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Cyber Monday Travel Deals

Really?!?

Few things appeal to me less than being trampled by a half-priced mob on the day after Thanksgiving.  I will go on record admitting I have never understood the appeal of Black Friday.  On “the biggest shopping day of the year” I prefer to sit at home in my Snuggie, turkey leg in hand.

Still need a shopping fix?  Relax.  Our modern world-wide-world now offers a side dish of savings from the comfort of your home or office.  This Cyber Monday—online shopping’s answer to Black Friday—resorts in Mexico, Costa Rica, Aruba, Curaçao and Puerto Rico are warming up the season with more than just leftovers.

Remember, these deals must be booked on the Monday following Thanksgiving–CYBER MONDAY, November 28, 2011.

CASAMAGNA MARRIOTT CANCUN RESORT – 65% Savings
www.casamagnacancun.com 
Offer: Book your 2012 vacation on Cyber Monday and pay $99/night + tax, plus get a $50 resort credit and free room upgrade (subject to availability)
Savings: 65%
Details: Valid for travel Feb. 16, 2012 – March 31, 2012
Reservations: Visit www.casamagnacancun.com and input promo code D50
 

JW MARRIOTT CANCUN RESORT & SPA – 58% Savings
www.jwmarriottcancun.com
Offer: Book your 2012 vacation on Cyber Monday and pay $179/night + tax, plus get a $50 resort credit and free room upgrade (subject to availability)
Savings: 58%
Details: Valid for travel Feb. 16, 2012 – March 31, 2012
Reservations: Visit www.jwmarriottcancun.com and input promo code D50

ARUBA MARRIOTT RESORT & STELLARIS CASINO – 50% Savings
www.arubamarriott.com
Offer: Buy 2 nights and get 2 nights free
Savings: 50%
Details: Rates start at $359/night. Valid for travel from April 22, 2012 – December 21, 2012.
Reservations: Visit www.arubamarriott.com and enter promo code D52

MARRIOTT HOTELS & RESORTS OF COSTA RICA – 35%-55% Savings
www.marriott.com/costarica 
Offer:  Book your 2012 vacation on CyberMonday and receive $79-$129 nightly rates.  $79.00 plus tax per room/night at Courtyard San Jose Escazu (standard room) and Residence Inn San Jose Escazu (studio); $99.00 plus tax at Costa Rica Marriott Hotel San Jose (deluxe room); and $129.00 plus tax per room/night at Los Sueños Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort (standard room)
Savings: From 35% – 55%
Details: Valid for travel from January 1, 2012 – December 20, 2012, except for a few blackout dates.
Reservations:  Visit www.marriott.com/costarica and enter promo code PR5 

 KURA HULANDA RESORTS, CURACAO – 35% Savings
www.kurahulanda.com 
Offer: Buy two nights and get third night free
Savings: 33%
Details: Valid for travel through Dec 23, 2012.  Black out dates: Dec 24, 2011 – Jan 02, 2012
Reservations: E-mail reservation request to reservations@kurahulanda.com or call 877254 3106 and request Black Friday special

 SAN JUAN MARRIOTT RESORT & STELLARIS CASINO, PUERTO RICO – 30% Savings
www.marriottsanjuan.com
Offer: Receive 30% off all reservations
Savings: 30%
Details: From $132 per night. Bookings cannot be combined with any other offers. Valid for travel through Dec 24, 2011 and from April 10 – Sept. 30, 2012. Not valid for groups of 10 or more rooms.
Reservations: Visit www.marriottsanjuan.com and enter promotional code D3Q

Really!!!*

(*Lodge Kura Hulanda)

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3 Deals on 9/10/11

Aruba Marriott Resort

Count ’em:  1, 2, 3 deals on 9/10/11

Three Caribbean resorts are offering a 24-hour sale on rooms booked on September 10, 2011.
1.
The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stelaris Casino is offering nearly 50% off resort rates, starting at $129 per night. Valid for travel through December 23, 2011.
For reservations visit www.arubamarriott.com or call 1.800.228.9290, and use promotional code D56.
Click here to learn why you’ll be “One Happy Islander.”
2.
The Kura Hulanda Resorts in Curaçao are offering one night at a rate of $9.10, when purchased with another night at regular price, starting at $160 per night.  Valid for travel through December 23, 2011.
For reservations visit www.kurahulanda.com.
Click here to learn how “Curaçao imbues your tropical vacation with cultural authenticity.”
3.
The San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino in Puerto Rico is automatically applying 30% off on all bookings made on 9/10/11, starting at $159 per night.  Valid for travel through December 15, 2011.
For reservations visit www.marriottsanjuan.com or call 1.800.228.9290.

