Luxury Destinations for Less

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WaterColor Inn & Resort

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WaterColor Inn & Resort

Located in Sata Rosa Beach on the Florida Panhandle, WaterColor Resort has access to 1,400 feet of sugar-white sand. The David Rockwell-designed boutique inn features 60 rooms, a spa, and miles of hiking and biking trails to explore.

Don't miss: Ask your concierge to set up the Grayton Beach Explorer adventure, which will have you kayaking across a rare, 220-acre coastal dune laketo historic Grayton Beach and the Gulf of Mexico. Watch for bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, and the occasional stingray.

WaterColor Exclusive

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WaterColor Exclusive

Mention Coastal Living and receive a $200 resort credit, plus free breakfast for two at the inn when staying three nights (valid Sunday through Thursday until August 31). Rates start at $325 (valid for newly booked reservations only and may not be combined with any other promotions or offers); 866/426-2656 or watercolorresort.com.

Pink Sands Resort

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Pink Sands Resort

On Harbour Island in the Bahamas, stay in one of the 25 pastel cottages in lush, tropical surroundings, enjoy three miles of pink-sand beach, access to a fresh-water swimming pool, and tennis courts. The one- and two-bedroom accommodations offer ocean and garden views and private patios with lounge-worthy teak furniture. Dine waterside on fresh conch, local stone crab, tiger shrimp, lionfish, and grouper at the Blue Bar or in the Garden Terrace restaurant.

Don't miss: Go birding in this Audubon-approved bird sanctuary. Bring your binoculars, and enjoy sighting many feathered friends--including that local favorite, the colorful Bahamas parrot.

Pink Sands Exclusive

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Pink Sands Exclusive

Mention Coastal Living and receive a 10% discount on three or more nights, plus a complimentary culinary lesson and lunch with Executive Chef James Van Dyke. Offer valid until December 18. Rates start at $495; 242/333-2030 or pinksandsresort.com.

The Betsy

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The Betsy

A grand note among its curvy Art Deco neighbors, this Miami Beach, Florida colonial-style hotel on Ocean Avenue boasts 63 stylish rooms, a rooftop deck (aglow with candles at night), and a hip, 1920s Prohibition-style bar that's popular with the locals.

Don't miss: Check out the colorful lifeguard stands in South Beach. These funky working stands were built to promote tourism following Hurricane Andrew in 1992. Most are replicas of the Art Deco-inspired originals.

The Betsy Exclusive

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The Betsy Exclusive

Reserve online using the booking code ATLANTIC and receive 15% off rates starting at $319. Offer valid until August 31; 866/792-3879 or thebetsyhotel.com.

The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

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The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel

Known as one of the finest luxury resorts located in Dana Point, California, the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel is situated atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Rooms are spacious with marble baths, 400-count Egyptian cotton sheets, and DVD players. The property includes a 12-room spa, Adirondack chairs on the lawn with a Pacific Ocean view, plus complimentary oceanfront yoga and Pilates classes.

Don't miss: Drive to the nearby glitzy SoCal towns of Laguna Beach or Newport Beach, where the open-air shopping center Fashion Island offers more than 200 specialty stores (Kate Spade, Michael Stars) and restaurants (Roy's Hawaiin Fusion Cuisine, La Brea Bakery at Macy's); 949/721-2000 or shopfashionisland.com.

The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel Exclusive

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The Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel Exclusive

Mention Coastal Living and recieve a reduced garden-view room rate of $435 plus waived daily resort fees, free parking, daily breakfast for two, and an "anniversary card" for 15% off food, beverage, and spa services. Offer valid through June 30; 949/240-2000 or ritzcarlton.com

Costa d'Este

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Costa d'Este

This luxury boutique hotel in the lovely seaside town of Vero Beach, Florida is owned by pop star Gloria Estefan and husband Emilio. The mod accommodations include a full-service spa and an infinity-edge pool with cozy poolside chaise lounges for two.

Don't miss: Explore Vero Beach's thriving art scene. Check out galleries near the hotel such as Tiger Lily and Gallery 14, for the work of local artist and sculptors, and visit the impressive collection at the Vero Beach Museum of Art.

