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Mexico Cabo Playa Grande

April Specials at Mexico Resorts


It’s April, and if you haven’t yet filed your taxes, it’s time to get going. And once you’ve wrapped things up, and breathed that annual sigh of relief, maybe it’s time to reward yourself with a vacation to a beach in Mexico. To help you get packing, some of the country’s leading resorts are offering tax season specials to help that refund buy even more time in the sun.

Temptation Cancun Resort

This all-inclusive resort, known as “The Playground for Grown- Ups” provides over-21 age guests with a fun-filled atmosphere for a sensual vacation. The property offers a number of gourmet restaurants, daily adult-centric activity programs and three themed pools, including a topless optional sundeck. Nightly shows, live music, and DJ sessions keep the party going. Book during the Tax Return special, which runs from April 20 to 23, 2018, for travel between July 1 and December 20, 2018, and you can lock in up to 58 percent off published rates, starting at $200 per person per night, and also enjoy a complimentary one-way luxury airport transfer. Go to www.temptationtaxreturn.com

Temptation Cancun

At the Temptation Cancun Resort, bright colors and curves are hallmarks of the sensual minimalism décor theme created by designer Karim Rashid. Photo: Temptation Cancun

Allegro Playacar

This all-inclusive resort delivers the best of both worlds, as it sits on the prime sands of the Playacar beach district, yet is just minutes away from shopping, dining and the lively street scene of Playa del Carmen’s Fifth Avenue District. With 286 suite-style rooms, four restaurants and two large pools, the Allegro Playacar delivers a premium vacation experience at a mid-range, all- inclusive price. On-site amenities include a spa, water sports, a kids’ club, tennis courts, and a nightclub. Daily activities and nightly entertainment offer something for both families and adults. By booking online at the Allegro site anytime through December 20, 2018, travelers can save up to 40 percent off standard rates for travel through 2019. www.barcelo.com/allegro-playacar/offers

Allegro Playacar

Allegro Playacar is located on a wide, white sand beach just south of downtown Playa del Carmen. The coral reefs just offshore are popular with divers and snorkelers. Photo: Allegro Playacar

Solmar Hotels & Resorts

Solmar Hotels & Resorts is Cabo San Lucas’ premier collection of luxury beach resorts. The five properties in the group deliver a range of resort experiences that offer a mix of lavish rooms, suites and villas. Vacationers can choose between the intimate setting of the Solmar Resort, the opulent and expansive grounds of the Playa Grande, the sweeping views from the Ridge at Playa Grande, or the ultimate luxuries and spectacular setting of the Grand Solmar. Book before July 31, 2018, for travel through December 20, 2019, and receive 60 percent off the entire stay. These promotional rates can be found at promotions.solmar.com/taxreturn

Cabo Solmar

In addition to stunning ocean views, the Grand Solmar offers some of the most spacious and luxurious guest suites of any property in Cabo San Lucas. Photo: Grand Solmar

Barceló Karmina

Special rates make this five-star property even more enticing. Sitting on a private beach and swimming cove on Manzanillo’s Santiago Peninsula, the all-suite, all-inclusive Barceló Karmina complements premier ocean views with lush garden-like landscaping and a stunning Mayan-inspired design. The property includes four award-winning restaurants; six interconnected swimming pools with waterfalls, the full service U-Spa and daily entertainment. The resort is family friendly, with dedicated facilities for children and young adults, and special menus at all restaurants. Select areas of the resort are also dedicated to a quieter adults-only experience. Book a stay before April 30, 2018, and you can save up to 35 percent on stays, while also earning $500 in resort credits. www.barcelo.com/barcelo-karmina

Barcelo Karmina Manzanillo

Mayan-inspired architecture and lush landscaped grounds are signature elements of the Barceló Karmina. Rooms center around a series of six cascading pools. Photo: Barceló Karmina

