Monday, December 22, 2008

New Year's Under the Sun

With New Year's Eve fast approaching, there's still time to plan a last-minute, warm-weather, end-of-year escape from destinations including Puerto Rico, Jamaica and Florida, too.
Couples in need of a romantic getaway should look no further than the gorgeous, beachside Royal Plantation Resort & Spa (pictured) in Ochos Rios. A limited number of oceanfront suites remain for the holiday period, with reduced rates offered before Dec. 26th and after Jan. 3. Depending on dates chosen, nightly all-inclusive rates average around $1,200 per couple and include round-trip airport transfers, all meals, all drinks, unlimited greens fees, beach butler service, taxes/gratuities and of course, VIP treatment throughout your stay.

Families seeking a last-minute option will find the perfect setting at the beachfront Ritz-Carlton Golf & Spa Resort, Rose Hall, Jamaica. A limited number of Club Level rooms remained at press time, with rates from $919/night inclusive of daily breakfast if booked through Elite Travel International, an affiliate of TravelStore Platinum. Club Level guests enjoy complimentary cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages and light snacks throughout the day.

Those looking to ring in the New Year in elegant quiet style will love the charming Horned Dorset Primavera in Rincon, Puerto Rico. At this Relais & Chateaux property overlooking the sea just two hours from San Juan, spacious one-bedroom residences and suites are available Dec. 27-Jan. 4th from $1,470/night inclusive of three meals per day. The four-acre, hillside resort on the island's scenic west side boasts stunning bi-level villas, each individually furnished and equipped with balconies and private plunge pool. Nearby activities run the gamut from deep sea fishing to snorkeling, diving and day trips to nearby rain forests and historic colonial towns. Gambling and salsa dancing are also within easy reach.

Lastly, a sun-filled stateside option is available at Costa d’Este Beach Resort in Vero Beach, Florida. Owned by Gloria & Emilio Estefan, the new (opened in June) oceanfront property offers the area’s best resort spa, an infinity-edge pool, cabana bar, high-tech gym, and a great location right on Ocean Drive. The All that Glitters New Year’s Eve package is $475 per couple and includes overnight accommodations, a four-course dinner with wine at Oriente, the resort's hip signature restaurant. Also included is VIP access to both the Crystal Ultra Lounge and Cabana Pool Deck festivities. Additional room nights can be booked pre- and post-New Year's Eve from about $250/night.

For more information on these and other last-minute, warm-weather getaway options, contact The Elite Travel Gal.

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