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Vacation rentals are quickly growing in popularity. The savviest travelers have been booking them for years, but everyone else is starting to take notice – and for a good reason: they’re a great way to save money and help you be more independent on your trips. Many travelers who are booking vacation rental properties for the first time, however, may have questions about what to expect when they book – especially if they’re used to hotels.
We may be in the thick of winter and holiday chaos, but it’s not too early to start planning a sunny escape. Marriott is running a “Holiday Getaway Event” promotion that offers discounted rates plus resort credit to use toward dining, the spa, on-property retail stores, golf, and more. So give yourself a well-earned holiday after the holidays and unwind in the spa or on the golf course at these warm weather destination resorts.
For reservations, visit www.marriott.com/resortholidaygetaway and enter the promotional code P91. A minimum two-night stay is required, and the offer is valid for up to $200 in resort credit. Per-night and per-person rates of resort credit can vary, so check the individual property for details. The promotion is available at 14 different properties across Florida and South Carolina. It’s available through December 26 for travel until January 31, 2014.
Here are seven of the best deals that are part of this offer… Read more
These days, cost-conscious travelers have more options than ever. The question is no longer “Where will we go?” but “How cheap can we get there?” Rest assured, we’re here to tell you the answer: pretty cheap! As evidence, we’ve compiled a list of the ten most budget-friendly travel destinations to watch out for in 2014. These places show it’s totally possible to plan an unforgettable trip to a unique, accessible, and culturally interesting destination, and still feel like you’re getting a deal. Trying to fit all these fabulous trips into a single year? Well, that’s another question…
1. Singapore It’s telling that Singapore Airlines spent the better part of this fall introducing over two dozen brand new 777-300ER planes into its fleet. The national carrier, consistently recognized as one of the top airlines in the world, is simply catering to demand as more and more visitors flock to this verdant Southeast Asian hub. Scores of new hotels are opening all over the city – many of them artfully designed and, best of all, reasonably priced. But it’s not just affordable lodging that keep travelers coming back. The city’s treasure trove of cheap hawker centers (food stalls), diverse ethnic neighborhoods, and abundant green spaces (Gardens by the Bay, for one) show why it’s becoming one of the region’s most accessible, yet endlessly entertaining modern metropolises. (See also: Off The Beaten Path In Singapore)
If you’re looking for an excuse to book a vacation to Spain, we have a good one for you this week: This 6-night trip to Madrid and Barcelona for $1009, including flights from New York City. (Other departure cities are available, too. Check the web site for pricing.)
Madrid in particular has caught our fancy lately. Once considered a dirtier, more hectic cousin to refined, seaside Barcelona, we’ve learned to appreciate this city’s bustle, and its incredibly varied offerings for visitors, from stately museums to sleek dance clubs. And with amazing tapas and wine to be had for just a few Euros, it’s a city that can be easy on your wallet. Here are just a couple of Madrid’s charms we’ve learned about recently:
Famed as the location of the annual World Cup ski races, including the downhill run on the famed (and scarily steep) Streif slope, Kitzbühel has a reputation for being one of the fanciest ski resorts in all of Austria. We’ve discovered it is possible, however, to have your strudel and eat it – on a budget. Here are just a few highlights and dollar-saving ideas for this tony resort…
Following some recent legislation, it’ll be at least seven years before developers are allowed to build a casino in New York City (though we’d happily wait another 50). Until then, New Yorkers craving the sounds of ringing slot machines and clacking poker chips will continue trekking to the same ocean-sprayed resort town they’ve been visiting since the early 1900s: Atlantic City.
And why shouldn’t they? Situated just 130 miles south of Manhattan, Atlantic City is an easy day trip that’s both cheap and entertaining. Don’t believe us? Allow the facts to speak for themselves: Read more
We’ve all been checking in for our flights from home computers and smartphones for long enough now; isn’t it about time we were able to do the same for our hotels? Now, with a new app named Checkmate we can do just that. The app has just launched and is free to download. Here’s how it works: Read more
One fun thing about the holidays? There’s always something to do. Whether you’re waving to Santa from the front row of a crowded parade, or ice skating around a 50 foot tall Christmas tree, the list of seasonal traditions is endless. For those looking to get away this year, here are a few traditions worth getting acquainted with; and, naturally, a hotel deal to make the magic happen.
