This time of year, there’s nothing more tantalizing than a sunny getaway. Or is there? Sure, a bungalow on the beach sounds great, but what if you could stay there for less than $250 a night? T+L Features Editor Nilou Motamed shares her tips for where to soak up the rays—and save.
Want more? Check out our slideshow of all 30 of T+L’s picks for best affordable beach resorts right now.
Dying to leave your coat, scarf, and hat behind? February is an ideal month for a winter escape, especially for those of us on the East Coast, where snow still covers the sidewalks. Here are a couple great ideas at two price points, so you can decide whether now’s the time for a splurge or a steal.
A Greek Islands getaway is one for the bucket list—a trip of a lifetime complete with tours of whitewashed villages, lunches at seaside food stands, and endless hours on sun-soaked deserted beaches. But with almost 3,000 islands in all, how do you hone in on the right hotels? Enter Vacationist’s Greek Islands Week, for deals on charming properties in Patmos, Kos, and Crete, and up to 40 percent off at the 88-room Margi Hotel, in Athens, just minutes from the Adriatic. Book your Greek Islands experience now.
Oops, even if you missed the chance to sneak away for Valentine’s Day this year, there’s still time to redeem yourself and steal away with your loved one. After all, romance is a year-round affair, and what better way to celebrate togetherness than to escape to a dreamy hideaway?
T+L Features Editor Nilou Motamed’s top picks for a romantic hotel getaway are:
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If you’re stuck in the Windy City on account of the predicted 18” of snow (or if you’re avoiding being stuck somewhere not as cozy as a hotel), the Chicago-area Kimpton properties, the Hotel Allegro, Hotel Burnham, Hotel Monaco, and Hotel Palomar just announced a $99 “Stranded in the City” rate that is in effect from Tuesday through Friday. Just use the booking code 'COLD' when you’re booking a room online or over the phone.
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As we type, fluffy snow is falling on the streets of New York City—it's no wonder we editors are highlighting special offers from three warm-weather hotels this week! Read on for more on a beachfront hideaway in Costa Rica (pictured right), a palm-strewn resort on a Thai island, and a West Coast seaside retreat tucked amid meandering lagoons.
Nobody likes checked luggage fees, but let’s face it: they’re a part of air travel now. So if you’re one of those people who, like myself, find it difficult to restrict your vacation packing to the size of a carry-on, you just have to accept the fees as part of the price to pay for getting away. (And yes, I know what you're thinking. I work in travel. I should be able to rock the carry-on. In theory, I do know how. In practice, well...that's another story.)
However, if you book with any of the 4,500 InterContinental Hotel Group’s properties scattered across the world any time from now through April 30, 2011, the company will reimburse guests up to $100 per stay for their roundtrip baggage fees. For rebate details, take a look at the official IHG page.
Joshua Pramis is an online associate editor and resident tech guru at Travel + Leisure. Follow him on Twitter: @joshuapramis.