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
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
www.onecaribbean.org. 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)
• 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
For information, call (800) 554-2008 or visit www.tamarijnaruba.com.
• Commissions at Grenada's Spice Island Beach Resort and Blue
Horizons increased to 15% on direct bookings for travel through
For details, visit www.spicebeachresort.com or www.grenadabluehorizons.com.
• Montpelier Plantation Inn on Nevis offers a seven-night,
all-inclusive plan priced at $3,550 per couple from May 15 to Aug.
Bookings before May 31 include a $600 air fare credit per
couple. To book, visit www.montpeliernevis.com.
• 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 www.atlantis.com.
• 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
To book, call (800) 626-0592.
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