Caribbean Travel Roundup

Newsletter - Gert van Dijken, Editor


Caribbean Travel Roundup
Gert van Dijken, Editor
Edition 126
July 15, 2002

Last Update 15 July 2002

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PRESS RELEASES

CARIBSEEK LAUNCHES NEW ONLINE CARIBBEAN MAGAZINE: CARIBSEEK KALEIDOSCOPE

CuraÁao: June 12, 2002 -- CaribSeek, the leading Caribbean portal, announced
today the launch of a new online Caribbean magazine, CaribSeek Kaleidoscope
(http://kaleidoscope.caribseek.com)

CaribSeek Kaleidoscope is the first completely online Caribbean magazine
presenting articles covering art, business, diving, entertainment, heritage,
history, literature, music, real estate, statehood, travel and vacation
ideas. CaribSeek Kaleidoscope features articles by renowned Caribbean and
International writers.

CaribSeek Kaleidoscope is the first multi-media and multi-lingual online
Caribbean magazine, as it will feature articles in the major languages of the
Caribbean, pictures, real audio and video. With CaribSeek Kaleidoscope,
CaribSeek contributes to showcase and make all aspects of the Caribbean
better known throughout the World.

The following articles are featured on CaribSeek Kaleidoscope:

- El Gran Caribe by Prof. Norman Girvan
- Caribbean Hiking - Including a List of the Top Ten by M. Timothy O'Keefe
- Monuments of Santo Domingo by Alicia van der Dijs
- Going Underground by Michael DeFreitas
- Emigraciůn Laboral de Curazao a Cuba a Principios del Siglo XX: Una
  Experencia by Rose Mary Allen
- Migrated Rhythm: The Tambķ of CuraÁao by Renť V. Rosalia
- Caribbean with Kids by Paris Permenter and John Bigley
- Saba's Underwater Marvels by Tom van 't Hof
- Grenada Hashing by Michael DeFreitas
- Belize - The Deep South by Mark Webster

New articles will be added to CaribSeek Kaleidoscope regularly.

About CaribSeek
CaribSeek (http://www.caribseek.com) is the premiere portal and navigational
guide for the Caribbean region connecting everyone to everything Caribbean.
Our vision is to put the Caribbean at your fingertips. We are currently
receiving over 7,500 visitors per day from all over the World. Together they
view 30,000+ pages and each visitor spends an average of 6-8 minutes on
CaribSeek: thus being over 11 (eleven) million pageviews per year!

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LA KAISER RESORT HOTEL & CLUB IN NEGRIL, JAMAICA

 
I am writing to introduce myself and my establishment, La Kaiser Resort
Hotel & Club in Negril www.lakaisercafe.com I believe our website speaks
for us.
 
La Kaiser is located on the site of the former Kaiser Cafe which I
understand was one of the places to be years ago.  Our facility is all
new with all the modern conveniences, as well as a wonderful
entertainment stage, bar and dining area, fully equipped accomodations
and direct access to the sea via steps that wind cliffside down to the
caves.
 
I invite you to come visit us.  Whether or not you have already
experienced the warmth of Jamaican hospitality, come try it La Kaiser
style!
 

ISLA COZUMEL CHOSEN BEST VACATION VALUE DESTINATION BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT TRAVEL AGENT SURVEY

COZUMEL, Mexico  (June 26, 2002) ^÷ Isla Cozumel, the largest island in the
Mexican Caribbean, has been recognized by a U.S. News & World Report Travel
Agent Survey as the North American and Caribbean destination offering the
best vacation value.  The survey results were highlighted in the June 3
issue of the magazine, revealing that among 223 U.S. travel agents polled,
Cozumel was at the top of the list for providing good value for money, being
a safe destination and offering unique experiences such as Mayan
archaeological sites, coral reefs and varied dining options.

Rich in history, culture and natural wonders, Cozumel is home to the Mayan
ruins of San Gervasio, the world^“s second-largest reef system, the
ecological parks of Chankanaab and Punta Sur and the island^“s very first
eco-golf course, the Nicklaus Group-designed Cozumel Country Club golf
course.

