Vacationist Hotel Deals: Beach Escapes in Jamaica, Oahu, and the Florida Keys
Steamy scenes across the U.S. have us yearning for cool beach breezes. Enter Vacationist, with hotel deals at oceanfront properties from the Caribbean to the Florida Keys. PLUS Don’t forget: This month we’ve teamed up with Preferred Hotels to present Check-In for Japan. Book one of the 21 Preferred Hotels on sale now, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross disaster relief fund.
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The Jewel Dunn's River Beach Resort & Spa - up to 56% off
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
In the fall of 2010, the former Sandals property outside Ocho Rios was reborn as an all-inclusive adults-only, 250-room Jewel Resort with a posh, gentry-in-the-tropics vibe (mahogany four-poster beds; tiled floors). Nearly everything is included in the basic rate, from 90-minute airport transfers to the water sports on the beach to the premium liquor served at the hotel's five bars. (Another option: ask to have a pool concierge swim out and deliver drinks and fresh fruit to your float.) In between snacks and meals at the six on-site restaurants, there are tennis courts, a 9-hole pitch and putt golf course, and movies screened at the pool. (Sale ends in 4 days.)
The Waikiki EDITION - up to 20% off
Hospitality heavyweight Ian Schrager's latest project, a collaboration with Marriott Hotels dubbed Edition, is breathing new life into the 84-year-old hotel chain. The 353-room Waikiki Edition, designed by New York-based Yabu Pushelberg, is the first of a series (Istanbul, Barcelona, Mexico City, Miami Beach, and London are in the works). Interiors are an exercise in restraint, with a color palette that stretches from white to vanilla, beige to sand, and accents ranging from natural leather bands on the desk chairs to the dark-stained-wood rolling shutters that abate the Hawaiian sun. Guests who chose to explore the property will also find a holistic spa, state-of-the-art gym, and, in addition to a swimming pool, a lagoon lined with sapphire-blue mosaic tiles, surrounded by a sand-and-pebble beach. For the property's restaurant, the hotel tapped Masaharu Morimoto, known not only for his appearances on Iron Chef but also for his establishments in Manhattan, Philadelphia, and Napa. After dinner, don't miss the outdoor movie theater (complete with popcorn and candy service), showing movies, videos, and art installations. (Sale ends in 6 days.)
Hawks Cay Resort – Preferred Hotel Deal
Florida Keys/Duck Key, Florida
Hawks Cay Resort was overhauled in late 2007 to the tune of $40 million. Expect an entirely new look, with West Indian furniture and private cabanas. This 60-acre playground is geared largely toward families, sportsmen, and conventioneers. Besides the 177 guest rooms, there are 269 villa units and an 85-slip marina. The resort's dolphin center is popular—book your encounter prior to arrival. (Sale ends in 2 days.)