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Friday, May 22, 2009

USVI's Wyndham Sugar Bay Offers Summer Special

The Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa is helping families control vacation expenses this summer by offering an all-inclusive SunValue Island Getaway package for stays through August 24, 2009.

The Package: The package includes:
  • unlimited food and beverages, entertainment
  • non-motorized water activities
  • half-day access to the supervised Kid's Club
Price: The package price starts at $387 per room, per night, for two adults staying four nights or more. Children under the age of 12 who share a room with their parents stay, play and eat (from the children's menu) at no additional charge. The cost for children ages 13 to 17 who stay in the same room with their parents is $95 per child, per night. Rates are subject to availability.

Don't Forget: Passports are not required for U.S. citizens who visit the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Wyndham Sugar Bay Offers March Madness Special

Thanks to spring break, March (and the surrounding weeks) is a top time for families to head to the Caribbean. We've just received word of a new package offered by St. Thomas' Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa: the March Madness package. The package is aimed at the all-inclusive visitor.

Dates: The March Madness package is valid February 22, 2009-April 19, 2009.

Price: The cost per room, per night begins at $461 for a double room, and represents a savings of 40 percent. Kids 3-12 are free; for kids 13-17, there's an additional $95 per child, per night cost.

Minimum stay: The minimum length of stay is three nights.

Why Families Love It: Located on over 31 acres on St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa offers 300 accommodations including seven one-bedroom suites. The resort offers six restaurants and lounges as well as the Journey's Spa, three lagoon-style interconnecting pools, beach water sports, catamaran cruises, diving, a fitness center, supervised kids' club, bumper boats, miniature golf, and the Ocean Club Gaming Center.

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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, December 06, 2007

POTD: Coral World, St. Thomas

In St. Thomas, Coral World offers both indoor and outdoor aquariums to introduce young travelers to Caribbean corals, fishes, and more. The aquarium has several touch tanks as well.

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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

POTD: Windmill at St. Croix's Whim Plantation

The Danish heritage of St. Croix is especially visible at Whim Plantation, the oldest sugar plantation museum in the Virgin Islands. Along with a great house which is open for tours, the 12-acre grounds of the museum include this historic windmill.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

POTD: St. Croix's The Buccaneer

The Buccaneer, located on St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands, has been a family favorite for over 60 years, and it's a popular multi-generational getaway thanks to its long history. Along with the main house (above) which includes guest rooms as well as many public areas, newer accommodations at the water's edge are also popular with families. The resort offers an excellent tennis program and golf while kids 2-12 can take part in the complimentary kids' program.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort Offers Winter Savings

A lot of special packages we see in the Caribbean go through mid-December but we've received a package from St. Thomas's Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort & Spa that gives you savings through April 30, 2008!

The Wyndham® Sugar Bay Resort & Spa in St. Thomas offers Red Hot Savings for a “Caribbean warm-up experience” featuring discounts of up to 25 percent on room rates for values as low as $140 per night, based on double occupancy and a three-night minimum stay.

What It Includes: All-inclusive rates that include elaborate breakfast and lunch buffets in the resort’s three restaurants, a la carte dining at the Manor House, tropical drinks and nightly themed dinners with live entertainment such as calypso music and fire eating, as well as non-motorized water sports from kayaking to windsurfing, are available starting at $341 per night, based on double occupancy. One child per adult may stay, eat and play at no extra charge.

For no extra charge, guests are invited to enjoy three connected pools, daily scuba clinics, snorkeling directly off the beach, tennis at six courts, workouts in a state-of-the-art fitness center, aqua aerobics and step classes. The resort also offers complimentary weekly manager’s receptions and rum-tasting events.

Especially for Families: The complimentary Grotto Grove Kids Klub offers iguana feedings and T-shirt painting. Family movies are shown nightly at no extra charge.

Special Benefit: American travelers don't need a passport for travel in the US Virgin Islands.

Booking: The special may be booked by calling Wyndham Sugar Bay Resort at (340) 777-7100 or a preferred travel partner.


Thursday, November 15, 2007

Westin St. John Winter Dive-In Film Festival Announced

Here's a unique and fun package for the family: this December, the Westin St. John Resort & Villas is introducting the first annual Westin St. John Winter Dive-In Film Festival. This tropical adaptation of the traditional Polar Bear Dive will welcome in the winter season--rather than taking a freezing dip, you are invited to dive into the largest pool in the US Virgin Islands, bask in the Caribbean sun and watch actors freeze on screen.

Dates: The first annual Westin St. John Winter Dive-In Film Festival will begin on December 2, 2007. Shows will be available twice a week on Sunday and Wednesday nights at 7:30 pm.

Movies: There will be a variety of movies available for viewing such as “Happy Feet,” “March of the Penguins,” “Cool Runners,” “101 Dalmatians,” the “Harry Potter” series and others.

Rates: December rates at The Westin St. John Resort & Villas start at $569 per night.

For more information:
• call 1-888-627-7206
• visit www.westin.com/stjohn


Monday, November 12, 2007

POTD: Blackbeard in St. Thomas

Ahoy, matey! Several pirate statues--in fact, the world's largest collection of bronze pirate statues--is found on St. Thomas at Blackbeard's Tower. This historic site includes a stone tower built in the 1700s by the Danish.

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

POTD: St. Croix's Fort Christiansvaern

Built in the 1770s to protect the harbor of Christiansted in St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands, Fort Christiansvaern is now administered by the US National Park Service. Kids enjoy the historic fort which was built during Danish occupation; it's located literally steps from the shopping area in Christiansted so it makes an easy stop. The grounds are a great place to have a picnic lunch and you can then take a self-guided tour of the fort.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

POTD: Annaberg Ruins, St. John, USVI

Annaberg is home to the ruins of one of over two dozen sugar plantations that once thrived on the island of St. John in the US Virgin Islands. Today these ruins are open to the public and administered by the National Park Service. Your family can tour the ruins on your own for a look back at St. John's history and some great oceanviews from this perch as well. (A tip from us: bring insect repellent! Depending on the time of year you visit, this area can be plagued with sand flies.)

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

POTD: Steel Pan in St. Thomas

Steel pan takes center stage at this parade in Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands. Steel pan bands such as this one perform at carnival and many island holidays.

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Monday, September 03, 2007

USVI's St. Croix Offers $250 Per Person Air Credit

With all the convenience of domestic travel for US visitors (that means no passports!), there are plenty of reasons to visit the US Virgin Islands but now there's one more: the St. Croix Fantastic Flight Promo.

From Sept. 1 to Oct. 31, 2007, the Department of Tourism is offering each visitor a $250 airfare credit for a minimum seven-night stay in St. Croix, based on double occupancy at participating hotels including The Buccaneer, Carambola Beach Resort, Chenay Bay Beach Resort, Club St. Croix Beach Resort, Colony Cove Beach Resort, Divi Carina Bay Beach Resort & Casino, the Hotel Caravelle, King Christian Hotel, the Palms at Pelican Cove and Sand Castle on the Beach.

The St. Croix Fantastic Flight Promo is valid for future travel dates (great times to escape that winter weather):

** December 1-20, 2007
** January 2-31, 2008
** April 1-30, 2008
** May 5-31, 2008

Reservations for this promotion can be made through a number of tour operators, including Apple Vacations, Classic Vacations, Festa Holidays, GoGo Worldwide Vacations, Island Resort Tours, The Mark Travel, Total Vacations, Travel Impressions and US Airways Vacations.

For more information:
• visit www.usvitourism.vi



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