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W Hotels Launches "Now Boarding" Initiative
Throughout 2019 | W Hotels

W Hotels is offering surfers the chance to avoid boardbag travel fees with the launch of “Now Boarding.”

Travelers who book a room at select surfside W destinations will have the cost of flying their board with them reimbursed via an amenity credit. Tapping into the travel itineraries of the more than 23 million surfers worldwide, the program will kick off at the newly opened W Costa Rica – Reserva Conchal, where guests can book the package. W Hotels will launch the program with four more oceanfront destinations throughout 2019, including W Bali – Seminyak, W Barcelona, W Punta de Mita and W Goa.

The “Now Boarding” initiative was born from in-depth research on the surf industry in line with agency collaborator, Pen & Public. The commissioned research project confirmed key facts that have encouraged the brand to engage with surfers across the globe at W destinations.

The amenity credit for the inaugural wave of “Now Boarding” will be $300 at W Costa Rica. The other retreats will offer a $150 amenity credit when they roll out later this year. 

Photo: W Barcelona

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The Venetian Specialist
Travel Agent University

If you’re like us, you’re excited by the record-breaking growth that Las Vegas has achieved the last couple of years. Whether your clients are embarking on an epic girls getaway or spring break with the family and everything in between, you want to make sure their stay is as exciting as the Strip and we’re here to help make that happen. Take the Venetian Specialist Course today!

 
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Avalon Waterways Unveils "You Snooze, You Don't Cruise" Promo
Now through August 27, 2019 | Avalon Waterways

Avalon Waterways is kickstarting the cruise-selling season for travel advisors with its biggest savings of the year on 2020 itineraries. The company’s “You Snooze, You Don’t Cruise” sales event offers advisors the opportunity to reach out to their clients with free air, plus savings of up to $500 per couple on select 2020 Europe Sailings or savings up to $2,000 per couple on the company’s 2020 Mekong and Ganges departures.

As part of this sales event, Avalon Waterways is also offering advisors extra booking incentives. When they share this sale with clients, travel advisors will be rewarded with robust commissions, as well as chances to win a complimentary Avalon cruise for two. Avalon Waterways will pick a cruise giveaway winner each month through August. Chances to win are based on three criteria: "Sell, Share and Send."  

Sell: Travel Advisors who secure bookings between now and August 27, 2019 will receive two entries to win per booking.  

Share: Those who share complimentary images, videos and messages from the Travel Agent Portal (via social media) will also get an entry.  

Send: Advisors who use Avalon’s free email template – or create their own email – and send it to clients will receive yet another chance to win the monthly giveaway. 

The more advisors "Sell, Share and Send," the more chances they have to win. Travel Advisors who win can choose from Avalon’s list of Europe or Mekong 2019 and 2020 itineraries. 

For details, travel advisors can visit www.globusfamilypartner.com/avalonviews.

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2019 River Cruise Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

River cruise popularity is soaring and is currently one of the hottest trends in the cruise industry. Here are some of the latest ship, itinerary and personnel developments on the river cruise fronts for 2019 and beyond.

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2019 London Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Year after year in survey after survey, London lands at or near the top of favorite European cities to visit. There is no shortage of well-known, popular attractions, from Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London and iconic museums and theaters to Piccadilly Circus, the Coca-Cola London Eye and shopping at Harrods and Carnaby Street. Read all about what's new in the Focus Series

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2019 Saint Lucia Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

It’s looking like a banner year for Saint Lucia. This year, it will be celebrating its 40th year of independence, the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival will be produced in collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center, and 2018 saw a 2.2 percent increase in global visitor arrivals. Here’s a snapshot of what travelers can expect this year. Read all about what's new in the Focus Series!

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Barceló Pro Rewards
Travel Agent University

Barceló Hotel Group admires and appreciates the tireless work that travel advisors do, day in and day out. That’s why we’ve  created a new loyalty program to make your jobs easier and increase your bottom line. Say hello to Barceló Pro Rewards. It’s simple. It’s informative. And it’s packed with perks.

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Get to Know Excite Holidays
Recorded on April 24, 2019 | Excite Holidays

Excite Holidays is a leading global travel wholesaler with over 400,000 hotels, 100,000 activities, all with competitive rates, and more. Find out why we are the perfect partner for any travel agent. Register for this webinar.

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The 5 C's of Selling Ultra-Luxury Cruises
Travel Agent University

Do you want to earn higher commissions on your cruise bookings? Sell more ultra-luxury cruises with our all-new email course.

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2019 Las Vegas Focus Series
Travel Agent Magazine

In 2018, Las Vegas, for the fourth consecutive year, welcomed more than 42 million visitors, according to the city’s convention and visitors authority (LVCVA). See what's new in Las Vegas for 2019 in the Focus Series

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The Breakers Palm Beach Adds New Complimentary Daily Benefits
Available May 1 - September 30, 2019 | The Breakers Palm Beach

The Breakers Palm Beach is offering new complimentary daily benefits, available May 1 - September 30, 2019 (including Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day) with rates starting at $360 per room per night, which is almost a 50 percent savings compared to winter. The deal also includes savings on several amenities and a sixth night free.

Complimentary Daily Benefits Include:

  • Full American breakfast buffet at The Circle or The Beach Club Restaurant
  • Meals for children ages 12 and under
  • Special savings on Camp Breakers (available for kids ages three to 12), daytime bungalow rentals, select spa services, tennis instruction, golf, shopping, dining and more
  • Unlimited access to Ocean Fitness center, group fitness classes and tennis court times
  • High-speed Wi-Fi throughout property
  • No resort fees’

Situated in the heart of the island of Palm Beach, The Breakers is located only 15 minutes from Palm Beach International Airport and just over 60 minutes from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The resort is continuously upgraded yearly, with $30 million spent each year by its family ownership. A few of the hotel’s latest enhancements include the full-scale renovation of the Ocean Course, and signature services and amenities at The Spa.