Las Brisas Acapulco

One of Acapulco’s most iconic hotels is offering a special weekend escape that combines luxury and adventure. At Las Brisas Acapulco, guests can book a casita with a private pool and spectacular views of the bay at starting rate of $230 per night for 2 people. One night, they can enjoy a dinner at Zibu, the acclaimed Mexican-Thai fusion restaurant, then linger over a three-course meal at La Perla while watching the world-famous cliff divers perform. During the day, thrills await at XTASEA, the longest over the water zip line in the world, followed by relaxation on a tour of Tres Palos Lagoon. Add it all up, and a couple could enjoy all these experiences and more for a special rate of $1,150. Visit www.lasbrisashotels.com.mx/en/acapulco.

Acapulco Las Brisas

At Las Brisas Acapulco, guests are housed in individual casitas set on a 40-acre hillside property overlooking the bay. Each casita includes terraces with private or semi-private pools. Photo: Las Brisas

Mexico Fiesta Americana

Save and Win at La Colección Resorts by Fiesta Americana


La Coleccion Resorts by Fiesta Americana includes 12 distinctive resorts located in Mexico’s most desired beach destinations. The resorts include: Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun All Inclusive Adults Only, Live Aqua Boutique Resort Playa del Carmen, Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive Adults Only, Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun, Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive Golf & Spa, Fiesta Americana Cozumel All Inclusive, Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive, Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive & Spa, Fiesta Americana Villas Cancun, Fiesta Americana Villas Acapulco, The Explorean Cozumel and The Explorean Kohunlich.

WHAT: Special tax season promotional rates at select Fiesta Americana resorts

WHERE: La Colección Resorts throughout Mexico

WHEN: Through April 7, 2018

DETAILS: Enjoy special low rates at La Colección Resorts properties in Mexico’s most desired destinations, including rates as low as $96 per night at Fiesta Americana Villas Acapulco. Depending on the amount of room nights booked and type of room reserved, participants are eligible to win a $1,000 resort credit to be applied towards spa treatments, fine dining, premium wines and more.

INFO:  www.lacoleccionresorts.com/specialoffers

Spring Forward with Special Savings at Stanton South Beach


Stanton South Beach is one of the only hotels along Ocean Drive with direct beach access. The hotel is located in the desirable South of Fifth district of Miami Beach, and edged by a lush green park. Guests get the best of both worlds being in the exclusive SoFi neighborhood, with less-crowded beaches, while also just steps from all the city action with top nightclubs, bars, restaurants, and boutiques within walking distance.

Following an extensive renovation, the 224-room Stanton has also added two new restaurants, Lolo’s Surf Cantina by Chef & Partner Richard Ampudia, and Michelin Star concept, Azabu Miami Beach, as well as a spa and fitness center.

WHAT: Special room rates with savings up to 15 percent

WHERE: Marriott Stanton South Beach, Miami Beach

WHEN: For stays before June 30, 2018

DETAILS: Save up to 15 percent off regular rates on bookings for seven or more consecutive nights. Rates start at $301 per night. Special rates are valid for travel through June 30, 2018. Blackout dates apply. Book using code LTS

INFO: www.stantonsobe.com


Lido Key

Book in Advance and Save at Lido Beach Resort


Situated on a 300-foot stretch of white sand beach on the Gulf of Mexico, the newly renovated Lido Beach Resort is the only upscale resort in Lido Key, one of the barrier islands off the Gulf coast of Sarasota.

Following a complete overhaul of all 223 rooms and suites, the resort’s accommodations have been totally transformed, and expertly designed to feel like a chic beach house. With two pools, three restaurants, and direct beach access, the Lido Beach Resort gem is ideal for travelers seeking a simple, laid-back beach vacation.

WHAT: Special savings when booking a week in advance

WHERE: Lido Beach Resort, Lido Key, Florida

DETAILS: Save up to 20 percent off the published leisure rate when you book seven days in advance of your stay. Rates start at $347 per night. Blackout dates may apply. To book use code ADVPUR.

