7 Getaway Ideas for a Long Weekend

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Micro-breaks has been very popular lately, providing bite-size travel options for quick two or three-night getaways with pre-set itineraries. If you’re looking for a quick guys’ getaway or a baecation this is perfect. There’s no planning needed, and now you can grab your crew and jet off to paradise without having to wait for a long holiday weekend to get away! Check out these places you can travel with discount codes for even more saving!

“One Happy Break” at the Aruba Marriott Resort / Palm Beach, Aruba

Vying for a quick getaway with the guys? There’s no need to wait for summer or a holiday weekend to enjoy a vacation with friends in paradise. With the ‘One Happy Island’ of Aruba just a quick flight away and nonstop options under five hours from MIA, FLL, ATL, CLT, BOS, JFK and EWR, getting there is as easy as 1-2-3-Aruba! The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino invites you to grab a group of your closest guy friends and enjoy a pre-planned, two-night guys getaway with its new “One Happy Break” package, giving guests a taste of the most iconic attractions and activities across the island and at the resort. Those booking the package have a seamless itinerary laid out for them, so no time is spent worried about coordinating logistics or planning out where to eat – the resort’s got that taken care of. The package includes oceanfront accommodations, snorkel cruise for two, half-day cabana at the adults-only H2Oasis pool, and a $500 F&B credit to cover daily meals (a total savings of $750+!) Start the day out with breakfast at La Vista, with panoramic view of the sandy shores and palm trees, then follow the itinerary for adventures aboard a catamaran snorkel cruise, and cap off the night with dinner at Atardi, the resort’s toes-in-the-sand restaurant, and so much more. Nightly rates start from $780, valid for stays Sundays – Thursdays. For more information, visit www.arubamarriott.com and use code “YX1” to book.

“Palms & Paradise” at The Palms Hotel & Spa / Miami Beach, Florida

Bro out and enjoy ultimate relaxation and well-being with a quick, three-night getaway at The Palms Hotel & Spa. This oceanfront oasis boasts an inspired-by-nature design, with amenities and activities to match. For a more laid-back guys getaway, the new Palms & Paradise package sets the tone for an unforgettable micro-break focused on wellness and living a healthy lifestyle. To start, the package includes an inside look at the on-site organic chef’s garden with a personalized ‘Thymes and Tips’ tour, led by the resort’s executive chef. On the tour guests get a peek at some of the ingredients used in dishes and as cocktail garnishes at Essensia, the hotel’s natural gourmet restaurant, like eggplant, mad hatter peppers, scallions, thyme and more. The package also includes one complimentary Tiki Cocktail per person, $50 per person credit for the AVEDA spa, choice of private poolside Tiki Cabana or Beach Cabanita, daily breakfast buffet for two, and a grow-your-own garden starter kit to take home. When it’s time for a much-needed ‘man-cation,’ The Palms Hotel & Spa has travelers covered. Nonstop flights available to MIA from most major airports, including JFK, EWR, LGA, ATL, LAX, HOU, ORD, DCA and more. Nightly rates from $414. For more information or to book, visit www.thepalmshotel.com.

“Wild & Free in the Land of Eternal Spring” at Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel, Museum & Spa / Flores, Guatemala

If you and the guys are seeking a getaway far from the hustle and bustle, Guatemala — the “Land of Eternal Spring” — is calling your name.  Located just outside the colorful, charming town of Flores, only a short drive from the magnificent Tikal, Uaxactún and Yaxhá ruins, Las Lagunas Boutique Hotel offers 19 bungalow suites that hover over the Quexil Lagoon, where visitors can take in unobstructed views of sunrises and sunsets from their private decks, where the only neighbors are native species and nature. Immerse yourself in the wonders of Mother Nature and enjoy an eco-retreat that offers the perfect balance between adventure and relaxation. Book the “Born to Be Wild & Free” package and enjoy a remote escape where adventure, serenity and wellness meet. Enjoy accommodations in a Waterfront Queen Suite, a one-bedroom bungalow offering a private deck with jacuzzi where you can enjoy the natural soundtrack of the jungle. The package includes a guided hiking tour of Tikal, complete with transportation, entrance fees, lunch and beverages, as well as your choice of adventure activity: Zip lining by the ruins or an ATV tour. Don’t miss complimentary daily boat rides to Monkey Island, just across the lagoon, for friendly meet-and-greets with rescued monkeys that inhabit the more than 300-acre reserve. Valid through December 2019, with a 2-night minimum stay. Rates start at $436 per night. Book online at www.laslagunashotel.com

“An Artisan’s Guide to Guatemala”at Casa Palopó / Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

