Micro-Trips to Take Before the Year is Over

Micro-Trips to Take Before the Year is Over

2020 is just four months away and there’s no time like the present to plan those last-minute getaways. From quick jaunts to Central America for jungle adventures, unplugging in the Caribbean and thrills to check off the bucket list- like driving a race car in Daytona, there’s no shortage of options for you to find travel inspiration before the year is over.

Book a Jungle Escape to Flores, Guatemala

Travelers seeking a quick getaway from the hustle and bustle and those looking for a warm-weather escape before the cold sets in, Guatemala, the “Land of Eternal Spring” is calling! Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel is located in the Petén region of the country, and offers the perfect home base for history buffs looking to check the incredible Mayan ruins of Tikal off their bucket list. Plenty of adventure and relaxation are also available at this luxurious retreat, which offers 19 bungalow suites that hover over the Quexil Lagoon, incredible views and unparalleled jungle bliss. Now through December 2019, travelers can book the “Jungle Escape” package and enjoy two nights of lodging in a waterfront suite with daily breakfast included, as well as roundtrip airfare from Guatemala City to Flores included in the rate! Additional promotion perks include welcome cocktails, airport transfers, a tour to Monkey Island to visit friendly spider monkeys, complimentary access to the property’s  on-site museum and a 30% spa discount. Book two nights for $1,190. *Optional guided tours to the ruins of Tikal or Yaxhá are available at an additional cost. More information available here.

Mini Vacation in Cancun

Just a hop, skip and a jump from the US, Cancun lies at the heart of the Mexican Caribbean. With direct airlift and easy access to the Yucatan's most amazing sights - from the ruins of Chiten Itza, to the cenotes of Tulum - Cancun is a destination ideal for a mini vacay over a long weekend. Set your OOO and book it to the newly renovated JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, a sprawling resort with 447 ocean-facing guest rooms, all of which peer out over the palm-studded grounds. No time to plan between meetings & emails? No problem! The property’s new “Micro Break” package takes the leg work out of planning with a killer three-day, pre-set itinerary. After a friendly “Bienvenido” at check-in, you’ll be whisked away for a quick 30-minute meditation (to harness that vacation zen, of course!) and then it’s off to dine at one of the complex’s 10 international restaurants. With everything from morning fitness classes and cabana rentals, to a jungle boat excursion through the mangroves and a pasta-making class- the itinerary has something for everyone. You’ll also snag luxe accommodations, a mini massage, healthy continental breakfasts, a $75 daily food & beverage credit, and airport transfers. The package starts at $429 per night, with a three-night minimum stay. Three-day advanced booking minimum. Book online here with code Z87.

Staycation in Miami Beach

The beautifully renovated Marriott Stanton South Beach hotel is hopping on board the micro-break trend with a staycation package this year. Plan a tropical getaway to the South of Fifth district of Miami Beach, at one of the only hotels along Ocean Drive with direct beach access. The “Staycation Stanton Style” package is equipped with daily cushioned beach chairs to lounge by the sparkling blue waters, complimentary bike rentals to live like a local and stroll the streets of South Beach, frozen margaritas, beach accommodations, and a late 2 p.m. checkout, among other perks. Expect the best of both worlds when skipping throughout the exclusive SoFi neighborhood, while also just steps from all the city action with top nightclubs, bars, restaurants, and boutiques within walking distance. Upon checking in, guests realize this is “not your mama’s Marriott,” as this resort embraces a cool, trendy beach club ambiance and relaxed luxury vibe, offering  224 rooms and suites, two pools overlooking the ocean, a chic sun deck, an intimate spa and fitness center. This package does all of the booking for you, ensuring the ideal quick, long weekend (or maybe even weekday!) getaway, with activities and amenities galore- It’s the perfect spot to experience everything that makes Miami, Miami. Book online here with code ZJL.

