Published on February 27th, 2014 | by Mark Chesnut
TRAVEL DEALS: Surfing with Hyatt & Andaz, Credits & Packages from Riu & Westin
This week’s best Latin America travel deals and discounts include a variety of experiences. Single parents can get especially good rates from Palladium Hotels & Resorts, while surfing vacations are the big draw at the Andaz resort in Costa Rica and thousands of dollars of hotel credits await at Riu Hotels & Resorts.
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Here are some of my favorite Latin America travel deals this week:
Palladium Hotels & Resorts
Mexico, Dominican Republic, Jamaica
Offer: Single Parent Offers
What It Is: Single parent adults pay half the room rate (based on double occupancy)and children stay for 50% off the single parent rate, with up to three children. Offer valid at properties including the Grand Palladium Vallarta Resort & Spa in Mexico and the Grand Palladium Bávaro Suites Resort & Spa in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.
Info & Reservations: www.palladiumhotelgroup.com
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Andaz Peninsula Papagayo
Offer: Witch’s Rock Package
What It Is: The ‘Witch’s Rock’ experience begins with an airport pickup in Liberia, Costa Rica, for which guests have the option of a funky VW Combi, and continues with a welcome gift of board shorts or a bikini from Andaz Peninsula Papagayo’s Cultural Insiders of Surf, Faherty Brand (Andaz is one of the newest hotel brands from Hyatt). Once at the resort, guests receive a free upgrade to an Andaz View Room, daily surfer’s breakfast for two, and a full day excursion to nearby surfing hot spot, Witch’s Rock National Park. A surfs-up goodie bag includes everything needed for the perfect surf day, including a personalized Andaz Surfboard sock, sunscreen, board wax and a Faherty Brand cap, as well as a professional photographer on hand to document guest’s wave riding skills. Finally a beach picnic with chilled wine and beer is the ideal conclusion to a day spent afloat on the azure waters of Papagayo. The three-night Andaz Witch’s Rock Package starts at approximately $2,800 per couple, based on double occupancy.
Valid for Travel: Booking through April 15, 2014 for travel through April 30, 2014.
Info & Reservations: www.papagayo.andaz.hyatt.com
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Riu Hotels & Resorts
Dominican Republic & Costa Rica
Offer: Up to $2,000 Resort Credits
What It Is: Book your summer holiday in the Dominican Republic or Costa Rica and receive up to $2,000 in resort coupons. Promotion available for stays of four or more nights. Specific vacation deals include $1,000 coupons (including $240 in spa services and $80 in the casino) for four- to six-night stays at the Riu Palace Bavaro, Riu Palace Punta Cana and Riu Palaca Macao, all in Punta Cana. If you stay seven nights or longer, you’ll get $2,000 in coupons. At the Riu Palace Costa Rica, in Guanacaste, you get $1,000 in coupons (including $220 in spa services, $210 for scuba and $300 for golf) for stays of four to six nights, or $1,500 for stays of seven nights or longer.
Valid for Travel: May-December 2014.
Info & Reservations: http://www.riu.com/en/ofertas/dominican-vacations-riu-hotel-deals.jsp
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Westin Playa Bonita
Panama City, Panama
Offer: Local Flair Package
What It Is: With the Panama Canal celebrating its 100-year anniversary, Panama is touting its tourism more than ever. The Westin Playa Bonita’s Local Flair package combines local adventure with luxury amenities starting at $255 per night. The package includes spa treatments for two (45 minutes), a Panama Canal kayak tour, ecological exhibits and Chunga Chagres Gamboa Rainforest tour and daily breakfast for two. Guests save more than 50%. (Be sure to check out my review of the Westin Playa Bonita!)
Valid for Travel: Through December 2014; minimum four-night stay.
Info & Reservations: www.westinplayabonita.com
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