COUPLES DRAWN TO AUSPICIOUS 08/08/08 WEDDING DATE— CARIBBEAN RESORT GROUP EXTENDS THE LUCK OF THE 8’s THROUGHOUT 2008 WITH COMPLIMENTARY WEDDING PLAN — EliteIsland Resorts Personal Destination Wedding Planners Help Couples Tie the Knot with Ease DEERFIELD BEACH, FL (MARCH 27, 2008) – Elite Island Resorts, the award-winning Caribbean resort company, has recently noticed a significant increase in inquiries for 08/08/08 destination weddings. Maybe it’s because in many cultures, the number eight has been associated with paradise and new beginnings. Buddhists follow an eightfold path to the enlightenment; in Christian symbolism, the number eight represents rebirth; and in Islam, there are eight gates to paradise. Whatever the reason, couples planning a Caribbean destination wedding will find 2008 a lucky year for another reason as well—those who book an all-inclusive premium luxury category honeymoon stay of at least seven or ten nights (depending on the resort) at Elite Island Resorts’ Caribbean properties also can enjoy a complimentary, destination wedding package regularly priced at $899. “Many couples are requesting the date 08/08/08 for their weddings. But with complimentary weddings available all year, any date in 2008 is a happy one. Planning a Caribbean destination wedding with Elite Island Resorts ensures a personalized wedding that is easy to arrange and a great value too. Plus, with our new complimentary personal wedding website, an engaged couple can invite wedding guests to book their travel plans at the click of a mouse,” said Janine Hills, director of wedding planning, Elite Island Resorts. The second-largest independently owned hospitality group in the Caribbean, Elite Island Resorts is known for its eco-friendly, casually elegant resorts, stunning locations, caring, personal service and distinctive, customized Caribbean destination weddings. Its upscale properties include:

  • Galley Bay Resort & Spa, Antigua, an intimate, secluded, all-inclusive retreat for adults with beachfront accommodations and the brand new Indulge Spa. readers consistently rank Galley Bay among the Top 100 Best Luxury Hotels in the world and among the top ten in the Caribbean and Latin America for Luxury and Romance and for All-Inclusives. Couples can exchange their vows at a picturesque wedding gazebo overlooking the ocean or right at the edge of the sea.

  • Palm Island, the Grenadines, a casually elegant, all-inclusive private-island resort for discerning couples seeking a true upscale hideaway. This exclusive, 135-acre private-island hideaway has 43 guest accommodations surrounded by five pristine white-sand beaches. Palm Island is the ideal spot for couples seeking a private and secluded wedding site.

St. James’s Club & Villas, Antigua, a private 100-acre estate with a club-like ambience featuring a spa and a kid’s club. Fronted by two spectacular beaches and tucked away on its own 100-acre private peninsula, the full-service, four-star property is an ideal setting for couples who want an exclusive hideaway with a casual ambience and a wide array of amenities and activities for all ages. Romantic wedding venues include oceanfront wedding gazebos, the beach, an ocean view garden and a sun deck, all with panoramic vistas.— more – 2 –

  • Long Bay Beach Resort & Villas, Tortola, in the British Virgin Islands, a plantation-style resort perfect for sailing, diving and spa indulgences. This casually-elegant resort nestles among verdant hills overlooking its mile-long white sand beach. Its 157 beautiful guest rooms and villas are hidden away on a 52-acre estate. Beach and garden sites offer idyllic settings for couples looking for a wedding that feels exclusive and private.

· Verandah Resort & Spa, Antigua, an upscale, beach escape featuring the Spa Tranquility, a kid’s club, eco-friendly activities like kayaking and hiking, and a unique design that helps preserve native flora and fauna. The resort is set on 30 spectacular waterfront acres adjacent to a national park. Here, couples can select a setting by the sea or at a picturesque wedding gazebo with the vibrant blue Caribbean as backdrop for their nuptials.

  • Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, St. Lucia, an award-winning resort, patterned after the picturesque hillside villages of the Mediterranean. Its stunningly-designed villas–many with private pools and terraces–are spread among 60 exotic and flowering acres on the lush Caribbean island of St. Lucia, and are ideal for groups of friends and families. The resort features the Serenity Spa and activities for all ages. Romantic weddings can be performed on the beach, in a chapel, on a hilltop terrace, under a flower-bedecked gazebo, or even on a sunset cruise.

The complimentary wedding package, an $899 savings, includes a choice of romantic tropical settings for the wedding and reception, wedding cake, bottle of champagne, bridal bouquet and groom’s boutonniere; registrar and government fees, on-site wedding coordinator and ceremony fees. All taxes and gratuities are included. A host of thoughtful touches are available for an extra fee, including a photographer, sparkling wine for the wedding party, island music and videotaping as well as special group activities and amenities. Elite Island Resorts’ all-inclusive rates include meals, top-shelf liquor, non-motorized water sports (except Long Bay), many activities, tips, taxes and service charges. For more information on destination weddings, contact Janine Hills at (800) 345-0356, extension 126 or visit