  WEST INDIES (May 2, 2000) – The mystique of Mustique can be 
within  your  reach  this  summer  and  fall  with more than 50 villas 
available for rental at up to 30% off the peak season rate.

Now  through  November  14,  2000, rates start at only $3,000 per week 
for  a  two-bedroom  villa  (Blue Waters).  With two- to seven-bedroom 
residences  available (each with a personal household staff), Mustique 
Villa  Rentals  are  popular  with honeymooners, friends and families.  
Select   villas,  including  Sea  Star,  Grasshopper,  Frangipani  and 
Moongate,  are  especially  family-friendly,  with children's bedrooms 
and nursery rooms. (Baby-sitting services are also available.)

In  addition, four new villas have been added to the rental group this 
year:    Serenity  Bay,  Hibiscus,  Sleeping  Dragon  and  Heron  Bay.  
Located  in  secluded  spots throughout the 1,400-acre private island, 
each   villa   reflects   the   individual  homeowners'  15  different 
nationalities  and  personal decorating styles, from French Provençal, 
Japanese,  Italian  and  Balinese,  to  British Colonial to Caribbean.  
Each  new  villa  has  a pool, landscaped grounds and beach access, as 
well as an open verandah for outdoor dining.

The  Mustique  Company  will customize a villa holiday that suits your 
personal  taste,  requirements and price range. An expansive landscape 
provides  the ultimate in privacy, and all villas have panoramic views 
of  the  Caribbean  or  Atlantic  Ocean  and the surrounding hillside.  
Most villas also have a swimming pool.

Villa  rentals  include  a  vehicle and are fully staffed by its owner 
with  a  cook,  maid  and  a  gardener (some with additional household 
staff).   An  initial  supply of food is charged to a personal account 
at  the  local grocery store.  A variety of amenities make guests feel 
at  home, such as a video rental library, CD players, cable television 
and  phones  with  fax/modem  capabilities.   Private  spa  and beauty 
services are also available for guests in their villas.  

Upon  arrival  in  Mustique,  guests  are welcomed at the airport by a 
Mustique  Company  representative  and  escorted to their villa for an 
introductory   tour.   Visitors  are  also  given  an  island  welcome 
directory   outlining   popular   places,   recreational   and  social 
activities.    The  Mustique  Company  can  arrange  for  recreational 
activities  including  tennis  lessons  with the resident pro, hiking, 
snorkeling,  scuba  diving,  water sports, sunset cruises, and sailing 
yachts  to  the  nearby  Grenadine  Islands.   The Mustique Equestrian 
Center  offers horseback riding (and instruction) on trails throughout 
the island.  

The  Cotton  House,  a  luxury  hotel  and  restaurant, is open to all 
island  guests  for  lunch  and dinner and is the local gathering spot 
for  a  weekly  Tuesday  night  cocktail party, hosted by the Mustique 
Company.   The  Cotton  House  has recently introduced a new chef, who 
has  taken  the  cuisine  in  a  new  direction  by  fusing French and 
Caribbean  flavors,  and  a  European  mini-spa  located on the beach.  
Rates  at  the  Cotton  House  through December 19, 2000 start at $590 
(MAP) per night, double occupancy.

Mustique  is  a private island hideaway known for its casual elegance.  
The  temperature  fluctuates  ever  so  slightly  throughout the year, 
averaging  80ºF,  making  Mustique an ideal destination for the summer 
and  fall.   There  is  only one hotel (Cotton House), one guest house 
(Firefly),  as  well  as  50  luxury  villa  rentals  available on the 
island.   In  addition,  visitors will find Basil's Bar and Restaurant 
overlooking  Britannia  Bay,  a  selection  of  shops and boutiques in 
Britannia  Bay  Waterfront,  and  a bamboo church.  Even when Mustique 
has  high  occupancy,  the  unspoiled  landscape  and  nine white-sand 
beaches are never crowded.   

Mustique,  one  of  the  Northern  Grenadines, can be accessed through 
Barbados  or  St. Vincent.  Rates are exclusive of a 5% government tax 
and an 8% administrative fee.   

