Deals of the week
If you feel you deserve some sort of reward for making it through what is, on average, the coldest week of the year in Canada, read on. After all, the vacation destinations on this week's podium are either immune to wind chill and frostbite, or make good use of subzero temperatures with snowy slopes down which you can ski or snowboard.
GOLD: As part of Whistler Blackcomb's new "Peak Deals" promotion, North America's largest ski resort has what may be North America's widest assortment of bargains on slopeside lodging. Accomodations wholesaler Lodging Ovations, for example, is offering up to 50 per cent off midweek stays until March 30 (starting at $140 a night, based on double occupancy), while the luxurious Crystal Lodge & Suites (pictured below) has dropped overnight rates to as low as $99 in April. Other options include free stays with multi-day bookings, hotel credits, and combinations of all of the above.
SILVER: For something less snowy but considerably more sandy, the upscale Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts chain is serving up free nights and spending credits at dozens of its properties around the world for booking made by Feb. 28 (for travel March 1 to April 30). Third nights are free at opulent outposts in Bali, Hawaii, Marrakesh, Punta Mita (Mexico, pictured at left) and Santa Barbara, Calif.; while resort credits top out at $1,000 at both Hawaii locations when five nights are booked.
BRONZE: Sometimes staying indoors is the best way to escape from winter, which is far from a drag at Toronto's new Trump International Hotel & Tower. Its "Winterruption Package" includes lavish accommodations, a $100 credit (per day) for wining and dining at STOCK Restaurant Bar & Lounge and the SUITS Lobby Bar, or for treatments at the Quartz Crystal Spa. Package pricing starts at $450 per night, but with regular rates starting at around $550 you get the credit and a decent discount to boot.
-- Adam Bisby
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