Costa d'Este Exclusive

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Costa d'Este Exclusive

Mention Coastal Living and receive a complimentary spa treatment (choose from an after-sun moisturizing treatment, a refresher facial, or a refresher massage), $100 resort credit, and beach lounge chair setup daily. Rates start at $249 per night for a three-night stay. Offer valid until October 13; 877/562-9919 or costadeste.com

Trump International Beach Resort

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Trump International Beach Resort

Located on Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, between Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach, this four-star contemporary resort has 390 rooms and suites with private balconies overlooking the ocean or the Intracoastal Waterway. Take a dip int he grotto-style pool, hit the tennis courts, or relax in the full-service spa. And bring the entire family: the on-site Planet kids club offers complimentary admission to hotel guests and teaches kids ages 4 to 12 about the environment through projects and games.

Don't miss: Grab poolside lunch at Gili's Pool Bar & Grill. Choose from 12 different pina colada flavors, and nosh on mini crab cakes with citrus mayo or a grilled mahi sandwich topped with spicy slaw, lime sour cream, and tomato salsa.

Trump International Beach Resort Exclusive

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Trump International Beach Resort Exclusive

Mention Coastal Living and receive the fourth night free when purchasing three nights (rates start at $199), plus a complimentary upgrade. Offer valid until October 2; 855/225-6733 or trumpmiami.com.

Beachview Club Hotel

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Beachview Club Hotel

Amid the sweeping branches of ancient oak trees, the oceanfront boutique Beachview Club Hotel on Jekyll Island, Georgia offers bright, friendly rooms, most with private patios or balconies. The island was once the exclusive retreat of Rockefellers, Pulitzers, and Vanderbilts, but now you can roam Jekyll's 10 miles of white-sand beaches; navigating the small barrier island is easy by foot, bike, or golf cart.

Don't miss: Bike the island's more than 20 miles of paved paths that lead to the beach and forest, and through the Historic Landmark District. Rent a tandem bike, four-person surrey (electric cart), or mini surrey, and stop by the Pier Road shops to browse.

Beachview Club Hotel Exclusive

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Beachview Club Hotel Exclusive

The Coastal Living golf package ($209) includes nightly accommodations with one king or two double beds, and free 18 holes of golf with a golf cart rental for two people per day (valid for arrival Sunday to Wednesday). Offer valid until August 31; 800/299-2228 or beachviewclub.com.

Esperanza Resort

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Esperanza Resort

Though it's situated near the bustling nightlife of Cabo, Esperanza feels more like a peaceful hideaway in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Each spacious suite and casita has soft Italian linens, deep soaking tubs, and views of the Sea of Cortez. You'll also find a local art gallery, private beach access, an infinity pool, and four restaurants.

Don't miss: Take advantage of a complimentary Water Passage treatment for spa guests, including access to the soaking pool and steam caves, and a rejuvenating waterfall rinse.

Esperanza Exclusive

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Esperanza Exclusive

Book the Coastal Living Best of Baja package, including a reduced rate of $525 per night for an ocean-view garden casita, a welcome amenity, daily breakfast at El Restaurante, a $75 resort credit, two $50 spa certificates for signature body treatments, and complimentary non-alcoholic beverages in the minibar. Offer valid until October 31; 866/311-2226 or esperanzaresort.com.

Caves Resort

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Caves Resort

On the west end of Negril, Jamaica, this resort boasts 12 cliffside cottages and suites, plus a four-bedroom villa. Most of the brightly colored thatched-roof bungalows offer expansive water views and hand-crafted wood and wicker furnishings, and the resort's labyrinthine landings and steps hug the cliffs.

Don't miss: Go horseback riding at tranquil, tropical Paradise Park. The concierge will arrange transporation to the 1,000-acre private estate and farm about 45 minutes from the resort.

Caves Resort Exclusive

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Caves Resort Exclusive

Mention Coastal Living and receive 30% off one room night (rates start at $445, minimum three-night booking) and two complimentary Blue Mountain Aromatic Scrub treatments. Offer valid until July 31; 800/688-7678 or islandoutpost.com/the_caves.

Parrot Cay

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Parrot Cay

Of the 40 islands that make up Turks & Caicos, only eight are inhabited. Parrot Cay is among the smallest (1,000 acres) and most private, so you can relax on the mile-long, white-sand beach without every worrying about crowds. The accommodations range from lush garden rooms with Balinese furniture and private verandas to villas with 360-degree ocean views.

Don't miss: Stop by the COMO Shambhala Retreat--a true sanctuary, encompassing pavilions with treatment rooms, an outdoor Jacuzzi garden, and japanese baths overlooking the island wetlands and the North Caicos Channel.

