Sunday Specials: Rome, Siena, Palm Beach, Costa Rica

by Mary Jo Manzanares on July 3, 2011

Coliseum in Rome

This week we starting a new feature on The Travelers Way – our Sunday Specials, a travel deal, steal, or a way to stretch your travel budget just a little bit further.  We’ll sleuth up promotions on hotels and resorts, package deals, 2-for-1 offers, and anything else that looks interesting this week, always with a focus on finding value luxury choices for our readers.

So let’s get started:

Rome:  Grand Hotel Via Veneto

This 5-star luxury hotel in Rome is located in two 19th century buildings in the heart of Rome offers a complimentary night with stays of at least three nights in a superior or deluxe room.  Room rates normally run $414 to $556 per night, which includes breakfast daily, which may be outside the budget for many travelers, but this offer can bring it down to a little over $300 night.  And it’s available for summer’s peak travel season.  This is still a pricey hotel, but for a luxury in a prime location, this might be worth a splurge.

Dates:  July 19 – September 10, 2011

Sienna:  Terre di Siena Card

Another Italy deal, the Terre Di Siena Card offers discounts to visitors to the province.  Every little bit of savings adds up:  5% discount on non-food items, 2.5% off food items, 7.5% off restaurant meals, 5% off accommodations, and 5% off services.  Additionally, the card provides a 15% discount for spa treatments, and special rates and discounts at museums on the Siena Museum Circuit.

Although their website is only in Italian, I was able to figure things out fairly easily with my very limited language skills.  There is a listing of the businesses that are a part of the promotion by city, so you may want to check in advance, or you can look for businesses displaying a participating sign.

The card is free.  I received mine from the owner of La Montalla, the agriturismo where I am staying, so check where you’re staying or at a nearby tourist office.

Palm Beach:  Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach

The Beauty and Beach package offers luxury accommodations that include a large private balcony, a $200 spa credit for each night stayed, and a chance to enjoy the South Florida sun.  Start the day with a yoga class, ease into a summer spa treatment or head to the salon, then chill out for the afternoon over lunch, at the pool, or go shopping.  This makes a great getaway weekend, with packages prices at $379 per night.  Taking the $200 spa credit into consideration, this luxury property comes in at $179/night – practically a steal.

Dates:  Through September 15,  2011,

Costa Rica:  Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagaya

This hotel resort has two promotions to tempt you:  The Stay Longer package and the Resort Credit package.

The Stay Longer package offers a third night free, and applies to various room types, depending on dates.  The Resort Credit package gives guests a $100 or $500 daily resort credit, depending on class of room booked.

The resort offers a variety of other value added features including:  Complimentary recreation for kids ages 4-11 at Kids for All Seasons and for ‘tweens at the Tuanis Teen Center.  Reduced meal rates for kids, free for those ages 5 and under and half off for those ages 5-12.  Complimentary access to water sports and equipment and a variety of classes.

With the discounts offered in these two packages, room rates start at $295/night, a great buy for a resort of this caliber.

Dates:  Through October 31, 2011

| Mary Jo Manzanares is a founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine proving informational and inspirational travel recommendations for curious Baby Boomer travelers. She has been a speaker at various industry events and has a personal travel blog at Traveling with MJ. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Mary Jo's top travel destinations are Italy, Portugal, and the Caribbean.

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