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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…)

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…)

Beignets, bars and barbecue: New Orleans on a dime

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

The line snakes out the door of Cafe Du Monde for the signature beignets, a mere $5. Credit: brad.coy.

By Nancy Buczkiewicz

Looking for a getaway that’s easy on your wallet but big on the scene?  Head south to the lively, history-laden streets of New Orleans.  There’s nothing quite like perusing the antique shops on Royal Street or enjoying French cuisine to feed your soul. (more…)

Date nights on the Disney Dream: Adults-only fun

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

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Disney Dream photos by Preston Mack, Kent Phillips and Mark Stroshane

By Deborah Bowen

The question comes up time and again: “Can I – should I? – take a Disney cruise when I’m not traveling with children?” The savvy traveler is well aware of Disney Cruise Line’s reputation for world-class service, and understands that while Disney certainly means character interactions and kids’ dining options, it offers “a whole new world” of incredible options for grownups as well. (more…)

Cheap New York hotels: Big city romance, small-town prices

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Enjoy the relaxing and romantic lounge at the Renaissance New York Hotel 57.

By Susan Johnston

Your love may not cost a thing, but Valentine’s Day can definitely set you back a few bucks. With these three cheap New York hotels, you’ll set the stage for your dream romantic getaway without forcing you to take an extra job.

1. Renaissance New York Hotel 57
Guests rave about this hotel’s high-quality accommodations and prime Manhattan location. Take a quiet stroll through Central Park or show-off your musical tastes with a performance at Carnegie Hall, all found nearby. The recently renovated Renaissance New York Hotel 57 retains much of its classic charm with birch wood paneling and stunning architectural details. It also includes modern amenities like fitness and business centers, high-speed Internet and babysitting services.


Maui is for lovers (and penny pinchers!)

Monday, April 26th, 2010

By Nina Kokotas Hahn

Maui sunset enjoyed from our hotel balcony

Maui sunset enjoyed from our hotel balcony

Whether you’re planning an exotic honeymoon or simply dreaming up a romantic getaway, there’s one special beach destination that seems to cross every lover’s mind, at least a dozen times: Hawaii. Oh yes, I’m talking about the much-coveted Hawaii vacation –and more specifically, the island of Maui. With its idyllic beaches, off-the-charts seafood and tropical cuisine, and breath-taking natural beauty, Maui is the place for anyone couple needing to reconnect and inspire some good lovin’.

I have been lucky enough to enjoy two Maui vacations with my husband; the first time we celebrated a two-week honeymoon (boy, those were the days), and the second time we brought our then 2-year old daughter. Now that it’s said and done, here’s what I can share: Maui is definitely for lovers (and less so for parents with young children in tow). I can also say that despite what you’ve heard, a cheap Hawaii vacation to the island of Maui can be had with no major setbacks. It’s an incredibly diverse island with so much to explore and experience, and all for much less than you may think.

Say Aloha to a cheap Maui activities

Maui  has no shortage of cheap (and incredible!) activities and dining options for couples on a budget. Here are six of my favorites: