The Week at the SLHTA, December 7th, 2012

Friday, December 07, 2012
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Anse La Raye Fish Friday
US Grand FAM Trip
Castles in Paradise
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Food Culture All Year Round

Visitors can celebrate the foodie culture year-round through authentic local eats from locally grown crops such as bananas and chocolate to the award-winning rums and beers produced right in Saint Lucia. For a true Saint Lucian experience for novices and connoisseurs alike, consider these on-island delights:


Anse La Raye Fish FryA weekly event held each Friday beginning at 8 pm in Anse la Ray where locals gather to feast with family, friends and visitors on the fresh catch of the day and other seafood favorites including lobster, conch, red snapper, crab and salt cod fritters. Vendor’s set-up booths with grills, drinks and souvenirs while tables and benches are laid out along the side of the street for a shared culinary experience.

St. Lucia Demonstrates Support to 27th ARC

Now that the 27th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers is underway, preparations are in high gear on Saint Lucia to receive the first set of vessels expected to cross the finish line at the IGY Rodney Bay Marina by the second week of December.


The ARC brings significant economic and tourism dollars to Saint Lucia every December, and in return provides participating mariners with the perfect Caribbean getaway destination. “Over the years that ARC has been hosted in Saint Lucia, it has brought over 4200 yachts to island’s shores with over 22,000 visitors during that same time period. On average ARC participants and their supporting families spend over 1.5 Million US dollars per year as direct expenditure to the economy of Saint Lucia, says Deputy Director of Tourism Tracey Warner Arnold.


As a means of signaling their continued commitment and support for the ARC, several corporate entities presented their sponsorship cheques to officials of the three main organizing bodies – World Cruising Club, IGY Rodney Bay Marina and the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, at a ceremony on December 5th at the Bay Gardens Hotel.

Aspiring Chef, Clevie Henry

19 yr old, Clevie Henry is pursuing a career in the Hospitality Industry via his passion for the Culinary Arts. He would like to think of myself asa creative, enthusiastic and hardworking individual with a unique obsession for creating exceptional food. It is because of his experiences with working along world renowned Executive Chef Orlando Satchell, and hotels including the Ladera Resort, that has truly allowed him to realize his potential. Clevie, who has recently graduated from the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, has been awarded Academic Excellence for Food & Beverage from the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association. Although surprised to be the recipient of this award, he will now admit that he is very enthusiastic about his field of study and eager to learn more and also gain practical training from culinary professionals.

Clevie is driven by two inspiring pieces which include Ladera’s logo, “above and beyond,” and another which states, “it is impossible to improve upon perfection, but that does not stop us from trying”. Those quotes brought about the strong desire for him to excel in the thriving and forever changing Hospitality Industry. Clevie, although unsure about becoming a chef knew as a youngster that he enjoyed planning menus and catering for family events. “It is those little things that kept me in line, following a career that I had not yet seen possible,” he stated. As he quotes Vincent Van Gogh, “for my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream,” he explains that he continued formal culinary education because that’s what he did best.

Clevie Henry would like to express sincere gratitude to the management and staff of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, his family, and in the most special way, the Saint Lucia Hotel and tourism Association for awarding his efforts.When asked by teacher, “What would you like to be in five years?” his first response is, “it will take me more than five years, but I have set out to be as much as I possibly can now.”

This aspiring young chef can be contacted at 713-4406/

St. Lucia Host US Grand FAM

The Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) continues to aggressively promote the destination in major source markets to keep the destination at the top of the mind of travelers.  In this instance, the SLTB continues to strengthen its partnership with the trade who continue to be a major influencer in where consumers take vacation. Over the next week, the SLTB will host a large contingent of travel agents from the United States.

From November 29th to December 9th, two groups of travel agents totaling 130 from the island’s major gateways in the United States will have the opportunity to see and experience what the island has to offer. These agents currently sell the destination but have not had the opportunity to visit. Their visit is a testament to them wanting to increase their sales to their destination.

This year a new feature has been added to the FAM Trips, that of a Breakfast presentation at the Sandals Grande on Friday November 30th and December 7th. During the presentations, agents will receive a destination overview and an update including the latest developments as well as have the opportunity to learn about some of the smaller properties that make up the accommodations sector.

Up until September of this year, Saint Lucia had welcomed 88,262 visitors from the United States alone.

Excellent Review from Guest at
Castles in Paradise

Upon arrival we were very impressed with this villa. Even though we arrived late in the evening, the Security and Villa Representative was awaiting and very willing to get us settled. When we woke up the next morning and walked onto the patio, it is just what we expected, very comforting, spacious, and relaxing. The view was breath taking. The villa Manager Bonnie was at our door steps on the first morning to be certain we were settled, and ready to start our long awaited vacation in St. Lucia.

We travelled with our two daughters, and they were so excited to have so much space, and to finally soak in the pool after seeing the pictures of the villa for so long. I have no regrets or complainants about choosing “Castle by the Sea” for our family vacation. My husband continuously bragged to his friends that he was truly in paradise.

The villa is exactly what you see in the pictures. Three spacious bedrooms, and large kitchen facilities. Wow!! Our maid Krista and the secretary Judith were all excellent, and made us and our kids feel very welcomed. When my husband will go out in the evening with his friends, I felt very safe knowing that Security was just around the corner, and we also had the cell number for Bonnie the villa Manager, should we needed her at any time. There is no doubt that we will definitely return very soon.

All-Inclusive Resort Passes

SALE – 5th to 30th December 2012


Breakfast                                 EC$150.00 per COUPLE

Enjoy a full breakfast buffet with a variety of breads and pastries, local fruits, fresh juices and a live cooking station serving a selection of mouth watering dishes.

Lunch                                     EC$200.00 per COUPLE

With the beautiful backdrop of the Caribbean Sea, enjoy our delicious spread of fresh Caribbean seafood, savory meats and sweet delights, accompanied by one of our flavorful cocktails or house wines.

Dinner                                    EC$420.00 per COUPLE

Dine together by candlelight at our waterfront Terrace Restaurant, where the food is specially prepared to reflect both regional and international cuisine.  Each night features a different three-course buffet menu, and live entertainment.

For further information, please call the Administration office at

758 457 7902.

Black out dates include 24th and 25th December 2012


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