-- NEWPORT, RI, January 2002 -- WIMCO, the luxury vacation villa and hotel reservations company, is offering spring/summer rates of up to 40 percent less over winter for St. Barts villas beginning April 15 and continuing through Dec. 14.
Savings are available in all categories of rentals that are priced per week, with some larger villas available at smaller villa prices, depending on how many bedrooms will be used.

For example, a 4 bedroom/4 bath villa with pool at the end of Petit Cul de Sac that rents in winter for $9,230 a week is just $4,042. A family villa, 2 bedrooms/2 baths with pool offering cliffside views in St. Jean, is just $2,905 compared to the winter $4,630 rate. And a 1 bedroom/1 bath bungalow is $875 compared to $2,220 right on St. Jean Beach.

WIMCO is also offering a variation on the theme of “two for one” at two villas that rent, weekly in high season, for $8,200 and $9,230 respectively. Guests who vacation at one of these two villas before April 15 can return to the same villa in June, September or October 2002 and vacation again at the villa absolutely free. The villas are SIB LAR and SIB LAB on WIMCO’s website, www.wimco.com.

WIMCO’s villa website is designed to help the client select first a prime destination in the Caribbean or in Europe. From the destination page the viewer is guided into selecting villas by determining the number of rooms required. The web site has a full photo tour, seasonal pricing, and room-by-room description of each and every villa.

Technically astute, WIMCO’s www.wimco.com recently received a “Best of the Web” accolade from Forbes.com and kudos from Town & Country magazine as one of the best travel web sites.

WIMCO offers over 1,000 luxury vacation villas and distinctive hotels internationally including 690 villas on 10 Caribbean islands (St. Barts, Barbados, Mustique, Nevis, Anguilla, St. Martin and others) and in such select destinations as Italy’s Umbria and Tuscany and France’s St. Tropez and Provence.

For further information write WIMCO, P.O. Box 1461, Newport, RI 02840; Tel: 401/849-8012; Fax 401/847-6290, or visit the website at www.wimco.com.

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