In honor of the holiday season, Vacationist is offering members even deeper discounts on hotels we’re featuring this week. From an all-inclusive resort in St. Lucia to a six-bedroom Costa Rica villa and a recently-renovated escape in Barbados, these are warm-weather deals you won’t want to pass up. But book now! The deals are only good through 2011.
Happy holidays to you, from Vacationist!
The BodyHoliday – up to 44% off (see photo above)
St. Lucia, West Indies
St. Lucia is known for its bevy of high-price hotels, but now that the BodyHoliday, LeSport, an adults-only all-inclusive resort on the island's northwestern coast, is fresh from a $20 million refurbishment, there's a top option for those in search of great value. Here, wellness is the focus, and guests can create itineraries as rigorous or relaxing as they'd like. Seeking tranquility? Lounge by the new two-level infinity-edge pool, head to a tai chi or yoga class, or opt for an aloe vera body wrap at the 33 treatment-room spa. Active types, or those who simply want to take advantage of the resort's many inclusions, will sign up for island activities ranging from scuba diving certification programs to guided hikes up the Pinton mountains. (Sale ends in 9 days.)
Bella Vista – up to 34% off
Punta Leona, Costa Rica
Unless you have a live-in chef, views of dolphins from your bedroom, and 750 acres of rainforest at your doorstep, this six-bedroom Pacific coast villa is better than a home-away-from-home. All 8,000 square feet of contemporary stone, hardwoods, and furniture are yours: kitchen, indoor-outdoor living rooms, infinity pool and hot tub, bedrooms with ocean-view balconies, and the constant soundtrack of the pounding waves mixed with calls from monkeys and macaws—all just a 45-minute drive from San Jose, thanks to the region's new highway. It's an idyllic escape: days can be spent deep-sea fishing, surfing, or lounging on one of the country's few white-sand beaches. (Sale ends in 11 days.)
The Crane Residential Resort – up to 24% off
Crane Beach, Barbados
Built in 1887, The Crane was the first resort hotel on Barbados. In the 1970s Oliver Messel revamped the main building; a more recent redo has taken The Crane into prime time, adding three buildings and private plunge pools. But despite continuous expansions, The Crane still retains its original charm: rooms in the modern residences have a certain tradition about them—Old World but clearly Caribbean—with mahogany furniture, jalousie windows, and coral stone walls, plus private verandas that overlook a powdery pink beach. Recently, The Crane cut the ribbon on a 55,000-square-foot retail and entertainment center with a state-of-the-art gym, souvenir and apparel shops, and a 120-seat Italian restaurant with a wine wall and sprawling veranda. (Sale ends in 14 days.)