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In what has become an annual highly anticipated sale, dozens of hotels and resorts have gotten into the Black Friday and Cyber Monday game, offering deals that must be booked either the day after Thanksgiving (November 28 this year) or the following Monday (December 1) for varying days of travel.

We’ve got the scoop on so many great travel deals for this year’s sales that we’re trying something different. Instead of one big, overwhelming list, we’re sharing themed roundups for easier vacation planning. First up is the Beach edition — whether you yearn for bustling Waikiki Beach in Hawaii or Florida’s quiet Gulf Coast side, you’ll find 30-75 percent discounts next week.

Mark your calendars, then check back in the coming days for our Urban, International, and Adventure editions.

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Renaissance Boston Waterfront

Despite chilly weather, Boston sparkles this time of year with holiday decorations, a dusting of snow, and trendy cocktail lounges and cafes to warm up at. Plus, plunging temps usually translate into plunging prices. We especially like the recent Renaissance Boston Waterfront promotion, which takes advantage of the city’s craft-beer scene, as an example of why travelers should head to Bean Town in the coming weeks.

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Last month, Hilton Worldwide announced its latest foray into the lifestyle category with Canopy by Hilton, a new concept from the international hotel behemoth that will localize the guest experience. Poised to open its first set of doors in 2015, we spoke with Gary Steffen, the brand’s global head, who shared five things you should know about Canopy by Hilton.

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Dreams Punta Cana Resort

If you’re yearning to flee the coop this winter for a little heat, Apple Vacations wants to help you out. Its Winter Super Sale kicks into effect for select packages in various sunny locales — shaving close to $300 off busy season prices from booking air and hotel separately. The sale encompasses three-, five-, or seven-night trips between December 18, 2014 and April 30, 2015.

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Just 30 minutes north of Scottsdale, is a sunshine-filled retreat with all the perks: hiking, spa, fine dining, and golf. We’re talking, of course, about The Boulders, Waldorf Astoria Resort – an award-winning property nestled among the granite boulder formations in the community of Carefree. If you’re angling for a pre-holiday warm-weather getaway, you’re in luck. This November 30 through January 3, 2015, rates have been reduced to as low as $229 per night.

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Business hotels aren’t typically known for modern design, cutting-edge technology, and restaurants sporting Michelin-starred chefs — the elements that make the properties appeal to leisure travelers, too. But NH Hotel Group’s flagship hotel, NH Collection Eurobuilding in Madrid’s financial district, has combined all three after reopening in October following a much-needed facelift. And at as low as €135 ($168) a night, taxes included, it remains affordable too.

We set off to see the changes firsthand. Here are a few aspects that make this tech-savvy spot perfect for modern travelers.

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Fancy a warm weather getaway? You could get a solid deal if you can squeeze in a jaunt to Anguilla before the December holidays — ahead of the upcoming peak season. This British West Indies island in the Southern Caribbean is rich with tropical foliage and whitesand beaches, and easily accessible through San Juan, Puerto Rico, or St. Maarten. Here’s a trio of promotions to get you packing.

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Many hotel brands are becoming more conscious of their role in environmental preservation — think solar panels, bathroom missives urging you to reuse your towel, and furnishings made from recycled materials — but leave it up to progressive Amsterdam to create a small and affordable hotel chain entirely focused on sustainability.

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We’ve all heard of Airbnb and Uber, arguably the biggest stars of the “sharing economy.” This concept of individuals offering a service at below market rates to other individuals have really taken hold in recent years — and have expanded far beyond lodging and transportation. Here’s how to take advantage and enjoy great savings during your travels:

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620x400_TortugaBay1In the last year of his life, fashion designer Oscar de la Renta worked on one of his passion projects — a hotel he helped develop in his native Dominican Republic called Tortuga Bay. Originally opened in 2006, and part of a larger Punta Cana resort, the 13 oceanfront villas offer guests airy open spaces, incredible views of the sea, and impeccable service. De la Renta oversaw a redesign of the villas just this year, and they reopened to the public three weeks ago. We found rates for about $580 per night with a three-night minimum stay for the smaller units in December, but most go for $905 and $1,030, plus tax. If you’re considering a visit — or just need a Hump Day mental vacation — here’s a look at the redesigned rooms, which stand in tribute to the late designer…

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 SONY DSCIt’s easy to dismiss the charming 10,000-odd people town of Fredericksburg, Texas as a drive-by bit of German history — especially when the Virginian Civil War town often comes to mind when mentioning the name. Read more

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Midtown Manhattan used to be the rather colorless, business-oriented section of NYC — unless you were ready to brave the Times Square crowds, of course. But there seems to be a bit of a hotel renaissance in this part of town, with a slew of new properties popping up in the past year, and even more to come in the next. But this crop of properties is anything but conventional. Here’s a closer look at what’s recently opened, as well as a glimpse of what’s coming…

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Knickerbocker Hotel RooftopWe’ve been hearing so much about the redevelopment of the Knickerbocker — a Times Square hotel that was opened in 1906 by John Jacob Astor. The building itself heaves with history: The martini is said to have been invented here. Its subterranean bar was once home to Maxfield Parrish’s Old King Cole mural that now hangs in the St. Regis. It even once had its own underground doorway, so patrons could enter from the subway. Plus, this opening would give Times Square something it doesn’t yet have — a true 5-star hotel.

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California’s Palm Springs is known for its big brand resorts. But for an off-radar retreat that transports you into the next world over, go just outside of the city and check into Two Bunch Palms in Desert Hot Springs.

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JW Marriott Chicago

Four years ago, JW Marriott Chicago opened its doors, snug in Chicago’s Loop and only a few blocks west of the lakefront and Michigan Avenue. To celebrate its anniversary, the 610-room hotel on West Adams Street has unleashed a major deal, slashing the standard nightly rates of up to $309 down to $110.14.

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