Travel e-Scapes: January 6, 2017

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Las Vegas

Travel e-Scapes: 01062017
TODAY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$126 Las Vegas, or $63 each way
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday through June 6
Blackout dates: February 17, 20; March 9-April 20; May 26, 27, 29
Valid on Frontier, nonstop
Purchase today, January 6
Note: Zion National Park (pictured) is 168 miles from Vegas


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Southwest Airlines is Growing…
Think summer vacation! Southwest Airlines is bringing its iconic brand and low fares to Ft. Lauderdale and the Caribbean starting on June 4. Get a jump on the low one-way introductory rates as the carrier extends its bookable flight schedule through August 14. 
New nonstop routes effective June 4:
Ft. Lauderdale – Belize (one-way from $79)
Ft. Lauderdale – Cancun (one-way from $89)
Ft. Lauderdale – Grand Cayman Island
Ft. Lauderdale – Montego Bay, Jamaica (one-way from $99)
Ft. Lauderdale – Nassau, Bahamas
Ft. Lauderdale – Havana, Varadero, and Santa Clara, Cuba

New service on routes varies from daily, twice-daily, weekend-only to seasonal. One-way rates are valid on purchases made by January 26 for June 4-August 14 travel. Blackout dates: June 30-July 9. 
Travel from Atlanta to Belize, for instance, will require one-stop in Ft. Lauderdale. Southbound rates from $188, $239 north.

Pop-Up Hotels
The boutique pop-up, Epic Retreats, will appear at three places of natural beauty over the course of the year in Wales and then vanish once the guests depart leaving the dramatic landscapes seemingly untouched.
Epic Retreats will be Wales’s first ‘disappearing’ hotel, which is coming to mystery locations throughout the country this year.
Eight made-to-order cabins draw on aspects of Welsh heritage and tradition. The project is in celebration of Wales’s Year of Legends 2017, with leading architects from around the world invited to design the eight bespoke cabins. Drawing inspiration from Welsh mythology, tradition and beauty, the accommodation displays a variety of national themes, including a dragon’s eye, the country’s slate-mining past and the legends of King Arthur. One cabin will be built in the shape of a traditional Welsh lady’s hat with a king-sized bed on the upper floor and a glass-domed roof for stargazing. Guest will also get a taste of whichever area they happen to stay in: locally-inspired activities, including sea fishing and beer tasting, will be on offer, and meals will be prepared by the country’s best chefs.
Epic Retreats will be an exclusive experience as fewer than 200 bookings will be available for stays across all three destinations. Booking details have yet to be announced. Keep track of news and updates at Epic Retreats.
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Wales’ West Country city of Bristol has its first floating hostel. The Kyle Blue is an upmarket floating hostel situated in Bristol Harbour The boat was originally a Dutch barge that housed a restaurant in the harbor, but a $250,000 refurbishment has seen it transformed into chic accommodation for discerning budget travelers. Thirty beds are spread across dormitories with rates of £22 a night ($27) and private bedrooms are priced at £49 a night ($60).
Cabin-style sleeping quarters feature portholes with water views, and beds separated by wooden partitions, with under-bed storage, plus four private shower rooms. Communal spaces include a minimalist lounge area with dining/working tables and floor-to-ceiling windows, giving way to a compact kitchen on the top deck. Guests can prepare their own meals in the self-catering kitchen.
Kyle Blue is a five-minute stroll from the city center and moored on Wapping Wharf between the award winning attractions of the SS Great Britain and the MShed Museum.


SPECIAL DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL OFFERS

Airfare offers – ones with a ticket-by date – and deals with our suggestion to ‘Hurry!’ can expire at any time.   Heed Clark’s advice: Buy that great airfare deal – and then figure out a reason to go there! Eventually, you’ll see the world at a fraction of the normal price!

NOTE: Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your flight! Additional charges now apply to budget and sale rates on most airlines for a carry-on bag, checked baggage and advance seat assignments. The least expensive fees are charged when these options are purchased during the ticket booking process. Fees climb higher after flights are reserved and even higher when adding these options at airport check-in. Kayak offers the most up-to-date Fees Chart for all domestic and international airlines. 

How do you find these great airfare deals? Visit Clark’s Atlanta Travel Tips page for a step-by-step guide.


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

North Georgia Mountains
Travelzoo has uncovered another gem of a deal at the Brasstown Valley Resort in north Georgia. Frommer’s calls North Georgia ‘one of the South’s best-kept travel secrets,’ with acres of greenery eclipsed by the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Day trips are within an hour of the resort, including Brasstown Bald, Chattahoochee National Forest, Lake Blue Ridge, the Bavarian town of Helen and Crane Creek Vineyards.
Stay at this upscale resort at savings of more than 55% through March 30. Rates are $69 a night on Sunday-Thursday arrivals; $109 on Friday or Saturday arrivals. Blackout dates: January 7, 13, 14, 21; February 4, 18 and March 1, 2, 24, 25. Rates do not include 13% tax and $15 resort fee per night. The resort fee covers unlimited local calls, access to the fitness center and steam room, access and equipment usage for on site fishing pond, unlimited tennis court access with equipment, daily newspaper, in-room coffee, and WiFi. Valet parking is an additional $7 for the entire stay.
Start the booking process at Travelzoo

Florida Keys Getaway
With unforgettable sunsets and sparkling waters, Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort adds to the vacation experience with the completion of its recent renovations at the 17-acre waterfront property. The resort now features a newly designed lobby, a modernized spa and a re-equipped fitness center. On site are three restaurants – from a tiki bar, a poolside bar to Gus’ Grille for a romantic dinner.
Rates start from $229 a night, including breakfast, on stays through March 27. Refer to promo code S4B when booking.
The Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort offers easy access to Everglades National Park, USS Spiegel Grove and Theater of the Sea. 


Travel e-Scapes is brought to you by Clara Bosonetto, Team Clark Travel Editor. Follow Clara on Twitter.


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