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Luxury in Dubai and the Maldives, discounts in Keystone, and a boutique hotel in Tulum

Keystone Golf
Keystone Golf

Today’s travel deals include adventure in Dubai and the Maldives, a great deal at Keystone, and a boutique hotel in Tulum, Mexico.

Dubai is around the world, and for those who feel the need to see this exciting city, Globotours has partnered with Livingsocial.com to offer a ten-day trip to Dubai and the Maldives, starting at $3,799 from Houston. Fly on Emirates out of New York, Seattle, or Houston to Dubai. Spend a day touring this up-and-coming city, then jet off to the Meeru Island Resort and Spa on the Maldives Islands. Enjoy the quiet, the sugar sand beaches, and the snorkeling in the clear blue Indian Ocean. Visit Livingsocial.com by August 8 for more information and to buy your voucher.

Here on the Front Range, folks tend to like to get up in the mountains during the hottest part of the summer. Keystone Resorts is offering a discount on rooms so visitors to Summit County can avoid the dreaded Sunday afternoon drive back to the city. Stay in a Lodge King room or a Lodge Double Queen for $109 per night. Bring the kids and stay in a Lodge Loft room for $139 per night, with dates into December. Summer is a great time at Keystone, with mountain biking, hiking, paddleboarding and golf available so that the entire family can have some fun. There are several restaurants on the property and a world-class spa to relax in after hiking those mountain trails. Visit Groupon.com soon for more information and to book your Summit County getaway.

Tablethotels.com offers discounts at high-end hotels worldwide. Each week they showcase several hotels with extra savings. This week they are offering an Ocean Front Cabana at the Papaya Playa Project in Tulum, Riviera Maya, Mexico starting at $127 per night. This property is unique. Design Hotels group took three abandoned hotel projects on the beach and created a boutique property with a rustic flair. There are Cabanas that have bunk beds for those who need fewer services as well as luxury casitas with King and Queen beds. Electricity in the rooms here is used for lighting, not electronics. This hotel is designed for those who want to get away from their devices. There is a restaurant on the property as well as a spa with a resident shaman. Each month, the hotel hosts a Full Moon party that goes well into the night. For more information, visit Tablethotels.com by July 24 at 5:00 P.M. EDT.

Tablet Hotels is a members-only website that anyone can join.

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Holiday in Los Cabos, play in the flight simulator, enjoy a Florida vacation

Florida Hibiscus
Visit Florida

This week’s deals include a great deal on a Mexican holiday, pretending to fly a fighter jet, and rooms close to Disney World in Kissimmee, Florida. An easy getaway from Denver, Los Cabos is all about the ocean breezes and relaxing by the pool. Spend four nights at the Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos starting at $629 per person, including flights from Denver with dates into October. Stay in a junior suite overlooking the ocean, with unlimited meals and drinks, Wi-Fi, and taxes. This resort offers a beach-centric vacation with beach parties, activities and conservation programs. Visit Travelzoo.com by July 16 for more information and to book your getaway. For the adventurous among us, the Wings over the Rockies Air and Space Museum is offering a turn in their flight simulator and a day at the museum. For $24, one person gets 30 minutes in the WWI or WWII fighter jet flight simulator and museum admission. Pretend to pilot a P-51 Mustang on a war-time mission as part of larger computerized network, allowing friends to join you. The Air and Space Museum also has a collection of 48 aircraft and exhibits on space technology. Visit Groupon.com soon for more information and to buy your vouchers. Summer is only half over, but school will start soon enough and then folks will start planning their Fall break vacations. Direct flights between Denver and Orlando make Florida an easy vacation spot. Livingsocial.com has partnered with the Legacy Vacation Club Florida to offer discounts on one and two bedroom suites in Kissimmee. For a week in October, a one-bedroom suite sleeping four averages $72 per night, and a two bedroom unit sleeping six averages $87 per night. These units include full kitchens, complimentary Wi-Fi, washers and dryers and multiple televisions. The parks are a 15 minute drive away, and for those days when Disney World or Universal Studios are not on the itinerary, the resort can keep you busy with swimming pools, volleyball, and mini-golf. Visit Livingsocial.com soon to book your vacation in the Florida sunshine. Like this article? Click the subscribe link at the top of the page to get the latest information by email when it’s published. For more fun deals and information, go to www.debtalkstravel.com and follow Deb on Twitter at debtalkstravel. These deals are subject to change or cancellation at any time, and restrictions may apply. Book early for the best deals.

Denver, Colorado and the new Union Station

On Saturday my husband, a friend, and I went downtown on the light rail to see the new Union Station makeover. It was a nice Saturday afternoon, and we headed downtown to be among the first to see the new hotel built at Union Station.

