Are We There Yet? – Vacation Specials

We look at the pleathora of holiday travel deals out there right now.

Jennifer Coxby Jennifer Cox

Are We There Yet?

So many press releases, so little time… I have been receiving slews of media releases about all kinds of travel news and thought, rather than just share one, I'd give you snippets from a few.

United Planet has opened the doors for travel agents to send clients on Volunteer Vacations in 18 countries around the globe. The traveler will have the opportunity to spend some time working in a local community project while also enjoying the chance to visit important sites, engage in cultural activities, go on significant excursions, and more. For more information, visit, email or call 1-800-292-2316.

La Rei, the flagship restaurant at Il Boscareto Resort & Spa, the five-star luxury resort in Serralunga d’Alba-Cuneo, Italy, has been awarded its first Michelin Star in the 2012 Michelin Guide to Italy. La Rei joins a list of only 33 new restaurants in Italy that are honoured with a star this year. Executive Chef Shiqin Chen leads La Rei with an expert pedigree in Italian and Piemontese cuisine. Chen’s cuisine respectfully nods to traditional Piemontese fare while embracing innovation and creativity in its execution. For more information visit

Make your reservations for next summer’s Traverse City Wine & Art Festival , an annual celebration of wine and culture that will take place Saturday, June 30, 2012 at the historic Grand Traverse Commons in the culinary paradise of Traverse City, Michigan. Recently in Bon Appétit, superstar chef Mario Batali touted Traverse City and the Leelanau Peninsula, saying “The food scene has really exploded in the region. It's very cool. The chefs involved in the scene celebrate what's here; they're not trying to be anything they're not. Now people are coming for gastronomic tourism.” Tickets for this year’s festival are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Lodging packages with area hotels are available as well through the festival website

The Cancun Convention and Visitors Bureau invites you to celebrate all the various festivities at the end of this year with exceptional deals and exciting celebrations. Say goodbye to the 2011 year and welcome to the 2012 with extraordinary specials.

Maroma Hotel is offering its Suite Dreams Package, available until January 15th, with 25% off and includes a lavish breakfast buffet, wake-up in room coffee service, welcome drink upon arrival, and one snorkelling trip per person, per stay. From December 22nd until the 31st, the hotel will be offering special themed dinners too. For more information visit

The CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort and the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa are offering travelers special packages this holiday season. With the 'Christmas Stay for Breakfast' package, guests staying over the holiday will enjoy enticing buffet breakfasts. For a special way to celebrate the start of 2012, stay at either of these Marriott Cancun Resorts and enjoy some of the best New Year's Eve parties in Mexico. The 4-course gala dinner and New Year's Eve Party, complete with live music and DJs, will have you dancing into 2012. For more information visit

The Omni Cancún Hotel & Villas offers special "Retreat & Relax” rooms, starting at only $126.65USD per night, plus applicable taxes, or if you wish to enjoy the complete all-inclusive packages, rates start at only $290USD per night for two adults with tax and service included. For more information visit

Fiesta Americana is offering guests who stay four nights or more over the Christmas holiday a special package that includes junior suite accommodation, champagne/buffet breakfast, spa treatments, and choice of Christmas Eve or Christmas dinner at one of the hotel's renowned restaurants. For more information visit

Bon Voyage,


Jenn Cox is a Montreal-based freelance journalist. Visit her website or email her at


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