14 Hotel Deals You Take Can Take Advantage of Now for Next Year
Not ready to travel yet, but still fantasizing about taking a vacation? Book one of these deals now to make that dream a reality—at a large discount—in 2021.
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Your future vacation
It’s certainly understandable if you’re anxious about traveling this summer; coronavirus rates are continuing to increase both at home and in many countries across the world. Hotels are recognizing this, so as an incentive to pay now and travel later, many are offering spectacular discounts. Read on for 14 ways you can save on travel now and visit in the future. Here’s how flying is changing as a result of COVID-19.
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Considered one of the most romantic cities in the world, the historic colonial city of San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico is famed for its cobblestone streets and baroque architecture. You can soak it all in at the beautifully-appointed Hotel Amparo, located steps away from bustling Mesones Street, in a world all to its own with a secluded, charming patio. The hotel, which once served as the mayor’s private residence, a 300-year old building, opened in January 2019. It has only five guestrooms, a stylish coffee bar, and a rooftop restaurant. Now, for every $75 you spend, you get a $100 credit. There are no blackout dates and the certificates can be redeemed at any time, subject to availability. Note that at press time, travel restrictions to Mexico are limited to essential travelers, until at least June 22. The certificates can be purchased directly from Hotel Amparo. Discover more about San Miguel de Allende, which was recently named the “Best City in the World.”
With restrictions to international travelers scheduled to be lifted mid-June, Iceland, a country that has recorded barely more than 1,000 cases of coronavirus, is a safer pick for a destination for your next vacation. To make it even safer, steer clear of more populated Reykjavik and head to the southern part of the country. There, you’ll find the 52-room rustic and stylish Hotel Rangá, practically a destination in and of itself; where you can indulge in a number of activities nearby including horseback riding, hiking, or taking a dip in the natural hot springs.
To encourage travelers to return to Iceland, the hotel has launched a “Travel the World in Seven Suites” package, which includes seven nights in one of the hotel’s themed suites, each inspired by a continent (picture African wood masks for the Africa suite and life-sized penguin sculptures in the Antarctica suite.) Book now through July 31 for travel from June 15 through May 31, 2021 for a 30 percent discount (the total cost of the package is $6,729, so travelers get about $2,000 in savings with the discount). Iceland will ease its border restrictions on June 15, and passengers will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival at Keflavík International Airport. These 20 jaw-dropping photos of the country will get you in the spirit.
The island of Barbados in the Eastern Caribbean is ready to welcome visitors to its spectacular beaches. Eco-conscious travelers will fall in love with the boutique ECO Lifestyle + Lodge where each of the ten rooms offers sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. The Green Globe Certified hotel has an established recycling and composting program in place and the rooms have up-cycled mahogany furniture. Other earth-friendly measures include straws made from bamboo harvested from the hotel’s garden, solar-heated water, reusable water bottles, homemade mosquito sprays, and coral-safe sunscreens and surf wax.
Purchase a gift card anytime directly from the property and you’ll get a $250 credit for every $200 spent (supplies are limited). Buy $600 or more and you’ll also receive a free massage, yoga lesson, or surf lesson when you visit. These gift cards have no expiration dates, but there are blackout dates, from December 12 to January 9 each year. Purchase them by emailing: [email protected] Visitors will have thermal screenings at the airport and are currently required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival, but that could change in the coming months.
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Cape Cod, Massachussetts
Woods Hole Inn is a charming bed and breakfast that combines historic elegance and modern comforts. The deluxe king and queen-size rooms feature original artwork and modern decor and each has a private bathroom with cast iron tubs and pedestal sinks along with modern, glass rain showers and marble tiles. There are also two vacation homes that travelers can rent out in their entirety. Travelers can purchase a “$100 Lift Certificate” for only $60. The inn plans to use the proceeds from the sale of these gift certificates to support staff and re-launch the inn for the summer season. There is no expiration date to use these certificates, nor are there any blackout dates.
