If you want the best value for your vacation, it pays to shop for packages as opposed to simply considering the basic room rate. While not every hotel offers an all-inclusive travel experience, many do include exceptional complimentary items with seasonal and annual package rates. Ranging from happy hour drinks to museum tickets and spa treatments to temple tours, the best package offerings keep things fresh and fun.
A popular perk in hotel packages is to include additional food and beverage items with the price of the room. While morning meals have come to be expected, some venues are choosing to branch out beyond the basic breakfast buffet. For example, a recent promotion of Four Points by Sheraton included complimentary tokens for hotel guests to use for tasty treats such as free appetizers, desserts and specialty coffees. Mohegan Sun, a Connecticut gaming resort within easy reach of such cities as New York, Providence and Boston, also includes cocktail credits with certain room packages, along with extra activities such as golf and tickets to sporting events.
The beverage and experience combo is apparently a popular one. The Revere Hotel Boston Common is getting into the game as well this fall with an urban art package including a $24 drink credit at the venue’s Emerald Lounge and two $15 tickets to the Institute of Contemporary Art. A great deal for those visiting Boston. If you favor a more international getaway, the JW and CasaMagna Marriott resorts in Cancun, Mexico have packages starting at $199 per night which include spa treatments, tours of Chichen Itza and other extras. (See also: How to Get the Best Value for Your Spa Getaway)
Popular accommodation packages often have a theme around which the extra perks are developed. This can result in superior value, particularly for luxury travel. Germany’s Regent Berlin for instance, offers a scenic driving getaway which includes the use of a stylish Mercedes-Benz vehicle stocked with full picnic supplies and fine china so guests can enjoy the nearby countryside. A six-course, candlelight dinner at the hotel’s restaurant is also included in the romantic, two-day package. Foodies who prefer fine dining may want to check out the gourmet holiday package being offered for couples this season by the CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa on the Caribbean island of Anguilla. The five-night offering includes a cooking class, wine tasting, chef’s table dinner and multiple meals at the resort’s various restaurants along with fully daily breakfasts. (See also: 7 Great Reasons to Check Out the St. Kitts Marriott)
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