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Friday, March 28, 2008

Ceiba Del Mar Welcoming Children This Summer

Along the Riviera Maya, Ceiba Del Mar Beach & Spa Resort is usually a quiet getaway for adults...but this summer it will welcome children for the summer season. Located just 20 minutes from Cancun Airport on a stretch of secluded beach, this resort has plenty to offer the entire family. The resort encompasses 88 luxury rooms, including 37 suites and 7 penthouses, all with ocean views.

Why It's Fun for Families: The resort offers two outdoor pools for a family swim. Your family can hit the resort's tennis courts, rent kayaks and explore the stunning sapphire-blue sea, or rent bicycles for a scenic ride exploring the lush natural beauty of the jungle landscape. The Great Maya Reef is located nearby or just relax together on the uncrowded beach and build a sand castle in the powder white sand.

And if the adults require some pampering and relaxation as part of the family trip, Ceiba Del Mar's unique holistic and aromatherapy Spa offers a full range of treatments using a selection of more than 50 essential English oils.

For more information:
• visit www.ceibadelmar.com
• call 1-877-545-6221

Photo courtesy Ceiba Del Mar Beach & Spa Resort


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Antigua's Jolly Beach Offers Family Package

Antigua's 464-room Jolly Beach Resort & Spa has expanded its kids' club and is offering a special family package good for travel through the end of the year.

“We know that our Kidz Club is a big draw with our younger guests and we’ve upgraded our programme and facilities to make their vacation experience very special,” says P. Hilary Modeste, Director of Marketing Worldwide for the resort. “And for the upcoming summer season, to celebrate our new Jolly Teen Club program, we’re extending the child rate to kids up to the age of 16, and one child stays free per family as part of our Think Jolly Family Special.”

The Package: The Think Jolly Family Special offers:

• a 15% discount off regular adult rates for the Queen Superior room category
• one child stays free and a second child 3 to 16 years old pays the child rate of $54.00 per night when sharing with two adults. Kids under 3 stay free all the time.
• Book the Think Jolly Family Special and pay $175 per adult, per night all-inclusive based on double occupancy.

Dates: Bookings must be made April 1- June 15, 2008 for travel April 15 - December 20, 2008. Specify booking code JOLLYFAM.

This Think Jolly Family Special discount may not be combined with any other promotional offers, it is not valid on child rate or 3rd and 4th person rates and applies to new bookings only. The sale is subject to change without notice.

Kids' Club: The resort has added more fun and games to its popular Jolly Kidz Club and has created a new Jolly Teen Club perfect for the 13- to 16-year-old set. The new Jolly Kidz Club boasts a well-equipped playground with everything from Hula Hoop contests, Dodge Ball and Aqua Aerobics to Caribbean Story Time. Other options include table tennis, bingo and board games as well as nature walks in the resort’s exotic gardens and seashell hunts. The new Jolly Kidz Club features a mini arcade, a “dream room” for disco and movie nights.

Evening activities include dress up Pirate Nights with treasure hunts, Pizza and Movie Nights, a Hawaiian-style Luau, Disco Nights, Talent Show Nights, Costume Parties and more. Teen Adventures range from Moonlight Scavenger Hunts to Bonfire Nights on the beach. Teen guests can test their detective skills on Mystery Nights or participate in an Antiguan Treasure Adventure.

One of the most unique kids' events is the Kidz Soirée, offered on alternate Thursdays. The elegant, Ristorante Bocciolo is the venue for the event where the children are invited to dine on Northern Italian cuisine and the restaurant manager, wait staff and chef instruct the guests on proper etiquette – from understanding the menu to the correct utensils to use and why, and how to behave in a formal dining setting. Kids are expected to make a reservation and dress smartly for dinner and no parents are allowed.

