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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 ( 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:, or visit

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Continental Group Realty Offers 4th Night Free at 3 Florida Resorts on Gulf of Mexico

February 22, 2012

The Continental Group Realty’s (TCGR) hospitality division is offering “Escape to Estero Island 1, 2, 3, Free!” winter package for a getaway to one of Southwest Florida’s Gulf of Mexico destinations, Estero Island, where magical sunsets are just one of the attractions © 2012 Karen Rubin/

The Continental Group Realty’s (TCGR) hospitality division is offering “Escape to Estero Island 1, 2, 3, Free!”(stay three nights get the fourth night free) winter package for a getaway to one of Southwest Florida’s Gulf of Mexico destinations, Estero Island, popular for couples and families, alike. The offer is available on  (check the website for availability).

The Sandals in the Sand “Escape to Estero Island” winter vacation package offers visitors their choice of three beautiful resorts located on breathtaking Estero Island: Seaside All-Suite Resort, Casa Playa Beach Resort and Cornerstone Beach Resort.

Just north of Naples, Estero Island offers miles of white, sandy beaches along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico and is complete with extraordinary sunsets, exceptional shelling and nature preserves, plus great dining and luxurious accommodations that attract visitors worldwide.

Marinas throughout Estero Island are great for boating adventures including romantic sunset cruises, sightseeing cruises and deep-sea fishing.

For nature lovers, just cross a bridge at the southern tip of the island and you can escape to Lovers Key State Park – a harbor for wildlife and home to West Indian manatees, bottlenose dolphins, roseate spoonbills, marsh rabbits, and bald eagles.

The Continental Group Realty offers a choice of three great resorts:

The Seaside All – Suite Resort, located in the middle of Estero Island, is rated number three out of 20 on Trip Advisor’s popularity index.  This resort offers 50 suites each equipped with two bedrooms, a large inviting living/dining area, a fully equipped kitchen, two full baths, a heated pool, and a private screened in lanai that lets you enjoy the warm tropical breezes and dine al fresco over spectacular sunsets. View details at or call toll free 888-226-6555.

The Casa Playa Beach Resort is an all-suite resort located on the exclusive north tip of Estero Island. The 35-unit resort condominiums are each privately owned and individually decorated. All suites have private balconies and high speed wireless Internet. Casa Playa resort offers two pet-friendly designated floors, a heated pool, picnic area, gas grills, beach lounge chairs and a serene private beach area.  For more information visit or call toll free 1-800-569-4876.

The Cornerstone Beach Hotel, located mid-island, has 12 elegant, non-smoking one and two bedroom units all with incredible views of the Gulf of Mexico. Suites include a fully appointed kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and screened lanais. All contain flat panel televisions in the living room and bedrooms. Beautiful views can also be enjoyed while swimming and sunning by the heated Gulf front pool. See details at or call toll free 1-888-226-6555.

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Southwest Airlines Offers Savings up to $120, Plus Free Nights or Reduced Rates on St. Petersburg/Clearwater Packages

July 9, 2011

Seeing dolphin is just one of the many appeals of visiting Clearwater Beach of Florida's Gulf Coast © 2011 Karen Rubin/

Southwest Airlines is offering a deal on travel to St. Petersburg/Clearwater: book a flight plus hotel vacation package at any hotel Southwest Airlines Vacations offers in St. Petersburg or Clearwater, and save up to $120 per reservation when using promotion code SUN120 at the time of booking

  • SAVE $40 on a total package price between $500 – $999.
  • SAVE $80 on a total package price between $1,000 – $1,999.
  • SAVE $120 on a total package price of $2,000 or more.

Plus, enjoy these great offers when you book a flight + hotel package at the participating hotels!1

  • Sheraton Sand Key Resort – Save 40 Percent!
  • Doubletree Beach Resort Tampa Bay North Redington Beach – Fifth Night FREE!
  • Don CeSar Beach Resort, A Loews Hotel – Fourth Night FREE!
  • Alden Beach Resort – Save up to 40 Percent!
  • Sirata Beach Resort – Save 40 Percent!

