Looking for a steal during Christmas or New Year’s? Don’t wait another day. While many of the best warm-weather hotels are completely booked, Vacationist snagged rooms at top-notch resorts in prime winter destinations (such as an oceanfront hideaway in Thailand's of-the-moment island hotspot Koh Samui), and promises availability during the holidays. Don’t want to splurge on airfare? There are also deals at properties in major cities (New York, Miami), so you can celebrate away—for less.
Outrigger Koh Samui – up to 47% off
Koh Samui, Thailand
The 81-suite and villa Outrigger Resort and Spa is located on the Koh Samui island's Bophut Bay, a laid-back stretch of sand 20 minutes from the island's major city, Chaweng, and 10 minutes from Koh Samui International Airport. Accommodations are spread throughout the property—some are beachfront while others are tucked away in the resort's lush gardens—and all have wood-paneled ceilings and four-poster beds. (For a splurge, request a villa with a private plunge pool and 24-hour butler.) The property also has three oceanfront pools, two restaurants (one of which focuses on authentic regional cuisine), and even a cooking school. For a Thai immersion experience, opt for a one- to five-day session with the resort's executive chefs. (Sale ends in 6 days.)
St. Giles Hotel - The Tuscany – up to 29% off
New York, New York
Recently acquired by the London-based St. Giles hotel group, The Court and The Tuscany are located in midtown's Murray Hill neighborhood, within walking distance of some of New York's best destinations. The 320 spacious rooms (ranging from 350 to 700 square feet) have luxurious king-size beds, pillow-topped mattresses, and iPod docking stations. Rooms at The Tuscany are slightly larger and provide easy access to the on-site gym (the property is scheduled for a renovation in February 2012), while The Court is home to the swanky LEX Bar—a cocktail lounge with oversize ottomans, plush banquettes, and bottle service. (Sale ends in 4 days.)
Edgewater South Beach - up to 30% off
Miami Beach, Florida
This 42-room hotel—the sister property to Miami's Carlyle Hotel on Ocean Drive and the Hotel Mela in New York's Times Square—is situated in an elegant 1936 Mediterranean Revival structure, with a rooftop terrace that offers views of the north end of Ocean Drive (vastly quieter than the city's buzzing 5th Street area but still just a five-minute walk to the busy southern end of the strip). All of the 42 rooms are airy and soothing, with platform beds, marble bathrooms, and a neutral color scheme (lots of beige and soft yellows). It's more serene than most South Beach hotels, which makes it a smart choice for travelers focused on relaxing and taking in Miami's cultural attractions, while the kitchenettes and spacious closets suit families who check in for weeklong beachfront vacations. (Sale ends in 4 days.)
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