Gran Melia Puerto Rico Featured in Lifetime Television Network Movie

Gran Melia Puerto Rico Golf Resort & Villas will be featured in a 90-minute prime-time movie called "Christmas in Paradise" on Lifetime Television Network scheduled to air nationally at 9 p.m. on December 15.

Filming of the Christmas-themed movie at the resort took 10 days during the month of September; but, the movie production team spent six weeks in Puerto Rico also featuring scenes from Old San Juan.

Resort locations showcased in "Christmas in Paradise" included the front desk, Avenue Bar (lobby bar), main lagoon-style swimming pool, YHI Spa, Oceanfront Royal Service Junior Suites and Oceanfront Presidential Villa.

Ken Dittrich, managing director of Gran Melia Puerto Rico Golf Resort & Villas, indicated that "filming the Lifetime Television movie was a great opportunity to introduce the new attributes of the Gran Melia brand to millions of viewers. Being part of this movie does not only have a great impact on Gran Melia, but on Puerto Rico too, since it positions this beautiful Island as the real Paradise of the Caribbean while showcasing its natural beauty on an international level."

"Christmas in Paradise" is a movie designed to capture the distinctive spirit of Puerto Rico during the holiday season. The story plot involves two families from the northeastern coast of the United States who take a Christmas cruise in the Caribbean and arrive in Puerto Rico to spend Christmas Eve and Christmas day on the Island .

The main cast of "Christmas in Paradise" is Colin Ferguson, Charlotte Ross (NYPD Blues) and Nickelodeon stars Josie Lopez, Kenton Duty, Aria Wallace and Devon Werkheise.

Typically, Lifetime Television's Christmas movies average over 3 million viewers per airing. In addition, "Christmas in Paradise" will be distributed in television markets around the world, most prominently in Western Europe .

To view 10 one-minute videos that show scenes of the movie, interviews with actors and outtakes, you can visit and click on the "video" button, then click on "movies."

"Christmas in Paradise" has had the full backing and support of the Puerto Rico Tourism Company and the Puerto Rico Film Commission.

Lifetime Television has partnered with the Puerto Rico Tourism Company to sponsor a special “Win a Trip to Paradise” advertising promotion that has begun and will continue to take place simultaneously with the airing of the Movie, and is prominently showcased in Lifetime’s website, The Grand Prize of the sweepstakes is a trip to Puerto Rico and a stay at Gran Melia Puerto Rico Golf Resort & Villas.

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