Photo courtesy of The Breakers Palm Beach

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Banyan Tree Samui Offers 25th Anniversary Discount
Available through December 19, 2019 | Banyan Tree Holdings

Twenty-five years after Banyan Tree Holdings first took root in the tropical soils of Southeast Asia, Banyan Tree Samui is leveraging the anniversary as an opportunity to offer 25 percent discounts on all accommodation, food and beverage, spa facilities and on-site shopping.

The promotion, requiring guests to stay a minimum of two nights, came underway on March 29 and runs through December 19, 2019.

Banyan Tree Samui has 88 villas, each with a private infinity pool, at a luxurious property that is nestled into a cascading lush hillside on the island of Koh Samui, overlooking the Gulf of Thailand.

Banyan Tree received its first guest in the flagship Banyan Tree in 1994. The resort was built on an abandoned tin mine which was later found to be too toxic to support vegetation or development. The Singaporean owners embarked on a regeneration program, reintroducing indigenous plants and planting 7,000 trees, and transformed the site into a lush property. 

Banyan Tree today has 39 resorts, hotels and spas across Asia, America, Africa and the Middle East.

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Seabourn Offers Special Pricing On Several 2019 & 2020 Sailings
Seabourn

For two weeks only, Seabourn is offering a package of savings and amenities on select 2019 and 2020 voyages across the world aboard its fleet.

Seabourn’s Two Week Sale kicks off Monday, March 25 and runs through April 8, and offers benefits on select sailings for travelers to experience the world on a Seabourn voyage. Travelers who book during the Two-Week Sale may:

  • Receive complimentary veranda suite category upgrades
  • Reserve a penthouse or premium suite and receive a $1,000 per suite shipboard credit
  • Book a Combination Cruise and receive up to 15 percent savings
  • Receive a special deposit offer of $500 per suite
  • Solo travelers will find single supplements starting at only 25 percent above the standard double occupancy fares on select voyages

Seabourn’s Two Week Sale applies to select cruises in destinations around the world. A complete listing of the voyages, savings and amenities can be viewed on Seabourn’s website.

Additional offerings and programs include partnerships with a select group of companies and individuals, such as An Evening with Tim Rice, the new evening entertainment experience created exclusively for the line in association with Belinda King Creative Productions; Spa and Wellness with Dr. Andrew Weil, offering guests a holistic spa and wellness experience that integrates physical, social, environmental and spiritual well-being; and The Grill by Thomas Keller, a culinary concept reminiscent of the classic American restaurant from the 50s and 60s.

Other promotional amenities are available on select voyages and subject to availability. Certain other restrictions apply.

Photo by Seabourn 

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Email Course: Beyond Booking: A Deep Dive Into Today’s Luxury Hotel Guests
Travel Agent University

Sign up for our 5-day email course Beyond Booking: A Deep Dive Into Today’s Luxury Hotel Guests to learn how the luxury hotel landscape has changed and why this can affect your bottom line. Plus, tactical sales advice for creating more personalized hotel stays.

Day 1

  • Modern Luxury by the Numbers
  • How to Shorten the Sales Cycle 

Day 2 

  • Profiting from Personalization
  • How Hotels are Creating Personalized Experiences

Day 3 

  • Why You Should Look East to Grow Your Luxury Hotel Sales
  • ​Why "Authentic Asian Hospitality" Sells 

Day 4 

  • The Upside of Upselling
  • Seamless Cross-Selling Pre-, During and Post-Booking 

Day 5 

  • How to Leverage Your Hotel Knowledge to Break into Selling New Niches 
  • Industry Trends and Disruptors
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PONANT Academy
Travel Agent University

We know you have choices when it comes to small-ship, ultra-luxury cruises. This training course is designed to help you see why PONANT, a favorite among luxury travelers in Europe for over 30 years, is on course to become a leading choice among U.S. travelers. 

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A New Vacation Concept is Born: All Fun Inclusive™
Recorded on February 27, 2019 | Hotel Xcaret

A sophisticated all-inclusive that combines its unique eco-integrative architecture, with the most exciting natural parks in the world!

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Iconic Santorini Offers Early Booking Discounts
Early booking is available until April 28 2019 for travel anytime during the year. | Iconic Santorini

Iconic Santorini is offering early booking discounts for a limited time only.

Iconic Santorini is a cave hotel perched 1,000 feet above the sapphire waters of the caldera in the village of Imerovigli. The 19 residences are close to all the sights, but detached from the crowds of nearby Fira and Oia.

Early booking discounts are available from 20 percent to 40 percent off the full range of accommodations. Special pricing is also available on the Iconic, Cliff and Cave Suites, each with a full range of amenities including personal plunge pools.

Iconic Santorini welcomes couples and families with children ages 14 and older. Guests can experience relaxing with a good book, swimming in the infinity pool, taking in a massage and dining in the Pergola restaurant while overlooking the Aegean.

To utilize this offer, contact [email protected] or visit www.iconicsantorini.com. This offer is based on limited availability.

Iconic Santorini is managed by Precise Hospitality Management and is a member of the Mantis Collection of five-star Hotels, Eco-escapes & Lifestyle Resorts.

Early booking is available until April 28 2019 for travel anytime during the year.

Photo courtesy of Iconic Santorini

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Discover St. Kitts – Where the Caribbean Story Begins
Recorded on February 20, 2019 | St. Kitts Tourism Authority

Attend this webinar and learn about the latest hotel updates, airlift options in 2019, and best things to do in St. Kitts, one of the fastest growing destinations in the Caribbean. You'll learn how to sell St. Kitts for Romance, Dive, Golf, and MICE markets as well as how to become a St. Kitts destination specialist! Register now.

