Press release of the day: The "fertile turtle" resort package

Do you find baby sea turtles arousing? Have we got the vacation package for you!

Published June 17, 2008 6:16PM (EDT)

My favorite part is the commemorative photo album:

"Available During Sea Turtle Mating Season Only; Resort Entices Couples to Conceive while Package Proceeds Benefit the Conservancy of Southwest Florida

"Marco Island, FL – June 16, 2008 – Due to the popularity of the 2007 program, Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort is happy to reintroduce the Fertile Turtle package which entices couples to conceive while on vacation. As sea turtles are known as a symbol of fertility, lovebirds have the opportunity to watch sea turtles eggs hatch, right on the resort's very own three-mile stretch of beach, while trying to fertilize an egg of their own. As protecting the natural environment of the local endangered species is important to the resort, a portion of the package proceeds will benefit the Sea Turtle Monitoring & Protection Project of the Conservancy for Southwest Florida. This grow-the-family getaway, which is only available during sea turtle mating season (now through October 31), starts at $419 per couple, per night and includes:

"Deluxe accommodations in a Gulf-view guestroom with king-size bed, private balcony and a do not disturb sign

"Red clover and raspberry tea, which have natural pregnancy-enhancing qualities

"Couples massage with Chaste berry and fertility-promoting aromatherapy

"Authentic Balinese commemorative photo album to capture the memories of this special vacation

"Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort loves to hear the pitter patter of little feet, be it turtle or infant, so as a special gift for couples who conceive during their stay, the resort will provide a complimentary three-night stay for a return visit. Proud parents only need to provide a birth certificate and proof of recent hotel stay, within eight to 10 months of baby's arrival." Go ahead. Tell 'em we sent you.

By Catherine Price

Catherine Price is an award-winning journalist and author of Vitamania: How Vitamins Revolutionized the Way We Think About Food. Her written and multimedia work has appeared in publications including The Best American Science Writing, The New York Times, Popular Science, O: The Oprah Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post Magazine, Salon, Slate, Men’s Journal, Mother Jones, PARADE, Health Magazine, and Outside. Price lives in Philadelphia.

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