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Mango Bay Hotels Gear Up for Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival

October 1, 2014
The Mango Bay Hotel Group properties, Mango Bay Hotel and Island Inn Hotel welcome attendees of the annual Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival, taking place Nov. 20-23.

The Mango Bay Hotel Group properties, Mango Bay Hotel and Island Inn Hotel welcome attendees of the annual Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival, taking place Nov. 20-23.

The Mango Bay Hotel Group properties, Mango Bay Hotel (www.MangoBayBarbados.com) and Island Inn Hotel (www.IslandInnBarbados.com), welcome attendees of the annual Barbados Food & Wine and Rum Festival, taking place Nov. 20-23.

This year’s edition of the annual festival will gather culinary superstars including celebrity chefs Tyler Florence, Marcus Samuelsson, Ann Burrell and Ed Baines to offer residents and visitors to the island the very best in food, wine, rum and culture.  For more information on the festival, visit www.FoodWineRum.com.

Mango Bay, located in the Holetown area on the famed Gold Coast of Barbados, is a short walk from the posh Limegrove Lifestyle Centre. Here vacationers can shop till they drop at global luxury retailers such as Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors and Cartier.

The 76-room beachfront resort is known for its casual sophistication and all-inclusive value, an ideal tropical retreat.

A Mango Bay all-inclusive vacation provides hotel accommodations, all meals, afternoon tea, all local and brand name drinks including glasses of wine, use of the on-site gym, and nightly entertainment. Water skiing, kayaking, snorkeling, wakeboarding, pedal boats, a glass bottom boat ride and a catamaran trip to snorkel with the turtles are also included. Mango Bay is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014 with discounted rates starting at $384 per room, per night, based on double occupancy, on an all-inclusive basis when booked directly.

For more information on Mango Bay, call (246) 432-1384, email reservations@mangobaybarbados.comor visit www.MangoBayBarbados.com.

The quaint, 24-room Island Inn Hotel is the perfect setting for a tropical vacation steeped with a rich, historic past, situated just footsteps from beautiful Carlisle Bay, less than one mile from the centre of Bridgetown and conveniently located near the UNESCO world heritage site in the Garrison Historic Area of Barbados, which also boasts numerous shops and nightlife options. The property amazes guests with its local past and chic décor.

An Island Inn Hotel all-inclusive vacation includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and all beverages (except specialty wines, champagne and bottled water) as well as in-pool scuba lessons. Rates start at US$350 per room, per night, based on double occupancy.

For more information on the Island Inn Hotel, call (246) 436-6393; email bookings@islandinnbarbados.com or visit www.IslandInnBarbados.com.

 

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St. Maarten Resorts Entice Fall Getaway Travelers with Discounted Rates, Incentives

September 5, 2014
 St Maarten resorts and hotels are providing discounts up to 40% off standard rates, along with other travel incentives and activities for fall getaways.


St Maarten resorts and hotels are providing discounts up to 40% off standard rates, along with other travel incentives and activities for fall getaways.

The lively and picturesque island of St. Maarten (www.VacationStMaarten.com) is enticing travelers to fall getaways with resorts and hotels providing discounts up to 40% off standard rates, along with other travel incentives and activities.

Mary’s Boon Beach Resort is offering travelers two special packages for those interested in visiting the friendly island this September. Guests who book three nights in a garden or beachfront studio will receive a fourth night free, starting from just $342 including tax and service charges. Those wanting to stay a full week in St. Maarten can book the seven-night package, with guests only responsible for the cost of five nights. The seven-night special is available for garden, beachfront and deluxe beachfront studios and starts at $570 inclusive of taxes and service charges. These fall specials include a 15% discount on additional nights, free welcome fruit/rum punch and free Wi-Fi. The specials are valid for travel through Sept. 30, 2014. To book, e-mail info@marysboon.com or call (800) 497-5834.

Oyster Bay Beach Resort is luring travelers with a variety of discounted rates throughout the fall season. Guests will enjoy 40% off standard rates when traveling through Sept. 30, 2014, 20% on travel Oct. 1 – 31, 2014 and 10% off travel Nov. 1 – Dec. 19, 2014. Oyster Bay Beach Resort is perched on a coral reef overlooking the Caribbean Sea and Oyster Pond Marina, and provides breathtaking ocean views, a white sandy beach and countless amenities.  For reservations, visit www.OysterBayBeachResort.com, call (866) 978-0212 or email reservations@obbr.com.