Remember all these offers must be booked on 9/10/11!

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Dutch Attitude at a Caribbean Latitude

The Dutch island of Curaçao invites you to experience European sophistication with Caribbean warmth.

Offering an enticing combination of Dutch Attitude at a Caribbean Latitude, Curaçao is emerging as one of the Caribbean’s most popular gay destinations.  A rare island where tourists and locals effortlessly coexist, Curaçao imbues your tropical vacation with cultural authenticity.

Conveniently located outside the Hurricane Belt, Curaçao enjoys year-round 80-degree days with minimal rain, perfect for both beach and city escapes.  To best experience the island’s diversity, the sister properties of Kura Hulanda (kurahulanda.com) offer the “Best of Both Worlds” Package.  Spend two nights admiring the Dutch Colonial architecture of the island’s capital, while staying at the UNESCO World Heritage designated Hotel Kura Hulanda (Langestraat 8-Willemstad).  This luxury boutique resort boasts glorious courtyards, multiple pools, restaurants, a spa and casino.  Then, spend three nights perched on rugged cliffs overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean, at the secluded Lodge Kura Hulanda & Beach Club (Playa Kalki-Westpunt) on the island’s western tip.  The Lodge’s onsite dive shop, Ocean Encounters West (oceanencounterswest.com), will complete your beach vacation by arranging snorkeling, diving, and boating excursions.

Planning your honeymoon?  Both resorts are members of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association and are eager to celebrate New York’s recent Marriage Equality victory.  Until December 22, they are offering newlyweds who present a valid New York marriage license a free upgrade and dinner for two.

All right, time to get a little sweaty and explore the island’s natural beauty.  Hardcore hikers should head to Christoffel National Park (christoffelpark.org) where you can climb 1,240 feet to the top of Mt. Christoffel, the island’s highest point.  On a clear day you can see the coasts of Venezuela and Bonaire.  If you prefer a rough ride, then fasten your seatbelt because it’s going to be a bumpy one.  Eric’s ATV Adventures (curacao-atv.com) will take you through the wildest and most beautiful parts of Curaçao, including cliffs, dunes, caves and beyond.

Next, explore the tasty variety of Curaçao’s cuisine.  Located about a mile from the Lodge Kura Hulanda, Landhuis Misjé (landhuismisje.com) serves up Caribbean comfort food with a sophisticated flair. Clearly stating her “100% gay friendly” policy on the restaurant website, Chef Graciela Real will make you feel right at home serving a unique fusion of the island’s Latin, Dutch and Caribbean influences in the lantern-lit yard of this restored plantation home.   Want to recreate the island’s flavor back home? Learn the necessary skills at Angelica’s Kitchen (Hoogstraat 49-Willemstad, angelicas-kitchen.com) Caribbean cooking class.  The ladies of the Kitchen will teach you how to make delicious “no fuss food” in a relaxed, festive setting.  Drink, cook, eat and bond with a group of old friends or favorite new acquaintances.   For a tasty Mojito or Caipirinha, head to the Latin-inspired café and bar Mundo Bizarro (Nieuwestraat 12-Pietermaai, mundobizarrocuracao.com).  Part restaurant, part live music venue, Mundo is a perfect spot to socialize with the locals.

Want to make a splash? Curaçao will be dripping with cocktail, beach, and boat parties from September 30-October 2, when it kicks off the 7th annual Get Wet gay party weekend.    Year round, Madame Jeanette “aims to make being Lesbian, Gay, Transgendered, Bisexual or just confused a perfectly normal thing to be, one Party at a time!”  The island’s hostess with the mostest throws her extravagant theme parties on the second Saturday of every month at TuTu Tango (Kaya Jombi Mensing 18-Willemstad, tutu-tango.com).  For information on all upcoming events and parties, visit GayCuracao.com.

Less than a three-hour flight from the U.S., Curaçao provides a taste of Northern Europe in the Southern Caribbean.  Trade your wooden shoes for a pair of sandals and enjoy the island’s “Live and Let Live” progressive attitude—with a tan!

(This article originally appeared in Next Magazine)

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IQ Talks Travel on Toronto Radio: Curaçao

Ivan Quintanilla is featured as the travel expert on Toronto’s Proud FM “Your Morning With Richard & Chris.”

