By Paula Conway
Originally posted on NYDailyNews.com
WINTER SPORTS WINNER
Celebrate National Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month at Mountain Creek in Vernon, N.J. It’s the closest major ski resort to New York City — and now there’s a “Bring a Friend” promotion.
Steal: Weekdays through Jan. 31, buy one “Learn-to-Ski” or “Snowboard Package” at $99 and get one free. This includes: a limited terrain lift ticket, rental equipment, helmet, and a one-and-a-half hour group lesson for you and your friend (holidays not included).
Experience: Every day through Feb. 28, grab the “3X Guarantee.” This means three anytime beginner lift tickets, three helmet and equipment rentals, and three 90-minute group lessons for $129.99. Mountain Creek guarantees that students will be embracing their inner Olympic athlete and making turns unassisted in just three visits — or Mountain Creek will keep teaching you for free.
Book it! Online at winter.mountaincreek.com/tickets/tickets-deals/learn-to-ski-or-snowboard-month/ or by calling (973) 827-2000.
BEAUTY IN BORA BORA
Discover the wildlife, fresh cuisine and stunning scenery of Bora Bora in French Polynesia.
Deal: The “Romantic Getaway” island experience includes five nights at the St. Regis Bora Bora, with rates starting at $4,125 per person. Also in the deal: internal round trip airport transfers, coach class air by Air Tahiti, one night at the InterContinential Papeete Tahiti, five nights at the St. Regis Bora Bora and a shark-watching tour. There’s breakfast for two daily and one three-course dinner for two. There’s even a guaranteed upgrade from the overwater bungalow to a superior overwater villa at the St. Regis Bora Bora. This offer is valid for bookings by Jan. 31 and travel before March 31.
Experience: Just one hour by plane from Tahiti, Bora Bora is a pristine tropical paradise with snow white sand beaches, clear waters and the creamiest butter (yes, butter) you will ever taste anywhere on the planet. The scenery is lush and tropical, blooming with hibiscus and strings of lagoons hiding the most elegant black pearls in the world.
Book it! Online at swaintours.com or by calling 1-800-227-9246
LESS SNOW, MORE SUN
Spend a whole lot less for much more fun at the Ft. Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa.
Deal: Book by Feb. 28 and save 20% off lowest available rates. Rates currently start at $299 per night. The offer is valid for stays now through March 31.
Experience: This sprawling beachfront property lays claim to the area’s largest private beach and is just minutes from many of South Florida’s hotspots. Nearby Las Olas Boulevard has 17 blocks of cafes, shopping and art galleries. Get a great view of the area with a riverfront cruise, which departs from the Las Olas Riverfront Marketplace nearby.
Book it: Visit harborbeachmarriott.com and enter promo code D3Q.
TIME FOR A SUITE ESCAPE
Enjoy world-class golf and save on a beachfront suite at the five-star CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa in Anguilla.
Deal: Book the “Suite Escapes” package and stay four nights in a beachfront suite — and get the fifth night free. This deal includes: complimentary breakfast, airport or ferry greeting and WiFi. Rates start at $875 per night.
Experience: All beachfront suites come with a private terrace overlooking views of neighboring St. Maarten. Guests love the Greg Norman golf course, state-of-the-art spa and pristine beaches. The resort is also home to the Caribbean’s first hydroponic farm and the island’s first Japanese restaurant, Tokyo Bay.
Book it: Online at cuisinartresort.com and select the “Suite Escapes” promotion. The offer’s valid through Dec. 20.