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World's Top Hotels Support Haiti Benefit in Canada


St. Lucia's Jade Mountain supporting Haiti Fundraiser in Toronto
Two of the world's most highly-ranked resorts have pitched in to help earthquake survivors in Haiti.

The stunning Jade Mountain, named the number one resort in the Caribbean and in the top three worldwide by Travel & Leisure magazine, and framed by the spectacular twin Pitons peaks of St. Lucia, are contributing rooms to a Haiti fundraising benefit set for this Sunday, February 28 at the Lula Lounge at 7 p.m. (1585 Dundas St. West) in Toronto.

Regarded as one of the most sought-after resorts on the planet, Jade Mountain is famed not only for its three-walled suites but also for its "green" construction which, at owner Nick Troubetzkoy's request, uses, among other things, recycled glass, plastic, wood and water.

Troubetzkoy, a Canadian who was "green" before green was fashionable, personally supervised the felling of trees in Guyana for his hotel to ensure not only the best quality of wood, but also to determine that the trees felled would not adversely impact the rainforest ecosystem.

Donating the rooms, some of which retail for over US $2,430 a night, Jade Mountain marketing manager Karolin Troubetzkoy, said "We can't just sit here in our splendid isolation while people of our region suffer. We have been looking for ways to help - and supporting the 'Haiti Carnival' in Toronto is a way we can contribute to the excellent work of people like Maria Noa Habchi plus Airline Ambassadors International and the Caribbean Media Exchange."

Karolin and Nick Troubetzkoy are also putting up for auction in Toronto a vacation at their neighboring property, Anse Chastanet, which sits on 600 lush tropical acres. Listed as one of the most romantic hotels in the world, Britain's Esquire Magazine named Anse Chastanet, which features a room wrapped around a tree, one of the "Top 10 sexiest hotel rooms in the world."

Underscoring the romantic atmosphere generated by the resort, on Monday March 1, ABC airs this season's finale of "The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love" from the Celestial Terrace of Jade Mountain. Karolin Troubetzkoy is getting in the mood of the hit show's stay at Jade Mountain and is offering an "Elope for Free" summer promotion "in honor of the Bachelor." Guests staying in one of the infinity pool sanctuaries can "take the plunge" with a free wedding if they stay a minimum of 5 nights between August 1 to September 30, 2010. That proposal is very hard to refuse with Jade's special summer rates and promotions.

Maria Noa Habchi, organizer of the Haiti fundraiser this Sunday, delighted at the surprise offerings from two of the world's best hotels, said, "it's obvious the quality of these fabulous resorts emanates directly from the people who built and run them."

One of the region's "friendliest" hotels, St. Lucia's Coco Palm, favored by savvy travelers, has also stepped up to the plate to support the fundraiser, along with the lush and luxurious Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa, a sparkling oasis surrounded by fragrant gardens, exotic lagoons and cascading waterfalls. The Saint Lucia Tourist's Board's Canadian office will also be contributing to the Toronto gala.

All proceeds from the event will support the work of Airline Ambassadors International which has delivered up to two million pounds of food, water, medicine, tents etc. and more than 600 doctors and nurses to Haiti. They are running the best public-private hospital in Haiti which is being positioned to become the leading teaching institution in the country for orthopedic after care, including amputations and re-amputations.

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