We’re officially in that lull between the holidays and spring break. Jack Frost is still nipping a bit too hard and we wish we could teleport to that balmy locale featured, by default, on many of our desktop screensavers.
No need to keep staring at the palm trees and azure blue waters on your computer screen, though. We’ve found a few resorts that are sympathetic of your post-holiday budget, and will spoil you with beautiful views and enough sunshine to hold you over until your neighborhood pool opens. Of course, airfare is another story entirely but fares to Europe this year are near a historic low, so hopefully you can find a cheap flight!
Listed below are six hotels and resorts that are dreamy and, surprisingly, cost less than $150 a night.
1. Holiday Inn Arenas (Cancun, Mexico)
Your pick: pool or beach. Either way, Cancun’s 80-degree temperatures in the winter will help you thaw out. Depending on when you book, rooms at the Holiday Inn Cancun Arenas, perched on the beach, go for about $130 a night.
2. Sakala Resort (Bali, Indonesia)
You could almost get three full nights at the Sakala Resort in Bali for less than $150! Major hat tip to Travel Pirates, a travel deal site, for helping us find this deal. “This five-star resort offers a beachfront location, stunning swimming pools and a top-notch restaurant on property,” Jessica Bisest, the senior editor at Travel Pirates told us.
3. MGM Grand (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Head to the desert and you’ll discover that hotels in Las Vegas during the winter are unbelievably cheap. Stay off the strip and you can easily find deals for less than $50 a night. But you can also snag some great hotel deals at some Sin City’s nicer hotels for less than $150 a night, including at the MGM Grand. It’s the largest hotel in the United States, meaning there plenty of rooms and that you can find some for even less than $70 a night this winter.
While in town, you can make this a worldly vacation by visiting the replica of the Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas and riding the roller coaster at New York-New York Hotel & Casino, which borrows inspiration from the Big Apple.
4. Unscripted (Durham, North Carolina)
For a fun, new vacation spot, put Durham on your must-visit list. This university town is mild this time of year, and it offers plenty to do! For an itinerary wild card, head to the Duke Lemur Center and, by appointment, join a research session to see how scientists teach lemurs, shadow a lemur keeper for a day or even paint with lemurs.
Unscripted, a hip hotel, is offering a $95-per-night deal in February with the code “LOVEABULL.” The hotel has a pay-by-the-ounce taproom that features an Unscripted beer created with a local brewery. Plus, there’s a rooftop pool and lounge that overlooks the city skyline.
5. Cahal Pech Village Resort (San Ignacio, Belize)
Explore the jungles, caves and nearby Cahal Pech Mayan ruins while staying at this surprisingly cheap resort. The Cahal Pech Village Resort, with nightly rates under $100, can be the base camp for your adventures in Central America.
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6. Sonesta Resort (Hilton Head Island, South Carolina)
Strike Instagram gold at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island, where you can laze in a hammock and capture some epic sunsets. A winter sale brings down rates just below $150 per night, with promo code “2018WS.” That means there’s room left in the budget for a treatment at the on-site Arum Spa. The “tropical escape sugar scrub” with coconut milk and a brown-sugar polish sounds like a good antidote to winter.