After hours of overindulging on turkey, stuffing and Brussels sprouts, the last thing we want to do is muscle our way through Black Friday shopping crowds. Although we’ll probably do that, too, we’ll ease into it from our couch. And what better way to get the momentum going than booking a trip to de-stress after all of the holiday hoopla? While we don’t know exactly what travel deals to expect this year, we have a feeling they’ll be just as great as last year’s savings. Here are ten incredible deals worth holding out for.
Calistoga Ranch, Auberge Resorts Collection (Napa Valley, California)
Although you might picture rows and rows of vineyards just outside Napa, this woodsy resort is like a little escape into the forest—but with a vino-inspired twist. Think: luxury lodges and a restorative spa complete with healing mineral pools. Last year, the resort offered 40 percent off its one- and two-bedroom lodges during Black Friday weekend, and we have a hunch this year will be the same. With rates starting at $696, it’s practically a steal for what you’d normally pay.
The Colony Palms Hotel (Palm Springs, California)
If the allure of a trip to the stunning landscape of Palm Springs doesn’t do it for you, this luxury boutique hotel just might. Originally built in 1936 by a famed mobster, it was once a saloon, speakeasy and gambling house turned playground for some of Hollywood’s elite like Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra and more. In 2018, the downtown Palm Springs icon offered a two-tier deal during Black Friday weekend: 30 percent off stays Sunday through Thursday and 20 percent off stays Friday and Saturday. Wait to nab this hotel in November, and you could be living like the rich and famous for nearly one third of what they paid.
San Francisco Proper Hotel (San Francisco, California)
Dubbed one of the coolest new hotels in San Francisco by Afar, this 131-room gem is the perfect spot to see and be seen. The on-site restaurant, Villon, resembles a chic parlor, and Charmaine’s rooftop bar and lounge overlooks SF from 120 feet above Market Street. Last year’s Black Friday deal saw savings as high as 40 percent off its standard rates from November through February. Last-minute holiday escape, anyone?
Thompson Seattle (Seattle, Washington)
If you’ve ever thought about venturing to the land of coffee, a trip to Seattle is only logical. This downtown hotel overlooks the Puget Sound and the Public Market, making it the perfect place to explore all that Seattle has to offer. Last year, Thomson Hotels offered up to 50 percent off suites and up to 30 percent off standard rooms through December 1, 2019.
Sunrise Spring Spa Resort (Santa Fe, New Mexico)
Not the type of person to keep to yourself on vacation? This kitschy Santa Fe resort offers all the out-of-the-box activities like playtime with puppies and Silkie chickens as well as a free Tarot card reading. There’s also free breakfast for two plus over 60 activities to do in the area. In 2018, the resort’s deals started at $265 per night with a two-night minimum stay.
Dukes Hotel (London, England)
Fancy a proper afternoon tea experience? Hop the pond and stay at this century-old Mayfair London hotel this coming winter. Experience old world charm in the heart of St. James Place and—if the deals match last year’s—book a vacation for up to 40 percent off the base price with rates starting at $592.
Ladera Resort (Saint Lucia, Caribbean)
Let’s be real, sometimes in the thick of the holiday craziness, we just want to sit on a beach and relax. And that’s exactly what you’ll do at this Saint Lucia resort. With 32 suites nestled into the cliffs, overlooking the Piton Mountains and the Caribbean Sea, you’ll be all, “what holiday stress?” Last Black Friday, the resort offered 25 percent off open-air suites on three-night stays through June 30 of this year. That means you could even nab a room for some last-minute New Year’s Eve plans.
Hamilton Princess & Beach Club (Hamilton, Bermuda)
If you live on the East Coast, Bermuda is only a stone’s throw away (we’re talking a short 2 hours and 20 minutes from New York City), and this beach club is the place to settle in. Nestled among Bermuda’s famous pink sand beaches, this hotel features its own marina, infinity pool and restaurant from celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson. Last year Black Friday shoppers scored 50 percent off the best available rates for stays through March. Count us in.
Sumaq Machu Picchu Hotel (Aguas Calientes, Peru)
A hike up Machu Picchu is a true bucket list adventure, and if you wait until Black Friday to book, you could score it for up to 20 percent off at this upscale, family-owned retreat. If deals mimic last year’s, you’ll indulge in true Peruvian food and culture right at the base of Machu Picchu at a fraction of the price you’d pay to book at any other time.
Casa de Campo Resort & Villas (La Romana, Dominican Republic)
Another can’t-miss resort in the Caribbean: Casa de Campo. This luxe 7,000-acre beach oasis in the Dominican Republic has plenty of oceanside villas with a private pool for the perfect couple’s getaway. Smack-dab in the middle of La Romana on the southern coast of the island, it features all the activities you could want—from the three golf courses to tennis courts to an equestrian center to a yacht club and marina. Last Black Friday travelers scored 35 percent off guest rooms (aka rates as low as $169 per night) and up to 50 percent off villas (with rates as low as $549 nightly). Plus, guests who booked stays of three or more nights received a $100 resort credit, while villa bookings of five nights or longer earned a $500 resort credit. Um, we’re bookmarking this hotel for midnight on Black Friday.
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