Scoring a discount on holiday travel is tough. During peak periods, savings are hard to come by, and blackout dates on promotions common. But it’s still possible to find properties offering a value. Haven’t booked your vacation yet? From a cedar-wood lodge in the Pacific Northwest to an urban beach house in Tel Aviv, here are our picks for where to celebrate—and save—on New Year’s. Be sure to book now while there’s still availability.
Long Beach Lodge Resort in British Columbia
A cold-weather resort may not be your first not be your first choice for a beach destination, but Tofino’s crisp air with notes of a cedar-wood forest could be a refreshing start to the New Year. Long Beach Lodge Resort is the kind of place where you want to curl up by a roaring fireplace and never leave. Its rooms are supported by cedar poles and beams, decorated with aboriginal art work, and feature big windows that capture Tofino’s tumultuous storms. It’s off-season here, which means reduced ferry fares and rooms at around 20 percent off peak prices. It’s also easier to snag restaurant reservations this time of year, such as those for the Lodge’s Great Room, where Chef Ian Riddick serves up Pacific Northwest cuisine like Dungeness crab and halibut from the Clayoquot Sound, sea asparagus, and king bolete mushrooms foraged from the island—Riddick even makes his own sea salt. Also on-site, instructors from the surf school will teach you how to ride Pacific swells. Post-lesson, head to the plein air hot tub with views of the lapping waves. Rooms start from $213 per night.
Brown’s Beach House Hotel in Tel Aviv
While much of the Med in January is a just a tad too chilly for a swim in the sea, Tel Aviv’s sunshine and moderate temperatures have transformed Brown’s Beach House Hotel into the stylish spot-of-choice for wintering Europeans. The resort is a throwback to the '50s with a trove of vintage pieces hand-picked from flea markets (a mosaic vase in the lobby, a green marble pillar at the spa, leather-bound tomes scattered throughout the property). Rooms start at just over $200 a night and are accented in jazzy black and gold. A hub for culture and conversation, the neon-lit Flamingo Bar has rattan bar stools and lamps that resemble petrified branches of coral. For T+L readers, there’s also the added perks of a scented candle and complimentary cocktails, or a bottle of cava delivered to your room. Rooms start at $215 per night—quote Travel + Leisure.
Thompson Playa del Carmen in Mexico
New Year, new hotel. And what better way to ring in the festivities than at Thompson Hotels’ latest addition, nestled in the intersection of Playa del Carmen's Quinta Avenida and Calle 12 (where everything seems to be happening). Sleek and stylish but not sterile, the 92 rooms are a pastiche of mid-Century modern with a Caribbean-Mexican twist, enlivened by geometric patterns, indigenous marble, and hand-pressed tiles from Guadalajara. To ring in 2016, the hotel has arranged a three-day line-up of boldface names DJ-ing and performing (Steve Aoki, NAS) at the 30,000-square foot CATCH, a rooftop oasis complete with an herb garden, Infiniti pools, and cabanas and loungers immersed in the water. Mention that you’re a T+L reader, and you’ll get an additional $250 credit, along with two tickets for the events, dinner for two, and three nights’ accommodations, among other amenities, for a total of 30 percent savings. New Years Eve packages start at $1,014 per night.
Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach in California
Sometimes it’s hard for a property to strike the right balance between offering the right amount of sophistication without being too stuffy. But the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach manages to incorporate “Surf City’s” bohemian beach vibe into Orange County’s brand of elegance, all the while adopting cues from the Mediterranean. New Year’s will be your last chance to snag a room under $300; starting the second week of January, the property is raising starting rates to just over that range. Guests can also benefit from a complimentary shuttle service to Disneyland that runs only during the season. Back at the hotel, rooms have warm tones of burnt orange and brown, and terraces that look out into a courtyard with bubbling fountains. There's even a footbridge over the Pacific Coast Highway that accesses the beach, where staff will set a ring of chairs around a roaring fire and serve hot chocolate and s’mores. When you’re not at the beach, head to the International Surf Museum—this winter, it’s hosting an exhibit on the world’s largest surfing board. Rooms start at $247.
