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TODAY Show Video: Should You Book a Deep Discount Carnival Cruise?

T+L's Nilou Motamed appeared on The Today Show this morning to discuss Carnival Cruise Lines' special low price offerings following its string of difficulties earlier this year.

Watch to learn more about these unusually low priced deals and find out how to book now.

Watch: Family Road Trips to Florida, Utah, and Washington

Watch Travel + Leisure's Nilou Motamed on CNN discussing family road-tripping to The Florida Keys where you can stay at Cheeca Lodge & Spa and visit the six-toed cats at Ernest Hemingway's old place. Other recommendations: National Parks in Utah (try the Lodge at Red River Ranch), and Washington for Olympic National Park and a stay at Lake Crescent Lodge.

Related: Best Family Getaways and The Ultimate Florida Beach Road Trip

Insider Secret: Travel in May for Great Values

May is shoulder season in many popular destinations – the weather is pleasant, the crowds are slim, and rates are lower. Here are some great-value getaways to consider.

Florida Keys: Parrot Key Resort, Florida Keys

Opened in 2008, Parrot Key Resort is one of Key West’s newest properties. Each of the spacious waterfront rooms has a patio, porch, or balcony. There are four pools, tropical gardens, and if you like watersports, you can kayak, paddleboard, and Jet Ski during your stay. The resort is near Mallory Square and other attractions of Old Town. Doubles from $179/night in May (versus from $239/night in April).

Related: Best Affordable Beach Resorts

New England: Ocean Edge Resort, Brewster, Cape Cod

Originally built for one of Brewster’s wealthiest residents, this seaside property has 337 guestrooms. Families can also choose to stay in stand-alone villas on the waterfront or around the Jack Nicklaus golf course. The resort has two year-round indoor pools, three outdoor pools, tennis courts, and access to the Cape Cod Bike Trail. Head to the town of Chatham for shopping or drive 40 minutes to Provincetown at the tip of the Cape. Although May temperatures not quite warm enough for a dip in the ocean, you can enjoy walks on the quiet beach and build sandcastles. Doubles from $119/night at The Villages, and from $175/night at The Mansion in May (versus from $250/night in July).

Caribbean: Hermitage Plantation Inn, Nevis

The airy, pastel gingerbread cottages of this inn are in a tropical garden of a former sugar plantation. Full tea service is served on the Great House veranda every day at 4 p.m.—a nod to the isle’s British heritage. Try the inn’s rum punch; they have their own 350-year-old recipe that’s a closely guarded secret. Doubles from $150/night starting April 15 (versus from $255 in high season).

Colorado Rockies: Sky Hotel, Aspen, CO

At the bottom of Aspen Mountain, Sky Hotel has 90 guest rooms that were recently renovated. The lobby is a cozy gathering place, with log-beam ceilings, high-back upholstered chairs, and a complimentary wine hour from 5 to 6 p.m. every evening. The property has more than one building and some rooms open to the outdoors. Doubles from $129/night in May (versus from $299/night in June/July and from $450/night in winter ski season).

Pacific Northwest: Rosario Resort, Orcas Island, WA

Orcas Island is an ideal Northwest escape for those who love nature, outdoor activities, and cultural attractions. Rosario Resort surrounds guests with the beauty of the San Juan Islands, offering views of East Sound and Cascade Bay. The Bayside Rooms are a short walk from the Moran Mansion and Rosario Marina and feature sliding-glass doors that open onto a patio or balcony with dramatic island views. Activities include kayaking and whale watching on Puget Sound, visiting the local Farmer’s Market, and touring artisans’ studios. Doubles from $119/night April through June (versus from $149/night in July/August).

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Vacationist Hotel Deals: The Bahamas, Chicago + Santa Fe

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Book now on Vacationist, and you can stay in some of your favorite hotels and resorts for up to 40% off.

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Old Bahama Bay Resort & Yacht Harbour (pictured) - up to 35% off
Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas
Unwind in a contemporary Colonial suite at Old Bahama Bay Resort, set on the western tip of Grand Bahama Island.

Hotel Sax Chicago
- up to 64% off
Chicago, Illinois
The 353-room Hotel Sax is located next door to Chicago's House of Blues, one block south of the Loop.

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Inn and Spa at Loretto - up to 55% off
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Experience authentic Santa Fe at this pueblo-style inn with Native American design elements (geometric patterns, bold colors) and a southwestern-style restaurant.

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Photo courtesy of Old Bahama Bay.

