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St. Lucia hotel stays, from $133

/ Source: ARTHUR FROMMER'S BUDGET TRAVEL

Coco Palm Resort, from $133 per room per night
The Coco Palm in Rodney Bay Village is offering a recession-rescue package, called Coco Loco, which includes six nights' accommodations, continental breakfast at Ti Bananne daily, a sunset catamaran sail from Carnival Sailing Party Cruises and a half-day rain-forest excursion by Jeep. The package amounts to a savings of 55 percent. Rates start at $400 per person for the six-night stay (in other words, $800 for the room).

When: May 16-Sept. 15, 2009.

Book by: July 31, 2009.

Details: Taxes and service charges are an additional 18 percent. Based on double occupancy; there is no solo rate for this package. Contact 877/655-2626, coco-resorts.com.

Bay Gardens Beach Resort, from $165 per room per night
The Sensational Summer promotion includes one night at the Bay Gardens Beach Resort, breakfast for two daily, a couple's massage, two nonmotorized water-sport activities and a free room upgrade (based on availability). And if you stay for four consecutive nights, you'll get the fifth night free. Rates start at $165 per room per night in a deluxe room.

When: Through Oct. 31, 2009.

Book by: May 31, 2009.

Details: Taxes and service charges are an additional 18 percent. Based on double occupancy; solo guests pay $140 per night. Contact 877/620-3200, baygardensbeachresort.com.

Ti Kaye Village Resort, from $190 per room per night
The Summer Special includes two free nights at the Ti Kaye Village when you pay for five, plus a $310 spa-and-house credit — or pay for three nights and get the fourth night free as well as a $100 house credit. Ti Kaye — the term means "small house" in the Creole patois — consists of 33 cottage-style units nestled on a cliff on St. Lucia's west coast. Rates start at $190 per room per night in an ocean-view room.

When: July 16-Dec. 15, 2009; add $45 now through July 15.

Book by: Dec. 10, 2009.

Details: Add $10 per person per night for a full breakfast buffet. Taxes are an additional 18 percent; based on single or double occupancy. Contact 758/456-8105, tikaye.com.

Almond Smugglers Cove, from $200 per room per night
Almond Resorts is reducing rates by 50 percent at five all-inclusive properties on St. Lucia and Barbados. The best deal is currently being offered at the village-style Almond Smugglers Cove on St. Lucia: three nights' accommodations, unlimited food and beverages with a choice of à la carte or buffet-style dining, and room service, as well as activities such as kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, a half-day picnic and yoga at sunrise. Rates start at $300 per person for the three-night stay (or, $200 per room per night, based on double occupancy). Add $38 per person for three nights at the Almond Morgan Bay.

When: Through Dec. 20, 2009.

Book by: June 1, 2009.

Details: The special is based on a three-night stay. Taxes are included in the rate — which makes this package a better value than a stay at Ti Kaye. Based on single or double occupancy. Contact 800/425-6663, almondresorts.com.

Before you go
For more information about the area, visit St. Lucia's official tourism Web site. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Getting there: We priced out some fares for travel to St. Lucia in mid-June: $455 from Miami (American), $540 from New York City (American), $576 from Chicago (American), $638 from L.A. (Delta), $665 from Houston (American), and $718 from Seattle (American).