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Newsletter: Caribbean, 4/22/08

Cap Juluca Sale's Latest Twist


Menfredi Lefebvre, chairman of Silversea Investments and Participations Ltd., became the latest notable travel industry professional to get involved in the acquisition of Cap Juluca, a longstanding luxury resort in Anguilla.

Lefebvre announced his company's investment in Cap Juluca Properties Ltd last week. Cap Juluca Properties, Ltd. is an Anguillan company formed by an investor syndicate led by noted travel industry executive Adam M. Aron, former chairman of Vail Resorts and RockResorts. On April 9, Cap Juluca Properties acquired the Cap Juluca resort on the island of Anguilla in the Leeward Islands of the British West Indies. Plans call for an $80 million renovation of the property. The refurbishments will include a complete upgrade to the interiors of Cap Juluca's 18 guest villas. In addition, an all-new spa, retail shops and resort pool will be created on property. As far as Aron's plans for acquiring additional Caribbean properties, he told Travel Agent, "This is a one-off acquisition. I have no plans to acquire other Caribbean resorts." Visit

New Barbados Property to Open May 1, Will Offer Agents Incentives


Almond Resorts announced May 1 as the official date of the opening of its new Barbados property, Almond Casuarina. To welcome agents to the new resort, Almond is offering Team Almond agents a special introductory all-inclusive rate of just $50 per person per night.

This offer is valid for travel until June 30. The resort has six categories of rooms, ranging from standard rooms to two-bedroom suites. We first told you about the anticipated opening of the property in our March 17 cover story. The family-oriented, all-inclusive resort will offer dining at three gourmet restaurants and four bars serving premium brand drinks, three swimming pools, a fitness center, tennis courts, golf, a range of water sports with free tuition and a fully equipped Kids' Club with amenities to suit all age groups from newborn to 16 years old and up. Spa services will also be offered, payable locally. To book this property or information on becoming a Team Almond agent, call Scott Bulger, reservations manager, at 800-4ALMOND. Agents can also book online at Visit

Sandy Lane to Receive $6-Million Makeover


Sandy Lane is launching a $6 million renovation. That's what

Travel Agent learned when we spoke with Claire Jordan, director of sales and marketing of the luxury property in Barbados.

According to Jordan, the upcoming refurbishments, which will force the property to close from August 31 to October 3, will include upgrades to bedding, draperies, patio furniture, light fixtures and TVs. (All 112 rooms and suites are ditching 55-inch TVs in favor of 70-inch varieties.) In 2009, the property will begin a second and more involved enhancement that will call for changes in the property's architecture. The cost and details of that project have yet to be released. Jordan also told Travel Agent that the U.S. economy is having a mild influence on bookings at the resort. The property has received more last-minute bookings this year than it has in previous years, which have contributed to slight decreases in occupancy. Sandy Lane's April occupancy rate is running at about 80 percent, 4 percent lower than its occupancy at the same time last year. Travel agent bookings, however, have remained constant. To date, the property has received about 20 to 25 percent of its bookings directly through travel agents, a number Jordan says has remained about the same from last year. Visit

Lionstone Development Acquires Two More Caribbean Properties

Miami-based Lionstone Development, L.L.C. has announced two new hotel acquisitions in the Caribbean, expanding the company's existing portfolio to six resorts.

The properties include The Beach House, a luxury boutique hotel in San Juan, and Floris Suite Hotel, a design resort in Piscaderabay, Curaçao. Lionstone and its affiliates' holdings include properties in Aruba, Curaçao, St. Thomas, Miami's South Beach and, now, Puerto Rico. Visit

Caribbean Cruise News Roundup

Celebrity Cruises will operate four- and five-night Caribbean itineraries again in winter 2009/2010, bookings for which are now open.

From December 12, 2009, through April 22, 2010, Celebrity Century will sail 29 short Western Caribbean itineraries departing from Miami on Mondays, Thursday and Saturdays, each featuring two ports of call, including Ocho Rios, Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Key West. Visit Royal Caribbean will operate short two- to five-night Bahamas and Caribbean sailings starting in 2009/2010 offering 18 different itineraries on 306 voyages, departing from Tampa, Port Canaveral, Port Everglades and Miami.

AMResorts to Double Footprint by 2010

AMResorts, a provider of sales, marketing and brand management for Secrets, Dreams and Sunscape Resorts & Spas, has announced its intention to develop 17 new resorts in Mexico, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Aruba within the next two years.

The expansion would jump AMResorts' property total from nine to 26 resorts. Plans call to broaden presence in burgeoning Mexico regions such as Huatulco, Nuevo Vallarta, Punta de Mita and La Paz. In addition, new Secrets and Dreams resorts are planned for La Romana and Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, Montego Bay and Aruba. The plan to expand rapidly is bolstered by "high demand and repeat guest ratio," said Alex Zozaya, president and CEO of AMResorts. Visit

Latest Deals: Tour Operator Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary With Deals


Classic Vacations is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in the Caribbean with the launch of its "Caribbean Treasures 2008" campaign featuring more than 50 value-added offers. The following are a few samples of the specials featured in "Caribbean Treasures 2008."

The Cove Atlantis, Bahamas is offering a $100 resort credit. This deal is a five-night stay in an Ocean Suite from $1,449 person.

Raffles Resort Canouan Islands, St. Vincent and The Grenadines is offering three nights in an Orchestra Garden-View Room from $649 per person. It includes roundtrip ground airport transfers, non-motorized water sports, nonalcoholic beverages in the mini-bar and full daily buffet breakfast. To view all of the Caribbean Treasures offers, visit

Latest Deals: Resort Company Offers Deals for Jamaica


Sunset Resorts welcomes singles, couples and families for an all-inclusive Jamaican vacation with savings of 20 percent or more, plus children stay free. The new Sunset Super Sale is available at Sunset Resorts all-inclusive resorts, the newly renovated Sunset Beach Resort & Spa, Montego Bay and Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort & Spa, Ocho Rios. The deal is valid through December 22. Two children ages 15 and under stay free when sharing one room with two adults. Visit

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