The Real Deal: Round-trip airfare on a major carrier to St. Lucia; four nights at the Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort; all meals, snacks, and beverages; nonmotorized water sports and other resort activities; round-trip airport transfers; fuel surcharges; and hotel taxes and service charges; from $1,219 per person — plus estimated airport taxes and fees of $250.
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When: Nov. 15, 2010.
Gateways: Miami, New York City; add $10 for Boston; $40 for Baltimore; $60 for Chicago, Pittsburgh; $140 for Philadelphia; $160 for L.A.; additional gateways available.
The fine print: Airport taxes and fees are an additional $250. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is not available at this couples-only resort. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: Sept. 9, 2010.
Contact: Liberty Travel, 888/271-1584, libertytravel.com.
Why it's a deal: According to a recent search on Kayak, the lowest round-trip fares between Miami and St. Lucia start from $444, with taxes, for travel in mid-November (American). Add to that about $940 per person for four nights at the resort, and your total for accommodations and airfare is $1,384, if booking independently. For an additional $85, this package includes the round-trip flight; four nights' accommodations; all meals, snacks, and beverages; round-trip airport-hotel transfers; and all taxes and fees.
More: Optional activities include a sunset cruise ($72 per person), a horseback riding/swimming adventure ($65 per person), and a romantic private excursion to Soufrière ($280 per person). Additional nights at the Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort start from $235 per person per night.
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