13 Summer Vacation Packages Worth the Money
Spending money on a vacation may seem like a luxury—but occasionally, you have to indulge yourself. Here’s where to go for a good time at an incredible value.
Mt. Pleasant, Bermuda
You really can’t go wrong in Bermuda, especially at the Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort & Spa. Take your pick of the historic Shoreby House, a 2,500 square-foot suite where luminaries like President Woodrow Wilson, Mark Twain, and Charlie Chaplin have stayed. All the suites have kitchens so families can cook in and save money. Dine outside watching the sunset from your balcony. And you can take advantage of the 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, and infinity pool.
Venture off for sunset sails, biking and kayaking tours, dolphin interactions, and for the adventurous cliff diving. The Stay Together, Play Together family package includes lodging, daily breakfast, $25 per day dining credit, savings and discounts on purchases at over 50 locations around the island, a tennis or golf lesson for kids, a complimentary round of golf on the resort’s championship 18-hole golf course, free water shuttle to downtown Hamilton, and free airport transfers. Prices start at $522 a night for the one-bedroom suite that sleeps four. Check out these other gorgeous pink sand beaches in the world.
Captiva Island, Florida
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Take advantage of 330-acres of fun in the sun at South Seas Island Resort. Keep it simple by looking for seashells on the resort’s two and a half miles of beach, or get active and fish, bicycle, jet ski, or kayak; you can even hit the tennis courts. Or just curl up with a good book under a beach umbrella. Camp Skullywags entertains and educates 3-11 year-olds. Golfers can play a beachfront course. The Summer Getaway package offers a fourth night free and rates from $209 a night, making the average for a four-night stay $157. Kids 12 and under eat breakfast free. You’ll get a coupon book with more than $250 in savings on resort outlets, from golf, watersports, island cruises, spa services, dining, shopping, and more.
Hot Springs, Virginia
There’s something to be said for Southern hospitality. The 2,000-acre historic Omni Homestead Resort—which boasts visits from 23 presidents—has hot springs, a water park, a spa, two 18-hole golf courses, zip lining, tennis courts, and more. The Endless Adventure Package includes on-property activities, a special rate for the Cascades Golf Course, the KidsClub, and parking. You can choose from activities like archery, flyfishing (and a fly casting clinic for novices), a gorge hike, hayrides, skeet, group horseback rides, canoeing, kayaking, mountain bike rental, paintball, and more. May through October, rates start at $485.
Palm Beach, Aruba
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Explore, rest, drink, eat, repeat. So it goes at the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino. There is world-famous wreck diving that you can check off your adventure bucket list—Aruba’s entire south coast is a coral reef with over 20 dive sites and 11 diver-friendly wrecks, including planes, a cargo ship, and sunken warships. No worries if you’re a novice, the onsite diving center has beginner’s courses. If you’re more of a land lover, hop on a bike and see Aruba’s countryside. You’re just 10 miles from the capital city or Oranjestad with its nightlife, restaurants, and shopping. The Model Experience Package includes a four-night stay in an Aruba Tower Ocean Front Suite, $300 spa credit for oceanfront Eforea Spa, complimentary bicycle use, daily wellness activities, $500 food and beverage credit, $200 Tradewinds shopping credit, and complimentary sparkling wine at check-in. Rates start at $969 a night.
Who wouldn’t want to tour Hamburg, Southampton, Dublin, and Reykjavik? So set sail this summer aboard the MSC Meraviglia on the cruise line’s 2 for 1 PLUS deal. The ship’s Mediterranean-style promenade includes shops and restaurants and features the longest LED Sky at sea. Activities on board include a winter-themed aqua park; a Himalayan bridge, a 4D cinema, and several kids clubs. For those looking for some additional relaxation, the MSC Aurea Spa onboard features 13 different areas of the thermal space for a holistic sensory experience.
MSC Meraviglia boasts the first Cirque du Soleil at sea performed in the purpose-built Carousel Lounge. For the dinner show, the exclusive three-course table d’hôte menu offers eclectic and creative dishes to be served just before the curtain goes up. The menu draws inspiration from the spectacle of each of the two distinct Cirque du Soleil shows, SONOR & VIAGGIO. Prices start at $1,649 per person for a balcony stateroom (versus $3,298 brochure rates). Don’t miss what travel experts want you to know before booking a cruise.
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Fall in love with Lake Geneva. Some folks call the area the Newport of the Midwest, and it definitely has a certain cachet thanks to the beautiful estates built by Chicago glitterati from yesteryear. Check them out for yourself as walk portions of the 21-mile Geneva Lake Shore Path. Take your pick of four beaches where you can rent a jet ski, kayak, paddleboard. Or take the easy way out with a boat tour. Golfers can enjoy an embarrassment of riches with 11 nearby courses to choose from. Another plus of a small town like Lake Geneva are the affordable restaurants, parking, and accommodations, from luxury to budget. Tip: Check out the waterfront dining at Café Calamari or Gordy’s Boathouse. Find out more top summer vacation spots in the U.S.
