Caribbean Update: More Winter Deals

Summer may be behind us, but sun-drenched days are far from over.  Bring the sunshine back in your life and head to The Islands Of The Bahamas with spectacular fall and winter savings.  Several properties and resorts are offering seasonal packages, guaranteed to delight vacationers as they prolong their suntan and beat the holiday rush to the tropics.  With over 700 islands, white- and pink-sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, all within a short distance from home, The Islands Of The Bahamas is the perfect cure for post-summer blues.  From Kayak Nature Tours and championship golf courses on Grand Bahama Island, to experiencing Bahamian culture and duty-free shopping in Nassau/Paradise Island, to diving, snorkeling and pristine, secluded beaches in the Out Islands, The Bahamas has something to offer each and every traveler.
Due to its popularity, The Islands Of The Bahamas has extended the special values available through the Bahamas Getaway with American Express.  Travelers can save up to $150 per booking on vacation packages from the U.S. to any of the islands now through Feb. 15, 2003.  Bookings for travel during this time period will be accepted through Dec. 22, 2002.  Vacationers can now take advantage of this program when booking travel packages to Grand Bahama Island and the Out Islands.  Pay by AMEX and save $75 on three-night air-inclusive hotel packages starting as low as $435 (from New York); save $150 on stays of four nights or longer; and $50 on two-night packages.  For reservations or information on travel with the Bahamas Getaway program, call 1-800-BAHAMAS or access www.bahamas.com, an official Web site of The Bahamas.


Grand Bahama Vacations, the largest North American air tour operator to Grand Bahama Island, is offering a You Pick the Rate, We Pick the Date special to the new Royal Oasis Golf Resort & Casino.  Air-inclusive packages based on double-occupacy are available from $249 for a three-night stay and $399 for a four-night stay, when booking from any city on one of Grand Bahama Vacations’ selected dates.  In order to obtain the special, callers must ask for the You Pick the Rate, We Pick the Date promotion and a Grand Bahama Vacations representative will provide the entire list of available “special” dates.  Exciting optional activities such as golf, diving and snorkeling packages, beach party and dinner cruises, deep sea fishing, the popular Dolphin Close Encounter, island tours and more can be added to any Grand Bahama Vacations package.  For more information and reservations, call 1-800-545-1300.


At Our Lucaya Beach & Golf Resort the fun never stops.  Featuring something for all ages and interests, including 12 restaurants, two golf courses, a children’s camp, waterslides, seven acres of soft-sand beach, pool, spa and casino - vacation packages and warm embraces await.  For travel now through Jan. 31, 2003, the new Island Fun Package includes accommodations, a one-time $50 resort credit per stay, complimentary entrance to Senses Spa, non-motorized watersports and two-for-one golf.  Rates for the Island Fun Package start at $109 per night in Reef Village rooms, $139 per night in Breakers Cay Rooms, and $149 per night in the Lighthouse Pointe rooms.  In addition, you can sweep your loved one away with the two-night Romance Package, listed at $499 and includes breakfast, a bottle of champagne, candlelight dinner for two at Churchills Chop House, tax and service charges.  Rates are available through Dec. 21, 2002.  For more information call 877-687-5822 or visit www.ourlucaya.com.


The elegant beachfront British Colonial Hilton hotel offers special packages tailored to romance, relaxation and rejuvenation.  Hilton Caribbean’s World of Savings rates make hitting the beach more affordable this season.  Guests can save up to 40% with nightly rates starting at $169 and children stay free in a room with two adults. Children under five eat all meals free, while children five through 12 receive free breakfast and 50% off other meals with accompanying adults. Packages are available through Dec. 31, 2002 and reservations can be made by contacting the hotel at 242-302-9000 or by visiting www.hilton.com.


The Radisson Cable Beach Resort offers exceptionally priced, value-oriented, ongoing all-inclusive rates perfect for families and couples, starting at $150 per person, per night, based on double occupancy. Children under the age of four stay, eat and play for free, while kids ages four through 12 are $35 per night and teens ages 13 through 16 are $65 per night (prices available when kids stay with an adult on the all-inclusive plan).  Teens can enjoy Camp Junkanoo After Dark, where they can watch movies, surf the Internet, listen to music, karaoke and more.  Couples staying three nights or longer on the
all-inclusive plan can take advantage of the resort’s Complimentary Wedding Program, which includes marriage license, flowers, cake, champagne, a reception and a personal wedding planner.  For reservations call 1-800-333-3333 or visit www.radissoncablebeach.com.

