Are you a boutique hotel lover who wants to save money on travel? If so, then you’re in for a real treat! Today I’m going to share my secret weapon with you! Ever wonder how frequent travelers afford to travel? Chances are, they’re taking advantage of great last minute deals and off-season travel. And the best way I’ve found to stay on top of deals is to subscribe to Secret Escapes. Keep reading to find out more about Secret Escapes and my favorite Secret Escapes experience.
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So, What Is Secret Escapes Exactly?
Secret Escapes is an online travel resource for members only. By signing up for a Secret Escapes membership you get access to amazing discounts on some of the best boutique and luxury hotels in the world. Secret Escapes works directly with hotels to negotiate the best deals for their members. Discounts range up to 72% off, meaning you’ll save big on the best possible accommodations.
Is Secret Escapes Really Different?
What sets Secret Escapes apart from other booking sites? It’s simple. You are guaranteed an exclusive rate at a top-notch hotel. If they notice a better rate elsewhere, they either pull the deal or try to negotiate better rates or exclusive perks (think champagne on arrival). Secret Escapes also searches the web to find the best deals on the best hotels, also known as The Web’s Best deals. These are different from the Flash Sales which are exclusive to Secret Escapes.
Does Secret Escapes offer more than just hotel stays?
Another great Secret Escapes secret weapon is the vacation packages and tours they offer (to residents of California, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont). Booking a Secret Escapes vacation package means you only need to show up because all the planning’s done for you. Plus, you can rest assured that you’ll be staying in one of the world’s best hotels (because that’s what they do).
How Do I Join?
To join Secret Escapes you have to sell your soul…jk! It's totally free and super easy. Simply enter your email and create an account. No fees. No spam. Just good deals right in your inbox. When you become a member, you can create a profile of your favorite places and dream destinations. You’ll get automatic notices when deals are available in one of your desired destinations.
My First Secret Escapes Experience
After receiving an email about a killer airfare deal, we booked a last minute trip to Maui, one of my dream destinations. We'd recently read about the beauty and laid-back atmosphere of Maui, so we decided to give it a whirl. Oahu had been good to us a few years earlier, so we were eager to experience more of Hawaii.
So, the flight was booked, now we just needed a place to stay. We usually book AirBnBs for our personal travel, but we wanted to jazz it up & stay in a resort this vacation. I also desperately wanted to be beachfront. My expectations, however, did not match my budget.
Beachfront and Bargain
Every beachfront hotel seemed way out of my price range. So, I began to shop around. After a few weeks of searching the major sites, I stumbled on a short-term deal through Secret Escapes. The deal looked promising offering 35% off. The listing checked off several of my MUSTs: resort, 4star, beachfront, amenities, no resort fee, free WiFi, and affordable. Needless to say, I booked right away.
Makena Beach and Golf Resort (unfortunately now closed and under re-development) was exactly the type of place we wanted to celebrate our anniversary. The beach and bay adjacent to the property are some of the finest on the island. And the proximity to Molokini Crater made it easy to add a last minute snorkel adventure to our agenda.
Vacation's All I Ever Wanted
We were greeted by super friendly staff, shell lei, free bottled water and complimentary valet. At check-in, we were surprised to find that our reservations had been upgraded! Score! Our new room featured an ocean view, spectacular for sunsets.
Our room was clean, spacious, and well equipped with necessities (coffee maker, iron, hairdryer, mini-fridge). The resort's amenities made it almost unnecessary to leave the property. All we needed were a few clean beach towels, beach chairs, and mai-tais. While there were plenty of other amenities (surfing lessons, a photographer on site, free beach yoga, spa, fitness center, etc), we simply didn’t have time to do it all and see the island, too.
So Many Amenities
And don't get me started about the poolside bar! Tasty drinks helped us settle into vacation mode in no time flat. Since alcohol isn't allowed on the beach in Maui, we spent plenty of time poolside. A slice of pineapple and a cherry on top make a Mai Tai all the sweeter.
Chairs were plentiful on the beach each day. For $20 extra bucks, we rented a large umbrella, which helped extend our beach time significantly. Snorkel gear, boogie boards, and killer Hawaiian shave ice (coconut, please) were right there for the taking in the nearby snack shack! And no need to bring cash: charge rentals and purchases to your room and pay later.
The Secret Escapes Experience We'll Never Forget
Overall, we had an excellent time at Makena. There were several standouts and highlights. The star of the show was definitely the beautiful beach and gentle waves of the Maluaka Bay. We spent many hours at the seaside watching the waves, enjoying the surf, and scouring the waters for treasures. Impressed with the ease and quality of our Secret Escapes experience, I couldn't wait to book our next adventure.
Where Do You Want to Go?
Pop over to the Secret Escapes website to explore the current sales and amazing vacation packages. Better yet, download the app and get updates in the palm of your hand. Never miss another killer deal with the help of Secret Escapes. Use the links below to dive deep into the deal of your dreams!
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