Summer travel deals: Not too late for making plans

Summer travel deals abound. It’s not too late to make plans for summer fun. Here are some travel deals, discounts and packages to consider. Photo: Y Public Relations / Hotel St. Croix

LOS ANGELES, CA — Summer travel deals abound. It’s not too late to make plans for summer fun. Here are some travel deals, discounts and packages to consider.

Summer Travel Deals in Sizzling St. Croix

Hotel St. Croix, the U.S. Virgin Island’s newest boutique hotel that is steps away from the charm and bustle of the busy Harbor Boardwalk, is offering a seven-night, nearly all-inclusive Caribbean fantasy package. 

Hotel St. Croix, USVI


$3,933 for two includes:

* Waterfront or Garden Suite
* Daily Continental Breakfast
* Two bottles of select wine from the Rum & Wine Bar
* Cocktail Party overlooking Christiansted Harbor
* Invitation wine tasting
* One-hour massage per person
* Yoga lessons available daily
* Complimentary Wi-fi

In addition, guests receive:
$500 in gift certificates ($100 per restaurant) to be used for fine dining at area restaurants near the Hotel St. Croix.
Sea and Island tours and activities, including golf, snorkeling, jeep tour, tennis and scuba (a $1000 value)
VIP travel bag mailed upon booking from the Hotel St. Croix.

Guests can add some island-hopping fun to this adventure package at Hotel. St. Croix. They can keep their room at the hotel while taking a seaplane to St. Thomas for a lovely lunch in French Town. Then they board a catamaran yacht and sail the islands with a private captain and crew for two days, staying on the yacht in a suite, and enjoying a full service sailing experience in the Caribbean. Price: an additional $1,199 per couple.

Other upgrades include accommodation of a third person or couple for the week in the Waterfront Loft for an added $1,699, and upgrades on custom-designed suites (ever room is different) at Hotel St. Croix.

U.S. citizens do not a passport to travel to the U.S. Virgin Islands.

(340) 773-0210

“Love Is Love Is Love” LGBT Package in San Francisco

Just in time for the Supreme Court’s rulings on same sex marriage laws, the JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square is rolling out the romance with a “Gay Pride” package available through August 2013.

This San Francisco hotel deal features:

A one-night-stay at the stunning in a room with picture perfect views of The City.

A “Foods of Love” dinner for two in three courses that are rich in aphrodisiacs and the freshest flavors of the season.  Guests can toast their love with a complimentary glass of champagne.

Two complimentary custom “Love is Love is Love” eco-friendly robes as keepsakes. Soft as cashmere the robes are crafted from 100 percent post-consumer plastic bottles, by A Lot To Say, Inc., the only apparel company to be endorsed by the International Green Energy Council. 

Rates start at $324 plus tax and gratuity, (use code Z82).

(888) 236-2427
JW Marriott San Francisco, Union Square 

LEGOLAND Resort Hopper Package at Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach 

LEGOLAND in Carlsbad, CA


Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach has a five-day family access package to LEGOLAND® California Resort as part of the new LEGO Star Wars™ X-wing starfighter display. The five-night LEGOLAND Resort Hopper package runs until September 15, 2013 and includes four LEGOLAND Resort Hopper tickets valid for five days of unlimited admission, from the day of first visit, to LEGOLAND California, LEGOLAND Water Park and SEA LIFE Aquarium. The package also provides complimentary transportation between Hilton Garden Inn and LEGOLAND California Resort, located five minutes from the hotel. The hotel offers complimentary self-parking, complimentary in-room high-speed Internet access, and complimentary local transportation. Location is a short drive from SeaWorld and San Diego Zoo, 40 minutes from Disneyland, and close to popular destinations throughout San Diego and Orange Counties.

The package is priced from $234 per night for a five-night stay for up to four people (per room), plus four five-day Resort Hopper Tickets to LEGOLAND California Resort, SEA LIFE Aquarium, and LEGOLAND Water Park. All visits must occur within five days of first visit.


(760) 476-0800
Hilton Garden Inn

Music and Memories in St. Maarten with R&B Special 

Westin St. Maartin


Continuing its support of musical talent of all genres, the Westin St. Maarten Dawn Beach Resort & Spa is hosting Grammy winner John Legend and Percy Sledge (“When A Man Loves a Woman”) for their scheduled performance Saturday, August 3. The performers will stay at the Westin St. Maarten and perform at Festival Village just minutes away.

The Westin St. Maarten offers its Caribbean Summer Spectacular package with rates of $169 per night, available for arrivals any day of the week and valid for travel through August 31, 2013. Book via email at or call (721) 543-6700.

Tickets for the concert are available now and can be purchased by visiting or calling (721) 520-7120. VIP tickets are US $150 in advance, and US $175 at the door. These tickets include premium Hennessy drinks and food, with VIP service in the front area including tasting stations. Tickets are also available for those who would like to experience only the concert aspect of the show at US $55 in advance and US $75 at the door.

Mountain Biking Tours for All Riders

Sacred Rides, a groundbreaking mountain bike tour operator based in Canada, offers advanced single-track fat tire tours in 13 remote and exotic international destinations. Among those tours is a new line of multi-sport options aimed at novices who want to get in on the fun of mountain biking. 

Sacred Rides has adventures that combine mountain biking with, among others, yoga, hiking and rafting, with one program in Mexico targeting active families. Other tour destinations include British Columbia, Patagonia, Peru, Slovenia/Croatia and Utah.

Programs that run from three to 10 days start at $568 per person, double, inclusive of regional-specific activities, lodging, daily lunch and breakfast, most dinners, daily luggage and airport transfers, and the expertise and companionship of a local guide.

An example of an eight-day adventure is the Alps and Adriatic Multisport at $2,285 per person double. Suggested skill and fitness levels begin at two for exploring the Slovenian Alps. Included are seven days of guided mountain biking with experienced local guides, eight nights accommodation in locally owned lodges, daily breakfast and lunch plus four dinners, all transportation including airport transfers in an air-conditioned van, a boat trip on the LIm Fjord, underground mountain biking in Slovenia, entrance to parks and caves and ice-cold local brews and beverages at the end of each day’s ride. In addition to easy mountain biking on scenic dirt roads in Slovenia and Croatia, guests sea kayak in the Adriatic, visit the Skocjan Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage and Cultural site, and the medieval seaside town of Rovinj on the Adriatic, and mountain bike underground in a 400-year-old mine.

(888) 423-7849  


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Lark Ellen Gould is an award-winning journalist who has spent the last few decades reporting on news, trends and nuances in the travel industry for top travel publications with a focus on Las Vegas, California, Africa, Asia, Pacific and the Middle East.
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