Union Station Denver
The outside of Union Station in Denver, CO
UnionS tation Inside
The interior of Union Station in Denver Colorado

Union Station in downtown Denver has been a hub of Amtrak activity for about 100 years. The California Zephyr pulls out at about 7 a.m. most days, headed West to San Francisco. If you’re headed to Chicago, the train leaves around 7 p.m., headed East. This building used to be in the worst part of town and had become neglected and avoided.

In the past few years, developers have been working  redevelop the property around the train station and create a consolidated transportation hub. They have succeeded admirably.

The refurbished train station has a Victorian charm with a current twist. The the chandeliers invoke an old-world elegance, while the new vendors work in updated spaces. This building is now a centerpiece of lower downtown, a finishing touch to the years of work rebuilding and re-imagining the City of Denver.

The Oxford Hotel
The Oxford Hotel

Within a few blocks of the train station is Coors Field, the home of the Colorado Rockies. Down the block from the front door of Union Station is the Oxford Hotel, one of the premier boutique hotels in Denver. Great restaurants and bars are also nearby, particularly if beer is your beverage of choice. Denver is home to many great breweries and we stopped at one of the most popular, the Rock Bottom Brewery on the 16th Street Mall. With a bit of the brew and some nachos consumed, we were refreshed enough to ride the mall shuttle to Union Station and head for home.

The official grand opening of the new building, including the transportation center, will be at the end of July 2014. We can’t wait to go back and join the party!

Orbitz hotel sale, worldwide vacation package deals, Beaver Run Resort adventure

Arenal Volcano
The garden at the Arenal Lodge in Costa Rica.

This week’s deals include a hotel sale from Orbitz, a sale on packaged vacations from Friendly Planet Travel, and summer savings at Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Orbitz is running their Hotel Sale through July 31, 2014. Save up to 50% off hotels, and with the promo code GOGOGO, save another 15% if you book by June 29, 2014. Hotels around the world are participating, including the Playa Grande Resort and Grand Spa in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and the Sheraton Maui Resort and Spa in Hawaii. Visit Orbitz.com for more information on the available hotels and dates.

Friendly Planet Travel begins their Summer Blowout Sale on Tuesday, June 17. Select from their most popular tours, including A Taste of China, the Aegean Greek Island Hopper, and Affordable Amazon & Machu Pichu. Save between $325 and $525 per person on these packaged tours. Friendly Planet uses reliable IATA carriers such as United Airlines and carefully selects only first class and superior hotels in great locations. This sale only lasts until Thursday, June 19 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. Visit Friendlyplanet.com for more information and to book your vacation.

For those of us here on the Front Range that want to get into the mountains for a few days this summer, Groupon.com and Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge have partnered to offer discounts on room rates through the summer. Stay in a studio for as low as $98 per night, and a one bedroom suite starting at $112 per night for four people. Up to eight travelers can stay in a two bedroom suite starting at $150 per night. Beaver Run is located at the base of the Breckenridge Ski Resort, within walking distance of the town. The resort offers everything from groceries to restaurants to a hip bar scene. Visit Groupon.com by June 18 for more information and to book your vacation dates.

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Beauty on the California coast, adventure in Costa Rica, getaway to Summit County

The Arenal Volcano
The Arenal Volcano

Today’s deals include the lovely Asilomar hotel in Monterey, California, the Arenal Lodge near Fortuna Costa Rica, and deals at the Frisco Hotel in Summit County.

For anyone that loves the California coast, Monterey Bay is a favorite destination. Groupon Getaways has partnered with the Asilomar to offer discounted room rates through July, starting at $125 per night. This property is run by the California State Park system and several buildings were designed by Julia Morgan, the architect of Hearst Castle. The lodge hugs the coastline, within easy walking distance to the beach. The town of Pacific Grove is close by, where guests can hike the beach trails. For a bit more activity, head into Monterey and visit Cannery Row or the famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Visit Groupon.com soon for more information and to book your California beach vacation.

With direct flights between Denver and J Santamaria International Airport in Costa Rica, Frontier has opened up this beautiful country to more visitors. Costa Rica offers jungle, beaches, cloud forests  and for folks who enjoy volcano watching, Arenal is the place to be. The Arenal Lodge is offering a discount on escapes, starting at $200 for three nights for two adults and up to two children in a garden room. Stay seven nights for $467. The Arenal Lodge has incredible views of the volcano, which still belches smoke occasionally. The grounds are lovely, and the food and service is delightful. Visit the town of La Fortuna, a short taxi ride away, go boating on Arenal Lake, and hike the jungle trails on the property. Visit Livingsocial.com by May 28 for more information and to book your Costa Rican getaway.

