Travel e-Scapes: December 15, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Bermuda

Travel e-Scapes: December 15, 2015

HURRY! GO NOW!  One-way from Atlanta:
$149 Bermuda
No advance purchase required
Depart by April 30
Valid Tuesday or Wednesday
Add $20 per direction for other travel days
Valid on Air Canada via Toronto
Stopovers not permitted
Purchase by December 31
Note: Compare to Delta’s lowest round-trip rate of $636


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

NYC Ice Bar
The Minus5 Ice Bar has opened inside the New York Hilton Midtown situated in the heart of midtown Manhattan at Sixth Avenue between West 53rd and 54th Streets. The 3,000 square-foot venue’s frozen new look will include 100 tons of fresh 100% pure Canadian ice. Award-winning ice carvers have created an assortment of iconic New York landmarks like the ‘Liberty Throne,’ ‘Chrysler Building,’ ‘Museum of Modern Art,’ as well as Broadway-themed decor and a V(Ice)P room inspired by the art of Andy Warhol.
Ice Experience Packages:
$20 The Experience, includes Parka, Gloves
$45 Two Cocktail Experience (Most Popular): Two Specialty Ice Cocktails, Parka, Gloves

$45 Fur Coat Experience: Faux Fur Coat Upgrade & Gloves
$75 Total VIP Experience: One Specialty Ice Cocktail, Faux Fur Coat Upgrade, Gloves, Souvenir Hat, 1 5×7 Framed Photo ($100 Value)  
Check out the YouTube video of Minus5. 

Where to Go in 2016
Fodor’s Travel released its 5th annual Fodor’s Go List. The list highlights 25 can’t-miss spots around the world that should be on every traveler’s radar in 2016 and includes destinations for every type of trip. The destinations, which span six continents and 20 countries, are chosen by the experts at Fodor’s Travel who log countless miles traveling across the globe each year.
This year’s list incorporates everything from emerging destinations and new hotspots to noteworthy events and great values around the world.
For the first time, Fodor’s has selected a top destination for the year: Utah. With the newly expanded Park City, the largest single ski and snowboard resort in the U.S., five outstanding national parks celebrating the U.S. National Park Service Centennial, and unforgettable experiences like viewing fossils at Dinosaur National Monument, rafting the Colorado River or staying at a working ranch, Utah will be the place to get outdoors next year, making it worthy of the Go List’s top spot.
The Top 10 on the Go List include: 

  • America’s National Parks (Utah)
  • Sicily
  • Guadeloup
  • Abu Dhabi
  • Island of St. Helena
  • Guam
  • Ecuador
  • Adelaide
  • Faroe Islands
  • Bavaria

View the complete Fodor’s Go List and destination guides, including Insider Tips. 


SPECIAL DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL OFFERS

Airfare offers – ones with a ticket-by date – and deals with our suggestion to ‘Hurry!’ can expire at anytime.   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!

GO NOW!  One-way from Atlanta:
$43 Miami
No advance purchase required
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Complete travel on or before February 29
Valid on American, nonstop
Purchase today, December 15

One-way from Atlanta:
$92 Key West
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before March 2
Valid on American via Miami
Stopovers not permitted

HURRY!  One-way from Atlanta:
$97 Denver
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before March 2
Valid on American via Dallas-Ft. Worth

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$752 Zurich, Switzerland
Travel any available day of the week
Depart January 4-March 27
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to six months
Valid on British Airways via London
Stopovers not permitted
Purchase today, December 15

HURRY!  GO NOW!  Round-trip from Atlanta:
$870 Budapest, Hungary
$886 Athens, Greece
No advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Depart now through December 23 or May 17-August 22
No minimum stay required; one year max
Valid on British Airways via London
Stopovers not permitted

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$895 Geneva, Switzerland
$946 Munich, Germany
$955 Frankfurt, Germany
Travel any available day of the week
Depart January 10-February 29
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to six months
Valid on British Airways via London
Stopovers not permitted
Purchase by December 25

HURRY!  GO NOW!  Round-trip from Atlanta:
$988 Copenhagen, Denmark
No advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
A 7-night minimum stay required; one year max
Complete travel on or before May 17
Valid on British Airways via London
Stopovers not permitted

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 added during the flight 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. 


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT DEALS

Winter Ski Savings
Ski off the beaten tracks to find the best deals on lift tickets, lessons and lodging in Colorado:

Ski or ride any three days from now through December 29 at Steamboat for $169.  The Launch Pass can be used on non-consecutive days.  A two-day advance purchase is required before first use.  