Princess Heights Luxury Boutique Condo Hotel is providing vacationers with a free rental car when booking directly with the hotel from Aug. 30, 2014 for reservations through Dec. 18, 2014. Princess Heights is located in a quiet and exclusive neighborhood with a multitude of activities including watersports, spas, casinos and restaurants only a few minutes away. Rates start at $139 per room, per night. Visit www.PrincessHeights.com, call (800) 881-1744 or e-mail info@princessheights.com to book.

Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort Casino & Spa is affording travelers extra value with its Fall Into Savings special, offering a fourth night free plus $300 in resort credits for travel through Dec. 18, 2014, when booked by Sept. 30, 2014.  Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort, Casino & Spa is a serene Caribbean haven and St. Maarten’s premier, limitless all-inclusive, adults-only resort. To book the Fall Into Savings special, visit www.Sonesta.com/GreatBay.

Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino is also offering vacationers a Fall Into Savings special, providing a third night free, plus $200 in resort credits for travel through Dec. 18, 2014 on reservations booked by Sept. 30, 2014. This all-inclusive St. Maarten resort is a spectacular destination within a destination, offering endless activities for travelers’ enjoyment and relaxation. To book this deal, visit www.Sonesta.com/MahoBeach.

Brand new to the island this fall, Sonesta Oceant Point Resort is celebrating its soft opening with 35% off standard rates, plus a tour to St. Barth’s, on reservations seven-nights or longer. This special is valid for travel Nov. 1, 2014 – Dec. 24, 2015 and must be booked by Oct. 31, 2014. To be one of the first to experience this new property, visit www.Sonesta.com/OceanPoint.

The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa is affording guests with discounted rates when booking two nights or more. For every night travelers pay the standard rate, they receive 40% off the next night. The property features 310 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and 15 suites, with two restaurants, a lobby bar and swim-up bar, a poolside deli, a full-service European-style spa, fitness studio, casino, retail shops and a beachfront watersports shop. The Westin is the only major resort in the Caribbean to install and utilize solar panels to replace its energy consumption. This special offer is valid for travel through Dec. 31, 2014. For reservations, visit www.westinstmaarten.com or call (866) 716-8108 and mention rate plan ZB4.

For more information on St. Maarten, visit the official site of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau at www.VacationStMaarten.com.

Two Nations, Multi-Cultural

St. Maarten is the smallest island in the world to be shared by two nations, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and France, creating a European-influenced vibe with a Caribbean flair.  As “the culinary capital of the Caribbean,” St. Maarten offers an eclectic array of cuisine fusion for food lovers with more than 365 restaurants, one for each day of the year to satisfy the tastes of every palate and pocketbook.

Located at the northern end of the Lesser Antilles, the island’s 37 square miles has 37 breathtaking beaches and is home to many historical and family-oriented attractions.  During the day, watersport enthusiasts can take full advantage of the island’s scuba diving and snorkeling facilities.  The capital of Philipsburg offers duty-free shopping with a bustling city atmosphere, while 14 casinos and numerous nightclubs provide endless entertainment.

Accommodations are varied and include elegant private villas, family oriented resorts, quaint cottages and luxury spa resorts.  Air service is available to Princess Juliana International Airport from numerous U.S. and Canadian cities as well as from Europe, South America and the Caribbean.

Find St. Maarten on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/VacationStMaarten and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/StMaartenTravel.  For more information, visit www.VacationStMaarten.com.

 

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Atlantic City’s Free July 4 Fireworks Spectacular Moved to Sunday, July 6 at 9:30 pm

July 4, 2014

Atlantic City’s free 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular show scheduled for this Friday will be moved to Sunday, July 6th at 9:30pm.

“While Hurricane Arthur is predicted to be far off shore Friday night, the effects on the ocean waves and the accompanying wind would hinder our fireworks show from reaching its full potential that night, and possibly create a safety hazard.  So we decided to move our fireworks show back to Sunday, July 6th at 9:30pm,” Mayor Guardian said.

“In addition, we wanted to give residents and tourists an opportunity to end their 4th of July holiday weekend with a ‘bang’.  We figured having the biggest fireworks show on the Jersey Shore on a Sunday night would be a perfect way to end the weekend.

