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Travel Deal: Costa Blu Dive & Beach Resort in Ambergris Caye

Ambergris Caye
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Photo: Dennis Redfiled

Looking outside and seeing the snow, I’m in the mood for a beachy, tropical resort.

The Costa Blu Dive & Beach Resort is partnering with Groupon Getaways to offer a great deal on stays in Ambergris Caye. Two guests stay 3 nights for $495, five nights for $825, and seven nights for $1,155.

The Costa Blu Dive & Beach Resort

This resort has 36 one-bedroom suites, all with private balconies overlooking the beautiful Carribean Sea. Each room is outfitted with a flat-screen TV, king-sized bed, and wireless internet. The resort also offers diving equipment and equipment for other water sports, including kayaks. Sun at the seafront pool or walk the beaches. Enjoy your meals at the Blu Restaurant.

Belize and Ambergris Caye

Belize and Ambergris Caye is known for its proximity to the world’s second longest barrier reef. If you’re a diver, you’ve either already been here or it’s on your bucket list. There are many different excursion companies available to take you to the best diving and snorkeling locations.

If you don’t dive, explore the island’s Mayan heritage and jungles. There is shopping in San Pedro, along with many restaurants, and galleries. The island is small, about 36 miles long and only about 5 miles wide at it’s widest point. You’ll see that most people get around with golf carts, bikes, or just walking.

Getting There

If you’re flying out of Dallas, Houston, Miami, or Los Angeles there are direct flights. If you’re flying out of Denver, the best fares I saw were from Tuesday to Tuesday, flying through Dallas. The rates were about $420 per person, roundtrip in March 2016.

Fly into Belize City and  take the ferry to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. Or you can take an intra-country airline to the island. Airfare is not included in the stay packages.

Visit by February 16, 2016 for more information and to book your trip. There will be a 6% resort fee and 9% tax collected upon arrival. Travel by June 30, 2016.

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Gilt Group adds travel to their deals

Las Vegas Sign
Las Vegas Welcome Sign

It’s the end of the year, and I’m working on some stories to submit and thinking about my travel plans for the next year. Like most folks, I’m definitely susceptible to a great deal.

As I trolled through my email, I came across and new travel deal site from Gilt Group. To get there, you need, go to, or go to your account on and click Travel on the menu.

Today’s deals include a great rate on a mid-town Manhattan hotel,  the Executive Hotel Le Soleil New York.  The room rates start at $99 per night per room and looks like there are dates open through March 2016. If you need your New York fix, they may be a great way to get it. Here’s the link.

M and I just returned from Las Vegas on our way back from a quick trip to Southern California for some visiting and golf. Gilt Travel also has a couple of great deals on Vegas hotels, including The Signature. The Signature is a condo-hotel located about a block off the strip. Rent a junior-suite starting at $74 per night for two people. The catch is that there is a $35.84 resort fee per night. But a luxury room for just over $100 per night is not a bad deal in Las Vegas. Visit for more information and to book your getaway.

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These deals are subject to change or cancellation at any time, and restrictions may apply. Book early for the best deals.

Relax at the Brown Palace Hotel

Brown Palace
Brown Palace

The Brown Palace Hotel is an institution here in the Denver area. Since 1892, the Brown Palace has hosted royalty, presidents, and visitors to the Mile High City.

If you’re looking for that perfect holiday gift for your loved one, this might fit the bill. For $89 your best friend can get a massage or facial complete with a glass of champagne. The price also includes complimentary valet parking and $20 credit for retail products.

A visit to the Brown is an experience. Visit soon for more details and to buy your voucher.

Puerto Vallarta hotel deal – CasaMagna Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa

Sunset over Banderas Bay
Sunset over Banderas Bay by Deb Schaffer

Puerto Vallarta is a great winter getaway from Denver. has partnered with the CasaMagna Marriott to offer room rates starting at $109 per night for a garden view room. Guests can upgrade to a ocean-view room for an additional $30 per room.

This five-star resort includes five restaurants, three pools, and a spa. There’s plenty to do in Puerto Vallarta, from golf at the Marina Vallarta Golf Club, to a day trip to the Marietas Islands and see the blue-footed booby!

Visit soon for more information and black-out dates and to book your Mexican holiday!

Virgin America Airlines announces Denver to San Francisco route

Virgin America Airlines has announced they will be starting service between Denver and San Francisco on March 16, 2015.

Three flights per day are scheduled. The first flight is at 7:00 a.m., then 12:30 p.m., then a flight at 6:00 p.m. Flights are on sale starting at $52.80 per segment.

Virgin America will be new to the Denver International Airport, and those of us here in Denver are excited to have another great airline choice.

Like Frontier Airlines and Spirit – and nearly every other airline – even calling the reservation center costs something at Virgin America. You can buy a higher fare class and get your first bag checked free. Otherwise, you’ll pay to check baggage, but you won’t pay for carry on luggage.

