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Dive into this Sea of Savings: A Caribbean Conscription of Resorts, Villas and Inns to Choose from

Here's another savory sampler that'll make you to get down to the tropics and to warm up on the beach, with prices that should make you want to jump out of your parkas and into your swimwear. Today we're featuring Grenada and Bonaire.


At least six of the Grenada's resorts are offering special packages and discounts for stays through April 15, 2003. Here they are, in alphabetical order:

The Allamanda Beach Resort, right on Grenada's famous Grand Anse Beach, is offering a 40% discount on room rates for stays of seven nights or longer. Room rates (for two adults) begin at $155 per night. For more information, contact the resort at 473/444-0095 or visit

The Coyaba Beach Resort, also on Grand Anse Beach, is doing the same, one night free for every seven nights booked. Rates there for a room (also two adults) start at $210 per night. Contact them at 473/444-4129 or visit

At the Flamboyant Hotel, whose lodgings are scattered over three acres of tropical gardens sloping down to Grand Anse Beach, you pay for six nights and get a seventh one free. Room rates (again, two adults) start at $145 per night. Phone the resort at 473/444-4247, via e-mail at or visit

The Fox Inn has single bedrooms for just $59, doubles for $69 per night, including breakfast. Their phone is 473/444-4123, their Web site

At the Rendezvous Beach Resort, a seven-night dive package starts at $822 per person, two in a room. This package includes the lodging, daily breakfasts, airport transfers, all taxes, two daytime boat dives per day, unlimited shore diving, tanks, weights, weight belts, and gear bags. You can also opt to substitute one day of diving for a sightseeing tour. Their phone is 473/444-3040, their Web site

Finally, over on Grenada's sister island of Carriacou, the Silver Beach Hotel is offering a seventh night free when you book six. This charming place, elegant yet informal, is sited right on the water's edge on a secluded bay. Ocean view room rates start at $70 per night. Contact them at 473/443-7337 or at

For more information on Grenada or any island in this article, just click on the individual name in red to be taken directly to our Destinations section. You can also contact the Grenada Board of Tourism at 212/687-9554 or at 800/927-9554. Their Web site is


Bonaire, aka Scuba Heaven, has a lot of bargains this winter. Here are just a few:

Available throughout 2003 are packages from $447 per person (four persons in a unit) at Ocean View Villas, which offers studio and one- and two-bedroom units. The lodgings are located in Belnem, a residential area of Bonaire, just a short walk from Bachelor's Beach. The deals include seven nights of lodging in a two-bedroom condo, six days of unlimited shore diving, six boat dives and hotel taxes. For more information, e-mail or visit

The Plaza Resort Bonaire and Plaza Villas-Port Bonaire are offering a seventh night free promotion good through January 31, 2003. But available through April 15, 2003 is an eight-day (seven-night) land-only package costing from $768 per person. Pricing is based on quad occupancy in a two-bedroom villa, with complete kitchen. The package includes scuba diving and snorkeling at a PADI five-star, Gold Palm IDC dive center, with Toucan Diving. There are three restaurants, three bars, casino, pool, tennis, day spa, water sports, car/scooter/boat rentals, and more. Contact them at 800/766-6016 or visit

At Buddy's Dive Resort, also a PADI five-star place, there's a Drive & Dive package, starting at $800 per person, based on double occupancy in a three-bedroom apartment. It includes lodging for seven nights, six days of unlimited air fills plus six boat dives, daily breakfast buffet, welcome drink and rum punch party, airport transfers and government taxes. The same pricing gets you a Six Days Six Ways Activities Package, with a different adventure each day, from coastal kayaking to cave exploration. This includes lodging for seven nights, six days of activities, daily breakfast buffet, welcome drink and rum punch party, airport transfers and government taxes. Also based on double occupancy in a three-bedroom apartment. For reservations, phone 866/GO BUDDY or visit

At the Bellefonte Chateau de la Mer, you can get a seventh night free when you pay for six, all through 2003, valid in all room categories. Rates now, in high season, start at $150 per room (two adults). Pricing does not include tax and service charge. All apartments include kitchen or kitchenette, air-conditioning, phone, TV and safe. Two units have private sundecks. For more information, phone them at 011-519/717-3333 or visit