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Holiday Travel Deals and Steals

Lifestyle Travel

Black Friday is the official kickoff of the holiday shopping season. While you might have your sights set on a shiny flat screen TV or brand new pressure cooker, we want you to aim higher. Just like tech and retail, you can expect big savings on travel, too. Think resort credits, reduced rates, complimentary nights and discounted excursions. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite hotel hotspots from Florida all the way to Costa Rica that you can book (starting Friday, Nov. 23) at a bargain. Check them out below:

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Playa Largo Resort & Spa — Key Largo, Florida
An hour outside of Miami, Playa Largo Resort & Spa still brings the beachfront vibe but with a laid back atmosphere. Sitting on what used to be the country’s largest pineapple plantation, the resort comes as part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection—for vacationers looking to upgrade their getaway. Playa Largo features 167 rooms and suits on its main campus and over at ‘The Hammocks’ (the resort’s hotel-within-a-hotel), guests can find a set of 10 two-story bungalows and a three-bedroom Beach House. Whether you want to soak up the sun by the zero-entry pool or indulge in bike rentals or the Ocean Spa, this celebrated Ameri-Caribbean escape is just a quick trip away.

The Deal: Earn $100-$350 in resort credits when you stay between three and seven nights, starting now through Dec. 20, 2018. Rates start at $249 per night.

To Book: visit www.playalargoresort.com with promo code ZXO

holidayThe Kinney SLO — San Luis Obispo, California
Right between Los Angeles and San Francisco lies The Kinney, smack dab in the middle of one of California’s most vibrant college towns. Artfully-designed, the boutique hotel invites guests to spend their time snapping, Insta storying or lounging around their on-site barcade or heated pool and spa. There are also 100 newly-renovated accommodation options to take refuge in ranging from the Campus rooms to the two-story Chancellor’s Suite, all of which are fitted with modern amenities such as a mini fridge and Starbucks CV1 Coffee Brewer.

The Deal: Save 40% off best available rates when you book from November 23, 2018 – November 27, 2018. Valid for travel from November 23, 2018 – March 14, 2019. Rates starting at $109.

To Book: Visit www.thekinneyslo.com with promo code 404D

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The Palms — Miami Beach, FL
The Palms Hotel & Spa has just undergone a multimillion-dollar renovation and remains as South Beach’s award-winning independent beach resort. A soothing, total body vacation for both your mind and soul, The Palms is the perfect place to re-balance and rejuvenate amongst the city’s hustle and bustle. Inspired by nature, guests can unwind under a tiki cabana, feed their body with organic food and drinks or pamper themselves with an array of holistic spa services. Whatever you decide, a trip to The Palms is sure to revive the senses.

The Deal: Up to 35% Off when you book from November 23, 2018 – November 30, 2018. Valid for travel from December 1, 2018 – December 1, 2019. Blackout dates apply. Higher discounts (up to 35% off) apply for summer / lower discounts (up to 5-10% off) during winter/spring.

To Book: Visit https://www.thepalmshotel.com with promo code PROCYBER

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International

The Westin Playa Bonita Panama City, Panama
Along the Pacific’s golden sands and blue waters sits The Westin Playa Bonita, minutes from downtown Panama City. With plenty of opportunities to relax, guests can enjoy sweeping oceanfront views from the infinity pool, experience the Sensory Spa by Clarins or watch as the ships wait to enter the famous Panama Canal. If a vacation to Central American is on your horizon, The Westin Playa Bonita is the perfect place for aquatic fun for all.

The Deal: 50% off best available rates, starting at just $80/night. Valid for travel from Dec. 1, 2018 – July 30, 2019. Blackout dates apply.

To Book: Visit www.westinplayabonita.com with promo code CYZA

holidayEcoventura — Galápagos Islands
If you’re looking for a getaway on water, instead of land, you can board a luxury five-star mega yacht by Ecoventura for a journey around the Galápagos Islands. With two unique seven-night itinerary options (southern/central route or a western/northern route), guests can sail around the region’s most remote islands and partake in inspiring, hands-on wildlife experiences. Enjoy luxury staterooms with panoramic views and rainfall showers, gourmet meals and eco-friendly expeditions, as well as animal interactions from snorkeling with penguins, seeing Galápagos tortoises and kayaking alongside sea lions. As an award-winning leader in sustainable travel, Ecoventura has redefined expedition cruising.

