If you haven’t been dreaming about the sun and sand, chances are you already live by the beach. This winter has been absolutely brutal, weather-wise! I’m really not that picky … just get me out of the snow. Send me anywhere where I can feel the soft sand beneath my toes as the sun kisses my hair and cheeks, and I’m a happy girl! The winter blahs have set in and I’m ready to be whisked away.
Many people have a rule of thumb for booking travel — they book far in advance for the best price. Funny enough, it’s the last-minute vacations that usually save you the most, which is why my family typically flies by the seat of our pants. No pun intended.
Whether you’re a cruiser or if you’d rather vacation with both feet on the ground (thank you very much), I’ve gathered up 15 travel deals that I think you’ll find appealing.
Thank me later as you sip your daiquiri while gazing at the calm, clear turquoise waters from the comfort of your beach chair.
Hilton Hotels – Caribbean & Costa Rica 1 of 10
Hilton Hotels is offering a special "Winter in The Sun" package with rates that start at just $119 per night. The offer is good from now through February 28, 2014. You can find a complete list of participating hotels and "Winter in the Sun" rates by visiting Hilton Hotels.
Photo credit: Caribe Hilton
Kimpton Hotels – Florida 2 of 10
I'm a huge fan of Kimpton Properties in Florida. Having stayed at the EPIC Hotel in Miami, I can vouch for their high standards and excellent service. The EPIC Hotel in Miami, Surfcomber Hotel in Miami Beach and Vero Beach Hotel & Spa in Vero Beach, Florida are offering a special "Fly South for the Winter Package." This offer includes special rates and a special perks. Some of those perks include two complimentary cocktails, special discounts and a gift pack (varies depending on the location).
To take advantage of this offer, visit Kimpton Hotels and use booking code FlyS. Offer is valid for booking now and travel through 3/30/2014.
Photo credit: Vero Beach Hotel
Seven Stars Resort – Turks & Caicos 3 of 10
If I had to pick one Caribbean island as my favourite, I wouldn't have to think twice. Turks and Caicos is simply heaven on earth!
Seven Stars Resort, located on Grace Bay Beach in Turks & Caicos is offering 25% off standard rates when guests book now through February 28th for stays now through April 17, 2014. To take advantage of this offer, enter promo code 04winter at booking.
Photo credit: Seven Stars Resort
Buccament Bay Resort – St. Vincent 4 of 10
Buccament Bay Resort is located in St. Vincent, an island that is just a 20-minute flight from St. Lucia and a 45-minute flight from Barbados.
The all-inclusive resort is surrounded by mountains, a beautiful rainforest, and a white sandy beach. Right now the resort is offering 35% off all room categories on travel now through April 21 2014 when travelers book by February 28, 2014. Those who book five nights or longer will also receive complimentary inter-island flights to and from Barbados, complimentary airport transfers, a sunset cruise for two, and complimentary spa treatments for two.
Photo credit: Buccament Bay Resort
Hotel Riu Palace – Paradise Island, Bahamas 5 of 10
If Paradise Island in the Bahamas sounds like, well, paradise, then you're in luck. The Hotel Riu Palace is offering great deals on their hotel rooms (up to 55% off!). January 2-31 rates start at $137, from May 1st-June 2nd rates run at $155 a night, and from February 1st-April 3rd, the price is $192 per night. All prices include meals, alcohol, taxes and gratuities.
In order to take advantage of this offer, you must book by January 31, 2014. Click on this link and look for the yellow button on the right hand side that says "Special Deal."
Photo credit: Hotel Riu Palace
Princess Cruises – Ruby Princess 6 of 10
Princess Cruise Line's Ruby Princess has one particular itinerary on sale that is quite the steal! Sail away for five nights starting March 1, 2014 for rates that start at $349 per person (interior stateroom). The cruise will take you to Cozumel and Grand Cayman with two additional days at sea.
The voyage number is R414 and you can book it directly through Princess Cruises.
Photo credit: Princess Cruises
Club Med – Various Locations 7 of 10
Family travel can get expensive, especially when you're traveling to an all-inclusive resort. Club Med has a special JUMP SALE offer going on right now, applicable to over 50 Club Med destinations around the world. Rates start at $129 per person, per night and children under four stay for free! The only catch is that you must book by March 4, 2014 for travel through August 22, 2014.
Photo credit: Club Med
MSC Cruise Lines’ Divinia 8 of 10
MSC Cruises' newest ship, the Divinia will be on sale for a limited time through March 31, 2014. This special Divina Dream Deal includes a variety of Eastern and Western Caribbean itineraries that start at $499.00 per person for an interior stateroom and the option to receive shipboard credits of up to $300.
Some of the sailings available include the following ports of call: Philipsburg, St. Maarten, San Juan, Puerto Rico and the private island of Great Stirrup Cay. You'll cruise for seven nights starting at $499.00 for an interior stateroom.
There are other itineraries available with this offer. You can view all of the available offers and find more information through MSC.
Photo credit: MSC Cruises
El Conquistador Resort & Las Casitas Village – Puerto Rico 9 of 10
Waldorf Astoria properties are some of my favourite! The El Conquistador Resort and Las Casitas Village in Puerto Rico has a special deal running right now where those traveling from now to April 10, 2014 will receive savings of 30% off their visit. Kids eat free with the Family Escape package and a daily resort credit of $50 can be put toward any activities including water sports, golfing or spa treatments.
The rates are based on a three night minimum and start at $259 for the El Conquistador Resort and from $309 at Las Casitas Village.
Photo credit: El Conquistador Resort & Las Casitas Village
Royal Palms Resort and Spa – Phoeniz, Arizona 10 of 10
Looking for some heat? Arizona has plenty of it! The Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix is offering a couple of great deals right now. If you stay two nights at this beautiful resort you will receive the third night free in addition to $50 in resort credits. If you stay three nights, receive the fourth night free and receive $100 in resort credits.
Photo credit: Royal Palms Hotel
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