Packages must be booked between July 8, 2011 and August 4, 2011 by 6 p.m. Central Time for travel August 1, 2011 through December 24, 2011. Blackout dates apply. One-day advance purchase is required.

Customized Vacation Packages Include:

  • Roundtrip flight via Southwest Airlines® to St. Petersburg/Clearwater via Tampa
  • Hotel accommodations (including taxes)
  • Rapid Rewards® points on the flight portion
  • 24-hour traveler assistance

First and second checked bags fly free (weight and size limits apply); even golf bags fly free, which represents a savings up to $120 per person.

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Back-to-Nature Experiences Are Not Your Typical Day at the Beach


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Bonaire Launches Online Contest to Win Trip for Two to Experience Caribbean Diving, Nature Destination

July 7, 2011

Kralendijk, Bonaire – Envision yourself diving or snorkeling among some of the most pristine coral reefs at one of the top dive destinations in the Caribbean; or exploring untouched nature on a mountain bike or while kayaking through lush mangroves. If this sounds like a great vacation, then don’t miss this opportunity to win a trip for two to Bonaire by participating in their online contest, which is part of the island’s fifth annual Bonaire Dive Into Summer program.

Those wishing to enter the contest only need to log on to, the official website of Bonaire, and fill out the form to win an unforgettable vacation for two people that includes; 8-days/7-night hotel stay at Captain Don’s Habitat Bonaire including accommodations and 6 days of unlimited shore diving and complimentary airfare on Continental Airlines, the official airline sponsor of Bonaire Dive Into Summer. For more information on the contest’s rules and regulations log onto

Captain Don’s Habitat, is an oceanfront dive resort and “Home of Diving Freedom” on Bonaire. Guests enjoy the laid back, relaxing atmosphere, oceanfront restaurant, bar and pool, wireless Internet, day Spa, kayaks, and 24/7 unlimited diving freedom. The dive operation is a full-service, SDI/TDI Professional Development Center and PADI Training Facility.

“We’re very pleased to launch our online contest and give two lucky visitors the chance to win a week’s vacation in Bonaire,” commented Lara Chirino, Director of Tourism. “This contest gives us another opportunity to promote our Bonaire Dive Into Summer program and showcase all that Bonaire has to offer guests. During their stay, they will see why Bonaire continues to be recognized as one of the most sustainable islands in the Caribbean above and below the ocean. We look forward to welcoming them!”

Bonaire Dive Into Summer, a 4-month program (June – September) features an array of activities for divers, adventurers and sun seekers. The program for Bonaire Dive Into Summer offers visitors the flexibility to enjoy their planned vacation on-island, and as an added bonus, the option to take part in special dives and clean-ups, eco-oriented activities and festivals, which practically guarantees a fun and educational experience in Bonaire.

Located 86 miles east of Aruba, the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire offers year-round sunshine, low annual rainfall, pristine coral formations and the most thriving fish population in the Caribbean. Ideal for adventurers, explorers and sun-worshippers alike, Bonaire offers myriad eco-adventure activities including world renowned scuba diving and snorkeling, windsurfing, kiteboarding, mountain biking, sea and mangrove kayaking, horseback riding, nature tours, hiking, bird watching, sailing and deep sea and bone fishing. And with the selection of accommodations ranging from full-service oceanfront resorts and condominiums to guesthouses and small inns, Bonaire has something for every lifestyle and budget.

Bonaire is the recipient of the prestigious Islands Magazine/Caribbean Tourism Organization 2008 Sustainable Tourism Award and continues to be recognized as one of the top destinations worldwide for its sustainable tourism and as one of the top diving destinations in the Atlantic/Caribbean for nine years in a row in the Scuba Diving magazine’s 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards. It was designated by the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as having the healthiest reefs in the Caribbean (January 2008), and the Favorite Dive Destination in the World by (June, 2008).

For more information on Bonaire contact the Tourism Corporation Bonaire in the U.S. at 1-800-BONAIRE or visit Bonaire’s official website at Follow Bonaire on Twitter and Facebook.

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Lighthouse Bay Resort, Barbuda, offers ‘All in the Family Together Reunion’ Package on Private Island

June 24, 2011


Family and friends looking for the ultimate private vacation escape will enjoy the getaway of a lifetime at Lighthouse Bay Resort ( in Barbuda with the seven-day/six-night “All in the Family Together Reunion.”  Privacy is paramount with only nine suites allowing groups of up to 20 people to virtually “own” a private island for a week with luxurious accommodations, superior service and 17 miles of pristine pink sand beach.

The seven-day/six-night “All in the Family Together Reunion” package includes the entire island buyout of Lighthouse Bay Resort which features nine suites, all meals and drinks, and use of a private fresh water pool.  In-room amenities include: flat screen satellite televisions, iPod alarm clock CD players, complimentary international telephone calls, personal laptops and iPads for guests’ use while on property, and Wi-Fi Internet connection.  For added convenience, complimentary laundry service is available for all guests.

Other highlights of this package include the following for all members of the group (except where noted):

  • Day charter complete with lunch, snorkel and sail gear
  • One hour of horseback riding
  • Group cooking class with Chef Lennox
  • Beach BBQ and bonfire
  • Personal photographer and commemorative album with photos


The “All in the Family Together Reunion” package is available through Aug. 31, 2011 and Nov. 1 – Dec. 17, 2011 with all-inclusive package rates starting at $114,999 for up to 20 people.  Transfers to the resort can be arranged for an additional cost to the package.

Exclusivity and seclusion take on new heights at Barbuda’s five-star Lighthouse Bay Resort.  Situated on its own private island upon a narrow stretch of land between 17 miles of unspoiled pink sand beach and the clear turquoise water of the Caribbean Sea to the front and the blue-green serenity of the Codrington Lagoon to the rear, privacy is guaranteed as the property is only accessible via S.V.G. (St. Vincent and The Grenadines) Airlines or helicopter.  With only nine beautifully appointed suites, guests enjoy unparalleled pampering and comfort with virtually no interruptions.

Gastronomic pleasures are unrivaled at Lighthouse Bay as fresh, innovative cuisine and personalized daily menus include homemade breads and pastas, seafood and seasonal foods, all combined by the resort’s highly-trained executive chef to create a truly inspired dining experience at each meal.

Lighthouse Bay’s location on a private island is ideal for relaxing and renewing at the beach or by the freshwater pool while taking in the spectacular scenery.  Guests who want to venture off-property can visit the world’s largest frigate bird sanctuary or enjoy sailing, fishing, horseback riding and other active pursuits arranged by the hotel staff.

For more information about Lighthouse Bay, call 1-888-214-8552 or 1-646-688-2903 or contact the resort’s USA Representative, Wendy Friese, at 212-616-5032, visit and, or e-mail:

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St. Lucia Invites Families to “Go Bananas’ this Summer with Value-Added Benefits

June 9, 2011

Saint Lucia is inviting families to “Go Bananas” this summer with their popular family program featuring many of the island’s resorts and excursions.  Kids can tap their inner pirate to hunt for treasure with a special “Go Bananas Treasure Hunt,” play in the mud at the Sulphur Springs, go ziplining through the rain forest and mix up delicious banana inspired “mocktails.”  And parents will appreciate a special “Go Bananas Express” immigration line, room upgrades, discounts at restaurants and free babysitting.

Through September 30, the “Go Bananas” program includes the following value-added benefits:

§  Kids under 17 stay, play and eat for free

§  “Go Bananas Express” special immigration line

§  “Go Bananas” kiddy mixology sessions at participating hotels where kids can learn how to make non-alcoholic beverages with bananas. Adult version classes too!

§  Saint Lucia discount card and discount booklet for use in many of the island’s restaurants, shops and tours with savings up to 15%

§  A choice of complimentary excursions such as ziplining, a skyride, horseback riding, whale watching and heritage tours

§  Complimentary room upgrade based on availability

§  Complimentary Go Bananas souvenir for kids

§  Complimentary babysitting for parents for one evening at select participating hotels

§  Chance to win six days/five nights return trip to Saint Lucia for family of four

The “Go Bananas” Treasure Hunt will encourage families to partake in as many activities across the island under four categories “Local Flavor,” “Botanical,” “Aqua Fun” and “Adventure.”  Upon completion and collecting “Go Bananas” stickers along the way, they will be entered to win a free return Saint Lucia vacation for a family of four. (Full details and terms and conditions are outlined at

“Whether it’s horseback riding, visiting the world’s only drive-in volcano, or bathing in the Sulphur Springs and enjoying the mud, there is no shortage of family-friendly activities on Saint Lucia,” says Nerdin St. Rose VP Marketing & Sales for the Saint Lucia Tourist Board. “The “Go Bananas” name incorporates our rich history with bananas and its influence on our daily lives and encourages families to really relax and just have fun.”

Participating hotels include: Almond Morgan Bay, Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa, Bay Gardens Hotel, Bay Gardens Inn, Coco Resorts, Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, Cotton Bay Village, Discovery at Marigot Bay Resort & Spa, Fond Doux Holiday Plantation, Four Springs Villa, Habitat Terrace, Hilltop Views Guesthouse, La Haut Plantation, Royal by rex resorts, St. Lucian by rex resorts, Smugglers Cove Resort & Spa, The Landings, Village Inn and Spa, and Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort & Spa.

Participating attractions include: whale watching with Captain Mike’s, Rainforest Sky Rides, International Pony Club Horseback Riding, Rainforest Canopy Adventures, Eastern Caribbean Diving, Fond Latisab Creole Park, Fond Doux Plantation, Grande Anse Turtle Watch, Latille Waterfall, Lushan Country Life, Mamiku Gardens, Morne Coubaril Estate/Soufriere Hotwire Rides, Pigeon Island National Landmark, Heritage tours of Saint Lucia including the Sulphur Springs, and Trims Riding Academy.

For more information about the “Go Bananas Summer Family Program” and the island of Saint Lucia call 1-800-456-3984, or visit

About Saint Lucia

One of the Windward Islands of the West Indies’ Lesser Antilles, Saint Lucia (pronounced Saint LOO-sha) is nestled halfway down the eastern Caribbean archipelago. The “Helen of the West Indies,” Saint Lucia is known for its natural beauty and diverse attractions, including the signature Piton Mountains – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – a tropical rainforest and one of the world’s few drive-in volcanoes. Culturally rich offerings include the bustling marketplace in the capital of Castries, quaint fishing villages along the coastline, and the annual Saint Lucia Jazz festival. Saint Lucia’s wide range of accommodations includes world-class five-star resorts, all-inclusive resorts, intimate inns and value-oriented properties.

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‘Summer Family Free Night Special’ at Mango Bay Barbados Goes Beyond Typical All-Inclusive

May 4, 2011

A Mango Bay all-inclusive experience also includes hotel accommodations, all meals, afternoon tea, all local and brand name drinks including glasses of wine, use of the gym, watersports (waterskiing, hobiecat sailing, kayaking and snorkeling) and nightly entertainment.

Mango Bay ( in Barbados invites families to plan their summer vacation at the boutique-style property by affording guests one free night when booking seven, and four free nights when reserving 14 through the Summer Family Free Night Special.  In addition, children 12 years old and under stay free and teens (13-17) receive a special rate of $100 per person, per night when sharing a room with two adults.

The Summer Family Free Night Special is valid on new bookings made through July 31, 2011 for travel through Dec. 18, 2011.  All-inclusive rates start at $350 per room, per night, based on single or double occupancy with government tax included.

For added-value, Mango Bay will maintain its current rates through 2012 despite the Barbados government increase in the Value Added Tax (VAT) rate on hotel rooms from 7.5% to 8.75% effective May 1, 2011.  Mango Bay will also absorb the tax increase so travelers do not need to pay it.

Guests have the option of exploring the shopping centre of Bridgetown on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with complimentary transportation leaving from the hotel, where they can walk along Broad Street, the main street of Bridgetown, discovering duty free shops, department stores and local restaurants.

Shopping enthusiasts will enjoy in Mango Bay’s hometown of Holetown with the opening of the new Limegrove Lifestyle Centre boasting high-end stores such as Ralph Lauren, Armani Exchange, Agent Provocateur, Cartier, and MAC Cosmetics, with Louis Vuitton opening in the coming months.

