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March 2015 Travel Deals

While it may not seem like it, spring is around the corner. Relax now with these exclusive weekend deals.

Abaco Beach Resort in the Bahamas is offering readers exclusive savings through May. Photos courtesy of the resort.

You Go, Girl

Where: Hotel Rouge; 1315 16th St., NW; 202-232-8000.

What’s special: Looking for an in-town escape? This boutique hotel features a bold decor—red velvet curtains, white leather chairs—plus complimentary perks including a daily wine hour from 5 to 6, morning coffee and tea, and cold pizza and Bloody Marys in the living room on weekends from 11 to noon. Sign up ahead of time for the free Kimpton Karma Rewards program to get complimentary wi-fi.

The deal: The Monumental Girls’ Getaway Package includes a bunk-bed room (some can accommodate up to six guests at no extra charge) or upgraded guest room, a bottle of wine or bubbly ($15 value), a selection of fashion and gossip magazines ($15 value), and a fruit-and-cheese platter ($15 value). Washingtonian readers also receive free parking for one vehicle per night ($43 value) when they mention the magazine at check-in. Prices start at $159. To book, use the rate code GIRLS here or call 202-232-8000.

When: Valid through March 31, 2015.

Embassy Row Redo

Where: The Embassy Row Hotel; 2015 Massachusetts Ave., NW; 202-265-1600.

What’s special: Overlooking Embassy Row and Dupont Circle, this hotel just underwent a $15-million renovation. The complete revamp included guest rooms, the fitness center, the lobby, the coffee shop with 24-hour grab ’n’ go, and the on-site restaurant, Station Kitchen & Cocktails.

The deal: The exclusive Weekender package includes accommodations, valet parking for one night ($45 value), a $30 food-and-beverage credit for Station Kitchen & Cocktails, and late checkout at 2. Prices start at $179. To get this deal, use the promo code WASHDC.

When: Valid through March 31, 2015.

Happy Birthday in New York

Where: The Jade Hotel, 52 W. 13th St., New York, N.Y.; 212-375-1300.

What’s special: The two-year-old boutique hotel with an Art Deco look offers a fitness center, free wi-fi, and complimentary cake truffles at turndown from the local bakery Bee’s Knees. In the heart of Greenwich Village, the Jade is close to shops, restaurants, and the subway.

The deal: To celebrate the hotel’s second birthday, guests receive 20 percent off the best available rate. Washingtonian readers also get a free bottle of Prosecco. Prices start at $220. Book here; to get this deal, note “Washingtonian” under the “company” section in addition to using the promo code TWOTWENTY. Or call 212-375-1300 and mention Washingtonian.

When: Valid through March 31, 2015.

Island Play

Where: Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, 2 Grasslawn Ave., Hilton Head, S.C.; 843-681-4000.

What’s special: This beachfront resort has just undergone a $30-million renovation. Guests can enjoy sandy beaches, biking, three outdoor pools, tennis, a fitness center, and three 18-hole golf courses at the adjacent Port Royal Golf club. In addition, there are six restaurants and the Heavenly Spa by Westin.

The deal: The Spring Stay-and-Play package includes a round of golf at any of the island’s seven Heritage Golf Collection courses, located at Port Royal Golf Club, Shipyard Golf Club, Palmetto Hall Plantation Club, and Oyster Reef Golf Club. The deal also includes complimentary range balls prior to rounds and discounts on clubhouse dining and golf-shop purchases, with savings of up to 50 percent. Readers also get logo golf towels for each person, a $40 value. Prices start at $150 per person per night based on double occupancy. To book this package, call Vanessa Castaneda at 843-681-1706. Use the promo code Washingtonian.

When: Valid through March 31, 2015.

Windy City Weekend

Where: MileNorth Chicago; 166 E. Superior St., Chicago, Ill.; 312-787-6000.

What’s special: Steps from the Magnificent Mile, this sophisticated hotel is in the heart of Chicago, an easy walk to Millennium Park and the Art Institute Chicago. Pop into the hotel’s Barista Bar to sample local beer and head to the 29th floor’s rooftop lounge, 52Eighty, to enjoy skyline views and sunsets, craft cocktails, and small plates. Two blocks from the hotel is Water Tower Place, an upscale shopping mall with such retailers as Henri Bendel and Neiman Marcus’s Cusp.

The deal: The Magnificent Mile Shopping package includes accommodations, a $25 Water Tower Place gift card for each night, and a Water Tower Place Premier Passport, a coupon book with more than $500 in shopping savings. Readers also get two complimentary cocktails from Barista Bar, valued at $14 each. To book online, click here.

When: Valid through April 30, 2015; you must book by April 23.

Oceans of Relaxation

Where: One Ocean Resort & Spa, 1 Ocean Blvd., Atlantic Beach, Fla.; 904-249-7402.

What’s special: Situated on the white sands of the Atlantic Ocean, this resort features 193 beachfront and beach-view rooms and suites. All have “docents,” who act as private concierges for packing and unpacking luggage, steaming clothing, stocking amenity cabinets, and bringing hot beverages each morning. You can also enjoy marine-inspired treatments at the Spa and savor seasonal menus at the signature restaurant, Azurea, where every seat has a view of the ocean.

The deal: Washingtonian readers get 10 percent off the best available rate plus a fresh fruit plate upon arrival. Prices start at $180. To book, click here.

When: Valid through December 31, 2015.


Where: Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour Marina Bahamas, Marsh Harbour, Bahamas; 877-533-4799.

What’s special: Located on Great Abaco, 165 miles off the coast of Florida, this property is surrounded by 40 acres of white-sand beaches and lush tropical gardens. A variety of land and water activities range from island-hopping and snorkeling to shopping and dining on the water’s edge at Angler’s Restaurant. Among the perks are free wi-fi and a kids’ camp.

The deal: The Ultimate Spring Getaway package includes four nights of oceanfront accommodations; two days of round-trip water-taxi excursions to Elbow Cay and Guana Cay; breakfast daily; dinner for three nights at Angler’s Restaurant; yoga classes; and complimentary use of non-motorized watersport equipment, the fitness center, and tennis courts. The package starts at $873 a person, a 30-percent savings on double occupancy. Readers also receive a bottle of the Signature House Wine, a $60 value. When booking by phone, mention Washingtonian; online, use the code AbacoDC .

When: Valid through May 31, 2015.

Costa Rica Retreat

Where: Villa Buena Onda, Playas del Coco, Guanacaste, Costa Rica; 800-414-0159.

What’s special: This luxury boutique hotel is in Guanacaste Province, 25 minutes from Liberia airport. It sits on a hill with sweeping ocean vistas and has just seven guest rooms for adults and children over age 16. A stay includes three à la carte meals a day with a menu of fresh, locally grown ingredients. Guests can relax in the two-tier, ocean-view saltwater swimming pool or enjoy cooking classes, yoga classes, or a spa treatment. The area has sailing, sport fishing, hiking, horseback riding, and zipline excursions, and it offers a varied landscape with beaches, green mountain ranges, and national parks.

The deal: The 4×3 Winter Special (stay four nights and pay for three) applies to all room categories. Rates start at $408 a night. Mention Washingtonian when booking to also receive a free bottle of wine valued at $30.

When: Valid through March 31, 2015; reserve by March 15.