This morning IQ talks about the gay-friendly Caribbean island of Curaçao.

Click below to listen to the interview:

Want to hear more?  Listen to other Proud FM travel segments, discussing Pittsburgh and New York.

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Curaçao Celebrates NY Marriage Equality

By signing the Marriage Equality Act on June 24, allowing same sex couples to legally marry in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo set off a wave of celebration that reached the shores of Curaçao.

The Kura Hulanda Resorts, two of our favorite properties on the Caribbean island, are offering all newlyweds who present a valid New York marriage license a free upgrade and dinner for two when booking a four-night stay now until December 22, 2011.

“A progressive member of the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association, on an island with a refreshing ‘live and let live’ vibe, the Kura Hulanda Resorts offer guests a heavy dose of culture, fine dining and city-life, all wrapped up in a gay-friendly, high-end village community,” says Jody DeLeon, Director of Sales and Marketing for the resorts.

Rates start at $160 per night at Hotel Kura Hulanda and $140 per night at Lodge Kura Hulanda.  To book the deal, call 1.877.264.3106 or visit www.kurahulanda.com.

Article originally published in GPS.OutTraveler.com

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Aruba Marriott: “One Happy Island”

Aruba Marriott Resort

If variety is the spice of life, Aruba is hot, hot, hot! This self-proclaimed “One Happy Island” is a blend of Caribbean ease, European sophistication and American comfort.  Though best known for the pristine beaches along its west coast, Aruba also has a rugged eastern coast and a colonial town center.  It is the rare island where a cactus, palm tree and native Divi-divi tree can all peacefully cohabitate.

Reflecting the diversity that makes this island unique, the Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino, combines the offerings of a large resort with the exclusivity of a boutique hotel.  Bon bini:  Welcome…

Read the full article published in Travel Squire by clicking on the picture below:

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A Vacation Package For You, Princess

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride? Don’t worry. Someday your prince will come. Chances are, however, it won’t be on April 29. So as Kate Middleton becomes the newest member of the British royal family, forget about letting down your hair, Rapunzel, or laying down for a nap, Ms. Beauty. Instead, power up that computer with a little 21st century independence, and book yourself a royal vacation at one of these amazing beach destinations.

*Important to note, these deals can only be booked on “Williamton’s” special day, April 29, 2011.

CUISINART RESORT & SPA
Offer: In celebration of England’s Royal Wedding, CuisinArt Resort & Spa is offering the “Royalty in Paradise Package.”
Package includes:
– 4 Nights in a beachfront junior suite
– 1 Romantic beachfront dinner for two
– 1 Bottle Veuve Cliquot champagne
– 1 Couples Rendezvous spa package:
– Couples massage
– Floral bath soak
– Anguillian coconut pineapple scrub
– Swiss duet rain shower
Rates: From $2,250 (A $925 savings)
Valid for Travel: April 30 – November 22, 2011. Based on availability, blackout dates apply.
Reservations: http://www.cuisinartresort.com

CASAMAGNA MARRIOTT CANCUN RESORT
Offer: In celebration of England’s Royal Wedding, the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort is offering the “Royal Romance Package.”
Package includes:
– Transportation from and to the Cancun Airport
– Daily breakfast buffet for 2 adults
– One bottle of sparkling wine per stay
– Free upgrade to Ocean view (room already upgraded at the time of booking)
– 40% discount on Spa treatments
– 20% discount on food and beverage, and gift shop purchases
Rates: From $149 USD per night
Valid for Travel: May 1 – November 20. Based on availability, blackout dates apply.
Reservations: Visit http://www.casamagnacancun.com and input promo code L9Z

JW MARRIOTT CANCUN RESORT & SPA
Offer: In celebration of England’s Royal Wedding, the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa is offering the “Royal Romance Package.”
Package includes:
– Transportation from and to the Cancun Airport
– Daily breakfast buffet for 2 adults
– One bottle of sparkling wine per stay
– Free upgrade to Ocean view (room already upgraded at the time of booking)
– 40% discount on Spa treatments
– 20% discount on food and beverage and gift shop purchases
Rates: From $189 USD per night
Valid for Travel: May 1 – November 20. Based on availability, blackout dates apply.
Reservations: Visit http://www.jwmarriottcancun.com and input promo code L9Z