Virgin America offers mood-lit cabins, Wi-Fi, custom leather seats in the Main Cabin, power outlets and touch-screen video offering entertainment.

Read more about Virgin America and it’s planned opening in Denver: Flights to Denver on sale.

Cruise deals in Europe – less than $100 per day

La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia and Royal Caribbean Cruises have partnered to offer incredible cruise deals in the Mediterranean. Sail aboard the Rhapsody of the Seas or the Jewel of the Seas for as little as $799 per person for a 10-day itinerary.

$799 roundtrip Rome, Venice, or Barcelona to Venice. Visit Croatia, Turkey, Greece and Malta, depending on which getaway selected. There are select dates, so visit by Friday, October 16 for the dates and itineraries.

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These deals are subject to change or cancellation at any time, and restrictions may apply. Book early for the best deals.

Denver airfare sales

Las Vegas Sign
Las Vegas Welcome Sign

Frontier Airlines and Southwest Airlines are having airfare sales for travel from Denver through the winter months.

On Frontier, travel to Las Vegas and Phoenix for as little at $58 one-way, travel to Dallas starting at $78 one-way. Check out the rest of the sale at Frontier Airlines.

Southwest Airlines is offering sale fares to numerous U.S. destinations. For example, fly Denver to Albuquerque for as little as $104 one way and and to Burbank starting at $94 one way. Find out about the other great deals at Southwest Airlines.

Air New Zealand offers great airfare deals from Denver

New Zealand
New Zealand by Abaconda Management Group, Creative Commons, 2.0

Air New Zealand is offering a great deal to the cities they fly to from Denver. Fly into Christchurch, Wellington, Queenstown, Dunedin, Nelso, or Rotora from Denver from $1,295 per person, round-trip. Air New Zealand is flying Boeing 777-300 exclusively, and is offering Skycouch seating on some flights.

New Zealand is an adventure traveler’s dream, with hiking, biking, mountain climbing, and paragliding for starters. Spend time at one of their many golf courses, or just sit on the beach and relax.

This deal could disappear any day, so check out Air New Zealand for more information today!

Enjoy Rome and Florence, visit Palm Springs, getaway in Steamboat Springs

IMG_9427This week’s deals include a deal on a great hotel in Palm Springs, a getaway in Steamboat Springs, and an adventure in Rome, Florence, and Venice.

Palm Springs

A great getaway from the Front Range in the fall is Palm Springs, California. has partnered with The Renaissance Palm Springs hotel and resort to offer weekday stays for $99 per night and weekends for $139. The Renaissance Palm Springs is located right downtown, near the popular restaurants and clubs. It has the largest pool in Palm Springs, if hanging at the pool is the most active you want to be. Get out and play by hiking, riding bikes, or playing golf at one of the many golf courses in the area. Dates are available through December and there are some blackout dates around holidays. A two-night minimum stay may be required on some Saturdays, so a phone call to the resort would be advised. Visit soon for more information and to buy your voucher.

Steamboat Springs

A bit closer to home, the Hotel Bristol in Steamboat Springs is also discounting rooms from now through October 2015 starting at $89 per night for two. The Hotel Bristol is in downtown Steamboat Springs, and amenities include rainfall showerheads, LCD TVs, pillow-top beds and Pendleton wool blankets. Mazzola’s Italian Diner is in the hotel or walk to one of the other great restaurants downtown. The ski resort is about a 10 minute drive down the road. There’s lots to do in and around Steamboat Springs including hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and a trip to the hot springs. Visit by August 17 for more information and to book your weekend getaway.

Rome, Florence, and Venice

If you can get away in the next few months, Tour Crafters has a great package to Rome, Florence, and Venice, land-only, starting at $479.00 per person, double-occupancy, for nine nights. The package includes nine breakfasts, three nights each in Rome, Florence, and Venice, high speed train tickets – tourist class with an extra-large seat – between Rome and Florence and Florence and Venice, pizza at La Strenga, gelato at Gelateria Santa Maria Maggiore, and a Murano tour. You’ll cover your airfare to Rome, hotel city tax, excursions, tips, weekend supplements, and travel insurance. The dates are off-season, November 1 to December 20, 2015. This is a great price – if you’ve wanted to visit Italy, this may be the time! Visit for more information and to buy your package.

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These deals are subject to change or cancellation at any time, and restrictions may apply. Book early for the best deals.


Small ship cruising deals, the Northern Lights of Iceland, visit La Jolla

Northern Lights, Iceland by Moyan Brenn, Creative Commons
Northern Lights, Iceland by Moyan Brenn, Creative Commons

Today’s travel deals include specials on small ship Windstar cruises, a winter escape to Iceland, and discounts on bungalows in La Jolla, California.

Small ship cruise deals

The Fourth of July is bringing out the travel sales and Windstar Cruises is offering it’s best deals this weekend. With only 148 to 310 passengers on any ship, Windstar offers the best in small ship cruising. One of their best deals is seven days on the Wind Surf, setting sail fro