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Cyber Monday Travel Deals


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.

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

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

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

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 

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

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


(*Lodge Kura Hulanda)

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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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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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