Spending money on a vacation may seem like a luxury—but occasionally, you have to indulge yourself. Here’s where to go for a good time at an incredible value.
Mt. Pleasant, Bermuda
You really can’t go wrong in Bermuda, especially at the Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort & Spa. Take your pick of the historic Shoreby House, a 2,500 square-foot suite where luminaries like President Woodrow Wilson, Mark Twain, and Charlie Chaplin have stayed. All the suites have kitchens so families can cook in and save money. Dine outside watching the sunset from your balcony. And you can take advantage of the 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, and infinity pool.
Venture off for sunset sails, biking and kayaking tours, dolphin interactions, and for the adventurous cliff diving. The Stay Together, Play Together family package includes lodging, daily breakfast, $25 per day dining credit, savings and discounts on purchases at over 50 locations around the island, a tennis or golf lesson for kids, a complimentary round of golf on the resort’s championship 18-hole golf course, free water shuttle to downtown Hamilton, and free airport transfers. Prices start at $522 a night for the one-bedroom suite that sleeps four. Find out 16 ways to save money when booking a hotel room.
Captiva Island, Florida
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Take advantage of 330-acres of fun in the sun at South Seas Island Resort. Keep it simple by looking for seashells on the resort’s two and a half miles of beach, or get active and fish, bicycle, jet ski, or kayak; you can even hit the tennis courts. Or just curl up with a good book under a beach umbrella. Camp Skullywags entertains and educates 3-11 year-olds. Golfers can play a beachfront course. The Summer Getaway package offers a fourth night free and rates from $209 a night, making the average for a four-night stay $157. Kids 12 and under eat breakfast free. You’ll get a coupon book with more than $250 in savings on resort outlets, from golf, watersports, island cruises, spa services, dining, shopping, and more.
Hot Springs, Virginia
There’s something to be said for Southern hospitality. The 2,000-acre historic Omni Homestead Resort—which boasts visits from 23 presidents—has hot springs, a water park, a spa, two 18-hole golf courses, zip lining, tennis courts, and more. The Endless Adventure Package includes on-property activities, a special rate for the Cascades Golf Course, the KidsClub, and parking. You can choose from activities like archery, flyfishing (and a fly casting clinic for novices), a gorge hike, hayrides, skeet, group horseback rides, canoeing, kayaking, mountain bike rental, paintball, and more. May through October, rates start at $485. Don’t miss these ways you’re wasting money on vacation.