- The Washington Times - Friday, April 14, 2006


Be one of the first people to experience Riu Hotels’ newest property, the Riu Palace Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, for $99 per person, per night. The hotel, located within the Riu Resort, offers 612 junior suites along with an array of amenities, including a hydro-massage soaking tub in every room and 24-hour all-inclusive services.

The new hotel also has direct beach access and shared privileges to all of the additional amenities offered at the five Riu sister properties within the resort. Offer is valid April 28 through June 30. To book, see www.riu.com.


United Airlines has begun its biggest fare sale of the year, putting more than 20,000 routes on sale. Travel is available from both Washington Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Sample one-way fares include: Boston, $59; Chicago, $94; New York City (LaGuardia), $54; Aruba, $140; Paris. $324; and Zurich, $343. Lowest fares are available for off-peak travel (Tuesday through Wednesday). Travel is valid through June 8. Book at www.united.com.


Travel around France by car with Virgin Vacations’ seven-night France Fly & Drive vacation package, priced from $549 per person from Dulles.

Depending on how much you like to drive and what you want to see, you could visit many of the historic regions of France, including Normandy, Burgundy or the Rhone Valley.

Included in the package is a round-trip flight to Paris, a seven-day Hertz car rental, all local taxes and unlimited mileage.

Travel dates are available through May 26. Additional summer travel dates are available at $889 per person. Purchase by April 20. See www.virgin-vacations.com or call 888/937-8474.


See the luxurious side of Singapore with Globotours’ new spring and fall four-night vacation package. The offer, priced at $1,099, includes round-trip airfare on Singapore Airlines from New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco; four nights at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia Hotel or the Oriental Hotel; a half-day city tour; daily breakfast; round-trip airport transfers, along with hotel service charges and fuel surcharge.

The package is available through June 5 and then from Aug. 21 through Dec. 5. Book by April 20. See www.globotours. net or call 800/988-4833.


Cheaptickets.com is offering $25 off of Phoenix hotel and vacation packages as part of its Cheap of the Week deal. Properties range from the 3 Palms Resort and Orange Tree Golf Resort to Holiday Inns and Hampton Inns in the surrounding area. To receive the discount, enter the promotion code “CHEAPPHOENIX” when booking. The offer is good when booking at least three nights or more through May 31. Purchase by Monday. See www.cheaptickets.com.


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