The Week at the SLHTA, February 8th, 2013


Friday, February 08, 2013
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Member Achievement
Romance Highlight
Regatta Travel Solution
Flight Cancellation
Treasure Bay Casino
Sandals Foundation
Ladera’s Furniture
Bay Gardens Valentines Promotion
Cotton Bay Valentines Promotion
Royal by Rex Valentines Promotion
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Member Achievement
The Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association would like to Congratulate our members on their outstanding performance on TripAdvisor. Spice of India and Orlando’s have been ranked the top two restaurants in Saint Lucia out of 138.
Spice of India, a well established restaurant in the Baywalk Mall has reeled in almost 350 comments and 300 of those rated it as EXCELLENT! Augusta Alfred stated “I must say the ambience is wonderful and the restaurant really blocks out the noise from the outside being in a mall and all. I benefited from the Chef Taster Menu. The meal was very filling, packed some wonderful flavours and diverse textures. I will definitely be going back there again and again.”
Orlando’s, which is owned by executive star chef, Orlando Satchell, recently opened in Soufriere has 28 comments on TripAdvisor, but don’t frown because all of them are rated as EXCELLENT! Edward from the United Kingdom says “We were recommended to come here and found an oasis of excellently cooked and presented Caribbean food with inventive and interesting flavours. Great waitress with a lovely manner and smile and Orlando came and spoke to us several times. The tasters were wonderful.” Visit Orlando Satchell facebook page for more information.

Romance Highlight
Overlooking the Pitons at Dasheene
“Wow”, is the word you’re bound to use when you grab a table at Dasheene restaurant located at Ladera Resort in Soufriere. The view is like none other. Here you’ll be privy to an astonishingly up close view of the Pitons while you indulge in the restaurants fresh local cuisine. Call 459-7323 to reserve a table.
Source:Tropical Traveller

Head of Google Travel, Joins Regatta
Regatta Travel Solutions announced that Rob Torres, Managing Director of Travel at Google has agreed to be the first member of its Advisory Board.


“We are very proud to have Rob as our first Advisory Board member,” said Ashwin Kamlani, President of Regatta Travel Solutions. “Rob’s extensive experience from Expedia and Google will significantly add to our strength.  We have had an incredible three years and 2013 is already proving to be the best year yet.”


Regatta Travel Solutions believes that every Destination Marketing Organization (DMO), such as the SLHTA’s Book St. Lucia Now, can be a powerful player in the online travel space through specialized online booking technology, marketing tactics and analytics. Please visit the official booking engine here.

Flight Cancellation
JetBlue Airways wishes to inform it’s customers that due to the impeding snow storm in the New York Metro area JFK Int’l Airport will be closed on Saturday 09th Feb 2013.


As a result flight 879 from New York to Saint Lucia and flight 880 from Saint Lucia to New York is cancelled.


Customers are asked to check they reservations online or call 1877 766 9614 for information. JetBlue Airways apologizes for any inconvenience caused to its customers.

Alec Sanguinetti Retires after 52 Years of Dedicated Service

On Thursday, January 31, 2013 a farewell party was hosted to say a fond farewell to Alec Sanguinetti, after the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) announced that Sanguinetti was retiring as Director General and CEO after 19 years in executive positions with the organization and 52 years as one of the tourism industry’s top airline and hotel executives. Sanguinetti was only the second CEO for CHTA in the association’s 50-year history.  He originally joined CHTA as Deputy Director General in 1993 working closely with John Bell, the association’s first CEO.  He was named Director General and CEO in 2003.

“October 1, 2012 marked 52 years for me in the travel and tourism industry and the last 19 years with CHTA have been among the most enjoyable,” said Sanguinetti. “I have had the opportunity in working with CHTA to be involved with the Caribbean hotel and tourism industry which is a far more encompassing and broader playing field than working with any single entity such as an airline or destination,” he said, adding: “I had the opportunity to meet and work with wonderful and dedicated individuals from whom I have learned such a great deal.”

“We are indebted to Alec Sanguinetti for his tireless dedication to the CHTA and tourism in the Caribbean,” said Richard Doumeng, President of CHTA.  “He has led our organization through some very difficult times and enabled us to remain a strong and viable force in Caribbean tourism and he has done it with empathy, wit, style and grace,” Doumeng said. “We wish Alec and his amazing wife, Flavia, all the best and we know that they will remain part of our CHTA lives.”

Treasure Bay Casino – & So Much More

Treasure Bay Casino in Baywalk Mall in the heart of Rodney Bay offers a superlative gaming experience and so much more! With over 200 slot machines, 22 card and roulette tables and a poker room the array of exciting gaming opportunities is endless.

