Category Archives: Central and South America

Vacations That Make You a Better Man: From wine tasting, to jungle survival and adventure sports

VACATIONS THAT MAKE YOU A BETTER MAN

From wine tasting, to jungle survival and adventure sports; here are some travel suggestions for the modern man

Vacation days are a precious commodity and although some men might be happy to squander them laying on a beach, here are some travel suggestions aimed at increasing knowledge, physical prowess and even helping to make the world a better place. 

Pump Up The Pedal Pressure

Forget the Lycra, dressed from head to toe in protective gear; downhill mountain bikers are the gladiators of the two-wheel world. EnjoyWhistler.com offers a package including mountainside accommodation, a bike lesson on Whistler Mountain, and then a trip to the Scandinave Spa so you too can feel like you faced the arena – and won. For more information visit www.EnjoyWhistler.com

Me Tarzan: Jungle Survival Training

Be the knight in shining armour, rather than the paper pusher behind him. Leave the desk job behind and embark on a trip to the jungle. Learn expert survival training whilst helping to protect stunning habitat and cultural landmarks in places like Belize, Borneo, and the Himalayas. For more information visit www.GoVoluntouring.com

Brain vs. Braun: Intellectual Summer Camp

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could drop a line about cloning genes into your usual chat-up repertoire? Or perhaps a little something on geology, or the human quest for truth? Head to Quest University Canada for a week-long adult intellectual summer camp and you’ll certainly learn something to liven up the conversation. For more information visit www.QuestU.com

Into the Wild: Whitewater Rafting and Fishing

You know you’re a man when you can jump off a cliff called the “Devil’s Elbow”. Part of Sunwolf’s “Elaho River Expedition”, their full-day summer whitewater rafting trip includes conquering grade five rapids and a dip in the glacial waters if you’re brave enough to face the Devil’s Elbow drop. If you visit during the colder months the rivers teem with steelhead trout just begging to be reeled in. For more information visit www.Sunwolf.net

Learning the Lingo: Give and Surf          

Learn how to surf and brush up on your Spanish in Bocas del Toro, Panama while you help the local community. Get a tan, learn the lingo and catch some waves whilst assisting in the day-to-day running of a preschool for the local children. For more information visit www.GoVoluntouring.com

Cool Combination: Savvy Skier and Wine Aficionado

Kill two birds with one stone at Big White Ski Resort, based in the heart of Canadian wine country. Learn to navigate your way around not only the slopes but also the wine list with their “Groomers and Grapes Package”, which includes a tour of the local wineries. With 700cm of powdery snow, 118 runs to explore and a 60ft manmade ice tower to clamber up, who doesn’t like a man who can handle the cold? For more information visit www.BigWhite.com

Manmade Impact: Heal The World

Adventure philanthropy can take you all over the world, whether you want to help build an orphanage in Guatemala, install solar panels in Nicaragua or help with a water treatment system in Malaysia. No construction experience required, just some muscle and a sense of adventure. For more information visit www.GoVoluntouring.com

Tax Deductible Travel! Volunteer vacationing spots in the world! March 2013 news

Save Money with Tax Deductible Travel

Volunteer vacationers can get money back on project contribution costs


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VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, March 6 – Vacationers who thought certain destinations would be out of financial reach might want to investigate the tax deductions available with volunteer vacations. Travellers who participate in specific volunteer programs can deduct contributions and expenses on their tax return, making some of these projects up to 40% lower in cost than they might otherwise expect.

GoVoluntouring connects travellers to over 3,000 projects in over 100+ countries worldwide. Many of these programs are registered charities and not-for-profits that can issue tax receipts. For Canadians and Americans, this means a long list of projects where they can expect to receive a portion of their contributions and expenses returned as a tax deduction. Here is a selection of the projects partners offering possible tax benefits:

For Canadians:

Care for Cuba: http://goo.gl/RDrld

Get a chance to peer into the beauties, struggles, and determination of a society that has long been shrouded in mystery to many North Americans. This volunteer vacation program focuses on research and education, cultural awareness, and academics.

Help build a sustainable orphanage in Guatemala: http://goo.gl/WVgmi

Help build a village for orphaned and abandoned children. According to UNICEF, Guatemala is home to more than 340,000 orphaned and abandoned children. Extreme poverty is the main culprit for this situation, but there is something being done about it.