HOTEL KURA HULANDA SPA & CASINO, CURACAO
Offer: The “Royal Treatment Package” includes three night accommodations in a Deluxe Room and a half-day of pampering at the spa for two guests. Spa treatments include a 50-minute relaxing massage, 60-minute food reflexology and your choice of a Mini Facial or Gentleman’s Total Care Facial
Rates: Three night package: $1,180
Valid for Travel: Now until Dec 23, 2011
Reservations: Call 877-264-3106 or email reservations@kurahulanda.com

SANDPEARL RESORT / CLEARWATER BEACH, FLORIDA
Offer: Enjoy a royal getaway to the Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach, Florida, when you book the “Royal Romance Berries & Bubbly Package.”
The package includes accommodations in a luxury room or resort suite category of choice, champagne and chocolate dipped strawberries on the night of arrival and complimentary breakfast for two each morning. A package savings of over 20 percent!
Rates start at: $299 per night
Valid for travel: April 29 through December 30
Reservations: Visit http://www.sandpearl.com and use promo code ROYAL in the Corporate / Promotion box, or call 1-877-726-3111 and ask for promotional code ROYAL.

MORNING STAR MARRIOTT BEACH CLUB/ ST. THOMAS
Offer: The “Royal Bliss Package” includes accommodations in room category of choice, bottle of champagne and rum punch drink upon arrival, welcome gift, $200 food and beverage credit per room for entire stay and breakfast buffet for two each morning. A package savings of 20 percent!
Rates start at: $288 per night
Valid for travel: April 29 through December 30
Reservations: Visit http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sttfr/ and use promo code EAT in the Corporate/ Promotion box, or call 1-800-524-2000 and ask for promotional code EAT.

ST. KITTS MARRIOTT RESORT
Offer: In celebration of England’s Royal Wedding, St. Kitts Marriott Resort is offering a free room upgrade and bottle of sparkling wine with the “Escape! For Two Package.” Package includes:
Accommodations (automatic room upgrade)
1 massage per person (per room, per stay)
1 facial per person (per room, per stay)
Breakfast buffet for two, daily
1 Bottle of sparkling wine
Spa amenity basket and welcome gift
Rates: From $238 per room/night, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Based on double occupancy. Subject to availability / blackout dates.
Reservations: http://www.stkittsmarriott.com / Promo code ES8

MIAMI MARRIOTT BISCAYNE BAY
Offer: The “Royal Escape Package” includes complimentary breakfast for two and a bottle of champagne and strawberries upon arrival.
Rates: From $239 per night
Reservations: Call 305.374.3900 or visit http://www.marriottbiscaynebay.com; use promotional code ROM

Because when Prince Charming does come… you’ll look much better with a tan!

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Curaçao: The Best of Both Worlds

Traveling IQ is published in Out Traveler

Photo courtesy of Curaçao Tourism Board

He likes to explore history and architecture. You like to sip frozen cocktails on a tropical beach. Lucky for you the Kura Hulanda Hotels on the Caribbean island of Curaçao, offer the “Best of Both Worlds.”

One of the Caribbean’s most popular gay destinations, Curaçao is not only tolerant, but actively embraces gay and lesbian travelers with a gay tourism website, GayCuracao.com and scheduled parties throughout the year. To properly satisfy your varying travel desires and celebrate the diverse offerings of the island, two sister properties — the Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa & Casino and the Lodge Kura Hulanda & Beach Club — offer the “Best of Both Worlds” Package.

Spend two nights at the historic village of Hotel Kura Hulanda in Willemstad: With its immaculately restored 18th century Dutch Colonial architecture, the Hotel is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, amidst the museums, markets and nightlife of the island’s thriving capital. Roam through centuries-old cobblestone walkways, indulge in AAA Four Diamond Award winning restaurants, and investigate Curaçao’s unique combination of European attitude and Caribbean latitude.

Then spend three nights snorkeling, diving and relaxing by the crystal clear waters off the island’s western tip: Perched on rugged cliffs overlooking the sea, the Lodge Kura Hulanda provides a sexy, secluded beach hideaway. Enjoy a Blue Margarita, deliciously enhanced with the island’s signature Blue Curaçao Liqueur, while watching the sun set at the Lodge’s Christoffel Terrace Restaurant.

Specially priced at $690 per person for the 5-night package, the properties will celebrate your arrival with a complimentary bottle of champagne and dinner at one of their various restaurants.

Both resorts are members of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association. Both provide unique Caribbean experiences. Together, they offer varying adventures — for both him and you — within one sophisticated island destination.