Kids' Club Hours: Daytime activities take place outdoors and indoors for age groups 3-12 and teens from 13-16. Monday-Friday programs start at 9:30am going on to 12:30pm and from 2:30pm on to 5pm. Saturdays and Sundays programs start at 10:30am. Evening activities kick-off at 7pm and run through 9pm, with some teen nights going from 7:30pm through 10:00pm. For parents wishing to escape by themselves for a while, daytime and evening baby-sitting is available at a small additional cost.

Why It's Fun for the Family: The all-inclusive Jolly Beach Resort & Spa in Antigua is set among 40 acres of exotic tropical gardens overlooking a mile-long, white sand beach. The resort sports five bars, dining options from super casual to tropical chic, a cyber café, four tennis courts (all lit for night play), two swimming pools including Jolly Beach’s signature Fantasy Pool with a waterfall, jacuzzi, swim-up bar, watersports and much more.

All-inclusive rates include accommodations, all taxes, all meals, snacks and afternoon tea, house brand beverages, non-motorized watersports, activities, use of the gym and entertainment. All rooms are air-conditioned and face the ocean; each has a patio or balcony, direct-dial phone, cable TV, hair-dryer and rentable safe.

For More Information:
• call 866-905-6559 in the US and Canada
• visit www.jollybeachresort.com


Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Sint Maarten Offers Summer Savings Program

Families looking to stretch their vacation budget a little will be interested in this program we received: the “SXM Bucks” Summer Savings Promotion. St. Maarten, called the “Culinary Capitol of the Caribbean,” is offering this promotion which includes a wide range of discounts and free offers.

Dates: May – December 15, 2008

The Package: There are two promotions, depending on length of stay:

5 Nights: You will receive the 5th night free and $50 in “SXM Bucks” when you stay for five-nights or longer.

7 Nights: You will receive the 5th and 7th night free and $100 in “SXM Bucks” when you stay for seven-nights or longer.

Participants: The “SXM Bucks” can be used at any of the participating restaurants, shops and tour operations:

  • Divi Little Bay Beach Resort
  • La Vista
  • Mary's Boon
  • Oyster Bay Beach Resort
  • Princess Heights
  • Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort
  • Sonesta Maho Beach Resort
  • Westin Dawn Beach
Note: When booking reservations be sure to mention the “SXM Bucks” promotion to receive the discount.
  • Antoine's
  • Lee's Roadside Grill
  • Los Gauchos
  • The Tide Restaurant
  • Peg Leg Pub
  • Pineapple Pete
  • Ric's Place
  • Saratoga
  • AMA Jewelers
  • Ballerina Jewelers
  • Bedazled Jewelers
  • Caribbean Gems
  • Diamonds International
  • Effy Collection
  • Lucky Too Gift Shop
  • Lucky Too Jewelers
  • Shipwreck Shops
  • St. Maarten Guavaberry
  • Tanzanite International
Car Rentals
  • Best Deal Car Rental
  • Hertz Car Rental
  • U-Save Car Rental
  • Value Car Rental
  • Aqua Mania Adventures
  • Exquisite Watersports
  • Philipsburg Theatres
  • Xaro Tours
For more information:
• visit www.vacationstmaarten.com


Monday, March 24, 2008

Palace Resorts Offers Kids Stay Free Promotion

Here's a good package we just received: Palace Resorts' is offering a Summer Kids' promotion which allows kids ages 12 and under to eat, stay and play for free when sharing a room with an adult.

The Resorts: This offer includes the Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, Cancun Palace, Beach Palace, Xpu-Ha Palace, Playacar Palace, Cozumel Palace and the new Isla Mujeres Palace under the all-inclusive program.

What It Includes: This program includes luxurious accommodations, all meals and snacks, 24-hour room service, beverages, taxes, gratuities, non-motorized water sports, and sensational entertainment.

Price: Rates are $156 - $199 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. Limit two (2) children per room. Children 13 – 17 years of age pay the child rate.

