October 18, 2011 |
Disney's plush Aulani resort and spa near Honolulu has been open since August, but grand opening discounts keep on coming. The latest is a fifth night free for limited dates at the pricey resort on 21 oceanfront acres. The deal: Stay four consecutive nights and the fifth night is free. The standard-view room at the resort is the least expensive; it sleeps up to four and has a private porch or balcony. There's much to do at this resort, particularly with kids: a snorkeling area, pools, tubing stream and stingray encounter led by marine biologists.
October 10, 2011 |
Yes, this is Las Vegas too. The woodsy Resort at Mount Charleston , about 30 minutes from the Strip, offers fall hiking and Halloween events for families seeking to escape the usual haunts. Tickets for a Halloween party Saturday and fall festival Sunday come with the room that sleeps four for $144 a night. The deal: This resort in Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest feels worlds away from the casino crowd. The package includes two children's tickets for the Halloween party (no charge for adults)
July 27, 2011 |
The Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa has a midweek deal good for a late summer stay in Northern California's wine country . From now through August, snag a package that includes a suite, $50 daily credit and two wine tastings for $199 a night. -- The deal: The "Suite" Napa Summertime Special applies to midweek stays in a small suite starting at $199 plus tax. And you can use the $50 daily credit toward a round of golf, breakfast or other eats, spa services and more. Wine-tasting passes for two are issued when you check in, so you won't know in advance which vineyards you may be visiting.
June 24, 2011 |
Loews Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nev., is teaching kids how to mix fun with the art of sushi in a series of classes dubbed SushiSKool on the first Saturday of each month. The next one is July 2. Chef Osamu Fujita, a third-generation sushi chef, guides grade-schoolers through teens through the basics of ordering, using chopsticks and sushi etiquette. Participants sample items such as as gari (pickled ginger) and wasabi (Japanese horseradish) while making sushi and sipping ocha (green tea)
December 22, 2011 |
The Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa sounds religious but it's not. The upscale resort near Cape Town, South Africa, derives its name from the nearby mountain range. The mountains stand on one side of the resort; the Atlantic Ocean on the other. Guests can watch whales and dolphins in the ocean and hike the surrounding wilderness trails of Table Mountain National Park. The deal: Cape Town Chic is a well-priced package from Lion World Tours that includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles, a day in Cape Town on your own and four nights at the Twelve Apostles to enjoy the setting and the spa. Spend a little more and you can add on sightseeing excursions.
July 28, 2011 |
Grand Del Mar resort in San Diego is marking the opening of the Del Mar horse-racing season with a package that includes tickets, racing forms and even two mint juleps. The deal is pricey -- it starts at $475 a night -- but it saves a bit if you're up for a splurge and love the ponies. -- The deal: The Del Mar racetrack , which dates to 1937, opened last week for its 2011 season. The Day at the Races package includes two Stretch Run reserved seats at the racetrack (worth $10)