Last-minute, affordable springbreak getaways
It’s not too late to get away this spring. We’ve found five travel deals within $200 a night, from a ranch in Jackson Hole to a beach resort in St. Kitts.
St. Kitts: St. Kitts Marriott Resort
Set right on Frigate Bay Beach, this resort offers plenty of ways to play and to relax. Swim in one of several pools, work out at the fitness center or spinning center, or enjoy the on-site casino. There’s also a championship golf course, as well as water-sports such as snorkeling. Go to the Emerald Mist Spa for a bamboo massage and a papaya pineapple polish, and feel free to bring your kids along as well for a princess manicure. Doubles from $199/night in April.
Florida: One Ocean Resort & Spa, Jacksonville
While the 193 rooms and suites all come with full or partial ocean views with floor-to-ceiling windows, put in a special request: the balcony rooms on the hotel's east side overlook the beach, and rooms on floors 6 to 8 have the best views. You’ll begin to unwind immediately thanks to the butler service that helps with unpacking your bags and so much more. The Spa at One Ocean Resort has more than 40 marine-inspired treatments, such a Seashell Massage and a rubdown designed especially for windsurfers. Head to the nearby Beaches Town Center for shops and art galleries, or go down the coast to historic St Augustine. Doubles from $179/night.
Carmel Valley, Calif.: Quail Lodge & Golf Club
After a $28 million renovation, Carmel Valley’s Quail Lodge reopens its doors on March 26, 2013. In addition to refreshed guest rooms, you can expect a full-service golf course, tennis courts, a swimming pool, and a Land Rover Experience Driving School. There are walking paths, gardens and rolling hills on the 850-acre property, and nearby, you’ll find miles of hiking trails in the Santa Lucia Mountains as well as the gorgeous coastline. "Be the First" package from $125/night (includes breakfast).
Washington, DC: Liaison Capitol Hill
Book a stay at this boutique hotel (within walking distance of the National Mall and Smithsonian) timed to enjoy Washington’s annual cherry blossom festival that begins March 20, 2013. The recently redone Art and Soul restaurant from Chef Art Smith, has a farm-to-table menu and has won accolades from the James Beard Foundation. "Cherry Blossom Getaway" from $189/night (includes commemorative cherry blossom branch, two Metro passes, picnic basket goodies, as well as a fruit and cheese plate, homemade chocolate and cherry cookies from Art and Soul).
Jackson Hole, Wyo.: Spring Creek Ranch
Located in a 1,000-acre wildlife sanctuary and surrounded by the 13,770-foot-high Teton mountain range, Spring Creek Ranch puts guests in the midst of picturesque, rugged landscape—keep your eye out for 100 species of birds, mule deer, eagles, coyote, and elk. Choose among nine rustic-luxe cabins, each with four inn rooms and mountain views, or condo and villas lodging. There’s easy access to sleigh rides, snowmobiling, ice-skating, and of course, skiing. "Ski Free" package from $87.50/person per night (through April 7).
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