Travel — 11 July 2014
Great summer escapes in, near South Florida

By Charlyne Varkonyi Schaub

Sometimes all you need to recharge is to spend a few days in a different location. You don’t have to go far to reap the benefits of a break in routine and gain a new perspective. Explore Florida’s great getaways that are within a few hours’ drive. (Remember that resort fees often are charged in addition to the room rate.)

Going Hollywood

Florida residents can save up to 25 percent through Sept. 30 at The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood. (Mention rate code RESFLOAT). Or book the VIP offer that includes room upgrade, $100 resort credit, complimentary valet parking, $25 American Express gift card and Super Summer 2-for-1 savings card. Guests also will receive two tickets to “The Art of Nathan Sawaya,” who builds three-dimensional sculptures from LEGO bricks, through Aug. 17 at the Hollywood Arts and Culture Center. The offer requires a two-night minimum. (Mention rate code VACVIP14). For reservations call 954-602-6000 or visit

Spa serenity in Manalapan

Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, which took over the former Ritz-Carlton property in Manalapan, is offering a “Florida Resident Summer Special” though Oct. 30. It includes room rates from $189 with complimentary valet parking and no minimum length of stay. Relax during your stay with discounted spa treatments – $99 at 9 a.m. and $110 at 10 a.m. for either the 50-minute Self-Centered Massage (normally $160 for 60 minutes) or Essence Facial (normally $160 for 60 minutes). For reservations call 800-328-0170 or visit

Palm Beach Panache

The Breakers Palm Beach, an Italian-Renaissance setting on the ocean in Palm Beach, has summer room rates that are 45 percent less than winter rates through Sept. 30. Prices start at $329 per night Sunday-Thursday and $409 per night Friday-Saturday, including July 4 and Labor Day weekends. The special includes full American breakfast buffet, kids’ meals (ages 3-12), unlimited tennis, unlimited fitness classes and unlimited WiFi and local calls. For reservations call 855-313-8851 or visit

Far away, close to home

Lago Mar Resort & Club, a family-owned beachfront hotel in Fort Lauderdale’s Harbor Beach neighborhood, is offering Florida residents a 15 percent discount off the best available rates Sunday through Thursday until Sept. 30. Rates start at $157 a night. Blackout dates apply. A valid Florida driver’s license must be presented at check-in. For more information and reservations call 855-209-5677. Registered guests can reserve a spa package for $150. It includes a 25-minute Swedish massage, a 25-minute European facial, and a 25-minute refresh manicure or pedicure. For more information and reservations call 954-245-3632, Ext 127; or see

Key West Escape

The Pier House Resort & Spa, an iconic landmark steps from Duval Street in Key West, has waterfront dining, a full-service spa and a private white-sand beach. Summer specials include 50 percent off the third night when you stay three nights midweek, 50 percent off the fourth night when you stay four nights and get the fifth night free when you stay five nights. Blackout dates apply. For reservations call 305-296-4600 or visit

Gulf Coast Sunshine

The Hyatt Regency Coconut Palm Resort & Spa’s “Sunshine on Sale” package offers a fourth night free when you pay for three nights through Dec. 31. Amenities at this Bonita Springs resort include a secluded island with beach, 18 holes of golf at Raptor Bay and a massage at Stillwater Spa. (Mention rate code SALE14). For reservations call 800-233-1234 or visit

Captiva Island Retreat

The South Seas Island Resort on Captiva is offering a “Summer is Heating up Just Escape” plan that gives $250 in savings at resort shops and restaurants when you book four or more nights before Sept. 30. Children eat breakfast for free. For reservations call 866-565-5089 or visit

South Beach Style

The National Hotel on Miami Beach, which was recently renovated, is offering an introductory rate for Floridians starting at $189 per night through Sept. 30. Guests also will receive a complimentary room upgrade and a 15 percent discount on hotel dining, excluding room service and mini bar. A Florida ID is required at check in. (Mention rate code FLINTRO). For reservations call 305-532-2311 or visit

Summer Surprise Miami Beach

The Courtyard Cadillac Miami Beach Oceanfront has a special “Summer Soccer” package that runs through July 31. It includes a room upgrade, two complimentary beach chairs with umbrella, signature Caipirinha welcome drink and a complimentary private cabana. For reservations call 305-538-3373 or visit


How “Suite” It Is, Fort Lauderdale 

The Atlantic Hotel & Spa on Fort Lauderdale beach celebrates the season with “The Suite Life Staycation.” A concierge will help you design your dream visit. Amenities include a choice of a driver picking you up and taking you home from your hotel stay, a romantic dinner for two prepared in your suite, breakfast in your suite, massage or a personal picnic basket to enjoy on the beach with a complimentary umbrella and beach chair during your stay. Packages are available from $299 per night. For reservations call 954-567-8020 or visit


Spa Surprise, Delray Beach

The Seagate Hotel & Spa offers several summer deals through Sept. 30. They range from discounts for teachers to a spa package. Teachers and educators can get 20 percent off the published room rate and spa treatments and a reduced $10 per day valet parking. (Must show valid teacher ID. Mention rate code MKTEDU). The beach package starts at $189 per night and includes one-night stay, Seagate Signature beach towel, a luxury beach bag, lip balm and sunscreen. (Use rate code PKGBCH). Book the “Summer is Sweet Spa Package” at $199 per night (Monday through Wednesday) and get a 25-minute fruity body scrub, normally $50. (Mention rate code SWEET). For reservations call 877-577-3242 or visit


Chilling in Boca

The new Waterstone Resort & Marina Boca Raton, which opened in May on the site of the former Bridge Hotel, is offering a special rate for Florida residents. It includes a $25 credit toward food and beverage. A two-night minimum is required and a valid Florida ID must be shown at check in. Blackout dates apply. Mention rate code PK and book by Aug. 21. For reservations call 800-774-1500 visit








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