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The aquatic fantasy world at Atlantis, Paradise Island offers a four-day/three-night package starting at $249 per adult, which is a 25% discount on accommodations.  Rates are available through Dec. 19, 2002 and include round-trip transfers on island, $20 discount on treatments of $100 or more at Mandara Spa, $90 per round special green’s fee at Ocean Club Golf Course and more.  For reservations call 1-800-ATLANTIS or visit www.atlantis.com.


The Sheraton Grand, Paradise Island is offering a Grand Inclusive Package that includes accommodations with guaranteed ocean view and private balcony, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, unlimited premium brand cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages, unlimited tennis, free use of bicycles, a half-day Bahama Divers snorkeling trip, daily scuba clinic and organized activities.  All resort taxes and gratuities on these amenities are included as well.  Rates are per person, per night based on double occupancy and require a three-night minimum stay and range from $135 - $245.  The Grand Inclusive Package is available for travel from Dec. 2002 through April 2003 but not available for travel from Dec. 22, 2002 through Jan. 1, 2002.  For more information, visit www.sheratongrand.com.
Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort & Spa has a Rediscover Romance promotional offer where couples can save 35% on all published rack rate categories, with a minimum
three-night stay at this AAA four-diamond resort.  This offer is good for travel starting Nov. 15, 2002 and will be available until further notice.  The resort has just completed a dramatic face lift and with savings of 35%, visitors can afford to take advantage of Sandal’s VIP Rolls Royce airport pick up, which is available to select suites.  For more information, call 1-800-SANDALS or visit www.sandals.com.
Boating and yachting enthusiasts can take advantage of discounted marina rates through April 2003 at the Sea Spray Resort Villas & Marina on Elbow Cay in the Abacos.  Boasting one of the newest deep-water, big boat marinas in the Abacos, with metered water and electricity, the resort offers rates as low as $325 per month for boats up to 50 feet.  Just three miles from historic Hope Town, the resort is set on six acres of land featuring private one- and two-bedroom villas.  For reservations call 1-800-688-4752 or visit www.seasprayresort.com.


On Long Island, Stella Maris Resort Club will be offering the fifth night free, for all guests who pay full rates for the first four nights, on a hotel room or one-bedroom cottage.  This special package is available for travel from Dec. 2002 through April 2003.  For more information, visit www.stellamarisresort.com, or call 1-800-426-0466.


Coral Sands Hotel on Harbour Island has a Fourth Night Free promotion valid from Jan. 5- Feb. 15, 2003.  Pay for three nights and get the fourth night free (excluding garden view rooms).  In addition, the property will be offering an Added Pleasure package where guests can book three nights and get the fourth night free; book five nights and get the sixth and seventh night free; or book ten nights and get the next four nights free (taxes and gratuities not included).  Coral Sands features 39 newly renovated rooms, suites and apartments—many with private balconies.  The restaurant offers cuisine prepared by a Cordon Bleu certified chef.  For further information, visit www.coralsands.com or call 1-800-468-2799.


For more information or to book flights and packages to The Islands Of The Bahamas, contact travel professionals at 1-800-BAHAMAS, call your travel agent or visit
www.bahamas.com.


While Fall brings changing colors to the United States, two important colors in Bermuda remain the same: pink and green.  The pink is in Bermuda’s renowned pink sand beaches and the green represents the dollars vacationers save when booking a Compliments of Bermuda package for the island’s Fall-Into-Spring season, starting at just $465 per person.


Vacationers who book a Compliments of Bermuda Fall-Into-Spring package now through March 31, 2003, for travel now through April 7, 2003, will receive a $100 credit per booking upon check-in that can be used same as cash at participating Bermuda retail stores and attractions.  As an added bonus, each adult visitor will be given a special Passbook to Savings with coupons for savings on everything from retail shops and restaurants to attractions and golf course greens fees. The price, based on double-occupancy, for a four-day/three-night Compliments of Bermuda getaway, including airfare, accommodations and roundtrip airport transfers begins at $465 per person. Prices vary depending upon departure city, accommodations and dates of travel. For more information on planning a Bermuda getaway, call 1-800-BERMUDA, your travel professional or log onto www.bermudatourism.com.


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