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SMART DEALS: Christmas on Sale in the Caribbean

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    It’s probably no surprise that some Caribbean hotels are flying distress flags, offering deals, free nights and value added packages during – of all times – the Christmas vacation week. That is something that was unthinkable in any other year. Yet here are 11 of these offers.

    But there's no reason to consider this an exhaustive list. Do some digging yourself and you're sure to find resorts, guesthouses and b&b's eager to accommodate you and your wallet during the holidays. Admittedly, there are not any outright steals here. But for anyone on the fence about a holiday in the islands, these offers may well be the tipping point.

THE RESORT: The Verandah Resort & Spa, Antigua
THE DEAL:"Kids Stay, Play and Eat Free"
THE CATCH: Children under 12 stay, play and eat free. Up to two
children stay and dine free per room when sharing the same
accommodations with their parents, with a maximum of two adults and two
children per room. Good from December 21, 2008 to January 6, 2009, when
booked by December 1, 2008. All-inclusive nightly rates for Hillside
Suites at $635 and Waterview Suites at $645
BOOKING: www.eliteislands.com (Photo above)

THE RESORT: Club Med Cancun Yucatan, Mexico; Punta Cana, Dominican Republic; Turkoise, Turks and Caicos
THE DEAL: "2 Days Free." Get two days free when booking a seven-night holiday vacation between November 22, 2008 and February 14, 2009.
THE CATCH: Based on availability
BOOKING: www.clubmed.us

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THE RESORT: St. James's Club & Villas, Antigua
THE DEAL:"Kids Stay, Play and Eat Free"
THE CATCH: Children under 12 stay, play and eat free. Up to two children stay and dine free per room when sharing the same accommodations with their parents, with a maximum of two adults and two children per room. Good from December 21, 2008 to January 6, 2009, when booked by December 1, 2008. All-inclusive nightly rates for the Club Room category at $685.
BOOKING: www.eliteislands.com (photo above)

THE RESORT: The St. Kitts Marriott Resort, St. Kitts
THE DEAL: Three free room nights with the Super Sand Dollar Package, based on availability.
THE CATCH: Based on a seven-night stay and includes daily breakfast. Guests pay for just four nights and get the remaining three nights free, with rates starting at $147 per night.
BOOKING: www.stkittsmarriott.com and enter the three letter promotional code ZJL.

THE RESORT: Turtle Beach Resort, Barbados
THE DEAL: 25% savings. Rates now start at $713 per night, per room, December 15, 2008 — January 4,2009 and are based on double occupancy and a five-night minimum. Rate includes meals, beverages, and daily afternoon tea, as well as a complimentary children's program
THE CATCH: Available through January 4, and guests must book by November 15, 2008
BOOKING: www.turtlebeachresortbarbados.com

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THE RESORT: Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Montego Bay, Jamaica
THE DEAL: 20% off published rates. All-inclusive rates start at $199 per person,
THE CATCH: Good between December 21, 2008 to January 3, 2009, suites excluded.
BOOKING: Promo code 120 must be used to receive this promotion www.caribbeanhi.com (photo above)

THE RESORT: Frenchman's Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, St. Thomas
THE DEAL: Super Sand Dollar Deal includes daily breakfast for two with the fifth and sixth nights free. Rates starting from $499 per night based on double occupancy
THE CATCH: Minimum stay of six nights. Valid  December 20, 2008 to January 5, 2009. 
BOOKING: www.marriott.com

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THE RESORT: Breezes Curacao
THE DEAL: Christmas night (December 25) is complimentary
THE CATCH: You must book by November 15 and this requires a four-night minimum stay. Good for  travel December 15 to  26, 2008, pending availability. Rates start at $135 per person, per room, and kids stay free through Dec. 22 (ages 2 – 13; same room as paid adult)
BOOKING: Request XMAS08 when booking. www.breezescuracao.com (photo above)

THE RESORT: Royal St. Kitts Hotel & Casino, St. Kitts
THE DEAL:"Christmas Celebration Package." Up to three children 12 years old and under traveling with parents stay for free. From $181.51 per person, per night, all inclusive.
THE CATCH: None
BOOKING: www.royalstkittshotel.com

THE RESORT: Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort Aruba
THE DEAL: 20 percent savings. Rates now from $353 per person, per night, based on double occupancy.
THE CATCH: Valid Dec. 23, 2008   January 3, 2009, a minimum length stay of five nights
BOOKING: Promo code 120 must be used to receive this promotion www.caribbeanhi.com

THE RESORT Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, St. Lucia
THE DEAL:30% savings off of the regular nightly room rate. Pay $199 per person, based on double occupancy, for a deluxe garden view room and receive all-inclusive package, including full breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks daily, unlimited juices, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages, fully supervised children's center with daily schedule of activities, daily entertainment program, water park attraction, airport transfers from St. Lucia's Hewanorra International Airport, all hotel taxes and gratuities
THE CATCH: Good from December 21 to 31, 2008
BOOKING: www.cbayresort.com, 866-978-6226

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