NEW YORK -- Creative perks characterize this season's crop of hotel packages -- from ballroom dancing and tango lessons to bicycling, facials and karaoke contests.

Incentives include free nights, food and beverage credits, free car rentals and free nanny care.

Packages are loaded with enticements to encourage travelers, especially families, to fly to an island rather than drive to grandma's house.

Like many hoteliers, Drew Toth, marketing and sales director for the 600-room Westin Rio Mar Beach Resort & Golf Club in Puerto Rico, said he hopes pent-up travel demand will propel business to his property, where room rates will drop 30% April 27.

Josef Forstmayr, president of the Jamaica Hotel & Tourism Association, said, "Suppliers, agents and past guests must be reminded that we are close by and have airlift and rooms."

A list of package prices, perks and promotions is available at Here is a sampling:

• SuperClubs' Breezes resorts in Curacao and the Dominican Republic have waived the $50 daily rate for kids ages 2 to 13.

The Kids Stay, Play & Eat Free program at Breezes Curacao is available May 1 to Oct. 31; at Breezes Punta Cana and Breezes Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic, it's May 1 to Dec. 24. Call (800) GO-SUPER for details.

• On Anguilla, Cap Juluca's Dance for Joy four-night program -- available June 18 to 22, Aug. 20 to 24 and Nov. 5 to 9 -- features tango, rumba and swing dance lessons mixed in with the resort's usual activities. The rate is $2,858 per couple. Call (888) 852-5822.

• The Tamarijn Aruba is waiving the single supplement charge on all-inclusive rates for a single parent sharing a room with up to three kids under age 18. Each child stays, eats and plays for free.

For information, call (800) 554-2008 or visit

• Commissions at Grenada's Spice Island Beach Resort and Blue Horizons increased to 15% on direct bookings for travel through Dec. 14.

For details, visit or

• Montpelier Plantation Inn on Nevis offers a seven-night, all-inclusive plan priced at $3,550 per couple from May 15 to Aug. 1.

Bookings before May 31 include a $600 air fare credit per couple. To book, visit

• New at Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas is the Aqua Tots program, which gives kids ages 3 and older the chance to feed fish and baby sea creatures at the resort's Estuary Lagoon.

The free program is offered Tuesdays through Saturdays. For details, visit

• Half Moon in Montego Bay, Jamaica, offers families who stay seven nights the next seven nights free, representing room rate savings from $1,680 in an oceanfront superior room to $11,760 in a Royal Villa.

To book, call (800) 626-0592.

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