For  Mustique Villa Rental reservations call Resorts Management, Inc., 
toll-free  at  800-225-4255  from  the  U.S. and Canada.  Or, call The 
Mustique  Company,  Ltd.  directly  at   784-458-4621; fax to 784-456-
4565.   Visit  the  Mustique Company on the internet at: www.mustique-


MUSTIQUE,  WEST  INDIES  (May  11,  2000)  – Now is the ideal time for 
vacationers  to  indulge  in  a  week-long escape to the Cotton House, 
Mustique's  elegant  private retreat.  The Cotton House has introduced 
a  special  "7  for 6" package, where guests who book six nights get a 
seventh night free.

The  Cotton  House's  "7  for  6"  package  is  available  now through 
December  19,  2000*  and  is  priced  at  $3,050 for two people.  The 
package  includes  a  7-night  stay in a Grenadine Cottage or a Messel 
Room   and  two  consecutive  days  of  mule  (jeep)  rental.   (A  7% 
government  tax  and  10% service charge is additional.)  Rates at the 
Cotton  House  are  MAP  and include à la carte breakfast and dinners, 
traditional  afternoon  tea,  and  cocktail  parties.   Extra days are 
available  on  MAP basis for $492 for two people. (*The Cotton House's 
annual closing is August 31 to October 13, 2000.)

Other  complimentary  resort  amenities  include  select water sports, 
mini-fridge  stocked  with soft drinks, an extensive "pillow menu" and 
unpacking and pressing of clothing             upon arrival.

The  Cotton  House  is an elegant, West Indian-style plantation estate 
with  20  luxurious  guest  rooms,  suites and cottages.  Rising above 
L'Ansecoy  Bay  on  a  rolling green Mustique hillside, with panoramic 
views  of  the  Caribbean,  the Cotton House prides itself on personal 
service  and  features one of the Caribbean's finest restaurants and a 
European mini-spa (E'SPA). 

In  addition to the pool and beaches at the Cotton House, Mustique has 
nine   white-sand  beaches  for  guests  to  enjoy.   The  temperature 
fluctuates  ever  so  slightly  throughout  the  year, averaging 80ºF, 
making  the  Cotton  House  an  ideal  destination  for the summer and 
fall.   Recreational  activities on the island include tennis, hiking, 
snorkeling,  scuba  diving  and  sailing trips to the nearby Grenadine 
Islands.   The Mustique Equestrian Center offers horseback riding (and 
instruction) on trails throughout the island.

The  Cotton  House,  a  member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is 
managed  by  GLA  International.   For  reservations,  see your travel 
agent  or  call the Cotton House toll-free (in the U.S. and Canada) at 
1-877-240-9945   or   visit   the   Cotton   House   on   the  web  at


Enjoy One of the Caribbean’s Most Luxurious and Romantic

Family Friendly Resorts For Only $99 Per Night!

ST.  JOHN,  U.S.  Virgin Islands, April, 2000 – This summer the Westin 
Resort St. John is looking to exhaust your senses, not your savings.

Thanks  to the Westin St. John Sizzling Summer Sale, you can enjoy one 
of  the  most upscale and luxurious properties in all the Caribbean at 
unprecedented  savings  – with rates beginning as low as $99 per night 
(per  room,  based  on  double  occupancy).  This  rate  represents  a 
remarkable 67% savings off the regular summer rate of $299 per night.

The  Westin  St.  John’s  Sizzling Summer Sale is available for travel 
now through October 31, 2000. All rates are subject to availability.

The Westin Resort St. John features:

      a..   A   spectacular  quarter-acre  freshwater  swimming  pool, 
including kiddie pool and two adjacent jacuzzis; 
     b..  Three  fabulous  restaurants,  a New York style deli, and 24 
hour room service; 
     c.. Full service Westin Kids Club for children 3 years of age and 
     d..  An  oversized,  state-of-the-art  health  club  and full spa 
     e..  Six  lighted  turf tennis courts, operated by world renowned 
Peter Burwash International;
    f.. World-class snorkeling at nearby Trunk and Cinnamon Bays;
    g.. Hiking in the U.S. Virgin Islands National Park.
Yet  another  enticement for summer family travelers is the Westin St. 
John’s  "Kids  Eat  Free"  deal. Now through December 22 at the Westin 
St.   John,  all  kids  12-and-under  eat  free  at  the  resort  when 
accompanied  by an adult. In addition, adults will receive a $100 food 
credit  as well as receiving their sixth night free at the resort. The 
deal  requires  a  four-night minimum stay. As always, children 18 and 
under  stay  for free with their parents, and families have the option 
of  getting  a second room for the kids at 50% off (this 50% off offer 
does not include a $100 food credit for adults).