Enjoy a Barnsley Break in Georgia

Travelers seeking a quick, off the beaten path escape can look no further than Barnsley Resort. Whether they are seeking a bit of adventure, relaxation, or have a passion for golf, the resort’s new "Barnsley Break” packages cover all bases, giving travelers the opportunity to hone in on specific activities that are offered on property. The Barnsley Break For Adventure includes horse backing riding and clay shooting, whereas Barnsley Break For R&R includes one spa treatment per guest, a round of golf for two, and horseback riding. For the ultimate golfer’s paradise, the Barnsley Break For Tee Time offers a trackman lesson for two at the Golf School, 9-holes of golf for two, and one round of golf for two on the award-winning Fazio Course. Not only do these packages include fun-filled activities for guests to get a taste of Barnsley, but each break also includes two nights of accommodations in the choice of a charming cottage or Inn accommodations, as well as daily breakfast for two at Woodlands Grill, the hotel’s newly renovated on-site restaurant. Tucked away in the foothills of Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, the 3,000-acre resort is where history, outdoor adventure and Southern comfort come together as one, and with any of these three rejuvenating packages, guests are sure to create ever-lasting memories in the South. Barnsley Resort is just over an hour from Atlanta, an hour from Chattanooga, and about 2 ½ hours away from Birmingham and Nashville - making it perfect for a quick getaway without having to hop on a plane. Nightly rates start at $514. Book online here.

Get Artsy in Guatemala

Perched on the shore of Lake Atitlán in the Guatemalan highlands,

Casa Palopó offers an exclusive getaway for travelers who value a rich dose of culture with their vacation experience. A true gem in the “Land of Eternal Spring”, the former home-turned-boutique hotel is the ideal destination for a calm retreat with breathtaking views, where visitors can indulge in serenity as they take in the lake’s natural beauty and unobstructed vistas of the three volcanoes across the shore. Casa Palopo's intimate in-house gourmet restaurant, 6.8 Palopó, sits on a charming outdoor terrace where guests can savor an eclectic menu by Guatemalan celebrity chef Eduardo Gonzalez. In-room spa treatments, a cozy library and top-notch personal service are among the hotel’s other offerings to ensure a peaceful and revitalizing escape. Book the “Artisan’s Guide to Guatemala” package and enjoy one night's accommodations at Villa Las Pilas in Antigua, with breakfast included, as well as a walking tour of Antigua. The package also includes 3 nights at Casa Palopó and a boat tour to Santiago and San Juan La Laguna, two of the nearby vibrant towns where guests can visit the local women-run weaving cooperatives. Roundtrip transfers from Guatemala City to Casa Palopó are also included. Rates start at $1,852.81 Book online here.

Work on Your Swing in Longboat Key
Ready to putt like Tiger or swing like Serena on your next break? The Resort at Longboat Key Club is a AAA Four-Diamond destination that spans 410 acres of lush lawns and pristine beachfront. Along with 45 holes of championship golf, award-winning Tennis Gardens, a full-service spa and an array of water sport equipment, this resort invites you to unwind in one of their 226 luxury guest rooms and suites, the perfect setting for a quick tropical escape. Nightly rates start at $197. Book online here.

Take a Splash of Wellness in Miami

Enjoy ultimate relaxation and well-being with a quick, two-night getaway to connect with nature and find your tropical paradise at The Palms Hotel & Spa. This oceanfront oasis boasts an inspired-by-nature design, with amenities and activities to match. With the “A Splash of Wellness” package at The Palms, travelers are set for a micro-break that focuses on wellness and living a healthy lifestyle. To start, the package includes two nights of accommodations for two, daily breakfast for two at Essensia, the hotel's natural gourmet restaurant, and a beach cabanita for one full day. Those looking for a zen-filled trip won’t be disappointed as the package also includes one 50-minute AVEDA Aroma Massage or Tulasara Facial per person at The Palms AVEDA spa, and one Bento Box Spa meal per person. When it’s time to hit the reset button for a quick wellness getaway, The Palms Hotel & Spa has travelers covered from start to finish, and even simplifies travel planning with a sample itinerary that guests will receive upon arrival when booking this package. Nonstop flights available to MIA from most major airports, including JFK, EWR, LGA, ATL, LAX, HOU, ORD, DCA and more. Nightly rates from $430. Book online here.

