By Dana Niland
Worried about a storm affecting your Caribbean getaway?
Another island has you covered.
The island of Saint Lucia is inviting guests to enjoy a stress-free vacation with its new special holiday guarantee.
The holiday guarantee program covers cancellations made prior to arrival and if the vacation is cut short because of a hurricane.
“Given the impact of the 2017 hurricane season on the region, it is utterly important that this guarantee remains in effect to assure visitors that Saint Lucia takes pride in its tourism product,” said Acting Chief Executive Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, Tiffany Howard. “While Saint Lucia is rarely affected by hurricanes, this guarantee provide another security blanket to our visitors.”
It becomes effective when a hurricane warning is issued by the St. Lucia Meteorological Service and offers a waiver of cancellation penalties and an opportunity to rebook the vacation.
Hotels offering holiday guarantees include Coco Palm Resort; Rex Resorts; Harmony Marina Suites; Hotel Chocolat; Ti Kaye Resort & Spa; Villa Beach Cottages; Bay Gardens Resorts; Cleopatra Villas; Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort; Stonefield Villa Resort; Sugar Beach- A Viceroy Resort; Villa C’est La Vie; Marigot Beach Club; Dive Harmony Marina Suites; St. James Club; Calabash Cove, and Castles in Paradise, according to the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority.
The guarantee was first popularized in the Caribbean by the Cayman Islands, which has been offering the guarantee for years.