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This time of year, despite all the cheer, we have one thing on our mind: vacation. That and since we're based in the bitter northeast, sunshine and warmth, and if we really want to get specific, sand and surf and gay times and (ironically) frozen drinks. In other words, Hawaii!
Now thanks to Aqua Resorts (AquaResorts.com) – a mid-to-high-end gay-friendly operator with 15 properties throughout five of Hawaii's islands – our dreams can become your windfall. One lucky ShermansTravel.com reader will win a free five-night stay at the Aqua Bamboo on Oahu from January 1 till December 8, 2011 minus some select blackout dates around Easter, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving. Located in the buzzing heart of Honolulu, a leisurely six block walk from gay hub Hula's Bar, winners will also receive two free passes on their popular Saturday afternoon catamaran cruise, a chill way to see the tropical sites and meet other LGBT folk over a mai tai (nude sunbathing permitted).
Like its sister property Aqua Palms, rated a “Great Value” by our editors, expect clean comfort throughout its 93 rooms. Perks include free in-room internet and local calls, LCD TVs, round-the-clock beverages in the lobby, comfy robes, and a weekly managers reception with comped cocktails, along with all the normals. A palm-fringed saltwater pool with waterfall sits adjacent to the on-site spa, a relaxed respite from the bustle of Kuhio Ave. All in all a perfect choice for a Waikiki hotel.
Enter to win by doing one of the following (Or both to double your chances! Limit one entry per day for each entry type):
1. Leave a comment below with your best gay tip for a Hawaiian vacation, or if you've never been, why you'd love to visit. Entries limited to one comment a day; multiples will be deleted.
2. Follow our ShermansTravel Twitter feed then tweet the following: I entered to win a 5-night Aqua Bamboo stay in Hawaii from @ShermansTravel #gay #lgbt – http://tinyurl.com/winSTgayHawaii. Enter once a day this way as well.
Contest ends on Saturday, December 25, 2010 at 12:01am EST. This contest is now closed. The winner will be chosen at random from all the entries and notified via e-mail or Twitter direct message. Should the winner not respond after one week, an alternate will be chosen.
For general trip-planning information, see our Oahu Travel Guide.