Dates: Valid from June 1st through August 31st, 2008

For More Information:
• visit www.palaceresorts.com
• call (800) 635-1836


Sunday, March 23, 2008

USVI Offers Summer Savings

The US Virgin Islands makes an easy getaway for families (and an extra bonus: American families who haven't gotten around to getting passports won't need them for this destination). Now there's another good reason for a family vacation in St. Thomas, St. John or St. Croix: the new Sizzling Summer Sampler Package.

The package encourages longer visits with a complimentary fifth night and a $50-$100 resort credit. You'll get a $50 gift card plus up to $200 in savings on a host of activities, tours and extras.

Dates: The Sizzling Summer Sampler is valid for bookings made between April 15 and October 31, 2008 for travel between May 1 and October 15, 2008 and is based on a five-night minimum stay.

Hotels: Participating hotels include: The Buccaneer Hotel, Carambola Beach Resort, Chenay Bay Resort, Club St. Croix, Colony Cove, Divi Carina Bay Resort, Hotel Caravelle, Palms at Pelican Cove and Sand Castle on the Beach in St. Croix. Also included are The Westin Resort on St. John, as well as the Best Western Emerald Beach, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, Holiday Inn Windward Passage, Marriott Frenchman‚s Reef, Pavilions & Pools, Point Pleasant Resort, Sapphire Beach Resort & Marina Sapphire Village, Secret Harbour Beach Resort and Wyndham Sugar Bay Beach Resort & Spa on St. Thomas.

The Sizzling Summer Sampler applies to new bookings only.

Tour Operators: Reservations for this promotion can be made through a number of tour operators, including BookIt.com, Vacation Outlet, Vacation Express, Funjet Vacations, Spirit Vacations, United Vacations, Delta Vacations, Future Vacations, Continental Airlines Vacations, CheapCaribbean.com, Travelocity, TNT Vacations, LIBGO Travel, US Airways Vacations, Travel Impressions, Classic Vacations and Total Vacations.

For more information:
• visit www.usvitourism.vi


Thursday, March 20, 2008

Complimentary Dogsled Tour for Kids

The Jamaica Dogsled Encounter at Chukka Caribbean Adventures is home to the only dogsled team and dogsled tours in the Caribbean. Children aged between 6 and 12 years enjoy a complimentary Jamaica Dogsled Encounter, with one child free per paying adult. The tour includes a visit to Dunn’s River Falls, and to Island Village for shopping, plus complimentary lunch at Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville.

Dates: This package can be booked now through June 30, 2008, for travel May 1 – August 31, 2008.

Price: Rates for the Jamaica Dogsled Encounter are US$85 for an adult, US$68 for a child, starting from Montego Bay; US$65 for an adult, US$48 for a child, starting from Ocho Rios.

For More Information:
• visit http://www.chukkacaribbean.com


Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Starfish Trelawny Offers Family Rates

Jamaica's Starfish Trelawny has a full menu of activities to keep the busiest families happy: scuba diving and snorkeling, mini-golfing and ice-skating. The Kids Club offers age-specific programs and even after-hours babysitting for parents looking for a quiet romantic rendezvous.

Price: Rates start at US$99 per adult, per night; land only; US$50 per child (ages 2 – 12 years), per night, sharing the parents’ room; land only.

Dates: These prices are valid for travel from May 1 – December 22, 2008. A three-night minimum booking is required.

For More Information:
• visit www.starfish.com


Thursday, March 06, 2008

Bermuda Offers Family Sweepstakes

Bermuda's offering four vacations in conjunction with JetBlue. The online contest encourages visitors to share their favorite Bermuda memory. There are four categories: Family, Sports & Adventure, Romance and Rejuvenation. The winners will be selected by an in-house panel and will be based on originality, humor, poignancy, and overall love of Bermuda.

Especially for Families: The Family Prize Package includes:

• 4 nights accommodation at Fairmont Southampton
• Kids eat free from the kids menu and have
• complimentary access to Kids Camp
• Roundtrip airfare provided by JetBlue

Dates: The sweepstakes ends on May 31, 2008 at 12:00pm ET.

For More Information:
• visit www.bermudatourism.com/feel_the_love



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