If the holidays have left you needing a vacation, you're not alone! And you don't have to wait until spring to get some R&R.
Travel and Leisure magazine Senior Editor Heidi Sherman Mitchell
She explained on The Early Show Thursday that you can find good deals, if you keep an open mind.
"First," she told co-anchor Julie Chen, "think about if you want a hot destination or cold destination, and how flexible you are and how far you're willing to travel. Remember, it's high season in places that have snow or beaches, and prices can get pretty expensive.
"So you should think about booking packages, look at Web sites to see if there are any deals out there. And there can be some, especially in January, when we're just coming off the holiday season."
Mitchell's top five:
The Four Seasons Resort, Whistler is a great luxury choice ($417); also the less expensive Pan Pacific Whistler.
For families, there are 700 acres of newly-opened, patrolled back-country (as opposed to off-site, which isn't patrolled).
Also, the currency rate is great for Americans, so it's very affordable.
Stay at Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa (from the Travel and Leisure 500 list of best hotels), rooms from $270 a night, surrounded by seven secluded acres. You can do all the winter sports there, and there's an 11,000 square foot spa. They also have a club for kids.
There's so much going on there, and every range of spots for couples, families. Everyone can rent a little palapa on the beach with a shared bath for $40 a night, or head to the luxury Orient Express resort, Maroma for $480 a night (that's new to the Travel and Leisure 500 this year). It's a very romantic resort, right on the beach. Or, further down the shore in Tulum is the Maya Tulum, which will run you $200 a night or so. It's where yoga devotees do downward dogs at dawn every day.
There's even a new place called Amansala that has a bikini boot camp to get you in shape in one week, at $1800 a week.
Families can rent villas through Akumal Villas, with their own spit of sand and cleaning services and everything else a family would need, for $2600 a week or so.
You can find great flight deals right now, as well as some great hotel deals, because this region is trying to overcome the perception that Hurricane Wilma destroyed everything. The location is pretty much back in action and worth looking into.
Great hotels there include the Four Seasons Wailea, for $395 a night, the Grand Wailea, at $495, and the Hotel Hana-Maui, at $425.