Do you need a winter intervention? For most North Americans there seems to be no escaping the harsh weather. As a result, Old Man Winter has people dreaming about warmer climates and vacations close to the equator. As opposed to snow blowers and ice scrappers, they desire vacation destinations that offer pool-side pina coladas and bright sunshine. Here are ten tropical destination resorts that are offering specially discounted packages designed to take the chill out of winter.
Ka’anapali Beach Hotel: Maui, Hawii
Luaus, hula dancers and mouth watering pineapple await you on the tropical island paradise of Maui. Thanks to the “Sunny Side Up Package,” travelers to Hawaii won’t max out their credit cards. The package saves guests $439 and includes: Ocean view room accommodations (four nights), daily compact rental car (four days), buffet breakfast for two (two mornings), lunch for two at (one day), and dinner for two. Bask in the warm Hawaiian sun on the golden Ka’anapali Beach sand or treat yourself to the hotel’s delectable Sunday Champagne Brunch. Surrounded by 11 acres of tropical gardens and with such offerings as a moonlit dinner cruise, romance is always in the air.
San Ignacio Resort Hotel, Belize
Take advantage of a 25 percent discount during January and February at San Ignacio Resort Hotel. Tour ancient Mayan sites, go tubing in vast underground river systems, zip-lining through the tropical jungle and horseback ride through Mount Pine Ridge. The resort is centrally located within a 17-acre private estate in San Ignacio Town. This lush tropical setting on a hillside along the Macal Rivers gives the resort its unique feature of providing luxury at “the only jungle in town.” The special is available on direct bookings only in Regal Room, Garden Room, Balcony Room, Family Room, Honeymoon Suite, Royal Suite and Master Suite. Use promo code WINTERESCAPE.
The Shore Club, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Travelers looking for a warm getaway can save 20 percent on their luxury vacation at The Shore Club, which opened in January 2017 as the first and only resort on Long Bay. The resort boasts three pools, direct access to the 2.5-mile secluded Long Bay Beach and a wide range of water activities. Situated on Providenciales’ most pristine stretch of oceanfront real estate, the resort is a soulful place with an active energy that transcends throughout the entire resort, easily combining the Caribbean lifestyle with a vibrant collection of individual experiences. Guests often congregate at the Rope Bar for signature cocktails and light conversation after a full day of activities.
Park Hyatt St. Kitts, St. Kitts
Recently unveiled as a luxury beachfront resort, Park Hyatt St. Kitts is offering discerning travelers a fourth night free on all rooms and suites. In addition, a $300 airfare credit per person is available for direct flights from Atlanta, New York, Miami, New Jersey, Charlotte and Toronto. This special package is available through March. Guests can take advantage of the very first Miraval Spa to open in the Caribbean, sea-to-plate dining and tasting menus at three signature restaurants along with plenty of beachside activities. Adventurous island pursuits include zip-lining, parasailing, yachting, fishing, catamaran cruises, horseback riding, historical tours and volcano hiking.
Paradisus Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Book a babysitter and head to this opulent adults-only resort which is offering a Sixth Anniversary deal for the winter. Guests can receive their sixth night free by booking six or more nights, which also includes: a water ritual at the YHI Spa; an hour early check-in or late check-out; 6,000 MeliáRewards points for the resort bars, restaurants; $60 off various upgrades; a stackable with Resort Credit and MeliáRewards points; and a Sixth Anniversary Chef´s special amenity. Simply relax on the pristine beach or enjoy such activities as golf, volleyball, Pilates or tequila and wine tasting. Paradisus signature Royal Service Suites offer unparalleled all-inclusive luxury in an exclusive and private environment.
Azores Getaways, Portugal
Known as “Europe’s Hawaii” or the “Galapagos of the Atlantic,” the Azores is an archipelago of nine islands off Portugal’s coast. Tour operator AzoresGetaways.com curates air-inclusive customized and intentionally-packaged experiences to showcase the islands’ most stunning vistas, diverse adventure experiences, and insider local hot spots. Budget travelers can enjoy a week-long trip to the Azores with airfare, hotels, and select meals/ experiences for under $600. The Azores Farm Experience on Terciera Island starts at $599 for seven nights and includes rural accommodations at a farmhouse inn, round-trip flights, and the “Cheese Lovers Tour” of the Queijo Vaquinha artisanal cheese factory.
Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay, Jamaica
There’s no better time than the present to experience a true Jamaican vacation at a luxurious resort. Stay four nights during January or February from $679 and kids stay and eat free. This beachfront property comes complete with a half-mile, sugar-sand beach perfect for soaking up rays. While the kids hang out at the Kidspree Vacation Club, parents can try out the honey-ginger body scrub at Sol Mer Spa and Salon or wade up to the adults-only swim up bar. In addition to the bevy of land and water activities, the property has six all-inclusive restaurants to choose from, making the New Year’s resolution to save some dough with a Caribbean vacation a no-brainer.
Namu Travel Group, Costa Rica
Because winter up north is summer in the tropics, deals are often harder to come by. However, Namu Travel Group has announced an exclusive winter getaway package that is sure to please all snowbirds. Specializing in travel to Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama, they are offering 25 percent off winter bookings at Villa Buena Onda, an eight bedroom luxury boutique villa overlooking the Gulf of Papagayo. With such high-end amenities as a two-tier ocean-view swimming pool and waterfall/grotto area along with free access to the exclusive Club at Coco Bay, guests will be indulged from the moment they arrive. Enjoy canopy tours, scuba diving and even mud baths, or head to the casino for a game of chance.
Curtain Bluff, Anitgua
One of the Caribbean’s most iconic destinations, Antigua’s Curtain Bluff is an all inclusive resort that’s tucked away in a secluded setting. Beach lovers will delight in knowing that Curtain Bluff is home to not one but two distinctive beaches. Diving, water skiing, snorkeling and sailing are among the array of non-stop activities that are available, or just relax in the shade of palapa trees. The resort’s March Madness Package, with a booking window from now through Feb. 28 for stays through the end of March, offers 20 percent and includes: All gourmet meals and drinks, access to motorized waterspouts, scuba diving, hobbie cats, snorkeling, reef trips, waterskiing and a VIP airport meet and greet.