May 11, 2004
  • See all of the Caribbean
  • Boutique hotel for Playa Dorada
  • Villa vacations, polo and spa
  • Helping children help themselves
See all of the Caribbean
LIAT Super Explorer offers you unlimited travel for 30 days through the entire LIAT network, covering all of LIAT’s 18 destinations in the Caribbean. The Caribbean Super Explorer is available for US$425 (US$399 off peak).

LIAT also has available the Explorer, which affords you four stopovers in 21 days, returning to the point of origin to connect with your international flight, for only US$225 (US$199 off peak). No change of itinerary is allowed on this fare.
Stopovers are permitted at Tortola, San Juan, Antigua, St. Kitts, Nevis, St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. Maarten, Guadeloupe, Dominica, St. Lucia, Barbados St. Vincent, Grenada, and Trinidad & Tobago.

Ticketing is sold only in conjunction with a ticket for travel connecting at one of the following Caribbean gateways: San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. Maarten, St. Kitts, Antigua, St. Lucia Barbados, Grenada, Trinidad & Tobago.

Peak times are 1 July – 31 August, 5 December 5 - 6 January; and one week prior to Easter and one week after Easter, and one week prior and after Trinidad Carnival.
For more info call your travel agent or your local LIAT office (809) 621 7777 Ext 107 and 103. Email: [email protected]

Boutique hotel for Playa Dorada
Roberto Casoni, of the Puerto Plata hotel chain VHHR, is another flag-bearer of the new “window open to the sea, door open to the community” philosophy embracing Puerto Plata today, and launched to the international and national press at the Dominican Annual Travel Exchange meeting in late April. The country needs new hoteliers that help the community; our guests want to go out and share with the people, said Casoni at DATE.

VHHR, a family-owned hotel company, announced the opening late this summer of the 51-suites Casa Colonial, the first non-all inclusive hotel of Playa Dorada, a boutique hotel. To attract Puerto Plata’s community, the hotel will have a lobby piano bar open to the general public. The lobby of the hotel will feature high-speed wireless internet access.

The hotel promises to be something special, with spa-like bathrooms with Kohler fixtures. The hotel will be the first to offer a pillow menu, where guests can choose soft, feather or firm pillows. A pool and four Jacuzzis will be located on the top floor, overlooking the ocean. An international spa with 8,000 sq. feet will be on the premises.

Casoni explains, “We want to sell the North Coast, there are so many good restaurants, we want people to go to see Sosua and Cabarete to have a complete vacation experience. We are thinking quality, and seek the top-paying clientele.” The targets are the upscale client, the spa fan, business executives traveling alone or with family, weddings and honeymooners. The company is betting on pleasing their guests with special dishes prepared by their recently-hired Austrian chef who hails from having worked with Orient Express hotels and Leading Hotels of the World properties in Salzburg, Malaysia, Bahamas and Curaçao. A soft opening is planned for this summer and formal opening for the December 2004.
For more information, contact Christian Maiel at [email protected]

Villa vacations, polo and spa
Guavaberry Country Club & Golf announced last week it will be offering lodging at its golf club villas. Guavaberry is now targeting the family and golf crowd, people who like to go out to eat and enjoy the variety of cuisine available at Guayacanes and Juan Dolio restaurants. During DATE, general manager Tomas Hungria announced that in November 2004, two polo fields will be in operation at Guavaberry, follow up to the opening of the Equestrian Center in April. Likewise, a spa will be open on the premises in the first quarter 2005. Guavaberry executives also announced that two more golf courses are in the planning stages, and will be built by the Gary Player company that was responsible for the first Guavaberry course.
Helping children help themselves
Fundacion Patria is making reality the new north coast slogan of “window open to the sea and door open to the community”. The non-profit organization began in 2001 when Riu Merengue general manager Ramon Ripoll Santana went on a touristic outback trip that took him to visit a small rural school where he noticed a notebook that had the name of one child on one side, and by turning the notebook around, it became the notebook of another child. Tears came to his eyes when he found out the notebook was shared by two brothers that could not afford two notebooks. This motivated him to begin a drive to secure school supplies for Puerto Plata students and schools. The enthusiasm for the drive he has found among fellow hoteliers in Puerto Plata, including Roberto Casoni, Mario Mattana, Carolina Berges and others has led to major accomplishments such as improving the buildings of the schools themselves and holding summer camp activities. Public school children and rural school children are bussed for a day to Puerto Plata resorts and attractions, such as Ocean World Park, so they can get an early insight into what could be a future career. The effort helps channel tourism good will.

Fundacion Patria is proud of his achievements so far – 9,628 children received school supplies, and three new schools were built. Tourists can donate funds or bring school supplies for distribution. The slogan for Fundación Patria is “help us help.”
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or email [email protected] or call Tel. (809) 261-2033

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