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Uniworld Offers Free Air on Over 65 Departure Dates
Through February 28 | Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection

Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection will give free airfare to guests who book select cruises from now through the end of February. The deal applies to more than 65 departure dates on six itineraries, including:

  • Castles Along the Rhine – This eight-day cruise sails between Amsterdam and Basel. Stops include Cologne, Koblenz, Boppard, Rüdesheim, Speyer, Strasbourg and more.
  • Portugal, Spain & the Douro – Offered as an eight-day sailing roundtrip from Porto and as an 11-day trip beginning in Lisbon and ending in Porto, this itinerary offers travelers a chance to sail through Spain and Portugal’s Douro River Valley.
  • Jewels of Spain, Portugal & the Douro River – Travelers looking to explore the Douro River can also choose this 13-day cruise between Madrid and Lisbon. Along the way, guests see Toledo, Salamanca, Castelo Rodrigo, Lamego, Porto and more.
  • Alluring Amsterdam and Vienna – An even longer sailing, this 15-day trip travels between Amsterdam and Vienna with stops at Dürnstein, Passau, Regensburg, Nuremberg, Bamberg, Volkach, Würzburg, Rüdesheim and Cologne.
  • Gems of Northern Italy – Lasting 10 days, the Gems of Northern Italy runs from Milan to Venice.
  • Magnificent Moselle and Rhine – Another 10-day trip, this itinerary sails between Cologne and Frankfurt, stopping at destinations throughout Germany and Luxembourg.

All itineraries include onboard accommodations, food and beverage, daily guided excursions, gratuities and airport transfers. The deal is only combinable with River Heritage Club savings, agency discounts and member benefits. The offer began February 12 and will be available through February 28.

For more information, visit Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s website.

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Crystal Cruises Offers "Book Now" Savings Until February 28
Crystal Cruises

Luxury travelers have limited time remaining to save thousands of dollars on global voyages aboard the award-winning ships of Crystal Cruises, Crystal River Cruises and Crystal Yacht Cruises. Through the booking deadline of February 28, 2019, Crystal’s Book Now Savings offer cruise fare savings up to $2,000 per suite on select Ocean voyages; $1,500 per suite on select River voyages; and $4,100 per suite on select Yacht voyages.

With dozens of applicable sailings, guests can experience added value with the all-inclusive Crystal Experience on the vacation they choose. The recently redesigned Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity offer itineraries that span the globe, from Australia, Asia and Alaska to the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. Crystal River Cruises’ fleet of five ships sail the rivers of Europe on journeys through Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands and more. Crystal Esprit offers boutique yachting escapes for active travelers, including spring sailings in the West Indies and summer and beyond in the Adriatic, Arabian Peninsula and the Seychelles. 

Crystal’s Book Now Savings program is designed to reward travelers who book early with the very best possible fares for the sailings of their choice. Following the February 28 “Book Now” deadline, fares for 75 voyages will increase.

Photo by Crystal Cruises

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La Compagnie Offers One-Day-Only Valentine’s Day Deal
Available only on February 14 | La Compagnie

La Compagnie, the exclusively business-class boutique airline with routes between New York and Paris and Nice, is inviting couples to discover the City of Lights in 2019.  

Available to book for one day only—Thursday, February 14—La Compagnie’s limited-time duo fares to Paris or Nice includes $2,500 round-trip airfare for two for travel now through 2019.

Couples can enjoy a trip to Paris on La Compagnie’s new Airbus A321neo (due for arrival in Q2 2019) or a summer adventure to Nice (launching May 2019). To take advantage of La Compagnie’s “Valentine’s Day” promotion, please visit LaCompagnie.com, call La Compagnie’s call center at 1-800-218-6820, or contact your preferred travel advisor.

The “Valentine’s Day” promotion requires instant ticketing and is nonrefundable; travel dates are subject to availability. All taxes and carrier-imposed fees are included. La Compagnie authorizes two checked bags per passenger free of charge; baggage fees apply for any additional bags.

Launched in July 2014, La Compagnie is an exclusively business-class airline operating regularly scheduled transatlantic flights between New York (Newark International Airport) and Paris (Paris Orly Airport) and seasonal flights between New York (Newark International Airport) and Nice Côte d'Azur International Airport (NCE). La Compagnie is outfitted with 74 lie-flat seats and provides thoughtful amenities including personal tablets, Caudalie cosmetic kits and a dining experience offering fresh menu items by renowned New York and Paris based chefs. Arriving in 2019, La Compagnie will operate two brand new A321neo equipped with 76 full-flat seats and unlimited high-speed Wi-Fi. 

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Elegant Hotels
Travel Agent University

We’ve created this training program to show you how our diverse collection of nine luxury hotels are the very definition of elegance—stylish yet tasteful, classic yet sophisticated—and suited to every taste, from families to couples to groups to adventurers.

While each property is unique in its attributes and distinctive in its personality, every hotel will welcome your clients with the same warm hospitality and truly authentic Caribbean experiences.

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The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort Unveils Two 25th Anniversary Deals
Valid for visits through December 21. | The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort

Fresh off of a $46 million property-wide renovation last year, The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort will celebrate its 25th year in Hawaii with two promotions. The 25th Anniversary Package will offer guests staying at least six nights 25 percent savings on prices around the resort, while the $25,000 Silver Jubilee Package will offer two visitors a luxurious weeklong stay inclusive of all sorts of benefits.

The standard 25th Anniversary package will offer guests 25 percent off nightly room/suite rates; 25 percent off green fees at Mauna Kea Golf Course and Hapuna Beach Golf Course; 25 percent off beach rentals and activities; and 15 percent off at Meridia Restaurant. The deal is valid for visits through December 21 and requires a minimum stay of six night/seven days. To reserve, guests can book online using promo code ER7 or call 808-228-9290 and ask for promotional code ER7.

