New Year's Revolution
Sunday, January 2, 2005
It's that time of the year again, when you promise to drink less and exercise more, eat healthier and carve out more family time. But before you start the new year with such virtuous goals, we think you should indulge just a wee bit more at destinations that encourage excessiveness. (Many are also great winter escapes, so you can go now -- before your conscience tells you otherwise.) With that in mind, here are 10 ways to break those resolutions, plus one you just might want to keep. Remember, you can always be good in 2006.
In Bavaria, clogging your arteries and expanding your waistline are popular pastimes. You should feel guilty only if you are not scarfing down such German fare as spannferkel (spit-roasted baby pig), handkaes (a smelly type of cheese mix made with sour cream) and schwaebische kasespaetzle (drop-shaped flour dumplings topped with cheese and butter). And don't forget to save room for the seventh course: black forest cake. Thirsty? Forget a thimble full of beer; real gluttons wash down their veal knuckles and bread-stuffed potato dumplings with a liter of ale.
The German National Tourist Office (212-661-7200, www.germany-tourism.de) maps out a culinary tour of Bavaria and other German regions. Start in Munich, where Lufthansa and United fly nonstop for about $600 round trip.
Sorry kids, at Couples Resorts, no Juniors and Juniorettes allowed. At the all-inclusive resort, only guests over 18 can stay at any of its three Jamaican properties (two in Negril and one in Ocho Rios). The love-is-in-the-Caribbean-air resorts offer swish suites, boozy bars, restaurants serving anything but PB&J, sailing, snorkeling, numerous pools and more -- all without the soundtrack of "Mommy, mommy!"
Rates at Swept Away, for example, start at $514 per couple per night. Info: 800-268-7537, www.couples.com.
Air Jamaica flies nonstop to Montego Bay for about $630 round trip. For packages, check with travel agencies, such as Compass Tours and Travel (866-926-0200, www.compasstours-travel.com) and Funjet Vacations (888-558-6654, www.funjet.com).
Roll those dice, yank that slot machine arm . . . it's 24/7 betting, winning, losing and losing in the Gambling Capital of the Universe -- Las Vegas. Stay on the Strip and casino-hop from top (Stratosphere) to bottom (Mandalay Bay). Or head downtown and roost in one of the fusty old casinos, like Binion's Horseshoe or the Four Queens. When you're down to your last chip, take advantage of a free gambling class offered at such resorts as the Palms (Monday-Friday, noon). Then pick yourself off the floor, grab a gratis cocktail and get back to those tables.
United Vacations (888-854-3899 , www.unitedvacations.com) has packages from D.C., with air and two nights at the Bellagio for $519 per person double, departing Jan. 1-Feb. 9. Up to $30 in taxes extra. Also check America West Vacations (800-2-FLY-AWV, www.americawestvacations.com) and Liberty Travel (800-447-1353, www.libertytravel.com) for Vegas deals. Info: Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, 877-VISITLV, www.vegasfreedom.com.