As anyone living on the Front Range knows, going to the mountains on the weekends is popular. So popular that getting home often takes extra hours. Why not just stay up in Frisco an extra night and leave in the morning? The Frisco Hotel is offering room rates for $89 Sunday through Thursday through June, and $139 in July and August. The package is for two adults, and includes a $25 credit to spend at the hotel. Frisco is a neat little town with plenty of restaurants and bars to choose from. Rent bikes or hike the local trails. Or take the short drive to Lake Dillon and spend the day on the water. Visit Travelzoo.com soon for more information and to buy your voucher.

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Palm Springs, California roadtrip

Palm Springs sign
Palm Springs sign

Earlier this month, my husband and I jumped in the car and hit the road for Palm Springs. From Denver, the drive is about 15 hours straight through. We had decided we wanted to do a getaway, and after adding up the numbers to fly and rent a car in Palm Springs, California, we decided to drive. Our intent was to find some warm weather, and get in a few rounds of golf.

It was a blast. We spent the first night at our friends in Prescott, Arizona. From there we headed out to the Coachella Valley and the Southern California desert. We learned a few things along the way.

Arizona has some beautiful landscapes. We cut across southwestern Arizona on our way from Prescott to I-10. There were some pretty desolate areas we passed through on our way.

Coming into the Coachella Valley is a beautiful drive. Quite frankly, I-10 through the desert is not all that interesting. But once over the ridge on the way into the valley, the views are spectacular. I wish there had been somewhere safe to stop the car and take a few photos!

Palm Springs seems to have a golf course on every corner. It seemed like quite a dichotomy that this city in the desert had all these green golf courses. I’m sure that’s a discussion the residents are having as we speak.

The Tahquitz Golf Course - Legend Course. Hole 4
The Tahquitz Golf Course – Legend Course. Hole 4

The Palm Springs Follies, an institution in town, is closing this year for good. This show has been going on for 25 years. The performers are all over the age of 55 and do a great show. The Master of Ceremonies, who always manages the show, was happy that the shows were sold out through the end of the run but he wondered where everyone was the past few years!

The drive through Utah on I-15 and on to I-70 is still stunning. This drive passes two national parks, Capital Reef and Canyonlands, as well as the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and the Dixie, Fishlake, and Manti-LaSalle National Forests. You’ve got to stay alert as you drive through the passes. Luckily, there are plenty of overlooks to rest and enjoy the views. If you haven’t made this drive, put it on your list.

I’ll be posting additional posts on this trip over the next few weeks, but these are my first impressions.

Roadrunner at the Living Desert Zoo
Roadrunner at the Living Desert Zoo

It’s time for whitewater!

Livingsocial.com and Breckenridge Adventure Tours are offering deals on trips through Brown’s Canyon. One person spends $38 for a half-day ride down the rapids. Get your friends together and spend $230 for all six of you to go together. Trips leave from Breck at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and all equipment is included – you’ll just pay the river fees.

Don’t delay. This deal is over soon! Check it out at Livingsocial.com.

Adventure in Dubai and the Maldives, a saloon tour in Breckenridge, a getaway on Catalina Island

Vaavu Atoll - Fulidhoo
Vaavu Atoll – Fulidhoo

This week’s deals include an adventure in the Maldives, a getaway on Catalina Island, and a saloon tour in Breckenridge.

Enjoy five-star opulence in the Middle East with an adventure to Dubai and the Maldives. Globotours has partnered with Livingsocial.com to offer a nine-day vacation, starting in Dubai and ending in the Maldives starting at $3,399 per person. This trip includes round-trip flights via Emirates from New York, Boston, or Seattle and Dubai, as well as the domestic flight between Dubai and the Maldives. The package also includes ground transportation to and from the hotels in Dubai and the Maldives, double occupancy for two nights in a deluxe room in the Media Rotana in Dubai and five nights in a Charm Beach villa, welcome bottle of wine, and spa treatment discounts at the Vivanta by Taj – Coral Reef in the Maldives. Seven breakfasts are included as well as a half-day Dubai City Tour and a Sunset Cruise in the Maldives. Visit Livingsocial.com by May 11 for more information and to buy your voucher. Book your vacation by May 23, 2014 for travel in 2014.

A mere two hour flight away, the Catalina Canyon Resort & Spa on Catalina Island, California is offering a double-queen room starting at $77 per night for nights into September 2014. The resort overlooks the town of Avalon, and is within walking distance. Catalina Island has many hiking and biking trails throughout the island as well as beaches and great snorkeling. The island is 23 miles southwest of Los Angeles. Take the Catalina Express from Long Beach, San Pedro, or Dana Point. Visit Groupon.com by May 14, 2014 for more information on available dates and the fine print.

A great weekend getaway, Travelzoo.com and the Breckenridge Heritage Alliance is offering the Behind Swinging Doors Saloon tour for two for $15.00. Start at the Breckenridge Welcome Center and museum, and then continue down Main Street to visit several historic saloons. End your tour at the Breckenridge Distillery sampling spirits. Visit Travelzoo.com soon to buy your voucher. Take your tour between now and June 13, 2014.

