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Today, June 20th, is the first day of summer! Yippee! For most of us, that means warm sun, toes in the sand, cold drinks, total relaxation, and that vacation that’s long overdue. Not sure of your vacay destination yet? Good news…24 hour flash summer travel sales are happening now! Here are the escape details…
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Summer Solstice Sale

Take advantage of Summer Solstice 24-hour flash sale at The Langford Hotel and it’s modern accommodations in downtown Miami with 30% off best available rates. Other perks are welcome cocktails for two, room upgrade based on availability, continental breakfast for two, and a one day admission for two to the History Miami Museum. Offer valid until midnight on June 20th, 2016. Book the Summer Solstice Package online at www.langfordhotelmiami.com with code: SSP.

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Cyber Summer Sale

Also available for the 24 hours of the first day of Summer, June 20, 2016, grab discounted rates at 19 hotels & resorts with savings up to 50% off during the fourth annual CyberSummer event. View all properties participating at www.CyberSummerTravel.com and book today, June 20th, for travel valid throughout the summer, and in some cases through the end of the year. Participating hotel destinations ranging from Florida, the Caribbean, Mexico, and even Latin America. Book fantastic hotels and resorts including the W Fort Lauderdale, The Palms Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach, and Tabacon Thermal Resort & Spa Costa Rica at CyberSummerTravel.com

Happy Summer Travel Sale!

 

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Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida

Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida

Holiday travel can be stressful, especially with little kids who are out of their normal routine. Keep your Florida family vacation holly and jolly with these travels tips this festive season:

What to Pack:

  • Shorts because it’s always warm
  • Lightweight fabrics
  • Light jacket for evenings in case it’s breezy
  • Swimsuit – you won’t be able to resist the pools & beaches
  • Festive sweaters – just wear them inside in the blasting AC
  • Sunscreen – the Florida sun doesn’t quit

Get Psyched:

  • Let each family member choose an activity on the trip
  • Read kids books on the destination
  • Check out hotel photos online

Destination Books for Family Florida Vacation

Bring the Holly Jolly:

  • Invite your The Elf on the Shelf or The Mensch on A Bench on vacation
  • Pack up dollar spot holiday surprises for the kids

Hit up Florida Festivities:

Keep Kids merry with these treats:

  • Magical 3-D Holiday Glasses
  • Tour of holiday light displays around town
  • Holiday cookie run
  • See the latest family holiday movie
  • Wear animated Santa hats from the drugstore

Happy Holidays!

JetSet Stocking Stuffers

When it comes to holiday gifts, the priveleged few who travel year round and can claim the title of “jetsetter” may be the hardest to buy for on your list. Afterall, what else could one want than to travel the world? Lucky for us gift givers, top brands everywhere do the hard work and create unique stocking stuffers for jetsetters year after year. It’s just a matter of finding these treasures. Lucky for all of you travel-loving readers, I love digging these life-on-the-go goodies up. Here are 12 stocking stuffers for jetsetters for the 2015 holiday season…and here’s to either being a jetsetter yourself or claiming that frequent flier status next year! For more deets on these items above and why I am loving them, check out my full write up on Beyond Words. Happy Holiday Shopping!
Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort in Curacao…included in Cyber Monday Travel Deals.

Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort in Curacao…included in these Cyber Monday Travel Deals.

If you have the “experiences over things” mentality like I often do (unless I see a pair of killer heels), these Cyber Monday 2015 hotel deals are just for you. This Monday, December 30th, 32 hotels across the U.S., Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe are participating in special Cyber Monday rates up to 75% off just for you adventurous world travelers. Head to CyberTravelDeals.com now to check out the details on all properties participating so you’re ready to book a trip (or three) Monday morning! Here’s just a sneak peek at some of the hotel deals included:

United States

Hotel: Sandpearl Resort, Clearwater Beach

Offer: 40% off best available rates

Valid for Travel: December 2 – February 13, 2016

How to Book: www.sandpearl.com

Promo code: CYBER15

 

Hotel: Opal Sands Resort, Clearwater Beach

Offer: 40% off suites

Valid for Travel: February 20 – May 26, 2016

How to Book: www.opalsands.com

Promo code: CYBER15

 

Sense Beach House_Cyber Monday 2015 Hotel Deals

Sense Beach House, Miami Beach…also included in the Cyber Monday 2015 Hotel Deals.