The casino is fully air-conditioned and is the perfect oasis in Rodney Bay – an ideal retreat from the heat of the beach, a frenzy of shopping or after a great meal at the many excellent restaurants in the area. There’s no dress code so you can drop in at any time.

And for those of you who haven’t had the casino experience – we’ve got lots of opportunities for you to learn to play! Come by for a drink and learn to play in a relaxed atmosphere, our highly trained attendants will be happy to walk you through the games and we even set up training tables and slot machines for you to learn for free! What more could you ask for?

Here’s what more you can ask for – and we deliver!  A well stocked bar, friendly and efficient bar-staff, bar service at the machines and tables and VERY competitively priced offerings. Happy Days! We have a happy hour all day on Thursdays, and if that’s not enough the happy hour extends to our TGIF Fridays between 7.30 and 10.30 pm. Enjoy Live music every Friday night as well – Treasure Bay really is an excellent choice for drinks with friends, entertainment and in a fun spot to PLAY, St. Lucia!

There is something fun happening every day at Treasure Bay – see you there!

Sandals Foundation and a Dentist Visit Local Primary School

After a Christmas holiday filled with sweets and fruit cake, the students of the Marchand Combined School returned to their classrooms for a lesson in oral hygiene.

Sandals Grande St. Lucian guests visiting from England, Dr. Neil Stephen – a dentist – and his wife Sheila took charge of the morning’s health lesson recently at the inner-city primary school as a way of giving back to the children in the Castries community of St. Lucia through the Sandals Foundation. Neil, whose knowledge of island happenings is razor-sharp, explained: “We don’t want to just come to St. Lucia to vacation. We care for St. Lucia and its people. We have made so many friends here over the years and not only have we fallen in love with the island, but with the people as well.”

Public Relations Manager of Sandals Grande St. Lucian, Rhonda Giraudy noted that, “This is part of ongoing work which we are doing at the school: renovating the Library, repainting the kitchen and lunch area, and toys for the school at Christmas time are all part of adding value to the children’s education,” Giraudy explained.

For the Sandals Foundation it has been yet another opportunity to add value to the education of young children, one of the pillars upon which the non-profit organization was conceived.  Marchand Combined School is an affiliated Sandals Foundation school among 26 adopted schools in the Caribbean islands of St. Lucia, Antigua, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Jamaica and the Bahamas.

Ladera Launches Their Own
Furniture Collection

Guests who experience the award-winning Ladera Resort always dream of returning home with a piece of paradise. Now they can, thanks to Ladera’s new Paradise Ridge Collection. For the first time, Ladera is offering its guests the opportunity to purchase finely-crafted furnishings, identical to those seen at the resort. In addition to such pieces as the stunning four-poster Ladera Wedding Bed and the Dasheene Wine Room Table, guests may request any custom piece in a size that fits their lifestyle. All furniture is handcrafted on site by Ladera’s staff of full-time artisans. The Collection is being launched in conjunction with the opening of the new Suites at Paradise Ridge next month.

“The custom furnishings crafted on site are an essential element of Ladera’s authentic Saint Lucian charm and they provide our guests with a unique and unforgettable sense of place,” says Olivier Bottois, Ladera’s Vice President of Marketing & Operations. “Along with the three-walled concept, the custom furniture has been a Ladera hallmark for over two decades. We’re pleased to extend this new opportunity for guests to display a piece of Saint Lucia in their own home.”

Bay Gardens Restaurants Offers an Exclusive Valentines Experience

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, which means it’s time to plan a romantic evening. This year, on February 14th only, Bay Gardens’ Spices, Hi-Tide and Trios restaurants are each offering special dinner experiences to please both lovers and cost-conscious patrons alike. These love-inspiring dinner packages are inclusive of four a la carte courses, a welcome cocktail and a glass of Wine. Between 7pm and 10pm, couples and groups are invited to enjoy the adoring atmosphere. Each of the three locations will offer live entertainment and a unique limited-time dinner menu designed to take its cuisine-type a step further.

With three enticing locations to choose from, prices for the Caribbean Inspired “Spices” restaurant located at Bay Gardens Hotel is EC $125.00 per person; Internationally Inspired “Hi-Tide” restaurant located at Bay Gardens Beach Resort is EC$145.00 per person; and the upscale Carib-Aisian inspired “Trios” restaurant is EC $155.00 per person. Dinner prices are inclusive of VAT and Service Charge. Reserve your table before Sunday February 10th, and receive an additional 10% off these special evenings to make Valentines Day even more affordable.


For more information about the Valentines Day Dinner Specials, or to reserve a table and take advantage of the early-bird 10% off deal, or call 457-8022 for Spices Restaurant, 457-8519 for Hi-Tide Restaurant and 457-8500 for Trios Restaurant.


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