For those of you debating whether to hop on that plane or not, travel and luxury lifestyle expert, AMPR’s President & CEO Andria Mitsakos, has rounded up a few of this season’s best vacations for cultural experiences on realistic budgets. Whether it’s in the Caribbean, Mexico or Europe, each is a chance to make your life rich with the worldly experiences of travel.



The Offer: Island Outpost beats to new rhythms in Jamaica with a 5th-night free offer and rates as low as $95 per night.
Where: Jakes (Treasure Beach), The Caves (Negril), Geejam (Port Antonio) and Strawberry Hill (Blue Mountains).
Details: Travel dates range throughout November and December, and each hotel includes a distinct experience of pampering extras. Among them: complimentary massages; welcome bottle of wine; complimentary roundtrip flights from Kingston to Portland for stay of 7 nights or more (Geejam only); meals, drinks and more! All this in addition to the distinct, hip ambiance Island Outpost’s hotels convey, uniting guests with the local atmosphere.
Get it: Visit or call 1-800-OUTPOST.


The Offer: Nab 25% savings with the Buenaventura Fall All-Inclusive package, where rates are just $100 per person, per night (based on double occupancy).
Where: The newly renovated Buenaventura Grand Hotel & Spa, located just steps from lively downtown Puerto Vallarta.
Details: Valid through December 15th, 2008, package includes four days/three nights’ accommodations in a Deluxe Room, one Gold Star Wrap spa treatment per person, in addition to daily breakfast, lunch and dinner with unlimited cocktails, beer and wine. Enjoy the daily-replenished mini-bar! Hotel taxes are also covered.
Get it: Call 1-888-859-9439 or email


The Offer: The Marley Resort & Spa welcomes all to a 50% savings with The Royal Welcome package, $250 per night in a Deluxe Room.
Where: Marley Resort & Spa in Nassau, a Bahamian sanctuary infused with the art, history and spirit of the Marley family.
Details: In addition to luxurious accommodations, get treated to an Akwaaba Welcome Touch Foot Ceremony for two. The 10-min foot massage with rose petals and Royal Rita bath brew will get every visitor jamming to the right vibe. Valid for travel December 15th, 2008 - January 31st, 2009 (excludes holidays).
Get it: Visit or e-mail


The Offer: The Ladies’ Luck package offers women an all-inclusive Caribbean break for $299 per person, per night.
Where: The action-packed Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino in the Dutch St. Maarten.
Details: Galpals have access to lush room upgrades, meals, drinks, massages and play time at the thrilling Casino Royale. The pampering package is available January 4th, 2009 – April 11th, 2009. Receive complimentary upgrade to Deluxe Ocean view rooms, three meals daily and all alcoholic/non alcoholic beverages included. Also available is the diva treatment with a Swedish massage at the Good Life Spa and a $20.00 match play casino voucher.
Get it: Call 1-800-223-0757 or visit


The Offer: The Villa Premiere Winter Package makes way for a luxurious Mexico beach getaway. Rates of $560 per room, per night (for two), reflecting a 25% savings.
Where: Villa Premiere Hotel & Spa, the award winning boutique beachfront retreat on Puerto Vallarta’s golden sand beach on the Bay of Banderas.
Details: Valid November 1st, 2008-December 20th, 2008 and January 4th, 2009-March 1st, 2009, package includes three nights/four days in a Premiere oceanfront guestroom with indoor Jacuzzi; an 80-minute Therapeutic Massage per person, per stay; daily American breakfast for two; and hotel taxes and gratuities. Chilled towels and champagne and a relaxing five-minute anti-stress massage on neck and hands at check-in are complimentary to every guest.
Get it: Call 1-877-886-9176 (1-866-379-7316 in Canada), email or visit


The Offer: Five nights of supreme luxury in a French palace for €379 ($504 US) per night.
Where: Located in the coveted center of Saint-Tropez, France, Pan Dei is a legendary palace built in 1835 that has recently been transformed into an exotic 12-room boutique hotel.
Details: As the historical mansion reignites the sumptuous era of colonial India, the Escapade Indienne package offers the sensual touch of its Turkish bath, in addition to one beauty treatment per person at the spa, daily breakfast and a romantic dinner for two, a tour of a local winery and a special hotel gift. Valid through December 18th, 2008.
Get it: Visit or call 33 (0) 4-94-17-71-71.


The Offer: Earn up to $400 in resort amenity credit at Pink Sands.
Where: Pink Sands, an intimate, boutique hotel on Harbour Island in the Bahamas, set upon one of the world’s sexiest beaches.
Details: Spend three or four nights at Pink Sands and receive $100 a day for up to four days. Credit redeemable towards gourmet meals, beverages and unique boutique items. Romantic candlelight dinners are served al fresco at the Garden Terrace restaurant. Breakfast and lunch are served seaside at the Blue Bar. Credits are valid per room and don’t apply towards room fees. Valid for stays through December 18th, 2008.
Get it: Visit Call Toll Free USA & Canada (800) 407-4776 or + 1 (401) 847-4720.



Source: AMPR