A long weekend and good weather are just the start to an unforgettable Memorial Day weekend. If you really want a mini vacation to remember, do your family a favor and reserve an amenity- and action-packed stay at one of these six easy-to-reach destinations:
Seven Stars Resort
A jaunt to Turks and Caicos gets a lot more appealing when you book a suite with direct views of the sparkling aqua sea. And that’s just what you’ll get with this Grace Bay resort’s Spring Early Book Bonus. Take advantage of the deal by May 31 for travel through August 12 and you’ll receive 35 percent off an oceanfront suite, which has a king bed with grand vistas of the postcard-perfect shore and more. Use the money saved on the room for a beachside massage or the South Caicos snapper at Seven.
Sunset Key Cottages, A Luxury Collection Resort
This gorgeous Key West resort sits on its own private island, Sunset Key, making you feel as if you’re in a faraway land. That’s why this spot is ideal for couples looking for romance. Made for lovebirds, the Time Stands Still package includes a chef-prepared breakfast delivered to you room each morning of your stay, plus champagne and flowers when you arrive. Tip: Be sure to hit the spa for a couples massage in a private oceanfront cabana.
Reunion Resort, A Salamander Resort
Families who want to stay at a luxe spot in Orlando and get a deal on amusement park tickets should head straight to the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended hotel. The Theme Parks Savings deal gives those who book four nights in a villa or deluxe home up to $150 off two adult six-park unlimited passes to places like SeaWorld, Universal Studios Florida and Busch Gardens. When you’re not taking in the off-property thrills, relax at the resort, which has ample golfing, tennis and kids activities (hello, 990-foot lazy river!).
Mokara Hotel & Spa
Head to Texas before the summer heat gets there and you’ll be able to fully enjoy an authentic taste of San Antonio. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel on the city’s iconic River Walk offers the True San Antonio Getaway, a package that features everything from a tequila tasting flight on the day of your arrival to dinner at the seafood-centric restaurant Ostra and overnight valet parking. But the biggest reason to snap up this deal is because it also comes with a $750 voucher for Lucchese Boot Company in the Alamo Quarry Market, meaning you can leave the Lone Star State with an authentic pair of well-made cowboy boots.
Baccarat Hotel and Residences
The opulent Midtown Manhattan hotel is a new hot spot for the city’s glamorous to meet, drink and be merry. Why not join them for your next springtime getaway? Book the Limitless Luxury promotion and you’ll receive complimentary Wi-Fi and a $50 hotel credit. Use that extra cash to indulge at the glitzy upstairs bar, the fine French restaurant Chevalier or the sumptuous Spa de La Mer.
Most people use the holidays as an excuse for not exercising. This year, Lexus and Boston’s Four-Star XV Beacon are taking a different approach by having their first Lexus Gran Fondo, a cycling and culinary event stretching across Massachusetts from May 27 to 30.
Riders (and their supporting companions) will start their adventure with a welcome reception and kickoff dinner at XV Beacon’s signature eatery Mooo. The next day, embark on a 100-mile ride with cycling stars Christian Vande Velde and George Hincapie from XV Beacon to Cape Cod’s Chatham Bars Inn Resort and Spa. (If you need a more direct path to Chatham, 50- and 28-mile routes are available. Lexus is also providing transportation to those who don’t feel like pedaling.)
And don’t worry about getting replenished at the inn after all of the riding and cheering. The Four-Star resort has a weekend full of epicurean excitement (a dinner led by Dean Fearing of Four-Star Fearing’s Restaurant, a farm excursion, a champagne brunch) awaiting you and your biking brethren.