There are rewards for those who skip the high season months of winter and travel to the Caribbean for a summer vacation. In addition to avoiding the crowds and having more beach to yourself, these Caribbean summer specials can include substantial savings on room rates and more. Here are some of the premium resorts that are offering summer specials.
Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Sitting in the heart of Aruba’s Palm Beach, the Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino delivers four-star service and ocean or garden views from private balconies. All rooms benefit from a recent upgrade that included fresh décor and luxury bedding. The hotel is home to the largest spa on the island, which is the focus of the Wellness Retreat Package. Guests booking this retreat receive accommodations in a premium ocean view room, private yoga class on the beach, and an exclusive healthy cooking class with the resort’s executive chef, and a $100 resort credit at Mandara Spa. This special package if offered through December 21, 2018. To book, visit www.arubamarriott.com and use code SPA.
Marriott Cancun Resorts, Mexico
Sitting side by side in the center of Cancun’s famous white sand beach, these sister properties cater to all vacationers, with a range of both adult- centric and family-friendly amenities. Through the summer, both resorts are offering a special Wellness Beach Retreat package. This includes deluxe ocean view room accommodations, daily breakfast for two adults at Sedona Grill, a daily fitness class, a stress victim’s spa cure treatment and a one-day private beachfront Bali daybed rental. The package is valid for stays through September 29, 2018. To book, use promotional code ZJ1 when making online reservations at either property. Visit www.marriott.com.
SLS Baha Mar, Bahamas
SLS Baha Mar is the hottest new hotel in the Caribbean, and the first lifestyle hotel in the Bahamas. Overlooking one of the island’s finest beaches, the SLS is set within the $4.2 billon resort development of Baha Mar. Since opening in late 2017, the resort has already earned a reputation for cutting edge cuisine and nightlife. The latest additions are Fi’lia, which features Italian cuisines by Chef Michael Schwartz, and Bond, a nightlife concept offering late night sizzle with famous deejays and VIP tables. To introduce SLS to vacationers, the resort is offering savings of up to 20 percent on room reservations, plus up to $200 in food and beverage credit per stay. Rates start at $334 per night. Booking window now open. Visit www.slsbahamar.com.
Allegro Cozumel, Mexico
This recently renovated all-inclusive resort is located on Cozumel’s uncrowded southeast coast, overlooking pristine coral reefs. Water sports are a central focus of resort life, with an on-site dive and snorkeling center, and five swimming pools, including a pirate themed aquatic park for children. There are daily scheduled activities for all ages, and adults can enjoy the fully equipped wellness center, which offers a wide array of massage services and treatments right on the beach. Dedicated divers can sign up for the resort’s Ultimate Dive Package, which includes daily boat diving excursions. A special summer offer lets families save up to 41 percent on all-inclusive rates, with the first child staying for free. Visit www.allegrocozumelresort.com.
Warwick Paradise Island, Bahamas
The four-star Warwick Paradise Island hotel is an adults only property set on the shores of Nassau Harbour. The resort features 250 rooms with waterfront and island views, a white sand harbor beach, five dining options, two bars, a fully equipped fitness centre, and daily entertainment and activities. As part of the resort’s all-inclusive offerings, guests can enjoy the Cabbage Beach Picnic, which takes guests to one of Paradise Island’s finest beaches. During the months of May, August, September and October, military members and senior travelers 65 years and older can earn 15 percent off the hotel’s lowest promotional nightly rate. All-inclusive rates start from $136 per person, per night, double occupancy in an island view bedroom. Military and senior travelers are also treated to an additional 10 percent discount on spa treatments at the resort’s onsite Amber Spa. To reserve call 1-888-645-5550 or visit warwickhotels.com/paradise-island-bahamas.
Allegro Playacar, Mexico
Located in the heart of the Riviera Maya, this all-inclusive resort combines a beachfront lifestyle with easy access to the cultural and cosmopolitan attractions of Playa del Carmen and its surrounding areas. Families can explore ancient Maya ruins at archeological sites such as Tulum and Coba, as well as stroll down Playa’s favorite pedestrian corridor, Quinta Avenida, which is lined with eclectic restaurants and trendsetting boutiques. Allegro’s all-inclusive program includes unlimited meals, snacks and beverages from any of the property’s three restaurants and five bars. Families, who book before August 31st, can take advantage of the resort’s special summer offer that delivers savings of up to 35 percent on bookings, plus free in-room minibar service. Visit www.allegroplayacarresort.com
El Embajador, Dominican Republic
Located in the heart of historic Santo Domingo on Avenida Sarasota, the luxurious El Embajador hotel welcomes travelers, with 280 rooms offering views of the Caribbean Sea, the city of Santo Domingo or lush gardens. Guests have access to a large pool and the unique El Jardín restaurant. The hotel is an ideal starting point for exploration of the city’s museums, shops, restaurants and authentic Dominican culture. Special promotional rates provide discounts of up to 25 percent for stays of four nights or more. This offer is valid through 12/31/2018, and can be booked at www.barcelo.com/en-us/hotels/dominican-republic/santo-domingo/el-embajador-a-royal-hideaway-hotel/offers