5-Star Resorts for 2 and 3-Star Prices

By: Jill Martin

ADD TO FAVORITES

If you’re looking for POSH resorts at PAUPER prices this summer, I’ve got exactly what you seek, thanks to a call I got from FOX TV in Orlando; their special projects reporter, David Martin (no relation!) asked me to present my top picks of 5-Star Resorts at 2- and 3-Star Prices for summer travel. And who better to help me choose luxury resorts than our own Luxury Insider, Terry Ward (thanks Terry)! Here are the top picks that I presented to the FOX viewers. (Here is a link to the TV segment, too. Take a peek!)

Acqualina Resort & Spa, Sunny Isles

The longer you stay, the less you pay. And believe me, you’ll want to stay here a very long time! It’s right on the Atlantic on a gorgeous stretch of beach and this place is loaded with style. Oh, and they have the most amazing marine-based kids camp that your kids will never forget. These offers are valid June 1 - Sept 30, 2010.

Summer Family Escape Package includes:

  • Daily continental breakfast for two
  • Complimentary valet parking daily
  • Complimentary spa access
  • $40 spa treatment credit daily for up to two adults (Their spa is 20,000 square feet of pure bliss, too. AMAZING.)

Rates for a 1- or 2-night stay start at $375, 3- or 4-night stay start at $350 and 5+ nights start at $325. Now, that may look pricey, but these savings are indeed huge as their winter rates start at $625! Then add valet parking at $30 daily, breakfast at $63.50 for 2 guests.

The Breakers, Palm Beach

This iconic oceanfront resort is offering special summer room rates beginning in May, with their lowest room rates of $249 from June 1 - Sept. 30, 2010.

Daily benefits, seven days a week, include:

  • Unlimited tennis, complimentary
  • Unlimited fitness classes, complimentary
  • WiFi & Internet access, complimentary
  • Locals calls, complimentary
  • Specially prices unlimited golf inclusive of cart
  • Savings on dining, spa, bungalow rentals, shopping & more


Extra savings, Sunday - Wednesday nights:

  • Free continental breakfast in The Circle
  • Free access to the Spa & Fitness Center
  • Free kid's meals ordered off children’s menus (12 & under with paying adult)
  • Free Kids Camp
  • Free overnight valet parking

Rates in winter this year started at $499 so take advantage of these savings!

Boca Raton Resort & Spa, Boca Raton

Experience the best of everything with this incredible inclusive package at $199 per night. The activities are endless and the savings are unprecedented. And, they just finished a $220 million dollar renovation, so be prepared to be wowed. Don’t want the whole package? No worries, they have rooms from $109 this summer!

Package Includes:

  • Parking
  • Breakfast
  • Unlimited golf greens fees (excluding cart)
  • Fun in the Sun 2 hour Catamaran Sail
  • Beach umbrella daily rental
  • Inclusive of resort fee
  • Late checkout
  • Plus 25% off treatment at Spa Palazzo, Tennis Court Time and Camp Boca

Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Resort, Naples

You've seen me write about this resort before because they are so fantastic for families. And wait 'til you see their new pool complex right on the Gulf - gorgeous! And there's no better place to catch a Naples sunset than at their Sunset Bar. Summer Value Rates start at just $149 per room, per night and are valid June 1-Oct. 2, 2010.

Summer Value Package includes:

  • Accommodations in a newly renovated guest room
  • Two reserved beach chairs daily
  • Unlimited tennis
  • Access to the spa and fitness center (with use of the exercise room, whirlpool, sauna and steam room)
  • Free valet parking
  • Afternoon tea and cookies
  • Free admission for kids 5-12 in the a.m. activities of the Beach Klub
  • Beginning in July, free greens fees per person, per night

This offer is definitely plush at pauper prices! Regular summer rates are $190 per night ($325 in winter).

Vero Beach Hotel & Spa, Vero Beach

Just an hour away from Orlando, this AAA Four Diamond resort offers the finest designer amenities and unrivaled service. They are also offering a Florida resident License to Steal, Permit to Play special where residents can get nearly ½ off regular rates – starting from only $89 a night for a deluxe room. What's a deluxe room, you ask? King size bed, luxury bath with granite counters, marble flooring, glass enclosed rain shower and tub. Microwave ... mini-bar…nice!

AND, when you check in, if answer a trivia question about Vero correctly, they’ll give you a complimentary amenity (Think free bottle of wine, rose petal turndown service, free beach umbrellas, two free pina coladas and more.). Who was Waldo? Is it polite to honk in Vero? Where is Dodgertown? The answers to these questions can be found on a cheat sheet on the Vero Beach Hotel & Spa’s fan page on Facebook

You can even bring your four-legged family members. Pets are always welcome at no charge. They’ll even receive a free pet amenity upon arrival. Offer valid June 1- Aug. 31, 2010 and applies Sunday - Thursday. Reservations can be made at their website by entering FSR in the rate code box or by calling 1-866-602-VERO and requesting the Florida Resident Package. 

Waldorf Astoria, Orlando

This new super plush, super gorgeous property just opened in October and is surrounded by Disney on three sides. It’s also the first Waldorf Astoria to be built outside the flagship property in NYC! Your family will love it here. It's posh -- but it's really comfortable -- and the atmosphere is very welcoming. You've got to go! They are offering a Spring into Summer promo, with a 4th night free (when you purchase 3 nights).  Rates start at $199 a night. (That brings the rate down to only $149 per night, and that's a steal at this property.)

This campaign runs May 1 - June 30, 2010 but it renews on July 1st with the name, Summer Escapes. The Spring Into Summer promo code is PRSS1N. Of course, it's subject to availability.

Bonus! They also are featuring a Florida Resident Special where Florida residents can enjoy their endless amenities including golf, spa, pools, complimentary direct transportation to Disney and great dining with Kids Eat Free at rates starting at only $179/night. And, when you stay here, you have access to the amenities at the Hilton Bonnet Creek Resort, right next door (connected with interior walkways). They have a super cool pool area with a lazy river! You have to experience the Waldorf Astoria with your family. It’s not uptight; it’s comfortable, and I bet you’ll love it as much as I did. And whatever you do, walk over and have dinner at La Luce and order the fried green olive appetizer – sounds strange, I know, but trust me on this one. I'd drive four hours just to get those warm bits of heaven again!

There were so many great deals, I couldn’t mention them all on air so I’m going to write up a Part Two of Posh Resorts at Pauper Prices and will post it tomorrow! Stay tuned and happy pampering!

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