Not-so taxing Spring/Summer Travel destinations Part One

If you’re fortunate enough to get a tax refund and looking for ways to spend it, below is Part One of some of my favorite destinations that are offering packages for spring and summer travel. And you might even have some money left over.

“Suite Serenity” at Pelican Grand Beach Resort – Fort Lauderdale, Fla. 

Available March 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019 • Rates starting at $2,999/Night

The package offers Pure Suite accommodations, an 11th floor penthouse, complete with a balcony overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, and steps away from the Scandinavian-inspired PURE Spa that features floor-to-ceiling glass windows and a variety of massages, facials and skincare essentials and body treatments.  pelicanbeach.com Here’s a closer look:

  • Pure Suite accommodations
  • Well on Your Way welcome amenity, complete with fruit infused water, a plush robe and a Maria Akerberg gift basket
  • Reserved beach chairs and umbrella
  • Paddle board rental
  • Rooftop yoga session
  • PURE Spa treatment in an oceanfront suite
  • Dinner at the signature waterfront restaurant, OCEAN2000, featuring a healthy menu

“Brazilian Court Box” at The Brazilian Court Hotel – Palm Beach, Fla.

Available now – December. 31, 2018, starting at $1,150/three-night stay (April-Nov.) & $3,050/three-night stay (Dec.-March)

In the heart of posh Palm Beach, The Brazilian Court Hotel is giving guests the option to receive a pre-stay curated travel box filled to the brim with hand-picked, luxe goodies such as Frederic Fekkai’s Soleil Beach Waves Spray (there is a Fekkai salon on property), macarons from Cafe Boulud (also on property) and a Swell Bottle from the brand’s Palm Beach resort collection. www.thebraziliancourt.com The full list of “Brazilian Court Box” inclusions:

“Enjoy MPB at a Third Night Free” at Montage Palmetto Bluff — Bluffton, S.C.

Through April 30, 2018, rates starting at $483

The first East Coast location for Montage Hotels & Resorts includes activities such as golf, spa treatments and dining, as well as miles of trails for biking, running and walking, waterways for kayaking and canoeing through avian sanctuaries and amongst vast wildlife. www.montagehotels.com/palmettobluff  A closer look:

  • Luxurious accommodations in a guest house suite or cottage
    • Receive third night free after two nights consecutive stay
    • Free night reflected as a 33% discount

The Only All-Inclusive Experience on Miami Beach Exclusively at Eden Roc Miami Beach 
Through April 30, 2018 for stays May 1 through September 30, 2018 —  Starting at $450 per room, per night (based on double occupancy). 

© Kim Sargent

One of Miami Beach’s more luxurious properties is offering a truly inclusive vacation experience, from staycations to romantic weekends, girls’ getaways and everything in between, travelers can enjoy complimentary drinks, epicurean delights and oceanfront amenities without spending a fortune. edenrocmiamibeach.com
Book the all-inclusive package at Eden Roc Miami Beach and receive the below as part of your stay:

  • Stay in Eden Roc room
  • American Buffet Breakfast, lunch, and dinner at select dining venues including Malibu Farm*, Gitano*, on-site coffee shop and in-room dining
  • Bar and full menu service by the pool
  • Spirits (select brands, by the glass) and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Select in-room minibar items – including some soft drinks, water, juices, beer, snacks and select mini-liquor bottle
  • Complimentary in-room coffee and tea set up
  • 2 Complimentary beach chairs per room
  • Fitness center and fitness classes
  • Complimentary Wifi
  • Room taxes included
  • Resort fee included
  • Domestic and toll-free calls

*Malibu Farm and Gitano-coming soon. Dining venues may change.

Pamper and Play” at Innisbrook Golf Resort & Spa — Tampa Bay, FL

Rates starting at $150* per person/per night

Experience choice of a Signature Salamander Spa service or a round of golf on one of our renowned courses as well as:

  • Luxury accommodations of your choice
  • Breakfast daily in any of our three authentic restaurants
  • Your choice of either $150 credit for our Salamander Spa or 18 holes of championship golf on the North, South or Island

courses (per night of stay, per person)

  • $25 gift certificate (per person) for use in our Innisbrook Golf and Tennis Pro Shops
  • Complimentary access to our state of the art Fitness Center


“The Lofts” at The Henderson — Destin, Fla.

Available for booking now through April 11, 2018, starting at $245 per night or $1,700 per week

The Lofts, an exclusive villa-style counterpart to the 170-room, luxury resort. The Lofts overlooking the resort’s pools, and Destin’s famed sugar-white sands and emerald-green waters, www.hendersonbeachresort.comThe special introductory offer includes:

  • 25% off Weekly Stays in one of the 36 luxury one-to-two bedroom villas through December 31, 2018
  • Complimentary unparalleled resort amenities such as, passes to Henderson Beach State Park, beach cruiser bicycles, daily watersport activities, golf bag storage and private beach access
  • Priority access to The Henderson’s rooftop terrace, Sprinkles ice cream parlor, panoramic views at Horizons Bar, gulf-to-table eats at Primrose, personalized treatments at Salamander Spa and state-of-the-art fitness center

The Gates Hotel South Beach — Miami Beach, Fla. 

Available now through December 2018, weekday rates starting at $189 with exclusive weekend offers 

South Beach provides a trendy oasis filled with top-rated restaurants led by well-known chefs, art-deco inspired hotels, modern museums, and miles of beaches. Located on Collins Ave., The Gates South Beach allows guests to take advantage of everything Miami Beach has to offer.



“The Tour Package” at Streamsong Resort – Streamsong, Fla. (an hour outside Tampa)

Available throughout 2018, starting at $196 per person per night

Streamsong Black (Larry Lambrecht photo)

One of the country’s newest bucket list destinations for golfers, the resort’s Tour Package offers three days to play three of the most highly acclaimed courses in the game today – Streamsong Red, Streamsong Blue and the newest, Streamsong Black. The modern, lodge-style resort features extraordinary naturescapes and sporting pursuits, fine dining and a grotto-style spa.


Package includes:

  • Three-night luxury guest room accommodations
  • One round on Streamsong Red, Streamsong Blue and Streamsong Black
  • Full breakfast daily
  • $50 resort credit for each player



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