MAUI: 30% Off Luxe Villa or Condo Vacation with Car Rental

DestinationResortsHawaii_poolDestination Resorts Hawaii, one of the largest private home, villa and condo rental companies on Maui is offering a deal that’s sure to get the attention of traveling families. Its “Welcome to Spring” or :“E Komo Mai” deal offers 30% off accommodations and then throws in a compact rental car along with some fun, unexpected extras.

All accommodations are fully-furnished with living and dining areas, well-stocked kitchens, private lanais and en-suite washer and dryers. Floor plans give families room to spread out and enjoy without feeling like they are on top of each other. Extra perks like housekeeping and concierge services give vacations that resort-like feel. An assortment of seven beachfront and golf-front resorts are included in the special.

DEAL: Get 30% off an assortment of seven beachfront and golf-front resorts. Choose between a private home, villa, or condo starting at $159 per night with a free compact rental car when booking a two bedroom home, villa or condo. Self-parking, Wi-Fi and housekeeping is also included.

* Includes a free compact car rental. (Other car types available for a fee)

Grand Champions Villas 1-bdrm garden view was $279 starting at $159
Grand Champions Villas 2-bdrm golf front was $379 starting at $209
Wailea Ekahi Village Studio garden view was $289 starting at $179
Wailea Ekahi Village 1-bdrm ocean view was $409 starting at $259
Wailea Elua Village 1-bdrm ocean view was $529 starting at $339
Wailea Elua Village 2-bdrm ocean view was $749 starting at $489*
Polo Beach Club 2-bdrm oceanfront deluxe was $749 starting at $499*
Makena Surf 2-bdrm prime oceanfront deluxe was $1,199 starting at $719*
Wailea Beach Villas 3-bdrm garden view Villa with private plunge pool was $2429 starting at $1469*

But the perks don’t end there. Upon checking in all guests receive a welcome fruit and goodie basket that includes some nice, practical gifts (shown).

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SAN DIEGO: 25% Off Welk Resort Bed & Breakfast Escape

Welk Resort San Diego Pool

“A one and a two . . . ” It’s tough to count the many reasons to plan a trip to San Diego, but the most motivating might be the 25% discount being offered now at Welk Resort San Diego. Name sound familiar? It should. Bandleader Lawrence Welk, the man famous for creating “champagne music” also created a warm, sunny vacation spot worth toasting.

Located on 450 acres just north of San Diego, the Welk Resort is close to the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, LEGOLAND, and the beach – a plus if you decide to leave. The newly-renovated resort has five separate recreation centers (think basketball, volleyball and more), eight pools, two watersides, and a list of resort activities like weekly Dive-In Family Movie Nights. Be sure and get the latest Activities Guide when you check in.

DEAL: The Bed & Breakfast Escape Package includes:

  • Stay in Villas On the Greens Deluxe with fireplace and Jacuzzi.
  • Breakfast for two at the Canyon Grille restaurant.
  • In-room gift basket upon arrival.

DATES: Ongoing

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HAWAII: Dreamy Fairmont Orchid Under $200/night


BOOK BY SEPTEMBER 27 | If you needed a spark to get organized and book that Hawaiian getaway, this is it. The Fairmont Orchid on the Big Island is slashing rates by 40% for stays through December 20, 2013. Smart travelers who act fast can book a room for less than $200 per night.

The 32-acre luxury oceanfront Hawaii hotel is set on the beautiful Kohala Coast. The AAA Four Diamond resort has a 10,000-square-foot oceanfront swimming pool, spa, golf course, tennis, six restaurants and a year round children’s program. The resort made it to respected “Gold List 2013: World’s Best Places to Stay” by Conde Nast Traveler Readers.

At the beach, spot green turtles known to bask in the afternoon sun. Hui Holokai Beach Club Ambassadors lead “turtle talk” sessions along with taking care other beach needs like setting up chairs and cabanas with towels, and checking out beach equipment.

DEAL OPTIONS: For $199 you can book a 500+ square foot Garden View room with refrigerator. For $24 more per night, you can upgrade to a Partial Ocean View room. For $80 more per night, enjoy an Ocean View room.

DATES: The deal is good for stays through December 20th, including many sought after holidays and weekends, but you must book by September 27. There are also some blackout dates, so pay close attention to the calendar. This deal is not available September 28-30, October 1-2, 12-15 and November 4-5.

TESTED: We found the deal available on several dates through December 20 including the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 27-30, 2013.  Three nights in a Garden View room costs $677.10 including taxes. Be sure to enter the code “PZOO” in the promotion code box when searching for availability. Note: Parking was not include and runs $17 per night for self parking and $22 per night for valet parking.

Be sure to let us know if you were able to take advantage of this great deal and have fun on the sunny Kohala Coast!





NEWPORT BEACH: Luxe Hotel with FREE Wine, Valet Parking, Wi-Fi


SOLD OUT | Enjoy a night of old-school beachside glam at the only waterfront resort in Southern California’s Newport Beach for an amazing 40% off. Perfectly perched on Newport Harbor, the AAA Four-Diamond Balboa Bay Club stretches 15 waterfront acres. Opened in 1948 as a private beach club, it’s now part of the Meritage Collection, a group of California luxe properties in popular destinations like La Jolla, Santa Barbara and Napa Valley.

For just $229 per night, a savings of $153, you get a Courtyard View room and use of hotel amenities that include a heated Olympic-size outdoor swimming pool and a 24-hour fitness center. Kayaks and paddle boards can be rented for an additional charge. The Balboa Bay Club is also minutes away from Balboa Island and Fashion Island mall. The hotel is pet friendly, but an additional fee applies.