Caribbean

Hotel: Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, Aruba

Offer: Rates starting at $199/night

Valid for Travel: May 1 – September 30, 2016. (Blackout dates: May 25-30, 2016)

How to Book: arubamarriott.com

Promo code: D52.

 

Hotel: San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, Puerto Rico

Offer: 25% off leisure rates, starting at $169/night (available to book

Nov. 27-30)

Valid for Travel: Dec. 11, 2015 – Jan. 17, 2016

How to Book: www.sanjuanmarriott.com

Promo code: 444

 

Hotel: Tamarind, Barbados

Offer: Up to 55% off, starting at $218/night (discount/rates vary by seasonal travel dates)

Valid for Travel: Dec. 1-22, 2015, Jan. 3 – April 17, 2016, June 1 – Oct. 22, 2016

How to Book: www.tamarindbarbados.com

Promo code: CYBER1

Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa_Cyber Monday 2015 Hotel Deals

Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa, Florida

Latin America

Hotel: Casa Palopo, Guatemala

Offer: 35% off nightly rates, starting at $100/night

Valid for Travel: May 1 – July 3, 2016 and August 28 – October 28, 2016

How to Book: Email reservations@casapalopo.com and mention Cyber Monday

 

Hotel: Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort, Costa Rica

Offer: 50% off, rates starting at $150/night

Valid for Travel: August 21 – December 17, 2016

How to Book: www.tabacon.com

Promo code: CYMO

 

Europe

Hotel: Palazzo Victoria / Verona, Italy

Offer: Up to 25% best off best available rates

Valid for Travel: January 12 – April 30, 2016

How to Book: www.palazzovictoria.com

Promo code: CYBMON16

 

Hotel: Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa, Italy

Offer: 15% off the Tuscan Wine & Culinary Experience Package and a bottle of wine from the Serchio Valley upon check-in.

Valid for Travel: Valid for travel through August 31, 2016

How to Book: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/hotel-deals/lcvbr-renaissance-tuscany-il-ciocco-resort-and-spa/ with the promo code ZJ9

 

Please note, these Cyber Monday 2015 hotel deals can only be booked on Monday, November 30th and are based on availability and subject to blackout rates. Additional room category limitations and restrictions may apply. 

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Black Grecian Express Sweeps

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, the countdown to 2016 is on! Don’t know where you’re celebrating New Year’s Eve? Express may just decide on those plans for you, jet setters. Enter Express’s #EXPSWEEPS contest and get the chance to win a free all expenses paid trip to NYC on New Year’s Eve for you and 3 of your friends! That includes airfare, hotel, and gift cards for you and your crew. If that’s not the best way to start 2016, I don’t know what is!

Winner or not, you definitely need a fabulous holiday party look lined up for the evening. Here are some great stand out Express NYE dresses that will help you sparkle and celebrate the holiday season in style.

Details on the black grecian look above (or similar):

1. Black Grecian Pleated Cutout Mini Dress

2. Clustered Faux Gem Ear Cuff

3. Five-Color Designer Eyeshadow

4. Zipper Glitter Clutch

5. Ithaque Pink Nail Polish

6. Black Bow Friskyy Sandals

Black Sequin Express Sweeps

Details on the sequin look above:

1. Black Sequined Cutout Mini Dress

2. Two-Tone Clutch

3. Bobbi Brown Eye Palette

4. Rhinestone and Pave Square Stud Earrings

5. Lip Gloss

6. Nudist Heels

The bonus? You can find these Express NYE dresses and many other styles in stores and online for 50% off (with free shipping) for Black Friday, November 27th. Missed it? No worries, there will be additional deals and offers including free shipping on Cyber Monday, November 30th!

Don’t forget to enter to win the Express NYE in NYC contest here, no purchase necessary. Winners to be announced Tuesday, December 1st. Good luck!

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Marenas Beach Resort & Spa in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida

About this time of year, around our anniversary and before the hectic holiday season begins, my husband and I plan a getaway for a few days. Recharging my batteries is key to truly enjoying the upcoming 6 weeks of non-stop festive family fun with our two little boys. This way, there’s less of a chance I’ll lose my (ahem) cool before the Christmas tree is even up. This month, we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to check out Marenas Beach Resort & Spa for two nights in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida for our escape and are so glad we did!