^”We are delighted to be named as the leading destination that offers the
best vacation value throughout North America and the Caribbean,^‘ said Gaston
Cantarell Diaz, president of the Isla Cozumel Hotel Association and private
sector representative for the tourism foundation.  ^”It is exciting to be
recognized for the Island^“s dedication to offering a comprehensive
experience from culture and ecology, diving and snorkeling, to beach going,
dining and shopping.  We have it all, at prices that are affordable and
unbeatable.^‘

By the end of 2002, a $14 million renovation project of the Cozumel
International Airport will be completed.  The airport serves non-stop U.S.
flights to and from Houston, Tex., Newark, N.J. and Charlotte, N.C., as well
as a variety of charter flights.  Also, a new shopping and entertainment
complex, Punta Langosta, opened six months ago, and features popular dining
such as Carlos ^“n Charlie^“s and T.G.I. Friday^“s and a wide variety of
upscale retail shops.

Named "Cuzamil" by the Maya who inhabited it more than 2,000 years ago, Isla
Cozumel or "land of the swallows" is located in the state of Quintana Roo,
east of the Yucatan Peninsula.  Cozumel, approximately 30 miles long and 10
miles wide, has an international snorkeling and diving reputation with the
world's second-largest reef network featuring limestone caves, tunnels and
rare black coral.  Cozumel Reefs National Marine Park, a protected
30,000-acre national area covering 85 percent of the island^“s dive sites and
embracing the southern section of Cozumel, was created in 1996 for the
purpose of conserving, monitoring and researching the reef formation and its
natural habitat.  Visit Cozumel on the World Wide Web at
www.islacozumel.com.mx.

MELIŃ CANCUN, MEXICO, WELCOMES ROLF SALOMON AS MANAGING DIRECTOR

CANCUN, Mexico (June 13, 2002) ^÷ The MeliŠ Cancun Convention Center Beach &
Spa Resort announces Rolf Salomon as Managing Director.  Salomon joins the
resort with 21 years of hotel management experience in the United States,
Latin America, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean.

Salomon joins MeliŠ Cancun from Club Regina Raintree Resorts International
in Mexico City, as director of hotel operations.  Previously, Salomon served
in management positions for eight years with Westin Hotels & Resorts in
Guatemala, Indonesia, the United States and Puerta Vallarta, Mexico.

Born in BogotŠ, Colombia, Salomon attended school in Munich, Germany and
Lausanne, Switzerland.  In the United States, he completed his education
with Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, and Culver Military
Academy in Culver, Indiana.  In 1990, Salomon worked as the Resident Manager
of Hotel MeliŠ Cancun for one year.

Salomon^“s professional accomplishments include fluency in four languages
including Spanish, English, German and French.  He has also served on the
board of directors for the Hotel Association for Colombia, the Netherlands
Antilles and Mexico.
The MeliŠ Cancun Convention Center Beach & Spa Resort, scheduled to upgrade
to a Gran MeliŠ brand September 15th, is a nine-story contemporary hotel
with Mayan temple-style architecture, 700 rooms and 31,000 square feet of
meeting space in a state-of-the-art convention center.  Built in 1990 and
enhanced by a recent $40 million renovation, the hotel boasts a premier spa
and 8,500 square feet of gardens and streams within the largest atrium
complex in the Mexican Caribbean.  The MeliŠ Cancun is located in the core
of the Hotel Zone of Cancun Island, only 15 minutes from Cancun
international Airport.
Sol MeliŠ Hotels & Resorts is one of the world^“s most successful hotel
companies with its four brands ^÷ MeliŠ Hotels, Tryp Hotels, Sol Hotels and
Paradisus Resorts ^÷ with over 350 hotels in more than 30 countries
worldwide.  Sol MeliŠ^“s 2002/2003 expansion plans include new properties in
Brazil, Peru, Puerto Rico, Mexico and throughout Asia Pacific and Europe.

Individual reservations can be through a travel consultant or by calling
toll-free 1-800-33MELIA (63542).  Group reservations can be made through a
professional meeting and incentive planner or through Sol MeliŠ^“s group desk
(CIMAS) by calling 1-888-33MELIA or via e-mail: Cimas@sol-group.com.  Hotel
information can also be obtained by accessing Sol MeliŠ at www.SolMeliŠ.com.

