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July 07, 2009

Tropical Girlfriends Getaway in St. Petersburg, Florida

By Sue Mead

Girlfirends getaways Imagine a tropical island experience complete with velvety beaches, towering palms, vivid-hued flowers, delectable dining, winding beach pathways and dunes ... that’s what we found at the TradeWinds Beach Resort & Conference Center in St. Petersburg, Florida on our “Girlfriends Getaway". The Tradewinds pulls out all the stops, with two resorts on the island of St. Pete Beach, in the Gulf of Mexico: the larger Island Grand Resort; and the smaller, more intimate property, the Sandpiper Hotel & Suites.

What sets this resort apart are the elements that combine to let you create exactly what you want for your getaway. Take part in a wide array of day-time activities and nightlife offered at both resorts, or explore places of peaceful and tropical ambience. Explore the Island Grand’s meandering waterway encumbered by exotic natural life, or the The Grand Palm Colonnade, an 8,000-square foot garden atrium.

The Island Grand has pools, whirlpools, beach volleyball, a three-story inflatable slide, banana boats, wave runners, water trykes, and parasailing. Snorkeling, dolphin watch cruises, fishing charters and boat rentals are all available. The property is like a town of paradise, with a fitness facility, mini-golf, life-size chess, tennis courts, a business center, shops, a full-service salon and spa, restaurants, bars, on-the-go eateries, a coin laundry and dry cleaning. Guests also have access to 20 pristine acres of St. Pete Beach, a hub of cultural activities from art festivals to musical events.

A pet-friendly atmosphere is supported by a number of Pet Friendly Suites. Pets enjoy a true resort experience, with an “unleashed” Pet Play Zone, designated dog walk area, and a complimentary Doggie Accessory Center. The TradeWinds Resorts also cater to eco-savvy tourists. The TradeWinds resorts are designated as Two Palm Certified Green Lodges, and St. Pete Beach received the Blue Wave Award.

The resort is about 45 minutes from Tampa International Airport, and 25 minutes from the St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport. For reviews and booking, click here.

For more getaway ideas, go to RTM’s What Women Want section.

May 25, 2009

Celebrate Summer with a Private Beach Vacation

Toptenbeaches-pic1 Sitting on a beach crammed full of people, ducking out of the way of flying Frisbees doesn’t really sound like a relaxing vacation. Still, if you are looking for a tropical beach getaway, a private beach might be just what the doctor ordered. Picture you and your sweetheart relaxing on a white sandy beach underneath the palm trees with not another soul in sight, now we are talking!

If this is what you are looking for your next getaway, here is a look at Hideaways International has the top 10 private beaches;

The Beach House, Palmetto Point, Barbuda
Tucked away on largely undeveloped Barbuda, this simple and simply perfect hideaway sits on a private lagoon, just steps from a tranquil slice of the Caribbean.

Bora Bora Lagoon Resort & Spa, French Polynesia
You can't resist the charms of this enchanting resort on the private isle of Motu Toopua, with its overwater bungalows and the powder-soft white sand in perfect arcs of palm-fringed beach.

Click here for the complete list of private beaches on RTM.

April 02, 2009

Fly First Class at a Coach Price

Flying first class Flying first class for no more than coach is no longer a travelers dream, it’s a reality. Such fares are available all the time, you just need to know where to find them. First Class Flyer is an online service that free and low-cost upgrade deals on dozens of domestic and international flights.

The web site specializes in special business and first class travel opportunities, such as:

  • Free upgrades for business travelers when flying full-fare with various airlines
  • How to fly Business Class to Europefor less than $1,000
  • Low-cost upgrades when not flying full-fare
  • How to get an Elite status card on seven major airlines
  • Two-for-one tickets on more than 22 airlines
  • How to manage your Frequent Flyer miles to get First and Business Class tickets for half price
  • How you can fly front cabin without getting an upgrade

Click here for more on first-class travel from RTM.