So for those who are coming to Atlantic City this weekend, you won’t be disappointed.  The weather for both Saturday and Sunday looks terrific.  According to the Weather Channel, both Saturday and Sunday are forecasted to be completely sunny, with temperatures in the low 80s, and having a zero percent chance of rain.  It doesn’t get any better than that.  I will see you out on Atlantic City’s beaches, boardwalk, and Marina District!”

The “Sky Concerttm” was created by Pyro Spectaculars by Souza, and is presented by the Atlantic City Alliance.  Song selections were chosen “by the people” from a contest that was held by the Atlantic City Alliance.  Viewing locations will be near the Steel Pier, the Pier Shops at Caesars, and in the Marina District.  The program will begin at 9:30pm, and will include 10,000 fireworks shells and effects.  In the final 30 seconds alone, more than 1,000 shells will be fired.”

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Sand Sculpting World Cup Competition Convenes in Atlantic City, NJ Thru July 6

June 20, 2014

 

Matt Long gives a demonstration on competitive sand sculpting at Atlantic City, New Jersey's booth at the recent New York Times Travel Show. The DO AC Sand Sculpting World Cup is on now through July 6 © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Matt Long gives a demonstration on competitive sand sculpting at Atlantic City, New Jersey’s booth at the recent New York Times Travel Show. The DO AC Sand Sculpting World Cup is on now through July 6 © 2014 Karen Rubin/news-photos-features.com

Ever wonder what 20 of the world’s greatest sand sculptors can do with 500 tons of sand? The skillful art of sand sculpting has returned to its Atlantic City roots this summer as the multi-week DO AC Sand Sculpting World Cup hits the free beach again with more action, world-class sculptors and a new location.

This year’s sand-sculpting event starts at noon on Thursday, June 19, and runs through the July 4th holiday weekend to Sunday, July 6. The viewing hours on the beach have been extended this year from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day of the competition.

The DO AC Sand Sculpting World Cup event is free and open to the public and the sand art will remain on display through July 6.

Throughout the middle of June, the most noted sand-sculpting artists on the planet will be on Atlantic City’s Pennsylvania Avenue beach, adjacent to the famed Steel Pier and the Landshark Bar & Grill, crafting their masterpieces. The award ceremony — during which the final sculptures will be on display — is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday, June 27.

Sand sculpting returned to its Atlantic City roots in a big way in 2013 with more than 130,000 people coming to Atlantic City see the sand sculpting competition. This year’s DO AC Sand Sculpting World Cup is looking to be the biggest event of its kind ever, with more talent, the biggest prize purse in the history of sand-sculpting, and the first-ever McCord Cup, named after famous sand-sculpting pioneer Philip McCord — who practiced his art, starting in the late 1890s, at the same Atlantic City beach where the competition is taking place this year —on the line.

The top 20 sculptors from around the world, recruited by event director and professional sand carver, Atlantic City’s John Gowdy, will come together on the beach at noon on June 19 to dig in and begin drawing and carving their lines in the sand. Gowdy has also secured a panel of the very best judges for this year’s competition.

This year’s event will include 500 tons of sand. This allows the artists to build higher and more detailed pieces. There are no agents used in the mixing of the sand during the work. It’s not until the sculpture is completed that a mix of biodegradable solution and water is sprayed on to provide a thin coating that helps the art stand up to the weather.

There will be categories for both Solo and Doubles carving. The Solo competitors will be actively carving 20 sculptures from June 19-22. The Doubles teams will be carving a total of 10 sculptures from June 24-27.

A demo sand sculpture created by Gowdy will be on display throughout the duration of the event and will be visible from the Boardwalk.

Also new this year, Cheekoting, a game of racing plastic marble-like balls on a sand course that developed on Italy’s lively beaches after World War II will be played on site at the DO AC Sand Sculpting World Cup. This will be the first time the game has been played before the public in the U.S. The course is like a mini-golf course built in sand, with hills, valleys and tunnels. Competitors will flick their plastic marbles along a very long and winding track approximately 1-foot wide, with banked sides so the balls doesn’t leave the track. The game will played on the World Cup site, near the Landshark Bar & Grill at Resorts.

To read more about this year’s event, the competitors, the history of sand sculpting in Atlantic City and for photos and video from last year’s event, visit doatlanticcity.com. 