PARADISUS RIVIERA CANCŕN, MEXICO, OFFERS SPECIAL GROUP RATES IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER

PUERTO MORELOS, Mexico (June 27, 2002) ^÷ Paradisus Riviera Cancķn ^÷
All-Suites All-Inclusive Beach Resort & Spa offers special group rates of
$110 USD per person, all-inclusive, based on double occupancy during
September and October 2002.  Rate is 10 percent commissionable and valid for
US and Canadian groups of 10 rooms or more by booking through CIMAS, Sol
MeliŠ^“s group desk.

This group rate includes breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets, along with
available a la carte options and domestic and premium beverages.  Larger
groups can enjoy one complimentary suite and upgrade to a Superior Suite for
each 25 suites booked.  Paradisus Riviera Cancķn offers complimentary group
coordinators, reserved restaurant sections, a hospitality desk with house
phone, welcome drinks and Mayan dance upon check-in and welcome amenities
for VIP guests.

The Paradisus Riviera Cancķn All-Suites All-Inclusive Beach & Spa Resort
recreates a Mayan Village ambience with its narrow paths and charmingly
private, three-story oceanfront bungalows.  It stretches between a lush
tropical mangrove preserve on a 5,000 foot-long Caribbean beach, protected
by a coral reef, which is part of the second largest coral reef formation in
the world.

The exotic 500-room Paradisus Riviera Cancķn provides the perfect group
setting in deluxe accommodations with terrace, ocean, garden or pool view.
The resort features daily entertainment, activities and nightly shows.
Guests have full-access to the resort^“s spa including steam baths, Jacuzzi,
sauna and health club, kid^“s club, two tennis courts, four swimming pools, a
children^“s pool, daily beach activities, nightly entertainment on and off
property with a free shuttle service three times daily to Cancun.  Six fine
dining restaurants are located on-site offering a variety of venues ranging
from French, Japanese and Mexican cuisine to Caribbean dishes, plus 24-hour
room service.  There is also over 8,200 square feet of ballroom and meeting
space perfect for business and group affairs.

Paradisus Riviera Cancķn features a concept of a ^”hotel within a hotel^‘
through its ^”Servicio Real^‘ (Royal Service).  This exclusive service
provides travelers with personalized check-in and check-out.  Guests are
greeted in a private lounge with a cold, scented towel and a glass of
sparkling wine.  The Servicio Real Lounge also offers continuous coffee,
sodas and five different buffets from continental breakfast, canapťs, sushi
and fine pastries throughout the day.
When entering their superior accommodations, guests choose from an assorted
pillow menu, luxurious body and bath amenities and fruit basket, Night
Courtesy/turndown service and personal butler and concierge.  Servicio Real
also offers currency exchange, 24-hour room service, free internet access,
dry cleaning (for fee), secretarial services and ticketing arrangements.

Sol MeliŠ Hotels & Resorts is one of the world^“s most successful hotel
companies with its four brands ^÷ MeliŠ Hotels, Tryp Hotels, Sol Hotels and
Paradisus Resorts ^÷ with over 350 hotels in more than 30 countries
worldwide.  Sol MeliŠ^“s 2002/2003 expansion plans include new properties in
Brazil, Peru, Puerto Rico, Mexico and throughout Asia Pacific and Europe.

Group reservations can be made through a professional meeting and incentive
planner or through Sol MeliŠ^“s group desk (CIMAS) by calling 1-888-33MELIA
or via e-mail: Cimas@sol-group.com.  Individual reservations can be made
through a travel consultant or by calling toll-free 1-800-33MELIA (63542).
Hotel information can also be obtained by accessing Sol MeliŠ at
www.solmelia.com.

PARADISUS RIVIERA CANCŕN, MEXICO, HOSTS SECOND ANNUAL USTOA/TCF LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

PUERTO MORELOS, Mexico (July 9, 2002) ^÷ Paradisus Riviera Cancķn All-Suites
All-Inclusive Beach & Spa Resort in Puerto Morelos just south of Cancun,
will host the second annual USTOA (United States Tour Operators
Association)/TCF (Travelers Conservation Foundation) Leadership Summit Oct.
3-6, 2002.

The USTOA/TCF Leadership Summit will bring together buyers, including USTOA^“
s Board of Directors, active members, corporate event planners, incentive
travel organizers and travel distribution system executives, plus leading
suppliers from around the world.  It will be a weekend full of events and
networking for suppliers and buyers in the travel industry.  Weekend events
will include two days of golf tournaments, tennis, tours to the many
attractions in and around Cancun and other activities for non-golfers,
shared with the travel industry^“s most influential executives.

