Hotel Guanahani Once you weather the short, white-knuckle flight from St. Maarten to St. Barthelemy--the small, chartered plane slipping through a narrow gap between two mountains to ease itself onto the runway and stopping just short of the narrow beach dotted with sunbathers--island time begins. A 15-minute van transfer over a lush landscape takes you to Hotel Guanahani, a perfect island getaway for small corporate meetings or incentives.
Set on its own 15-acre peninsula, Guanahani has two sandy beaches, one facing a tranquil lagoon, one looking out to the open sea. The hotel's 75 brightly colored bungalows, each with a terrace and lush, private garden, sprawl from beachside to the top of a breezy headland with spectacular views. Several bungalows feature private pools and private outdoor Jacuzzis. There are water sports, a full-service spa, and two lighted tennis courts.
For groups of eight or more, the hotel's off-season package (April through October) includes accommodations in an ocean-view room, breakfast and lunch or dinner, and use of the hotel's meeting room (at 500 square feet, it holds up to 22 people, classroom style). Rates this year began at $280 per room per night, and include airport transfers.
St. Barthelemy (or St. Barth) is part of the French West Indies, so exquisite dining abounds, including the Guanahani's two restaurants. Bartolomeo, a casually elegant restaurant with live piano music in the bar and al fresco dining on the terrace, is reminiscent of Casablanca with its ceiling fans and bamboo furniture; L'Indigo is a stunning, open-air dining space for breakfast and lunch, overlooking the edgeless pool and the blue Atlantic.
Boutique-style, duty-free shopping is a short drive away in Gustavia (U.S. dollars accepted everywhere). In the unlikely event that you grow weary of the hotel's beaches, the island is ringed with lovely white-sand strands and secluded coves (those on the south side face the Caribbean; on the north, the Atlantic). In the French style, many are clothing-optional.
Guanahani is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. For more information, call (800) 223-6800.
Jeffrey J. Maggerine, 32, sales manager for the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla., was killed in an early morning one-car accident August 14 in Orlando in the midst of the American Society of Association Executives Annual Meeting, hours before he was to participate in a press conference announcing the convention center's expansion plans.
Maggerine, who was the architect of a 25-yearbetween the convention center and Reed Expositions representing about $2 billion in future business for the facility and the community, worked at OCCC for six years. Before that, he was director of sales and marketing for the Oncenter, Onondaga County Convention Center, in Syracuse, N.Y.
On Saturday, September 23, Frank Mullen, director of the Scottish Tourist Board's UK marketing department and of the Scottish Convention Bureau, died of cancer at the age of 42. He worked previously as marketing director of the Greater Glasgow Tourist Board.
In his "adopted" country, the United States, Frank was an articulate and passionate advocate for Scotland, winning the respect and admiration of leading figures in the travel industry and, with it, their business and their friendship. In October, a memorial service was held in his honor in New York.
He is survived by his parents, Frank and Annie; his brother John and sister-in-law Margo; nephews Craig, Callum, and Paul; and his lifelong companion, Gerry.