8 Budget-Friendly Tropical Vacations to Book in 2018
Escape icy winter temperatures in these tempting hot spots.
Flee icy winter conditions without breaking the bank on a tropical getaway. (Getty Images)
Longing to beat the winter blues with a warm-weather getaway? If you're tired of drab and dreary conditions and you want to trade snow blowers and ice scrappers for sunshine and swimsuits, there are plenty of arresting tropical hot spots that won't burst your budget. Here are enticing wallet-friendly tropical retreats for when you want to trade snow and ice for surf and sand.
Ka'anapali Beach Hotel
Luaus, hula dancing and mouthwatering meals lure travelers to Maui. With the Ka'anapali Beach Hotel's Sunny Side Up Package, you can book an ocean-facing room for four nights, a daily compact rental car for four days and dinner for two, among other perks, for a fixed price of $1,314 through Mar. 31. Bask in the warm sun on Ka'anapali Beach or treat yourself to the hotel's Sunday Champagne brunch. For more adventure, hit the links at one of the island's golf courses, drive along the legendary Road to Hana or visit Iao Valley State Park.
San Ignacio Resort Hotel
San Ignacio, Belize
Through Feb. 6, you can take advantage of a 25 percent discount off your stay at San Ignacio Resort Hotel. The resort is ideally located within a 17-acre private estate in San Ignacio and boasts a lush tropical setting on a hillside along the Macal Rivers. During your visit, you can tour ancient Maya sites, go tubing in vast underground river systems, zip line through the tropical jungle and horseback ride through Mount Pine Ridge. Use the promo code "winterscape" to take advantage of the limited-time offer.
The Shore Club
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Travelers looking for a warm getaway can save on their luxury vacation at this high-end resort, which opened in January 2017 as the first and only resort on Long Bay Beach. With the property's Stay 7 Nights, Pay 5 Nights package, available through April 6, it's easy to organize a budget-friendly trip. The resort boasts opulent villas, a spa and a range of water activities. Situated on the southern coast of Providenciales, the resort offers an ideal retreat for weary winter visitors looking to thaw out on a pristine stretch of sand. When you're not soaking up the sand or getting pampered at the Dune Spa, grab a signature cocktail at the Rope Bar or enjoy a memorable meal at one of three dining venues.
Park Hyatt St. Kitts
A recently opened luxury beachfront resort, Park Hyatt St. Kitts is offering a fourth night free promotion, along with a $300 airfare credit for direct flights from major hubs in Atlanta, New York and Miami in a limited-time offer through March. Guests can take advantage of the first Miraval Spa to open in the Caribbean, sea-to-plate dining and tasting menus at three signature restaurants, along with a dizzying array of beachside activities. Adventurous pursuits can include zip lining, parasailing, fishing, horseback riding and volcano hiking, among other pastimes.
Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla
Playa del Carmen, Mexico
Visit this opulent adults-only resort to take advantage of an enticing deal this winter. Guests can receive their sixth night free by booking six or more nights; with the promotion, they can also take advantage of a treatment at the YHI Spa, early check-in or late checkout and discounts on room upgrades, among other benefits. Catch up on some R & R and lounge along the beach or enjoy activities such as golf, volleyball, Pilates and wine tastings during your stay at Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla.
The Azores, Portugal
A cluster of nine islands off Portugal's coast, the Azores archipelago offers an adventure-packed getaway. Tour operator AzoresGetaways.com curates customized packages showcasing the islands' stunning vistas and little-known local hot spots. Budget travelers can enjoy a weeklong trip to the Azores with airfare, hotels and select meals and experiences for under $600. For example, the Azores Farm Experience on Terciera Island starts at $599 for seven nights and includes rural accommodations at a farmhouse inn, round-trip flights and a tour of the Queijo Vaquinha artisanal cheese factory.
Holiday Inn Resort Montego Bay
Montego Bay, Jamaica
There's no better time than the drab days of winter to take the kids to the Caribbean for a relaxing and stress-free vacation. Stay four nights during January or February and kids can stay and eat for free. Even better, this beachfront property offers access to a sandy beach that's perfect for soaking up rays. While the kids hang out at the on-site kids club, parents can treat themselves to replenishing treatments at the Sol Mer Spa and Salon or wade up to the adults-only swim up bar. In addition to a bevy of water activities, the property has six all-inclusive restaurants to choose from, making the hassle-free resort a no-brainer.
Antigua's Curtain Bluff is an all-inclusive resort in a secluded setting along the island's southern coast. Sun-seekers will want to explore Curtain Bluff's two distinctive beaches and enjoy active adventures, such as diving, waterskiing, snorkeling and sailing. With the resort's March Madness Package promotion through Feb. 28, visitors can take advantage of 20 percent off stays through March. The package includes all gourmet meals and drinks, access to motorized watersports equipment and snorkeling excursions, among other perks.
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