INFO: www.lidobeachresort.com

Gainesville Florida AC Hotel

Grand Opening Specials at AC Hotel Gainesville


The city of Gainesville’s trendiest new hotel, the AC Hotel Gainesville Downtown, will have a grand opening on April 12. With chic European-inspired rooms, a rooftop pool and lively bar, the hotel is already changing the tourism landscape of the quintessential college town. The 144-room hotel is just steps from the University of Florida. Amenities include sleek European- inspired rooms, a glass-enclosed fitness center and a chic rooftop lounge complete with a pool, sleek lounge chairs, a fire pit, and big screen TV.

WHAT: Special grand opening rates and resort credits

WHERE: AC Hotel, Gainesville, Florida

WHEN: For bookings and stays through July 31, 2018

DETAILS: Promotion provides from up to 20 percent off rates starting at $135/night, plus a $25 food and beverage credit, which can be used at the AC Bar. The offer is based on availability and can be redeemed by entering code: NEW.

INFO: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/gnvac-ac-hotel- gainesville-downtown

Playa Del Carmen Thompson Pool

Good Times and Tan Lines Special in Playa del Carmen


Located in the heart of Playa del Carmen’s famous La Quinta Avenida shopping and nightlife district, the Thompson Playa del Carmen is a sophisticated, upscale property that blends urban and beach lifestyles. The hotel’s 30,000-square-foot rooftop deck is home to two premier restaurants and a large infinity pool with swim-up bar and panoramic ocean views. Guests can sip signature cocktails at CATCH and Cinco under the sun and relax listening to the DJ-spun tropical house music, or privately in a plush cabana or daybed. The Good Times + Tan Lines is a spring break package for lovers of luxury, leisure, and nightlife.

WHAT: Special pricing on spring break packages

WHERE: Thompson Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Mexico

WHEN: Through April 30, 2018

DETAILS: Package includes: luxury accommodations for 3 nights or more; one day exclusive use of poolside cabana with a chilled bottle of rose; a $250 food and beverage credit for use in cabana; two 60-minute massages per stay; morning coffee and juice delivered to your room; daily breakfast for two. Additional perks include: Mezcal + Meditation at the Beach House, nightly mezcal and tequila tastings at Beach House bar; sunset and sunrise yoga; weekend rooftop pool parties. Package based on minimum three- night stay, double occupancy, for travel before April 30.

INFO: www.thompsonhotels.com


Key West Parrot Key Resort

Florida Easter Specials


Spring Break in Florida isn’t just a college thing. Each year, couples and families also make the annual pilgrimage to the Sunshine state to shake off winter, and they often plan their travel around the Easter week holidays. For anyone who is looking for bunnies and eggs rather than keggers and poolside dance parties, here are five resorts that celebrate Easter with special events and incentives.

Parrot Key Resort

Key West’s premier waterfront hotel and villa resort offers a basket full of special Easter weekend activities, that includes special water sports and dining packages, along with savings on room rates for those who can make it a long weekend. The fun begins on Saturday with the Migration Mania & Great Egg Hunt at the Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden. Easter Saturday kicks off with the Earth Day 5k Run/Walk, followed by brunch at Cafe Blue. With the Stay Longer Save more package, guests who can extend their weekend by staying three nights or more can save up to 35 percent on room rates. https://www.parrotkeyresort.com/deals/staymore

Parrot Key Resort

Parrot Key Resort sits on the Key West waterfront, just minutes from the airport, and a short hop to marinas and the downtown shops, restaurants and attractions of Duval Street. Photo: Parrot Key

Fontainebleau Miami Beach

At this landmark Miami Beach hotel, families can make Easter memorable with a day filled with sweet treats, crafts and interactive activities. The day begins with an Easter brunch that’s given a contemporary twist by the chefs at Vida. At noon, the hotel’s traditional Easter egg hunt takes place, followed by an afternoon of activities that includes crafts such as making a personal stuffed bunny. A live DJ performance sets the tone with interactive games and activities like a hula-hoop contest, limbo showdown, and an “egg”-citing relay race. www.fontainebleau.com/easter