On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays families can embark on a catamaran trip off the resort’s coastline.  Guests sail for two hours and enjoy snorkeling and sunbathing on the open sea.

A Mango Bay all-inclusive experience also includes hotel accommodations, all meals, afternoon tea, all local and brand name drinks including glasses of wine, use of the gym, watersports (waterskiing, hobiecat sailing, kayaking and snorkeling) and nightly entertainment.  Spa treatments are available for an additional fee at the Elements Spa located at the resort.

For more information on Mango Bay, Barbados call 246-432-1384; fax: 246-432-5297; e-mail; or visit

Mango Bay Barbados — Uncomplicated, Unencumbered, Unforgettable 

Located in the historic Holetown area on the famed Gold Coast of Barbados, the 76-room Mango Bay is known for its casual sophistication and all-inclusive value.  This beachfront, boutique-style property is the ideal tropical retreat for travelers seeking an escape from the everyday hustle and bustle – an oasis where warm breezes, delightful Caribbean sunshine, and picturesque beaches are refreshing and revitalizing.  Spacious accommodations, a centrally-located swimming pool, delicious dining and tremendous all-inclusive value make Mango Bay a truly exceptional “Uncomplicated, Unencumbered, Unforgettable” vacation paradise.

The property is within walking distance of many shops in Holetown, 25 minutes from the capital city of Bridgetown, and 45 minutes from Grantley Adams International Airport.

Beaches of South Walton Recognized Among Top Beaches in the World for 2011

March 11, 2011

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (March 7, 2011)

The white sands of Beaches of South Walton have made not one, but two, rankings of the world’s best beaches, bringing new attention to this Northwest Florida Gulf Coast destination as the spring travel season begins.

Citing its calm, relaxing beaches in addition to shopping, dining, golfing, cultural and nature offerings, Yahoo! Travel named Santa Rosa Beach one of its 10 Best Beach Destinations for 2011, ranking this charming community at the heart of Beaches of South Walton alongside beaches in Hawaii, Bali and Mexico.

Whether visiting Santa Rosa, Seaside, Rosemary Beach or one of the other 15 charming communities of Beaches of South Walton, families find a relaxing atmosphere complemented by white-sand beaches that are among the world’s finest.

Trip Advisor’s has also recognized Beaches of South Walton as one of its Top 10 Beaches for Families.  The destination was chosen because “not only is the sand sugar soft, it borders the most gorgeous emerald green water you’ve ever seen.”  Family Vacation Critic describes the destination’s communities as family-friendly and providing a home away from home for vacationers.

From free performances in Alys Beach to the weekly Seaside Farmer’s Market, each beach community plays host to customized celebrations and activities that appeal to all ages. Families will enjoy the new Club KZ in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort and delight in the new rickshaw rides offered along Scenic Highway30A. There are also new takes on area classics. YOLO boarding becomes an eco-adventure when paired with a nature-based certified guide. While fishing charters off Grayton Beach are even more rewarding when the fresh catch is prepared in the home or condo by the talented executive chef of Table 5.

A study by Majority Opinion Research and commissioned by Beaches of South Walton indicates an expected resurgence of travelers.  The study polled 422 visitors who vacationed in Beaches of South Walton in 2009, but did not book at the same accommodations in 2010.  It revealed that 83 percent of those who did not travel last summer stated they “will return” to Beaches of South Walton this year.

To welcome back visitors this spring, accommodations throughout Beaches of South Walton are offering a number of packages including:

For more accommodations specials and packages throughout Beaches of South Walton, click here. Now is the time to discover your beach.

About Beaches of South Walton
Beaches of South Walton is a destination located along a 26-mile stretch of Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast and comprised of 15 picturesque beach communities, and white sand beaches and emerald green waters for which the region is renowned.  Home to one of Yahoo Travel’s Top 10 beachesfor 2011, visitors to the destination enjoy a relaxing escape:  an upscale, yet casual, place to unwind and rejuvenate.  To learn more, visit or call 1-800-822-6877.

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