Villa del Palmar Contest Rules



1. Eligibility. The Family Vacation Critic Sweepstakes (‘Promotion’) is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are twenty-one (21) or older at the time of entry. Employees of The Independent Traveler, Inc., Villa Group Resorts and each of their respective related companies, agencies or affiliates, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. The Promotion is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited by law.

2. Sponsors. The Independent Traveler, Inc., 7 Tree Farm Road, Suite 202, Pennington, NJ 08534, and Villa Group Resorts (‘Sponsors’).

3. Agreement to Official Rules. Participation in the Promotion constitutes your full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsors, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein in a timely manner.

4. Entry Period. The Promotion begins on November 1, 2011 and ends on November 30, 2011, at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (the “Entry Period”). Entries received before or after the Entry Period will be disqualified.

5. Entry. For a chance to be a First Prize Winner: Write a family vacation hotel review or family vacation trip report of at least 50 words in length and submit it to Each Friday starting November 4, 2011 through December 2, 2011, we will draw three (3) potential winners randomly, each of whom will win a Family Vacation Critic kids’ tote bag (approximate value is $10), great for kids who travel. Winners will be notified via the email address associated with their Family Vacation Critic member name and will be asked for their mailing address for prize shipping.

6. Selection of Grand Prize Winner. On or about December 2, 2011, one (1) potential Grand Prize winner will be selected randomly from all eligible entries received during the Entry Period. Potential winner will be notified by email. If the potential winner cannot be contacted within five (5) days of the first attempt to contact him/her, Sponsors will select an alternate potential winner in his/her place from among all remaining eligible entries.

7. Requirements of Potential Winner. Except where prohibited, the potential Grand Prize Winner must complete and return an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release (the “Affidavit/Release”) within ten (10) days of being notified. If the potential winner fails to sign and return the Affidavit/Release within the required time period, if notification or prize is returned as undeliverable, or if Sponsors determine in their sole discretion that the potential winner is ineligible, an alternate entrant will be selected in his/her place. Winner may be required to provide social security number for tax reporting purposes. Travel companions must sign and return a liability/publicity release prior to travel. If the travel companion(s) are minors, the winner must be his/her parent or legal guardian. Grand Prize Winner agrees not to publicly disclose that they are the Grand Prize Winner until authorized to do so by Sponsors. Unless prohibited by law, acceptance of a prize constitutes permission for Sponsors to use winner’s name, picture, likeness, address (city and state), and biographical information for advertising and publicity purposes, worldwide, without further compensation.

8. Grand Prize: One (1) winner will receive an all-inclusive four (4) day, three (3) night vacation for two (2) adults and up to two (2) children (under 18) in one (1) Deluxe Room, at Villa del Palmar Cancun. (Airfare not included.) The grand prize must be used between December 2, 2011 and November 30, 2012. The prize is good for land-only, not including airfare. Prize must be used no later than November 30, 2012, and is not transferable. Prize does not include federal, state or local taxes, or any other cost or fee associated with prize receipt or use not expressly stated herein. Winner and travel companions must travel on same itinerary and are responsible for all necessary travel documents, including, but not limited to, passports and visas. Accommodations are subject to availability. Blackout dates apply: December 15, 2011 through January 2, 2012, and April 7 through April 15, 2012. The certificate is not combinable with any other promotion or discount. Approximate retail value is: $2,664. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

9. General Conditions. In the event that the operation, security or administration of the Promotion is impaired in any way for any reason, Sponsors may, in their sole discretion, suspend, modify and/or cancel the Promotion. Sponsors reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify any individual they find to be tampering with the operation of the Promotion or to be acting in violation of these Official Rules or in a disruptive manner. Any attempt by any person to undermine the operation of the Promotion may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsors reserve the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Sponsors’ failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that or any other provision. In the event of a dispute as to any entry, the authorized account holder of the email address used to enter will be deemed to be the entrant. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. In the event that an entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost or destroyed, entrant’s sole remedy shall be another entry into the Promotion. If any provision of these Official Rules is held to be invalid or unenforceable, such provision shall be struck, and the remaining provisions shall be enforced.

10. Release and Limitation of Liability. By participating in the Promotion, you agree to release and hold harmless Sponsors, their respective parent and related companies, and each such company’s respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Promotion or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Promotion; (b) technical or printing errors; (c) lost, late, postage-due, misdirected or undeliverable mail or email; (d) errors in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries; or (e) injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from your participation in the Promotion or receipt or use of any prize. You further agree that in any cause of action, the Released Parties’ liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Promotion, and in no event shall the Released Parties be liable for attorneys’ fees.

11. Disputes. Except where prohibited, you agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of the Promotion or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in the State of New York. All issues and questions concerning these Official Rules, your rights and obligations, or Sponsors’ rights and obligations shall be governed by the laws of the State of New York, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules.

12. Privacy. All information submitted to the Sponsors as part of this Promotion will be treated in accordance with the Sponsors’ Privacy Policy.

13. Winners List. Grand prize winner will be announced on Family Vacation Critic in early December 2011.

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