6 spring break deals
From cliff-top cottages in Jamaica to a jungle suite in Costa Rica
Want to do some spring skiing without spending hours online ferreting out descent lodging? Try Whistler Blackcomb’s official site: its last-minute hotel deals match dates (up to two weeks in advance) with affiliated hotels. You see the price and a description of what you’ll get, but not the hotel’s name until you book. Given the number properties that make up the resort, this sight-unseen purchase may come without much risk. whistlerblackcomb.com.
Tensing Pen has a cluster of cliff-top cottages on a private cove on Negril’s quieter west-end side. Until March 31, a cottage that’s US$260 is US$208 or 20 percent off (mention Last Minute March when booking). The online-only Be Happy Promo gets you a fourth free night if you book by March 31 and stay between April 1 and June 30. Enter code BE HAPPY PROMO. tensingpen.com. Read more at doctorsreview.com/features/jamaica-hot-properties.
Don’t give up on Maui because of high hotel prices. Check out TripAdvisor’s top-rated B&Bs: Hale Huanani Bed and Breakfast (halehuananibandb.com) and Maui Ocean Breezes (mauivacationhideaway.com). Prices start at US$105 and US$155, respectively.
The 146-room Nativo Lodge is a good base to explore Albuquerque and nearby attractions like Balloon Fiesta Park and the Sandia Mountains. Plus, Santa Fe is an hour’s drive north. US$79-119, which includes a historic walking tour (depending on the season) and a discount card for 15 percent off shops, galleries and restos in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. nativolodge.com.
Entre Dos Aguas in Sámara has seven rooms and a treetop suite in a jungle setting, just off a main road. Some things are shared: outdoor kitchenette, pool, bar, boogie boards and books. Others not: stone and mosaic showers, spacious colourful rooms. The calm Playa Sámara is a three-block walk along the main road. US$41-92. hoteldosaguas.com.
The 34-square-kilometre island of Carriacou (population 4595) is known for its quiet beaches and coral reefs. Green Roof Inn’s six rooms and two sea-facing cottages are fully equipped, but affordable. Rooms start at US$95 doubles (US$70 singles), cottages US$130. Breakfast included. greenroofinn.com.
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