This week’s best travel bargains

October 12, 2012
What’s the Deal?

This week’s best travel bargains around the globe.

Land

Get a free fourth night and a $100 resort credit at the Reefs, a resort on Bermuda’s south shore. Rates vary by season and accommodation type. For example, in December, a four-night stay in a poolside room, including breakfasts and taxes, is $1,168 per couple after the discount, a savings of $388. Info: 800-742-2008, The Reefs.

Loews Hotels and Resorts is taking 20 percent off three-night weekend stays at most of its properties. The exceptions: Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort and the Hard Rock Hotel, all in Orlando. To qualify for the deal, arrive any Thursday through Saturday through Dec. 31. For example, with the Long Weekends promotion, three nights at the Loews Denver Hotel in early November starts at $355, with taxes. Without the discount, the trio of nights would cost $443. At the Loews Hollywood, a new property in Los Angeles, three nights starts at $744, down from $927. Info: 800-235-6397, Loews Hotels

To celebrate its Oct. 6 reopening after a partial renovation, the Montpelier Plantation & Beach, a boutique hotel on the Caribbean island of Nevis, is offering a $500 resort credit. To receive the credit at the 19-room Relais & Chateaux property, you must book by Jan. 1 and stay at least five nights. Nightly rate starts at $552 double, including daily breakfast, afternoon tea and taxes. Credit is valid at such dining venues as Restaurant 750, Mill Privee and Indigo, as well as for resort amenities, including the spa. Blackout dates apply. Info: 869-469-3462, Montpelier Nevis

Sea

Costa Cruises is offering discounted fares on select Mediterranean cruises departing in October and November. Prices vary by itinerary and cabin. For example, a seven-night Mediterranean Fascination itinerary aboard the 3,780-passenger Costa Serena sailing round-trip from Savona, Italy, now starts at $299 per person (plus $38 taxes) for the Nov. 18 departure. Brochure rate was $1,280. No booking deadline, but rates are based on availability. Info: 800-462-6782, Costa Cruises.


Tourists look at the Taj Mahal in Agra, India. (AFP/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Air

Air New Zealand is offering sale fares to the South Pacific’s Cook Islands. The nonstop fare from Los Angeles to Rarotonga is $983 round trip, including taxes, for travel March 31 through June 30; fare typically starts at $1,256. Add-on airfare from Washington Dulles is also available. Total round-trip fare from Washington starts at $1,416; fare is typically about $1,670. Sale flights depart Los Angeles on Sundays and return on Saturdays. Some dates are sold out. Book by Oct. 17 at Air New Zealand.

Packages

Sceptre Tours has deals on luxury European vacations over the winter, including the holiday season. For example, spend six nights in a two-bedroom Tuscan farmhouse over Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s from $1,300 per person, based on four travelers. Price includes round-trip air from New York to Florence, five-star lodging at Il Borro in the Italian countryside, rental car and all taxes except for local hotel taxes (about $2.60 per person per day). If you prefer Ireland, pay from $788 per person, based on four to six people, for the six-night Adare Villa Vacation in County Limerick. Rate includes round-trip air from New York to Dublin, rental car, three-bedroom villa at the five-star Adare Manor and all taxes. Rates are also available with air from Washington, based on the departure day. For the Adare trip, pay from $958 to fly from Washington Dulles on select dates Jan. 1-Feb. 28. By comparison, in late November, air alone to Dublin costs more than $600 from New York and nearly $800 from Washington, and two nights at the Adare starts at $519. Info: 800-221-0924, Sceptre Tours.

Pacific Delight Tours is offering a $1,000-per-couple discount on its Inspirational India tour. Sale price varies by departure date, starting at $4,699 per persondouble for the Dec. 6 departure. Trip includes round-trip airfare from New York; two domestic flights in India; 10 nights in five-star hotels in six cities; 20 meals; land transportation; daily sightseeing; airport transfers and taxes. Also, save $400 per couple on the shorter seven-night Dreams of the Taj-India Experience tour, which starts at $2,999 per person double after the discount for the Nov. 18 and Dec. 2 departures. Info: 800-221-7179, Pacific Delight Tours.

Carol Sottili, Andrea Sachs

Submit travel deals to whatsthedeal@washpost.com . Please include your phone number and e-mail address. Prices were verified Thursday afternoon when the Travel section went to press, but deals sell out and availability is not guaranteed. Restrictions such as blackout dates and advance purchase may apply.

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