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You’re busy. We understand. We are, too. Between work, family, social engagements, and endless to-do lists, we all forget to stop to take a breather now and again. And chances are most of you are finding yourselves with extra vacation days that you didn’t use because of the lack of said breathers – which you can’t carry over into 2013. (It’s a common story; even those of us who work at a travel website sometimes can’t find the time to use them.) But don’t despair, because it’s not too late to plan a trip with those few extra days. With these great deals – all available for travel this December – you can explore a major metropolis, soak up sunshine, or relax at a luxurious spa for an extended weekend getaway that isn’t too far from home.
Believe it or not, Thanksgiving Week is one of the cheapest of the year at hotels across the country. As most people stay close to home or with family during the holiday, rates dip to fill up rooms. So this year, why not shake things up and take a trip over Turkey Day? With prices these low – and all at 4-star hotels – there’s no reason not to get away.
New York City has plenty of draws for a Thanksgiving visit, from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade to fantastic sales on Black Friday. 4-star hotels in the Big Apple offer low rates during the week, like the trendy Stay Hotel, located in the center of Midtown Manhattan, for as little at $187 per night when you stay three nights. Rates at the Stay go up to $399 per night in December, which means you’ll be saving over 50 percent. Or, stay at the 4.5-star W New York Downtown Hotel, one of the most stylish hotel brands in the world, for an incredible $197 per night – a savings of $250 on rates earlier in the fall (in fact, these rates at the W hold on many nights through mid-December, and go up to just $213 per night over Christmas week). Read more
Stay at a sprawling San Diego resort on the tip of Shelter Island, known for its beautiful harbor views and yacht-filled marinas. This fall, the Kona Kai Resort and Spa is offering rooms for as little as $97 per night — a savings of 40 percent on January and February rates.
The Hawaiian-inspired Kona Kai Resort and Spa features peaceful harbor and marina views and is surrounded by eleven acres of lush tropical gardens. The resort includes an outdoor pool, a whirlpool, a full-service spa, a fitness center, a sunning beach with volleyball courts, jogging and walking paths, free bicycle rentals, and complimentary WiFi. Dine at the waterfront Kona Kai Restaurant serving fresh local cuisine, and visit nearby attractions like Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, and downtown San Diego — all minutes away by car. Complimentary shuttles are available between the hotel and the San Diego Airport, Amtrak station, and cruise ship terminal.
Guest rooms offer garden, marina, or waterway views, and feature relaxing island decor and private balconies.
Travel on select dates throughout September and October. To book, visit the Kona Kai Resort Hotel and enter your dates. Or call 800-566-2524.
See San Diego’s luxurious side for less – stay at a 4.5-star boutique hotel in the city’s chic Gaslamp Quarter for $175 per night. This offer from the eco-friendly Hotel Palomar San Diego cuts advance bookings made at least twenty days prior to your stay by 20 percent (a savings of $44 per night). Travel is available through December 31.
Stay in a Deluxe Guest Room with a plush king bed. Accommodations provide modern comforts such as an MP3 alarm clock, HD cable TV, an organic mini-bar, and a glass rainforest shower. Don’t forget to bring pets along – the hotel is as pet friendly as can be, with no fees or size restrictions.
The Hotel Palomar San Diego’s sleek decor is woven throughout each room and the hotel’s many onsite facilities, which entertain locals and tourists alike. Cool off in an outdoor swimming pool, then dry off on the pool deck with a cocktail from the rooftop bar and lounge. Workout in a state-of-the-art fitness center, or indulge in a rejuvenating treatment at the hotel spa. Try an appetizer or a full meal of innovative cuisine at the Saltbox restaurant. Palomar guests are also treated to nightly wine tastings. Read more
When we came up with our Top 10 Zombie Film Locations, we were only half serious about the necessary survival skills in the event of an undead apocalypse. However, we may have to actually brush up on our running and hiding abilities in preparation for the Walking Dead Escape simulation zombie takeover in San Diego this summer. Taking place at Petco Stadium July 12-14 (timed to coincide with this year’s Comic Con, of course), groups of participants will spend 35-45 minutes climbing obstacles while dodging “zombies” as they attempt to make it to the “Evac Zone.”