Supplier sponsors and buyer guests are not required to be USTOA members to
attend this important event.  Supplier sponsorships can include sellers of
media, marketing services and products, air, land, sea and destination
travel including DMCs, CVBs and Official Tourist Offices.  Levels of
sponsorship range from lobby hospitality to team and hole sponsors.
During the three-day event, both a silent and live auction will be held.
The auction lots will comprise of donations from suppliers around the world.
All proceeds raised will directly benefit the Travelers Conservation
Foundation.  Funds will finance projects to protect, restore and conserve
the world^“s natural, cultural and historic treasures.  For full information
please refer to the TCF web site at www.tcfonline.org or USTOA web site at
www.ustoa.com.

^”Sol MeliŠ is honored to consecutively host the second annual summit and we
predict another successful year with USTOA and TCF^‘, said Emanuel
Schreibmaier, vice president of sales and marketing for Sol MeliŠ^“s Americas
Division.
The exotic, all-inclusive, 500-room Paradisus Riviera Cancķn provides
all-suite accommodations with terrace, garden or pool views.  The resort
features six restaurants, four of which are a la carte dining, five bars,
daily entertainment, activities and nightly shows.  Guests have full-access
to the resort^“s spa including steam baths, Jacuzzi, sauna and health club,
kid^“s club, tennis courts and shuttles to Cancun.

Paradisus Riviera Cancķn features a concept of a ^”hotel within a hotel^‘
through its ^”Servicio Real^‘ (Royal Service).  This exclusive service
provides travelers with personalized check-ins and checkouts.  Guests are
greeted in a private lounge with a cold, scented towel, a glass of sparkling
wine or choice of assorted fresh fruit juices, coffee or tea and fine
pastries.  When entering their superior accommodations, guests choose from
an assorted pillow menu and enjoy luxurious body and bath amenities.
Continuous coffees, sodas, hors d^“oeuvres, fine pastries, teas and
international brand cocktails are served throughout the day.  Servicio Real
offers Internet service (free of charge), 24-hour room service, personal
butlers, dry cleaning (for a fee), shoeshine, secretarial services and
ticketing arrangements.

Paradisus Riviera Cancķn is located on the beautiful beaches of Mexico^“s
Yucatan Peninsulas. Situated near ancient Mayan ruins, the entire resort is
engulfed in lavish vegetation and natural surroundings.  This resort
features four swimming pools, a children^“s pool, two tennis courts, spa
facilities and daily beach activities.  Six fine dining restaurants are
located onsite offering a variety of venues ranging from French cuisine to
Caribbean dishes.  Also this resort features over 9,000 square feet of
ballroom and meeting space perfect for business and group affairs.

Sol MeliŠ Hotels & Resorts is one of the world^“s most successful hotel
companies with its four brands ^÷ MeliŠ Hotels, Tryp Hotels, Sol Hotels and
Paradisus Resorts ^÷ with over 350 hotels in more than 30 countries
worldwide.  Sol MeliŠ^“s 2002/2003 expansion plans include new properties in
Brazil, Peru, Puerto Rico, Mexico and throughout Asia Pacific and Europe.

Individual reservations can be made through a travel consultant or by
calling toll-free 1-800-33MELIA (63542).  Group reservations can be made
through a professional meeting and incentive planner or through Sol MeliŠ^“s
group desk (CIMAS) by calling 1-888-33MELIA or via e-mail:
Cimas@sol-group.com.  Hotel information can also be obtained by accessing
Sol MeliŠ at www.solmelia.com.

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For more information about the USTOA/TCF Leadership Summit and to inquire
about various categories of sponsorship levels, contact Lisa Cherry-Perks at
The Opus Group, Event Management, phone (305) 234-1077; fax (305) 234-7700;
email lisa.cherry-perks@theopusgrp.com.  Information on the Summit can also
be found on the TCF web site at www.tcfonline.org.

For more information about Paradisus Rivera Cancķn contact Kathy Hernandez,
YP&B,
(407) 875-1111 or via e-mail at Kathy_Hernandez@ypb.com.

