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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…

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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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For Some, The Ship of Dreams

Cruise: (krüz) n. a voyage on a ship or boat
Cruise: (krüz) v. to attempt to pick up a sexual partner

This year, sexually adventurous ladies (and men) can discover the various definitions of cruising as controversial ships set sail for a port (or two… or three… or…) near you.

On May 16, 2010, the 2nd International Cougar Cruise, aboard Royal Carribean, departs Los Angeles for a 7 day exploration of—among other things—Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan, Mexico.  Arranged by Singles Travel Company, the Cougar Cruise targets the coupling of younger men and older women.  Later in December, the 3rd International Cougar Cruise embarks from Miami aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Too limiting?  Cruising is about options.  And no ship this year will explore that idea more fully than the “Carnival Imagination” Swingers Cruise.    YOLO Cruises (acronym for You Only Live Once) has chartered a Carnival cruise ship set to sail from Miami on October 29, 2010, for a three-night vacation catering to poly-amorous adults.

According to YOLO’s website (which may not be appropriate for viewing at work), “the time has come for this sensual lifestyle phenomenon to have its own private escape where all can experience an erotic vacation of pure indulgence.”   Some things to note before booking:  Nudity is allowed at pool areas and sexual acts are permitted in designated playrooms and, of course, private staterooms.  Also, the cruise is not open to single men; only couples and single females can sail.

Ironically, the Swingers Cruise will dock at only one port, in the Bahamas.

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