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Ritz-Carlton is developing the 205-room Ritz-Carlton Pelican Island
resort a half-mile off the coast of Antigua on Pelican Island. The
resort will occupy approximately half of the island’s 32 acres;
guests will be transported to and from via ferry.
Grand Bahama Island’s 1,350-room Our Lucaya Beach & Golf
Resort, completed last April, features 40,000 square feet of indoor
space, which includes the Grand Ballroom, a business center and 16
meeting rooms with new audiovisual capabilities, along with 50,000
square feet of outdoor meeting space. The resort also offers two
18-hole golf courses and the Butch Harmon School of Golf.
The government announced in October a US$15.9 million “intervention
package,” with $4.8 million earmarked for a new tourism marketing
campaign and $1.2 million to enhance airport security.
Elegant Hotels Group’s 96-room Colony Club reopened Nov. 15,
2001, following an extensive $7 million refurbishment that included
the addition of a library and an upgrade to the pool terrace.
The Curaçao Tourist Office closed its Miami and New York offices in
October. Inquiries will be handled by Tourism Solutions, a sales
and marketing firm. Curaçao Tourism’s toll-free number,
(800)3-CURACAO, and Web site, www.curacaotourism.com, will continue to provide
The 1,956-room Barceló Bávaro Beach Resort complex officially
inaugurated its new $19 million namesake convention center in late
October in Bávaro-Punta Cana on the eastern part of the island. The
facility contains meeting space for 3,000, along with more than 20
breakout rooms. Grupo del Caribe recently announced plans to
develop Cap Cana, a multibillion-dollar project comprising two
dozen luxury hotels and what will be the Caribbean’s largest
marina, complete with customs offices. The project will encompass
30,000 acres, including five miles of oceanfront property. The
marina and three Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses are scheduled
to be completed by the end of 2003.
In Negril, the 130-room Beaches Sandy Bay, formerly the Beaches Inn
Resort, reopened in November following renovations.
Groundbreaking was scheduled to begin this month just outside of
San Juan on the long-anticipated 580,000-square-foot Puerto Rico
Convention Center, which is slated to open in the fall of 2004. The
174-suite Embassy Suites Hotel Dorado del Mar Beach & Golf
Resort opened in September, featuring a lagoon pool with a bar and
grill, an 18-hole, par-72 golf course designed by the legendary Chi
Chi Rodriguez and various water activities. The resort also
includes the 100-seat Paradise Cafe and 10,000 square feet of
meeting space, including six meeting rooms.
The Royal St. Kitts Golf Course in Frigate Bay, designed by former
PGA champion Peter Thompson, is currently undergoing a
multimillion-dollar renovation, due for completion this
Sapphire Beach Club resort has now been officially branded the
Wyndham Sapphire Beach Club. The property is on the Dutch third of
the island, minutes away from the French border.
Compiled by Eric EnrightSEA FARE.
Last spring, the 360-room Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino
opened Café Japengo, a new 47-seat Japanese restaurant and lounge,
which has turned into something of a nighttime hot spot. The café
serves traditional sushi rolls and nigri sushi, as well as standard
Western fish dishes for less adventurous palates. The bar features
Japanese beer and Asian-inspired mixed drinks, as well as a wide
array of sakes. This is the fourth Café Japengo restaurant, with
sister eateries in Las Vegas, Miami and San Diego.
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