14 Summer Vacation Packages Worth the Money
While spring is barely here, it's not too soon to start planning your summer vacation. Move beyond dreaming to snap up deals at awesome destinations.
Families looking for a summer vacay that won’t blow the household budget should consider The Wigwam’s 90th Anniversary Summer Promotion. In honor of its milestone anniversary, there are an array of programs and offerings including rooms starting at $90 room per night. It’s home to the Warren Schutte Player’s Academy, the spot for those wishing to perfect their golf swings. Camp Wigwam is available for kids every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday all summer long. They’ll enjoy water relay races, duck races down the water slide, a poolside obstacle course, and movies at the pool, while parents find their peace at the LeMonds Aveda Salon Spa or treasuring a night out with The Wigwam Wine Dinner Series. Deals aren’t the only way to save big—find out 16 ways to save money when booking a hotel room.
Why camp when you can glamp? The “Mendocino Package” at Mendocino Grove (starting at $206 per night) includes accommodations in a Classic Tent, daily campfire valet services, a camp box, an ice chest, and s’mores kit. The “Summer Family Package,” (starting at $379 per night), available weekdays only, includes accommodations in a Family Tent for four, camp box, ice chest, firewood, s’mores kit, a private kids-customized hike with the property’s resident naturalist, and a family canoe rental with Catch A Canoe.
Porto, the Douro Valley, Portugal, and Salamanca, Spain
For six days, you and your family will explore the heart of the festive and warm atmosphere of Portugal and Spain, discovering a unique way of life via Croisi Europe Cruises. Visit Porto, cherished for its mix of modernity and history where the wine is legendary. Salamanca, dubbed Spain’s “Golden City” is lauded for its architecture and cuisine. Pricing begins at $1,938 per person, double and—best of all children under 16 are free on this cruise. The cruise is offered from July 23 to 28, 2019 and August 18 to 23, 2019.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Everything is irie. How can it not be in lovely Jamaica? For a romantic getaway, book a stay at Jamaica Inn. The longer you stay, the more free nights you earn, so you may never want to leave. Stay four nights for the price of three, stay seven nights for the price of five, stay 14 nights for the price of ten from May 1 through October 31, 2019. Rates start at $349 a night.
It may be hot in Carefree during summer, but the deals are cool. Consider staying at the luxurious The Boulders Resort & Spa for 70 percent less than winter and spring rates. The deal is sweeter still with “add in” spa specials, dining specials, and more. Don’t worry, everything is air-conditioned and there are four swimming pools aerated with cold water. When the sun goes down the action goes to another level. Partake in twilight golf, moonlight bicycle tours, stargazing, night yoga, paddleboard yoga, and an array of complimentary fitness classes. Seasonal rates dip as low as $139 per night.
Stay for three nights and get the fourth one free at Four Seasons Resort Orlando through September 30. Families traveling with children will appreciate that kids five and younger eat for free at the property’s restaurants, the Kids For All Seasons kids club (for children ages 4 to 12) is complimentary, and there’s a five acre waterpark on site. There’s also a free shuttle bus to Walt Disney World parks, but with all the resort has to offer, we wouldn’t blame you if you didn’t want to leave.
Make like a cowboy or cowgirl in this under the radar part of Oregon. Summer activities at the Silvies resort include goat herding, cattle drives, golf, shooting on the range, fishing, hiking, biking, or relaxing in the new 17,000 square foot Rocking Heart Spa. Cabin rooms start at $350 a night.
Situated on 23 acres of waterfront adjacent to 200 acres of mangrove estuary, you can’t go wrong at Naples Grande Beach Resort. The resort features three pools (one even has a waterslide), seven restaurants and bars, a spa, golf, tennis and more. Nature lovers will want to explore the estuary by open-air tram and take a field trip to the nearby Everglades, Big Cypress National Preserve. Water enthusiasts can take their pick of body-boarding, parasailing, snorkeling, kayaking, or chartering a glass bottom boat. Rates at the resort start at $249 per night for The Family Fun in The Sun Package, which includes complimentary beach chairs and an umbrella, 25 percent off at Rhodes End the beachfront front taverna, 10 percent discount at all Naples Grande retailers, and more.
Riviera Maya, Mexico
At the all-inclusive Allegro Playacar, you not only have access to a stunning beach, but you can also partake in a dose of Mayan culture or the nightlife of Playa del Carmen, too. The ruins of Tulum are an easy drive, as are the trendy stores and happening restaurants on Playa’s Quinta Avenida. Back at home base, Allegro Playacar offers three restaurants and five bars. The Live Your BarceloStories offer saves you up to 53 percent off bookings plus free minibar snacks and drinks. From June to August, rooms start at $149 per night.
Captiva Island, Florida
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 three- to 11-year-olds. Golfers can play a beachfront course. The Summer Getaway package offers a fourth night free for travel between May 1, 2019, and September 30, 2019, with rates from $190 a night. You’ll get a $50 resort credit each day, in addition to a coupon book with more than $250 in savings on resort outlets, from golf, watersports, island cruises, spa services, dining, shopping, and more.
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 eat in to 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 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 course, free water shuttle to downtown Hamilton, and free airport transfers. Prices start at $578 a night for the one-bedroom suite that sleeps four.
Sail aboard MSC Cruises new MSC Bellissima for a seven-night sail from Barcelona with ports of call in Marseille, France and in Genoa and Naples, Italy and Valletta in Malta. Onboard, you’ll enjoy 12 dining venues and more than 20 bars and lounges. MSC take technology and entertainment to a higher level. MSC Bellissima boasts the very latest guest-centric technology with the introduction of the world’s first virtual personal cruise assistant, ZOE. Another highlight is the two new Cirque du Soleil at Sea shows: SYMA and VARÉLIA. There are deals to be had, like $1,088 starting average per person, instead of $2,158. Before you go, find out what travel experts want you to know before booking a cruise.
Hot Springs, Virginia
There’s something to be said for Southern hospitality. The 2,000-acre historic Omni Homestead Resort—which has been visited by 23 presidents—has hot springs, a water park, a spa, two 18-hole golf courses, zip lining, tennis courts, and more. 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. The Endless Adventure package includes on-property activities, a special rate for the Cascades Golf Course, the KidsClub, and parking. Rates average $508 per night. Save even more money by knowing how to avoid these top 10 vacation money-wasters.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
The Club Med Punta Cana makes it easy to do it up in DR where the action is non-stop. For sure, one of the highlights is the opportunity for the entire family to learn acrobatic skills such as aerial, flying trapeze, and tight rope walking through Club Med Punta Can’s Creactive by Cirque Du Soleil. Its Spring into Summer Sale offers starts at $119 per person plus perks like, 50 percent off for kids between 4 to 15 years old, kids under four stay free, plus free room upgrades. Want more destination options? Start with our list of 15 best summer vacation spots in the United States.
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