Cayman Free Fallin' Promotion
Through November 15, you can take advantage of the Cayman Free Fallin' promotion. There's a minimum five-night stay and it includes a lot of good deals:
• your companion gets 50% off air on Cayman Airways
• you'll get one night free with the minimum five-night stay
• you'll receive 25% off diving and rental dive equipment
• look for savings on attractions and watersports
• American Express Card users will receive a $100 American Express Gift Cheque at check-in when they use their cardFor more information:
• visit the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism websit
Update on Passport Initiative
You may have heard that the US Congress has amended the proposed Western Hemisphere Passport Initiative. Here's a summary of the latest version:
• Starting January 8, 2007, US citizens will need a passport to return to the US by air. If you fly home from Cayman, you will have to have a valid passport. Expect a huge rush at the very end of the year so get that passport right away.
• Cruise passengers will have longer, probably until mid-2009, to obtain a passport.
Divi to Close on Cayman Brac
We just received a press release from Divi Resorts; their Cayman Brac property will be closing later this month. Here are the details:
Chapel Hill, NC - (September 11, 2006) - As part of a strategic plan to refocus its resources on potential growth markets in the Caribbean, Divi Resorts has decided to cease business operations at Divi Tiara Beach Resort in Cayman Brac effective September 23, 2006. Divi Resorts will continue to serve its dive customers at its resort in Bonaire, the Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino.
As part of the company's plan earlier this year Divi Resorts broke ground on a new development at Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort in Aruba that will more than double the size of the resort, adding 140 suites to the existing 101 units. This project is expected to be complete in March 2008. Additionally in August 2006 Divi Resorts announced that it will open a second hotel in Bonaire in 2008, an all inclusive four-star resort with a full service dive center.
"While the decision to close Divi Tiara was a hard one, it was one that will benefit the company in the long run and will allow us to concentrate our efforts on expanding the Divi Resorts brand in Caribbean destinations with greater opportunities for development," said Mark Steward, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Divi Resorts. "Certain economic realities of continuing a dive-oriented resort on Cayman Brac also influenced our decision. Factors included airlift issues, which have affected Divi Tiara's dive guests in particular as they need to bring additional gear for their sport; increased competition from the growing number of niche market dive destinations throughout the Caribbean; and weather which in the past years has pushed up insurance costs."
Divi Resorts operates eight resorts on five Caribbean islands including the Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort & Casino in St. Croix; Divi Little Bay Beach Resort in St. Maarten; Divi Southwinds Beach Resort and Divi Heritage Beach Resort in Barbados; Divi Flamingo Beach Resort & Casino in Bonaire; and Divi Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort, Divi Village Golf and Beach Resort and Divi Dutch Village Resort in Aruba. From relaxing on white sand beaches and indulging in spa services to embarking on amazing scuba diving adventures and trying your luck in the casino, Divi Resorts has it all-and more.
For more information on Divi Resorts call 1-800-367-3484, or visit www.diviresorts.com
Pedro St. James Castle Reopens
We've just received some good news: Pedro's Castle has now reopened following damage after Hurricane Ivan. The historic site took the opportunity not just to spiff up the important attraction but to make it even better, investing $1.3 million in a renovation. Here are all the details:
The Cayman Islands’ historic Pedro St. James – the birthplace of Caymanian Democracy – is open again after a major $1.3 million renovation of both the great house and the surrounding grounds.
Built in 1780 on Pedro Bluff, Pedro St. James is one of the great cultural attractions in Grand Cayman. In addition to the picturesque lawn area that can be rented for meetings and social functions, the site’s multi-media theatre is also open again, having received a major facelift as part of the renovations. Theatre visitors learn all about the castle’s dramatic history and the culture and heritage of the Caymanian people when they view the twenty minute presentation.
Walking through the beautiful grounds and colourful gardens of the property, visitors will find several restored historical buildings as well as a poignant Hurricane Ivan monument. The monument is made of 12 rocks that washed ashore during the storm, representing the 12th day of September when the hurricane hit; and nine seats and four tables, signifying the ninth month of the year 2004. The tables and chairs are all made out of the wood of a 100-year-old Tamarind tree that fell during the storm.Hours & Prices
Pedro St. James is open daily from 9:30 am-5:00 pm. Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children under twelve.
For more, check out our Pedro St. James article and photos
Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort Offers "Sand Dollar" Savings
Grand Cayman Marriot Beach Resort is offering "Sand Dollar" savings starting as low as $235/night*, Aug. 2 - Oct. 22, 2006 including a fifth night free and $75 food and beverage credit. The resort recently underwent a $15 million redesign and now features Cayman furnishings.The Package:
Starting as low as $235/night*
* Package available Aug. 2 - Oct. 22, 2006
* Spacious Resort View Accommodations
* Fifth night FREE
* $75 food and beverage credit
*Rate based upon availability. Fifth night free & $75 F&B credit valid only with four additional consecutive night stays. Black-out dates apply. Taxes and gratuities not included. $75 credit is one per room, per stay. Not combinable with any other offer. Why It's Fun:
The freshly refurbished 305 rooms and suites at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort are among the most spacious on the island. All rooms now offer high-speed wireless Internet, 300-thread count linens, triple sheeting and marble bathrooms. Each room provides a private balcony for views of the sea or the lush garden courtyard alive with indigenous plants and local wildlife.
For more information:
• call toll-free 800-399-7641
• visit Marriott Grand Cayman
SOURCE Grand Cayman Marriot Beach Resort
Classic Vacations Offering Fall Sale
When the kids go back to school, parents might start looking around for a Caribbean getaway. To help, Classica Vacations is offering value packages called Caribbean Treasures this fall at top luxury resorts including Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman.
"The Fall is one of the most exquisite times in the Caribbean, yet few people know about it," said Mike Flory, vice president of Product at Classic Vacations. "Travelers can revel in golf, spa and other activities offered by our resorts to provide great value in booking fall travel to the Caribbean. In addition, several airlines offer reduced airfares to the Caribbean during this time period. Thus, travelers can take that dream vacation guilt-free," added Flory.
Sample packages include candlelit dinners, spa credits, golf, and beach cabanas.
To cover its travelers in the event of price increases and unforeseen itinerary changes, Classic Vacations has recently introduced its enhanced Travel Smart Plan(TM) program.For More Information:
• check with your travel agent
• call Classic Vacations, (866) 618-
• visit Classic Vacations
Message in a Bottle Means Cayman Wedding, Honeymoon
We just read a neat story in the Cayman Compass
; a Texas couple will be marrying and honeymooning on Grand Cayman thanks to a message in a bottle that was dropped off Grand Cayman 20 years ago! Tortuga Rums had a special promotion, dropping messages in bottles. Each message contained an offer for a one-way ticket to Grand Cayman and a three night stay at Sunset House. The bottle was found near Aransas Pass, Texas by a policeman who will soon become a groom. The couple's air has been made round trip by Cayman Airways and the three-night stay is now a five night honeymoon thanks to Sunset House.