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My cheap Arizona hotel crush: The Montelucia

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

 

Luxe for less: Scottsdale's Montelucia teases with Camelback Mountain views & affordable weekday stays.

By Valerie Moloney

When online shopping, I’m painstaking and stalkeresque in my search. What’s a few hours of comparing, clicking and reclicking when the ultimate fruit the best deal on travel? So it’s nice when I don’t have to do the work, and an upscale beauty blazes to the top of the search results with everything on my wish list: a gorgeous pool, heavenly spa and otherworldly décor that channels the Andalusian region of Spain. (more…)

Boardroom meets bedroom in a Fort Lauderdale suite

Friday, July 20th, 2012

A room that multitasks: The conference suite at Sheraton Suites Plantation, Ft. Lauderdale West.

By Mara Tilen

We get it. Spending your work week in hotel rooms can get monotonous after a while, but look at the bright side: Sometimes that hotel room is a gateway to a cheap vacation. Case in point: South Florida, a sunny, affordable destination that begs to be explored when the client meetings are said and done. With a thriving nightlife scene, serene spas and a 600,000-square-foot convention center, you’ll feel that much more productive in beautiful surroundings. (more…)

Bargainista beauty: $50 treatments during Spa Week 2012

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

 

Enjoy the wet rooms at The Mirage after your $50 treatment during Spa Week, to be held April 16-22.

By Valerie Moloney

To those who love beauty bargains, this one ranks right up there with $1 Wet ‘n Wild eyeliner: 7 straight days of $50 spa treatments. Held twice yearly, Spa Week, to be held from April 16 to 22 at spas nationwide, treats the stressed, washed-out masses to $50 treatments and the savings to plan a cheap vacation. Considering that many spas charge $100 and up for the most basic services, guests can truly make a day of pampering and sampling the luxe life inside high-end properties.

Consider these offerings, and just how good it will feel to afford a few treatments for the price of one: (more…)

Cheap, cheaper & cheapest: 3 travel deals for Isla Mujeres

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Fertile grounds: Ixchel Beach Hotel in Isla Mujeres is ripe with cheap hotel deals -- and breathtaking views.

By Valerie Moloney

The Mayans were onto something when they named this 5-mile-wide island after the goddess of fertility. With sugary beaches and water tinted the perfect aquamarine, it’s easy to see how lovers could lose themselves in a sea of coral, fresh ocean eats and tequila.Well here’s another reason: price. Isla Mujeres, or the Island of Women, rules as a budget beach destination. Think boutique hotels with some of the same amenities as pricier Cancun hotels – sans the partiers – and on a stretch only accessible by ferry. (more…)

Locking Irish eyes: My run-ins with 2 Irish celebrities

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Blogger Val Moloney met U2 hotness Larry Mullen Jr. in Chicago's Gold Coast 10 years ago. Credit: Clancy3434.

By Valerie Moloney

In the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day, let’s talk random run-ins. (more…)

Disneyland Hotel: A magical makeover on park grounds

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Royal sleeping quarters: Headboards powered by fiber optics recreate the Disneyland skyline -- complete with fireworks.

By Amanda Ficili

The Disneyland Hotel, which has undergone many changes and makeovers since its birth in 1955, got another facelift worthy of its iconic status. The massive, two-year renovation project did not leave a single inch of the property untouched. With its lavishly redecorated guest rooms, imaginative redesigned pool and water play areas, stunning courtyards and landscaping and delicious dining options including a one-of-a-kind interactive bar, it’s no surprise why the property is a guest — and my personal — favorite.  (more…)

Gals gone wildlife: 3 cheap Vegas hotels for girls’ weekends

Friday, February 24th, 2012

White days & nights: the cool cabanas at Tropicana, one option for a cheap Las Vegas vacation.

By Valerie Moloney

The last time I was in Vegas, I passed out in the middle of the night (not from what you think) and later found my husband down $400 at the Luxor blackjack table at 5 a.m. The trip wasn’t a whole bust – we saw a revue, hotel hopped and ate our weight in buffets – but I’m craving a Sin City redo since little did I know that I was pregnant with my first at the time. Mama needs a cocktail, and a girls’ weekend.

Help me decide between these cheap Las Vegas hotels. (more…)

Desert chic: 3 hip & cheap Palm Springs hotels

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Move over Miami: The candyland of the desert is The Saguaro, an option for a cheap spring break vacay.

By Valerie Moloney

Cancun, Galveston, Miami Beach – they’re the spring break capitals made famous by MTV and its abtastic extras, places that continue – even without the cameras – to pump up the party with DJs, boat bashes and celeb appearances. But here’s one resort community that practically invented the tradition: Palm Springs. And it’s affordable, too. Just follow the cacti to these cheap Palm Springs hotels for a taste of what Sinatra knew so well: Sometimes the sweetest dessert is in the desert. (more…)

In the pipeline: cheap Hawaii vacations for surfers

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

You won't be surfing Oahu's Banzai Pipeline like the pros, but that doesn't mean you can't get your feet wet. Credit: surfglassy.

By Amy Drew Thompson

Okay, sure. It doesn’t hurt to be born and raised in Hawaii (or blessed with natural talent), but Oahu native John John Florence — at 19, the youngest-ever champion of the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing — still had to practice. Where can you get your start? On a cheap Hawaii vacation, of course, learning from natives in the waves where many believe the sport was born.  You might want to avoid the monsters at Sunset Beach and the Banzai Pipeline for now, but there are plenty of kinder, gentler beaches for beginners getting their sea legs. And it never hurts to get a lesson.

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F(r)eeliz Navidad: Affordable Mexican Christmas traditions

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Feliz Navidad: Colorful pinatas mark holiday celebrations in Mexico. Credit: Yankara.

By Blane Bachelor

It’s no secret the holidays can be expensive, what with all that merry-making and gift-giving. But travelers who are spending Christmas in Mexico will find plenty of reasons to rejoice when it comes to affordability. Getting into the spirit without spending a peso is a cinch, since Christmas traditions in Mexico can be found on nearly every corner, from simple poinsettia displays to spectacular Nativity scenes — including the world’s largest, in Mexico City, which set a Guinness World Record this year. (more…)