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RESORT OPTION 5: Barceló La Jolla de Mismaloya

Barceló a private retreat with excdeptional service

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Run by three generations of family members, the Barceló Group operates more than 185 hotels in 15 countries with an unwavering commitment to quality.

Each Barceló property strives to meet its corporate values of Excitement, Responsibility, Honesty, Spirit of Service, Leadership, Teamwork, Flexibility and Efficiency each and every day.

And if you choose the Barceló La Jolla De Mismaloya in Puerto Vallarta as your Great Winter Escape prize, you'll see these values first-hand for a full week.

Puerto Vallarta is surrounded by natural beauty and rich culture, standing against a palm-clad mountain backdrop and fringed by azure waters.

This once sleepy fishing village has been transformed into one of the hottest southern destination spots. By day, it features eco-activities, adventure opportunities, golden sands, eclectic markets and championship golf courses. By night, its cobblestoned streets play host to gourmet restaurants, funky bistros, sexy nightclubs and sultry jazz bars.

Surrounded by exuberant flora, the Barceló is a private vacation retreat tucked into the shores of Mismaloya Bay. At just 316 suites, the resort has a 'second-home' feel, with exceptional service, gourmet dining, exciting resort activities and a beachfront location.

Young vacationers between the ages 5 and 12 can participate in a supervised activities program daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, splash about in the dedicated kid's pool or use their imagination to create fun at the playground or in the games room.

Teens and adults can choose from land or pool-based activities including kayaking, snorkelling, tennis, water volleyball, aerobics and water aerobics, table tennis and more. For those vacationers who like to explore and get off the resort, there are whale watching excursions available from mid-January to mid-March, horseback riding and eco-tourism adventures like zip-lining. The Barceló boasts four three specialty restaurants offering Spanish, Italian and seafood cuisine, as well as a buffet serving a selection of dishes with both international and regional influences. For lighter fare, the snack bar serves a selection of seafood, hamburgers and more until 6 p.m. each day. If you like to have pre- or post-dinner cocktails, La Cantina serves international and domestic liquors plus unique cocktails until 1 a.m.

Barceló has worked hard to understand and meet their customers' needs, and the suites at this property are no exception. Your prize includes a spacious Junior Suite outfitted with modern amenities including two flat-screen TVs, mini-bar and a balcony or terrace that provides either a partial sea, pool or garden view.

In addition to the round-trip airfare from the Winnipeg Airport to the Puerto Vallarta International Airport, transfers to and from the hotel and the all-inclusive meal and activities plan, the Great Winter Escape prizewinner will receive the exclusive privileges of the Signature Vacations Club.

Benefits include separate check-in and check-out, early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability), access to the Club Premium Lounge with free Internet access and international drinks menu, special amenities kit, pillow menu, bathrobe and slippers, unlimited à la carte dinner reservations and a discount on laundry services.

If you're looking for the best use of your vacation dollars this season, search no further than Barceló La Jolla de Mismaloya in the Pacific paradise of Puerto Vallarta.



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 2, 2010 E4

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