Fountainebleau Miami Beach

For more than 60 years, the Fontainebleau hotel has remained one of Miami Beach’s most recognized resorts. Recent renovations add a new luster and appeal to this landmark property. Photo: Wayne Camlin/Flickr

Sirata Beach Resort

On Easter Sunday, this St. Petersburg Beach Resort will stage a day of family- friendly activities that will include an Easter Bunny photo shoot, egg hunt and live musical performances, all taking place around the resort’s south pool. Guests can also enjoy a special Easter buffet in the Majestic Ballroom; the Easter buffet will feature seven different food stations. By booking at least a week in advance, guests can save up to $50 on the hotel’s unrestricted rate. www.sirata.com/specials-packages/advance-purchase- save/

Sirata Beach Resort St. Pete Beach

Sirata Beach Resort is located on a narrow barrier island on the southern end of St. Petersburg Beach, with water views on both the Gulf of Mexico and the Boca Ciega Bay Aquatic Preserve. Photo: Tim Boyles/Flickr

Omni Amelia Island Plantation

Easter is a special time at this premier North Florida beach and golf resort. On Saturday morning, parents and children gather at Magnolia Garden for the annual Easter egg hunt. There are more than 4,000 eggs up for grabs, including a golden egg filled with special prizes. On Easter morning, the Easter Bunny will make room deliveries of special Easter bags filled with candy and prizes. The whole family can enjoy the Sunrise Café which will host a special Easter brunch from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Adults are not left out of the treats, as the Omni golf shop will offer 20 percent off on retail items, and host a special Easter Egg Hunt Golf Clinic. www.omnihotels.com/AmeliaIsland

Omni Amelia Island

The Omni Amelia Island Plantation is located on historic and scenic Amelia Island, 350 miles north of Miami, and hours easier to reach for travelers driving from northeastern states. Photo: Omni

Ritz-Carlton Resort of Naples

Easter is about good food and family time at the Ritz-Carlton. On Sunday, the Ritz-Carlton, Naples will serve its annual grand Easter Ballroom buffet. Special Sunday seating for the Lemonía Easter buffet are also offered at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. In honor of the holiday, the resort will also host a special children’s Wonderland Tea. Inspired by Alice in Wonderland the tea will feature Alice, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts as well as whimsical confections. Accompanying adults may enjoy traditional afternoon tea service with a selection of tea sandwiches, scones and pastries. The festive tea concludes with a story read by Alice. http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/naples/

Ritz Naples

Ritz-Carlton Naples is a five-star luxury resort set on the Gulf of Mexico. Rooms at the resort overlook a swath of lush tropical landscaping that leads to a white-sand beach. Photo: Kay Peter Foeh/Flickr

The Landings St Lucia

Act fast to save up to 50% at The Landings, St. Lucia


The Landings Resort & Spa is an ultra-luxe enclave set on the shores of St. Lucia’s Rodney Bay. Guests have prime access to the island’s best white sand beach and a private marina, and are provided with butler service, complimentary water sports, a 7,000 square foot-spa, and a kids’ club. The nearby community of Rodney Bay is a hub for shopping and dining. There are plenty activities at Pigeon Island National Park.

WHAT: Special rates on villa-style accommodations

WHERE: The Landings Resort & Spa, St. Lucia

WHEN: Stays between April 15 and October 13, 2018

DETAILS: Half price savings apply to one, two and three-bedroom villas, including accommodations with private plunge pools. Reservations must be booked before February 28 to receive promotional savings on room rates, which start at $558 per night.



Barbados Treasure Beach

Elegant Hotels’ Spur-of-the-Moment Specials


The Elegant Hotel group manages a number of the best resorts on the island of Barbados. As a special reward for travelers who are ready to book a late winter or early spring vacation, they are offering special savings of up to 65 percent at several of their premier properties. And just so you know, by right now we mean you will need to book by February 28 for travel between March 1 and April 17, 2018.

