Escapes from the cold

Deals Of The Week

January 06, 2008|By Richard P. Carpenter | Richard P. Carpenter,Boston Globe

January is a time for warm thoughts. As we ring in the New Year, we dream of leaving the cold behind. Some possibilities:

It's summer in Cape Town, South Africa, where average temperatures range from the 60s to the 80s November through March. Cape Grace resort has a five-night Adventure Package for about $7,000 double occupancy. It includes a room with views of Table Mountain or the waterfront and breakfast daily; a skydive and rope descent from the mountain; a sunset cruise; a three-course dinner in the Shark Cage restaurant on the waterfront; a massage; a whiskey tasting; and airport transfers. The offer is valid through April 30. Call 011-27-21-410-7100 or go to capegrace.com.

Barcelona, Spain's winter temperatures hover in the 50s. TourCrafters has a $660 four-night package that includes round-trip airfare from Washington, accommodations at the three-star Hotel Covadonga, daily breakfast, and hotel service and taxes. At the five-star Melia Barcelona, package prices start at $810. The offer is valid through March 13. Call 800-482-5995 or go to tourcrafters.com.

Average winter temperatures in Sedona, Ariz., range from the mid-50s to mid-60s. Enchantment Resort in Sedona has extended its Sedona Red Rock Renewal package, designed for up to four people, to Feb. 7. Included are four nights in a Casita guest room or junior suite, complimentary entry to Mii Amo Spa, one 60-minute private yoga session for up to four people, full breakfast each morning, a Jeep tour of the historic area, and unlimited use of mountain bikes and tennis courts. Rates start at $440 per night. Call 800-826-4180 or go to enchantmentresort.com/packages.

If you're considering a trip to Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., where average winter temperatures are in the mid-60s, Orbitz and Liberty Travel are offering a $150 gift card with stays of four nights or longer at a Disneyland Resort hotel for travel tomorrow-April 20. Go to orbitz.com or libertytravel.com.

Greater Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is extolling the virtues of smaller lodging places. The 72 members of the Superior Small Lodgings group have deals beginning at $55 a night. There you might savor temperatures from the mid-50s to the high 70s. Go to sunny.org/ssl.

In St. Lucia, where you can expect temperatures from the mid 70s to the low 80s, the Anse Chastanet resort wants you to forget about winter and think about romance, adding a free night for those who book a seven-night stay. The Total Romance package features a welcome cocktail; bottle of French champagne; a basket of fruit; breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner; all drinks and house wine; two T-shirts; taxes and service fees; a $500 certificate to be used on a return visit; a tour of a volcano, Sulfur Springs, and diamond mineral baths; a jungle biking trip; a boat shopping trip to the capital of Castries; a snorkel trip; a scuba diving course; and two Swedish massages. Through April 15, seven-night packages begin at $6,921. Call 800-223-1108 or go to ansechastanet.com.

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