From sandals to stilettos and foie gras to funnel cakes, Atlantic City offers something for everyone. Enjoy world-class entertainment, dining, shopping, casino gaming, relaxing on the beach and strolling the historic Boardwalk in the city created to escape the city. For more information visit www.doatlanticcity.com or:

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The Wildwoods Named #1 Boardwalk in the USA for 2014

June 19, 2014
The Wildwoods’ world-famous boardwalk in New Jersey was named the #1 Beach Boardwalk for Families in the nation by FamilyVacationCritic.com for the third year in a row.

The Wildwoods’ world-famous boardwalk in New Jersey was named the #1 Beach Boardwalk for Families in the nation by FamilyVacationCritic.com for the third year in a row.

The Wildwoods’ world-famous boardwalk was once again named the #1 Beach Boardwalk for Families in the nation by FamilyVacationCritic.com.

This is the third year in a row that the Wildwoods have appeared in the #1 spot on this list, having been named #1 Beach Boardwalk in 2012 and 2013 as well.

The website, in reference to the Wildwoods Boardwalk, said, “We keep (the) Wildwoods on our list of favorite boardwalks because it’s just so family-friendly and our kids love it!” They went on to say that with “more than 100 rides and attractions available, as well as shopping and dining along the 2-mile boardwalk – what’s not to love?”

“It’s a great honor to be recognized year after year as the #1 Beach Boardwalk for Families in the nation,” said John Siciliano, executive director for the Greater Wildwoods Tourism Improvement and Development Authority (GWTIDA). “We owe this recognition to the hard work and determination of the hundreds of small business owners who bring their vision and innovation to the myriad of shops, attractions, arcades, games and eateries that together make the Wildwoods’ Boardwalk second to none. And we also owe our gratitude to the millions of families that come to enjoy all we have to offer—from the boardwalk and beach, to the great events, shopping, eateries and dining. Everyone at this destination works tirelessly in making the Wildwoods one of the country’s most popular family vacation destinations, and we are grateful that our work is paying off for our visitors.”

The Wildwoods’ Morey’s Amusement Piers were named in 2014 among the Top 10 Piers by Coastal Living Magazine. In 2013 the Wildwoods were also recognized as one of the Most Awesome Boardwalks in America by BudgetTravel.com; as the Favorite Shore Town by Delaware County Daily Times readers; as the Favorite Beach and Boardwalk by NJ.com readers; the Top Family-Friendly Beach Town by NerdWallet.com; and as One of America’s Top 10 U.S. Tourist Towns by families voting in FamilyFun magazine.

For additional information about the Wildwoods, visit www.WildwoodsNJ.com or call 800-992-9732.

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Spice Island Beach Resort Valentine’s Day Offer: 1 Free Night for 7 Nights Stay from May 1-Oct 31

January 28, 2014
Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada , has extended its Valentine's Day offer, which includes the seventh night free with weeklong bookings made through Jan. 31, 2014 for travel between May 1 - Oct.

Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada , has extended its Valentine’s Day offer, which includes the seventh night free with weeklong bookings made through Jan. 31, 2014 for travel between May 1 – Oct.

Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada (www.SpiceIslandBeachResort.com), the #1 rated resort in the Caribbean based on TripAdvisor reviews, has extended its Valentine’s Day offer, which includes the seventh night free with weeklong bookings made through Jan. 31, 2014 for travel between May 1 – Oct. 31, 2014. Couples can bask in their love over dinner for two on the world-renowned Grand Anse Beach, enjoy a complimentary couples massage and a romantic sunset cruise.

Tucked away on pristine shorelines just 10 minutes from the airport, Spice Island Beach Resort is surrounded by immaculate tropical gardens and offers a world-class spa featuring treatments using local herbs and spices. The resort also offers an unmatched culinary program serving seven-course dinners ranging from diet-friendly to decadent.

Spice Island Beach Resort offers several suite categories including garden, beachfront and private pool suites. All suites are air conditioned and outfitted with spectacular five-star amenities including a large whirlpool, LCD flat panel televisions with cable, dvd player and iPod docking station, the softest Italian Frette bathrobes and linen, Molton Brown bath and body amenities, mini-bar, CD player/clock radio, iron, ironing board, hairdryer, direct dial telephone with Internet access, safe, coffee/tea facility, toaster, chaise lounges and patio or balcony. Several suites feature a private pool.

