Miami resorts unveil array of outdoor activities

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MIAMI -- Commissionable packages including such outdoor activities as golf, tennis, biking, fishing and inline skating are being offered by a number of Greater Miami hotels.

Package highlights include the following:

• The 300-room Sonesta Hotel & Suites Coconut Grove, which is scheduled to open April 1, will pay 15% commission on all room, suite and package bookings for stays during April and May.

Introductory room rates start at $145, subject to availability.

Starting in June, only the room portion of packages will be commissionable -- at a rate of 10%.

Packages include the two-night Bed & Breakfast plan, priced between $312 and $402 for two and valid from April 1 to Dec. 21.

The package covers a welcome cocktail, breakfast and the use of the resort's bikes.

The three-night Family Fun plan, valid during the same period, is priced between $660 to $795 for two adults and two children.

The package offers a welcome gift, breakfast, admission to the Miami Seaquarium or Museum of Science and an afternoon at the Key Biscayne property's beach club.

The three-night Grove Fest plan, available from April 1 to Sept. 30, is priced at $375 to $435 for two and features a welcome gift, one day's use of the resort's bikes and a free fourth night.

A two-night Memorial Day plan, valid May 23 to 27, is priced at $320 to $360 for two and includes a picnic lunch.

The two-night Labor Day package, which also offers a picnic lunch, is available

Aug. 23 to Sept. 3 and is priced from $320 to $360, double.

To make reservations, call (800) SONESTA or visit Sonesta's Web site, at www.sonesta.com.

• The Turnberry Isle Resort & Club in Aventura created the two-night Turnberry Tee Time plan, with rates of $339 per person, double, through April 27.

Rates drop to $219 from April 28 to May 19 and to $139 from May 20 to Sept. 30.

Included are a welcome cocktail, fruit delivery, daily breakfast buffet, 36 holes of golf with use of a cart, a golf clinic, a bucket of driving range balls, a golf gift bag, use of the health club (spa services are excluded), use of the private Ocean Club, local shuttle service and all taxes.

The Turnberry pays 10%. For additional information, call (800) 327-7028.

• Agents who have late-booking golf clients can earn 15% commission by reserving Miami's Doral Golf Resort and Spa's two-night Unlimited Golf package through Jan. 31.

Rates start at $578, double.

The offering covers a Garden Resort room, unlimited golf or a select spa service, one introductory golf clinic, daily breakfasts and use of the fitness center.

Tax and service charges are additional. The package must be booked directly with the hotel.

In addition, the Doral offers a fam rate of $129 per night, not including tax and service charge.

To make reservations or for more information, call (877) 80-DORAL.

• The National Hotel in Miami Beach pays 10% on its three-night Moon Over Miami Ultimate package, which features a private moonlight cruise around Biscayne Bay.

The plan, updated for 2002, is priced at $1,982, double, and is available through May 31. From June 1 to Sept. 30, the rate decreases to $1,644.

Clients will depart from Dinner Key Marina on a 30-foot sailboat; snacks are included.

Other package features offered are a poolside room, airport limousine pickup, champagne, daily breakfasts on the room terrace and a candlelight dinner at the property's Cafe Mosaic.

The National's two-night SoBe Weekend plan covers an oceanfront room, daily breakfast buffet and a choice of one of the following: a half-day fishing trip, a Jet Ski sightseeing tour, a helicopter tour of South Beach or a round of golf.

The plan, also commissionable at 10%, costs $879, including taxes, through May 31; from June 1 to Sept. 30, the rate decreases to $800.

To make reservations, call (800) 327-8370.

• The Palms South Beach Hotel's two-night Dinner Under the Palms Romance package offers a choice of a half-day of inline skating or a half-day bike rental.

The package, commissionable at 10%, also includes an oceanfront room, champagne, daily breakfast buffet and a candlelight dinner in a private garden area.

To make reservations, call (800) 550-0505.

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