The $25,000 Silver Jubilee Package provides two guests with: seven nights/eight days suite accommodations; a Jeep rental car; helicopter transportation between Kona Airport and the resort; $2,500 food credit; $250 credits each for beach activity rentals, Mandara Spa at Hapuna and Mauna Kea Resort Shopping; unlimited golf at Hapuna Golf and Mauna Kea Golf Courses at Mauna Kea Resort; a private cooking class followed by a romantic dinner for two; complimentary daily pool cabana; a one-hour photo portrait session; Moonlight Manta Snorkel; premium seating at Mauna Kea’s award-winning Lū’au; Big Island Spectacular tour with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters; an island snorkel cruise; and choice of one Hawai’i Island eco-tour adventure with Hawaii Forest and Trail. To reserve, guests must call 808-880-3301.

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Bettoja Hotels Collection Unveils New Valentine’s Day Packages
Booking window is open now through February 14, while travel is available pre- and post-February 14, but must include the date. | Bettoja Hotels Collection

Bettoja Hotels Collection is offering up new Valentine’s Day’s packages at its three hotels centrally located in Rome.

The hotels are within walking distance of historic landmarks, including the Coliseum, Opera House, Forum, Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps. Bettoja Hotels Collection’s new Valentine’s Day packages include:

Hotel Mediterraneo – “Eternal City” Package

  • Candlelight dinner at Roof Garden with live jazz and a view of Rome from the Esquilino, the highest of the seven Roman hills
  • Champagne flute served with potato mille-feuille with oysters and pumpkin cream
  • Four-course dinner menu
  • Wine selection from the Bettoja Wine Cellar
  • Overnight accommodations in a Superior double room
  • Buffet breakfast with a view
  • Bottle of Italian Spumante and strawberries in the room
  • Late check-out at 4 p.m.
  • 10 percent discount on pre-arrival or post stay on the best available room rate
  • €299 per person

Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio – “Rome” Package

  • Candlelight dinner at Ristorante Massimo D’Azeglio in a historical location
  • Overnight accommodations in a Superior double room
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Bottle of Italian Spumante and strawberries in the room
  • Late check-out at 4 p.m.
  • 10 percent discount on pre-arrival or post stay on the best available room rate
  • €299 per person 

Hotel Atlantico

  • Choose from either the dinner at Hotel Mediterraneo’s Roof Garden or Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio’s Ristorante Massimo D’Azeglio
  • 20 percent discount on the best available rate at the Atlantico Hotel

For those looking to experience the Valentine’s Day menu at either Hotel Mediterraneo or Hotel Massimo D’Azeglio, the stand-alone dinner menus are as follows:

Candlelight dinner at Roof Garden with live jazz background includes a champagne flute served with potato mille-feuille with oysters and pumpkin cream, four-course menu, wine selection from the Bettoja Wine Cellar for €80 per person 

Dinner by candlelight at Ristorante Massimo D’Azeglio in a historical location includes Franciacorta flute with potato millefoglie with melted pumpkin and caviar, four-course menu, love of wasabi chocolate and raspberry cream, selection of wines from the Bettoja Wine Cellar for €50 per person.

The booking window is open now through February 14, while travel is available pre- and post-February 14, but the Valentine's Day menu is available only that night.

Photo Courtesy of Bettoja Hotels Collection

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Corinthia Hotels Offers Up Special Packages
Deals have varying validity, including February 9-19 and February 14-17, 2019 | Corinthia Hotels

The collection of five-star properties aim to make February 14, 2019, a day and night to remember. Here are the special packages:

Corinthia Hotel Budapest: The landmark city hotel is the backdrop for A Corinthia Love Story, a Valentine’s Day escape which includes an upgrade to a rose petal-strewn room, champagne and chocolate strawberries on arrival, a three-course dinner with complimentary glass of wine, a 25-minute massage in the Royal Spa and a buffet breakfast the next day. Love at Corinthia costs from €279 (approximately $321) per room per night. 

Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa, Malta: Travelers can book a rose petal-strewn Deluxe Room, get a back, neck and shoulder massage at the Athenaeum Spa, and experience the in-room aphrodisiac menu. The Valentine’s Escape is priced from €140 (approximately $161) per room per night. Valid from February 13-17, 2019. 

Corinthia Hotel Lisbon: Experience one of Corinthia Hotel Lisbon’s new Deluxe Junior Suites with a three-course dinner served in the rooms which includes a glass of champagne, plus early check-in, breakfast, and late check-out. The Romantic Escape costs from €300 (approximately $345) per room per night. Valid from February 9-19, 2019. 

Corinthia Hotel London: Travelers can experience an overnight stay in a room or suite and access to the award-winning spa, ESPA Life. During the stay, a bottle of chilled champagne and sweet pastries will be waiting on arrival and, later, a rose petal-strewn bed. The spa’s Thermal Floor includes a swimming pool, amphitheater sauna, steam room and more. Romance in London costs from £534 (approximately $681) per room per night, including full English breakfast. Valid throughout 2019. 

Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay, Malta: Experience sea view accommodation on the Mediterranean island of Malta at Corinthia Hotel St George’s Bay, enjoy a 50-minute, full-body couple’s massage with a glass of bubbly and chocolate truffles, full use of the Apollo spa, breakfast and late check-out on the day of departure. Magical Moments costs from €220 (approximately $253) per room per night. Valid from February 14-17, 2019. 

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Lindblad Expeditions Introduces Alaska Promotions
For all 2019 Alaska bookings | Lindblad Expeditions

With a fleet of four ships in Alaska this summer, Lindblad Expeditions announced three new promotions for travel to the region. These offers include a prize drawing to win a free cruise, a deal for families traveling with children and a milestone celebration package.

Travel advisors who book any Alaskan expedition aboard one of the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic fleet ships will automatically enter the prize drawing to win one of three cruises for two. Advisors will earn two entries for every guest the book and a $250 gift card per cabin. The more cabins they book, the more entries they receive.

The three cruises an advisor can win are: Arctic: Land of the Ice Bears aboard National Geographic Endurance; Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness aboard National Geographic Quest; and Baja California and the Sea of Cortez aboard National Geographic Venture.

Lindblad Expeditions will also offer major discounts for families traveling with children. Those traveling with a child or grandchild to Alaska will receive 50 percent off for the first kid and a completely free trip for the second. Applicable for select departures of the eight-day Exploring Alaska’s Coast Wilderness, the deal is based on two full-paying adults bringing children 22 years and younger.

Finally, groups looking to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, reunions, graduations, retirements or any other occasion can now choose the Milestone Package. The offer includes a special in-cabin welcome gift, five percent off for groups of eight or more, a $150 gift card for on board purchases, a voyage DVD, a custom group photograph and a celebratory cake.

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Mandarin Oriental, Canouan Showcases Unplug & Unwind Offer
Valid January 7 through April 22, 2019 | Mandarin Oriental, Canouan’s

Mandarin Oriental, Canouan’s new Unplug & Unwind offers a means to relaxation. The hotel invites guests to begin 2019 in a more relaxed and rejuvenated state of body and mind with a visit to Canouan Island’s "decompression zone."

With travel on the resort’s private jet, unlimited golf on Canouan’s 18-hole championship course, tennis, water sports and treatments at The Spa, the Unplug & Unwind package strives to dispel any signs of daily stressors or separation anxiety from digital devices. Valid January 7 through April 22, at a starting rate of $4,500, Unplug & Unwind includes:

  • Three nights’ accommodation in an ocean-view suite
  • Round-trip Resort Jet transfers between Canouan and St. Vincent, Barbados, St. Lucia or Grenada
  • Two 90-minute Digital Wellness Escape treatments (targeting negative affects/stressors created by digital devices)
  • Unlimited golf (including club rentals)
  • Unlimited tennis (including equipment rental)
  • Unlimited non-motorized water sports
  • Daily breakfast in Lagoon Café or Asianne restaurants 

This offer is subject to availability and cannot be combined with other offers.  Additional nights of stay and/or additional guests may be added at prevailing rates. Guests can confirm the resort’s jet availability before booking their international flights.

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Dukes London Offers Up Valentine's Day Package
The package is applicable for stays between February 13 to 16, 2019. | Dukes London

Dukes London, which recently completed a multimillion-pound, top-to-bottom renovation, is inviting couples to celebrate Valentine's Day with a new package. This year travelers can let Dukes set the scene for two nights at London's most exclusive address, while wining and dining their beloved with a limited-edition, six course menu at the hotel's Great British Restaurant (GBR).

Couples can check into to one of the hotel's luxury rooms, where strawberries dipped in chocolate and a red rose await, before heading out to explore the famous sights of London. Nestled in a quiet cobbled courtyard in St. James's, Mayfair, Dukes London is located near Harrods, Buckingham Palace, The National Gallery and Trafalgar Square only a few minutes away. Also, nearby are St James's Park and Green Park. Travelers can receive bespoke experiences, from a personalized box of chocolates to private shopping at one of the local Royal Warrant shops.

After a day exploring London, travelers can return to Dukes to have a drink at Dukes Bar. They can have a pre-dinner aperitif before experiencing an exclusive, six-course menu with a special-edition welcome drink and bottle of wine at GBR. Upon arrival at the restaurant, guests will be greeted with a Black Velvet or Raspberry Bellini, His or Her cocktails, which are included in the set menu. Available for one night only, Head Bartender Maria has also created the His or Her cocktail menu to celebrate the special day. Guests will have several options from the exclusive menu, paired with dishes including Scottish langoustine broth with seaweed bread, duck leg terrine, and chalk stream trout served with mussels and saffron potatoes. 

The Valentine's Day Package is priced at £985 and includes two nights with breakfast, amenities such as strawberries dipped in chocolate, and a six-course set menu at GBR with a bottle of wine on February 14. The package is applicable for stays between February 13 to 16, 2019.

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Cunard, an Icon at 178 – Contemporary, Cosmopolitan & Chic
Recorded on December 17, 2018 | Cunard

Cunard has been a leader in creating the world of cruising for 178 years. Today Cunard is still marching to its own drum. We will share all that is new and exciting in the world of Cunard.  New itineraries, unique onboard experiences and new itineraries only on Cunard. We’ll also share some selling tips to help you grow your business.  

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Luxury Destination Weddings & Honeymoons 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Luxury destination weddings and honeymoons continue to evolve in their style as the bride and groom raise the bar on their expectations.

For destination weddings, couples are planning more customized experiences for their guests, and the planning is beginning earlier and earlier. Read more in the Luxury Destination Weddings and Honeymoons Focus Series!

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Mexico Destination Weddings & Honeymoons 2018 Focus Series
Travel Agent Central

Focus on Mexico and you’ll see a destination weddings and honeymoons superstar. The reasons are plentiful. It’s a great value, especially with today’s strong dollar-to-peso exchange rate. It’s close to the U.S., with airlift continually on the upswing. Scenic settings provide romantic backdrops that include beaches, jungles, mountains and deserts. And the country’s rich culture maintains ties to ancient roots and puts a premium on hospitality. Read the Focus Series to find out more

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What is True Luxury? The World of Crystal
Now available on-demand | Crystal Cruises

An engaging session into understanding how to identify and sell to the Crystal guest. Topics include:

  • The differences between luxury and “true” luxury
  • Snapshot of Crystal Experiences by Ocean, River and Yacht Expedition
  • Marketing & Sales tools to grow your Crystal Business

Attend for a chance to win a $250 Visa gift card.

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Carlton Tel Aviv Unveils New Art Package
Available until March 31, 2019 | Carlton Tel Aviv

As part of an ongoing series of experiential packages being offered by Carlton Tel Aviv, the luxury hotel announces this week the addition of a new art and design-focused package available until March 31, 2019. The "Tel Aviv Street Style" package connects guests with industry experts who personally guide them through the city's best in art, design and fashion.

Referred to as the "White City," Tel Aviv is known for its Bauhaus-style buildings in some neighborhoods, and graffiti-splattered streets in others. Galleries across the city attract world famous works and exhibitions by international talents, while homegrown designers have set up shop in fashion boutiques. Carlton Tel Aviv, recently named Israel's Leading Business Hotel for the fifth time by the World Travel Awards, is exposing guests to the city's full range of offerings.

