Summer is finally in sight, and vacation planning has officially begun. With complimentary night packages and new programs (spoiler: a real-life mermaid), here are a few offerings from Jamaica, Sugar Beach, Parrot Cay, and Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France to tap into escape mode.
Where: Oracabessa, Jamaica
Why go: Jet ski to Robins Bay, with its navy waters and pristine black sand that can only be accessed by sea and visit Laughing Waters, where Ursula Andres famously emerged from the surf in Dr. No.
What’s the offer: 4 nights for the price of 3 at $1,860 (savings: $620) available June 1-September 1. *Guests who don’t use their air conditioning will receive $25 per night resort credit.
Did you know: Ian Fleming penned all 14 James Bond books here. Pick up a copy of Matthew Parker’s new book, “GoldenEye: Where Bond Was Born,” to learn more about Fleming’s life in Jamaica.
Where: Sugar Beach, St. Lucia
Why go: Unbeatable views of the UNESCO World Heritage Pitons; night time snorkeling; a youth sailing club; and spa treatments in the rainforest.
What’s the offer: 5 nights for the price of 4 in a luxury villa at $2,800 (savings: $1,050) available May 20-October 14.
Did you know: This July, Sugar Beach will be the first hotel in the world to feature the new Schiller bikes for pedaling on water.
Where: Parrot Cay by COMO, Turks and Caicos
Why go: Experience COMO Shambhala, with daily complimentary yoga and pilates, healthful cuisine, and Asian-inspired spa treatments on this private island.
What’s the offer: 4 nights for the price of 3 at $1,500 in the Garden Room (savings: $500) available April 10-December 15.
Did you know: Kids can plant their own coconut trees at the two-acre plantation with papayas, bananas, plantains and coconuts-all used as menu ingredients in the P.S. For a city and beach combination, visit Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach before heading to Turks & Caicos.
Where: Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France St-Barths
Why go: Take advantage of the strong dollar and embark on a chic European-style getaway on Flamands beach. Art lovers of all ages can partake in painting classes by the artist in residence.
What’s the offer: 7 nights for the price of 5 at 4,000 Euros in the Garden Bungalow (savings: 1,600 Euros) available May 1-August 31, and October 15-31. *Offer available for all types of rooms and suites.
Did you know: The maison now has a real-life mermaid who can swim with children in the pool or sea.
PS. Don’t forget to pamper yourself at the only Guerlain spa in the Caribbean. Oh … and the bi-yearly sales are in June.