Summer might not seem a great time to visit hot climates, but it is the time to get the best deals. Here are a couple.
At the Coral Lodge by Cuna de Vida, said to be Panama’s only aqua lodge and dive habitat, they’re offering low-season rates (rooms start at $105 per person) through Oct. 31. The lodge, the newest member of the Desires Hotels International collection of independently created boutique hotels, also has something new this year, starting in July: Thatched-roof, over-the-water bungalows, each with 650 square feet of living space featuring local art, a separate bedroom, two bathrooms, Jacuzzi, a glass-floor sitting room to see the water below and 180-degree views from a private balcony, with double hammock. Snorkeling is available at the resort or you can arrange a trip two miles away to the San Blas Archipelago, designated as one of the 10 best preserved reef areas in the world.
Up the Central American coast in Mexico is the ultra-posh Casa Colina, a six-bedroom private villa offering a 40-percent discount off high-season rates – which are up there to begin with, at $4,900 per night. But through Sept. 20, the rate is $2,900. The resort, located on the Pacific between Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco, is also offering a five-percent discount per unused bedroom. If, for example, a guest has eight in their party and needed four rooms, they’d get 10-percent off the bill for not using the other two. Rates include airport pickup/drop off, chef, staff and laundry, but not food, beverages and phone charges.
Casa Colina’s rooms include junior and master suites with balconies, private gardens, Jacuzzi tubs and panoramic views of the ocean and mountains. Nearby is the Colima volcano, the most active in Mexico, and for movie buffs, Bo Derek’s film “10” was filmed at the nearby Playa La Audiencia on Santiago Peninsula.
Sure it’s hot in Boston in the summer, but if you’re going to sweat, you may as well do it in an exotic location.