With storm clouds above us all weekend, our stay wasn’t the cocktails-in-the-cabana and sunset-beach-stroll escape I was envisioning. Evidently, Mother Nature couldn’t care less about my travel plans. But, regardless of the weather, our escape to Marenas Resort was the exact break I needed…and I almost forgot about the beach and pool right in their backyard. Almost. Yes, I’m a parent to 2 little kiddos and I’ll be happy with 5 minutes to myself in a cardboard box. But for a true escape, I’ll take Marenas. Here are my 5 favorite things about our recent staycation at Marenas Resort:

Marenas Beach Resort Sand

Hittin’ the beach.

Marenas Beach Resort Room Key

The Friendly Service

From the moment we stepped into the lobby, the staff couldn’t have been friendlier and more helpful giving us a full run down of the property and getting us settled in quickly. About 10 minutes after we checked in, I received a courteous call in our room to make sure everything was to our liking and asking if we needed anything. Definitely not something you’ll find at every hotel. When we needed help in the business center, the staff was happy to help us get a fax out and, while we waited, they gave us several restaurant suggestions for dinner nearby. It’s all of these little details that are often forgotten by hotels that truly make the difference, make me feel well taken care of, and make the property stand out among the rest.

1 Bedroom Suite at Marenas Beach Resort

Spacious Rooms

I’m one for stretching my travel dollar as much as possible to get to as many destinations as possible. So, typically, you’ll find me in a standard room, albeit a 4 star standard room. But the Marenas Resort mostly has one bedroom suites and we were lucky enough to get one and quickly felt spoiled and right at home. These 700 square foot spacious rooms had a fully equipped kitchen with a large fridge, microwave, and coffee pot (and complimentary pods), a sitting area, a washer/dryer, a large bathroom, and a balcony overlooking the Atlantic. After checking in and discovering all of this right in your room, you may never check out.

Marenas Beach Resort Beach Fun

Hyde Beach Dirty Martinis near Marenas Beach Resort

Location, Location, Location

Being born and raised in Miami, I heart Miami Beach. But sometimes, the over the top scene in South Beach is more than I want to deal with, especially when I’m looking to chill out for the weekend. Marenas Resort is located in Sunny Isles Beach, just 30 minutes north of the heart of Miami and not even 2 miles away from Aventura. This location gives you the same beautiful beach, (most of the time) gorgeous weather, a much more relaxed vibe, and is close to both MIA and FLL. I suggest spending most of your time in the golden sand or poolside with cocktail in hand. But, in case it rains during your stay (doubtful), head to the nearby Aventura Mall like we did. It’s one of the best malls in South Florida with a movie theater, great shopping, and yummy restaurants. Bal Harbour Shops and Sawgrass Mills Outlets are close too. Want a little bit of a scene at least for dinner? No worries, there are plenty of excellent restaurants nearby like Hyde Kitchen + Bar and Bourbon Steak (where we dined) or GG’s Waterfront, Corsair, and Bal Harbour Grill which were all highly rated and recommended.

Gym at Marenas Beach Resort

Game Room at Marenas Beach Resort

After about 20, I finally made a shot!

Toes in Pool at Marenas Beach Resort

M Bar at Marenas Beach Resort

The Boutique Hotel Feeling Without the Cramp

I adore the uniqueness and intimate feeling of boutique hotels for about the first 24 hours. Then I tend to feel a bit cramped and antsy that there’s not enough to do on property. Marenas Resort has managed to offer the best of both worlds, the boutiquey feel with an attentive staff and a long, narrow lobby (giving the illusion of a small hotel) plus plenty of entertaining areas including a comfortable bar, a full gym, the pool, beachfront service, a business center, plenty of sitting areas to just relax, and even a mini game room on the lower level. You may just need more than a weekend to tackle all there is to offer.

Poolside Water Wall at Marenas Beach Resort
Loungin at the Marenas Beach Resort

Cookies on Stick at Marenas Beach Resort

The Little Details

For me, after checking out of a hotel the biggest take aways are actually all of the little details…the things that have sparked some emotion in me. At Marenas Resort, it was the huge aquamarine water wall constantly flowing and calming me instantly…the inviting lounge areas around every turn which made me feel comfy cozy…the creative cookies on a stick and lemon lime mint water in the lobby sending me off with one last smile and hitting my sweet spot. Marenas Beach Resort & Spa gets it right, down to the little details.

Next time you’re looking for a relaxing Florida getaway, be sure to check out Marenas Beach Resort & Spa, the 4-star luxury hotel located in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida, 30 minutes north of Miami.

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