- The Washington Times - Friday, January 12, 2007

SPRING DEALS

Icelandair is offering a spring fare sale to nine European destinations from Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Round-trip fares range from $315 to London to $563 to Stockholm. Other fares include: Frankfurt, $330; Copenhagen, $438; Reykjavik, Iceland, $448; and Paris, $552. All round-trip flights include a stopover in Reykjavik. Travel is valid March 8 through 30. See www.icelandair.com.

DIAMOND STATUS

The Royal Hideaway Playacar at Mexico’s Playa del Carmen celebrates its new five-diamond rating with a luxury package tailored to the five-diamond traveler.

The Diamond package includes accommodations in a duplex suite, round-trip airport transfers in a BMW or Mercedes-Benz, couple’s in-room massage, a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne, two passes to Xcaret Park and a handcrafted pewter frame. These features are in addition to the resort’s all-inclusive amenities such as unlimited meals, drinks and water activities. Package price is $916 per person, per night with a minimum three-night stay. The package is available through Dec. 22. Book at www.royalhideaway.com or call 800/999-9182.

PEACEFUL SLEEP

One year after Hampton Hotels announced its new Cloud Nine bed, the chain has completed the overhaul. Throughout the renovation, more than 210,000 new beds were installed in more than 1,400 hotels, guaranteeing that every bed is the same no matter what Hampton property guests choose. The Cloud Nine bed features a raised mattress, 200-thread-count sheets, a downlike comforter and a choice of pillows (depending on room type). Book at www.hamptoninn.com or call 800/426-7866.

FREE UPGRADE

Book a Caribbean cruise with Italian-themed Costa Cruises before Feb. 23 and get a free cabin upgrade. The upgrade program is available for most sailings in 2007. Cabin rates start at $549 per person for its seven-night eastern or western Caribbean cruises. Book at www.costacruise.com or call 800/462-6782.

DOWNHILL DEALS

Get in some skiing this year with Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe’s ski packages, available through April 15. The Hyatt Tahoe Ski package includes deluxe accommodations, two adult lift tickets to Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley USA, Northstar-at-Tahoe, Diamond Peak, Heavenly or Mount Rose and shuttle service to and from the slopes. The price is $260 per night for Sunday through Thursday stays, $309 Friday and Saturday.

The Alpine Meadows VIP Lift Line package includes accommodations, two adult lift tickets at Alpine Meadows, shuttle service to and from the slope and access to the ski school and season-pass lift line for quick access up the mountain. Package price is $250 per night for Sunday through Thursday stays, $299 for Friday and Saturday. Book either package at www.laketahoehyatt.com or call 800/633-7313.

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

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