The following experiences are included in the hotel's Tel Aviv Street Style package:

  • Three nights' stay in a single room category at Carlton Tel Aviv, including breakfast.
  • A gallery and street are tour led by local art expert and curator Sarah Peguine of Oh So Arty. Guests will visit Tel Aviv's galleries and studio spaces, getting the chance to meet local artists and explore some of the most in-demand exhibitions of the moment. The tour will also take guests to certain corners of Florentin to see works by street artists who have come from all corners of the globe. Tours do not run on Sundays, as galleries are closed.
  • A fashion Tour of Tel Aviv's designers, boutiques and studios with Galit Reismann of TLVStyle. This customized tour that will take travelers off the beaten track and right into the studios of emerging fashion designers. TLVStyle provides guests with insider insights about Israel's most promising up-and-coming fashion designers as well as its established industry veterans.

The "Tel Aviv Street Style" package is priced starting at $1,685 for a single occupancy room and tours of up to two persons. It is available from December 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019 excluding December 19, 2018 to January 2, 2019.

Photo courtesy of Carlton Tel Aviv

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Where You Want to be Grand: The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real
December 4, 2018 | 1pm ET / 10am PT | Meliá Hotels International

All-inclusive luxury taken to a whole new dimension at The Grand Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real, a unique and thoughtfully-crafted experience to create endless memories.

The Grand Reserve will boast seven restaurants and bars, a full-service spa by Natura Bissé, Beach Club with access to the spectacular Bavaro Beach, family-friendly kids club and aqua adventure park. Guests of The Grand Reserve will also have access to all of the amenities and services of Paradisus Palma Real. Join us for this free webinar and you could win a 3-night stay! 

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New Cunard Deal Offers Free Upgrades on Several Cabin Categories
Available until February 28, 2019 | Cunard

Luxury cruise line Cunard announced its Upgrades on Us promotion. This new deal is available on select 2019 and 2020 voyages on all three ships – Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria.

Cunard’s Upgrades on Us promotion is available on the line’s signature Transatlantic Crossings including the Third Annual Transatlantic Fashion Week Crossing in July 2019 and the popular New England & Canada voyages, on flagship liner Queen Mary 2. The offer is also available on Caribbean, Europe, South America, Australia and Asia voyages on all ships, sailing between May 2019 and November 2020.

By taking advantage of the Upgrades on Us offer, guests have the opportunity to experience the ultimate levels of luxury across Cunard’s fleet. Those upgrading from Inside to Balcony will get to enjoy the sea air from the privacy of their own balcony, and those who upgrade from Club Balconyto Princess Grill will delight their palate with the gourmet cuisine of the Princess Grill Restaurant.

Book between November 29, 2018 and February 28, 2019; the Upgrades on Us promotion features:

  • Free upgrade from Inside to Balcony stateroom
  • Free upgrade from Club Balcony to Princess Grill
  • Upgrade within Queens Grill categories
  • Grill Suite bookings receive Free Gratuities and Free Drinks Package 
  • Past guests receive Free Gratuities (in all categories) 
  • All guests receive 50 percent reduced deposit

Destinations and itineraries world-wide including:

  • New England & Canada: A seven-night voyage on Queen Mary 2 from New York to Quebec with a rare overnight stay in Quebec City
  • Norway & Northern Lights: A 12-night voyage on Queen Elizabeth roundtrip from Southampton, England, stopping in four different Norwegian ports
  • Eastern Caribbean: A 12-night Caribbean sailing on Queen Mary 2 roundtrip from New York with stops in the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, as well as Barbados
  • Mediterranean Highlights: A 14-night voyage on Queen Victoria with roundtrip from Southampton, with calls in Spain and Italy
  • Singapore to Shanghai: A 12-night voyage on Queen Elizabeth, calling in Chan May and Ha Long Bay, with overnights in Hong Kong and Shanghai 
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Two Unique Meliá Experiences in Punta Cana
December 3, 2018 | 1pm ET / 10am PT | Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort and Meliá Caribe Beach Resort

You’re invited to discover the latest unveiling of two brand new all-inclusive resorts Meliá Punta Cana Beach, a new adult’s only oasis and Meliá Caribe Beach, the ultimate vacation experience for everyone. Register Now!

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Build Your Client's Ideal Hotel Experience
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts

As the world’s largest hotel franchise company, Wyndham makes hotel travel possible for all. Let us help you determine which brand matches your different types of clients. Take this quick quiz to discover your client’s ideal hotel experience.

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The Lodhi Introduces ‘Splendid Sojourn’ Promotion
The Lodhi

New Delhi luxury hotel The Lodhi announced its new special promotion ‘Splendid Sojourn.’ The deal makes travel to iconic Indian landmarks easier than ever by providing transportation to guests at no additional cost.

Guests at The Lodhi will be able to visit the popular Golden Triangle of India and see either the Taj Mahal in Agra or the Hawa Mahal in Jaipur. Guests will travel in style, with a car and driver provided to guests for free. The deal will be available for guests of The Lodhi until March 31, 2019.

The Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It sits on the south bank of the Yamuna River in the city of Agra. The Hawa Mahal, located in Jaipur, is another nearby architectural landmark. The palace is built from red and pink sandstone and has a unique exterior that looks similar to a honeycomb.

The Lodhi is centrally located in New Delhi, India. It is located on Lodi Road near the Lodi Gardens, an extensive parkland that houses historic tombs dating back to the 15th century. The property is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. It offers 48 rooms and suites that range in size from 1,350 square feet to 4,500 square feet. The property’s spa includes a Hammam, salon, gym, 50-meter lap pool, three tennis courts and two squash courts. The hotel’s Les Clefs D’Or Concierges is available to help create personalized excursions in and around the city.

