Ocean-view splendor with a Costa Rican ‘Romantic Getaways’ package, family fun on Florida’s Gulf Coast, and a discount on one of New York’s most historic hotels, the Wolcott

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By Paula Conway
Originally posted on NYDailyNews.com


Volcano adventures, hot springs and ocean views await couples in Costa Rica.

Steal: Book Costa Rican Vacations’ “Romantic Getaway” package and save more than 20% off the regular rate (savings of $780) on a seven-night stay in the Central American country. The itinerary offers three nights in the boutique Arenal Kioro near Lake Arenal with buffet breakfasts and entrance to the Titoku Hot Springs, along with four nights in the luxury, ocean-view boutique hotel Villa Buena Onda in Playas del Coco with breakfast, lunch and dinner during your stay. Rates for this package start at $2,700 per couple. This package is available April 1-June 30 (excludes Easter week).

Experience: The Arenal Kioro hotel has unparalleled views of the Arenal Volcano and its own tropical garden, bursting with lush vegetation and on-site hot springs. Villa Buena Onda offers large bedrooms and stunning ocean views of the Pacific. There’s a two-tier swimming pool and you can explore nearby beaches, go sailing or scuba-dive in the popular Guanacaste Province.

Book it! Go to vacationscostarica.com or call 1-800-606-1860.


Enjoy a family vacation at The Resort at Longboat Key Club on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

Deal: Book the “Family Package” and receive a $75 credit to use at leisure at this Sarasota hotel. Kids 12 and under eat free. This offer is valid now through April 30. Rates start at $454 per night.

Experience: After golfing, paddleboarding and frolicking on the beach at this 410-acre playground, explore the seaside town of Sarasota. Take in the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, visit the dolphin and whale hospital at Mote Marine Aquarium, or catch a Ski-A-Rees water ski show — a Sunday tradition in Sarasota.

Book it! Visit longboatkeyclub.com or call 1-888-237-5545. Use promo code OPALFAM.

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	Lobby of the Wolcott Hotel in Midtown New York. It opened in 1904.</p>


Enjoy a unique slice of New York and American history with a staycation at the Wolcott Hotel in Midtown.

Deal: Now through March 31, reserve stays for $110 per night (more than 50% off the regular rate) through the end of the year when making reservations on the hotel’s anniversary Web page.

Experience: The Wolcott Hotel opened its doors in 1904 and was designed by John H. Duncan, the architect behind Grant’s Tomb, located at 122nd St. and Riverside Drive. Deemed a New York City landmark, the hotel is refined with intricate old-world architecture and decor. Walk inside and retrace the steps of some of the hotel’s celebrated first guests, including Mark Twain and Edith Wharton. Buddy Holly spent a good amount of time here recording some of his most popular hits. The stunningly detailed back ballroom, a buzzing dining room during the hotel’s early heyday, is now often used for high-profile magazine and movie studio shoots.

Book it! This offer is only good when booked through wolcott.com/ann110.