With the Millennial generation growing up, the travel industry is beginning to see a gap in the market for sophisticated young travelers on a budget. Budget-chic brands such as CitizenM and Marriott’s Moxy, which offer high design and low price points, are booming, while budget brands such as Radisson are undergoing a design-focused overhaul. The result is that the high-end experience is being redefined: luxurious is no longer synonymous with expensive. That’s good news for travelers of all generations; gone are the days when a low budget meant bland and basic accommodations - as the following worldwide hotels prove.
New York City: Playland Motel
Located way out in Rockaway Beach in Queens, the Playland Motel, which opened in summer 2013, restored a 19th -century building and engaged 12 artists and designers to curate each of the guest rooms. Each season, artists and designers will update the rooms’ designs according to their own aesthetic. Rooms currently available to book include Kate Pane’s Coconut Castle room, which the artist describes as “a hot and heavy girlhood frolic with glitter sunburns, ponies and wet swimsuits.”
The Playland Motel is also home to a popular bar, diner, and pizzeria. The scene is young and the music loud. Rooms (with shared bathrooms) go for around $160 a night.
When it comes to crafting the perfect NYC itinerary, few are as skilled as the agents at Luxury Attaché, a high-end concierge service which prides itself on helping visitors experience the best of New York, whether that means nabbing a last-minute reservation at Per Se, or an after-hours art gallery tour. The agency has been around since 2005, though unless you own a suite at Madison Square Garden, or a multi-million dollar Park Avenue penthouse, most travelers have never even heard of them.
That’s all changing now, as the company expands into the hospitality sector with a series of hotel partnerships. This month, The Quin became the first New York hotel to employ a dedicated team of Luxury Attachés, available 24/7 to all guests, from the minute they book their reservation to the minute they check out. But with rates starting at $599 a night, it’s designed with a particular (ie, wealthy) traveler in mind.
Luckily for you, we recently sat down with one of the Quin’s top Luxury Attachés, Susy Schieffelin, who happily offered up her tips on New York’s best wintertime activities. Here’s what she had to say: Read more
The approach of Thanksgiving usually means readying yourself for the shopping frenzy that comes immediately after. Luckily, with these Cyber Monday hotel deals, you don’t have to brave the cold and the lines and can snap up a bargain, and mentally transport yourself to a sunny beachfront hotel (or the snowy ski slopes, if you prefer), from the comfort of your own home.
For all offers, conditions and blackout dates may apply; read the fine print. Read more
Known for warm weather and beautiful beaches, Caribbean resorts aren’t usually thought of as true foodie destinations. Discerning travelers, however, are increasingly demanding good cuisine, and tropical resorts are happily answering their culinary prayers. From cooking classes to bespoke menus, these Caribbean hotels go beyond conch fritters and strawberry daiquiris, offering true tastes of their respective regions.
Things change. Those words are particularly apt when talking about the current hotel expansion happening in the Caribbean. On Wednesday, we showed you photos of the still-in-construction 1,000-acre mega resort Baha Mar, set to open on New Paradise Island in the Bahamas in late 2014/early 2015. Of the resort’s four hotels (totaling 2,200 rooms), one will be flagged as a Mondrian, the design-forward brand normally associated with urban destinations like New York and Miami.
With its trendy cocktail bars, pool cabanas, and “Sunset Strip vibe,” the Mondrian will be specifically targeting fashion and nightlife crowds. This signals a 180-degree shift from the Caribbean’s usual family-oriented, mid-range hotel offerings. But this could be just the tip of the iceberg. Read more
How many times have you thought to yourself, “This year, I’d like to go away for the holidays.” It’s a fantasy we all harbor, to escape your everyday surroundings and get another city’s perspective on the holidays. The current holiday special from the folks at Public Hotel in Chicago could let you do just that. Read more
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