Q: How can I find a rental of a two- or three-bedroom house in the Caribbean with a cook?
A: Here are some companies that represent villas in the Caribbean, with some examples of those that include a cook. Places with cooks are most common on Barbados and Jamaica, though some exist on other islands. When a cook is not included, one is usually available for an additional fee. Rates are given for the winter season.
* At Home Abroad, Sutton Town House, 405 E. 56th St., Suite 6H, New York, N.Y. 10022; (212) 421-9165. Prices for a two-bedroom villa with cook on Jamaica and Barbados, starts at $250 a night, or $1,750 a week.
* Hideaways International, 15 Goldsmith St., P.O. Box 1270, Littleton, Mass. 01460; (800) 843-4433 or (508) 486-8955. In the Dominican Republic, one of the least expensive sites, a three-bedroom villa with pool, cook and maid is $665 a week.
* Overseas Connection, 31 N. Harbor Drive, Sag Harbor, N.Y. 11963; (516) 725-9308. A staffed three-bedroom home on Mustique, which often comes with a car, averages $6,000 a week.
* Rent a Home International, 7200 34th Ave., N.W., Seattle, Wash. 98117; (800) 488-7368 or (206) 545-6963. A three-bedroom villa with pool and staff on St. Lucia, is $3,150 a week with four people and $5,250 with six.
* Vacation Home Rentals Worldwide, 235 Kensington Ave., Norwood, N.J. 07648; (800) 633-3284 or (201) 767-9393. On St. Martin, one three-bedroom villa with small pool is $3,500 a week; the maid will cook on request.
* Villas and Apartments Abroad, 420 Madison Ave., Suite 1105, New York, N.Y. 10017; (800) 433-3020 or (212) 759-1025. On Antigua, a two-bedroom villa with pool and a cook and maid is $2,700 a week.
* Villa Holidays, 13100 Wayzata Boulevard, Suite 150, Minneapolis, Minn. 55343; (800) 328-6262. On Jamaica a two-bedroom villa with cook and maid starts at $1,200 a week and goes up to $2,500 or $2,600.
* Villas International, 605 Market St., Suite 510, San Francisco, Calif. 94105; (800) 221-2260. On Jamaica, a three-bedroom villa with cook is $1,500 to $2,500 a week. On Barbados three bedrooms average $2,500 a week.
* Villa Leisure, P.O. Box 209, Westport, Conn. 06881; (800) 526-4244 or (407) 624-9000. Villas with cook in Barbados start at about $2,000 a week and go up to $6,300.
Q: We would like to attend the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, but the accommodations offered by the packagers are very expensive. Are there less expensive lodgings available?
A: A company in Barcelona, Servihouse, will locate apartments for those who will attend the Olympics. During the Games the daily rate for a studio with private bath, cleaning service and daily breakfast is $166 for a single room and $255 for a double. For similar accommodations with bath shared with one other room, the cost is $127 single and $176 double. There is a booking fee of about $100.
The service also offers lodging at other times, mainly in private homes with local families. Those options include room only ($245 to $588 a month) bed and breakfast ($440 to $588) or breakfast and dinner ($588 to $735). The daily rate is around $20. There are a few furnished apartments available. A one- or two-bedroom apartment is $785 to $880 a month.
Write Servihouse, 7 Passeig Gracia, 08007 Barcelona, Spain; telephone from the United States, (34 3) 301-36-76; fax 318-34-23. The offices are open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. local time.
Q: Have you ever heard of a chocolate cruise? Where do I sign up?
A: You can sign up with Landry & Kling's Themes at Sea, 1390 S. Dixie Highway, Coral Gables, Fla. 33146; (800) 448-9002. The next Chocolate Fantasy Cruise, seven nights out of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., starts Oct. 17, 1992, and stops at Ocho Rios, Jamaica; Grand Cayman; and Cancun and Cozumel, Mexico. The cruise, sponsored by the Nestle Chocolate and Confection Co., includes a welcome party featuring chocolates, chocolates on passengers' pillows each night, a chocolate treasure hunt, a game of bingo with chocolate markers and chocolate prizes and a farewell champagne and chocolate party. On the last cruise, the 200 passengers went through 150 cases of chocolate from more than 20 manufacturers. The price is $1,740 to $2,270 a person with two in a cabin, including air fare.