  • $229 per night for two in a 500-square-foot Courtyard View room with a private veranda
  • Bottle of wine in room (reg. $35)
  • Valet parking and nightly hospitality fee which covers wireless internet service (reg. $48)

DATES: Good for travel through January 31st, but blackout dates apply. And you have to buy the voucher before the Travelzoo countdown hits zero on September 22nd.

NOTE: The nice part about this deal, is you don’t need to set your travel plans in stone now. Buy a voucher from Travelzoo, then call the hotel directly at 949-645-5000 to make a reservation. But you do need to be aware that blackout dates apply. The deal is not available on: Sept. 19-24; Oct. 6-7, 13-14, 21-23, 31; Dec. 20-21, 31; Jan. 4-6, 24-28. Reservations are subject to availability and early booking is recommended.

TESTED: We found rooms at this hotel for $229/night outside of the Travelzoo deal. So, think of it as getting a free bottle of wine, valet parking and WiFi if you do book through Travelzoo.

Remember to let us know if you could take advantage of this great deal and have a fabulous time in Newport Beach!




KAUAI: Oceanfront Marriott with free Wi-Fi 40% Off


BOOK BY SEPTEMBER 30 | Even if you weren’t planning a trip to Hawaii, 40% off an ocean view in Kauai is just too good to pass up! For just $139 per night, you can soak in the scenic Kauai coastline from your private balcony that overlooks the ocean at The Courtyard by Marriott Kauai at Coconut Beach.

The Resort completed a $13 million renovation in 2012. Spacious guest rooms include perks like refrigerators and free high-speed Internet. One of the only true oceanfront hotels on Kauai, a quick walk by the pool and whirlpool leads directly to the beach.

Families will appreciate the hotel’s many complimentary activities that include hula lessons, outdoor movie nights, a basketball and tennis court, and a game and entertainment room that includes air hockey, Wii and board games. Hawaiian culturally themed activities like shell necklace and lei making are also available at an additional cost.

DATES: The deal is good for stays through December 23rd, including sought after holidays and weekends, but you must book by September 30th.

TESTED: We found the package available on several dates through December 23rd including the Thanksgiving holiday. Nov. 27-30, 2013.  Three nights equals a base rate of $417.00 plus $55.94 in  estimated taxes for a total of $472.94

Be sure to let us know if you were able to take advantage of this great deal and have fun in Kauai!



CANCUN: Luxe All-Inclusive Family Vacation 25% Off


BOOK BY SEPTEMBER 30 | Escape with the family to the warm sunny beaches of Mexico with savings up to 25 percent off at the Azul Beach Hotel. The newly renovated, boutique-style property is located on a beautiful stretch of beach less than 20 minutes from Cancun International Airport.

Azul Beach goes out of their way to make families feel at home (see pic above). From the Azulitos Kids Club to loaner baby equipment like bottle, sanitizers, monitors, cribs and strollers to the bottomless Fisher Price® toy box and hundreds of sand toys. Parents need not worry about carrying a wallet everywhere they go, everything’s covered in the all-inclusive price.

The family suites can comfortable sleep a family of five, and include a large bathroom with separate toilet and shower, a king size bed in an area with sliding doors for privacy, and a living area with a table and space to sleep three kids. Every room also has a spacious balcony or patio area.

DATES: Book by September 30 for travel through December 22, 2013


  • Savings up to 25% between September 1 – October 31, 2013
  • Up to 2 children under 12 years of age Stay & Eat free when sharing room with parents, now through October 31, 2013.
  • Savings up to 15% between November 1 – 30, 2013
  • Savings up to 25% between December 1 – 22, 2013

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SAN DIEGO: Kids Free Package at Paradise Point Resort & Spa

 Bayside Bungalow -Courtesy Paradise Point Resort (1)

Calling all kids… Paradise Point Resort & Spa has an offer too good for your parents to pass up. In honor of October’s Kidvasion, when kids eat, stay and play for free, the Resort has put together its own “San Diego Kids Free Package.”

During the entire month of October families can stay in a waterfront bungalow or suite, kids get free breakfast at the resort’s Barefoot Bar & Grill and a $50 “Island Allowance” to spend on vacation goodies like kayak rentals, mini-golf, s’mores, or whatever they stumble upon on the resort’s 44 acres. Add on the resort’s five pools, golf course, beach bonfire pits and fleet of beach cruisers and you’re looking at an action packed family vacation.

DATES:  October 27-30

TESTED: The cheapest days in October were Sunday—Wednesday, October 27-30, so you’ll need to pull the kids out of school to get the best deal. Rates were $262/night for a Garden Junior Suite with one king bed and queen sofa sleeper. Total $941.00 for the three nights, including tax and resort fees. A total credit of $12 per child for up to two children will be applied to the room daily. The “Island Allowance” resort credit is a one-time resort credit per room.

Paradise Point is located across the street from SeaWorld San Diego. The marine park is running its own kids free deals during October. Get one child, ages 3 to 9, free with one full-paid adult admission and one free child with one paid adult Dine With Shamu ticket. Older kids, ages 10 to 13, are can participate for free in SeaWorld’s Dolphin Encounter and Dolphin and Beluga Interaction Programs with one full-paid adult ticket.

Don’t forget to tell us if you are able to take advantage of this deal and have fun with your family in San Diego!

P.S.  Check out all the FREE things for kids to do in San Diego during October!

SAN DIEGO: Kids Free for the Month of October

Legoland Family Fun -Courtesy Joanne DiBona,

Families love San Diego, but during October, parents can add up a number reasons to love it even more. For the entire month, kids eat, stay and play for free at 100+ attractions ranging from hotels and restaurants to amusement parks and museums. Plan it right and families can save a bundle of cash when they join the San Diego Kidvasion

The website makes it quick and easy to browse the numerous kids free options. The list of attractions is impressive, including some of the most popular family choices.