Perched on the shore of Lake Atitlán in the Guatemalan highlands, Casa Palopó offers an exclusive getaway for travelers who value a rich dose of culture with their vacation experience. A true gem in the “Land of Eternal Spring”, the former home-turned-boutique hotel is the ideal destination for a calm retreat with breathtaking views, where visitors can indulge in serenity as they take in the lake’s natural beauty and unobstructed vistas of the three volcanoes across the shore. Casa Palopo’s intimate in-house gourmet restaurant, 6.8 Palopó, sits on a charming outdoor terrace where guests can savor an eclectic menu by Guatemalan celebrity chef Eduardo Gonzalez. Only a boat ride or short drive away are 12 villages- each offering a different approach to Mayan culture. Book the “Artisan’s Guide to Guatemala” package and enjoy one night’s accommodations at Villa Las Pilas in Antigua – similar this villa antigua – with breakfast included, as well as a walking tour of Antigua. The package also includes 3 nights at Casa Palopó and a boat tour to Santiago and San Juan La Laguna, two of the nearby vibrant towns where guests can visit the local women-run weaving cooperatives, artisans and experience an authentic immersion into Guatemalan roots and culture. Roundtrip transfers from Guatemala City to Casa Palopó are also included. Rates start at $1,852.81 (including taxes and fees). Book online at www.casapalopo.com

“Staycation Stanton Style” at the Marriott Stanton South Beach / Miami Beach, Florida

Sometimes you just need to gather a group and head to South beach. The trendy Marriott Stanton South Beach hotel is hopping on board the ‘micro-break’ trend with a staycation package for the ultimate guys getaway. Plan a tropical vacation to the South of Fifth district of Miami Beach, at one of the only hotels along Ocean Drive with direct beach access. The “Staycation Stanton Style” package is equipped with daily cushioned beach chairs to crack open a cold one by the sparkling blue waters, frozen margaritas, beach accomodations, a late 2 p.m. checkout and even more. Expect the best of both worlds when skipping throughout the exclusive SoFi neighborhood, while also just steps from all the city action with top nightclubs, bars, restaurants, and boutiques within walking distance. Upon checking in, guests realize this is “not your mama’s Marriott,” as this resort embraces a cool, trendy beach club ambiance and relaxed luxury vibe, offering 224 rooms and suites, two pools overlooking the ocean, a chic sun deck, an intimate spa and fitness center. This package does all of the booking for you, ensuring the ideal quick, long weekend (or maybe even weekday!) getaway, with activities and amenities galore — It’s a perfect place to experience everything that makes Miami, Miami. For more information, visit marriottstantonsouthbeach.com and use the code ZJL at check-out.

“The Micro Trip” at the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa / Cancun, Mexico

It’s time to take the Mexican Caribbean by storm with a guys-only getaway this summer. With direct airlift and easy access to the heart of Cancun, ditch the suits and spend a long weekend basking in sunny skies and 80-degree forecast. It’s time to set your OOO and book it to the newly renovated JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa, a sprawling resort with 447 ocean-facing guest rooms, all of which peer out over the palm-studded grounds. No time to plan between meetings & emails? No problem! The property’s new “Micro Break” package takes the leg work out of planning with a killer three-day, pre-set itinerary. After checking in, crack open a cold one by the infinity-edge pool in an exclusive private cabana. Get the vacation started at the JW Lobby Bar’s newest 150 margaritas menu — yes there are 150 different variations of tequila and flavors because, when in Mexico, right? With everything from morning fitness classes and cabana rentals, to a jungle boat excursion through the mangroves and a pasta-making class, this mancation will not disappoint. You’ll also snag luxe accommodations, a mini massage, continental breakfasts, a $75 daily food & beverage credit, access to all 10 international restaurants on property and airport transfers. The package starts at $429/night. To book, visit www.jwmarriottcancun.com and enter code Z87. Package requires a three-day advanced booking and minimum three-night minimum stay.

“Channel The Energy of The Racetrack” at The Daytona / Daytona, Florida

The DAYTONA is a brand new Marriott Autograph Collection property located directly across from the Daytona International Speedway. When you have just a few days to spare, there’s no better place to experience a classic all-American vacation. The property features a design inspired by the area’s iconic racing history and features that include vintage show cars on display, a full-service restaurant and bar, moonshine distillery partnership, and an outdoor pool area with a fire pit and private cabanas. Plus a prime location steps away from the famous raceway with access to more than 50 restaurants and retail outlets and experiences that include learning to drive a race car. For the ultimate guys weekend, book the NASCAR Rookie Experience package, which includes overnight accommodations, a NASCAR driving tutorial with 8 minutes of track time to practice your skills, and a bottle of Champagne afterwards back on property. Package rates from $629/night. To book, visit https://thedaytona.com/

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