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Want to Save Money in the Caribbean? Rent a Villa.

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Calypso del Sol, St. John, USVI.

How can I speak the words “Caribbean villa” in these recessionary times? Well, “villa” covers a lot of ground, and in the Caribbean it can mean a cottage, a simple but comfortable house, a very big house, and even those beach side palaces that truly deserve the name “villa.” With a villa, you can take a dip in the pool at midnight or have breakfast and coffee with the songbirds at 5 a.m. You make the schedule, such as it is. And as we enter shoulder season and low season, the prices of a villa go down like low tide.

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Smart Deals: Cap Maison, St. Lucia

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THE DEAL: Second or Third bedroom for free at Cap Maison, St Lucia

WHAT’S THE DEAL: Families who book a Villa suite, an Ocean-view villa suite plus pool or an Ocean-view villa suite with pool and roof terrace, will receive a second or third bedroom for free.  Kids under 12 always eat free when dining with their parents at the resort and, for added savings, the resort is extending four hours of free babysitting per day for families booking this special offer.

THE FINE PRINT: Winter rates for the one-bedroom Villa Suite, the starting room category for the Family Package, are $865 per room per night, based on double occupancy. The offer is good through  April 2011.

DETAILS: Cap Maison

Smart Deals: Starwood’s 10/10/10

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The Deal: Starwood Hotels & Resorts in the southern U.S. and Caribbean have a “10/10/10” promotion offering a $10 rate for every third night.

What’s the Deal: To mark the auspicious arrival of October 10, 2010,  Starwood is offering a $10 rate for every third night at the following properties: The Westin St. John Resort & Villas, USVI; Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort; Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino; The Westin Resort, Aruba; W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island; The St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico; The Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa, Grand Cayman,  Sheraton Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel; The Westin Beach Resort, Fort Lauderdale; The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, Hollywood, Florida; The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa; The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa; W Fort Lauderdale; W South Beach; Walt Disney World Dolphin; Walt Disney World Swan; The Westin La Cantera Resort, San Antonio; Sheraton Sand Key Resort; Sheraton Suites Key West; Sunset Key Guest Cottages, A Westin Resort; The Ballantyne, Charlotte; The Westin Key West Resort & Marina.

The Details: When guests book two consecutive nights to ten destinations for ten days: Oct. 4, 2010 to Oct. 13, 2010, they get every third night for $10. The “10/10/10” offer is available for booking now through Oct. 13, 2010 when arriving by Dec. 23, 2010 and is subject to availability.

Booking: Click “10/10/10” to book.

Participating Caribbean Starwood Hotels and Resorts include the following properties:

Smart Deals: Anacaona Boutique Hotel, Anguilla for $150

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THE DEAL: The new Anacaona Boutique Hotel, which opens October 15, will offer 27 rooms and suites from just $150 a night, based on double occupancy. Read the full story

Beat the High Cost of London by Renting a Flat

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A converted stable in Winchmere Hill, London.

Planning a trip to London this year? Think about renting an apartment for your stay. An apartment or house provides a lot more space than a hotel room. And it's almost always a better value. There are hundreds of apartments for rent all over this sprawling city, and the further afield you look, the better the values. At HomeAway, you can find a charming one-bedroom in a stables in Winchmere Hill in North London for $638 a week or $106 per night.

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Smart Deals: Bumps for Boomers

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Bumps for Boomers Clinic in Aspen. Photo by Michael Brands.

The Deal: Save $200 on a 4-Day Bumps for Boomers clinic or $150 on the 3-Day clinic.

Backstory: One of the singular ski specialized camps of the Aspen Ski School, Bumps for Boomers is a highly innovative ski program that was designed by visionary instructor Joe Nevin. The idea is to quickly teach intermediate-level baby boomer and senior skiers how to ski moguls and how to ski powder. It has changed the skiing lives of hundreds of skiers, this reporter among them. Stay Aspen/Snowmass Central Reservations has spring break hotel deals during those dates that start at $150 a night.

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Smart Deals: The Apartments at the Athenaeum, London

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The Deal: The Athenaeum, one of London's legendary five star hotels, has a 299 pounds sterling rate (approximately $486). That's per night based on a three night weekend stay for a Friday/Saturday/Sunday night in a one-bedroom apartment. 

Why It's a Deal: One-bedroom apartments at The Athenaeum are usually priced at 750 pounds sterling per night (about $1,220).

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Smart Deals: The Hotel @ Times Square

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The Deal: The opening of The Hotel @ Times Square, a new hotel from Apple Core Hotels, with rates starting at $119.99.

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Smart Deals: 320 Guest Ranch, Big Sky, Montana

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Percherons pulling a sleigh at 320 Guest Ranch, Big Sky, Montana

The Deal: The “Biggest Ski & Stay Deal in America” includes lift tickets for the slopes of both Big Sky and Moonlight Basin, and free days of skiing and ranch guest accommodations. The 320 Guest Ranch is a historic property situated along two miles of the Gallatin River near Big Sky, Montana, with 87 rooms within 59 cabins, log homes and a mountain chalet.

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