Parrot Cay Exclusive

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Parrot Cay Exclusive

Mention Coastal Living and receive a complimentary upgrade to the next room category, plus the fourth night free (when booking four nights). Book an Ocean Facing room or a higher category accommodation and also receive a complimentary dinner for two. Rates for a four-night stay start at $2,088, including daily breakfast, afternoon tea, and transfers to and from the airport. Offer valid until September 30 and subject to hotel availability; parrotcay.como.bz/coastallivingpromotion.

Punta Caracol Acqua-Lodge

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Punta Caracol Acqua-Lodge

Located on Isla Colon, Bocas del Toro, Panama, this resort is surrounded by the Caribbean. Nine palm-roofed huts on stilts--each with solar panels and a private terrace--immerse you in nature. A boardwalk takes you to the on-site restaurant, specializing in light cuisine that includes just-caught fish and fresh fruits and vegetables, some from the property's organic garden.

Don't miss: Take a guided boat tour through rain forest creeks to see river turtles and howler monkeys.

Punta Caracol Acqua-Lodge Exclusive

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Punta Caracol Acqua-Lodge Exclusive

Mention Coastal Living and receive 10% off (from $316 per night starting May 16, includes two meals a day), a room upgrade (when available), a bottle of wine, and a one-hour boat tour through the rain forest. Offer valid until December 31; 00/507/757-9410 or puntacaracol.com.

The Tides Zihuatanejo

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The Tides Zihuatanejo

With views of the lagoons, ocean, and lush gardens, each room and suire of this luxury Zihuatanejo, Mexico hotel boasts one-of-a-kind decor, from the twisted-tree beams in one to the thatched-roof terrace in another. Three swimming pools--including an infinity pool--are steps from 600 feet of private beach.

Don't miss: Go on a two-and-a-half hour sunset cruise along the Pacific coast with views of swaying coconut palms, rolling beaches and the fiery orange-red sky. Open bar and snacks are included.

The Tides Zihuatanejo Exclusive

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The Tides Zihuatanejo Exclusive

Request the Coastal Living Playa indulgence all-inclusive deal, including breakfast, lunch, dinner, domestic beer, wine by the glass, selected cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages, and a $75 spa credit. Offer valid until December 19. Room rates start at $760 ($570 June-October); 866/905-9560 or tideszihuatanejo.com.

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

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Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows

Located in Santa Monica, California, guest rooms and suites at this 10-story oceanfront tower have crisp blue-and-white interiors; some have private, furnished balconies. Thirty-two bungalows secluded amid the tropical gardens, with 24-hour concierge service. Cool off in the pool, indulge in spa therapies, and dine at FIG Restaurant.

Don't miss: Walk over to the boardwalk and aquarium at the Santa Monica Pier, just steps from the hotel.

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows Exclusive

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Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows Exclusive

Mention the Coastal Living Two Keys Bungalow package (from $529) and receive overnight accommodations in a Signature Bungalow, a Let our Chef Surprise You dinner for two at FIG (excluding alcoholic beverages), luxury convertible rental, free daily valet parking, and daily welcome amenity. Offer valid until June 30; 866/540-4470 or fairmont.com/santamonica.

Oceano Hotel & Spa

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Oceano Hotel & Spa

Cozy up by the fireplace or enjoy views of the Pillar Point Harbor, Pacific Ocean, and Montara Mountain from the private balcony of one of 95 luxe suites. Located in Half Moon Bay, California, just west of famed Highway 1, the hotel offers organic bamboo linens, a full-service spa, and the Oceano Bar & Grill restaurant.

Don't miss: Check out the 12 boutiques and eateries at Harbor Village, accessible from the hotel lobby. Stop at The Wine Bar for a sunset glass of local Santa Cruz Mountain vino.

Oceano Hotel & Spa Exclusive

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Oceano Hotel & Spa Exclusive

Mention Coastal Living when booking two nights in the Princeton suite (rates start at $249, or $279 Friday and Saturday, must call to reserve) and receive a room upgrade, a Spa Oasis Mini-Facial, and a 30-minute Swedish massage. Offer valid until May 31; 888/623-2661 or oceanohalfmoonbay.com.

 

 

 

Published May 2011. This information was correct when published. Coastal Living is not responsible for any changes to, availability of, or fulfillment of any offers. These offers are the sole responsibility of the individual hotels and resorts mentioned.

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