Known for its beautiful hotels and tony art scene, Naples is also a terrific destination for families. Located on southwest Florida's Paradise Coast, Naples boasts mile after glorious mile of seashell-strewn sand, zoos, fun parks, and museums. And now, just in time for a fall getaway, here are two money-saving hotel deals that really deliver for families:
Fall Sale at Naples Beach Hotel
The newly-renovated Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club (www.naplesbeachhotel.com), in the heart of the Old Naples shopping district, has a lot to offer families. For starters, there's the beach: seven miles of pristine white sand that's perfect for sandcastle-building and seashell-hunting. On the remainder of the resort's 125 acres, you'll find a new $5-million pool complex, supervised kids' club, spa, championship golf course, and tennis courts.
The resort is having a sale through Dec. 23, featuring "Fall Value Rates" that promise big savings, along with the always-available complimentary parking and access to the kids' club and fitness club. When we test-booked the promo, we found rates $20 less than regular rates for all accommodation types. For example, resort guest rooms (regularly $139 a night) are available for $119, which translates to a 15% savings. A superior gulf view room can be had for $169 instead of $189 a night, or a savings of about 11%.
How do you get the most out of this promo? Stay three nights and you'll get the discounted rates plus a fourth night free. A four-night December weekend stay at the regular rate would run $556 ($139/night x 4 nights). Choose the promo and your total rings in at $357 ($119/night x 3 nights). That's a whopping 36% savings.
Book online or call tel. 800/455-1546 and ask for the "Stay 4, Pay for 3" rate.
Luxury for Less at LaPlaya ResortNoble House Hotels & Resorts is known for its upscale boutique properties that emphasize top-notch customer service and luxurious settings. One such property is the 64-acre LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort (www.laplayaresort.com) in Naples, Florida. This ultra-tony beachside resort offers spacious rooms and suites with marble bathrooms, "beach butlers," spa and golf facilities, and a raftload of water activities from pedal boats and wave runners to kayaks and parasail rides. Families are welcomed into the mix with movie nights, a kids' aquatic camp, and babysitting services.
LaPlaya's new promotion offers complimentary valet parking, waives the daily resort fee, and includes a resort credit on a sliding scale: stay one night and you get a $50 resort credit; stay two or three nights for a $100 resort credit; stay four or more nights to snag a $200 credit. You can use the credit at the resort's restaurant, shop, spa, golf course, and for other activities.
We price-checked a pool-view double room in October. If you book with the promo, you'd pay $379 and would receive a $50 credit. For the same dates, the best-available regular rate comes in at $359 a night. Once you factor in the value of the promo perks -- valet parking ($23), resort fee ($17), and $50 credit -- you're looking at a comparative tab of $449 a night. So the promo delivers a savings of about $70 a night, shaving 16% off your total.
The savings holds true for longer stays, too. A four-night stay for that poolside double room would total $1,516 in October with the offer, plus you'd get a $200 credit to spend as you like. If you don't book with the promo, you'd spend $1,436 for the room plus you'd pay for valet parking ($23/day x 4 = $92) plus the resort fee ($17/day x 4 = $68), and you wouldn't get that resort credit ($200). All in all, you'd spend $280 more than if you went with the promo. That translates to a savings of around 16%.
With a price tag of more than $350 a night, this getaway is definitely a splurge. But if you're looking for an upscale family beach getaway, this promo definitely helps you have it for less.
The "Fall for You" promo is valid for stays between Oct. 1 and Dec. 30. Book online or call tel. 800/237-6883 and use promo code "FALL."
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