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Keystone Inn, cruises in Asia, raft the Green River in Utah

Keystone Golf
Keystone Golf

This week’s deals include cruises through Asia, a great room deal at the Keystone Inn, and a raft trip in Utah on the Green River.

Celebrity Cruises is offering a great deal on cruises in Asia. Sail for 14 nights between Singapore and Hong Kong, departing on December 7  for $1399 per person, including prepaid gratuities and $1000 credit per cabin. The credit can be used for anything on board. Cruise aboard the Celebrity Millennium stopping in Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang, and Hanoi. For $1499 per person, cruise round trip from Singapore over Thanksgiving, stopping in Bali, Komodo, Indonesia, Phuket, Thailand, Langkawi, Malaysia and Port Klang, Malaysia. Oceanview cabins are available for a bit more per person, and have the same prepaid gratuities and $1000 credit. Visit Travelzoo.com by April 22 for more information and to book your vacation.

Keystone Lodge and Spa/The Inn at Keystone in Keystone, Colorado is offering a great deal on rooms, with dates into December. Two people stay in the Lodge in a Double-Queen room for as little at $89 per night. The Inn at Keystone is offering an Inn Suite for as little at $99 per night for two. For families, this is a great deal since up to two children 17 and younger stay for free. The Keystone Resort offers plenty of activities to keep anyone busy including horseback riding, two fabulous golf courses, stand-up paddleboarding and paddle boats on the lake, fly fishing at nearby streams and hiking. There are plenty of restaurants on the property, as well as the great food options in nearby Dillon. Visit Groupon Getaways by April 30 for more information and to book your mountain getaway.

For the adventurous, Dinosaur River Expeditions of Vernal, Utah is offering a four-day, three night rafting trip down the Green River for $495 per person. The trip starts at the Gates of Lodore and ends at Split Mountain, tent camping for three nights along the river.  The package includes three breakfasts, four lunches, and three dinners. The experienced guides provide commentary and safe passage. The tour company provides the boats, rafting gear, group camping gear, a small dry bag and a large dry bag. Round trip ground transportation is provided from put-in to take-out. Personal sleeping gear is not included, though a sleeping kit consisting of a sleeping bag, pad, pillow and four-person tent is available for an additional $40 per person. You’ll experience some whitewater, guided hikes, and great food. At the end of the day, throw a line in the water or just kick back and enjoy the wilderness. Visit Livingsocial.com soon to buy your voucher. Valid for stays through September 6, 2014.

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Cruise in Fiji, stay on the North Shore, and enjoy luxury in Vail

Sunset at Turtle Bay, Oahu, Hawaii
Sunset at Turtle Bay, Oahu, Hawaii

This week’s deals include a small yacht vacation in Fiji, a discount at a beautiful resort on the North Shore of Oahu, and a luxury hotel in Vail, Colorado.

For a unique vacation experience, enjoy Fiji in the South Pacific. Pacific Holidays has partnered with Groupon Getaways to offer seven days and five nights from $1,999, double occupancy. Stay two nights in Viti Levu, soaking up the sun, and then cruise for three days visiting small, nearby islands. This package includes airfare from Los Angeles, meals, accommodations, and the island cruise with daily stopovers, shore excursions, and guided tours included. Also included is the use of snorkeling equipment and gym, a tropical island lovo feast and kava ceremony as well as childcare for kids ages 5-10 at select times.  There are ten options available, with departures starting in September 2014 and available through March 2015. Visit Groupon.com by April 16 for more information and to buy your voucher. Book your vacation by April 18, 2014.

A bit east of Fiji, Turtle Bay Resort on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu is offering discount rooms through December 24, 2014 starting at $599 for three nights. Turtle Bay is located on the North Shore, not far from Sunset Beach and the surfing scene. The resort has many activities available, including a beautiful golf course, horseback riding, tennis, hiking, biking, and Segway tours. Stay in the newly renovated rooms, have a cocktail by the pool, and watch the surfers battle the waves. Visit Travelzoo.com soon for more information and to buy your voucher.

For a Colorado luxury vacation, Livingsocial.com is offering a deal at the Four Seasons Resort Vail, starting at $220 per night with a two night minimum. Room rates at this high-end property typically start at $658 for a night in a Mountain View room. The Four Seasons Resort Vail is one of only a few five-star properties located in Colorado. Rooms here include stone mantle gas fireplaces, king or double beds, high-thread-count linens, limestone bathrooms with soaking tubs, glass-enclosed showers, double vanity sinks, 42-inch flat screen TVs and Wi-Fi. The resort offers a pool, spa, and incredible dining. Dates are available for this deal through mid-June 2014. Visit Livingsocial.com by April 15 for more information and to book your getaway.

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