Travel deals for the holiday season
By Sonia Esther Soltani
Resort at Longboat Key Club (Resort at Longboat Key Club)
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The holiday season with its deliciously decadent puddings, sweet hot cocoa drinks, and some truly indulgent meals is not always compatible with keeping fit — after all between watching It’s a Wonderful Life and the latest children’s blockbuster smugly tuck on the sofa and go out and exercise, most of us know what the favored option is. Here are some resorts offering an attractive setting for the holiday season, combined with fantastic fitness facilities to make sure you and the kids start the new year in top shape.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach (Flickr: Rain0975)
Holiday Sands South Properties is one of the resorts featured on this great Travelzoo deal offering 10% off a two-night stay and 20% for five-night stays and over. If you want to be a few minutes away from sailboat and jet ski rentals, a golf course and mini golf, and a spectacular Atlantic beach, this is the place. The family-friendly properties are also home to indoor and outdoor pools, exercise room, and a lazy river — all perfect ways to burn out the winter treats calories. The offer is valid through December 31, 2014.
The Resort at Longboat Key Club, Florida
Whether it’s spending time at the children’s camp, pool, golf course or tennis court, sport enthusiasts will love this Preferred Family collection resort. Spreading across 410 acres of lawns and beachfront by the Gulf of Mexico, the Sarasota resort is a AAA Four Diamond property featuring miles of sandy beaches, bedroom suites ideal for families, and a marina-side golf course. The Opal Family Package enables you to choose your accommodation and receive a $75 resort credit per day — plus kids under 12 get a free breakfast.
Swissôtel Chicago, Illinois
Swissôtel Chicago (Swissôtel Chicago)
Enjoy sweeping views of Chicago’s most spectacular landscapes — including the Chicago River and Lake Michigan — when exercising at Swissôtel Chicago’s Penthouse Fitness Center. Located on the 42nd floor, the center has a wide range of sporty options such as state of the art cardio equipment, a 45-foot pool, and a spa offering fabulous treatments. Other activities available to families range from walking along The Magnificent Mile and Navy Pier or ice skate in Millenium Park. Thanks to the Seasonal Saver offer families can enjoy a 15% discount with rates starting from $149 per night, through March 31, 2015.
Terranea, Los Angeles, California
Terranea Resort (Terranea)
Located in the vicinity of Southern California’s top attractions including Disneyland and Santa Monica, Terranea offers a wide range of Aqua-Terra Adventures such as paddleboarding, snorkeling, kayaking and tide pooling. Families can also join guided bike rides, ocean-side hikes and horseback rides. The resort hosts a Tide Pool Kids Club New Year’s Eve Celebration and parents can enrol in the Holiday Survival Series to get fit with a personal trainer. With the Ultimate Family Getaway, guests receive 15% off on accommodations when booking for three nights, 20% discount for five-night stays (with a $100 resort credit), and 30% off for seven nights and more (with a $250 resort credit). The offer is valid for visits through March 1, 2015. When booking, use promotional codes TRAD15, TRAD20 or TRAD30.
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Finger Lakes, NY (Photo: New Saetiew / Getty Image)
Outdoor adventures and beautiful and less crowded skiing pistes are what awaits families staying in the Finger Lakes region. Key highlights include free lift tickets for kids, winter festivals, and gastronomic venues. Families can also enjoy a third night free when booking two nights at one of the local hotels or B&Bs participating in the Christmas On Us offer — one night must be Christmas. Contact the property you want to stay at, mentioning “Christmas On Us” offer.
Sonia Esther Soltani contributed this to MiniTime.