For images of the properties highlighted in this press release, please visit
 www.solsearching.com.

SOL MELIŃ UPGRADES MELIŃ CANCUN CONVENTION CENTER BEACH & SPA RESORT TO GRAN MELIŃ LUXURY BRAND

CANCUN, Mexico (July 1, 2002) ^÷ Sol MeliŠ Hotels & Resorts will upgrade the
680-room MeliŠ Cancun Convention Center Beach & Spa Resort to a Gran MeliŠ
luxury brand with an investment of $32 million U.S., effective Sept. 15,
2002.

One entire wing of the hotel encompassing 132 rooms will be dedicated to
providing Sol MeliŠ^“s signature Royal Service which includes private
check-in and check-out, personal butler service, an exclusive pillow menu,
private breakfast, nightly cocktail hours in the private Servicio Real
lounge, personal concierge service, business suite, amenity upgrades and
more.
^”The Gran MeliŠ Cancun^“s Royal Service wing will be the largest among any
Sol MeliŠ hotels worldwide and much more comprehensive than the usual
executive floor service in other hotels,^‘ said Emanuel Schreibmaier,
executive vice president of sales and marketing for Sol MeliŠ^“s Americas
Division.  ^”This will be Sol MeliŠ^“s 10th Gran MeliŠ hotel worldwide, the
4th in Latin America and the second in Mexico, joining the Gran MeliŠ Mexico
Reforma in Mexico City.^‘

The Gran MeliŠ Cancun features the largest indoor garden atrium in the
Caribbean, a world-class indoor spa and fitness center, outdoor spa
treatment cabanas, five restaurants, two expansive swimming pools each with
separate children^“s pool area, 500 feet of white sand beach, and an
executive nine-hole golf course.  The hotel and convention center also offer
a total of more than 31,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space.

Located in the Hotel Zone of Cancun Island, the hotel is only 15 minutes
from Cancun International Airport.  The resort is walking distance from
shops, dining and entertainment.  Outdoor excursions and activities can be
arranged onsite at the resort^“s beach property.

Sol MeliŠ Hotels & Resorts is one of the world^“s most successful hotel
companies with its four brands ^÷ MeliŠ Hotels, Tryp Hotels, Sol Hotels and
Paradisus Resorts ^÷ with over 350 hotels in more than 30 countries
worldwide.  Sol MeliŠ^“s 2002/2003 expansion plans include new properties in
Brazil, Peru, Puerto Rico, Mexico and throughout Asia Pacific and Europe.

Individual reservations can be made through a travel consultant or by
calling toll-free 1-800-33MELIA (63542).  Group reservations can be made
through a professional meeting and incentive planner or through Sol MeliŠ^“s
group desk (CIMAS) by calling 1-888-33MELIA or via e-mail:
Cimas@sol-group.com.  Hotel information can also be obtained by accessing
Sol MeliŠ at www.solmelia.com.

BOOK PUBLICATION: CARIBBEAN TRILOGY BY PHILIP PETERS

Editors Note: The books are currently purchasable as ebooks on Amazon.com and in Europe at WHSmith.com. Corporate information on publisher(Zagada Media) can be found at www.zagada.com. Paperback version of books are due out soon. One third of the royalties received will go to endow an educational foundation called The islandGURU Foundation for supporting education in the Caribbean. More information in this Word document.


Caribbean WOW 2.0 (Amazon.com: $7.95)
"From Alexander Hamilton to Amazon.com's Jeff Bezos - The Compelling 
History of People of Caribbean Ancestry's Impact on America"

CARIBBEAN WOW 2.0 accentuates Caribbean peoples contribution to American 
nation building. It will forever change your perspective on U.S. social 
history in relationship to the Caribbean. Beginning with Colin Powell the 
first Jamaican-American Secretary of State and Amazon.com Jeff Bezos, 
whose father is a Bay of Pigs Cuban immigrant, Caribbean WOW 2.0 offers a 
second iteration - a step up from the 1.0 perspective of the region's 
importance for only fun and sun.

