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Fort Lauderdale Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa pool

Fort Lauderdale Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

What’s one of the best ways to nab hotel savings in Florida? Go during the summer. If you can stand the heat and humidity of the Sunshine State during the next few months, you’ll be rewarded with ultra-cool savings. Try one of these six deals, from as low as $73 per night.

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Jupiter Beach Resort pool

Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa

Snug in Florida’s Palm Beach County, Jupiter Beach is a more relaxed alternative to Miami, even though it’s just 90 minutes away. Here, expect the same top-notch dining, water sports, and beach access. To entice you to visit, Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa, a 168-room oceanfront property, is throwing in a third night for free when you book two nights through the end of the year.

The Jupiter Jaunt deal makes it easier than ever to enjoy the hotel’s 1,000-foot stretch of private beach, oceanview pool, spa, and excursions like fishing and sea turtle walks. We found regular rates of $250 per night for weekends throughout the summer, including Fourth of July weekend. This means that, with the deal, you’d pay $500 for three nights — translating to $167 for an average nightly rate over all. It’s a steal compared to other nearby resorts, including Wyndham Grand Jupiter at Harbourside Place, which is charging $197 per night night for weekends in August, and Marriott’s Oceana Palms, from $399.

For further perspective, the special rates are a huge savings off the hotel’s own high season prices in January, February, and March. You can expect to pay as much as $410 per night over the last two weekends in February, plus every weekend in March, for example. (January weekends are slightly cheaper, at $340 per night.) So if you were to splurge on three nights during high season, you’d pay between $1,020 and $1,230 total. That’s double of what the Jupiter Jaunt will get you.

The hotel is designed to coax guests into relaxation, with beach chairs included in the daily resort fee ($25). Each room incorporates a soothing buttery yellow palette, with palm tree and pineapple accents, and mahogany furnishings. WiFi is free in all rooms, and some feature balconies. Elsewhere onsite, you’ll find two restaurants: the elegant Sinclair’s Lounge, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; and the poolside Sandbar, with seafood-focused cuisine in a casual environment. The spa offers a menu of 10 different massage treatments, plus a facial that folds in organic seaweed extracts.

Kimpton Hotels Gear Up for National Bike Month with Packages

Kimpton Hotels

May is National Bike Month. To celebrate and encourage people to spin those wheels, a number of Kimpton hotels are offering related packages all month long. The properties already offer complimentary bicycle rentals year-round, but they’ve tossed in a few extra perks and discounts for May, too. Book one of these and get pedaling.

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Beach Loungers at the Setai Miami Beach

Setai Miami Beach

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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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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Chihuly Garden and Glass Seattle museum month

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It’s not uncommon to pay between $20 and $25 for a museum entrance fee. And for travelers already plunking down cash for a hotel, restaurants, and attractions, the cost adds up quickly. Fortunately, we’ve been noticing a trend of month-long promotions in certain cities. From Seattle to Miami, here are deals fit for all types of art fans — happy art hopping!

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America’s 5 Best Detox Spa Resorts

Mi Amo

When your energy has been depleted by stress, seek out a healthy way to decompress in the comfort of a destination spa resort. Spa treatments, fitness classes, and health coaching can revive your spirits and reclaim your energy — and many of these activities are included in the cost. So power down your cell phone and power up on a retreat that will help you reconnect with your well-being.

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graffiti art tours in los angeles, london, nyc, and more

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Want to explore a city from a unique perspective? Sign up for a graffiti tour. You’ll learn the rich history of street art, view the community’s best tags and murals, and maybe meet some of the local artists. Some tours even conclude with a workshop that lets you create your own masterpiece. Here are our favorites from around the world.

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The Resort at Longboat Key Club

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 up to 50 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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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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cruise fix

Which cruise lines are making headlines this week? We’ve got the latest on luxury sales, a great idea for crowd-funding your next vacation, holiday itineraries, and more. 

Now here’s a great idea for newlywed travelers: Rather than asking for home appliances, why not have friends and family contribute to your post-nuptial trip? Princess CruisesHoneymoon Wishes Registry allows others to chip in for everything from cruise fare and shore excursions to specialty dining and drinks by the pool to relaxing spa treatments. All gifts are applied as an onboard credit to the couple’s stateroom account to use during their honeymoon cruise, and the bride and groom can create an accompanying website to share wedding details and personal photos.

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KaskadesSuiteMiami

Opening on December 1, Gale Suites at Kaskades will be an all-suite newly restored wing of Miami’s retro-luxe Gale South Beach, which itself opened just two years ago. Read more

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Airport terminals around the globe are stepping things up a notch with high-tech designs, indoor art museums, and speedier ways through passport control. Here are seven new(ish) airport terminals we love flying in and out of:

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At hotel receptionHas this ever happened to you? You think you’re getting a great hotel deal, only later you discover that everything from a fitness center charge to a newspaper service fee has been tacked onto the bill? Hotel fees are more popular than ever these days, and all kinds of properties, from hostels to high-end resorts, are discreetly charging for amenities you didn’t even know you had access to — and may not even want. Some of them are inevitable and rather set in stone, like resort fees. Others, like being charged for in-room safes, can be disputed. Like we always say, it’s a good habit to check the fine print and know exactly what you’re being charged for. Here are 10 fees to watch out for:

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MondrianSoBe1The Morgans Hotel Group, which offers a spate of stylish, upscale properties around the world, is in the midst of some major expansion. The Mondrian London at Sea Containers is set to open September 30, followed by the Mondrian Doha, and the Mondrian Istanbul. The hotel group is also preparing to open their Delano brand in Las Vegas this fall, followed by Cesme, Turkey; Moscow; and Cartagena; then another in Karaköy, Istanbul. With all this new activity in mind, we took a step back to see how their second Mondrian property, in South Beach, Miami, which opened way back in 2008, is holding up.

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