So-called ‘snowbirds’ – those long-stay travellers who migrate south to Florida and other sunny destinations each winter – might find what they’re looking for right here in Canada, with a new deal from Victoria, B.C.’s Huntingdon Hotel & Suites. The hotel’s Winter Escape package includes long-stay rates from $ 690 plus taxes per week, double occupancy, including accommodation and daily breakfast for two, and a convenient (and scenic) location overlooking the city’s Inner Harbour and within walking distance of attractions like the Royal BC Museum, Ogden Point and Beacon Hill Park. Two restaurants are located on-site (as part of Belleville Park Resort, which comprises the Huntingdon as well as Gatsby Mansion) and pet-friendly rooms are available. See bellevillepark.com. Another option in the capital city is the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, a newly rebuilt property offering introductory rates from $ 139 for a standard room and $ 195 for an ocean view room, through Feb. 28, including free valet parking, WiFi and access to the seaside heated mineral pools overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The introductory rates are based on double occupancy and subject to availability and do not include taxes or gratuities, and black-out dates are in place Feb. 8 – 15. See oakbaybeachhotel.com (promo code SOFT).
Air Canada Vacations’ latest promotion takes $ 200 per person off the price of escorted motorcoach tours in Europe, and $ 100 per person off the cost of week-long Europe trips. The motorcoach deal expires Feb. 28 and is valid for travel in 2013, and includes the 13-day Essential Britain, the nine-day Normandy, Brittany & Chateau Country, the 15-day Spanish Fiesta and the 12-day Essential Italy. With the second deal, applicable to seven-night Europe packages like the April 8 departure for Paris staying at the four-star Auteuil Tour Eiffel, bookings must be made by April 15 for travel in 2013. See aircanadavacations.com.
WINTER YOUR WAY, AT DEERHURST
Deerhurst, a Skyline Resort, is just a few minutes’ drive from the Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area and its downhill ski slopes, plus on-site winter activities at the resort include skating, snow tubing, sleigh rides and cross-country skiing on 35 kilometres of ski trails. And with the ‘Winter Your Way’ package, available through mid-March, guests receive $ 100 in resort credit per night, good towards dining, spa services, ski and skate rentals and more. Deerhurst also has a ‘Stay Longer & Save’ deal that takes 20 per cent off room rates for bookings of three nights or more. See deerhurstresort.com.
BEST BUY OF THE WEEK
Florida’s Palm Beach Gardens Marriott is celebrating its recently unveiled multimillion dollar restoration project with 50 per cent off rates for newly renovated suites. The deal is good through January and also includes daily breakfast for two. See marriott.com/pbipg (promo code S4B).
Kathryn Folliott is a Toronto-based freelance writer. Prices quoted are subject to change and availability.
PICKS OF THE WEEK
Sunquest: Puerto Plata, air & hotel, $ 669 (+$ 396 taxes & fees) (Jan. 15). sunquest.ca
Air Canada Vacations: Turks & Caicos, air & hotel, $ 1,340 (+$ 234 taxes & fees) (Jan. 14). aircanadavacations.com
Nolitours: Costa Rica, air & hotel, $ 569 (+$ 320 taxes & fees) (Jan. 15). nolitours.com
Signature Vacations: St. Maarten, air & hotel, $ 1,715 (+$ 320 taxes & fees) (Jan. 27). signaturevacations.com
Transat Holidays: St. Lucia, air & hotel, $ 899 (+$ 337 taxes & fees) (Jan. 20). transatholidays.com
Hola Sun Holidays: Santiago de Cuba, air & hotel, $ 538 (+$ 274 taxes & fees) (Jan. 27). holasunholidays.ca
Bel Air Travel: Belize City, air & hotel, $ 995 (+$ 310 taxes & fees) (Jan. 21). belairtravel.com
Sunwing Vacations: Montego Bay, air & hotel, $ 865 (+$ 390 taxes & fees) (Jan. 26). sunwing.ca
Sell Off Vacations: Punta Cana, air & hotel, $ 418 (+$ 390 taxes & fees) (Jan. 24). selloffvacations.com
itravel2000: Four-night Las Vegas, air & hotel, $ 195 (+$ 313 taxes & fees) (Jan. 27). itravel2000.com
Tour East Holidays: 10-night Thailand & Cambodia, hotel, transfers, tours, $ 3,150 (Jan. 10 onwards). toureast.com