The Elevation 4 Pass at Arapahoe Basin offers ski or riding for any four days with no blackout dates.  Adults $149; $99 ages 6-14. Extra days $59 adult; $28 kids. 

The Granby Ranch is located 90 miles from Denver, and 20 miles from Winter Park and the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.  A ‘4 Pack’ is valid for 4 days of skiing or snowboarding January 4-March 27.  Rates are $144 (non-transferable) or $169 (transferable).  Stop in the ticket office the first day you plan to ski or board and your picture will be taken and your 4 pack printed. Blackout dates: December 17-January 3.
Granby Ranch might be one of Colorado’s best-kept secrets. This family-focused resort is composed of two separate mountains and served by five lifts. The East Mountain is more suitable for beginners, while the West Mountain offers terrain for more advanced skiers and snowboarders. The resort also has a terrain park.

The Winter Park Resort TWOfer Special provides for two days of skiing and riding for $139 per adult.  Blackout dates: December 19-January 3; January 16-18; February 13-15.  

The $20 Colorado Gem card program includes:
2-for-1 lift tickets at Arapahoe Basin, Eldora, Loveland, Monarch, Powderhorn, Ski Cooper, Ski Granby Ranch and Sunlight
One special offer at each resort, such as a free ticket to Monarch in April or a $10 ticket to Loveland in February or $10 off a child’s lift ticket to Eldora in March
Blackout dates: December 19-January 3.  Purchase by February 29.  Cards expire April 17.

Located on the Western Slope’s Grand Mesa, Powderhorn offers a ‘Learn to Ski or Snowboard’ program for $169 to all first timers, new to snow sports. The program includes three full-day lessons, lift tickets on EZ Rider and rental equipment. After completing the three days, participants receive a graduate card that allows 50 percent off additional lift tickets, lessons and rentals for the remainder of the season. 

Sunlight Mountain’s ‘Ski, Swim, and Stay’ package, from $99, offers skiing, soaking at Glenwood Hot Springs and lodging near downtown Glenwood Springs. Visitors can park for free, walk to the lifts, and never stand in a lift line.  All 67 trails lead right back to the lodge where you can stow your gear and meet family and friend.  Sunlight Mountain is 12 miles south of Glenwood Springs. 

New DR Resort
Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana is slated to open in May 2016.  It’s Nickelodeon’s first-ever international 5-star hotel property for a new kind of all-ages vacation.  The resort is located beachfront on the golden sands of Uvero Alto Beach and 60 miles north of Punta Cana Airport.   Oversized suites are offered in seven styles for a variety of tastes – from intimate Jacuzzi Pads and Flats to exquisite Swim-Up Suites. Guests may also choose one of four exclusive, two- and three-bedroom Super Villas providing upwards of 2,200 square feet of vacationing space each, including the Pineapple Villa, inspired by SpongeBob SquarePants’ own home in Bikini Bottom. Suites will include luxuries like jacuzzis, private patios, wrap-around terraces or balconies, and 24-hour in-room dining options.  Plus, all guests will enjoy ‘Got You Covered’ amenities like complimentary baby food, strollers, cribs, kids’ spa robes and baby bottle warmers for infants and toddlers.
The Gourmet Inclusive Experience includes:
All meals and snacks from 10 restaurants, four bars and lounges, and a Coffee Shop — ranging from kid-friendly to elegant
All local and selected international premium alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and juices
Once-daily restocked mini bar with soft drinks, water and beer
Access to Aqua Nick (water slides, splash pads, spray grounds and a lazy river), the Sports and Entertainment Center, Fitness Center and nine swimming pools
Nickelodeon Concierge and vacation planner services
Access to Just Kiddin’ supervised activities for children 4 – 12 years old
Nickelodeon Character Experiences with photo ops
Daily activities program and special nightly entertainment, performances and live music
Spanish lessons, yoga, stretching classes, aqua aerobics, dance, cooking classes and more
WiFi and 24-hour Room Service
All taxes and tips
Arrival Slime smoothie Welcome for the kids and sparking wine or a Slime beverage for adults
Kids from ages 0 to 12 years stay, play and eat for free

Book the ‘Sun, Slime & Savings!’ package with rates from $380 per night (discounted rate).  A 4-night minimum stay required.  Book by January 31.  

  • Save 45% on May 1-June 15 or August 24-December 18, 2016 stays
  • Save 40% on June 16-August 23, 2016 stays

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


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