No plans for Labor Day weekend? If you regularly read ShermansTravel, you'll know that two weeks is more than enough time to plan a last-minute vacation. With these deals, it's easier than ever to say "yes" to one last summer escape...
Now through September 30, including Labor Day weekend, the luxe Royal Palms Resort & Spa in Phoenix is offering more than 60 percent off standard room rates -- plus spa and dining credits -- through its DeLuxe Lounging Package. It's essentially a third night free promotion, with average rates coming out to as low as $179 per night, compared to high season rates of $479. Guests will also enjoy two $40 spa credits, each of which can be used on one treatment 50 minutes or longer, and $25 credit for the hotel's T.Cook's restaurant. Use promo code DELUXE.
At the iconic Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas, the lowest rates of the summer coincide with the first ever Paradise Music Festival. We just found rates from $180, $196, and $276 for their value, moderate, and deluxe accommodations respectively over the holiday weekend, whether or not you plan on rocking out at the concerts. But if country stars like Rascal Flatts, Dierks Bently, and The Band Perry are your idols, the resort is also offering three-day passes from $295 per person, plus $200 in airfare credit if you stay for a minimum of four nights. Book here.
Hotel Terra Jackson Hole is celebrating the National Park Service's birthday later this week with a special Passport to the Parks package valid through the end of September, including Labor Day. Over the holiday, rooms start at $272.50 per night for three nights, already 15 percent off the best available rate at the AAA four-diamond property. The package also includes a park pass and guidebook to both Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, as well as a $20 daily breakfast credit at the hotel's cafe.
A Grand Canyon adventure with L'Auberge de Sedona doesn't come cheap, but a 10-hour guided tour via luxury mini coach isn't something you experience every day. That's not to mention the property's spacious cottages, which offer private decks and outdoor rain showers. Because it's less than two weeks out from the holiday weekend, the lowest-priced rooms available over Labor Day start from $752.50 for the package, for one of the recently renovated Vista suites. A two-night minimum stay is required. (See the "Adventure" tab on the Packages page to book.)
Also valid for Labor Day weekend is Marriott's Endless Summer sale, extending perks at 33 of the brand's properties with rates as low as $139, as well as up to $100 in resort credit per night. Note that some properties have sold out for the weekend, but for stays from Friday through Monday, we found some rates from: $239 at Vail Marriott Mountain Resort in Colorado; $179 at Orlando World Center Marriott in Florida; $299 at Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on Hawaii's Big Island; $209 at Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tennessee.
Over on Cape Cod, Ocean Edge Resort focuses on the best way to explore the area -- by bike. A themed package includes half-day bike rentals and breakfast for two, with rooms starting from $335 for Village villas and $585 for Mansion deluxe rooms (the property features two different lodging areas). While the promotion is priced higher than typical room rates, from $275 and $525 for the same weekend respectively, you're essentially getting the bike rentals for $5 each after you factor in the cost of breakfast.
Finally, the Omni three-day sale that we posted yesterday -- featuring rooms as low as $99 per night in various cities -- is valid for Labor Day weekend. But the sale ends tomorrow, August 21, so you'll have to act fast to take advantage.