Two legendary Rosewood Caribbean resorts--Caneel Bay and Little Dix Bay--are introducing attractive package plans. Groups that book in 2000 at one property can get the same rate in 2001 at the other, or at Rosewood's new Caribbean resorts, Martineau Bay and an as-yet-unnamed property on St. Lucia. Each resort accepts only one group at a time, says Ellen Adelman, Rosewood regional director of marketing. "They have exclusivity; they're treated almost like a leisure group."
Caneel Bay is a 166-room property set on 170 acres on St. John, within the U.S. Virgin Islands National Park. A group may book 10 to 50 rooms during shoulder and peak seasons, or buy out the property during low season, July and August.
Smaller--with just 98 rooms--and more secluded, Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands is reached by private launch sailing to a half-mile-long crescent-shaped beach. The emphasis is on privacy: Many beaches are accessible only from the water, and accommodations are not visible from the beaches. Groups may book 20 to 25 rooms in season and can do a buyout from July through October.
Martineau Bay opens in December on Vieques, a small island off the east coast of Puerto Rico. It will have 156 guest rooms, a 10,000-square-foot spa, 10 beaches, tennis courts, and meeting facilities for 220 people. The St. Lucia resort, opening by early 2001, will have 100 guest bungalows built on eight-foot stilts in a lagoon. There will be a 15,000-square-foot spa and meeting space for 50 people.