Where to Find Santa

Frenchman's Reef Santa

From sledding in snowy Montana to stand-up paddle boarding in sunny St. Thomas, Santa is the ultimate world traveler. Check out where to find Santa in the  next 2 weeks:

ST. THOMAS, USVI

On his way through the Caribbean, Santa indulges in a little adventure during his holiday travels! Here he does the impossible and masters the art of stand-up paddle boarding, without falling in, at Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort in St. Thomas. Families and friends can join in on the fun with the resort’s “Family Island Adventure” package, offering an active travel escape this holiday season.

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WESTERLY, RHODE ISLAND

Santa is making an appearance at Ocean House this season as part of the resort’s annual 12 Days of Christmas programming. On December 20, kids are encouraged to partake in the Children’s Christmas Party with Santa and celebrate with an afternoon of holiday-inspired arts and crafts, stories and lunch. Have your photo taken with Santa too!

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PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS

Celebrate the holidays on the white-sand beaches of Atlantis, Paradise Island. The family-vacation mecca known for the largest open-air marine habitat in the world and 141-square foot Aquaventure Water Park is the perfect destination for winter fun in the sun. Santa Claus can be found riding his dolphin led sleigh throughout the resort – from the Mayan Temple and Dolphin Cay to the largest Bahamian casino and CRUSH Teen Club. Guests are welcomed to join in a traditional Christmas tree lighting ceremony of a spectacular 40-foot tree and kids (ages 7-12) are invited to bake cookies with Mrs. Claus in the Atlantis Kids Adventures club.

Families can choose from a variety of accommodations from the Beach Towers, Coral Towers, and Royal Towers to The Cove and The Reef. With quick, direct flights from over thirty cities, Atlantis offers a cornucopia of activities for the whole family.

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GREENOUGH, MONTANTA

Known for bringing families together for an old-fashioned storybook Christmas with sprawling acres of Montana winter wonderland to enjoy, The Resort at Paws Up‘s spacious luxury homes with fireplaces crackling, snow falling and the jingle of sleigh bells are the perfect ingredients to be “home” for the holidays. Each cozy home or wilderness estate includes a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, holiday movies and a personal Santa Claus that comes by to drop off presents for the kids. With over a hundred miles of lightly traveled wilderness trails, guests can experience everything from cross-country skiing and snowmobiling excursions, tubing, private indoor equestrian lessons, horse-drawn sleigh rides through frosted forests, ice-skating, dog-sledding and more. Kids can also enjoy a Christmas Eve party, a ginger bread house building contest and cookie decorating. The resort offers a great Christmas package, which includes accommodations, activities, and a Christmas dinner feast, Montana style! http://www.pawsup.com/rates/holiday-packages.php

Summer Beach Getaway: One & Only Ocean Club: Travel Tuesday

Once a private estate in Nassau, One & Only Ocean Club, is the destination of alluring beachfront luxury at its best. Huge manicured lawns and towering coconut palms provide an enchanting backdrop to the pristine beaches of Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Here, service is elevated to a fine art form by a gracious staff welcoming you into their colonial plantation home. Ideal for couples and families, even the dining options at One & Only Ocean Club are renowned  featuring the creative cuisine of chef Jean-George Vongerichten.

One & Only Ocean Club is a playground of world-class golf, tennis, spa, and of course, water-sports. The spectacular blue waters of the Caribbean are filled with a roster of activities, including diving, snorkelling, sailing, and wind-surfing. Here are some great upcoming deals worth checking out.

Beachfront Family Getaway

For families that want to be right on the beach, reserve one Beach Front room and receive 25% off a second, connecting Beach Front room for a savings of $350 per night.

Available for stays May 27-December 19, book by December 1.

Rates: 2 connecting Beach Front rooms: $2,450/night (ordinarily $2,800 – a savings of $350/night, or $2,450/week)

Rethink summer vacation and head to the Bahamas for a trip the children won’t soon forget. This summer, One&Only Ocean Club makes it easier than ever to get down to Paradise Island with its two great deals, the Summer Retreat and the Beachfront Family Getaway.

Why Ocean Club?

The perfect spot for families, Ocean Club is secluded and safe so children can have a little freedom. At the KidsOnly club, children can take cooking lessons from One & Only chefs and golf and tennis lessons from the resident pros, or just enjoy the beach games, arts and crafts center, library, or game room. Parents can get in a few rounds of golf or some tennis lessons, relax in the spa, or just read on the beach.

Summer Retreat Deals

Stay 7 nights and only pay for 5, or spend 14 nights and only pay for 10.

Inclusions:

Daily breakfast for two (in-room or at Dune restaurant)

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Available for stays July 1-September 30, book by August 30.

Rates:  

1 week in a Garden View Room: $3,750 (ordinarily $5,250 – a savings of $1,500)

2 weeks in a Garden View room: $7,500 (ordinarily $10,500 – a savings of $3,000)

 

3 Spring Travel Deals: Friday Finds

Spring is in the air so I wanted to share 3 spring travel deals worth checking out. I just returned from Phoenix where the weather was 89 and sunny! It was too nice for words. Here are a few fabulous hot deals you don’t want to miss. Happy weekend!

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain (Scottsdale, Ariz.): Beginning May 16 starting rates drop 46% from $519 to $279 per night (and seasonal specials often dip lower).  The average temperature in May is 95 degrees – a dry desert heat that can still be enjoyed outdoors, especially while lounging by the resort’s stunning infinity-edge pool.  A cool respite at the Sanctuary Spa might include the Sanctuary Luxury Facial, which uses precious crystals that have been re-energized in the Arizona sun to promote deep relaxation and revitalization.

Grand Lucayan, Bahamas (Grand Bahama Island): As of May 1 starting rates drop almost 20% from $259 to $209 per night.  Weather on the island – the closest Caribbean destination to the U.S. – is typically a glorious 75 degrees in May.  The 7.5-acre white-sand beach is perfect for families and couples alike, and travelers have access to a host of activities including snorkeling, kayaking and swimming with dolphins.

Doral Golf Resort & Spa (Miami, Fla.): Starting April 1 a 16% savings is available at this TRUMP HOTEL COLLECTION property, as starting rates drop from $226 to $189.  With seasonal temperatures averaging in the low 80s, it’s a great time to hit the greens of the resort’s five championship golf courses, including the legend