Book a West Coast Getaway to Puerto Vallarta

The newly renovated Marriott Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa invites sun-seeking travelers to come see their new, Jalisco-inspired look, while exploring the bustling culture that surrounds this mountain-meets-ocean, warm weather hideaway. Debuting a renovation to its 433 rooms, the resort’s “Discover Puerto Vallarta” package includes accommodations in an ocean-view room with a private balcony from where to catch those iconic Puerto Vallarta sunsets. Enjoy a welcome beverage and a handcrafted Huichol turtle, plus daily breakfast at La Estancia (don’t miss the made-to-order chilaquiles) and complimentary dessert at the resort’s open beachfront restaurant. The package also includes a city tour of Puerto Vallarta for two adults, during which guests can discover the downtown area’s ancient architecture, art galleries and artisan shops. A 30-minute Agave Syrup Sea Salt Scrub is also included per person — starting at just $223/night. Book online here with code ZJL.

Beat the Heat in Daytona

Located on the stunning east coast of Florida, guests can beat the heat at The DAYTONA, the area’s newest hotel located directly across from the Daytona International Speedway. If you’re looking to enjoy a laid-back vacation, look no further and book the “Movie Night for Two” package. The package includes overnight accommodations, a $50 food and beverage credit, and a movie at the local Cobb Daytona Luxury Theater. Since you’re already in the most diverse place for racing, you can experience an adventure of a lifetime by also booking the NASCAR Rookie Experience while you’re there. You’ll get to drive a real NASCAR race car and enjoy champagne afterwards on property to mimic classic raceway tradition. Rates start at $169/per night. Book online here.

Escape to Puerto Rico

One, two, three, Rapidito! It’s time to pack your bags for an ultimate Caribbean quick escape. Everyone knows that La Isla del Encanto, otherwise known as Puerto Rico, is responsible for Luis Fonsi’s hit song “Despacito" but now, the newly reopened

Caribe Hilton, which just unveiled a $150 restoration, has launched a Rapidito Package, encouraging guests to make it a quickie with a 2-night visit to the island. The package includes two nights of accommodations and two welcome Piña Coladas (the drink’s original recipe was invented at Caribe!). Bask in the sun at the award-winning hotel’s secluded beach, oceanfront swimming pools, whirlpools, or beachside hammocks, or opt for head-to-toe relaxation at the spa. In between it all, send taste buds soaring with an array of dining options serving everything from local to international cuisine. With a location easily accessible in under 4 hours from many major US airports, like FLL, MIA, ATL and more, this tropical island is the perfect option for a Rapidito micro-break. Valid for booking through October 15 and on stays through December 23, 2019. Nightly rates start from $340. Book online here with code P0.

Head to the Beach in Sarasota
Pack your bags and don’t miss out on your chance for a quick getaway! The Lido Beach Resort is your perfect escape, located on a private beach near Siesta Key, this Sarasota luxury resort invites you to kick back and take in the views from their 300-foot white sand beach, enjoy a refreshing swim in two oceanside pools (one for families and one for adults only), and indulge with an array of resort amenities ideal for your next micro-break. Nightly rates start at $165. Book online here.

Take a Break in Aruba

Calling those on the East coast - vying for a quick escape? There's no need to wait for summer or a holiday weekend to enjoy a vacation in paradise. With the "One Happy Island" of Aruba just a quick flight away and nonstop options under five hours from MIA, FLL, ATL, CLT, BOS, JFK and EWR, getting there is as easy as 1-2-3-Aruba! The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino (pictured) invites east coasters to enjoy a pre-planned, two-night micro-break with its new “One Happy Break”package, giving guests a taste of the most iconic attractions and activities across the island and at the resort. Those booking the package have a seamless itinerary laid out for them, so no time is spent worried about coordinating logistics or planning out where to eat - the resort's got that taken care of. The package includes oceanfront accommodations, snorkel cruise for two, half-day cabana at the adults-only H2Oasis pool, and a $500 F&B credit to cover daily meals (a total savings of $750+!) Start the day out with breakfast at La Vista, with panoramic view of the sandy shores and palm trees, then follow the itinerary for adventures aboard a catamaran snorkel cruise, and cap off the night with dinner at Atardi, the resort’s toes-in-the-sand restaurant, and so much more. Nightly rates start from $780, valid for stays Sundays - Thursdays. Book online here with code YX1.