Fighting Poverty in India: http://goo.gl/I9181

Globe Aware works by providing support for teachers, working with rescued child laborers, and assisting at day care centers catering to children below the poverty line in Jaipur, India.

For Americans:

Sea Turtle Conservation in Costa Rica: http://goo.gl/07ZeZ

Imperiled by egg poaching, hunting, the lights of coastal development, and long line fishing practices, leatherback turtles are also under threat from climate change and ocean pollution.

On The Trail of the Giant Panda in China: http://goo.gl/C1hSr

The long-term aim of this project is to create healthy, self-sustaining wild panda populations through the release of captive giant pandas to strengthen small isolated populations of wild panda.

Expedition Vietnam: http://goo.gl/BdBhA

Volunteers will be engaged in a variety of projects, from teaching English, to the building of playgrounds and better homes, refurbishment of buildings for use as schools, as well as other infrastructure to help raise the standards of living throughout rural Vietnam.

GoVoluntouring recommends that all volunteers consult their personal tax advisor before making any decisions as tax regulations often change. For more information on the tax deductible projects visit: www.govoluntouring.com/tax-deductible-projects or call toll-free (Canada/USA) 1.888.988.7897

About GoVoluntouring: www.govoluntouring.com

Flight Centre’s responsible travel division, GoVoluntouring, is a leading online community for volunteers, overseas teachers, and learners abroad. Its unique search filters allow users to perform detailed and customizable searches from a huge database of projects and programs in over 110 countries around the world.

Hands-On volunteer travel project deals around the world!

Hands-On Time Travel

Dig into history with volunteer projects all over the world

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, February 26, 2012 – Help to unravel some of the world’s mysteries by assisting on archaeological sites where Roman soldiers, Mongolian warriors, and Rapanui sculptors once resided. Volunteers step back in time in spectacular locations whilst being guided by professionals in need of assistance. This is a hands-on way to help preserve vital cultural resources around the globe and learn more about ancient ways of life.

Discovering Italy’s Ancient Etruscan and Roman Coast http://goo.gl/l7Y0L

The ancient maritime settlement of Poggio del Molino is located in the heart of the former territory of Populonia, overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. This excavation of the Etruscan coastal necropolis aims to fill key gaps in our knowledge of the industrial history and coastal economy, from the early Roman period to the Middle Ages. The project results will offer a profound understanding of the industrial aspects of Roman rule and exploitation. With treasure hunters, looters, and even development pressures threatening the integrity of the site, volunteer help is needed to secure the past before it is lost forever.

Origins of Angkor http://goo.gl/6exJR

The rural village of Ban Non Wat in Northeast Thailand is one of the most important sites for understanding indigenous societies ancestral to the Angkor Empire. Volunteers with Earthwatch will help to search for new prehistoric sites and identify the location of resources such as salt and potting clay. They will help reveal how Neolithic, Bronze, and Iron Age peoples were affected by their environment, changing climates, the development of agriculture, technological advances, and by contact with those from other lands.

Digging for the Deep World of Devon’s Roman Ruins http://goo.gl/jZpgF

The discovery of this Romano-British settlement is of tremendous importance. The settlement is the largest discovered in the county to date and detected structures hint at native roundhouses, enclosures, and a Roman road. At present, there is nothing comparable to the site in Devon and research will significantly contribute to our understanding of life in the Romano-British world. Earthwatch volunteers will be the first to conduct fieldwork helping further understand the nature, date, and extent of the site.

Restoring Prehistoric Landscapes on Easter Island http://goo.gl/H488W

The massive stone sculptures that dot this remote Polynesian island have perplexed centuries of explorers. Earthwatch probes the past to discover what forces led to disastrous changes here in the 17th century, ending a millennium of peace and prosperity. Volunteers will work in a uniquely beautiful landscape, searching for prehistoric gardens, livestock enclosures, and agricultural fields. Under the gaze of the giant stone moai, they’ll conduct surface surveys, take photographs and GPS coordinates, measure stone features and dig test-pits in gardens to document the evolution of farming on the island.

Archaeology of the Mongolian Steppe http://goo.gl/A6ylc

Earthwatch is supporting archaeological and cultural investigations in the stunning Ikh Nart Nature Reserve, needed to ensure a holistic approach to managing the area. Volunteers will be surveying the landscape for significant archaeological and cultural resources such as burial cairns, steles and other commemorative monuments or markers, the remains of campsites and rudimentary structures, rock art, and other indications of the cultural history and vitality of the region. The goal of the project is to establish baseline data and is a remarkable opportunity to be involved in designing an ongoing archaeological investigation.

