5 amazing vacation deals this summer you wouldn’t want to miss.
By Suzanne Rowan Kelleher
Seven Stars Resort in Grace Bay (Seven Stars Resort)
As always happens in June, Caribbean beach resorts are looking ahead to their low season and rolling out some of the best deals of the year. For families with school-age kids, plan for an August getaway at a luxury beach resort and you’ll be wading through offers of deep discounts, “kids eat free” deals and more. (If your kids are still too young for school, push your getaway back after Labor Day. You’ll likely snag even deeper savings and see thinner crowds to boot.) Here are five family-friendly Caribbean resorts offering highly reduced prices this summer and fall.
Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas (Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas)
Where: Paradise Island, the Bahamas
Why: Because this iconic Bahamian mega resort has sweet deal on the table for August and September escapes. Book a four-night getaway including airfare with the Slide Into Summer offer and save $50 to $130 a night compared to July prices plus score $250 in instant airfare savings. Book by June 23 and travel by Sept. 30, 2014.
(MORE: Find more amazing kid-friendly hotels on Paradise Island.)
Round Hill Resort interior (Round Hill Resort interior)
Where: Montego Bay, Jamaica
Why: Because families love this plush-yet-friendly beach resort and its double-edge infinity pool, adult pool and array of water sports (tubing, waterskiing, diving, fishing) as well as tennis, golf, spa and complimentary kid’s club. Book the Summer Escape offer and get your fourth night free plus a $100 credit. Travel through Oct. 31, 2014.
Colony Club Resort
Colony Club Pool Garden, Caribbean (Colony Club Pool Garden)
Where: Folkestone, Barbados
Why: Because this luxe Caribbean beach property wows families with its spacious guestrooms and many kid-centric activities that include an educational marine program, lessons in golf, snorkeling and windsurfing and swim-with-turtles excursions. Book five or more nights with the Summer Savings offer and save up to 30 percent on a July or August getaway and up to 40 percent on a September getaway. Book by July 31 and travel by Sept. 30, 2014.
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El Conquistador Resort (El Conquistador Resort)
Where: Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Why: Because this is, hands down, the most impressive family resort in Puerto Rico, featuring a spectacular waterpark-like pool area and a slew of activities for the whole family, from water sports and golf to horseback riding and a family scavenger hunt. Book a minimum three-night stay with the Family Escape package and receive a $50-per-day resort credit and complimentary breakfast each day, plus kids 12 and under eat free with an accompanying adult. Available through Nov. 1, 2014.
Seven Stars Resort
Where: Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos
Why: Because this very plush resort on stunning Grace Bay in the Turks and Caicos Islands offers roomy one- to four-bedroom suites and many complimentary activities such as tennis, swimming, kayaking, sailing, paddle boarding and bocce ball. For kids, there’s an array of supervised activities including lizard hunting, sandcastle building and beachcombing. Book an oceanfront room with the Last Days of Summer offer and receive up to 30 percent off your getaway. Book by July 31 and travel by Sept. 1, 2014.
Suzanne Rowan Kelleher contributed this to www.MiniTime.com.