Photo by somchaisom/iStock/Getty Images Plus/Getty Images

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Mexico Mood: Would you rather be in Cancun, Cozumel or Riviera Maya?
Apple Leisure Group

Fall and winter travel planning is well under way—and you already deserve a vacation! The Mexican Caribbean, with its turquoise waters, white sands and warm hospitality, sounds like the perfect reward for all your hard work. Which of the region’s famed, fantastic destinations defines your #MexicoMood? Take this quick quiz to find out.

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PrivateFly and Casa Kimberly Team Up for Puerto Vallarta Travel Deal
Available through April 30, 2019 | PrivateFly and Casa Kimberly

PrivateFly and Casa Kimberly are collaborating on a travel itinerary, which includes round-trip private jet travel to Puerto Vallarta via PrivateFly, a three-night stay in the Elizabeth Taylor Suite at Casa Kimberly, a sunset champagne sail, spa treatments for two, five-star dining experiences and more. Pricing for this exclusive travel itinerary starts at $50,015.

Travelers will begin their getaway with a check-in experience at a private FBO lounge, where they will meet their flight crew. Once on board, guests can go to their private cabin and have customized VIP catering, such as champagne and caviar. For this trip, PrivateFly recommends booking a Gulfstream GIV, which features a fast cruising speed of Mach .8, and a cabin interior with reclining seating. 

Upon landing, PrivateFly will arrange a 1960s classic car or limo to pick up guests from the tarmac and wind through the cobblestone streets of Puerto Vallarta to Casa Kimberly. 

When arriving at the hotel, guest will be greeted with a Casa Kimberly margarita or a glass of champagne before being escorted to the Elizabeth Taylor Suite. The suite is accessed via a private elevator or hand-painted tile steps leading from the central courtyard. The suite is 2,500 square-foot and includes a private terrace, pool, jacuzzi, Taylor’s original pink marble heart-shaped tub, art and antiques throughout, with views stretching from the Sierra Madra Mountains to the waters of Banderas Bay. Casa Kimberly features nine suites in total, a pool, boutique spa and fine dining restaurant.

The full itinerary for two guests includes:

  • Round-trip private jet travel via PrivateFly
  • Three-night stay in the Elizabeth Taylor Suite
  • Private mariachi serenade on the terrace with dinner in suite by The Iguana Restaurant & Tequila Bar
  • Private yoga session on the terrace 
  • Chef tasting menu at La Cappella, which is located at Casa Kimberly’s sister hotel, Hacienda San Angel
  • Spa treatment for two at the CK Spa
  • Private sunset sail with a champagne toast

This itinerary will be offered through April 30, 2019 and the aircraft cost may vary based on the departure city, availability, group size and type of jet. 

Photo: Casa Kimberly Elizabeth Taylor Suite

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Scenic Announces Black Friday Deals on 2019 Voyages
These offers are available for new bookings made between November 19 and 26, 2018 on select 2019 sailings | Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours

River cruisers can take advantage of Scenic’s just-announced Black Friday Sale offerings. More than three dozen sailings along the Danube, Main, Rhine, Rhône, Saône and Seine are up for grabs, as well as six cruise/tour explorations of Egypt and Jordan; plus, a rare sale on two departures of Scenic-National Geographic Expeditions Holland & Belgium in Springtime sailings.

Savings range from free roundtrip economy or premium flights on the European itineraries to free pre- or post-tour hotel stays in Egypt and Jordan to $500 per person savings on the Springtime sailings. Paying in full at the time of booking garners a €200 (approximately $228) per suite onboard credit (not available on Springtime sailings). These offers are available for new bookings made between November 19 and 26, 2018 on select 2019 sailings. They are combinable with most other Scenic savings and referral offers.

These eight- to 20-day cruises and cruise/tours are wide ranging: Amsterdam to Basel, Nuremburg to Budapest, Paris to Bordeaux, Amsterdam to Budapest, and Cairo to Amman. Sailing dates run from March through October 2019.

New onboard experiences and excursions give guests added variety including new active focus cruises in Bordeaux and South of France offering yoga sessions, e-bike cycling routes and Nordic hiking; and the addition of the company’s Innovative Salt Therapy Lounge wellness experience to all its ships sailing on the Rhine, Main, Danube, Saône and Rhône rivers.

Scenic also includes a river cruise guarantee, automatically covering every guest on the commencement of their cruise for any delays or cancellations due to weather, high/low water issues, natural disasters, mechanical breakdowns or labor strikes, reimbursing approved claimants up to $750 per day with a maximum of seven days or $5,250 per guest, instead of the industry standard of future cruise credits.

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Star Clippers Announces BOGO Deal for 2019 Indonesia Voyages
Star Clippers

Tall ship cruise company Star Clippers introduced a Buy One Get One deal for its seven-night Indonesia voyages out of Bali. Visitors on select eastbound and westbound Bali departures in June, July and August 2019 will receive a free companion fare.

The company’s Indonesian voyages will call on a few of the country’s 17,000 islands. Satonda, a tiny and uninhabited isle, is surrounded by coral reefs perfect for snorkeling and diving. On Komodo Island, visitors can see seven- to nine-foot long Komodo dragons in their natural environment. Elsewhere on the island, guests can visit the black sand Lovina Beach or Pink Beach, one of only seven pink sand beaches in the world.

Fares for an inside stateroom aboard these cruises start at $715 per person when accounting for the Buy One Get One offer. The cost for the Owners Cabin, where guests receive butler service and have access to a whirlpool tub, is $1,685 per person with the deal. All prices are based on double occupancy.

Passengers on the Indonesian itineraries will sail on the 170-passenger Star Clipper. One of the company fleet’s three tall clipper ships, the boat will use wind charts to ensure the ship sails under wind power for as long as possible.

Tall ship sailing company Star Clippers has been in business for over 25 years. Its ships sail to ports in the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indonesia and Asia. It operates three ships: the 170-guest Star Clipper and Star Flyer, and the 227-guest Royal Clipper. Its newest ship, the Flying Clipper, will begin sailing in 2019.

