Vacationist Hotel Deals: California, Belize, Zihuatanejo
No matter what you love to do when you travel—golf, dive, or hike—Vacationist presents a hotel that suits your style. From a nine-hole par 3 course on the California coast; to access to the Blue Hole off the shores of Belize; even an earthy escape in Zihuatanejo, where a private eco-reserve is the spot for wildlife viewing, there are plenty of places where you can unwind the way you want to—all for up to 60 percent off standard rates.
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Terranea Resort (top) - up to 50% off
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
In 2009, a developer turned the former site of the Marineland theme park in Palos Verdes into a Mediterranean-style seaside resort with a 50,000-square-foot spa. Although it offers excellent children's facilities—unusual for such a sophisticated property—Terranea is all grown up, with a golf course, restaurants and lounges, and stately upholstered furniture in the 582 rooms, suites, and villas. Nearly every angle maximizes the Pacific Ocean views: you'll see the sand from the three pools, spa treatment rooms, and most balconies. (Sale ends in 1 day.)
Victoria House Resort - up to 35% off
Ambergris Caye, Belize
Built in 1981, when Belize was still largely the province of divers and Caribbean beach collectors, Victoria House has expanded gradually over the years. The result is a variety of accommodations—traditional hotel rooms, casitas, and beachfront villas that sleep up to 10—all spread across eight acres of lawns, swaying palms, and well-tended gardens. The interiors are classic plantation style (rattan furniture; mosquito-netted beds) but you'll find most guests lounging around one of the two pools or nursing a cold Belikin beer at the palapa-style bar. The beach here is pretty but narrow, the Caribbean waves breaking out on the reef, a mile offshore. Indeed, snorkeling and scuba are still big draws, and the jetty at Victoria House is home to Fantasea, arguably the island's best dive shop and an ideal place to get certified (it runs fishing trips, too). (Sale ends in 6 days.)
Hotel Las Palmas - up to 41% off
Savvy travelers are familiar with Ixtapa, about 150 miles northwest of Acapulco, but few have ventured three miles southto the village of Zihuatanejo, the Mexican state's earthier hideaway. Set in this laid-back town is the eco-friendly Hotel Las Palmas, which stands out because of its location along the pristine nine-mile Playa Blanca beach. The boutique hotel comprises just 10 peaceful suites, with interior spaces that are without TVs, phones, and Internet access; an adults-only policy adds to the tranquil atmosphere. Inside, bathing-suit-clad travelers will find canopy beds, folk art, native wood furnishings, and hammocks for enjoying the cool sea breezes off the water. With a secluded, away-from-it-all feel (but a location that's just five miles from the Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo International Airport), Hotel Las Palmas exudes a throwback sensibility, allowing travelers to truly focus on rest and relaxation. (Sale ends in 7 days.)