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Club Med beach resorts, 7 nights, $799

/ Source: ARTHUR FROMMER'S BUDGET TRAVEL

The Real Deal: Seven nights' accommodations, all meals and beverages (including alcohol), nightly entertainment, 10 to 15 land and water activities, and all taxes and gratuities, for $799 per person — plus a $60 membership fee.

When: April 18–Dec. 19, 2009.

The fine print: Club Med requires a membership fee, good for one year, of $60 per adult and $30 per child. Based on double occupancy; no single bookings. Even though this promotion caters to couples, children are allowed at all the participating resorts — except at Turkoise in Turks and Caicos. If you are shopping for a family vacation, we recommend this package instead. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book by: April 30, 2009.

Contact: Club Med Resorts, 888/932-2582, clubmed.us.

Why it's a deal: The Couples Escapes promotion offers more than 40 percent off Club Med's regular nightly rates.

Lodging: Choose from a number of Club Med resorts in: Mexico (Cancún Yucatán, Ixtapa Pacific), Dominican Republic (Punta Cana), Turks and Caicos (Turkoise), Guadeloupe (La Caravelle), and Martinique (Buccaneer's Creek). Each resort is all-inclusive, meaning all your meals and drinks are covered. You can also take advantage of included on-site activities, such as horseback riding, tennis, scuba diving, and windsurfing.

More: Columbus Isle in the Bahamas is offering this same special at higher rates — starting at $849 per person. Add nights at any resort from $114 per person. Upgrade to an Ocean View Room for $75 per person.

Before you go: Airport shuttle transfers are included if you book your airfare through Club Med.