Month: April 2017

The Caribbean’s Biggest Solar Energy Plant

 The Caribbean’s biggest operational solar plant has opened in Puerto Rico. The Oriana Solar Park has debuted in the area of Isabela, with an estimated production of 100,000 megawatt-hours of energy in its first year of operations. “The Oriana Solar …

caribbean hotels rebound

Almost 39,000 Rooms in Regional Hotel Pipeline

 There are almost 39,000 rooms in 212 hotel projects under contract in the Caribbean-Mexico hotel pipeline, according to the latest report from hotel analytics firm STR. That total of 38,668 rooms represents a 25.9 percent increase in rooms under contract …

WestJet Is Launching An Ultra Low-Cost Airline

 Canadian leisure carrie WestJet is developing a new ultra-low-cost airline, the company announced. The as-yet-unnamed carrier will launch in late 2017 or early 2018. The airline will begin with an initial fleet of 10 high-density Boeing 737-800s designed by the …

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Beach Resorts

 There are great “resorts” in the Caribbean and there are great beach vacations in the Caribbean. The distinction is no small thing. Because while some resorts can offer all the amenities and grandeur you’re looking for, they may not be …

 The world-famous Antigua Sailing Week has kicked off its annual festivities for what has become the Caribbean’s greatest sailing event. This year is the 50th edition of Sailing Week, which is bringing together 150 teams racing a variety of yachts …

 The latest Caribbean Photo comes from Caribbean Journal reader Brandi Fleischman, who sent in this superb shot of a french angel fish in the waters beneath the island of Klein Bonaire in the Dutch Caribbean. Have you taken a great …

 The Caribbean’s most innovative hospital just passed a major milestone. Health City Cayman Islands is celebrating three years since it opened its doors. In that time, the hospital has treated more than 29,000 patients. As the hospital celebrates its third anniversary …

 There’s a new place to hang on the beach in Curaçao: Koko’s. The latest addition to the ever-expanding Jan Thiel Beach is a throwback, wooden-construction beach bar, it offers a menu of street food, fresh smoothies, healthy shakes, juices, cocktails …

 One of Anguilla’s top luxury properties has big expansion plans. The CéBlue Villas & Resort, a boutique collection of villa accommodations, is looking to expand into a full-fledged hotel. Owner’s representative Joel Crocker is seeking investment for a major expansion …

 By Sarah Greaves-GabbadonCJ Travel Editor Riu Hotels is now the largest foreign operator of resorts in Jamaica, growing from a single 400+room resort in Negril in 2001 to an inventory of around 3,000 rooms in Negril, Ocho Rios and Montego …

Hotel La Toiny

 One of the Caribbean’s greatest luxury resorts (and one of the leading St Barts hotels) is getting bigger. The island’s Hotel Le Toiny will open eight new villas on Dec. 15, the property announced this week. The debut of the …

 Above: Gordon “Butch” Stewart accepts the award at the JW Marriott Marquis  MIAMI — Sandals Resorts International Chairman and Founder Gordon “Butch” Stewart won one of the Caribbean’s most prestigious awards in a ceremony in Miami on Thursday. Stewart received …

Bathsheba Barbados

 BATHSHEBA — The energy here is different. The sky is brighter, the waves stronger, the blue bluer. It’s the late afternoon and a group of young surfers are gathered on the golden shores of Bathsheba, looking to catch the right …

 The St. Kitts Marriott is in the midst of a major multimillion-dollar renovation project, slated for completion by the end of 2017. The project includes a total renovation of all of the property’s 389 guest rooms, which will be ready …

 By Alexander Britell MIAMI — The Caribbean’s leading hotel investment summit, CHRIS, has kicked off in downtown Miami. This week’s Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit is being held at the JW Marriott Marquis hotel in Miami and runs through …

Small Hotels

 There’s just something different about a small hotel. Maybe it’s the intimate service you get, or the way the design vision of the owner seems to manifest itself better in the decor. Maybe it’s the little quirks, or the warm, …

 The Scuba Lodge & Ocean Suites resort in Curaçao has completed a major renovation project. The upgrade included the addition of six new Superior Rooms, raising the hotel’s stock to a total of 28 rooms. The renovation comes after the …

 Hidden away on Shark Creek in the Berry Islands is one of the best beaches you will ever see. This is what it’s like to walk there. This is just one of the multitude of amazing beaches hidden away in …