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Terranea Resort

Soaked in sunshine with a calm and relaxing vibe, Terranea Resort on the Palos Verdes Peninsula doesn’t feel like a movie set, despite serving as the backdrop for several popular films. Pirates of the CaribbeanPearl Harbor, and Charlie’s Angels are just a few box office hits that have utilized the property. No shock though — especially on the latter. After spending a few nights at the resort, we definitely felt like we were in heaven. Here’s what you need to know.

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Las Alcobas

In a destination with plenty of high-end chains, Las Alcobas feels right at home in Mexico City’s ritzy Polanco district. This boutique hotel is a former residence and has been gorgeously transformed into a series of intimate alcoves, as referenced in its Spanish namesake Alcobas. While the hotel captures minimalistic luxury with crisp white bedding and handsome leather sofas, personal touches aren’t forgotten here. Guests are welcomed with a refreshing drink, perhaps swirled with fresh strawberry, mint, and chia seed. And the homemade Mexican soaps in the bathrooms — possibly a cucumber-and-cactus combo or a bar with freshly ground coffee — are yours to take a couple home as a parting gift.

We loved checking into the boutique on a recent trip, and here’s what you should know before you do so yourself:

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Crested Butte Mountain Resort ski and snowboard

Crested Butte Mountain Resort

The most intense snowfall of the year is (hopefully) just about over, but there are plenty of reasons to hit the slopes in spring. Skiers and snowboarders will find soft powder, endless sunshine, and temperatures warm enough for lingering outdoors après ski, and fun events like slush slaloms and pond skimming. Best of all, spring ushers in a bunch of money-saving lift and lodging deals that’ll help you end the season in a flurry of happy turns.

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Win a Stay at Luxe Colorado Ritz-Carlton Hotel for You and Your Pooch

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

If you’re a dog owner, you’ve probably felt the pain of having to leave your pooch home or in a kennel while you went on vacation. Fortunately, our latest giveaway lets you bring along your fur baby on a trip for two to Colorado.

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Moxy Hotels

MoxyHotel

Combining style and comfort with affordability and a community atmosphere, Moxy Hotels, from Marriott International, look to be an easy and hassle-free place for you to lay your head. Here, five key things you need to know about this thoroughly modern new brand, coming soon to the U.S.

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hoxton holborn hotel london

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London’s two hip Hoxton Hotels already present a pretty good value for money for such stylish digs in handy locations. But with the brand’s special springtime deal, you can save even more on a trip across the pond in the coming weeks.

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hacienda buenavista colombia rooms

Hacienda Buenavista

In Colombia, the Andes Mountains just north of Medellin rise to create the perfect conditions for growing some of the world’s best coffee. How good is that java, exactly? So good that UNESCO inscribed an enormous coffee growing area in the region as the Coffee Cultural Landscape of Colombia in 2011.

So it’s no surprise that, today, Colombia’s coffee country is a well-known tourist destination for travelers attracted to sweeping landscapes and the opportunity to learn more about the production of coffee. And until recently, hotel options — though plentiful in number — were quite limited in diversity. They’ve fallen in two general categories: brightly painted traditional wood farmhouses that happily benefit from the addition of plumbing and electricity, or feeble attempts at three- and four-star hotels that appeal primarily to Colombian families.

That all changed on December 22 of 2014, when the intimate Hacienda Buenavista opened its doors.

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Edson Hill inn, Stowe, Vermont

Edson Hill

It’s difficult to put a price tag on staying at a sparkling new property and saving some money while you’re at it — especially during high season. But that’s exactly what you can do in the coming weeks at Edson Hill in tiny Stowe, Vermont.

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Hotel Mazarin, French Quarter, New Orleans

Hotel Mazarin

We can’t say “no” to NOLA — and we don’t want you to, either. That’s why we’re giving you the chance to win a trip there for two, airfare included.

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YVE Hotel Miami downtown deals

YVE Hotel Miami

Bunking in a brand-new hotel near the beach for $169 per night this spring? Yes, please!

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Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, downtown disney hotel deals

Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista

Want to stay a stone’s throw away from the action of the Walt Disney World Resort without paying those infamously high hotel prices? Your best bet is book a stay at the nearby Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels: a collection of seven properties within walking distance of the free-to-enter Downtown Disney shopping and dining district.

Included with a stay at any of the properties is complimentary shuttle service to each of the Disney theme parks and water parks, on-site Disney tickets for purchase, the ability to book dining reservations at Disney restaurants, and a booklet filled with discounts on dining, entertainment, and shopping.

Plus, through the end of March, the hotels are offering reduced rates with its Escape the Cold promotion to make stays here even more tempting. With it, rates start at $73 a night, depending on the property. Here’s a look at what’s being offered during the promotion:

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New Hotel Garibaldi Blu, a cheap hotel option in Florence

Hotel Garibaldi Blu

Want to travel to beautiful Florence this spring? If your schedule is flexible, try going in March — a month that turns out to be an exceptionally good time to reap savings in Tuscany’s capital. Here, three hotels under $150 a night, including a brand-new property that just soft-opened in December.

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By Annemarie Dooling for Yahoo! Travel

Even though you don’t need a passport to visit and the U.S. dollar is the official currency, Puerto Rico feels like another world — the ultimate beach getaway destination. Instead of just flying in for a quick weekend, here’s how to spend the best week of your life in Puerto Rico.

Day 1:

No Passport Needed: The Perfect 7-Day Trip to Puerto Rico

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reykjavik lights hotels

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Reykjavík isn’t the most budget-friendly of travel destinations overall, but that doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself to a grim dormitory room or soulless budget accommodations to save on lodging. These stylish hotels and hotel-hostel hybrids have managed to capture the kind of cool you’d expect of far more expensive digs.

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The Hoxton Holborn is the second hotel by the hip and expanding Hoxton mini-chain. The original Hoxton in Shoreditch was a game-changer when it arrived on the scene in 2006, offering affordable rates for minimalist yet stylish rooms in a desirable neighborhood. The Holborn outpost opened late last year and will be followed with Amsterdam in late 2015, then Brooklyn and Paris in 2016.

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