Treasure Beach

Small, quiet and personal. These are the special qualities that draw discerning travelers to this 35-room, adult’s only retreat, which sits on a white sand beach on the island’s calm western shore. The resort is dedicated to both the epicurean and the visual arts. Guests dine on locally inspired cuisine at Tapestry Restaurant, sample fine wines with the on-property sommelier, and participate in the Treasure Beach Art Crawl, which is a curated gallery tour that showcases masterpieces created by local Bajan artists. The property also invites guests to explore their creative sides with complimentary easels, paints and meditation mandala classes. For the more active minded, there are unlimited water sports, while those seeking relaxation can savor a craft cocktail served at the Batik Bar, or take in striking island views from plunge pools on private balconies. To book, visit eleganthotels.com/treasure-beach. Rates start at $328/night.

Barbados Treasure Beach

Treasure Beach provides a low-key and relaxing atmosphere for adults who share an appreciation for fine dining, premium wines and a range of cultural and artistic activities. Photo: Treasure Beach

Colony Club

Genteel plantation style meets tropical lagoon at this upscale Barbados enclave. The Colony Club pampers guests in opulent style, with spacious, classically decorated rooms that feature vaulted wooden ceilings, canopied beds, and unexpected touches like in-room yoga mats and offerings of signature Bajan rum punch. Second floor balconies include private steps that lead to the landscaped oasis of the hotel’s lagoon style pools, where cascading flows and stonework details evoke a tropical waterfall. Families are welcome, and explorers of all ages can swim and snorkel with the native hawksbills that swim close to the beach. For a hands-on fishing experience, the Bait to Plate excursion takes guests out to sea to hook their dinner, and then head back to land to watch the head chef prepare the day’s catch. To book, visit eleganthotels.com/colony-club. Rates start at $364/night.

Barbados Colony Club

The ambiance and décor at the Colony Club is island Colonial, but the lushly landscaped pool makes guests feel as if they have been transported to a hidden lagoon. Photo: Colony Club


If you are traveling with teenagers who are sure all family vacations are “lame,” take them to Tamarind. Between the beach, three pools, fitness center, teen lounge and special programs like the teens-only spa days and water sports workshops, they won’t have to do anything lame like hanging out with their younger siblings, or being seen with mom and dad. And it’s not just about them, because everyone in the family will find something to their liking, from water trampolines and standup paddle boards, to Bajan cooking classes with a top chef, or snorkeling with sea turtles. To book, visit eleganthotels.com/tamarind. Rates start at $299/night.

Barbados Tamarind

Rooms at the Tamarind resort feature a modern, stylish décor with amenities such as flat-screen televisions and in-room docking stations for personal electronic devices. Photo: Tamarind

Cancun Grand Residence

Grand Savings at The Grand Residences Riviera Cancun


Located in the heart of the Riviera Maya coast, just 10 minutes from the quiet fishing village of Puerto Morelos, the Grand Residences Riviera Cancun is an all-suite beachfront retreat that delivers unrivaled services and luxurious amenities, including handmade furniture, fine linens, state of the art appliances, Jacuzzi tubs and large outdoor terraces. The Bed & Breakfast allows travelers to experience the best of the Riviera Maya with substantial savings on stays through the year.

WHAT: Bed & Breakfast Getaway special

WHERE: Grand Residences Riviera Cancun, Mexico

WHEN: Book by March 5, 2018 for stays through Jan. 31, 2019

DETAILS: Package is based on a three-night, four-day stay. Includes gourmet breakfast at onsite restaurants throughout stay, and round-trip private ground transportation to and from the Cancun International Airport. Must be booked by March 5, 2018 for stays at the resort from now through Jan. 31, 2019, based on availability, and blackout dates apply. Nightly rates start at $324 per couple.