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With snow blanketing much of the Northeast, and cold temps per usual in the Midwest, what better time to book a tropical vacation? In the most recent batch of our weekly Top 25 Deals, there’s a great opportunity for chilly travelers to feel that heat at Grand Lucayan in the Bahamas, on Freeport’s Lucaya Beach, while saving as much as 70 percent.
By Brittany Jones Cooper for Yahoo! Travel
Don’t get scammed! Know these helpful hotel tips before you go. (Photo: Corbis)
We so badly want to trust our friends in the hotel industry, but it seems like every time we get close, one bad egg does something shady and ruins the whole batch.
You might assume that you would see a scam coming from a mile away, but the tricksters these days have gotten increasingly clever. As we’ll show you, something as simple as ordering a pepperoni pizza to your hotel room can come with irreversible consequences.
If you’ve never been to Peninsula Papagayo on the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica, here’s the first thing you need to know: it’s isolated. Very isolated. Now, depending on what type of traveler you are, that might sound incredibly alluring — but just keep in mind that the nearest “town,” and the airport, is around 45 minutes away.
In a region deplete of destination resorts, The Carriage House Suites (one of four distinct lodging options at Destination Kohler, the AAA Five Diamond resort on the grounds of Wisconsin’s own Kohler Company in Kohler, WI), is a Midwestern oasis of stately charm and relaxation that will recharge you for days. Signature spa treatments at the Kohler Waters Spa utilizing specially crafted Kohler water fixtures have been attracting an international crowd since 1981. Paired with Kohler’s lush golf courses (two PGA tournament courses) and palate pleasing meals at the onsite Immigrant Room, a AAA Four Diamond restaurant, a weekend away at Destination Kohler is like visiting your good friend’s country mansion — complete with valet parking.
If you’re dreaming of escaping to a tropical hideaway while most of the country is up to their eyeballs in snow, a new offer from the Turtle Island Resort Fiji — located on a beautiful private island — may spur a trip to the South Pacific.
When you book a seven-night, all-inclusive stay between February 21 and June 15, the resort will cover two roundtrip economy international airfares from LAX up to $2,500. For context, it depends on the specific itinerary, but most flights between the two destinations fall somewhere between $1,000 and $1,250 per person. This means that there shouldn’t be significant excess costs from Los Angeles. If you have to connect from elsewhere, though, you’ll have to cover that fare yourself.
During the summer, much of the Midwest flocks to Traverse City, an arts-oriented quaint community in Upper Michigan tucked into an up-and-coming wine region. The city of just 15,000 residents sits on Grand Traverse Bay, which flows into Lake Michigan. Celebrity chef Mario Batali spends summers here, and Madonna’s parents own a winery in nearby Suttons Bay (Ciccone Vineyard & Winery), on the Leelanau Peninsula. Dubbed the Cherry Capital, it’s a foodie paradise with bushels of this locally grown fruit topping many dishes, plus artisan chocolatiers, coffee roasters and restaurants headed up by James Beard Award semifinalist chefs.
When setting a budget for a trip, it’s not just about scoring a good deal on a hotel or on a flight. There are also those three meals a day you’ve got to buy — and they can add up quickly. That’s why we were happy to see Four Points by Sheraton‘s $1 breakfast promotion, available now until the end of March.
The charms of historic New England make the perfect backdrop for a romantic weekend getaway. Just in time for the most romantic month of the year, seek out comfort and luxury await at inns along the coast, going out of their way to surprise and delight their guests. Whether you want to spend $175 or $600, let warm fireplaces and soothing bottles of wine cure your winter blues at these five cozy retreats.
Whether you crave a slice of key lime pie, a tour of Ernest Hemingway’s former home, or simply a chaise on the beach, Key West offers all that — in a super-hip, laid-back kind of way. And that’s precisely the vibe captured at NYAH, which stands for “Not Your Average Hotel.” This less than year-old property boasts artisan appeal and budget prices, even in winter. For best savings, bring a bunch of your friends. Here’s a breakdown of the room rates and offerings.
In the era of Airbnb, travelers have gotten comfortable with the idea of choosing between a full-service hotel and the extra perks of a home rental — like kitchen access, lounge areas, and interaction with locals. It’s not a particularly surprising (or, at this point, new) development. We want more immersion, more culture, and a taste of what it’s like to actually live in the destinations that we visit. Hotel brands, however, have been taking note; in fact, more and more are starting to manage their very own vacation rentals, so that guests don’t have to choose between the comforts of home and the comforts of the hotel at all.
Good news for ski lovers: For the first time in 25 years, Park City, UT is a viable option for a last-minute long weekend trip over the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday (coming up this Monday). That’s because this year, for once, the holiday doesn’t coincide with the star-studded Sundance Film Festival — when rooms get sold out months in advance. To celebrate, many Park City hotels have unleashed a batch of deals to entice travelers to hit the slopes (and the 100 restaurants and lounges along Historic Main Street après-ski).
France may be the land of luxury, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on your accommodations. With these money-saving tips, you’ll have leftover cash for the important things, like another bottle of Burgundy.
There’s the Florida Panhandle you think you know — the Spring Breaker in Panama City Beach scene — and then there’s the sophisticated, hip foodie towns. This includes Rosemary Beach, an eco-friendly master development community with a brand-new boutique hotel, boasting some attractive high season sales to boot.
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