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Summer’s almost here, with the promise of days filled with barbecues and trips to the beach. But we’re just as excited about the coming late-spring weeks. While it’s not quite swim weather in some parts, it’s now nice enough to enjoy most of what the outdoors has to offer — before summer crowds and summer pricing kicks off in earnest. Here, just three trips in May that offer substantial pre-summer savings.
In just a little over a month, the resorts at Walt Disney World will get into the full swing of high summer rates. Luckily, there’s one way you can stay in the thick of the magic without having to fork over too much dough: Book a stay at the Downtown Disney Resort Area Hotels. Conveniently located at the resort’s shopping and dining district, these hotels provide 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.
What’s more, for stays between May 1 and June 21, the hotels are offering reduced rates with a Spring into the Magic promotion, starting at just $84 per night. But hurry — two of the seven hotels no longer have availability foor the special rates. Here’s a sample of the best that are still bookable that we’ve come across.
Sometimes you need a hotel — but not necessarily for an entire afternoon and night. Hotels are now starting to offer daytime-only bookings, giving travelers the chance to soothe a grueling layover with a quick nap, take a shower, or perhaps even carve out a quiet space to pound out a project.
St. Kitts is among the Caribbean’s least-visited islands, which is precisely what makes it so appealing. And getting there may be pricey — flights from Miami between May 29 and June 5 start from $747 round-trip and are only slightly less, from $676 in early December — but a deal from St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino will help offset the travel costs.
Looking for something a little different this summer? How about stepping back in time and cozying it up at a beautiful mid-1800s restored home? We’ve gathered a handful of converted inns and B&Bs that truly show off the architectural trends and designs of the era, from intricate fireplaces and high ceilings to exposed beams and wide wood plank floors. Plus, summer stays — including those over Memorial Day weekend — start from $95 per night. Bonus: They all include WiFi.
One of the great pleasures of being in Hawaii is sitting outside in the sun, sipping a tropical drink, while contemplating the gorgeous views on offer. Happily, there’s no shortage of cocktails to sample. And while rum is nearly as ubiquitous in a Hawaiian drink as a wedge of pineapple, a fresh orchid, or a small paper umbrella, it’s not the only ingredient you’ll find when you step out to imbibe. Here, five cocktails not to miss — and where to find them in Honolulu — on your next tropical trip.
Printemps — that’s “springtime” in French — in Montréal is pretty sweet. After a long, cold winter, flowers are poking out of the soil, and the city’s Euro-flair shines through farmers markets, park picnics, and all kinds of festivals. (We love Montréal Botanical Garden’s Butterflies Go Free and Montréal’s Digital Spring, a series of digital and architectural installations, among others.)
A few months back, I ducked into Gracias Madre, an incredible vegan Mexican restaurant in West Hollywood, and the hostess asked if I needed my car valet parked. I thanked her and said no, because I’d walked. The look of horror and bewilderment on her face was enough to illustrate how most Angelinos feel about walking in their fair and sunny city. That is to say: they don’t do it.
Armed with a refund after filing the previous year’s tax returns, the call of the open road — or the open skies — beckons many travelers. Whether they boast locations by the beaches of Curacao or in metropolitan Chicago, many hotels have launched sales and deals linked to Tax Day (April 15). Some are flash sales, some discounts are good for next Wednesday only, and others yet are good for the rest of the year. Here are eight ways to cash in:
If you’re playing word association, the name “Belize” will generally inspire the response “beaches!” And while it’s true that the country’s coastline is ideal for sunbathing, Belize’s stunning, under-explored interior offers a little more activity diversity than splaying out on a blanket.
If you’ve ever tried to get a same-day reservation for afternoon tea in London on a weekend, you’ve likely found yourself out of luck. Places like the very trendy Sketch or the opulent Wolseley offer stellar teas with plenty of atmosphere, but they book up weeks in advance. Here, our favorite spot for sipping afternoon tea in London on a whim. Read more
Created seven years ago by the Trigano Family, co-founders of Club Med, MAMA Shelter began as a chic-but-affordable boutique Paris hotel before expanding to Marseilles, Lyon, Istanbul, and Bordeaux. This spring, MAMA is coming for Los Angeles, making it the chain’s first foray into the United States. Read more
What’s the hottest place to stay in Miami, even 10 years after it opened? And we’re not referring to the temperature on the pool deck. The answer is the Setai. Situated in a geometric high rise on Collins Avenue, the mood at the hotel is strictly zen, and the sense of opulent minimalism — that’s a thing — does not come cheap. With rates that easily creep up to $1,000 per night in winter and spring — even for basic rooms — this is clearly a playground for the well-heeled.
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