The resort recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation project which included a redesigned courtyard, reception area, residence lounge, restaurants and guest rooms, in addition to an extensive upgrade and expansion to the property’s full-service Janissa’s Spa.

The award-winning Spice Island Beach Resort features 64 elegantly-appointed suites, the full-service Janissa’s Spa, a Cybex® fitness center, Oliver’s beachside gourmet restaurant, the Sea & Surf Terrace for light lunches, the Sea & Surf Bar for refreshing cocktails throughout the day, a central swimming pool with swim-up whirlpool, an Omnicourt® tennis court, the Nutmeg Pod children’s activity center, the Gatsby Boutique and more.

Spice Island Beach Resort is a member of the esteemed Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) collection and the first and only resort in Grenada to be featured in the exclusive Virtuoso network’s Hotels & Resorts Program and Signature Hotels & Resorts Collection.

Click on http://www.spiceislandbeachresort.com/imagelibrary for pictures of the property.  Visit http://www.spicebeachresort.com/VirtualTours.htm for a virtual tour.

For more information, contact Spice Island Beach Resort toll-free at 1-800-501-8603, tel: 473-444-4258, fax: 473-444-4807, e-mail: reservations@spicebeachresort.com, or visit www.SpiceIslandBeachResort.com.

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Spice Island Beach Resort, Granada, Has “Child Stay Free” Deal Through Dec 15

June 7, 2013
Spice Island Beach Resort has a "child stay free" deal valid through Dec. 15.

Spice Island Beach Resort has a “child stay free” deal valid through Dec. 15.

Spice Island Beach Resort (www.SpiceIslandBeachResort.com), the luxury Grenada property just recognized as the #1 rated hotel in the Caribbean according to TripAdvisor reviewers, is offering a “child stay free” offer. One child 5 – 11 years of age can stay free in one of the resort’s charming Oleanander or luxury beachfront Sea Grape Suites (Sea Grape Suites pictured right) – a savings of $230 each per night. This promotion is valid now through Dec. 15, 2013 and can be combined with other offers.

Spice Island Beach Resort appeals to discerning affluent travelers with its reputation for service, luxury beachfront and private pool suites, inventive spa treatments incorporating local spices and ingredients, and an unmatched culinary program featuring seven-course dinners which range from diet-friendly to decadent.

When parents need some alone time, kids are well taken care of at the Nutmeg Pod, a supervised children’s program with complimentary enrollment for children ages three – 12 (children must be toilet-trained). A weekly schedule of organized activities is available to keep children entertained daily from 9 am – 5 pm, and includes arts and crafts, board games and more.

The Nutmeg Pod features a Nintendo Wii, a movie viewing area, the Nutmeg library and Sleepy Hollow, a place for resting and recharging between activities. A colourful mural created by local Grenadian artist Nadine Baksh tells the story of an Enchanted Spice Forest with local indigenous characters such as Manny the Manicou and the Nutmeg Princess.

When it is time to reluctantly depart, as a last rite, children are encouraged to dip their hand in a colorful paint and leave their handprint on the wall with their name and age. When they return on their next family vacation, they are eager to revisit the place they literally left their mark.

Guests staying at the resort from now through Dec. 15, 2013 can enjoy all-inclusive nightly rates as low as $946 per room, based on two people sharing an Oleander Garden Suite.

For the ultimate in casual elegance, vacationers can choose one of Spice Island Beach Resort’s signature Sea Grape Suites (pictured right) which open up directly onto magnificent Grand Anse Beach just steps away from the sparkling Caribbean Sea from $1,146 per room, double occupancy.

All suites are air-conditioned and outfitted with spectacular five-star amenities including a large whirlpool, LCD flat panel televisions with cable, dvd player and iPod docking station, the softest and smoothest Italian Frette bathrobes and linens, Molton Brown bath and body amenities, mini-bar, CD player/clock radio, iron, ironing board, hairdryer, direct dial telephone with Internet access, safe, coffee/tea facility, toaster, chaise lounges and patio or balcony. Several suites feature a private pool.