About GoVoluntouring: www.govoluntouring.com

Flight Centre’s responsible travel division, GoVoluntouring, is a leading online community for volunteers, overseas teachers, and learners abroad. Its unique search filters allow users to perform detailed and customizable searches from a huge database of projects and programs in over 110 countries around the world.

Discount offers to BELIZE! Summer 2011 issue

Take Advantage of these Special Offers!   

Book now and receive a 20% discount on rooms for the following dates:

    June 20 –  August 31,  2011
Book now for a 10% discount on these packages for the following dates:
June 20 – August 31, 2011

Chaa Creek Inland Expedition Package

Honeymoon Vacation Package

Family Adventure Inclusive Package
These special discounts do not apply to existing reservations or Packages.
                             Use code AUG31 to receive the discount.
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Discover Wonders of COLOMBIA at the Smithsonian Folklore Festival. June 2011 news

DISCOVER THE WONDERS OF COLOMBIA AT THE SMITHSONIAN FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL

Highlight to Bogota, Colombia’s Capital City

June 14, 2011 (Miami) – As the featured destination at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC (June 30 – July 4; July 7 – 11, 2011) Colombia will be offering festival goers a chance to vibrate with the energy of the destination’s most celebrated cities. Kicking off the countdown to the festival, we invite you to get a glimpse of passionate Bogota, Colombia’s capital city.

Colombians are in love with the dynamism and cultural movements of their cities. Always in tune with international trends, Colombian cities are constantly offering large numbers of activities, festivals and exhibits. Deemed as the “City with a Heart,” Bogota is a passionate city that diligently preserves its great cultural and historical wealth while drawing visitors from all over the globe.

According to Maria Claudia Lacouture, President of Proexport, “Most international tourists traveling to Colombia and Bogota are from the United States. The Colombian capital and its surroundings offer travelers a great number of attractions, such as the Salt Cathedral and the Gold Museum, as well as an extraordinary gastronomic selection. In the past decade, Bogota has transformed into one of the cities in Latin America with the biggest growth and dynamicity.” 

Founded in 1538, modern and classical structures intertwine the frenzy of the city with the natural scenery in the background. Not to be missed attractions include: the La Candelaria district where narrow, colorful streets are lined by churches, colonial mansions and republican buildings, while taking visitors back to the republican era; The Gold Museum houses the largest collection of pre-Colombian gold work in the world; and perhaps the most celebrated is the hidden treasure in nearby Zipaquira, The Zipaquira Salt Cathedral, home to one of the world’s largest salt deposits.

“Colombia is a country full of promise with modern and vibrant cities that reinterpret traditional regional cultures to create new ones. We invite you to discover and enjoy Colombia’s metropolitan cultures this summer in the heart of Washington DC,” stated the Ambassador of Colombia to the United States, Gabriel Silva.

For nearly two weeks, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival will be held outdoors on Washington’s National Mall. In addition to the culture of Colombia, other featured exhibitions include the Peace Corps and Rhythm & Blues. Colombia: The Nature of Culture program will highlight the bio-cultural diversity of the country and explore how cultural expressions are connected to their environments.

