Best Deals 01.08
Great travel values from Vermont to Vietnam.
Bansko Ski package at the Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena, Bansko (359-749/88888; kempinski-bansko.com). What’s Included A six-night stay in a deluxe room; daily ski passes; and an algae body treatment. Cost $1,840, double, through February. Savings 20 percent.
Inspired Melody package from El Silencio Lodge & Spa (011-506/291-3044; elsilenciolodge.com). What’s Included Three nights in a suite with a private whirlpool and deck; a guided hiking trip on a nearby trail; and a tour of local waterfalls. Cost $1,177, double, from January 4 through February. Savings 22 percent.
Art + Relax package from Habita (52-55/ 5282-3100; hotelhabita.com). What’s Included A two-night stay in a Deluxe room; one Aqua Spa treatment on the pool deck; and a private tour of the Tamayo Arte Contem- poráneo Museum, in nearby Chapultepec. Cost $490, double, through February. Savings 25 percent.
Support breast cancer research by booking the KN Karen Neuburger package at the Lodge at Turning Stone (800/771-7711; turningstone.com), organized by the Women’s Travel Club (800/480-4448; womenstravel club.com). What’s Included Three nights in a suite; a $345 spa credit; three meals daily; and a two-year membership in the club. Plus, $200 from each booking is donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Cost $3,198, double, March 27–30. Savings 20 percent.
Discover Vermont package at the Woodstock Inn & Resort (800/448-7900; woodstockinn.com). What’s Included Two nights in a Traditional Room; unlimited skiing on the inn’s trails; snowshoeing at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Park; a half-hour sleigh ride for two at a local farm; and dinner for two at the Inn at Weathersfield. Cost $820, through March 15 (blackout dates apply). Savings 25 percent.
Deal of the Month
Save 30 percent at Ireland’s K Club (353-1/601-7200; kclub.com), a 19th-century Georgian-style mansion set on 550 acres of countryside by the river Liffey—just a 30-minute trip from Dublin—with the Two Night Exclusive package. What’s Included A two-night stay in a 400-square-foot Superior Room; daily breakfast made with local ingredients, in the River Room; two rounds of golf per person on the Arnold Palmer Ryder Cup Course and the Smurfit Course; plus dinner for two each night at the River Room, the Legends Restaurant, or the Oriental Restaurant. Cost $1,666, double, through February.
Exclusive Opening package from the Ritz-Carlton Beijing (800/542-8680; ritzcarlton.com). The Deal A three-night stay in a corner suite; round-trip airport transfer in a Rolls-Royce; tailor-made monogrammed pajamas for two; one traditional reflexology foot massage per person at the spa; and dinner for two at the hotel’s restaurant. Cost $2,024, through March. Savings 20 percent.
Four Nights for the Price of Three package at the Evason Hideaway & Six Senses Spa at Yao Noi (66-76/418-500; sixsenses.com). The Deal A four-night stay; round-trip airport transfer; a 90-minute couples massage; a canoe trip to Phang Nga Bay; and an in-villa seafood barbecue for two. Cost $3,025, double, through April 15. Savings 30 percent.
Vietnam Fallen Off the Map package at the InterContinental Hanoi Westlake (800/424-6835; ichotelsgroup.com). The Deal A three-night stay; a guided half-day tour of local Vietnamese markets, with lunch; and a two-course dinner at the hotel’s restaurant, Milan Saigon. Cost$885, double, through February. Savings 20 percent.
T+L Web Pick
to book flights within China, try the English-language version of airfare consolidator Ctrip (english.ctrip.com). Ctrip delineates airlines in China and their routes, and uncovers fares that U.S.-base search engines do not. At press time, we found a $201 round-trip fare between Beijing and Qingao on China Eastern that was $20 less than comparable flights found elsewhere.