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Monday, October 22, 2007

Jumby Bay Offers Thanksgiving Package

Most Caribbean resorts do something special for Thanksgiving although, since it's an American holiday, it's not a major event at many properties. At Antigua's Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort, however, the holiday will be celebrated with a "Island of Thanks" getaway. The private island resort located off the coast of Antigua is offering five days of festivities for all ages, from pumpkin carving for the little ones to rum tasting for the big ones, and the most delicious Thanksgiving feast in the Caribbean, prepared by new Executive Chef, Erik Gremmer.

The Event: Highlights include:

Wednesday, November 21:
Welcome amenity and Manager's holiday-themed cocktail party

Thursday, November 22:
Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings by Jumby Bay's Executive Chef Erik Gremmer.

Friday, November 23:
Holiday Cookie Decorating Class, Family guided bicycle tour with en-route refreshments, and Family Bingo with tasty snacks at The Verandah.

Saturday, November 24:
Holiday Crafts for the Kids, Children's Pizza Party and holiday movie at The Verandah, Holiday Rum Tasting and dinner at The Estate House

Sunday, November 25:
Farewell Holiday Brunch

Rates starting at $875 per night, plus 10.5% Government Tax and 10% Service, subject to availability. There is a minimal charge for children's activities.

Why It's Good for Families: Recently honored as the World's Best Caribbean Resort by the readers of Travel + Leisure, the 300-acre private island offers three tennis courts, two white-sand beaches, and complimentary Caloi bicycles. Parents can reserve downtime for themselves with the resort's Nanny Service for infants and scheduled activities at the Children's Center for children ages three years and older.

For more information:

• call 888-ROSEWOOD
• visit www.jumbybayresort.com

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Friday, September 07, 2007

Puerto Rico Christmas Package for Families

Looking for a very Caribbean way to celebrate the holidays this year? We've just received word that the San Juan Marriott is combining old and new customs in their seasonal Holiday Traditions Package created to help guests celebrate Christmas 2007 with a Puerto Rican twist.

The Package: The Holiday Traditional Package, priced at $1,723, includes:

…Three nights for a family of four in newly renovated ocean front accommodations
…Full access to the Executive Lounge
…Authentic Puerto Rican Christmas Dinner
…A night tour of historic Old San Juan to see the old town decorated with Christmas lights and traditional decoration
…Parranda instruments to participate in the hotel’s annual event and then take home as a souvenir
…A Christmas Eve turndown treat: delicious coquito (Puerto Rican egg nog) served with a traditional dessert for Mom and Dad and milk and cookies for the kids to enjoy themselves or leave for Santa

The package is for a family of four including two adults and two children. The package is available for arrival on December 23, 24 or 25. Based on availability. Full pre-payment required. Rate does not include resort fee and taxes.

Christmas Eve dinner will be served at La Vista and in addition to the customary American and International Christmas fare, it will feature traditional Puerto Rican Christmas delicacies such as Lechon asado (roasted pork), arroz con gandules and arroz blanco con habichuelas (rice with peas and white rice with beans), pasteles, pollo guisado (chicken stew), carne frita (fried meat) and tostones (fried green banana chips).

After dinner the festivities begin. A unique holiday custom in Puerto Rico is the Parranda, a traditional Puerto Rican street parade in which participants celebrate the holiday with music, singing and dancing while playing traditional instruments such as guitarras, tamboriles, güiro maracas, or palitos. Groups of family and friends travel through the streets dancing and playing their musical instruments. Guests who book the Marriott’s Holiday Traditions Package will have the opportunity to join the resort’s staff and their families for the San Juan Marriott’s Christmas Eve parranda and show off their own musical prowess.

For More Information:
• visit the hotel website

Photo courtesy San Juan Marriott Resort and Stallaris Casino

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