Everybody’s raving about Reyjavik. Find out why and hear some great music too with Inspired by Iceland. For example, STA Travel Beats specializes in taking travelers to music festivals around the globe. They handle the booking of your festival ticket, accommodations, transportation to all destinations. STA Travel Beats has an eight-day tour, Icelandic Beats, that takes you to the Icelandic Geothermal spas, UNESCO world heritage sites, and black sand beaches. End your vacation at the Secret Solstice Festival on June 18. The tour is $1,218, not including airfare.
Cancun isn’t just for college kids, and the Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach is a fine example: This all-inclusive resort offers the Coral KidZ Club—a high-tech playground with more than 40 indoor and outdoor activities. Drop off the kids and settle into your spot on the beach or the Gem Spa. Consider the Unlimited Experiences Package, which gives you 30 percent off the best available rate, VIP Butler service, use of Club Lounge, Beach Club, and Sundeck, unlimited dining for all meals, premium beverages, complimentary sunrise yoga, live classical music, unlimited access to the hydrotherapy ritual at Gem Spa, and more. Rates start at $329 a night. Unlimited access to the Hydrotherapy Ritual at Gem Spa. “The price is much lower than most other Caribbean Islands, and there are usually non-stop flights from most major U.S. destinations or easy connections,” says Leslie Hock, a travel agent in Framingham, Massachusetts. “Lastly, there is wonderful snorkeling and diving as well as golf courses.” Check out this list of places you need to go in 2018.
You won’t have to travel far from the Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel to reach the timeless ruins of Tikal, Uaxactún, and Yaxhá in Northern Guatemala. The resort sits on more than 300 acres of lush, private reserve. There are 19 spacious overwater bungalow suites, the in-house Shultún restaurant, a museum, and a half-moon shaped infinity pool that overlooks the Quexil Lagoon. Here it’s all about eco-adventure, including trekking, bird watching trails, kayaking, and 4X4 ATV tours through the jungle. The Born to be Wild & Free package includes accommodations for two, welcome drinks, Monkey Island Boat Tour (don’t be surprised if a spider monkey jumps in the boat), a guided hiking tour in Tikal, a spa day for two, and either a zip-line by the ruins or ATV tour; you also get a daily a la carte breakfast and wireless internet. Rates start at $1,309.
Waterville Valley, New Hampshire
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You may have heard that New Hampshire is a beautiful state. Why not escape to the Waterville Valley Resort? It’s surrounded by 100 miles of trails in the White Mountain National Forest. If you get a Freedom Pass, you can save about $100 a day; the pass entitles you daily to a two-hour mountain bike rental, unlimited tennis, a round of golf, and a kayak, canoe, paddle boat, or paddleboard rental. There’s also a skateboard park and a year-round ice arena. Rates start at $139 a night.
Malpais, Costa Rica
If yoga and or surfing is your passion, Pura Vida Adventures has week-long retreats that will be ideal for you. You get daily surfing instruction, sunset surf session, and yoga in the outdoor, oceanfront yoga studio. As you get mind, body, and spirit together, keep it going with healthy gourmet meals at the beachfront restaurant. Prices are $2,895 for shared accommodations, $3,095 for private accommodations with shared bath, and $3,595 for private accommodations. Here are some more of the most popular travel destinations in Central America.
Ledyard may be a little town of about 15,000, but it delivers big fun. Make your home base the popular Abbey’s Lantern Hill Inn. It’s a short walk to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, the country’s best Native American Museum (and a Smithsonian affiliate). The Inn can provide deeply discounted tickets. If you’re in the mood to hit the links, Lake of Isles golf course is a mile away. The Inn can help arrange tee times and discounts. Guests of the Inn get 20 percent off all spa services at the nearby Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa. Service includes the day-long use of spa facilities including relaxation room, steam room, whirlpool, swimming pool, gym, and showers. You can also get a 30 percent discount at the famous Mystic Aquarium. Feast on seafood in the charming village of Noank. The hotspots are Ford’s Lobster and Abbott’s Lobster. Stay four nights at Abbey’s Lantern Hill Inn and get a fifth night free. Rates start at $279 a night.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Escape to the Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs Dolce Resort in southwest Colorado: It’s on more than 200 acres with mountain views, has a Pete Dye championship golf course, five swimming pools, a 35-acre private lake with canoes and other watercraft, a spa, and an aquatics center.
The Passport to Summer Package is a treasure trove for families, with discount coupons the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, complimentary craft beer and root beer tasting, gourmet build-your-own s’mores bar by the fire pit, dive-in movies, music concerts under the stars, and more. Prices start at $279 a night.
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