Frommer's 5 Deals for Aug. 29, 2012

The view of colorful roofs on Paradise Island, The Bahamas Neil Beer
By Jason Sheftell

Swim with dolphins in the Bahamas, rent an apartment like a local in Rome, jet off to Paris, or save on hotels in Atlantic City and Norfolk, Virginia.

All prices are per person and, if lodging is a component of the package, based upon two people traveling together (unless otherwise noted). The prices listed are general starting rates; see "What Else You'll Have to Pay" for details about associated taxes and fees. Base-prices, taxes, and fees can vary based on point of departure and time of travel. Blackout dates may apply. Trip add-ons like sightseeing tours and meal plans may also increase the price. Check with the tour operator for additional gateways. The single supplement is the extra cost that a solo traveler would pay to book the deal.

Photo Caption: The view of colorful roofs on Paradise Island, The Bahamas
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Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island on Nassau, Bahamas. Frommers.com Community
Destination: Paradise Island, the Bahamas
Provider: Liberty Travel (tel. 866/674-5082; www.libertytravel.com)
Duration: Three nights
Trip Type: Hotel-only
Base Price: $629 per person
What the Quoted Price Gets You: Airfare from Miami, three nights' hotel, a complimentary shallow-water dolphin swim, one round of golf per person, one sushi and sake sampler at Nobu, two margaritas at Mesa Grill, two cocktails at Seafire Steakhouse, one session at Crush for entire family, and more.
What Else You'll Have to Pay: $95 in departure tax and security fees
When: Oct. 14-Oct. 24, 2012
Book By: Sept. 9
Why this is a Deal: Save up to 64%, plus receive the Atlantis Experience Pass (worth more than $500). Kids 11 and under stay and play for free.
Complete Details: Stay at the four-star Atlantis Coral Towers, a waterfront hotel near the lagoons of the giant resort. The hotel is a short walk to the Marina Village, known for restaurants and boutiques. Some rooms have water views. Use of the resort's many amenities, including water slides and water activities, are included in the package.
Other Gateways: New York ($739); Boston, Chicago ($769); Philadelphia ($875); Los Angeles ($879)
Single Supplement: None

Photo Caption: Atlantis Resort, Paradise Island in the Bahamas
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Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France. Elisabeth Blanchet
Destination: Paris
Provider: Virgin Vacations (tel. 888/937-8474; www.virgin-vacations.com)
Duration: Four nights
Trip Type: Air-inclusive; independent
Base Price: $959 per person
What the Quoted Price Gets You: Flights from New York area, four nights' hotel, breakfast daily, fuel surcharges, and local hotel tax
What Else You'll Have to Pay: Airport transfers ranging from less than $10 for train to $30 for a one-way shared transfer
When: Jan. 30, 2012
Book By: At least two months in advance is suggested.
Why this is a Deal: Save $400 when compared to booking each component of this deal independently.
Complete Details: Stay at the Timhotel Boulevard Berthier, in the 17th arrondissement near Porte de Clichy Metro station and not far from the Arc de Triomphe. Optional tours include a full-day tour of the Louvre (add $64) and a tour of the public and private apartments of Versailles (add $93). Tours booked while traveling can cost 10% more. An upgrade to a hotel in the 5th arrondissement near the Sorbonne will run an additional $120 per person.
Other Gateways: Check with tour provider
Single Supplement: About $200

Photo Caption: Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France
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The Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune) in the Piazza Navona. Georgios Makkas
Destination: Rome
Provider: Coach House Rentals (+39 32 82 88 13 12; http://rentals.chsrome.com)
Duration: Five-night minimum
Trip Type: Short-term apartment stay
Base Price: From $100 per night (or from $500 per apartment)
What the Quoted Price Gets You: Accommodations in a range of apartments in popular sections of the city, tax, and apartment cleaning
What Else You'll Have to Pay: Transportation to Rome; $123 booking fee for each locale
When: At your desired travel date.
Book By: At least two months in advance is suggested
Why this is a Deal: Save $200 to $300 per night when compared to area hotels
Complete Details: Search the site for an apartment that suits you. Book a studio near the Pantheon and Piazza Navona (from $205 per night). Traveling with a group? The Lucullo Apartment, near Via Veneto and the American Embassy, sleeps 5 to 6. The apartment has Wi-Fi, an elegant entrance hall, and marble baths (from $800 per night, or about $133 per person per night). Coach House also provides rentals apartments in London, Paris, and New York.
Single Supplement: None

Photo Caption: The Fontana del Nettuno (Fountain of Neptune) in Rome's Piazza Navona
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The Atlantic City Boardwalk is lined with shops, restaurants, food stands, casinos and more. Photo courtesy Atlantic Convention & Visitors Bureau Atlantic Convention & Visitors Bureau
Destination: Atlantic City
Provider: Clarion Inn & Suites (tel. 609/272-8700; http://clarionatlanticcityhotel.com)
Duration: Per night
Trip Type: Hotel-only
Base Price: $249 Friday and Sunday; $339 for Saturday
What the Quoted Price Gets You: Accommodations, four all-day passes to Steel Pier amusement park, transportation to casino and slot vouchers, hotel tax, breakfast daily, and parking
What Else You'll Have to Pay: Transportation to Atlantic City; 14% state tax per night
When: Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2012
Book By: As soon as possible to ensure availability
Why this is a Deal: Save about $160 per family of four traveling together.
Complete Details: Use promo code "LSTEEL" when booking this trip online or by phone. The Clarion Inn & Suites is a non-casino hotel about 10 minutes away from the boardwalk. Round-trip transportation to and from the boardwalk will be provided, including $20 slot vouchers per adult for the Showboat Casino.
Single Supplement: None

Photo Caption: The Atlantic City Boardwalk is lined with shops, restaurants, food stands, casinos and more. Photo courtesy Atlantic Convention & Visitors Bureau
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Norfolk. Photo by <a href="http://www.frommers.com/community/user_gallery_detail.html?plckPhotoID=dc19f8e5-33b1-4772-bb7a-8a516313894c&plckGalleryID=c0482941-0d2d-4cca-b8c4-809ee9e20c72" target="_blank">jaygresh/Frommers.com Community</a> Frommers.com Community
Destination: Norfolk, Virginia
Provider: Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel (tel. 800/325-3535; www.sheratonnorfolkwaterside.com)
Duration: Per night
Trip Type: Hotel-only
Base Price: $159 per room
What the Quoted Price Gets You: Accommodations; a sleeper for your pet, dog treats, dog bowl, discount for pet spa treatment and facial for pet owner; appetizer at local restaurant; hotel tax; and coupons for local sites and attractions.
What Else You'll Have to Pay: Transportation to Norfolk; $22 per night in city and local tax.
When: Through Dec. 31, 2012
Book By: At least two weeks in advance is suggested
Why this is a Deal: Save up to $100 on extras.
Complete Details: Located on the Norfolk waterfront, the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside is within walking distance of the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Ballet Theatre, Virginia Opera, USS Wisconsin Museum (where children can visit an aircraft carrier), Chrysler Museum of Art, and the Children's Museum of Virginia. The hotel has an outdoor pool and a bar/restaurant. Shopping and department stores are also nearby.
Other Gateways: N/A
Single Supplement: None

Photo Caption: Norfolk. Photo by jaygresh/Frommers.com Community
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