*This article was originally published in Out Traveler

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12 Days of Travel

Photo courtesy of Aruba Marriott

This holiday season, trade your partridge-in-the-pear-tree for a taste of paradise!

The good folks at Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean & Mexico Resorts and CheaOair.com are partnering to give you the “12 Days of Travel” holiday giveaway via Twitter.

The “12 days of Travel” begin Wednesday, December 1 and end at noon on Monday, December 13, 2010.

Within these 12 consecutive days, followers of both the @CheapOair and @MarriottResorts twitter accounts will have the opportunity to win one of nine different hotel stays and CheapOair gift certificates, with a final grand prize of hotel accommodations and round-trip airfare for two.

Here’s how to play and qualify to win:
1-Follow @CheapOair and @MarriottResorts on Twitter
2-Check the CheapOair contest page each of the 12 contest days, starting December 1 for the daily tweet
3-Tweet the designated phrase

Consumers can enter once a day, all twelve days, for the chance to win.  Winners will be randomly selected from the day’s entrants each 24-hour period.

The daily giveaways will be awarded as follows:
Day 1: Three-night stay at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino*
Day 2: Three-night stay at the Curacao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino*
Day 3: Three-night stay at the CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort*
Day 4: CheapOair $75 gift certificate
Day 5: CheapOair $75 gift certificate
Day 6: Three-night stay at the Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort*
Day 7: Three-night stay at the CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa*
Day 8: Three-night stay at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino*
Day 9: Three-night stay at the Renaissance Aruba Resort & Casino*
Day 10: Three-night stay at the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa*
Day 11: CheapOair $75 gift certificate
Day 12/Grand Prize:  Three-night stay at the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort and roundtrip airfare for two

*Each hotel giveaway will also include a $25 gift certificate from CheapOair

In addition to the Twitter “12 Days of Travel” contest, there will also be a separate Facebook sweepstakes with an additional chance to win a trip giveaway to any one of the nine participating Marriott and Renaissance Caribbean & Mexico Resorts.

To enter this contest, simply:
1-“Like” both Paradise by Marriott and CheapOair on Facebook
2-Anytime during the “12 Days of Travel” (December 1, 12pm EST – December 13, 12pm EST) post a comment on the CheapOair blog post stating which of the nine Marriott and Renaissance resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico you would most like to visit
3-A randomly selected winner will receive three free nights to the resort they pick in their blog comment

So swap the snow for sand, and give your lords-a-leaping or maids-a-milking a little warmth this holiday season.

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The Perfect 10/10/10

Aruba Marriott Resort

October 10, 2010 is the perfect day to book your next vacation.

First, the folks at Marriott know that changing leaves and cooling temperatures inspire a yearning for tropical paradise.  To keep you happy and fill their resorts during this typically slower “back to school” period, the Marriott & Renaissance Caribbean and Mexico Resorts are offering the “Power of 10” promotion.  During this 24-hour offer, book a room at the regular rate and have the option of booking additional nights for $10/night (up to 3 additional nights for a total of 4 nights).  The offer is good for travel from October 11-December 20, 2010, when using promo code X77  at paradisebymarriott.com.   You can enjoy a little fun in the sun at this very discounted rate, at any of  these participating hotels:

  • Aruba Marriott
  • Aruba Renaissance
  • JW Marriott Cancun
  • Casa Magna Cancun Marriott
  • Curacao Marriott
  • Grand Cayman Marriott
  • Puerto Vallarta Casa Magna Marriott
  • St. Kitts Marriott
  • Frenchman’s Reef Marriott

In an effort to stay one step ahead of its sister properties, the St. Kitts Marriott Resort is sweetening the deal with a unique Twitter offer:  On 10/10/10, the first 10 people to tweet @StKittsMarriott with the hashtag #SKM10 will be able to book up to 10 nights for $10/night.  Those who qualify will be notified directly by the resort via twitter.

If your style is more classic sophistication than Twitter innovation, try the toll free number of the Kura Hulanda Resorts.  These two luxurious properties in the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao are offering a room upgrade for only $10.  Stay near the culture, shopping and nightlife of the island’s capital at the  Hotel Kura Hulanda Spa and Casino; or overlooking the Caribbean Sea at the Lodge Kura Hulanda and Beach Club.  Call 1-877-254-3106 to claim your upgrade, valid for stays between October 15-December 23, 2010 and January 3-April 16, 2011.

Remember all these deals must be booked on 10/10/10.

Lodge Kura Hulanda

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