Hot Travel Deals In Sizzling Destinations

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To snag a bargain when planning your last-minute summer vacation, it’s always a smart strategy to zig while the crowd zags.

In the summer, hot destinations may not be at the top of your must-go list. But they should be, especially if you’re after a lux holiday. Now until the end of September, booking puts you in a savings sweet spot when rates are much lower and even the most posh resorts are a bargain – just a fraction of the price during prime season. Ready for the lux life, maybe wanting to attend a hot air balloon festival? Head this way.

Sun-Soaked Stays In Scottsdale, Arizona

While Scottsdale attracts a well-heeled crowd and loyal celebrity contingent, stays become accessible to those of us with more modest bank accounts come summertime. Some sample savings include a stay at the restored, mid-century modern Hotel Valley Ho, $139 (compared to $279 in high season), or the brand new Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, $139 (compared to the regular $399). Both have gorgeous pools for soaking up the sun.

Swaying Palms In Palm Beach, Florida

Ever since New York oil tycoon Henry Morrison Flagler came to stay along south Florida’s Atlantic coast in the late 1800s, Palm Beach has been a playground for the rich. Come for an extended weekend in the summer and take advantage of hotels (16 in total) dishing up free-night deals. At The Breakers, a historic 120-year luxury hideaway spread out over 140 acres, your vacation includes perks like an opulent breakfast buffet starting at $369 per night.

Sipping And Supping In Charleston, N.C.

Charleston could very well be the poster child for southern hospitality. It retains old-world charm while flaunting a modern flair when it comes to food and style. Coming to visit? Bed down for the night at a chic downtown boutique hotel like The Restoration, which lends colorful Martone bicycles to guests – perfect for urban pedaling. Or, book the Retro Rides package, which includes a one-day rental of a 1966 Mustang or 1967 Camaro. Starting at $249.

Island Hop To San Juan, Puerto Rico

From the silky sand of its beaches to the pristine beauty of El Yunque National Rainforest and posh hotels, Puerto Rico is an idyllic slice of paradise perfect for summer jaunts. Snap up a brag-worthy bargain at The Ritz-Carlton, San Juan with the Reconnect package. Rates start at $269 (compared to around $400) per night and include breakfast for two plus a $100 resort credit. Cost for vacay staples like meals and rental cars are also discounted.

Writer Michele SponagleMichele Sponagle is a prolific journalist, based near Toronto who has visited more than 70 countries, where she has tracked polar bears in Canada’s far north, fished for piranha in the Amazon of Peru and soared over Kenya’s famed Masai Mara in a hot air balloon. Follow her on Twitter @Msponagle and Instagram @michele_sponagle.

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