Sun Break package includes:
• Seven nights at the three-bedroom Villa Rita, in the town of Cefalù.
• Learn to make traditional Sicilian pastas and desserts during two private cooking classes with a local chef.
• A wine tasting at a local winery
• A guided tour of Cefalù, a medieval-walled port town
Cost: $2,145 ($306 per night), for six guests; book by January 31.
Booking details: Valid for travel from March 1–May 30. Use code L&TIT4U
Sunset Getaway package includes:
• Two nights in a Traditional room.
• Spot dolphins on a 90-minute sunset boat tour.
• Free upgrade based on availability.
Cost: $398 ($199 per night), double. November 1–December 31.
Recipe for Relaxation package includes:
• Two nights in a Traditional room
• A “chef-in-training” class at the on-site Cook Academy
• A welcome treat from the resort’s bakery
• Access to the spa facilities, which include sauna, steam rooms, and relaxation lounges
Cost: $349 ($175 per night)
Book now for travel between October 1 and December 19.
Life on the Edge package includes:
• Two nights in a standard king room
• Spot four states—Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Michigan—from the Ledge, an all-glass observation deck on the 103rd floor of the Willis Tower
• Two $10 breakfast vouchers
• Craft cocktails at the Berkshire room
• Two passes to the TILT Observation Deck
Cost: $438 ($219 per night)
Book now for travel between October 1 and November 30.
The Athenaeum Hotel—small, warm, stylish—puts you at the very heart of London: a walk through Green Park across the street takes you to Buckingham Palace; a short stroll up Piccadilly lands you at Fortnum & Mason or the Wolsely or peering through the window at Ladurée.
See London (and the Atheneum) this September with an exclusive deal for T+L readers from the Athenaeum:
• Overnight accommodations with an upgrade to the next available room-category
• Complimentary wi-fi, mini-bar, and use of the spa, gym, and hot tubs
• Kids 12 and under can eat for free with an adult and all meals are 20% off during your stay
Rates begin at £249 ($410) per night, plus VAT. Good for stays throughout September.
For more information or to book, visit the Athenaeum online or call +44 (0)20 7499 3464; use booking code OUR GIFT TO T+L.
Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @aegisnyc.
Photo courtesy of the Athenaeum
From a culinary retreat in Buenos Aires to a Wild West adventure in Texas, T+L serves up ample inspiration for a late summer getaway.
Last winter, we loved Switzerland’s creative “pay what you want” hotel initiative—and for three weeks this summer, Paris is following in its neighbor’s footsteps. Now through August 10—peak high season—five Right Bank hotels in the City of Light are letting guests spend the night and then decide what they think their experience is worth.
Buenos Aires: 42% off Tango on the Terrace
Hub Porteño package includes:
• 3 nights in a suite in Hub Porteño, a Belle Époque gem with insider access to the city’s arts and culture scene.
• A private tango lesson on the hotel’s outdoor terrace
• Daily breakfast
• A bottle of wine upon arrival; non-alcoholic drinks and snacks from the mini-bar
• Cocktails on the terrace
Cost $736 ($245 per night)
Book now for travel through September 30.
For more information or to book, please visit Hub Porteño with booking code TYL; additional room categories available.
On a recent trip to Tucson, I was amazed to learn that the Sonoran Desert, which laps at the city’s doorstep, is second only to the Amazon for its diversity of plants and animals. Who knew? I was also excited to discover the iconic Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa—which underwent $35 million in renovations to its guestrooms, public spaces, and pools in 2013—has partnered with Tucson’s excellent Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum to inspire and educate guests, and bring the incredible surroundings to light.
Looking ahead to the holiday weekend? Here, three ideas for fun and affordable July 4thgetaways.
The birthplace of independence is the perfect place to celebrate the Fourth of July. Benjamin Franklin Parkway hosts the “Largest Free Concert” with The Roots, Ed Sheeran, Nicki Minaj, and Jennifer Hudson. Stay at the Four Seasons Hotel off Logan Square, where kids are welcomed with toys, and cookies and milk are served at bedtime. Price: $249 a night. Book Now: fourseasons.com/philadelphia
2. Flagstaff, Arizona
Flagstaff was voted the Best Town for July 4th in the Travel + Leisure America’s Favorite Towns survey (voting is open now for T+L’s 2014 America’s Favorite Places survey!). With its ponderosa pines, frontier spirit, and cool mountain air, it’s no surprise why. The city has great town square that’s the centerpiece of its celebration, which includes for fireworks, parades, and a fun run. Stay at the Hotel Monte Vista, just a block from Route 66. Price: $90 a night. Book Now: hotelmontevista.com
3. Oahu, Hawaii
The fireworks on the southern shore of Oahu are so grand that around 50,000 people watch it each year! (They’re set off from a manmade peninsula to protect the underwater reef ecosystem.) At the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Waikiki, most rooms have private balconies and overlook the ocean; the five pools include the 10,000-square-foot Super Pool, the largest in Hawaii. Price: $199 a night. Book Now: hiltonhawaiianvillage.com
Watch T+L editor Sarah Spagnolo present these deals on this morning's Wake Up with Al.
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Now is the time to purchase next year's ski passes, with early bird specials promising hundreds of dollars in savings.
With Vail Resorts' Epic Pass, holders gain unlimited access to the company's major U.S. resorts (Vail, Breckenridge and Northstar), and for the first time ever, five days at Japan's sprawling Niseko United. At $739, and $379 for children, it makes up its value if users spend more than a week on the slopes during the year.