Contest: Win a Trip to Santa Barbara with Vacationist.com

Win a Trip to Santa Barbara

Missed out on a romantic getaway this past Valentine’s Day? T+L’s flash-sale site, Vacationist, will help you make up for it. From now until March 10th, Vacationist is pairing up with experts Snooth and Food & Wine magazine to bring you a seriously romantic prize: a trip for two to Santa Barbara Wine Country. Just sign up for Vacationist and you'll be entered to win.

The Prize: Round-trip airfare for you and your plus one, three nights cozying up to the fireplace in a premier bungalow suite at the recently remodeled El Encanto Hotel, complimentary breakfast, VIP winery tours, and airport transfers. 

Sound like a California dream? Join Vacationist (it's free!) and enter now for your chance to win.

Photo Courtesy of El Encanto.

Vacationist Hotel Deals: Big Sur, Lake Placid + New Orleans

Book now on Vacationist, and you can stay in some of your favorite hotels and resorts for up to 40% off.

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Ventana Inn - up to 41% off
Big Sur, California
This beloved, adults-only hideaway in Big Sur, California is home to 55 rooms and three cozy cedar villas, all surrounded by 243 acres that front the rugged coast.

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Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa - up to 29% off
Lake Placid, New York
The historic, 131-room Lake Placid resort has views of the Adirondack Mountains and offers easy access to the area's winter- and summertime pursuits (skiing, canoeing, and hiking).

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Windsor Court Hotel - up to 30% off
New Orleans, Louisiana
Within walking distance of the French Quarter and the Garden District, the centrally located Windsor Court Hotel is a NOLA institution that combines traditional luxury with impeccable (yet low-key) service.

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From top: Photos courtesy of Ventana Inn; Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa; Windsor Court Hotel.


 

Vacationist Hotel Deals: Miami Beach, Southern California + Caribbean

Book now on Vacationist, and you can stay in some of your favorite hotels and resorts for up to 50% off.

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Hotel Breakwater South Beach

Hotel Breakwater South Beach - up to 29%
Miami Beach, Florida
A Miami Beach icon since 1936, the Hotel Breakwater South Beach, on Ocean Drive, mixes Art Deco pedigree with newly revitalized interiors.

La Valencia

La Valencia - up to 41% off
La Jolla, California
With its blend of Hollywood history and jaw-dropping views, La Valencia embodies the old-school elegance of La Jolla, San Diego's tony enclave tucked against a cove.

St. James's Club Resort & Villas

St. James's Club Resort & Villas - up to 41% off
St John's, Antigua and Barbuda
Its endless activities menu, all-day kid's club, and close proximity to Antigua's airport make St. James's Club an ideal family-friendly Caribbean resort.

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Photos courtesy of Hotel Breakwater South Beach; La Valencia; St. James's Club.

Vacationist Hotel Deals: New York City, Napa, St. Lucia + Santorini

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St. Giles Hotel - The Court - up to 31% off - New York, New York
This Manhattan hotel has a prime location: it's close to Grand Central Terminal, the Theater District, and Fifth Avenue shopping.

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Meadowood Napa Valley - up to 29% off - Napa Valley, California
A foodie-focused Napa Valley resort that's set among 250 lushly wooded acres in a small, private valley.

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Rendezvous - up to 53% off - Castries, Saint Lucia
This boutique all-inclusive on Saint Lucia's Malabar Beach delivers honeymoon-worthy vacations or just a quiet escape.

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Zannos Melathron - up to 63% off - Santorini, Greece
It's an unbeatable combination: Relais & Châteaux's ace service, a medieval castle-like construction, and stunning views of Santorini's legendary sunsets.

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From top: Photos courtesy of St. Giles hotel; Meadowood; Rendezvous; Zannos Melathron.


 

Vacationist Hotel Deals: London, Charleston, Boston + Brooklyn

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The Stafford London - up to 48% off - London, United Kingdom
This historic London property in St. James's offers easy access to city landmarks, including Buckingham Palace.

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Vacationist Hotel Deals: Downtown NYC, Playa del Carmen + Marrakesh

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Smyth - A Thompson Hotel - up to 23% off - New York City, New York
One of downtown New York's newest hotels is a sexy spot in TriBeCa designed by Yabu Pushelberg.

Acanto Boutique - up to 35% off - Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
This new, 27-room hotel in Mexico's Playa del Carmen is a short walk from the beach and the pedestrian-friendly Quinta Avenida.

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Riad Joya - up to 36% off - Marrakesh, Morocco
A seven-suite labor of love in Marrakesh's Mouassine quarter, complete with an olive tree-lined courtyard, hammam, and 24-hour butler service.

Vacationist.com is brought to you by Travel + Leisure and LuxuryLink.com.

From top: Photos courtesy of Smyth - A Thompson Hotel; Riad Joya.

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