By Paula Conway
Originally posted on NYDailyNews.com
BARBADOS, WITH PERKS
Discover the rich culture and unforgettable cuisine of Barbados — and get some free spending money, too.
Steal: Book trips now through March 31 for travel May 1 through Dec. 19 and receive free spending money, based on the length of stay, for use at participating attractions and restaurants while in Barbados. With a minimum stay of five nights, guests will receive $150 per person. On stays of seven nights or longer, guests will receive $200 per person, based on a maximum of two people per room.
Experience: Attractions include taking a tour of the Mount Gay Rum Distillery, which lasts about 45 minutes and includes a rum tasting. Also there’s Harrison’s Cave, which includes a ride by tram, with waterfalls and pools and points where you can disembark to enjoy the scene’s natural beauty. There are many dive tour operators for various levels of experience, catamaran cruises, and ziplining tours. Atlantis Submarine Tours offers an unusual below-sea-level look at marine life.
Book it! On the Web at VisitBarbados.org/islandinclusive and use booking code BII2014 or phone (800) 496-8003.
SWEET, SUITE DAYS
Embrace the spring weather on the sunny shores of Miami at The Setai, Miami Beach.
Deal: The “Spring Suite Experience” includes a two-night stay in a tower suite, one round-trip private airport transfer from Miami and Fort Lauderdale airports, daily breakfast buffet in The Restaurant and one soothing 60-minute spa treatment en-suite or in The Spa at The Setai. Starting at $1,950 per night, the deal is available for bookings now until April 14 for a two-night stay.
Experience: The tower multibedroom retreats have dedicated arrival areas, concierge and valet teams, three pools, a private beach area, distinctive dining and a spa. If the white sand beach is not enough, walk the South Beach Art Deco neighborhoods and take in the more than 800 preserved period buildings from the 1920s and ’30s. Pop into the shops and cafes along Lincoln Road — or head to nearby Coral Gables and Coconut Grove for more fabulous shopping and dining.
Book it! Online at thesetaihotel.com or by calling (305) 520-6110.
Explore Curacao with island-wide savings. Sixteen tour operators across the Southern Caribbean island of Curacao have unbeatable savings for every facet of the vacation experience. That includes island tours, attractions, dive excursions and car rental discounts.
Deal: Download a “Dare to Explore” voucher at curacao.com/explore for exclusive discounts at the Curacao Dolphin Academy, Curacao Ostrich and Game Farm, Dinah Veeris Botanic and Historic Gardens, Miss Ann Boat Trips and WannaGo Outdoors, as well as with various car rental agencies. Deals are available now to June 1 and are subject to room availability and restrictions. Hotel deals must be purchased through selected online partners.
Experience: This popular honeymoon hot-spot is one of the Caribbean’s hidden gems. Off the coast of Venezuela, the area bursts with beautiful terrain and a captivating mix of cultures. Although a paradise well known for world-class diving, the rugged landscape makes this an equally ideal landscape for hiking and biking.
Book it: To explore all of the available offers, attractions and hotels, and for details on booking, visit www.curacao.com/explore.
Ladies, grab your girlfriends for a pre summer escape to Morey’s Piers in Wildwood, N.J.
Deal: The “Wild Women Weekends” package includes: a two-night accommodation at the ocean-front Pan American hotel with daily breakfast; tours of both the Cape May Winery and Vineyard and Hawk Haven Vineyard and Winery, with transportation, tastings, and snacks at each; one sunrise Vinyasa yoga class on the beach; complimentary bike rental (one 1 1/2-hour rental per person); and two-day ride passes to Morey’s Piers. This offer is available for dates of May 2-4 and May 16-18. Rates start at $199 per person based on double occupancy, $135 per person for rooms of three or four people.
Experience: Enjoy shopping along Washington St . in nearby Cape May, parasailing over the Atlantic Ocean (May 17 and 18 only), dining at one of the many restaurants in the Wildwood and Cape May area, and exploring the rides and boardwalks at Morey’s Piers.
Book it! Online at hotels.moreyspiers.com/panamericanhotel/promotions or by calling 609-522-6936.