Did you know that Alexander Hamilton was Caribbean born, the City of 
Chicago was founded by a Haitian, Pissaro, father of Impressionism was 
also Caribbean born - and America's independence was first recognized in 
the Caribbean - and not France as is popularly recorded in history books 
and popularly taught in US classrooms? 
Discover Alberto Vilar the Caribbean money manager and philanthropist who 
pioneered technology institutional fund investing and has emerged as the 
biggest financial support of the performing arts in the U.S, Europe and 
Russia. Caribbean WOW 2.0 also introduces you to Kellogg's Caribbean born 
CEO and many more exceptional stories of the human potential. The book 
also features great minds from Puerto Rico including movie star Raul Julia 
and heads of the Small Business Administration, the Equal Employment 
Opportunity Commission and the first female surgeon general- all Puerto 
Rican women.

Caribbean Wow! has received 14 major endorsement, including, the late 
James Mitchner, and Dante Fascell, a past Chairman of the U.S House Ways 
and Means Committee, the Smithsonian, The Miami Herald and many more.

After reading this book, you concept of the Caribbean and its immigrant 
population will never be the same. It temporarily shifts you perspective 
from looking at the region and its peoples as merely a fun stop over and 
forces you to see their intellectual, social, political and economic 
contribution to America nation building.

The book, written with both humor and candor reminds one of Thomas 
Cahill's, important book, "How the Irish Saved Civilization," and the high 
level of regard it focused on the Irish contribution to Western culture.


CaribbeanZEN (Amazon.com: $6.95)

If you have read, Herman Hesse's Siddharta, Richard Bode's Beachcombing at 
Miramar or Paulo Coelho's, The Alchemist - then CaribbeanZEN is surely a 
book for you. It's a book written with the contemporary executives in 
mind- those beholden to stress and IT excesses. The book, however is a 
spiritual unfolding, relevant to anyone seeking to make philosophical 
sense of their post September 11th lives.

In the Wee hours of a New Year's morning a senior Wall Street and Silicon 
Alley investment banker/venture capitalist, John Jacobson, is summoned in 
a dream. Desiring answers to philosophical questions about career, his 
relationship and matters of inner balance, he finds a conduit. He is to 
visit an old wise woman, Isha, in a small, remote, and sparsely populated 
island, straddling the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
He ultimately meets her for one week on this mysterious island. Their 
encounter exposes John to a cluster of mystical codes drawn from the heart 
of the cosmos and the sanctum of the soul. The revelation that Isha shares 
with John comes during five intense days of dialogue and incessant 
probing. Peters uses as motifs, a simple island setting and the monumental 
awareness of a "Feminine Soul" of goddess-like stature, as a paradoxical 
stepping-stones to explore the authentic path to self-discovery and 
personal enlightenment. 

As it were, a philosophical discussion encompassing the great thinkers, 
spiritualists and writers from all walks of life and diverse segments of 
time. Their dialogue covers wisdom and insights from The East, The West 
and Native Peoples. 

Ultimately, John's life, and those who subsequently come into contact with 
him, is forever changed. CaribbeanZEN, though a fictional journey into the 
alchemy of balance and self-authenticity - captures your real attention. 
The questions asked and the answers explored seem to resonate the central 
themes for all those on a quest for the authentic life. Peters' debut 
novel is a work of erudition, spiritual tension and intellectual ferment.
 


Caribbean Oracles (Amazon.com: $5.95)
"How an island visitor a century ago foresaw the new economy"

Caribbean Oracles is part biography, part social commentary and part 
essay. The book discusses the fascinating futuristic highlights of Arthur 
Bird's work, "Looking Forward," published in 1899. Bird, a former American 
vice-consul to Haiti in the 1890s, is an unheralded American futuristic 
mind that wrote about bold technological insights defining the 21st 
century.
 
Peters brings the genius of Bird alive by focusing on the thirty plus 
prediction made about America and Europe relevant to the new millennium. 
Robotics, expedited mail delivery, a communication boom, spousal laws 
against battery, anti-smoking laws and a fascination with the planet Mars 
are part of the amazing exactness of Birds predictions. 

To offer contextual depth to the work, Peters gives us a riveting glimpse 
into the 1890s and parallels it with our last hyper growth decade of the 
1990s. The reader will be stunned by the similarity in themes and 
preoccupations of the time. The book is short but truly fascinating. To 
conclude the work, Peters throws the futuristic technology mantle on the 
shoulders of a new American seer and also offers some intriguing insights 
of his very own. 

