16 Last-Minute Travel Deals You Can’t Afford to Miss
If you’re looking for somewhere to go before the summer officially ends, you’ll be excited to know some of the best destinations and resorts are offering steeply discounted last minute travel deals right now.
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
If you’re a fan of pristine white sand beaches, you need to add Playa del Carmen to your travel bucket list ASAP. The Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen sits on Mamita’s beach and is the only full-service luxury hotel in town. They’re offering steeply discounted last-minute travel deals right now, where rates are as much as 50 percent off high season. It’s a great way to experience their zip-lines, the world’s second largest coral reef, and flawless Caribbean views. Take a look at the most photogenic beaches in the world
Stowe Mountain, Vermont
Sure, Stowe Mountain is known as one of the best in the world for ski bums, but the resort offers a plethora of warmer weather activities, too, including hiking, fishing, an outdoor pool you can enter from the inside of the hotel (imagine that!), and world-class fare. It’s also home to some of the best and most luxurious family-friendly accommodations, including the Stowe Mountain Lodge; summer rates are as much as 60 percent off ski season rates, with classic rooms starting at $229 per night and all suites being discounted extra, starting at $329 per night.
Right now Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, the only premium all-inclusive vacation experience in St. Lucia, is offering rates starting at $147 per person in either their family-friendly Splash wing, or their adults-only Harmony wing. What makes this one of our favorite last minute travel deals is that kids under three stay free, and older children stay for just $59 per night. The rates are based on double occupancy, and also include airport transfers, free Wi-Fi, water-stocked mini-fridges, and loads of activities. Find out more about the best all-inclusive vacations around the world.
St. Petersburg, Florida
Located on its own patch of private beach in St. Petersburg, Florida, Sirata Beach Resort offers exclusive Gulf Coast access and an island-style escape with no passport necessary. The resort also features three restaurants, three pools, activities for everyone, and a free cocktail hour that’ll turn any last minute trip into an instant vacation. Take advantage of discounted summer pricing and low-season access to all the best features.
The Hilton Anatole is under 30 minutes by car from both Dallas airports, close to the city’s booming Design District, and features a surreal resort-style pool complex that boasts multiple pools, slides, a lazy river, private cabanas, and a swim-up bar, making Dallas a true Texas oasis for couples, friends, and families alike. Rates are currently rock-bottom, and start well under $200 per night.
Durham, North Carolina
If you’re looking to escape to the Carolinas, Unscripted Durham, a former 1960s motor lodge turned chic boutique hotel is offering rates throughout the end of summer starting at $129 a night. That’s a steal considering the hotel’s proximity to the Durham Performing Arts Center, the many local restaurants, the on-site rooftop lounge, and Pour Taproom, a pay-by-the-ounce taproom brimming with must-try craft beers. Speaking of ale, find out the best craft beer from every state.
Lake Tahoe, California
If you’ve ever hit this posh destination in the winter, you know the prices can get closer to the sky than the local ski lifts, but heading to the area in warmer seasons can help you land serious steals. Surrounded by the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Aston Lakeland Village Beach & Mountain Resort is a luxe condominium resort set on the lake’s south shore. You’ll enjoy the crisp water, soft lake beaches, idyllic mountain hikes, and access to the local day camp for children ages six through 12 if you plan to bring little ones. Rates begin at $219 per night.
Just a few minutes from the Nassau airport is a 1,000 foot stretch of Instagram-worthy shore called Cable Beach, and Breezes Resort & Spa in The Bahamas sits right on it. They’re offering a very major summer sale with deals over 50 percent off all travel booked by August 31, 2018 (available for use anytime from now until December 18, 2018). This is one of our favorite last minute travel deals because you can book now and use your stay for several months to come. Beach access and fun are free for all hotel guests, and tipping is not allowed at the resort—saving you even more money than you had ever planned. Find out the best Secrets Resorts from people who have been.
Vail Valley, Colorado
Fancy a fishing trip? Great, because the Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa is an ideal summer getaway for fly fishing fans. The resort sits in the heart of the Vail Valley and is surrounded by breathtaking nature, features an incredible pool with three infinity hot tubs overlooking Eagle River, and has on-site bike rentals to see all the rest. And did we mention group exercise classes, an amazing spa, and a delicious Mexican restaurant? Rates start at a $199 a night through August.
If you’re looking for a truly romantic destination on our list of last minute travel deals, Boulders Resort & Spa, a luxury desert hideaway in Scottsdale, is the answer. You’ll find the resort jam-packed with outdoor activities thanks to on-site temperatures being about 10 to 15 degrees cooler than the rest of the valley (you can thank the elevation). Guests are known to get their fill of moonlight bike rides, stargazing, paddleboard yoga, and swims in any of the resort’s four swimming pools. Summer rates drop as low as $129 per night, more than 70 percent below regular winter rates.