SOURCE: TradeWinds Island Resorts

TradeWinds Island Resorts

November 04, 2009 11:49 ET

Florida's TradeWinds Island Resorts Celebrates Holiday Travel Season With Sleigh Full of Activities

ST. PETE BEACH, FL--(Marketwire - November 4, 2009) -

WHO: The TradeWinds Island Resorts -- the Island Grand Resort and the Sandpiper Suites -- two beachfront vacation resorts located directly on the Gulf of Mexico on St. Pete Beach, Florida, just 30 minutes from Tampa.

WHAT: TradeWinds celebrates the spirit of the season with a sleigh full of holiday-themed activities for family travel from Dec. 23-31. Children of all ages will delight in decorating stockings, Santa hats and snow globes, making candles and sea shell night lights, playing a holiday-themed "Name That Tune" and enjoying a poolside "Christmas Classic" Dive-In movie. The supervised KONK Club (Kids Only, No Kidding) is planning a stocking-busting slate of programs, including Little Elves Fun Day to Pirates and Princesses. Before heading out to deliver gifts around the world, Santa will be relaxing at his favorite Florida beach resort -- the TradeWinds. Old Saint Nick will pose poolside for photos, assist with cookie decorating and will even read stories and listen to last-minute wish list requests.

The popular Christmas Day buffet will feature traditional holiday entrees, salads and sides, along with some Florida favorites with a twist, including apple cider glazed salmon with butternut squash risotto, sliced honey glazed ham in a champagne fig sauce and St. Andrews chicken roulade with roasted bell pepper and Mediterranean couscous. For guests who save room, an incredible array of Christmas cakes and pies and sweets will add the perfect ending. Santa himself cannot resist the feast and will make an appearance to pose for priceless family photos. The cost for the Classic Christmas Feast is $37.95 for adults, $29.95 for seniors (ages 60 and up) and $17.95 for children 10 and under. Taxes and gratuity are not included.

Vacation rates for Dec. 21-30, 2009 begin at $129* at the Island Grand and $99* at the Sandpiper Suites, the Island Grand's sister property.

WHEN: Holiday activities take place Dec. 23-31.

WHERE: Located on Florida's Gulf Coast just steps from America's #1 Beach in 2005 -- Fort De Soto Beach (dog-friendly) -- and 30 minutes from Tampa International Airport, the TradeWinds Island Resorts are located along a strand of West Coast shoreline. The two resorts -- TradeWinds Island Grand and Sandpiper Hotel and Suites -- offer access to two great properties in one, with limitless beachfront recreation, sumptuous dining, and golf privileges at some of the area's finest public and private clubs.

RESERVATIONS: For reservations and information, call toll-free (866) JUST LET GO (587-8538), visit or contact a travel professional.

*Subject to availability. Rate listed excludes tax. Additional room types available.

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