A Croatia cruise and a tropical rainforest resort in Bali
This week in travel deals: a Croatian cruise and a five-star resort in Bali
While travel has definitely belonged to the traveler and the destination of choice this year, one of our favorite getaways is one of the “no’s”: cruises. This very social and close getaway was perhaps a bit too much friendly for the COVID-era vacation, but with all U.S. residents 16 and over eligible for a vaccine, we think it’s time to take to the seas soon.
If luxury cruises were once your vacation of choice – perfect for relaxing, sightseeing and being one with the sea – Travelzoo has the solution to getting you back on the water, in style, of course.
For $ 1,649 you can sail the Adriatic Sea on a sprawling yacht with a capacity of 38 people, because after a year of pandemic, I know I’m still not ready to go on a fully booked Carnival cruise. This 30% discount on board Zantium Travel’s New Star takes you from Dubrovnik to Split over seven days and includes daily breakfast and lunch, a Captain’s dinner, a welcome dinner and unlimited Wi-Fi. The yacht comes complete with a pool, hot tub, and sundeck – for a bit of a tan while R & Ring – as well as a restaurant, outdoor lounge, and bar.
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And that’s just what’s on the boat. Your reservation will also allow you to have experiences off the boat: exploring Split, Korcula and Dubrovnik via walking tours; venture inside the magnificent Blue Grotto; dinner at Stari Grad; and a tantalizing tasting experience in Slano. This offer also includes round-trip airport transfers to and from the ship as well as COVID travel insurance (sigh in relief).
We know we’re still in a pandemic and cruises can seem a little gross, but that’s why you have until September 2022 to take advantage of this vacation deal. And if you can’t find the dates that suit you, Travelzoo offers you a 100% refund.
But if you’re looking for something a little more grounded (literally) and maybe a little cheaper, there’s another deal that might interest you, and it’ll take us all the way to Bali.
Bali is one of those places that has to be seen to be believed – it might look pretty in the photos but it is breathtaking in real life. This almost halfway trip gives you the chance to do just that. For $ 699, you and a guest can enjoy the island’s lush rainforest at Ubud Nyuh Bali Resort & Spa or – if the ocean is more your scene – easy beach access at Nyuh Bali Villas Seminyak. Both stays allow you to relax in your own villa and soak up the sun by your private pool. And, once you’re ready to explore the rest of the resort, you’ll find full-service restaurants and amazing indoor and outdoor spas (these resorts are both five-star for a reason).
While we know you don’t have a hard time deciding whether or not to buy the offer (hello, you buy it!), You might be trying to figure out which resort is right for you. Fortunately, Travelzoo breaks it down: “Seminyak puts you within walking distance of live music and local vendors at Double Six Beach, while Ubud is within easy reach of major cultural sites like the Gunung Lebah Temple.” Decide which local attractions and activities speak to you the most – do you like the nightlife or the sights? – and book accordingly.
And, like the cruise mentioned above, this offer offers a full refund to travelers who can’t find the dates that are right for them. Fortunately, you have until December 2022 to find a time that works for you, and after a year of lockdown we highly recommend that you find the time for me.
As a warning, although Fodor fully approves this deal, we do receive a small commission on this transaction.