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Short But Sweet Vacation Deals


Don't miss your chance to get away on the cheap.

Are your work weeks feeling nasty, brutish, but not short?

We at Minyanville know just how you feel.

So, we went in search of quick cures, in the form of short vacations that heal mind and body. And since this column is all about cheap thrills, we're looking for a lot of luxury for a big discount.

The only other requirement: It must be soon. It must be available from right this minute until, maybe, the end of 2009.

Here's what we found.

Note: Some of the specific offers in this column may be booked by the time you click, but the links will help you find as good a deal, or better. All the prices quoted are "per person, based on double occupancy" unless otherwise noted.

Spa and Resort

If you'd like to combine autumn leaf-viewing and spa-wallowing in one short break, you might try the two-night package at the Essex Resort & Spa near Burlington, Vermont. The deal, at $459 for two people, includes two nights in an upgraded room with a fireplace, plus continental breakfast and your choice of extras, including a Swedish massage or a cooking class. If that seems like a peculiar choice, you should know that the resort is affiliated with the New England Culinary Institute. The special is available on weekdays into late November.

Farther south, the Doral Golf Resort & Spa, a Marriott (MAR) property in Miami, is offering a special price of about $200 a night for a garden view room, including breakfast and unlimited golf. The "spa master suite" goes for about the same price, but you pay your own way at the buffet and on the links. The lower prices are available on many weekday and weekend dates until mid-December in the "Deals" section.

If you want to take your whole office along, you can get 40% off the regular price at the Lake Austin Spa Resort in Texas. The special is available for groups of six or more, but they have other discounts tailored for couples.

The Sandals all-inclusive Caribbean resorts for couples have savings ranging from 55% to 65% if you book at least three nights. There are many accommodation options but, as one example, you can get a two-story villa with a pool at the Sandals Regency St. Lucia for $371 a night. The current deals are for bookings made by September 30, and available dates extend to year's end.
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