Caribbean Getaways - Ryan Dempster
Tuesday, January 12
Dreams Punta Cana Resort & Spa - Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
This sprawling, all-inclusive resort offers luxurious amenities and services, gourmet dining and activities and entertainment the entire family can fully enjoy. Every room or suite is truly deluxe, with a private balcony or patio.
For families, Dreams Punta Cana offers a complete, fully-supervised program for children ages 3 to 12. Parents can relax and enjoy their time alone, because cell phones are available in case they need to be contacted. There are also specific activities geared towards teens. In addition to this, the resort offers a wide array of water sport activities, 7 gourmet restaurants, 10 bars and lounges, private romantic dinners and world-class spa treatments.
All-inclusive package rates through Apple Vacations start at $1079.99/per person for a 4-night stay, which includes roundtrip air from Chicago O'Hare to Punta Cana, hotel accommodations, roundtrip hotel transfers and all meals, snacks and drinks.
Departure dates for this package are Tuesdays or Wednesdays between February 3 and March 17.
For more information or to book, go to www.applevacations.com
Royal Caribbean Bahamas Cruise - Departs from Miami, FL
Royal Travel and Tours is offering a steal on Royal Caribbean's Majesty of the Seas cruise to the Bahamas.
The cruise departs on March 1 from Miami and visits Nassau and Royal Caribbean's private island CocoCay, which offers opportunities to swim with dolphins, parasail or relax on sugar white beaches.
Outside cabin rates, including taxes, are $410 per person; interior staterooms are $359 per person.
Round trip flights from O'hare to Miami were starting at $193 on American Airlines.
For more information, call Royal Travel & Tours at 800-747-7695 or visit www.royal-travel.com
Curtain Bluff Resort - Antigua, West Indies
A luxurious resort for all. For families, the resort offers skilled babysitters, a kids' club and dining room with early hours. For honeymooners and couples, guests can enjoy perks like the new 4,500 square foot spa, sunset sails, live music performed nightly by local bands, complimentary scuba diving, private wine tasting in the Caribbean's largest wine cellar, reef snorkel trips and more.
All-inclusive rates for the "Power of 10 Promotion," which includes food, drinks and most activities, are $497 per person, per night. Children under 2 can stay for free; children 2-4 can stay for $75 per night; guests ages 4-18 are $195 per night. Rates are good for stays between now and March 31, 2010.
Flights from Chicago O'Hare to Antigua are running about $540 per person round trip.
For reservations and information call 1-888-289-9898 or visit www.curtainbluff.com.
Fairmont Royal Pavilion - Barbados, West Indies
Commonly referred to as the "Jewel of Barbados," The Fairmont Royal Pavilion is the perfect spot for those seeking a little seclusion because this resort operates as an adults-only hotel in winter. Whether touring the island's hot spots or kicking back to relish the opulent pampering of the hotel's renowned Beach Butlers, who wait on guests hand-and-foot, this is an idyllic spot for couples to escape.
For travel now through April 15, the resort's "Everyone's an Original" rates start at $469 per night. This package includes accommodations and double mileage through the United Mileage Plus program.
Round trip flights are available in March for as low as $414 out of O'Hare.
For more information, visit www.fairmont.com.
For help planning your next vacation, contact Royal Travel and Tours at www.royal-travel.com
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Losing Paradise Exhibition
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