Last Minute Itinerary in Costa Rica, October 2010

·        Day 1 – Arrival to San Jose, Costa Rica

Our driver will wait for you outside the terminal to take you to your hotel in San Jose.Overnight at hotel Sleep Inn – standard rooms or similarNOTE: estimated driving time 30 minutes ·        Day 2 – San Jose – Tortuguero (B, L, D)Early in the morning you will depart to Tortuguero. There will be a stop for breakfast on the way. Once you reach the small port of Matina/Caño Blanco, the tour will continue by boat, first on the river and then through the canals that run parallel to the coast until Tortuguero National Park, providing an excellent chance to take a close look at the wildlife. Enjoy a refreshing cocktail and delicious lunch at the lodge in Tortuguero. In the afternoon, visit the Tortuguero village, at the northeastern corner of the park, on a thin strip of land between the sea and the main canal where the laid-back style, the reggae roots music and the local people combines in this colorful village. At night, dinner will be served in the main restaurant of the lodge and there will be free time to enjoy the facilities.Overnight at hotel Pachira Lodge – standard room or similar NOTE: boat transportation on shared basis. Estimated driving time: 6 hours (including breakfast stop and boat ride). Maximum load per person: 13kg (we can get permission upon request for more) ·        Day 3 – Tortuguero – National Park (B, L, D)After breakfast and depending on the weather conditions, there will be a guided jungle walk to the forest or a boat tour through the Tortuguero Canals, the lunch will be at the lodge. In the afternoon enjoy a walk along the hotels’ private trails, or ride a boat through secondary canals. The park is formed by a navigable network of lakes and canals with a large variety of wildlife, including monkeys, crocodiles, iguanas, sloths, turtles and more than 300 species of birds. Dinner will be served at the lodge.Overnight at hotel Pachira Lodge – standard room or similar ·        Day 4 – Guapiles – Arenal (B, L)After breakfast leave the Caribbean towards Guápiles. There the Car representative delivery your car rental to continue to Arenal area which is located in the northern part of the Alajuela province, close to the Nicaraguan border. This region possesses beautiful and varied scenery. Refreshed by gentle tropical rains, this land stays green and humid almost all year round. The lowlands host gushing rivers, hot springs, lagoons, remote national parks, and plentiful wildlife. Overnight at hotel Mountain Paradise – junior suites or similarNOTE: Estimated driving time 6 hours (including boat ride and lunch on the way) ·        Day 5 – Optional tour – Arenal Hike + Baldi Hot Springs + dinner (B)The tour starts in a 3 km hiking trip through the tropical humid forest. Tour to the volcano: hiking through the forest to get to the lava flow, plants, wildlife and Arenal Lake. See and hear the glowing rocks of lava tumbling down of the mountain. In the end, the thermal water of Baldi Hot Spring for a few hours and dinner there.Overnight at hotel Mountain paradise – junior suites or similar ·        Day 6 – Arenal – Monteverde – Optional tour – Night Tour (B)After breakfast depart towards Santa Elena & Monteverde area. Breathtaking views of the Gulf of Nicoya and the islands below will accompany you as you ascend the hill to Monteverde and Santa Elena. An upward road leads to this forest-covered site whose name, which means
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“Green Mountain”, is most appropriate to introduce visitors to the wildlife sanctuary it preserves. The community, secluded on a 1400 meter-high (4594 ft) plateau, was founded in 1951 by a group of North American Quakers. Although some of the original virgin forest was cleared for dairy farming, the founders’ environmental consciousness, together with help from private organizations, led to the creation of a biological preserve that hosts one of the richest ecological systems in the country Upon arrival the night tour. During this Night Tour, you will walk the cloud forest trails surrounded by thick jungle where you can observe sleeping birds, tarantulas, spiders, grasshoppers, crickets, lizards, frogs, sloths, porcupines, white/nose coatis, olingos, kinkajous, snakes and more.
Overnight at hotel Montana Monteverde – superior room or similarNOTE: Estimated driving time 5 hours ·        Day 7 – Arenal – Monteverde – Optional tour – Hanging bridges + Canopy (B)Start with 1.9 mile trail that cruises through the forest; along the trails the visitor will find each of the eight different Hanging Bridges that compose this bridge system. The lengths and heights of these bridges vary between 170 feet and 560 feet in length and heights between 40 feet and 260 feet. You will then be flying through 15 cables and 18 platforms with an optional Tarzan Swing at the end of the adventure. Selvatura Park is one of the longest Canopy Tour in Costa Rica. Also it is the only one located inside Monteverde’s Cloud Forest.Overnight at hotel Montana Monteverde – superior room or similar ·        Day 8 – Monteverde – Manuel Antonio (B)Continue to the central pacific coast where Manuel Antonio is located. Manuel Antonio is undoubtedly one of the most luxuriant locations in Costa Rica, with spectacular white-grey sandy beaches fringed by thickly forested green hills.Overnight at hotel La Mansion – standard room or similarNOTE: Estimated driving time 4.5 hours ·        Day 9 –Manuel Antonio – Optional tourRafa Tour – Catamaran (with lunch) (B)(Breakfast) An amazing and unique experience that you ever had in your life could be being watching and feeding monkeys with an extraordinary guide in Damas Island.Your ‘Catamaran Island Adventure’ begins at Quepos harbor. You will head toward the horizon, cruising through the aquamarine waters toward the spectacular and scenic coastline of Manuel Antonio Park. Soon you will be in open water and on the lookout for spotted dolphins, migrating humpback whales, sea turtles and manta rays. You will be captivated by the sight of dolphins frolicking in the boat’s wake, or the inimitable sound of a whale’s song. As you make our way down the coastline of the park, the mysterious islands, jagged cliffs and unique rock formations will look almost close enough to reach out and touch. Overnight at hotel La Mansion – standard room or similar ·        Day 10 –Manuel Antonio –  Optional tour – Manuel Antonio National Park (B)Spectacular natural beauty and peaceful atmosphere attract many visitors to Manuel Antonio Park. You will follow a professional guide through one of Costa Rica’s most famous National Parks that gathers numerous species of butterflies, monkeys, raccoons, coatis, agoutis, two – toed sloths, snakes, orchids, etc.Overnight at hotel La Mansion – standard room or similar