If you want to be in the middle of all the San Diego action – steps from SeaWorld, and minutes from the San Diego Zoo, the Gaslamp Quarter, and the New Children’s Museum, among other must-sees – and if you want to enjoy it all for less, consider a late spring stay at The Dana on Mission Bay. Throughout the month of May you’ll enjoy savings of up to 59 percent off summer rates, with weekdays starting at only $139/night. The timing couldn’t be better, as you’ll avoid the tourist surges of summer and you’ll also avoid the July nightly rates that can climb as high as $339.
The Dana on Mission Bay is on the waterfront, less than a mile from Mission Beach, and surrounded by 10 acres of Mission Bay Aquatic Park, so despite being so close to close to San Diego staples, you won’t want for natural surroundings. You can stay in the Water’s Edge guest rooms or the Marina Cove guest rooms, but no matter where you stay, you’ll find modern décor and amenities like flat-screen TVs, discount tickets to San Diego attractions, and complimentary shuttles to SeaWorld, should you not want to walk there. The property also includes two spas, two pools, a seasonal pool bar, and a private marina.
To spring on these savings, book a May stay online. You’ll find the lowest rates during the week, rather than on the weekends.
As the kids start counting down the days to summer vacation, America’s theme parks are counting down to the newest, biggest, most scream-worthy rides and attractions (so far, anyway). Here, a handy primer on where you’ll be taking the family this year.
The biggest news, of course, is the opening of Cars Land at Disney’s California Adventure. This 12-acre attraction based on the Disney-Pixar Cars movies incorporates three new rides – including the thrilling coaster Radiator Springs Racers (pictured) – a trio of restaurants, and other themed shopping and entertainment venues. Watch out for Lightning McQueen, Mater, and other Cars favorites starting June 15.
Enjoy a stay at a luxe private island resort on San Diego’s Mission Bay at the property’s 1962 rates. As part of the Paradise Point Resort & Spa‘s 50th anniversary special, stay three nights and you will get your fourth night for just $8. Rates for your first three nights start at $171 through June 30 – a savings of up to $110 on current pricing.
The Paradise Point Resort & Spa is located on a private 44-acre island on Mission Bay, close to SeaWorld and just ten minutes from downtown San Diego. This unique resort features lush, tropical gardens and lagoons, a mile-long beach, five swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, an 18-hole putting course, bonfire pits, two waterfront restaurants, a luxe7,000 square foot Balinese spa, and more. The comfortable beach bungalow-style rooms are furnished with rich, modern decor and feature private patios with garden, lagoon, or bay views.
Book online on Paradise Point Resort & Spa website or call 800-344-2626. Use promotional code PP62.
Without the tourist surge of summer but still plenty of warm days, April is our sweet spot month for when to find great value in San Diego. Newly opened Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar’s advance booking savings combined with April and May’s low prices are a great example of how to save money by knowing when to go. Booking at least 14 days in advance will get you 20 percent off current rates, and combined with sweet spot savings (rates in April and May with the discount are as low as $128/night, whereas in June they climb up to $209/night), that’s a total savings of up to 38 percent.
The Hotel Indigo San Diego Del Mar is located only a few minutes outside of San Diego, in Del Mar, and had its grand opening on April 12. Formerly the Stratford Inn, the property has undergone a multimillion dollar renovation and its chic 94 rooms incorporate Del Mar flavor from Del Mar Racetrack murals to ocean-view terraces. Amenities include HD flat-screen TVs, iHome stations, Aveda bath products, free Wi-Fi in public spaces and free high speed Internet access in all rooms, and a fitness center. It’s also the only Hotel Indigo to boast a full-service day spa.
Book online to guarantee you’re getting the best available rate, and remember that you have to book at least two weeks ahead of your stay for the advance purchase savings.
The upscale Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, giving travelers a reason to celebrate also: Their “Our Anniversary, Your Reason to Celebrate” package starts at $104 for the first night and just $72 for the second night.
We found these low rates on select dates in April but the promotion is valid through the end of the year for a two-night minimum stay.
Nestled along San Diego Bay, the waterfront Sheraton San Diego offers panoramic views of the downtown skyline, marina and bay, while being just minutes away from the busy Gaslamp Quarter. Relax at one of the elegant hotel’s three pools, try the newly renovated day spa, and enjoy a meal at one of the hotel’s four restaurants. Or get active with bike rentals, bayside jogging trails, or water sports when you’re not exploring the city.
