This month’s Contest Watch celebrates the senses. From the romance-inspired Bachelorette giveaway to a quick jaunt to the French Riviera, there are prizes for the eyes, mouth, and soul. Celebrate good health with the luxurious Casa del Mar’s “Live Well Again” program promoting fresh food—and luxurious spa relaxation. Take in Austin’s quintessential sights and sounds in a Facebook scavenger hunt to win a Four Season’s getaway for two to any of the chain’s properties in the U.S. Lastly, share your culinary talents with shrimp and you could be off to a seafood-fueled vacation for six in Georgia. Read on for the delicious details.
Fiji: The Bachelorette Ultimate Getaway Sweepstakes
Enter now - August 7th
To celebrate the Bachelorette's history of romantic escapes, ABC has launched a giveaway fpr a romantic trip for two. The grand prize is one of four destinations. First, an eight-night escape starting with four nights at Namale Resort where winners will horseback ride to a private waterfall for a picnic lunch. Following their stay, the lucky pair will be escorted to Vomo Island Resort Fiji for the rest of their stay complete with 24-hour butler service. Next, an eight-day package to Thailand including accommodations at the Renaissance Phuket Resort & Spa and the Mandarin Oriental Dhara Dhevi. Activities include a Thai cooking class, a vist to the Arts of the Kingdom, and a tour of Dumnernsaduak floating market. The third prize is a five-day trip to Thailand with air provided by EVA Air and accommdations at The Regent Taipei followed by a stay at Silks Palace Taroko. Lastly, another winner will receive a six-night stay at any Conrad Hotel in the world. Just like the Bachelorette - it's good to have options.
Santa Monica, CA: Casa del Mar “Live Well Again” Facebook Contest
Enter Now – June 27th
To celebrate its health-conscious "Live Well Again" program, Hotel Casa del Mar launched a sweepstakes via Facebook for a chance to win a two-night stay at the ocean-front hotel.
Hopefuls must visit the hotel’s Facebook page to votes for one of six "Living Well Again" videos. Voters and Facebook fans will be automatically entered for a chance to win two nights in an ocean view room at Hotel Casa Del Mar. Additional prizes include treatments at Sea Wellness Spa and dinner for two at Catch Restaurant. For reservations or more information call (310) 581-5533, (800) 898-6999, or visit www.hotelcasadelmar.com.
Austin, TX: Four Seasons Hotel Scavenger Hunt
Enter Now – September 5th
The Four Seasons Hotel's "Ultimate Austin Scavenger Hunt" invites visitors and locals to win over 100 prizes by exploring the city and posting photos of their discoveries to Facebook.
To enter, participants must complete at least 25 of 50 suggested photo tasks—ranging from two-steppin' at the legendary Broken Spoke to viewing the Congress Avenue Bridge bats and tasting gelato at Whole Foods' flagship store.
To be eligible for the prize drawing, all photos must be uploaded to the "Contest" tab on the Hotel's Facebook page. Each of the first 100 people to successfully complete 25 of the photo tasks and to submit their entry form and photo album on Facebook will receive their choice of one of the following prizes, valued between $125 and $460: One-night stay at Four Seasons Hotel Austin; three-course dinner for two in TRIO, the Hotel's award-winning restaurant; 50-minute spa treatment in The Spa at Four Seasons.
In addition, one grand prize winner—the finalist whose photo album is voted the most creative by Facebook fans—will walk away with a luxurious vacation package that includes a three-night stay at any Four Seasons hotel or resort in the continental US, round-trip airfare for two people and $500 in spending cash. The three finalists selected by Four Seasons staff will be announced Sept. 7, with Facebook voting for the grand prize winner taking place Sept. 7 - 14, 2011. The grand prize winner will be announced Sept. 15, 2011.
Eagle Island, GA: Win a Private Island Getaway
Enter Now – August 30th
Do you have a crowd-pleasing shrimp recipe? Your culinary triumph may earn you more than just eager dinner guests. Send in your recipe showcasing Georgia’s wild-caught shrimp industry and a brief 100-word essay explaining why you need a private-island vacation and you could win a two-night getaway for six at Eagle lodge (and 5lbs. of the local seafood to make your winning dish). To enter, send your recipe, essay, name, address, and phone number to Leigh Cort Publicity at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 30th. For more information visit www.LeighCortPublicity.com/contest.htm
French Riviera: Win a Long-Weekend for Two
Enter Now - July 31st
Sometimes the simplest sweepstakes are the best. Just visit the tourism website to enter your information and you can win a 3-night stay in Nice at the Hôtel la Pérouse or a 4-night stay in Antibes - a night at Cap d'Antibes Beach Hotel, a weekend stay at Hotel Imperial Garoupe, and a final night at Hotel Juana.
Charlotte Savino is the online listings editor at Travel + Leisure.