Spring travel deals from Chicago to the Caribbean

From the U.S. to Europe, some of the year’s best travel packages are offered in spring Photo: The Peninsula Hotel, Chicago

NEW YORK, April 18, 2012 — From the Caribbean to Europe, some of the year’s best travel packages are offered in spring. Here are a few that offer extra value to travelers.

Happy Birthday, Chicago

There has never been a better time to visit Chicago than this year with the city celebrating its 175th birthday. Book the offer at The Peninsula from April 1 through September 3 and you’ll receive complimentary dining for children 12 and under, 25-percent off spa services, free overnight valet parking, dinner for two in The Lobby, three hours in a  chauffeured Mini Cooper, a 60-minute massage, and a voucher for a free overnight stay in a suite on your next visit. Nightly rates for this super deal start at $450 for a two-night minimum stay.

Where the Deals Are, Ft. Lauderdale

The Harbor Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Fort Lauderdale is celebrating spring with a special package called “Sometimes More is Less,” which offers guests 15-percent off three night stays and 20-percent off for four nights or more when booking by May 1, 2012 for stays through June 30. Use promo code: D3Q.

Hawaiian Hideaway

The Ka’anapali Beach Hotel invites guests to spend a few days basking in the warm Maui sun and checking out the wonders of Maui. Ka’anapali Beach Hotel’s Best of the Beach 2012 package includes a four night stay, a compact rental car (and parking), lunch for two at the poolside Tiki Grill, daily buffet breakfast for two, and a choice of either snorkel gear rental or the use of an umbrella and two chaise lounges for 2 people for three days. This package, which runs $1,349 represents a savings of more than $400 and is available all year until January 4, 2013.

Cultural Amsterdam

The newly renovated, Het Grachtenhuis (Canal House Museum) re-opened on March 31st and to celebrate, The Dylan, the 40-room luxury boutique hotel located in the trendy shopping district “de negen straatjes” (the nine streets), is offering a cultural and historic glimpse into Amsterdam with the “High Wine, High History” package. Book a stay until May 31st for € 750 two nights and get a two-night stay, daily buffet breakfast, a flight of four wines paired with four amuse-gueule style bites, hand-crafted by Michelin starred Vinkeles’ Executive Chef Dennis Kuipers, featuring seasonal ingredients as well as tickets for the newly re-opened Het Grachtenhuis.

Romantic Escape

Lodge Kura Hulanda in Curacao is that tropical escape everyone fantasizes about, tucked away on a secluded private beach.  From now until October 31st, couples can book the Curacao Couples Getaway, a special package that includes a five-night stay, a three-hour snorkel trip, a poolside massage for two, and daily buffet breakfast starting at $1,450.

Adventure on St. Kitts

St. Kitts Marriott Resort is encouraging guests to get adventurous with its Escape! Attraction Package that  offers adrenaline-pumping island activities.  Available for travel through December 2012, the package includes a garden-view room, an island tour for two, a $200 room credit, and daily buffet breakfast for two, starting at $249 per night.

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