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By the Caribbean Journal staff

The island of Bermuda is seeing a boom in tourism spending so far in 2017, according to the latest data from the Bermuda Tourism Authority.

Bermuda, buoyed by its hosting of the America’s Cup sailing race earlier this year, is reporting $222.3 million in spending by stayover tourist arrivals through the first nine months of the year, a 22 percent increase over the same period in 2016.

That represents an additional $40.7 million for the local economy compared to last year.

Indeed, it’s already more than leisure tourists spent in Bermuda all of last year.

Room rates have also seen a 10 percent jump, while revenue per available room is up 19.5 percent. Occupancy has also seen a nine percent increase.

“In the first nine months of the year, leisure air visitor spending has already surpassed the entire year of 2016,” said Bermuda Tourism Authority Chief Executive Kevin Dallas. “Undoubtedly the America’s Cup helped drive spending figures higher this year, and now we see from the latest data: visitor spending has remained strong post-America’s Cup.”

And that’s borne out in the numbers.

Stayover arrivals increased by 8.9 percent and 10.5 percent in July and August, respectively, long after America’s Cup concluded.

The island did struggle in September, largely the result of the storms in the Caribbean that colored the perception of many travelers and did cause the cancellation of a number of flights to Bermuda, too.

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By the Caribbean Journal staff

One of the British Virgin Islands’ most beloved boutique hotels is reopening its doors in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.

The Sugar Mill Hotel has announced it will be reopening on Dec. 1 with a limited number of rooms available.

The property is also reopening its famous restaurant on Nov. 21 for dinner.

On Nov. 23, the Sugar Mill will be hosting a Grand Thanksgiving Dinner at the restaurant, with some of the proceeds going towards helping rebuild Tortola’s Carrot Bay community.

“We hope to see you all very soon in the sun at The Sugar Mill Hotel,” the property said in a statement.

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Before Grand Case was Grand Case. Before Cabarete was Cabarete.

There was something. An energy, a draw, a feeling that one day a small beach town would become something else entirely.

That’s the feeling you get when you walk down the streets of Le Diamant, the wonderful, still largely undiscovered village in the south of Martinique that just might be the Caribbean’s next great beach town.

le diamant martinique

It starts, of course, with the beach, a stunning stretch of sand lushly lined with palm trees, all in plain view of Martinique’s wonder, Le Rocher du Diamant, the “Diamond Rock” that juts out from the sea, an imposing monument to the beauty of nature.

And then there’s the food — more and more restaurants are opening up here, from the truly terrific La Voile Blanche to the quirky La Table de Mumu to the eclectic Hakuna Matata. There are great pizza spots (like the cheekily named Pizzbook), a gelateria, a bustling fish market.

There are a host of world-class villas (like Blue Moon, a place we’ll cover more deeply in an upcoming issue) and even a soon-to-open hotel, the reinvigorated Diamant Les Bains.

The Blue Moon villa.

But then there’s that feeling. You see it on the faces of the travelers here, of the eminently warm locals, that something is happening.

And then it’s clear. This is the next great beach town.

Which is why you need to visit right now.

See more in the latest CJ Video at the top of the page.

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By the Caribbean Journal staff

The Seven Stars Resort and Spa in Turks and Caicos has unveiled a new room class aimed at families and groups.

The Providenciales property has debuted a new two-bedroom garden-view suite with 740 square feet, a king bed, two twin beds, a kitchen, two bathrooms and a balcony.

Each suite includes kitchens, 32-inch flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi along with showers and soaker tubs.

Seven Stars guests have access to a heated saltwater pool, private pool deck cabanas, beach butler service and an on-site spa, among other amenities.

The property is located on the famous Grace Bay Beach.

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By the Caribbean Journal staff

Apple Leisure Group subsidiary AMResorts, the Caribbean’s fastest-growing hotel company, is expanding again with a pair of new resorts in St Lucia.

AMResorts will manage two new luxury all inclusive resorts in what will be the company’s first entry to St Lucia.

AMResorts has 16 properties in the development pipeline; Apple Leisure Group will have more than 60 resorts open across Mexico, the Caribbean, Costa Rica and Panama by 2019.

“The ALG family of companies has a deep-rooted relationship with the Caribbean,” said Alex Zozaya, CEO of Apple Leisure Group. “We are invested in joining projects that bring tourism to the region, creating jobs and driving an economic stimulus.”

The resorts will be the flagship of the Canelles Resort and Residences at Honeymoon Beach master-planned community, which is being developed by Infinite Property Group Ltd, a subsidiary of Infinite Holdings.

A rendering of the Canelles project.

The project will also feature an 18-hole Nicklaus Design Golf Course and Club, along with luxury condominiums and villas.

It is slated for completion in 2020, by which time Apple Leisure Group plans to have signed its 100th resort deal and have surpassed the 20,000 room milestone.

“This project is the perfect example of how the ALG team works closely with owners to bring their vision to fruition, as our partnership with Infinite Holdings will create an all inclusive experience that is unlike anything in our portfolio,” said Javier Coll, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Apple Leisure Group.

St Lucia will become Apple Leisure Group’s ninth country.

“St. Lucia is an easily accessible slice of paradise, with non-stop flights available from several major gateways in the U.S. and Canada year-round. Recognized as one of the world’s most beautiful islands, the destination’s unique mix of award-winning beaches, lively culinary scene, rich culture and natural beauty make it the perfect fit for our portfolio,” said Gonzalo del Peon, President of AMResorts.

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