While  many  Caribbean  resorts scale back their kids programs for the 
summer  season, The Westin St. John takes theirs to another level with 
the  third annual "Summer Jammers Camp." Running from mid-June through 
mid-August,  2000,  the  camp  takes  the popular Kids Club concept of 
"Smart  Fun"  and  expands it even further. Featuring longer hours and 
brand  new  activities, the camp will include even more arts & crafts, 
treasure  hunts,  seaside  hiking  adventures  in  addition to special 
guest  visits  from local artisans and island "celebrities" as well as 
fascinating field trips.

Rates  for  the  Summer  Jammers  Camp  are  $50  per  day, per child, 
including  lunch.  There is also a weekly rate of $200 available (some 
field  trips  may  require an additional charge). The half-day rate is 
$40  per  child  with  lunch  and  $30  without lunch. The rate for an 
evening  session,  including  dinner, is $40. Parents are requested to 
register  campers  with the hotel concierge 24 hours in advance of the 
desired session.

Tucked  into  the  green  hills  of  St.  John’s southwest corner, The 
Westin  Resort,  St.  John offers 285 guest rooms and suites decorated 
in  soothing pastel colors spread out over 13 tastefully-designed low-
rise  buildings,  surrounded  by  47  acres  of gardens and landscaped 
grounds.  There  are  also  an  additional  67 fully equipped vacation 
villas,  many  with  private  swimming  pools, available for rental as 

For  information  on  the  Westin  St.  John  "Sizzling  Summer Sale," 
contact   your   local  travel  agent.  For  further  information  and 
reservations  call  The  Westin  Resort, St. John at 1-800-808-5020 or 
Westin  Hotels  &  Resorts  at  1-800-WESTIN-1.  Information  is  also 
available on the Westin Hotels & Resorts website at



Trip 7/99

Last  summer  we visited Aruba for the first time. We've been to other 
islands  in  the Caribbean but didn't know much about Aruba other than 
what we'd read. What a great place for a vacation!


We  chose  to  stay at the Hyatt Regency. Upon checking in, I was very 
upset  to  be  told  that  the  only rooms they had left contained two 
double  beds.  I  was  irate  as  this  was  our anniversary and I had 
specifically  requested a room with a king size bed. The staff was not 
very  friendly  in  dealing  with this issue and pointed out some fine 
print  on  my  trip  voucher  indicating  that  you are not guaranteed 
anything.  After  getting  nowhere  with  the staff I had to step away 
from  the  desk  as  I  became  more and more agitated. They agreed to 
switch  us to a room with a king and an ocean view the next night, but 
I  still  found  this  to be a poor resolution as I like to unpack and 
relax  when  I  arrive  -  not live out of a suitcase the first night. 
This  first  room  was also very disappointing - the window was like a 
basement  window  and we had no balcony - if we had been stuck in this 
room  the  entire  trip  there  would  have been trouble! We were more 
pleased  with  the  room we were moved to but to call it an ocean view 
was  a  stretch  (literally,  you  had  to  stretch to get the view!). 
Overall,  the  hotel was very well kept and the facilities were nice - 
food  was  overpriced as compared to other options on the island. I've 
stayed  in  many  nice  chain hotels in my business & vacation travel. 
While  this  hotel  had  a  beautiful  appearance,  I felt the general 
attitude  towards  guests was far below par compared to similar chains 
(Westin,  Marriott).  I  had  the general feeling that the hotel staff 
gave  off  the  air that guests were a burden - I have never felt this 
way at other hotels of similar caliber.

Beach/Pool Area:

The  pool  area  was  very  nice - there are several tiered pools that 
lead  into  one  another. We enjoyed the waterslide and really enjoyed 
the  swim  up pool bar. You can get lunch here (burgers, mahi mahi) as 
well  as drinks and we were pleased with all that we ordered. The only 
downside  of the pool area is that the majority of it is shaded, which 
is  a  problem  if  you like to spend the day lounging in the sun. The 
beach  was  wonderful.  There are huts available to use at no cost for 
guests  but  you  have to arrive early in the morning at the towel hut 
to  get  one. The sun is indeed hot but the breeze cools you off quite 
a bit, so you have to be careful not to over do it.