The award-winning Spice Island Beach Resort features 64 elegantly-appointed suites, the full-service Janissa’s Spa, a Cybex® fitness center, Oliver’s beachside gourmet restaurant, the Sea & Surf Terrace for light lunches, the Sea & Surf Bar for refreshing cocktails throughout the day, a central swimming pool with swim-up whirlpool, an Omnicourt® tennis court, the Nutmeg Pod children’s activity center, the Gatsby Boutique and more.

Spice Island Beach Resort is a proud member of the esteemed Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) collection and the first and only resort in Grenada to be featured in the exclusive Virtuoso network’s Hotels & Resorts Program and Signature Hotels & Resorts Collection.

To book directly, contact Spice Island Beach Resort toll-free at 1-800-501-8603, tel: 473-444-4258, fax: 473-444-4807, e-mail: reservations@spicebeachresort.com, or visit www.SpiceIslandBeachResort.com.

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Wrap Up Romance of Award-Winning Spice Island Beach Resort for Valentine’s Day

February 1, 2013
Award-winning, all-inclusive Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada is offering  Valentine's Day gift certificates  featuring complimentary couples massage, romantic sunset cruise and dinner for two on the beach  and seventh night free, valid for travel April 16 - Oct. 31, 2013.

Award-winning, all-inclusive Spice Island Beach Resort in Grenada is offering Valentine’s Day gift certificates featuring complimentary couples massage, romantic sunset cruise and dinner for two on the beach and seventh night free, valid for travel April 16 – Oct. 31, 2013.

For Valentine’s gifters hoping to make an impact with their significant others, what can beat a romantically presented gift certificate for a seven-night stay at the # 1 rated resort in the Caribbean based on TripAdvisor reviews? The answer is: All of the above plus a complimentary couples massage, romantic sunset cruise and dinner for two on the beach at the world-renowned Spice Island Beach Resort (www.SpiceIslandBeachResort.com) in Grenada – with the seventh night free.

Spice Island Beach Resort’s Valentine’s Day gift certificates are valid for travel April 16 – Oct. 31, 2013 and can be purchased directly from the resort.

“Unlike flowers and other short-lived gift items, a certificate for a romantic retreat to Spice Island Beach Resort lasts even beyond the vacation experience as the memories you build here will be a part of your love forever,” said Sir Royston Hopkin KCMG, the resort’s chairman and managing director.

Tucked away on pristine shorelines just 10 minutes from the airport, Spice Island Beach Resort is surrounded by immaculate tropical gardens and offers a world-class spa incorporating local spices and ingredients, and an unmatched culinary program featuring seven-course dinners which range from diet-friendly to decadent.

Room categories include the Oleander Oceanview and Garden Suites, beachfront Seagrape Suites, private Anthurium Pool Suites, expansive Luxury Almond and Royal Collection Pool Suites and the resort’s signature Cinnamon and Saffron Suites.

All suites are air conditioned and outfitted with spectacular five-star amenities including a large whirlpool, LCD flat panel televisions with cable, dvd player and iPod docking station, the softest and smoothest Italian Frette bathrobes and linen, Molton Brown bath and body amenities, mini-bar, CD player/clock radio, iron, ironing board, hairdryer, direct dial telephone with Internet access, safe, coffee/tea facility, toaster, chaise lounges and patio or balcony. Several suites feature a private pool.

Nightly rates range from $860 – $1,695 per room, per night, based on two people sharing one suite from April 16 – Oct. 31, 2013. Gift certificates must be purchased in seven-night increments by Feb. 14, 2013 in order to qualify for the seventh night free and promotional value, which includes one complimentary Swedish massage per person, sunset cruise (weather permitting) and dinner for two on Grand Anse Beach (weather permitting) for one evening.

For more information or to purchase certificates, contact Spice Island Beach Resort toll-free at 1-800-501-8603, tel: 473-444-4258, fax: 473-444-4807, e-mail: reservations@spicebeachresort.com, or visit www.SpiceIslandBeachResort.com.

SPICE ISLAND BEACH RESORT RANKED AMONG ‘BEST HOTELS’

IN CARIBBEAN BY U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT

Grenada’s all-inclusive Spice Island Beach Resort (www.SpiceIslandBeachResort.com) has received recognition as one of the “Best Hotels” in the Caribbean for 2013 by U.S. News & World Report. The luxury hideaway is the only property in Grenada to make the list.

