June 09, 2011

New Summer Sweet Spots


New York (June 9, 2011) – As summer kicks into high gear, opportunities abound to find the perfect balance of price and value in a vacation, particularly for those who appreciate luxury.  So say the travel deal experts at Smart Luxury Travel from ShermansTravel.com in the magazine’s Top 20 Sweet Spots for Summer in the spring/summer 2011 issue and online at: www.shermanstravel.com/spotlights/20_Sweet_Spots_For_Summer_Value. 

“Summer travel doesn't always equate with great value, especially as air and gas prices have risen so dramatically this year. We recommend traveling to shoulder- and off-season summer destinations, places that are traditionally less crowded and provide more bang for your buck,” explains Darren Frei, editorial director, Smart Luxury Travel.

A summer vacation in the Caribbean, which is always a gamble due to hurricanes, is a sure bet for finding great deals. The Smart Luxury Travel editors recommend Aruba, which boasts beautiful white sand beaches and lies outside of the so-called ‘Hurricane Belt’. The Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa, located on Aruba’s longest stretch of beach, offers rates starting at $190 per night, a savings of 35 percent, and a $25 spa voucher and $100 casino match play. www.radisson.com  (mention code: SMTLUX)

            Florida’s laid back Gulf Coast region, normally a top summer value destination, is offering extra enticing deals from hoteliers who seek to lure visitors back after the BP oil spill, which never reached the area’s gorgeous beaches. If the average 81 degree temps are not enough to entice travelers, deals such as the $159 per night rates at the all-suite Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach might do the trick. Smart Luxury Travel readers get an extra 20 percent off from June 30-September 1.  www.clearwaterbeachhyatt.com (mention code: LUXECB). 

Thailand is an exotic choice for summer value seekers. Thailand’s southern beaches are often uncrowded during the summer months, offering an opportunity to enjoy the unspoiled beaches without the crowds.  Thailand’s Hilton Pattaya, nicknamed the floating hotel due to the hotel’s location above Southeast Asia’s largest shopping complex, offers rates starting at $99 per night. Smart Luxury Travel readers who book by July 15, 2011 for travel through September 30, 2011 can take an extra 25 percent off the best rates by mentioning the code: floating hotel. Tel. (011) 66-38-25-3030

In June and July, visitors to New Zealand head up to the country’s ski resorts, meaning that other areas of the country beckon to be explored.  Goway Tours offers an amazing 14-day tour across the land that was transformed into the landscape for Lord of the Rings. Travelers will traverse seven areas of New Zealand on bicycles, a premier luxury coach bus, boats, and scenic railroads.  Highlights include a Maori Hangi feast in Rotorua, river safari across the Haast River, wine tours, guided nature walks and more. Packages offer a savings of $1,628 per couple.  

Copenhagen, one of Scandinavia’s most magnificent capital cities, offers warm sunshine through the late evening from May through August.  And even though it’s peak season, deals make it a ‘smart splurge’ according to the editors at Smart Luxury Travel.  “In July,” offers Frei, “locals close up shop, inspiring hotels to cut rates.” Summer festivals include Roskilde (June 30-July 3, 2011), one of the world’s largest rock music gatherings.

To download features from the current issue of Smart Luxury Travel magazine from ShermansTravel.com, visit www.shermanstravel.com/magazine.  Travelers can also get up-to-the-minute, editor-reviewed travel deals, hotel reviews and expert travel advice by visiting www.shermanstravel.com.

ShermansTravel Media is a leading travel media company that publishes travel deals, trip ideas, and expert destination advice. Core digital products include ShermansTravel.com and email publications (Sherman's Top 25 Travel Deals, Bulletins, and Smart Luxury Travel Deals & Advice). Other company products include its Travel Search price comparison tool, the ShermansTravel Deals Network, the ShermanMeter, and Smart Luxury Travel magazine, focused on "smart luxury." Founded in 2002 to help travelers make sense of the overwhelming number of online travel specials, ShermansTravel.com is now the web's most trusted source for editor-screened travel deals, hotel reviews, and destination advice. Sherman's Top 25, a free weekly e-newsletter, has surpassed four million subscribers. Smart Luxury Travel circulation is 400,000.

Anne Roderique-Jones

“It’s all about the carry-on. I’ve traveled for a month using only this small bag, and survived—it’s totally possible.”

Anne Roderique-Jones Freelance Editor

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