Friday Fivesome: Gay Travel Sales and Sweepstakes

by  Justin Ocean | Jul 16, 2010
Andaz San Diego
Andaz San Diego / Photo courtesy of the property

This deal has expired, but be sure to check out our Top 25 deals of the week for savings on trips to destinations around the globe.

This week, we've dug up a quintuple-threat of deals, news, and contests to get your gay on around the world, from Dallas to Mykonos.

1. Andaz San Diego's Last-minute Pride Sale (also valid beyond Pride)
Attention procrastinators and impulse travelers: tomorrow is San Diego Pride, the fifth largest in the nation, and Hyatt's Andaz Hotel has a deal for you. (A bit late to the game, but with a property this pretty, we'll excuse anything.) Priced from $209 the Pride Welcome Package includes stylish accommodations, daily breakfast for two, late check out till 4pm, a surprise welcome amenity and tailored LGBT travel info courtesy of the concierge. With a historic Gaslamp Quarter location away from the North Park and Hillcrest hoopla, its rooftop pool is perfect for relaxing after the mania of the parade, festival, performances by Eve and Devo (yes, that Devo, pictured above) and whatever other laid-back sun and fun San Diego throws at you. Book here with code LGBT10 or call 619-849-1234. Can't make it this weekend? The package is available at all Andaz properties worldwide through December 30. Check out our San Diego Travel Guide.

2. Win a trip to Dallas Gay Pride
Strap on your spurs and kiss a cowboy for luck, because the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau is giving away an all-inclusive weekend package for two to the 27th annual Dallas Pride September 17–20. Prize package includes two roundtrip flights on American Airlines, a four-day three-night stay at the W Dallas-Victory Hotel, dinner at its signature restaurant Craft, and two passes each to Gay Day at Six Flags Over Texas (wheee!) and Gaybingo Dallas (it's not just for grannies anymore). Click here to enter; sweepstakes ends July 29, 2010. See everything to look forward to in our Dallas Travel Guide.

3. Axel Hotel Barcelona Re-opens with Free Massages
Only seven years old and already getting a facelift—when they say “gay hotel chain” they mean it! To celebrate the re-opening and swanky expansion of its now 105-room flagship in Barcelona, Axel Hotels, the world's first and foremost “hetero-friendly” hotel chain (including properties in Berlin, Buenos Aires and soon-to-be NYC) is offering a “Your Time” package to showcase its brand new Wellness Club 33. For only $6 more than the price of a room—essentially free—guests receive a 60-minute “De-contraction” massage, free access to the club and baths, a “cleansing” cocktail and are greeted with a welcome ritual. Book now for stays up till September 12.

4. Save over 50% on Fuerza Bruta Tickets
Argentinians don't just do gay marriage, they also present some pretty thrilling theater, too. Having wowed New York City audiences with the long-running smash hit De La Guarda, their stunning, water-logged aerialist fantasia follow-up Fuerza Bruta is even more exhilarating (and whether intentional or not, super gay). Featuring high-energy music, a gorgeous cast of sultry South American stunt men and women, plus an overhead pool that has to be experienced, it's less Off-Broadway than sexy and immersive performance art. For the rest of July, get tickets for only $35 using code FBCARD5. That's $45 off!

5. 7-Day Mykonos Villa Sale and Contest
Luxury gay tour operator Steele Travel's latest signature urging to “live your indulgence” sees guests on a 7-night and 8-day Mykonos Island Villa Escape, August 23–30, recently reduced by $450. Topping out at 21 travelers over a three villa private compound, the experience includes roundtrip airport transfers, daily brunch prepared by personal chefs and special event dinners, discounts on island excursions and two houseboys (natch), plus party passes to the muscled-up 10,000-man-strong sweaty circuit heaven known as the XLsior Festival. And whether you're looking for love or just feeling lucky, head to for the chance to win two free spots on the trip! Click here for contest rules. Then check out our Mykonos Travel Guide for inspiration.

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