Day 11 – Manuel Antonio – San Jose – National Airport (B)According to your international flight, departure schedule drive back to the International Airport, drop off the car there.NOTE: Please notice that check in for International flights must be done three hours prior departure. Estimated driving time 5 hours END OF OUR SERVICES!

Net price p.p. dbl Occ

      ·          Prices per person in US dollars and subject to changes without notice·          Prices are valid until 30.09.10·          Program subject to availability at the hotels or services offered at the time of confirmation, prices might vary if any is not available  INCLUDED IN THE PACKAGE:Accommodation

 Meals

  • As specified in the program (B-Breakfast/L-Lunch/D-Dinner)

 Transportation (Shared & Private)

  • Private transportation International Airport – Hotel on day 1
  • Shared bus & boat transportation San Jose – Tortuguero on day 2
  • Shared bus & boat transportation Tortuguero – Guapiles on day 4

 Car rent Daihatsu Bego, full insurance, zero deductible, extra driver, from day 4 to 11. Tours ·         Tortuguero National Park (village tour + canals tour + trails tour) Optional Tours (net price per person)·         Arenal Hike + Baldi Hot Spring + dinner – $40.00  ·         Hanging Bridges + canopy – $50.00·         Rafa Monkey Tour – $28.00·         Catamaran – $55.00·         Manuel Antonio National Park – $33.00

Does not include:·         Personal expenses & tips·         Optional tours and activitiesDeparture taxes ($26.00 per person at the time of quote)

Special Travel Arrangements into Montserrat for Arrow’s Funeral on October 1st, 2010

Special Travel Arrangements into Montserrat for Persons Coming for Arrow’s Funeral
Increased Flights and a Ferry Service to be Organised(September 23rd, 2010 – Brades, Montserrat):  In anticipation of the significant number of persons that will be coming for the funeral on October 1, 2010 of Montserrat’s most-famous son Arrow, the Montserrat Tourist Board (MTB) wishes to announce increased access, both by air and sea, to cater to these travelers.  In addition to the regularly scheduled air services on Winair (www.fly-winair.com) and Fly Montserrat (www.fly-montserrat.com), several additional charter flights are being organised on Fly Montserrat.  The cost of a return ticket from Antigua on these special charters is US$250 per person.   Passengers can pay in EC$ or US$ cash or by credit card (Visa, Master Card or Discover Card).   Travelers are also advised to limit the amount of luggage they will be bringing, as the aircrafts can only take a very limited amount of baggage.  Along with an increased number of flights, a return ferry service will also operate during the week leading up to the funeral on Friday October 1, 2010.  Further detailed information on dates, frequency and times of departure will be circulated, as soon as information is confirmed regarding the number of persons wanting to travel by ferry.Persons wishing to travel to Montserrat for the funeral, whether on the special air charters or by ferry, are asked to contact the Montserrat Tourist Board by email at info@montserrattourism.ms, by phone at (664) 491 2231, by fax at (664) 491 7430.  The following information would be required:          Name of person traveling          Number of persons in the travel party         Time and date of arrival into Antigua         Airline and flight no. arriving into Antigua         Time and date of Departure from Antigua         Airline and flight no. for departure from Antigua         Indicate whether desirous of traveling  by air charters or ferry          Accommodation in Montserrat where you will be staying
This travel information is necessary so that adequate return flights and ferry services can be arranged in and out of Montserrat during the period leading up to the funeral and afterwards. Persons are also asked to monitor the Getting Here section of the MTBs website at http://www.visitmontserrat.com/Getting_Here for updates on travel arrangements and also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/islandofmontserrat?ref=ts

THE MIGHTY ARROW, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

The Mighty Arrow, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

OLVESTON, Montserrat (Sept 15, 2010) – The Soca King of the World, Alphonsus “The Mighty Arrow” Cassell, died at his residence on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat today at the age of 60. 