We  rented  a  car upon arrival and after a particularly reddening day 
on  the  beach  decided to do some exploring. We had a great time, but 
be  prepared  to  be  lost  - road signs are non-existent once you are 
removed  from  the  touristy  part of the island. We climbed some rock 
formations  and  the topography was interesting though very similar to 
the  southwestern  US.  There were some caves I very much wanted to go 
in  but  there  were vendors telling you that each person was required 
to  pay  $12  for a flashlight to enter. I knew this was a scam as I'd 
read  warnings  about  these  people  in  guide books as all caves are 
owned  by  the  government  and  free.  We offered to pay for just one 
flashlight  but  they  refused - I was tempted just to run in & see if 
they  chased  me  but  I chose not to risk it. We left & found another 
cave  w/another  flashlight vendor guarding the entrance. I told her I 
knew  there was no cost to enter and she agreed to let us by with just 
renting  one  flashlight.  If you like caves and don't mind bats, this 
is  a  must.  I've been caving before but it was always with a tour so 
this  was  really  neat  to  explore  on  our  own.  We  found  a room 
completely  filled  with  bats  and  stood  in  the middle as the flew 
around us - fascinating.

We  also  signed  up  for  a  snorkeling trip which left from the dock 
outside  the  hotel.  The  boat  was a catamaran and had a nice mix of 
people  and  a  crew that was ready and willing to serve up snacks and 
some  interesting beverage concoctions. We snorkeled a shipwreck which 
was  great  as  I  have  snorkeled  many times but never a wreck, so I 
enjoyed  this.  This  was  a  great  trip.  Again  the  crew  was very 
friendly,  played  lively  music,  and helped stir up conversation and 
create  a  festive atmosphere. The price was quite reasonable - thumbs 
up all the way around.

Though  I'd never been to a casino before, we did enjoy the one in our 
hotel  on  a  few  occasions  after  we  returned from dinner. I was a 
little  leery  and  stuck  with the nickel slots - more playing time & 
you  hardly spend any money - though you don't really make any either! 
I  was  disappointed  some nights that these slots were filled by many 
people  clearly  not  staying  in  our resort, but I guess there isn't 
much  that  can  be done about that. The last night we decided to give 
blackjack  a  try - we each got a limited number of chips and expected 
our  run  to  be  over quickly; but there was a nice couple next to us 
from  New Jersey who was experienced and gave us some pointers and our 
little  sum  continued  to  mount  and  we stuck with it well into the 
night and still managed to come out ahead.


Where  to start? We had some wonderful dining experiences all over the 
island  and  the  food  was reasonably priced. El Gaucho was our first 
visit  to  an  Argentinean steak house and we loved it. I would highly 
recommend  their  signature  cut  the  Gaucho but make sure you arrive 
with  an  empty  stomach!  The meat comes on a big wooden board with a 
ridge  around  the  edge  to  catch  the  juices.  They  serve several 
condiments  with it as well - I believe there were caramelized onions, 
some  sort  of  garlic  sauce,  and a couple others - fun to try. Make 
sure  you  order  your  food more well done than in the states or else 
you  may  have  to  send  it  back.  Our  other favorite meals were at 
Boonoonoonoos  and  Chez Mathilde. Boonoonoonoos was very colorful and 
I  tried  some  of  the local favorites which I enjoyed. Chez Mathilde 
was  very  nice - more elegant and pricey but well worth it. The decor 
is lovely, the service impeccable, and the food delicious.


We  fully  enjoyed  our visit to Aruba and would highly recommend this 
island  to  anyone  considering  a  Caribbean vacation. It was just as 
lovely  as  Grand  Cayman but you didn't have to pay twice as much for 
everything  like  you  do in the Caymans. The island was beautiful and 
the  downtown  area  was  nicely  developed  -  not overly so but very 
nicely  kept  and  you  feel  very  safe  here  outside of your resort 
(unlike  Jamaica).  I  would  return to Aruba in a heartbeat, though I 
would seriously consider staying at the Marriott next time. 

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