The resort appeals to high-end travelers with its reputation for unparalleled service with a warm Caribbean smile, luxury beachfront and private pool suites, unique spa treatments incorporating local spices and ingredients, and an unmatched culinary program featuring seven-course dinners which range from diet-friendly to decadent.

“We are proud to be featured among the top Caribbean hotels by U.S. News & World Report as we understand the publication adheres to strict guidelines and quality standards in its selection process,” said Sir Royston Hopkin KCMG, the resort’s chairman and managing director.

“Beyond our reputation among travel experts, the award also reflects the recommendations of guests who have stayed with us. This is the best affirmation of all as it demonstrates how a well-trained team of dedicated employees can make an impact that no amount of advertising can buy,” noted Sir Royston.

The 2013 Best Hotels rankings were calculated based on the aggregate opinion of travel experts and guests expressed through awards, recommendations and ratings. To create this year’s rankings, U.S. News also factored in the prominence of industry awards a hotel receives along with its reputation among travel experts and guests.

“This is our third year ranking hotels, and the bar continues to climb for luxury properties,” said Chad Smolinski, Vice President of Rankings and Reviews at U.S. News & World Report. “Desirable amenities and hotel loyalty programs will no longer suffice. People are seeking hotels that go above and beyond to give their guests an unforgettable experience. Hotels that consistently meet the high expectations of experts and travelers are recognized in our rankings.”

The U.S. News rankings of the 2013 Best Hotels can be found online via: http://travel.usnews.com/Hotels.

The award-winning Spice Island Beach Resort features 64 elegantly-appointed suites, the full-service Janissa’s Spa, a Cybex® fitness center, Oliver’s beachside gourmet restaurant, the Sea & Surf Terrace for light lunches, the Sea & Surf Bar for refreshing cocktails throughout the day, a central swimming pool with swim-up whirlpool, an Omnicourt® tennis court, the Nutmeg Pod children’s activity center, the Gatsby Boutique and more.

Spice Island Beach Resort is a member of the esteemed Small Luxury Hotels of the World (SLH) collection and the first and only resort in Grenada to be featured in the exclusive Virtuoso network’s Hotels & Resorts Programme and Signature Hotels & Resorts Collection.

Click on http://www.spiceislandbeachresort.com/imagelibrary for pictures of the property. Visit http://www.spicebeachresort.com/VirtualTours.htm for a virtual tour.

For more information, contact Spice Island Beach Resort toll-free at 1-800-501-8603, tel: 473-444-4258, fax: 473-444-4807, e-mail: reservations@spicebeachresort.com, or visit http://www.SpiceIslandBeachResort.com.

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Say ‘I Do’ in Tropical Paradise with New Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All-Inclusive Wedding, Honeymoon Packages

December 18, 2012

Whether looking for a picturesque sandy beach on which to exchange vows or a complete retreat for their first escape as husband and wife, couples will enjoy saying “I do” to the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive Wedding and Honeymoon packages.

Brides and grooms who choose either the Divi Aruba All Inclusive or Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive for their marriage ceremony will also receive an added gift of savings. Once their wedding party books a minimum of 10 double occupancy rooms for at least five nights through participating vendors at the Divi Aruba, the newlyweds will receive a FREE honeymoon stay with an Oceanview room for up to 7 nights including:

  • · Accommodations for two with a spacious patio or balcony in an Oceanview room with a king- or queen-sized bed
  • · Candlelight dinner for two
  • · Complimentary bottle of champagne
  • · Free night first anniversary certificate
  • · Remembrance gift

Newlyweds whose wedding party books at least 20 double occupancy rooms for at least five nights at the Divi Aruba will also receive a free honeymoon stay of up to 7 nights with all of the above inclusions plus their choice of either a $1,000 credit toward the wedding package or a complimentary Essential Wedding Package. For the ultimate tropical Aruba wedding, the Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusive Extravagant Wedding Package delivers one-stop shopping for all the couple’s matrimonial necessities. Planning the big day has never been easier with the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba’s new wedding and honeymoon microsite in the navigation bar of the properties’ homepages, which provides details about options at both properties and a “look book” of wedding photos plus a link to on-site wedding planners, Aruba Weddings For You.