For more information, visit Star Clippers’ website.

This deal was originally posted on www.travelagentcentral.com.

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Classic Vacations: Tools & Technology
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Classic Vacations 101
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Couples Resorts: A Cost-Efficient Wedding For Your Client
Recorded on November 13, 2018 | Couples Resorts

At Couples Resorts, we’ve redefined the term "all inclusive" while still keeping it affordable for your bride. Join this webinar to learn more about our locations and packages that give your clients the most for their money. Register now!

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Mexican Caribbean: What is Your Celebrity Travel Style?
Apple Leisure Group

You know your clients’ celebrity travel style. You may even have clients who are celebrities. But did you ever wonder about your celebrity travel style? Take this quick quiz to find out for when you venture to mega-star hot spot the Mexican Caribbean.

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MSC Yacht Club: The All-Inclusive VIP Experience
Recorded on November 8, 2018 | MSC Cruises

This webinar reviews all of the benefits and privileges of the MSC Yacht Club.  MSC Yacht Club is the epitome of elegance and luxury at sea and offers a cruise experience like no other. This experience boasts a “ship within a ship” mentality where MSC Yacht Club guests get a section of the ship all to themselves, while still enjoying all of the features and offerings of the public areas. Register to watch now on-demand!

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The Hottest Caribbean Destination: The Cayman Islands
Recorded on November 7, 2018 | Cayman Islands Department of Tourism

Join the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism for an informative session on what’s new in the destination, how we continue to see record growth with air arrivals and why your clients would enjoy Cayman. The webinar will feature events, product and lift updates, and an overview of the Cayman Rewards program. Register now!

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Europe Cyber Monday Deals
Select deals are available until December 1, 2018 | Various

DUKES LONDON 

DUKES LONDON is offering guests 40 percent off stays booked between Black Friday, November 23, and Cyber Monday, November 26. The recently refreshed hotel provides classic British hospitality that caters to the modern traveler with exclusive experiences, such as MarTEAni Afternoon Tea, Duchess Rooms designed for the female traveler, and a line of up festive holiday programming. The iconic hotel that just celebrated its 110th anniversary will be decorated with dazzling decorations. The deal is valid for travel from November 24, 2018 to March 31, 2019 (excluding New Year’s Eve).

Pulitzer Amsterdam

Set within 25 interlinked 17th- and 18th-century canal houses, Pulitzer Amsterdam is offering 25 percent off nightly rates for guests traveling between January 1 and February 28, 2019. This visit also includes daily breakfast at Restaurant Jansz., and one complimentary cocktail per person at Pulitzer’s Bar. This offer is only available starting Cyber Monday through December 1, 2018 and with a minimum of two nights. 

Booking Code: CYBERMON

Azores Getaways

A Portuguese archipelago of nine diverse volcanic islands in the middle of the Atlantic, the Azores is an ideal playground for nature and adventure enthusiasts looking for an affordable getaway. Azores Getaways is offering the Boston-to-Terceira travel deal between November 23 to November 27, 2018. For $499, travelers receive round-trip flights from Boston's Logan airport to Terceira for a seven-day trip that includes accommodations at a four-star hotel with breakfast.

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Caribbean Cyber Monday Deals
Select deals are available until December 22, 2018 | Various

Here is a constantly updating list of Cyber Monday deals for Caribbean hotels and tour operators:

Atlantis Bahamas 

The resort on Paradise Island is celebrating the holidays with a special "5 Days of Savings," offering one surprise special deal everyday from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday. Travelers can check Atlantis' website for options which range from air and hotel savings, resort credit, a complimentary night and more. Booking window: Monday, November 26 for travel between November 26, 2018 - November 30, 2019. Valid for stays at The Beach, The Coral, The Royal, The Reef or The Cove.

Marigot Bay (St. Lucia)

Save 50 percent on all room rates when booking between November 21 and November 27, 2018 for travel dates that fall between November 22 through December 19, 2018 and January 6, 2019 through June 30th, 2019. Additional information on the deal can be found on Marigot Bay's website.

Park Hyatt St. Kitts 

With United Airlines (from Newark, NJ), Air Canada (from Toronto) and Sun Country Airlines (from St. Paul, Minneapolis) all launching new non-stop flights to St. Kitts by 2019, the Park Hyatt will be even easier to access in the new year. For Cyber Monday, get a fourth night free in one of the resort's suites. The package includes $300 resort credit (that can be used on an intimate dining experience at any of the resort’s three signature restaurants or on a rejuvenating spa treatment at the Caribbean’s first Miraval Life in Balance Spa) and is available to book through December 22, 2018 for travel through December 19, 2019 based on resort availability.

Bequia Beach Hotel (St. Vincent and the Grenadines)

Bequia Beach Hotel is giving guests six days (November 22 - November 28, 2018) to take advantage of their "Spa and Stay" packages:

  • 25 percent off the best available rate on stays now through September 4, 2019 when the room is booked before November 28, 2018; includes one free spa experience per person per stay (must be paid in full at time of booking)
  • 30 percent off the best available rate on stays now through September 4, 2019 when the room is booked before November 28, 2018; includes one free spa experience per person per stay (must be paid in full at time of booking, non-refundable)

Curtain Bluff (Antigua)

Set between two white-sand beaches, Curtain Bluff is offering 20 percent off on minimum five-day stays from now until August 17, 2019. Includes all meals, drinks and activities (such as snorkeling, waterskiing, stand-up paddle boarding, Hobie cats and more) and complimentary VIP airport pickup.

Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort (St. Lucia)

Sugar Beach will offer up to a 30 percent discount on stays in a Luxury Cottage or higher room category on bookings made November 22 through Cyber Monday. Guests will also receive a $50 resort credit. The discount is available for travel from January 2 to February 14, 2019 and April 20 to October 31, 2019 (blackout dates apply).