To book, call 866-716-8134 and ask for rate plan LNC or visit the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina website.
San Diego’s famous for its weather (with average daily temps of about 70 degrees), its zoo (the panda exhibit is downright addictive), and its Top Gun bravado (thanks to the U.S. naval base at Miramar). But this city also makes a picturesque setting for a romantic long weekend filled with beach strolls (or jogs), afternoons of golf or tennis, sipping surprisingly nuanced locally produced wines, and dining on everything from spicy fish tacos to new American gourmet. I have visited San Diego several times, so here are my suggestions for what it offers couples.
Romance is revving up all over the place during the month of February, from sun-kissed beaches to sophisticated big cities. Here are 25 deals and packages – from Fort Lauderdale to Fiji, Maine to Madrid, and St. Kitts to Sedona – that you can still book to make this Valentine’s Day the most memorable ever:
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The Grand Del Mar: Unplug and relax with the “Disconnect Package” at the luxurious The Grand Del Mar near San Diego (shown above at left) and you’ll get one night’s accommodations (with the room TV unplugged and upgrade upon booking if available), berry-infused champagne cocktail upon arrival, choice of a 60-minute couples massage, or a 2-hour horseback ride for two, breakfast in bed for two, and late checkout, from $795/night. Read more
Stay at an upscale hotel on the shores of one of San Diego’s biggest attractions, Mission Bay. Book three nights or more at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina and pay only $104 per night – a savings of 30% on current rates.
The Regency Mission Bay boasts its own full-service marina with jet skis, sailboats, kayaks, sport fishing, and whale excursions. It’s also only a quarter-mile from two of San Diego’s most popular spots, SeaWorld and Mission Beach, and three miles from the charming Old Town San Diego. The hotel features three pools and a poolside bar, a fine-dining restaurant, an eco-friendly spa, and a waterfront fitness center. Rooms include patios or balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows, LCD TVs, and iPod docks.
THE VALUE: Save 30% on current pricing at this upscale San Diego hotel on Mission Bay.
THE CATCH: Temperatures are a bit too cool for swimming this time of year. Luckily, these rates are valid through the end of 2012, so you can take advantage in the warmer spring and summer months, too.
THE DETAILS: Visit the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina and enter the Corporate/Group Number 89936.
If you can already feel the physical aches of holiday shopping, the Park Hyatt Aviara in Carlsbad, just north of San Diego, is here to help. They’re offering a holiday shopping package that includes the luxurious accommodations of a Park Suite, round-trip private transportation to Carlsbad Premium Outlets via Mercedes Benz, a two-hour private consultation with a personal shopper at the outlets, and a 50-minute Shoppers Therapy Treatment at the spa that targets your sore feet and shoulders with massage and pressure point techniques.
Rooms at the Park Hyatt Aviara start at $650 a night, and while there is no minimum number of nights required, guests must book a week in advance and the offer expires December 30, so make sure you book soon! Also note that the spa treatment is only for one person, so your shopping buddy may be out of luck. At the Carlsbad Premium Outlets you can find everything from Barneys New York to Coach at outlet prices. (For a full list of stores, click here.) parkaviara.hyatt.com
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Book a room at one of 15 Loews Hotels locations in North America on Cyber Monday, November 28, and get 20 percent off! Choose from locations such as the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in San Diego, nestled on a 15-acre peninsula, the Loews Miami Beach Hotel on South Beach, and the Loews Hotel LeConcorde in Quebec City, Canada. Other locations include New York, New Orleans, Denver, and Santa Monica. So whether you’re looking for relaxation on the beach, a cultural experience, or a quick getaway, this sale provides a plethora of options. Guest will also receive free in-room internet throughout the stay. Travel is valid November 29, 2011 – March 31, 2012.
THE VALUE: Save 20 percent at hotels coast-to-coast over a four month travel window!
THE CATCH: The Cyber Monday sale will run from 12:01 am – 11:59 pm (EST) on November 28, 2011. Prices differ by hotel.
THE DETAILS: To book your stay, visit www.loewshotels.com.
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