The international recording artiste was diagnosed with cerebral cancer in early 2009. He was airlifted to the neighbouring island of Antigua last week for treatment. 

His family wishes to thank the medical teams, friends and family who gave their support during the period of his illness. 

Arrow or “Phonzie”, as he was referred to by close friends and family, is responsible for taking the soca genre to the international music scene with his 1982 smash hit, Hot, Hot, Hot. 

Having won the local calypso competition on four occasions, the talents of the proud son of Montserrat were spotted by former Beatles manager, Sir George Martin, who  worked with Arrow to turn his focus to his recording and touring career. 
 
Arrow recorded no less than 22 studio albums with other notable hits including Long Time, Dancing Mood, O’La Soca and Groove Master. 
 
He has performed at concerts, music festivals and gala events across the globe. 
 
“His death is a great loss to the family, his native land of Montserrat and the music world,” said his brother, Justin “Hero” Cassell, another talented vocalist and songwriter, who worked with Arrow during his peak years. 
 
Funeral announcements will be made in due course.  
 
—For further information contact Justin “Hero” Cassell at (664) 496-0203. 

LOST IGUANA RESORT & SPA ANNOUNCES A “TWO FOR TWO” SPECIAL WITH 50% OFF ROOMS THROUGH NOVEMBER

LOST IGUANA RESORT & SPA ANNOUNCES A “TWO FOR TWO” SPECIAL WITH 50% OFF ROOMS THROUGH NOVEMBER

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Buy Two Nights, Get Two Free; Rooms From $93 Per Night

ARENAL, COSTA RICA, September 7, 2010 – Here’s something to really fall for this fall: travelers to Costa Rica who stay two nights at the upscale Lost Iguana Resort & Spa through November 15 will get two bonus nights free, including breakfast daily.  What’s more, those who book the “Two for Two” special – reaping an incredible 50% off regular rates – will also receive a complimentary couples massage at the resort’s beautiful Golden Gecko Spa, if they mention the publication where they read about the offer a time of booking. 

Nestled on 120 acres of pristine rainforest, the Lost Iguana’s 42 well-appointed standard deluxe rooms, luxury suites, celebrity villas and casitas are uniquely designed to give guests the most impressive views of the lava-flowing side of Arenal Volcano, one of the 10 most active in the world.  The resort also offers a host of amenities guests would expect from a larger resort, like its full-service spa, but with the warmth and comfort of a privately owned inn.

Sitting in the middle of a lush jungle in North Central Costa Rica, the resort offers guests exclusive use of its private walking paths, which feature babbling brooks, large and small waterfalls and excellent bird watching.  Guests are free to enjoy self-guided healthful wanders, or tap the resort’s onsite wildlife guide who is available to answer questions and lead individualized tours. 

Following a day exploring the rainforest, guests can enjoy authentic Costa Rican cuisine at the open-air Blue Hibiscus Restaurant, sip a cocktail at the sit-down/swim-up thatched tropical bar or take a soak in the hot and cool freshwater pools.

For pure indulgence, guests can unwind at the new Balinese-themed Golden Gecko Spa with a host of relaxing treatments including the Costa Rican Facial with volcanic clay or the Mango Lily Body Polish, which nourishes and exfoliates the skin.  They can find solace in the open-air massage bungalows or during a Cocoon Steam Therapy session that improves circulation and detoxifies the body.  The spa also offers all guests full use of its complimentary gym and saunas.

Conveniently located near many of the area’s popular attractions, guests of Lost Iguana can walk the famous Hanging Bridges, enjoy white-water rafting adventures, rappel alongside cascading waterfalls into stunning canyons, or take dips in the local thermal hot springs.

Lost Iguana Resort & Spa’s “Two for Two Special” saves guests 50 percent off regular rates.  Four-night stays start at $370 per room, based on double occupancy, including two free nights and daily breakfast.  Guests who mention the publication in which they read about this deal at time of booking will also receive a complimentary couples massage.  This package is available for travel through November 15, 2010.

For more information or to book, visit Lost Iguana Resort & Spa’s website at www.lostiguanaresort.com, or call the hotel directly at 011(506) 2267-6148, or e-mail maritzalostiguana@mac.com.

