Money-saving deals for that dream beach vacation
By Michelle Rae Uy
Grand Lucayan Resort (Courtesy Grand Lucayan)
Get the kids’ beach gear ready, grab that sunscreen and get ready for a memorable family beach vacation. But before you do, make sure to check out these deals – just because it’s prime vacation time, it doesn’t mean you can’t squeeze in some savings. Whether you’re flying to the Caribbean or heading west to the Pacific coast, these beach deals and packages are just what you need to make that sea, sand and surf vacation happen.
$250 credit + kids stay/eat FREE at the Grand Lucayan Resort, Bahamas
What: Your Bahamian family vacation doesn’t have to break the bank! For a start, families booking Grand Lucayan’s Summer Savings offer can take advantage of room rates from $131 a night. This sizzling deal is available until August 15, 2015 for travel through September 1, 2015.
What’s Included: Additionally, if you stay for 4 or more nights, you and your family will receive a $250 resort credit, which you are free to spend on dining and activities at this gorgeous beachside resort. Did we mention that kids also stay and eat FREE? Talk about huge savings! With the resort’s plethora of kid-friendly offerings – Beach Olympics, scavenger hunts, and pool games to name a few – this deal is hard to pass up.
To Book: Book the Summer Savings offer by using promo code RTSUM4 on www.grandlucayan.com.
FREE night + $50 credit at the Grand Cayman Marriott, Grand Cayman
Grand Cayman Marriott (Courtesy Marriott)
What: A family holiday in this Caribbean paradise is easy, carefree and, more importantly, money-saving, with Grand Cayman Marriott’s summer offer that rewards guests with a fourth night FREE as well as resort credit when they book through 2015.
What’s Included: As part of their new Beach House Experience, a laid-back and nostalgic vacation at this idyllic newly-renovated resort is not just welcomed, it’s encouraged! With this deal, you will experience a blissful 4-night stay for the price of 3, plus you’ll receive a $50 resort credit to spend on food and drinks or a relaxing spa experience at Le Mer. During your stay, make sure to catch some rays on Seven Mile Beach, one of the most incredible beaches in the Caribbean.
To Book: Book this beach offer through the resort’s website.
25% off at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, San Diego
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa (Courtesy Omni Hotels)
What: Take a family break at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad and splash your way through summer with this California getaway’s Splash & Stay Package, which rewards guests with over 25% off their stay. Available through December 30, 2015 for stays Tuesday through Saturday.
What’s Included: This summer package includes luxurious accommodations, dinner for two adults at the Blue Fire Grill so parents can enjoy some alone time, two hours at the Kidtopia Kids Club, and breakfast for 2 adults and 2 kids. More perks? A kid’s backpack comes in handy for outings at the pool or to the nearby beach, and self-parking for one car is also complimentary. And if that isn’t enough, the resort fee is waved so you have extra cash to spend on food, drinks and activities.
To Book: Book this package by calling (800) 854-5000 or online through the resort website.
Holiday package at the Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Mexico
Grand Velas Riviera Maya (Courtesy Grand Velas)
What: With its year round warm weather, the Riviera Maya is a wonderful spot to celebrate the holidays with the kids. And now is the perfect time to book your family Christmas and NYE vacation there, especially with Grand Velas Riviera Maya’s luxurious all-inclusive holiday packages, with nightly rates starting at only $638 (based on double occupancy).
What’s Included: The stunning beach resort, located in family-friendly Playa del Carmen, offers guests one of the best all-inclusive accommodations in the Riviera Maya, featuring a 24-hour gourmet suite service, a 24-hour butler concierge service, gourmet cuisine and non-motorized water sports like snorkeling and kayaking. In addition to these, this holiday package includes EBB special rate, basic Internet access and a special $100 rate for kids 4 to 16 years.
To Book: Book by calling 1-877-418-2963 or e-mailing [email protected] For stays from December 20 through December 24, 2015, use package code XMNY15-2. For December 25, 2015 through January 3, 2016 stays, use code XMNY15-2.
6th night FREE + daily breakfast at Turtle Bay Resort, Hawaii
Turtle Bay Resort (Courtesy Turtle Bay)
What: Whether it’s your first time visiting or Hawaii is your family’s go-to vacation destination, the island of Oahu is the place to be if you’re looking for a family vacation with diversity. Make beautiful Turtle Bay, newly renovated and nestled right on the island’s fabled north shore, your exploration base. With the resort’s ongoing package, families receive an extra night FREE when they stay for 5 nights, so they can enjoy a weeklong getaway in paradise for less.
What’s Included: Daily buffet breakfast in the North Shore Kula Grille as well as accommodations in a newly renovated room, suite or cottage is included in the package. Combine that with the resort’s family-friendly amenities that include nightly entertainment, kids’ menu, kiddie pool and slide, free ukulele and hula lessons, complimentary snorkel rentals, complimentary stand-up paddle clinic, and complimentary GoPro use and there will never be a dull moment!
To Book: Visit the Turtle Bay website to book this package.
Michelle Rae Uy contributed this to MiniTime. She is a travel writer based in Los Angeles and MiniTime’s Head of Content, who spends her free time on adventures and film photography.