The Deal: Save 10% on fall 2019 sailings aboard the luxurious MV Origin and MV Theory when you book by Dec. 31, 2018. The offer is valid for departures Sept. 1 – Dec. 15, 2019 and includes free wifi, airfare to the Galapagos (typically $450/person), upgrade to business-class seats and one complimentary night at Hotel Del Parque in Guayaquil. Total value: $1700/person. Additionally, for the planners of the world, book your 2020 departure at 2019’s rates (excludes holidays).

To Book: Visit ecoventura.com

holidayElegant Hotels — Barbados
Barbados has it all—we should know, we’ve explored it from coast to coast. Famed for its white-sand shores and turquoise waters, Elegant Hotels has seven different beachfront properties that span across the island’s hottest surf and dive spots to more tranquil and serene surroundings. Whether an all-inclusive stay is in your future or your in search of more boutique lodging, Barbados will satisfy the hearts of adventure seekers and family travelers alike. We recommend the Tamarind, a 104-room contemporary luxury hotel located on the island’s Caribbean side for couples and families, or Turtle Beach for a more authentic experience that includes dialect lessons and beach cricket matches. The Colony Club is where you can indulge in a dinner in the Rum Vault and at Crystal Coves, dine on macaroni pie. Take part in the Waves’ Bajan fete with Crop Over dancers or if you’re wanting more downtime, try a wine tasting at Treasure Beach or book a champagne breakfast at The House. Whatever you choose, each of Elegant Hotels’ properties emphasize the details, personalized service and warm island hospitality.

The Deals: Save 50-75% off best available rates when you book from November 23-26, 2018. Valid for travel through Dec. 1, 2018 – Oct. 31, 2019. (Blackout dates and minimum length of stay may apply)

  1. The House – Up to 75% off, rates starting at $219 per night
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  2. Colony Club – Up to 60% off, rates starting at $199 per night
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  3. Treasure Beach – Up to 60% off, rates starting at $189 per night
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  4. Tamarind – Up to 60% off, rates starting at $179 per night
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  5. Turtle Beach – Up to 60% off, rates starting at $289 per night
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  6. Crystal Cove – Up to 55% off, rates starting at $309 per night
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  7. Waves Hotel & Spa – Up to 50% off, rates starting at $299 per night
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To Book: Visit www.eleganthotels.com           

Hodges Bay Resort & Spa — Antigua
Antigua has become one of the Caribbean’s hottest destinations for hotel development and its newest addition is Hodges Bay, a $100 million resort which officially opens today but its grand opening is set for December 1st. The ultra-chic property was designed to be Instagram-worthy including luxurious villa accommodations, three restaurants, swim-up and rooftop bars, complimentary motorized and non-motorized spots, private in-room cooking demos and more. The 9-acre estate has sprawling green gardens that are matched with white-sand beaches, coupled with stunning contemporary architecture. If you’re making your 2019 bucket list, put Hodges Bay at the top.

The Deal: Save up to 60% off best available rates when you book from November 23-26. Valid for travel through Dec. 1, 2018 – Oct. 31, 2019. (Blackout dates and minimum length of stay may apply)

To Book: Visit www.eleganthotels.com/hodges-bay

holidayEl Mangroove Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Set on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, El Mangroove offers travelers a chance to immerse themselves within the country’s tropical forests, tranquil bay and preserved mangroves. The 85-room boutique hotel is decked out in indigenous decor and features a freshwater pool and locally-sourced organic ingredients as part of their sustainable practice. As a means of connecting guests with nature, El Mangroove is an ideal spot for catching stunning golden sunsets or heading outdoors to meditate. During our stay, we dined on sensorial gastronomy, took part in their tree removal program and enjoyed on-site snorkeling and private beach tours.

The Deal: 30% off with rates starting at $199/night when you book from November 23-26, 2018. Valid for travel through December 15, 2019 (blackout dates may apply).

To Book: Email reservations@elmangroove.net

holidayRenaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa — Tuscany, Italy
An alternative to the Caribbean, the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa is amongst one of the most unexplored areas of Italy. The estate-turned-hotel is located in Serchio Valley, made up of dense forests, small medieval villages and mountainous scenery. The resort has 180 rooms in total, two restaurants, two pools and offers one-of-a-kind guest experiences including chef-led farmers’ market tours, cooking lessons and wine tastings. For an off-the-radar adventure, consider a hike to five villages only accessible by foot.

The Deal: Book 3 nights and get the 4th night free plus a receive a wine tasting tour. Promo is subject to availability and does not apply to groups or previously confirmed rate offers. Valid only on Cyber Monday, November 26.

To Book: Email reservations@renaissancetuscany.com or call +390583769998

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By Abby Montanez

Living life on a constant loop of food, dogs, and books.