The Lost Iguana Resort & Spa is a boutique hotel with 42 uniquely appointed rooms on 120 acres in a primal rainforest. All rooms have perfect views of the lava-facing side of Arenal Volcano. The resort boasts trails through the jungle, two pools, swim-up bar, open-air restaurant and serene Golden Gecko spa with saunas, gymnasium and massage bungalows.  For more information about Lost Iguana Resort & Spa, visit www.lostiguanaresort.com.

Early Booking Bonus at Breezes Resorts for 2011

PLAN NOW, SAVE LATER: EARLY BOOKING BONUS AT BREEZES RESORTS

Book by October 31; Save Up to $880 Per Couple on 2011 Vacations

HOLLYWOOD, FL, September 09, 2010 – Responding to travelers’ continued interest in value-driven offers, Breezes Resorts launches the “Early Booking Bonus.”  Book by October 31, 2010 for travel between January 1 and December 23, 2011, and save up to $880 per couple on a seven-night getaway.  Available at seven Super-Inclusive Breezes properties in Jamaica, Panama, Curaçao and the Bahamas, rates start at $79 per person, per night, based on double-occupancy.

Breezes Grand Negril receives high praise from first-time and repeat guests, which garnered the all-suite property a coveted spot on Travel + Leisure’s “Top 25 Hotels in the Caribbean, Bermuda and the Bahamas” survey in 2008.  Welcoming guests of all ages, Breezes Trelawny meets high expectations with a rock-climbing wall and a circus workshop featuring flying trapeze lessons.  From Jamaica’s first golf school to a PADI 5-star Gold Palm dive center, Breezes Runaway Bay is an idyllic choice for adventures both above and beneath the pristine Caribbean waters.  The neighboring Breezes Rio Bueno has a distinct local feel with its quaint Jamaican village-style architecture. The resort is popular for its nine-hole executive golf course and its full-service à la carte Blue Mahoe Spa where the signature treatment is a relaxing seaside massage.

The “Early Booking Bonus” is also available beyond Jamaica.  Breezes Panama’s convenient location and budget-friendly rates leave time and money for off-property explorations at the only country in the world where the sun rises on the Pacific and sets on the Atlantic.  Breezes Curaçao, the island’s only Super-Inclusive resort, beckons world-class divers and water sports enthusiasts alike to explore its 1,500-foot white sand beach whose pristine waters burst with vibrant marine life.  Only a few minutes from the airport and just a short stroll from the vibrant town of Nassau, Breezes Bahamas is renowned for its priceless location on Cable Beach. 

To take advantage of the early booking bonus savings, guests must book their vacations by October 31, 2010 for travel between January 1 and December 23, 2011.  A minimum three-night stay is required; discounts vary by resort.  Blackout dates apply. 

For 30 years, Breezes Resorts’ “Super-Inclusive” concept has offered the best vacation value.  Make a single payment for accommodations; all meals and multiple dining options including Japanese, Italian and authentic regional cuisine; unlimited premium brand drinks; myriad land and water sports including equipment rental and instruction; entertainment; weddings; recreational activities; and hotel taxes. Tipping is not allowed.

To book your “Early Booking Bonus” or to learn more about Breezes Resorts, visit www.breezes.com, call 1 (877)-Breezes, or contact a local travel agent.

SuperClubs, the world’s only Super-Inclusive resort group, includes properties in two SuperClubs brand categories: Breezes Resorts Breezes Grand Resort & Spa Negril, Breezes Rio Bueno Resort & Spa, Breezes Runaway Bay Resort & Golf Club and Breezes Resort & Spa Trelawny in Jamaica; Breezes Bahamas; Breezes Curaçao Resort, Spa & Casino; Breezes Costa Do Sauipe and Breezes Buzios in Brazil; Breezes Panama; and Hedonism Resorts Hedonism II in Negril and Hedonism III in Runaway Bay, both in Jamaica. 


Every SuperClubs holiday is Super-Inclusive – accommodations; all meals, SuperSnacks and premium brand cocktails; unlimited use of all sports facilities, including equipment rental and instruction; entertainment; weddings; recreational activities; and hotel taxes. Tipping is not allowed.  SuperClubs operates and independently markets affiliate Starfish and ROOMS resorts, and Jamaica’s Negril Beach Villa.  For more information or reservations, contact SuperClubs at (800) GO-SUPER (467-8737) or visit their website at www.superclubs.com.