AlSol Tiara Collection Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic
Right from the get-go, it's clear that the AlSol Tiara Collection Cap Cana is a place for alfresco everything. The outdoor lobby opens up into a network of pools connecting three bustling bars and lounges, as well as a collection of ground-floor suites, each with a shaded terrace, a patch of lawn, and a swim-up pool. The three restaurants (Xoxolati, Blue Lotus, and Caribya Beach Grill) are decidedly communal, thanks in part to a complimentary bottle of champagne and a New Year’s Eve dinner for two. There's a cuisine for every type of palate (think lobster enchiladas, seafood stew with rice, pollo al teppenyaki). When you’ve rested and recovered, have the concierge arrange a tour of the nearby cenote, a mysterious underwater cave formation used by the Tainos for ancient rituals. Rooms start at $285 with a four-night minimum. Use booking code TL2016 at alsol.com
Mar Adentro by Encanta in Mexico
This new 143-suite oasis from Mexican architect Miguel Angel Aragones is ready for bookings—and with a 47-percent-off New Year’s package, rooms are going fast (on the house: daily breakfast, private transfers, welcome drinks, and more.) The property’s cluster of cubic white boxes straddle the desert and the sea, and seem magically suspended over pools of seawater. Inside, Poliform furniture creates an aura of white; light settings—adjustable by color and intensity—set the mood; and pillow menus by Flou and custom-blends of aromatherapy help lull guests to a slumber. Don't miss the Nido, or Nest Bar (one of five restaurants on the property), that will serve fresh sashimi sliced from fish caught right off the shores of Baja. Rooms start at $441 per night with a four-night minimum.
Elbow Beach in Bermuda
During New Year’s, a room at a luxury property in Bermuda can rack up an expensive tab. But this palm-fringed escape, on a stretch of pink sand, is running a promotion where the third night is on the house, valid for all room categories except for the very top suites. Rates start at $400 and with the discount applied, it averages to about $226 per night. The rooms are everything you'd expect from a tropical paradise: pitched-roof ceilings, turquoise-print throws, and French doors that frame a sea of blue brimming with near-shore coral reefs prime for snorkeling and swimming. The spa is the property’s forte, with granite tubs, drizzling rain showers, and treatments such as a hibiscus flower soak and grapefruit, cypress, and eucalyptus scrubs. There’s even a service that incorporates Bermuda’s national drink, the Rum Swizzle. Rooms start at $400 per night.
The Katamama in Seminyak, Bali
It just so happens that New Year’s coincides with the opening of this new property, the first in a trio to be launched by the Jakarta-based PTT Family. The Katamama (or What Mama Says) is above all a collaboration, an aggregation of international and local talents. Singapore-based architects Takenouchi Webb are helming the design, and Australia's own MoVida will curate the menus—Spanish tapas, no less. Mixologist Dre Masso, a London native from Seminyak’s Potato Head Beach Club, will craft the tipples made with Indonesian fruits such as mangosteen and rambutan. Local artisans are getting involved, too, hand-weaving and dying fabrics for the throws, building bricks for the façade, and hand-making tiles and terrazzo. For the launch, the Katamama is offering an enticing promotion—four nights for the price of three (and for T+L readers, complimentary cocktails and a daybed reservation at sunset). Rooms start from $270 per night. Quote Travel + Leisure.
Ilikai Hotel & Luxury Suites in Oahu, Hawaii
It’s hard to score any savings on a perennially popular destination like Hawaii, but the Ilikai Hotel, in Honolulu, has let us in on a steal. Get 30 percent off the best available rate, plus a complimentary upgrade, bottle of champagne, and other perks, when booking this T+L special. The spacious rooms in this lagoonside high-rise have been recently renovated, and the rooftop eatery, Sarrento’s, is serving Pacific oysters and grilled mahi mahi. Nearby, you can go kayaking on Kailu or Kaneohe Bays, or snorkel amidst coral reefs in the Marine Life Conservation District. Rooms start at $349 for a four-night minimum. Use booking code TRAVEL NYE.
Martinhal Sagres Beach Resort & Hotel in Portgual
Situated in a nature preserve within steps of the beach, this 37-room resort in the Algarve has a New Year’s Eve plan. The evening starts with cocktails and canapés followed by a gala with live music performances, fireworks, and a feast of traditional caldo verde soup after midnight. The best part is that all the festivities are wrapped into a package that also includes brunch the next day, plus use of the spa facilities and a 20 percent discount off best available rates, among other perks. Rooms focus on natural materials: timber, cork, and wicker, while outside, activities are key. Go for a guided hike in the nearby Sagres Forest or dolphin watching or surfing along the coast. Rooms start at $308 per night for a three-night package.