updated 5/16/2011 1:46:55 PM ET 2011-05-16T17:46:55

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 16, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Elegant Hotels, Barbados, is offering a helping hand to families to make their all-important summer vacation budgets go much, much further. Thanks to Elegant Hotels, families can enjoy a sun-soaked Caribbean vacation without downsizing to reduce costs.

Elegant Hotels is offering savings of up to 35 percent this summer across its four family-friendly properties, both on rates and, at the non-all inclusive properties, on meal plans. All meal plans are up to 35 percent off (Tamarind 30 percent off) and Colony Club (35 percent off), allowing guests to upgrade to half board (including breakfast and lunch or dinner) or full board (including breakfast, lunch and dinner) for as little as $47 per adult, per day. In addition, kids stay free this summer at Tamarind and Colony Club when sharing a room with their parents, and also enjoy free food and soft drinks throughout their stay!

As the average cost of food and drinks per child is calculated to be up to $50 per day, the discount represents a considerable savings of $700 for two kids during a seven-night stay.

Adding to the already substantial savings at the resorts, guests looking to stay at any of the Elegant Hotels properties between June 1 and Oct. 15 will also receive seven nights for the price of six by booking in May.

Guests save even further through Elegant Hotels' recently launched "Aquaschool" program, which provides complimentary watersports at all of the Elegant properties. With banana boats, waterskiing and paddle boarding among the activities included, should a guest try each of these, the saving equates to $95 per day per guest, or the equivalent of over $2,600 for a family of four during a seven-night stay (if each family member does one activity per day). Guests also enjoy the additional bonus of instruction from Elegant staff at the watersports centers.

Those wishing to stay at Crystal Cove and the all-suite Turtle Beach, Elegant Hotels' newly refurbished premium all-inclusive resorts, will also benefit this summer with savings of up to 30 percent off rates, and the first child stays free when sharing with an adult.

Howard Friedman, CEO of Elegant Hotels said, "At the Elegant Hotels Group, we pride ourselves on providing hotels with personality and making the most of the local environment, while ensuring we remain competitive in the market and that customers receive great value for their money. Families are key to our business, and we know that keeping up with children's demands for food and drinks during a summer break can really add up. With watersports being an important draw for tourists to the island, we're also excited for our guests to explore the best the island has to offer, without having to pay extra for the privilege."  

The kids clubs available at Tamarind, Turtle Beach and Crystal Cove also offer a great added bonus at the properties, providing interesting activities to keep the little ones occupied during their stay. From arts and crafts and beach Olympics, to themed parties and cooking classes, the Elegant Hotels' Flying Fish Club really does offer something for everyone.

Across the group, Elegant Hotels properties share a commitment to superb service and fine culinary experiences. They provide the ultimate beach and watersports environment for their guests, including Elegant's "Beach Ambassadors" who are continually on hand poolside and beachside continually at all properties. They are known to regularly surprise loungers with various complimentary treats including fresh fruit platters or chocolate-dipped indulgences!  

Rates and savings at Elegant Hotels this summer:

-   TAMARIND: Save 30 percent: Rates from $257, B&B, per room per night in Pool Garden View room. PLUS: All meal plans at 30 percent off, making it only $50 per adult, per day to upgrade to half board (including breakfast and lunch or dinner) or $68 per adult, per day to upgrade to full board (including breakfast, lunch and dinner). PLUS: Kids eat FREE, drink FREE sodas and stay FREE when staying in the same rooms with their parents. Valid May 1-Oct. 15, 2011 (applicable for one or two children, depending on room category).

-   COLONY CLUB: Save 35 percent: Rates from $261, B&B, per room per night in Pool Garden View room. PLUS: All meal plans at 35 percent off, making it only $47 per adult, per day to upgrade to half board (including breakfast and lunch or dinner) or $63 per adult, per day to upgrade to full board (including breakfast, lunch and dinner). PLUS: Kids eat FREE, drink FREE sodas and stay FREE when staying in the same rooms with their parents. Valid  May 1-Oct. 15, 2011 (applicable for one or two children, ages 0-12, depending on room category).

-   TURTLE BEACH: Save up to 30 percent: Rates from $333, All Inclusive, per room per night in Junior Suite (Pool or Garden View). PLUS: first child stays free (ages: 0-12) when sharing room with an adult. Valid May 1-Sept. 30, 2011.

-   CRYSTAL COVE: Save up to 30 percent: Rates from $339, All Inclusive, per room per night in Pool or Garden View room. PLUS: first child stays free (ages: 0-12) when sharing room with an adult. Valid May 1-Sept. 30, 2011.

For reservations, please visit www.eleganthotels.com or call 888-996-9948.

ABOUT ELEGANT HOTELS GROUP

Elegant Hotels Group owns and operates five of the finest hotels and resorts on the Caribbean Island of Barbados. Set on the most desirable of the island's legendary beaches on the West and South Coasts, each hotel features unique attributes and a distinctive personality. Together, they offer styles to suit every taste, from classic to contemporary, family-friendly to adults-only, and traditional to all-inclusive. The hotels share a commitment to superb service and fine culinary experiences, and provide the ultimate beach and watersports environment for their guests, including the Elegant "Beach Ambassadors" program. They offer upscale accommodations that remain welcoming and unpretentious, or "elegance with a twist," – a casual elegance that embodies the best of Barbados.  Elegant Hotels include The House, Colony Club Hotel and Tamarind, as well as the all-inclusive Crystal Cove Hotel and Turtle Beach Resort. The group also includes the acclaimed Daphne's restaurant on Barbados' West Coast – sister to Daphne's restaurant in London. For reservations and further information, call 1-888-996-9948, or visit www.eleganthotels.com .

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