Florida resort offers families chance for a vacation ‘do-over’

As every parent knows, vacations with your kids can reap great rewards, but they can also go off the rails in a hurry. Now, for those who have had a vacation that ‘went south,’ a Florida resort is offering a second chance.

If you’ve had an ‘epic fail’ family vacation, the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa wants to hear about it, and it’s not a case of schadenfreude. Through Nov. 3, families can share their summer vacation fails with a favorite photo or video on Facebook for the chance to win a picture perfect Pompano Beach vacation. One lucky family will be rewarded with a “vacay replay.”

Entering the contest is simple. After logging on to Facebook, visit the resort’s Facebook page and become a fan if not one already. Fans can then submit their story of a not-so-memorable family vacation with photo or video on the “Vacay Replay” contest tab.

The resort will choose its favorite entry for the grand prize of a Pompano Beach family escape. One lucky family will be treated to a vacation that encompasses the best of what the property, billed as a “destination on the rise,” has to offer.

The “Vacay Replay” grand prize will provide a five-night stay for up to four in an Ocean View guestroom at Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, daily buffet breakfast and one dinner for four at the resort’s restaurant, a two-hour jet ski rental, daily beach setup of umbrella and chairs, two 50-minute treatments at the resort’s SiSpa, two days of Kids Club access and daily valet parking.

The winning family will also have some unique opportunities to explore Pompano Beach, which was recently named named one of the top 10 “up-and-coming” U.S. destinations by TripAdvisor, with a variety of prizes contributed by the area’s hottest attractions.

Additional prizes include full day passes for Fort Lauderdale’s Water Taxi and dinner for four at The Foundry, called the area’s newest hot spot for modern American cuisine.

Other prizes include a round of golf for up to four players including cart and green fees at Palm Aire Country Club. That prize includes warm-up driving range balls and a $15 credit per person for food, drinks or Pro Shop merchandise. Additional prizes include a 3.5-hour snorkeling excursion for four courtesy of South Florida Diving Headquarters. The tour package, which includes snorkeling equipment, will take divers aboard a glass-bottomed catamaran to two local snorkeling sites, including a historical ship wreck.

Finally, the winning family will receive four passes to Butterfly World, the largest butterfly park in the world, and a complimentary mid-size vehicle rental courtesy of Enterprise Rent-A-Car Pompano Beach.

You’ll have to get yourself from your home to Ft. Lauderdale, as transportation and incidentals are not included. In addition, resort arrangements are subject to availability and blackout dates. Finally, unused guest rooms and additional prizes will not carry over as a credit following the event or promotion period, and cannot be exchanged for cash value.

While the grand prize is for groups of up to four, larger families should not be shy about entering; additional guests can be added subject to additional fees.

Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) is the closest to the resort, about 30 minutes south of the property. It is served by a number of airlines including Alaska Airlines (NYSE:ALK), American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL), Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL), Frontier Airlines (NASDAQ:FRNT), jetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU), Silver Airways, Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV), Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ:SAVE), United Airlines (NYSE:UAL) and Virgin America (NASDAQ:VA).

Miami International Airport (MIA), about an hour south, is also an option for those flying to Florida.

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