According to a recent poll on winter travel trends, more than half of the people responded that they planned on hitting the road—or the air—between December and the end of March. After all, ‘tis the season for gift-giving and splurging—as long as you’ve been good and spent the previous 11 months saving money and not wasting it. So, if you’ve been saving, here are a few fantastic destinations to help you ring in the New Year, escape the winter and, of course, take advantage of some great deals.
Going to California
No, not the chilly northern part of the Golden State where the weather is reliably unreliable. Head straight to the sunny, Mediterranean-like Hollywood (there’s a reason why the original movie moguls moved to southern California to build their empire). Stay at the luxe Sheraton Universal Hotel, which recently underwent a $30 million renovation, for only $239 per night. You'll feel like an A-lister. Enjoy the free breakfast and chill out poolside with the would-be starlets; then use the money you saved from the free breakfast and go window-shopping—emphasis on the window part—at nearby Rodeo Drive.
Water, Water Everywhere!
Forget The Old Man and the Sea! The warm, glorious climate of Key West is perfect for romance and an easy weekend getaway. The $920 price tag includes airfare and three nights in the uber-luxe, palm tree-lined, Mediterranean style villa that is the four-star Casa Marina Resort: The Waldorf Astoria Collection. Even Ernest “Papa” Hemingway, who knew a thing or two about the good life, would approve.
Head to gorgeous Trinidad and Tobago and stay at the beautiful Hyatt Regency in Port-of-Spain for only $299 a night; if you reserve your hotel dates by Dec. 31, you’ll get the second night at 50% off! The hotel’s modern, high-luxe design will get you—and him—in the mood for romantic strolls on the nearby white sandy beaches. Make the most of your visit and choose from a variety of special packages—spa treatments, champagne and truffles in your room—and save even more money.
If you want a romantic weekend getaway you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better deal than a stay at Riu Palace Tropical Bay this winter. For $1,633 you and your beau can enjoy a luxe, all-inclusive—all meals, drinks, even free equipment like tennis rackets and windsurfing gear)—Caribbean vacation. Oh, and the aforementioned price tag includes airfare. Not bad, right?
Can You Say Hot?
Stay at the Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix—rooms start at $179 for two—and stay warm in the dry desert air. When you're not gazing at the gorgeous architecture, get cozy with a glass a wine and your guy by one of the outdoor fires at night on the patio. And be sure to take advantage of their Holiday Miracle Treatment packages at their world-class spa, which offers a 50-minute Oxygen Infusion Facial and an Herbal Stone Massage, among other soothing, wintertime treats.