Twin Cities, Cancún, Hawaii and more

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Brand-new Radisson Blu Mall of America lets you see Minneapolis-St. Paul; enjoy the Big Island of Hawaii at the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel; plus, Singapore, Palm Beach and Seattle

By Paula Conway
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Explore the Twin Cities from the Radisson Blu Mall of America , Bloomington, Minn., opening March 15.

Deal: Book two nights and get your third for free (rates starting at $169).

Experience: Attached to the famous Mall of America, the brand-new Radisson Blu Mall of America gives unparalleled access to more than 500 shops and attractions. It’s a quick light-rail ride to downtown Minneapolis to catch a Twins baseball game or see a live show at the famed Guthrie Theatre.

Book it! (952) 881-5258, or



Check out Seattle’s new waterfront Olympic Sculpture Park with a stay at the Edgewater Hotel .

Deal: Book your stay 14 days or more in advance for 30% off your hotel rate through Dec. 31

Experience: Just a short walk from the Edgewater is the famous Pike Place Market, the Seattle Art Museum’s new waterfront Olympic Sculpture Park, the Space Needle and a nine-acre industrial site recently turned into a green space for all to enjoy.

Book it! 1-800-624-0670, or



 	The 19-foot tall "Typewriter Eraser, Scale X," by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen stands in view of traffic passing on nearby Elliott Avenue at the Olympic Sculpture Park, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007, in Seattle. The Seattle Art Museum opens the new art park on the downtown waterfront Saturday, bringing a free cultural experience to local residents and telling the world Seattle has something new worth noting. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) ELAINE THOMPSON/APThe 19-foot tall ‘Typewriter Eraser, Scale X,’ by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, at Seattle’s Olympic Sculpture Park.

There are big savings for families at the all-inclusive Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort in Cancún, Mexico.

Steal: Kids stay free all summer (June 28 through Aug. 11) on bookings of five nights or more. With this booking, families get two complimentary tickets to the pop rock fantasy Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy .

Experience: Multiple pools (including two children’s pools) and four swim-up bars. Also on site: a FlowRider Double wave-simulation attraction.

Book it! 1-800-635-1836,



For deep savings and perks, visit the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Steal: Book two nights and get the third night free. Plus there’s a daily $100 resort credit when staying two consecutive nights. Book now through March 20, with travel between April 7 and Sept. 30.

Experience: Walk the 32-acre beach, take in the 18-hole championship golf course or visit nearby historic Kailua Village for shopping, dining and rich cultural attractions.

Book it! 1-866-774-6236, or



Shoppers walk about in the Mall of America on a Friday afternoon Feb. 8, 2008 in Bloomington, Minn. Mall merchants are keeping a close watch to see how the economic slump affects their sales. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella)DAWN VILLELA/APBloomington, Minn.’s Mall of America. It has a new hotel attached: the Radisson Blu Mall of America.

Green peace of mind awaits at Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts .

Deal: When booking in March for stays through May 31 of two or more consecutive nights at any Banyan Tree or Angsana property, guests get a credit equivalent to one night’s room rate (approximately $334). Credit can be used on property for food, poolside spa treatments or toward locally sourced gallery purchases.

Experience: The international Banyan Tree and Angsana properties are like sanctuaries for the soul and help guests rejuvenate the body, mind and soul at an ecologically sensitive retreat, surrounded by outstanding natural beauty.

Book it! 1-800-562-3764, or or



Spend just one more night — or maybe two or three — at the Brazilian Court Hotel in Palm Beach, Fla.

Deal: Through May 31, get three nights for the price of two, four nights for the price of three or seven nights for the price of five. That discount works out to 33% for three nights, 25% for four nights and 29% for seven nights.

Experience: There’s a 24-hour concierge and pets are allowed. What more could you ask for? After a fluff at the Frederic Fekkai salon on property, stroll down world-famous Worth Ave and visit Whitehall estate, known as the Flagler Museum .

Book it! (561) 655-7740,