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Vacationist Hotel Deals: Trips of a Lifetime – Chile, South Africa + Sedona


The big question: Where to go in 2012? Vacationist makes it easy, offering deals at hotel’s in some of the world’s most coveted destinations, from the iconic Hotel Antumalal in Chile’s Lake District to the intimate Vuyani Safari Lodge in South Africa. Or stay stateside, with a couple nights at Enchantment, Sedona, where a massage at the Mii amo spa is more than a perk—it’s checkmark on our life list.

Hotel Antumalal - up to 35% off
Pucón, Chile

Set in the eastern corner of Chile's glacier-topped Lake District, Pucón was barely a blip on the travelers' map when the Hotel Antumalal set the standard in 1950. More than 60 years later, the Bauhaus-style gem remains one of the iconic places to stay in a destination popular for adventure experiences and its proximity to Chile's southern wine regions. Conceptualized by Chilean architect Jorge Elton, who collaborated with the Czech owners Don Guillermo and Catalina Pollak, the streamlined, cylindrical hotel is set improbably on the edge of a volcanic cliff on the southeastern shore of Lake Villarrica; panoramic windows along the outer edge allow for unobstructed views of the chestnut and pine trees and the deep blue lake. (Sale ends in 1 day.)

Vuyani Safari Lodge - up to 41% off
Moditlo Private Game Reserve, South Africa

This rustic South African safari lodge stands out for its small size and intimacy. Consider the statistics: it's made up of only five rooms, an infinity pool, and a traditional boma hut for braais (grilled meat in Afrikaans). But what the lodge lacks in scale, it delivers in its surroundings. Set within the Moditlo Private Game Reserve, a 36,000-acre expanse at the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains, the location—reached by a one-hour flight from Johannesburg—is a gathering place for the Big Five: rhino, elephant, lion, cheetah, and leopard, plus more than 400 species of birds, including the rare ground hornbill. Guests participate in twice-daily game drives and can opt for additional excursions, from a flatboat cruise on the Olifants River to a hot-air balloon ride over the Drakensberg mountains. (Sale ends in 4 days.)

Enchantment Resort and Mii amo Spa - up to 35% off
Sedona, Arizona

This Southwest-style resort, made of low-slung adobe casitas in central Arizona's Boynton Canyon, blends into the iconic red-rock cliffs of Sedona, a town known for its artsy, New Age vibe. Built in 1987 and set on 70 acres, Enchantment's 218 rooms and suites (fresh from a renovation in 2011) look out onto undulating canyon walls and green cottonwood trees, while neutral interiors are inspired by the surrounding terrain and are filled with accents that refer to local Native American culture (kiva fireplaces; area rugs inspired by traditional basket-weaving). Within Enchantment's grounds, but separate from the main complex—also home to several pools, six tennis courts, pitch-and-putt golf, and hiking trails—is the transformative Mii amo, a 24,000-square-foot destination spa. (Sale ends in 4 days.)

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