In addition to all the features included in the packages, honeymooners staying at either the Divi Aruba or the Tamarijn Aruba have all inclusive use of all facilities and services of both adjacent, oceanfront resorts, which offer numerous activities to entertain the happy couple when they are not simply enjoying the beach and each other. The Honeymoon Package is value-added with prices based on seasonal nightly rates and is available year-round.

Located just thirty minutes from the airport and five minutes from Aruba’s capital city, Oranjestad, the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba resorts are set on beautiful Druif Beach, with a shopping arcade and the Alhambra Casino nearby. Guests staying at either the AAA 3-Diamond Divi Aruba or the adjacent, oceanfront Tamarijn Aruba have use of all facilities and services of both properties. All stays at the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba include all meals and snacks at a choice of nine dining options, unlimited beverages at seven bars, the use of three freshwater pools and a wide range of activities including non-motorized water sports and nightly entertainment. In addition, all guests may use the well-equipped Divi Winds Sports Center, which features a 30-foot outdoor rock climbing wall on the beach. The chic pool deck at Divi Aruba has become a central gathering place for guests of both properties to relax. The resorts also offer family and golf packages.

In 2012 alone, the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba won a Travelocity Excellence Award, a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, an Apple Vacations Golden Apple Award and an MLT Vacations Quality Assurance Award. In previous years, the Divi & Tamarijn Aruba resorts have received accolades from Caribbean Travel + Life magazine and were named among the 10 Best Affordable All-Inclusives in an article on Travel + Leisure’s website. Both properties received silver Earthcheck Certification in February 2011.

To book Wedding and Honeymoon Packages, visit http://www.diviaruba.com/weddings or www.arubaweddingsforyou.com. For reservations and more information about Divi & Tamarijn Aruba, contact your travel professional or 1-800-554-2008, 207-594-7888, visit the resorts’ websites at www.diviaruba.com or www.tamarijnaruba.com, read the news blog or follow the resorts on Facebook and/or Twitter.

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Pink Beach Club, Bermuda Offers 4th Night Free Promotion for May Travel

February 22, 2012

Pink Beach Club actually has a pink sand beach! The Bermuda resort is offering a Fourth Night Free for May stays.

Pink Beach Club in Bermuda (http://www.pinkbeach.com) has announced a Fourth Night Free promotion which provides a fourth night free-of-charge when a minimum of three nights are booked directly with the property for travel May 1 – May 31, 2012.

Guests staying at Pink Beach Club as part of the Fourth Night Free promotion will also receive complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and a five-course gourmet dinner for every night of the stay. The Fourth Night Free promotion is not combinable with any other offer.

Rates start at $535 per room, per night, based on single or double occupancy in a garden view suite and are valid for travel through May 31, 2012. Taxes and service charges are additional.

Pink Beach Club offers six room category options designed to meet the tastes and budgets of all travelers. Nightly rates vary according to room type.

To help vacationers soak in the sun, the property features two pink sand beaches and a swimming pool perfect for lounging. For active pursuits, there are two California all-weather tennis courts on-property, complimentary use of snorkel equipment, mopeds available for rent, and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

For golf enthusiasts, the hotel has privileges at two championship golf courses just five minutes away – Mid Ocean Club and Tucker’s Point Club. Tee times are arranged by the concierge.

The concierge can also assist with arranging additional sightseeing tours, including deep-sea fishing and sailing charters, scuba diving, glass-bottom boat cruises, carriage rides, horseback riding and other pursuits.

Situated in Bermuda’s exclusive Tucker’s Town area, the award-winning Pink Beach Club features 94 elegant suites amongst 13 acres of lush gardens and rolling hills, overlooking two pink sand private beaches. Guests can enjoy the Hibiscus Lounge or Cedar Bar for refreshing cocktails throughout the day; dining at the Ocean Terrace Café or Bermudiana dining room; in-room spa treatments; fitness center; two tennis courts; library; business center with complimentary Internet access; wireless service throughout the property for a small fee; ample meeting space for up to 40 people; golf privileges at two nearby courses.

The warmth and charm of Bermuda combined with this cottage colony’s timeless style, elegance and first-class service create an ideal setting for couples, honeymooners, golfers, business travelers and families seeking a luxurious escape to the tropics.

For reservations or more information, contact Pink Beach Club at tel: (800) 355-6161, e-mail: reservations@pinkbeach.com, or visit www.pinkbeach.com.

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