- The Washington Times - Friday, August 18, 2006

GRAND OPENING

Stay at the new Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Fla., for $99.39 per night as part of its grand-opening Our Home Is Your Home special. The rate coincides with its opening on Sept. 9, but the date is also the birthday of owner Harris Rosen. The 1,500-room luxury resort is near the International Drive tourist area and Orlando International Airport. Patrons also can sample the resort’s many amenities by purchasing a Creek Combo package for an additional $99.39. Options include a round of golf, dinner or spa treatments. Packages are available from Sept. 9 through Oct. 1. Go to www.rosenshinglecreek.com or call 866/996-9939.

SECOND SEASON

EasyCruise has announced its second Caribbean winter itinerary, with rates starting at $17 per person, per night. From Dec. 8 through April 12, EasyCruiseOne will make stops at the ports of Philipsburg, St. Maarten; St. Barts; Anguilla; St. Kitts; Antigua and Nevis on a weeklong cycle. Before it begins service in the Caribbean, the ship will undergo extensive renovation for new livery, cafe, bar and restaurant; 60 windows will be added to outside cabins. Go to www.easycruise.com.

SUITE DEAL

Stay six or more nights in one of the new Ultra Rondovals suites at the Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort and receive a $250 resort or spa credit to use during your vacation. The new 1,800-square-foot circular suites, which open Sept. 10, feature a private plunge pool and Jacuzzi, butler service, outdoor grotto showers and a private seating area within the suite. Rates start at $895 per person, per night. Book by Aug. 31 for travel anytime between Sept. 10 through Dec. 22. See www.sandals.com.

SHOPPING AND SUN

The Sheraton Bal Harbour resort is offering a special Passport package with which guests can enjoy two of southern Florida’s best-known pleasures — shopping and sun. The beachfront resort is between Miami and Fort Lauderdale and opposite the fashionable Bal Harbour Shops. Those looking for sun can soak it up on 10 acres of tropical gardens, multiple pools and direct beach access, while shoppers can check out the 100 Bal Harbour stores. The package includes daily buffet breakfast, $50 resort credit and a Bal Harbour Village Passport, a savings book featuring more than $800 in savings. Rates start at $165 per night, with a two-night stay required. To book, see www.sheraton.com/balharbourvillage.

BAHAMA SAVINGS

Spend four nights at the Four Seasons Great Exuma Resort at Emerald Bay in the Bahamas for $929 per person — round-trip airfare included. The beachfront resort has a spa, a wide range of water sports and a Greg Norman-designed golf course. Guests can save an additional $150 off the package by booking with an American Express card. The package price is based on a midweek departure from Baltimore Washington International Airport. Travel through Dec. 21, book by Aug. 31. See www.eleisurelink.com or call 888/801-8808.

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