SABA: GATE HOUSE RECOGNIZED BY WINE SPECTATOR

SABA-Wine Spectator, a prestigious international wine
connoisseur magazine, has recognized the Gate House
Restaurant for one of its annual awards to restaurants
with outstanding wine representation.

The awards list will be published it the August 31st
Dining Guide issue, which is read by more than one
million. Every year, the magazine receives over 3,000
entries into its awards program, which has three
levels. This is the first time that any restaurant on
Saba has received such an exceptional award.

Gate House owner/operators Michel and Lyliane Job, in
operation since last October, were overjoyed when the
news arrived last week. They immediately celebrated
with their evening guests over a bottle of Champagne.
The couple said that when they decided to submit their
application they felt that it would be instructive,
but had little faith that they had a real chance. "We
had nothing to loose," said Lyliane.

Wine Spectator requested a list of wines available at
the restaurant. This "vintage depth" consists of
vintages and appellations for all selections,
including wines served by the glass. The Jobs have 600
to 700 bottles of wine on hand, with more than 100
individual choices. Also submitted was the Gate House
menu, which is French with a Caribbean/Creole flavor.

Saba's Commissioner of Tourism Will Johnson, who just
recently celebrated Secretaries' Day by treating some
of the government administrative staff to lunch at the
Gate House, commented that such recognition is bound
to make Saba a destination for fine eating.

In fact, this has already happened. On several
occasions, the Gate House has welcomed customers who
chartered a flight from St. Barts to lunch there. The
guests indicated word-of-mouth recommendations had
brought them. "It's a small world we live in, so our
reputation is precious to us," Michel said. "The
endorsement of "Wine Spectator" is a wonderful
achievement for us and for the island of Saba," he
added.

The Jobs are not new to the wine trade. Of French
birth, but naturalized Americans, they owned and
operated two wine retail outlets in Boston for ten
years before realizing their dream of owning a B&B in
the Caribbean. "We celebrated July 4th on Saba last
year and fell in love with it," says Michel.

The small guesthouse was in good condition and took it
minimal work to get up and running. The Jobs are
currently improving the kitchen facilities: the local
electrician is installing a dishwasher, a side-by-side
refrigerator, and a deep freeze.

The Jobs opened in October of 2001, initially only
serving dinner. Lyliane explains, "Michel is a great
amateur cook, but had never functioned as a
professional chef. So we started slowly." This
attention to detail and paced growth was a wise choice
in a region reeling under the impact of 9/11 on
tourism.

In the meantime, the hard-working couple is serving
three meals a day, every day of the week: breakfast to
guests and lunch and dinner to the public. The menu is
under constant revision, as the Jobs explore new
avenues to diversify the product they bring to the
table on an island where most everything is imported.
A recent addition, for example, is that traditional
French specialty, Frog Legs.

Lyliane puts on special events, such as wine tasting
soirťes, in which she takes her guests through a
tutorial on the terrace as a full-moon rises. The
table, groaning with various wine goblets, bottles,
and perhaps a snack to punctuate the taste of the
wine, grows quiet while guests are mesmerized as
lights in the distance mark the presence of the six
islands within view of the Gate House.

The current marketing plan includes reaching out to
the marriage market, since the location with its
spectacular view would be an ideal location for an
intimate ceremony away from home.

The hotel offers various packages to suit the
customer. There is a dive package and for those who
wish to explore the island, the hotel is just steps
away from a marvelous hike to Saba's famous sulfur
mine, which joins up with the island's most popular
trail, The Sandy Cruz. "We also have a massage
therapist and a yoga instructor associated with the
Gate House who are ready to serve our clients on the
premises," Lyliane said.

With the diversity of activities, the intimate family
environment, and an award-winning wine list steps away
from a cozily decorated room with a view of six
islands, the tourist who wants that special something
lacks nothing.

The Gate House is located in lower Hell's Gate, five
minutes from Saba's airport. It offers accommodations
in six rooms in the hotel, plus a cottage, and a
villa. The Gate House has two swimming pools and is
open to the public year round for lunch and dinner
every day of the week. Reservations may be made to
599-416-2416 or faxed to 599-416-2550. The Gate House
may also be reached via email at
info@sabagatehouse.com and their web site reviewed at
www.sabagatehouse.com.

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