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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Azul Hotels, by Karisma Announces Family and Friends Vacation Planner Package

Located on Mexico's Riviera Maya, the all-inclusive Azul Hotels by Karisma is launching the new Family & Friends Vacation Planner (FFVP), part of the Gourmet Inclusive program, and its Free Family & Friends Vacation Planner Package, beginning June 15, 2008. The FFVP team will orchestrate perfect agendas for families vacationing at Azul Beach Hotel by Karisma, Azul Sensatori Hotel by Karisma (opening Oct. 1, 2008) and Azul Fives Hotel by Karisma (opening Dec. 1, 2008).

The package will mean help planning family reunions, grandparent trips, or just family get-togethers. The Free Family & Friends Vacation Planner Package includes room assignments, a personalized itinerary given at check-in, one dinner reservation with a set a la carte menu guaranteed for up to 20 people, constant communication informing the family of trip updates, and brochures for each attendee with a welcome letter for each guests, introducing the hotel and destination. Guests can also take advantage of additional offerings including spa parties; private cooking classes; round robin tennis tournaments; private Olympic games; personalized polo shirts, hats and beach bags; beach barbecues; and cocktail receptions. The FFVP Package is valid with a reservation of five rooms or more.

What It Includes: Azul Hotels by Karisma also boast Beach Butlers, who provide towels, arrange beach picnics, offer cold drinks, reading materials or anything else that may be desired; U.S.-based and on-site wedding planners; and full concierge service. In addition to the FFVP, Azul Hotels by Karisma feature a variety of Gourmet Inclusive offerings catering specifically to families such as kids' clubs, teens' clubs, kids' splash park, face painting, piñata parties, fishing at the pool, kids’ playground, DVD library with free popcorn, and babysitting services, among others.

At Azul Sensatori Hotel, families will enjoy Luxury 2 + 3 = Family with suites that comfortably sleep two adults and three children, or three adults and one child, with guaranteed connecting rooms for groups traveling together. At Azul Fives Hotel, families will enjoy one, two and three-bedroom suites accommodating up to eight people. Azul Hotels by Karisma also provides parents with strollers and cribs, monitors and bottle warmers, baby bathrobes, and Gourmet Gerber for babies and toddlers.

For more information:
• call 1-888-280-8810
• visit www.azulhotel.com


Thursday, May 15, 2008

Chukka Caribbean Celebrates Father's Day

For fathers with a sense of adventure, here's a fun package in Jamaica: a Father's Day program offered by Chukka Caribbean Adventures.

First, Dad will zip through the trees on the Chukka Canopy Tour, a zip-line experience near Montego Bay.

Next, Chukka will put Dad on an ATV and send him for a rugged adventure ride through Jamaica’s hills.

Dad’s special gift from Chukka Caribbean Adventures is a commemorative Father’s Day t-shirt.

Price: The Chukka Canopy Tour is US$88, and is appropriate for kids 10 years and older. The ATV Safari is US$75 for ages 16 and older. The offer is valid for bookings made on the Chukka Caribbean Adventures website.

For More Information:
• visit www.chukkacaribbean.com

Photo courtesy Jamaica Tourist Board


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Beaches Celebrates Father's Day

Family travel is great for all its together time...but a little time away from the kids can make everyone enjoy the family time even more. Recognizing that fact, Beaches Resorts (with locations in Jamaica and the Turks & Caicos) is offering the When We Were Two package for families celebrating Father’s Day with the family but looking for a chance to slip away for a few hours of romance.

The Package: The package includes:
  • a 50-minute couples’ massage at Red Lane Spa
  • Champagne served with chocolate-dipped fruit during a romantic sunset on the beach
  • a private, four-course candlelight dinner with personalized menu
  • Champagne
  • souvenir photo
  • complimentary Ultra Nanny babysitting services (up to three hours) for children 12 and under
Price: Rates start at US$2,188 per family of four (two adults, two children under 16) over Mother’s Day and US$2,496 per family over Father’s Day for a minimum three-night stay that also includes all meals, drinks, transfers between airport and hotel, entertainment, and more.

For More Information:
• visit www.beaches.com

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

St. Maarten Sonesta Resorts Offer Family Fun Package

We know firsthand that families that travel with two guest rooms instead of one can have twice the fun. Especially great for families with older children, the second room option gives the kids a sense of freedom and everyone just a little elbow room.

But that can add up to an expensive vacation...unless a good package comes along. Here's one that just came our way: the new Family Fun Package at the Sonesta St. Maarten resort. When you book a second room, you'll receive it at half price!

The Package: Families book two rooms at either Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino (photo, left) or Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino and receive the second room at half price. Also, kids ages 12 and under eat, stay and play free (buffet dining only).

Dates: The Family Fun Package is valid for travel June 1- August 31, 2008. Book by May 31, 2008. Minimum five-night stay. This is not combinable with other offers.

Price: Rates at both resorts April 19 through December 19, 2008 begin at $165.00 per room, per night based on single or double occupancy. Rates are room only and are subject to 21% tax and surcharge. All-inclusive rates are also available.

For More Information:
• call 1-800-223-0757
• visit www.sonesta.com/stmaarten


Friday, May 09, 2008

Beaches Turks & Caicos Adding Surf Simulator

When it opens in December, the new Pirate's Island Waterpark at Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort & Spa will include a new surf simulator as well as a new lazy river, seven new slides, an aqua playground, pool, and play area with water cannons, cranks, and spray features.

The waterpark is part of the resort’s new Italian Village, with 162 family-style suites. The newly expanded waterpark will be ten times the size of the original Pirate’s Island area and the largest in the Caribbean.

The Surf SimulatorThe new surf simulator, “Surf’s Up Dude,” will be accessible by novices and experts. Adventure seekers will be able to hop a boogie or surf board and enjoy white-water rafting and surfing conditions. Created by SurfStream™, one of the top surfing companies in the U.S., the surf simulator is to have several people riding safely at once. Extreme sports competitions and invitationals will be scheduled here, too.

Photo courtesy Beaches Resorts


Monday, May 05, 2008

Wyndham Nassau Resort Offers Families Over 25% Savings

Nassau is always a fun destination for families; the Bahamas are super easy to reach from the US and the water there is incredibly beautiful. We just received a new family package from the Wyndham Nassau Resort called the Family Fun Under the Sun Package.

The Package: The Family Fun Under the Sun Package includes:
  • A 5-day/4-night stay, with the 4th night free in a newly-renovated, island view guest room
  • One “Sweet Treats” Beach Bucket upon arrival filled with popcorn, jelly beans, and Goombay Punch Sodas
  • Room service delivery of milk and cookies on day of choice
  • Complimentary unlimited non-motorized water sports, including aqua cycles, float mats, kayaks, VU boards, sail boats, snorkel gear, and windsurfing boards
Price: The Family Fun Under the Sun Package starts at $345 per person for a four-night stay based on season and availability. Package price does not include taxes, gratuities or resort fees (applicable to guests 12 and over). Package available at Wyndham Nassau Resort only. Package based on double occupancy. Single supplement charge will apply for single occupancy.

Dates: This package is valid through 12/31/08.

For more information:
• call Wyndham Nassau Resort at 1-800-222-7466
• visit www.WyndhamNassauResort.com



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