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DETROIT, MI.- October 1, 2009 – For those people interested in skipping the hustle and bustle of the hectic holiday season for a relaxing vacation getaway with family and friends, a number of all-inclusive resorts here and abroad offer ideal diversions during the last weeks of the year.


Bob Levinstein, CEO of, says these properties offer travelers both value for their money and a wide range of holiday celebrations, activities and amenities that will please the entire family and the budget.


“In most cases, once a person takes a resort vacation during the holiday season, especially at one of the nicer properties worldwide, they wonder why it took them so long to try it,” Levinstein said.  “With very few exceptions, people who travel to these all-inclusive resorts during the holiday season think they’ve just enjoyed one of the best gifts to themselves ever.”


Travelers and their families who want to leave the cold and snowy weather at home may be interested in the following all-inclusive resorts offer beautiful, warm locales:


Dreams Punta Cana

This lovely resort has a series of holiday traditions that are not to be missed. Start Thanksgiving with a telecast of the Thanksgiving Day parade in New York. Kids will love special events like turkey calling, special arts & crafts, and history lessons with live 'Pilgrims.' As evening falls, feast on Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings including pumpkin pie and cranberries! 


Love the traditional Christmas festivities? Enjoy the spirit of the season with Christmas décor and a visit from Santa on Christmas Eve, followed by a spectacular Christmas dinner on Christmas day.  


New Years Eve showcases a gourmet buffet and dancing till dawn on the beach; it’s the best way to celebrate a tropical New Year's!  The kid's campout will keep little ones safe and busy with their own activities while the adults experience a New Year's like no other!   Recuperate the next day while watching games such as the Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl and Cotton Bowl… a great way to start the year off right!


Cayo Espanto, Belize

The second-largest barrier reef in the world, acts as the centerpiece for this luxury all-inclusive resort off the coast of Belize.  Unparalleled scuba diving and snorkeling, combined with world-class pampering and spa services, private villas and candlelit dinners overlooking the ocean, provide an unforgettable gift to oneself.  In addition, there are opportunities for bird watching, fly fishing, boating and exploration of the lush tropical landscape.


Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa, Mexico

This family oriented all-inclusive resort in Mexico is bustling with activity the entire holiday season.  During Thanksgiving, guests can enjoy the telecast of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and then participate in turkey-calling contests, arts and crafts and history lessons with “pilgrims”.  A traditional Thanksgiving feast comes complete with plenty of pumpkin pie and cranberries.  For sports fans, there is plenty of football to watch, too.


The Christmas season offers many family festivities, as well.   Colorful holiday décor and music fill the halls of the resort and children relish the arrival of Santa Claus with plenty of presents and good cheer.   Adults can spend New Year’s Eve enjoying gourmet dining and dancing until dawn, knowing their children are safe on a special campout specially designed for kids.   


For those who enjoy the traditional American holiday, the following all-inclusive resorts provide a winter getaway - minus the work.


Vista Verde Ranch, Colorado

This picturesque Colorado ranch could double as the subject of a Norman Rockwell painting, complete with plenty of snow and sleigh-riding carolers.  Special holiday events include decoration making, tree cutting and a Christmas Day feast fit for a king.  Those staying over the New Year’s holiday can participate in the resort’s traditional New Year’s progressive dinner.  It begins during the afternoon of New Year’s Eve and takes guests via skis or sleigh from one resort location to another with different courses served along the way.  Everyone ends up at Sweetheart’s Parlor for desert and to watch the ball drop in Times Square in New York.


The Balsams Resort, New Hampshire

A snow lover’s paradise, this all-inclusive winter wonderland resort features Alpine and Nordic skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, ice skating, snowmobiling and dog sledding.  Holiday festivities include gingerbread decorating, ornament making, caroling, dancing and wine tasting.  Christmas Eve includes a special reading of T’was the Night Before Christmas, along with a traditional Christmas Day brunch.  The New Year’s Eve celebration includes fireworks, grand dinner buffet and ballroom dancing.  Guests also can take a cozy sleigh ride through the grounds of the 15,000-acre mountain resort. 


Deerhurst Resort, Ontario, Canada

Guests can enjoy an idyllic late autumn setting for a no-stress Canadian Thanksgiving at this all-inclusive resort in Ontario.  The holiday can include a round of golf, boat tour, horseback riding, hiking or mountain biking.  When colder weather moves in around the December holidays, the grounds turn into a winter wonderland.  The resort is well known for its downhill and cross country skiing, as well as 2,000 km of snowmobiling trails.  Other winter sports include outdoor ice skating, hockey, dog sledding and snow-tubing.  

For those who enjoy both the sun and snow, put the following getaway on the wish list:


Kona Village Resort, Hawaii

This beautiful all-inclusive resort, located on the island of Hawaii, hosts a special Christmas at Kona Village gala during December.  The annual holiday culinary celebration, held in early December, features cuisine prepared by the island’s top chefs.  As an added bonus, nearby Mauna Kea (White Mountain), a colossal extinct volcano, is one of the world’s highest mountains with some of the finest snow anywhere.  With 100 square miles of snowy terrain, where else can one ski down a mountain and snorkel over a coral reef in the same day? 


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