And a luxurious week in French Polynesia.
You probably want your first post-pandemic trip to check off a number of different boxes. The location must be picturesque, far from your work-from-home space. You want luxury—state-of-the-art spas, on-site restaurants, and world-class service. You’ve learned the importance of fully refundable trips and now will not settle for less. And you want this all for a low price.
While this ask might feel unattainable, our friends at Travelzoo are here to let you know that luxury and budget can coexist—and you deserve to discover it.
For those on a tight budget, there’s no better deal than this five-night vacation in the Maldives for $499, an unbeatable 84% discount. For under $500, you and one guest will set sail for South Palm Resort Maldives. Once at the resort, you’ll get to unpack your bags in one of the 700-square-foot Beach Villas, which sit right on the beach. The time it takes you to get from the front desk to your room is how long it’ll take for your beach vacation to truly begin.
Not only does $499 get you beach access and ocean views, it includes the Bed and Breakfast package as well as a two-hour daily open bar (added luxuries? Check!).
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While beachfront, Maldives, and under $500 might have been enough to sell you, for those on the fence, there’s more. When you touch down in Malé, the resort staff will greet you and take you to the private lounge where you’ll await your domestic flight. For those wanting a moment of relaxation, there’s the Kurumba Spa, where the floating treatment rooms can only be accessed by boat—even a spa day’s an adventure.
And for those wanting to explore the waters that make the Maldives a truly unbeatable destination, you’ll find a scuba center offering guided dives of local reefs. On-site restaurants and entertainment mean that your five nights can be spent close to the water and your room—perfect for any spur-of-the-moment mid-night swims or tipsy walks home.
The Maldives deal is perfect for those looking to travel in luxury without breaking the bank, but there’s another deal awaiting those with a little more wiggle room in their budget.
Manava Beach Resort & Spa Moorea, the four-star resort located in French Polynesia, is offering 40% off your week-long stay. For $1,999, you and one guest will get one of the resort’s garden pool bungalows for seven nights. These bungalows come with private terraces and plunge pools, giving you just the right amount of personal space after a year-long pandemic. While the room, view, and location are nice enough to have us clicking “book,” this deal also includes a daily breakfast for two, a sunset cocktail, and discounted add-on nights.
For those looking for a moment in nature, there’s no place better. Manava Beach Resort & Spa Moorea is located in a coconut grove with a jungle just behind it. Moorea is home to the most extensive coral reef ecosystem on Earth, and the resort encourages you to explore this aspect of the island. You can check out complimentary snorkel gear, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards to explore the nearby coral nursery in the resort’s lagoon.
So, we found the perfect locations, prices, and add-ons. Now, all we need is the guarantee that, if things go wrong (as the world’s shown us it’s known to do), money won’t be lost. Both of these deals do just that. You have through 2023 to redeem your Maldives vacation and until June of 2022 for your French Polynesian getaway, but both are fully refundable in the event that you can’t make it—it’s got the entire (post-pandemic) package.
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