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
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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.