May Travel Deals

The Moorings Village resort in the Florida Keys is celebrating its 25th anniversary by giving readers 25 percent off a two-bedroom villa—and free Champagne. Photo courtesy of The Moorings Village.

With May here, summer can’t be far away. Whether you want to get away now or start planning your summer vacation, we have deals for you.

Swing Away by the Chesapeake Bay

Where: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina, 100 Heron Blvd., Cambridge, Md.; 410-901-1234.

What’s special: Play unlimited golf alongside the Eastern Shore’s scenic Choptank River while “surfing the earth.” This May, River Marsh Golf Club introduces GolfBoards, an easy-to ride  vehicle that looks like an electric surfboard and carries you and your clubs from shot to shot. Climb on and complete a round of golf in less than three hours—versus the four or more hours it typically takes. The 18-hole course was designed by renowned golf architect Keith Foster and is back-dropped by beautiful coastal scenery. The 17th hole is a par 3 that stretches 200 yards from the tips—a challenge perfect for any golf enthusiast. Activities to enjoy beyond the course include three outdoor and one indoor swimming pool, tennis, miniature golf, disc golf, jogging trails, boating, a fitness center, and a spa.

The deal: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay’s “Unlimited Golf” package includes unlimited golf for two, overnight accommodations, and complimentary golf cart rental, club cleaning, bag storage, bag tag, and parking. Guests also receive a 15 percent discount at the pro shop and on golf lessons. Washingtonian readers who show a printout of this article at check-in will receive a complimentary golf towel, a $19 value. Rates for the package start at $269 a night. The first round of golf must be reserved prior to arrival. GolfBoard rental is separate.

When: Valid for stays through June 30, 2017.

New York, New York

Where: Omni Berkshire Place, 21. E 52nd St., New York; 212-753-5800.

What’s special: This historic hotel, which dates back to 1926, was designed with a residential townhouse feel—and back in the day, artists and socialites often made their home here. (The Rodgers & Hammerstein suite is where the Broadway giants collaborated on their first success, Oklahoma, in 1942). Today, the rooms are still large. Perfectly situated, the hotel is steps from Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue Shopping, Broadway, Central Park, and restaurants.

The deal: The New York City Skyline package, a Washingtonian exclusive, includes overnight accommodations with an upgrade that offers a city view room, plus a $50 credit in its new Bob’s Steak and Chop House. Rates start from $249. To book, click here.

When: Book by May 31, 2017 for stays through September 5, 2017.

Cruise Away

Where: MSC Cruises, sailing out of Port Miami, Florida; 844-612-6824.

What’s special:  This cruise ship was apparently inspired by the elegance and glamour of the 1950s, and features Swarovski crystal staircases. Enjoy the Broadway-size Pantheon Theatre, the Garden Infinity Pool that seamlessly extends out to the sea (one of four pools), the spa, and kid and teen clubs. There are two main dining rooms, two buffets, and four specialty restaurants.

The deal: TheShort Cruise Getaway” is a three-night cruise aboard the MSC Divina, sailing to Freeport, Grand Bahamas, and Nassau, Bahamas. The two-for-one-guest deal starts at $299 a person; kids age 11 and under cruise free. Washingtonian readers also get a five percent discount on interior or ocean-view staterooms, and 10 percent off balcony staterooms. To book, call 844-612-6824 and mention you’re a fan of Washingtonian.

When: For the sailing July 8-11. 

Florida Keys

Where: The Moorings Village, 123 Beach Rd., Islamorada, FL; 305-664-4708.

What’s special: The Moorings—a former coconut plantation 90 miles from Miami—features 18 individual villas with fully equipped kitchens. Its 1,100-foot white sand beach is one of the largest private beaches in the Keys. From the beach you can go windsurfing or kayaking. The resort also offers a 25-meter heated lap pool; hammocks throughout the property; complimentary use of paddleboards, kayaks, and bikes; tennis courts; a fitness center, and a full-service spa with beachside treatments. On property are two dining options: The Morada Bay Beach Café is a casual Mediterranean-style bistro set on the palm-lined beach and overlooking the Florida Bay. Pierre’s at Morada Bay is in a two-story plantation house and features fresh-caught local seafood.   

The deal:  In celebration of the resort’s 25th anniversary, the “25 percent Discount” package gives guests 25 percent off the cost of a two-story, two bedroom villa. Washingtonian readers also receive a free bottle of Champagne. Rates before the discount start at $829. To get the deal, click here and use booking code WA25.

When: Valid for stays April 20 through September 30, 2017.

 California Wine Country

Where: Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa, 100 Boynes Blvd., Sonoma, CA; 707-938-9000.

What’s special: As befits a resort located in wine country, guests here are welcomed with a bottle of wine in their room. In the evenings, guests are invited into the lobby for a complimentary winetasting. The resort features a spa with its own source of thermal mineral water. The hotel’s dining room features fresh local produce, meats, poultry, and seafood, and a wine selection that showcases the best of Sonoma and Napa. There’s also casual dining by the pool and at the golf course. Guests can enjoy complimentary guided hikes, and bike tours (extra charge). The resort is a short drive from the downtown area with its dining and shopping.

The deal: The 20/20 Package gives guests 20 percent off the daily rate in any guest room or suite and 20 percent off food and beverage. Rates start at $271. Washingtonian readers receive a late check-out, a $50 value. This package must be fully pre-paid at time of booking and is non-changeable. To book, click here and mention Washingtonian in the notes section.

When: Valid for stays through December 31, 2017.