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Whenever a tourism conference is held in the Caribbean, a common topic of conversation is the need for affordable and convenient interisland air travel.
Unfortunately, very few of the initiatives that are discussed at these conferences are ever carried out. But two Caribbean resorts have developed their own interisland package that allows clients to have a Caribbean vacation on two very different — but equally appealing — islands: Barbados and Grenada.
Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa in Grenada, and Cobblers Cove in Barbados — both of which provide elegant accommodations and sophisticated service — have teamed up to create a Two Centre Package that incorporates stays at each resort in addition to complimentary airfare between the two.
The Two Centre Package includes two separate seasonal offers for the winter and the summer.
When clients stay a minimum of one week at each hotel from now through April 10, for example, they’ll receive complimentary one-way air transfers for two arranged with Trans Island Air 2000. Or, if guests travel between April 11 and Oct. 31 and stay a minimum of five nights at each resort, they’ll receive the above-mentioned free flights in addition to two dinners for two per stay, and one spa treatment per person, per stay.
Here’s what you need to know about these two Relais & Chateaux properties.
Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & SpaThe island of Grenada has been on a roll lately, garnering accolades for its revitalized tourism products. One of its most celebrated resorts is Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spa, located on L’Anse Aux Epines Beach. Calabash is a good choice for clients looking for a high-end beach vacation, with a choice of 30 suites in five categories, including Pool Suites that come equipped with a private pool.
“As for recent developments at Calabash, we’ve moved the spa to its new location by the pool, therefore completing our wellness center comprised of the spa, pool and fitness center,” said Hannah Budhlall, marketing and sales manager for the resort. “The reception area has also been redone, which has created a more welcoming atmosphere.”
Calabash has two restaurants: the informal Beach Club (open mainly for lunch), and the sophisticated Rhodes restaurant (open for dinner). A special touch at Calabash is its aptly named “Unique Breakfast,” which is included in the rate. Guests have the option of having an alfresco breakfast with a la carte items, either on their private balcony or on the beach.
Cobblers CoveA former plantation house built in 1944, Cobblers Cove became a boutique hotel on Barbados’ west coast in the 1980s. The property has 40 individually appointed suites spread across six accommodation categories, including the Colleton at the Great House suite, which has its own rooftop terrace and plunge pool. Resort amenities are varied and include a range of watersport activities and excursions, a fitness center, a tennis court and the award-winning oceanfront restaurant Camelot. Foodies staying at the resort can also take part in traditional English afternoon tea, which is held daily and is complimentary for guests.
Calabash Luxury Boutique Hotel & Spawww.calabashhotel.com
Cobblers Cove www.cobblerscove.com