With so many destinations to choose from, there is always something new in the Caribbean. Here is a roundup of some of the latest developments, which will help you to select that all important Caribbean holiday.
Warwick Paradise Island in the Bahamas scheduled to open early 2016
Overlooking the beautiful Nassau Harbour and the Atlantic Ocean inlet, The Warwick Paradise Island is planned to open in 2016. The property is a 30 minute drive from Nassau’s Lynden Pindling International Airport in The Bahamas; and will boast restaurants, two bars, a fitness centre, meeting space and an enlarged lobby and entertainment area with daily entertainment and activities. This includes snorkelling, tennis, beach and pool volleyball, basketball, badminton, karaoke and children’s activities.
Zoëtry® Wellness & Spa Resort set to open in Jamaica
AM Resorts has announced its expansion with the announcement of a new deal in Montego Bay. The resort will open under AM Resorts’ sister brand Zoëtry® Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica in December 2016, to coincide with the holiday travel season. Situated on a white sand beach, the intimate property will feature 46 finely appointed guest rooms, three gourmet à la carte restaurants offering an assortment of organic food and beverage selections and two bars serving unlimited top-shelf spirits. The plans include enhancement of the guest accommodations and facilities to offer the brand’s signature Endless Privileges® vacation concept amenities, including no check-in or check-out times, maid service three times daily, 24-hour concierge service, private in-suite dining and more. A new spa and fitness centre, meeting rooms, new pools, and a wedding gazebo will complete the experience.
Beaches Resort refurbishes its Turks & Caicos property
Beaches Turks & Caicos has completely renovated 12 two-bedroom Presidential Suites in the Caribbean Village. Now dubbed Caribbean Two-Bedroom Luxury Butler Villa Suites, the accommodation boasts new furnishings and design. The family friendly property features 20 international restaurants, six pools, five swim-up bars and a wealth of water activities.
Sandals Barbados set for expansion
After opening its door last year, Sandals Barbados is already set to have 220 extra rooms added to the property this year. Following its £40 million enhancement programme in 2014, guests can already enjoy fine dining at all 11 restaurants, swim-up suites and even butler service. The expansion will allow the hotel to continue offering an array of top-class amenities and services when it opens in mid-2016.
The Seafire Resort & Spa in Cayman Island scheduled to open November 2016
The latest hotel development set to open at the end of the year is The Seafire Resort & Spa in Cayman Island. Located on the beautiful sandy beaches of Grand Cayman’s Seven Mile Beach, the boutique resort will feature more than 250 rooms all of which will encompass the idyllic surroundings. This will be the first property outside of North America operated under the Kimpton brand.
The Reef by CuisinArt in Anguilla set to open in late 2016
The new boutique hotel The Reef by CuisinArt is scheduled to open in late 2016. The property is a new hotel addition to the existing CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa and is expected to have more than 60 rooms. Demolition has already begun on the eastern end of the CuisinArt property to construct the new hotel. Set amid the velvet white sands of Rendezvous Bay, prices will start from £220 per night based on a couple sharing a Seaview Junior Suite.
Puerto Rico’s first Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts property to open 2016/17
Situated on the East Coast of Puerto Rico, just a 15 minute drive from El Conquistador, work is expected to commence on Puerto Rico’s first Four Seasons Hotel and Resorts property at the end of this year. The hotel will have 300 bedrooms.
Latest air travel news
British Airways announces upgrades and increased flights to Cayman Island and Bahamas in early summer 2016
From 1 July 2016, British Airways will be increasing its flights from Heathrow to Grand Cayman, Cayman Island and Nassau, Bahamas. What’s more passengers will be able to fly in comfort onboard the spacious Boeing 777. The airline will operate four weekly flights to both destinations.
Thomas Cook launches direct service to Tobago from Manchester
Thomas Cook Airways is set to start its direct flight service from Manchester to Tobago during the 2016-17 winter season. The flight will depart every Sunday with the inaugural flight taking place on 13 November 2016, ending at the end of March 2017.
New airport terminal for Antigua and Barbuda
The V.C. Bird International Airport has opened its new passenger terminal. Featuring 26 check-in counters the new facility is fully air conditioned with modern structures, including extensive retail space with a food court, Wi-Fi Internet Access, and two VIP lounges. The new airport will significantly facilitate the growth of visitor capacity and allow for more holidaymakers to pass through the airport, whilst also greatly improving the visitor experience.
Norwegian Air announces direct flights to San Juan, Puerto Rico from the UK
Norwegian Air will fly non-stop direct from London Gatwick to San Juan twice weekly (Wednesday and Saturday) after launching flights on 4 November 2015. The airline also plans to expand its long-haul network with new direct routes to other Caribbean destinations from the UK, including U.S. Virgin Islands.
St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ new airport set to open in 2016
The Argyle International Airport (AIA) is due to open in 2016. This is a significant development for St. Vincent and the Grenadines as it will allow direct flights from the UK, thereby increasing accessibility and encouraging tourism to the destination. The airport will accommodate jets as large as the Boeing 747-400s and will allow for direct flights to St. Vincent and the Grenadines from the USA, Canada, Europe and Central and South America.
Curaçao launches online Embarkation and Disembarkation card (ED-card)
Curaçao Tourist Board together with the Immigration Department of Curaçao has launched the online version of the Embarkation and Disembarkation card (ED-card). All foreign visitors arriving in Curaçao are required to have a completed ED-card for immigration clearance. The card contains personal information, such as name and birth date, home address as well as other details including purpose of visit, the reason for choosing Curaçao, duration of visit and the chosen accommodation during stay. By introducing the Online ED-card the amount of time spent in the immigration line will be considerably reduced. The Online ED-card will be in sync with the Border Management System of the Immigration Department in Curaçao; and must be completed 24 hours before departing to Curaçao.
Bahamas: go sharking with The Bimini Big Game Club Divers
The Bimini Big Game Club Divers has created Great Hammerhead Weeks – four weeks between December and March— for divers to tick a nerve-tingling experience off their personal bucket-list: swimming with Great Hammerhead sharks! The endangered and elusive Great Hammerhead will be returning to the sand banks off the tiny Bahamas out-island of Bimini. Bimini Big Game Divers will operate two Great Hammerhead dives daily for February 5-12 and March 8-18, 2016. The Bimini Big Game Club Hammerhead Weeks are bookable through dive operators such as Dive Worldwide.