Turks and Caicos
This Caribbean archipelago made of 40 coral-filled islands is a short flight from the East Coast of the United States. There are many resorts to book, but any of the Turks & Caicos Collection four all-inclusive properties, all in beautiful beachy areas including Ambergris Cay (a private island 600 miles southeast of Miami) and the popular Grace Bay Beach, are popular choices.
Each of the four resorts offers as much as 60 percent off standard room rates if you book now for travel as late as December 2020, with no blackout dates. Choose from the 51-room Blue Haven Resort on the leeward side of Providenciales; the 120-room Alexandra Resort on Grace Bay Beach; and the 21-room adults-only Beach House (shown).
The resorts are scheduled to reopen in July 2020, and the Turks & Caicos Providenciales airport is scheduled to reopen on July 22, 2020 and all international flights have been suspended for leisure travelers until then.
Lake Como, Italy
The Art Nouveau landmark, Grand Hotel Tremezzo has partnered with the New York City-based luxury travel and lifestyle agency, In The Know Experiences to create a “Dream of Travel.” The package consists of ten exclusive value-added gift cards with a face value of 5,000 EUR ($5,440) that can be bought for 4,000 EUR ($4,353 USD) and can be redeemed on accommodations, spa treatments, dinners, or experiences for up to two years after the date of purchase. Suggestions are to use the gift cards for a two-night stay at a rooftop signature suite and a couples’ massage at the resort’s T Spa or for four nights in a Lake View room that includes a two-hour tour of the lake on a wooden boat.
As of now, Americans are able to travel to Italy. Can’t wait to get there? The hotel is posting a virtual daily sunrise with views of Lake Como that you can enjoy in the meantime.
Music City is never out of fashion and the 144-room Bobby Hotel in the downtown area is currently offering gift cards that provide a discount, along with some pretty generous perks, making now the best time to plan your trip to visit Nashville’s legendary country music venues include the Grand Ole Opry House. Before July 4, purchase a $100 gift card for $75 and you’ll also get two cocktails at the hotel’s Garage Bar, spend $150 for a $200 gift card plus a bottle of champagne; or spend $250 for a gift card worth $300 plus a reserved poolside cabana. The gift cards can be used to book hotel accommodations or used at any of its restaurants or bars, including Tavern at Bobby, The Rooftop Lounge, Bobby’s Garage, and Café at Bobby, and are valid for one year after the date of purchase. The stylish rooms are inspired by Paris, Amsterdam, New York, London, Marrakech, and Rome. Find out 10 things you won’t be seeing in hotels anymore.
Dreaming of an African safari or South African Escape? There’s never been a better time to book it, thanks to The Royal Portfolio’s bonds offerings (essentially vouchers) for future stays at its four luxurious properties across the country, valid for 24 months from the date of purchase. The hotels are some of the most luxurious in the world, including the private safari lodge Royal Malewane (shown) in Kruger National Park, Birkenhead House perched on the cliffs of Hermanus overlooking Walker Bay, where whales can be spotted, The Silo that is above the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art in Cape Town, and La Residence in Franschhoek Valley. The voucher includes an added value of 25 percent, so, when travelers purchase a voucher of approximately $525, they will receive an additional $135 to spend on meals and services during their stay. As part of the hotel group’s commitment to the local and greater community, each voucher will also include a donation to a foundation that contributes to counter-poaching initiatives, as well as food donations to vulnerable communities. At press time, South Africa has not announced plans to reopen to international travelers. The bonds can be purchased directly on TheRoyalPortfolio.com. A safari is one of 13 bucket list trips you can plan a year in advance.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Punta Cana, known for its beautiful beaches, zip-lining, and water sports, sits on the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic. The area is home to many hotels, but travelers take note: Karisma Hotels & Resorts is offering a whopping 77 percent off its two properties if you book two rooms for four or more nights before June 30 for stays from now until March 31, 2021. (International flights to the Dominican Republic are expected to resume on July 1.) Choose between the Nickelodeon Hotel & Resorts (shown), Tripadvisor’s top-rated hotel for families in the Caribbean, or the Sensatori. All-inclusive rates start at $114 with the deal (typical rates average $357 per night), so its a great deal overall, plus you get an additional $500 resort credit and the option to change or cancel your travel dates without penalty up to 24 hours before arrival. Discover more of the best all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean.
The mountainous island of Saint Lucia has long been a draw for travelers, as has Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, set on 85 acres along the island’s south coast. It’s home to a mile-long private beach, five pools (two are adults-only), nine restaurants, seven bars, a 50,000-square-foot Kidz Klub, a waterpark, and 250 rooms divided between the family-friendly Splash wing and the adults-only Harmony wing.
This beachside paradise can be yours for an up to 60 percent savings off its premium all-inclusive rates starting at $176 per person per night based on double occupancy for stays of five nights or more when you book now through July 31. Kids under three stay for free, ages 3 to 17 are just $59 per night. Travelers can tap into these savings to travel between August 1, when the hotel is expected to reopen, through December 20, 2021. The rates also include airport transfers from Hewanorra International Airport and all government taxes and gratuities. Bookings can be made directly with the resort and reservations can be changed or canceled at no charge. Before you go, find out the correct way to pronounce “Caribbean.”
The Eaglewood Resort & Spa sits on 106 lush acres in Itasca, Illinois, located just 12 miles outside of Chicago’s city center, making it the perfect weekend getaway for folks from the Windy City. With 295 spacious guest rooms and suites with large walkout balconies with views of the championship golf course, the resort is a peaceful family getaway that features three dining venues with both fine and casual menu options, a spa, an 18-hole championship golf course, indoor pool with sundeck, and a six-lane retro Kegler’s Bowling Alley. The resort is offering 30 percent off future stays with a private offer if you book directly with them. There are no restrictions, and dates are both changeable and refundable. Find out the best weekend getaway in your state.
Known for its horse ranches, hiking trails, and Bourbon, Louisville, Kentucky is an idyllic getaway. The 1,314-room Galt House, located right on the Ohio River in the heart of the museum district, cultural center, and Urban Bourbon Trail, is offering a cool deal: for every $50 gift card purchased, you’ll receive an additional $25 gift card and a complimentary room upgrade upon check-in, redeemable for 365 days from the date of purchase. The gift cards can be used for overnight stays or dining at Walker’s Exchange, Jockey Silks Bourbon Bar, Down One Bourbon Bar, and Swizzle. To purchase, call the hotel directly at (502)-589-5200. Find out 10 ways you can still get away this summer.
Park City, Utah
Newpark Resort, the first LEED-certified resort community in the state, is selling gift cards with a value of $2,500 (in $250 increments) and will match the amount spent, dollar for dollar. In other words, if you purchase a $500 gift card, you’ll get a gift card worth $1,000, which can be used for travel until April 30, 2021. In addition, for each card purchased, the resort will give away up to a two-night stay to first responders (through Intermountain Health), grocery store employees (through Kroger), and teachers (through the Park City Education Foundation). The 127-room resort is at the edge of the 1,200-acre Swaner Nature Preserve, so the views of nature are spectacular, and it’s close to the ski slopes of Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resort. Park City is one of the top 25 most stunning mountain towns in America.
Santa Barbara, California
The entire Belmond portfolio is comprised of luxurious hotels—and the El Encanto in Santa Barbara, California, located ten minutes off the Pacific Coast Highway, is a perfect stop on a road trip. The hotel has a modern infinity pool with stunning views of the city, and is popular with the Plein Air School of artists; guests can explore the Spanish colonial heritage of Santa Barbara, as well as the many restaurants flanking State Street. The 92-room hotel with seven acres of landscaped gardens reopens on June 25th.
Belmond’s gift card deal offers an additional $100 value when you purchase a $500 gift card; and if you buy a $1,000 or more gift card, you’ll get an incremental $200 value. The best part is that these cards have no expiration date, so you have the peace of mind that you can travel whenever the time is right for you.
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