India has a serene side — and it’s best seen by boat

India has a serene side — and it’s best seen by boat

Escaping the daily hustle and bustle is never easy — and in some places, it’s especially tough.

With a population of more than 1.3 billion, India is the world’s second most populous country. It’s expected to overtake China in 2027 to claim the number one position, according to the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Fly into one of India’s major cities and you’ll see for yourself. People are everywhere. Families on motorbikes, rickshaws packed with school children, buses and cars at capacity, and throngs walking along the roadside.

A busy street in Rajasthan, India.

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Many travelers’ first visit to India keeps them firmly planted in the fray, doing the classic Golden Triangle circuit — a week visiting the historic and jam-packed cities of Delhi, Jaipur and Agra — or gawking at the ghats of pilgrimage sites like Varanasi.

But India has serene areas too, remote places where nature takes center stage.

Houseboating in Kerala’s backwaters

A kettuvallam is a traditional-style houseboat with a wooden hull and thatched roof. They were designed to transport rice through Kerala’s vast network of canals, lakes and rivers, known as the backwaters.

A kettuvallam, or houseboat, in Kerala, India.

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In recent years, kettuvallams have been turned into houseboats for tourists, and the 18-passenger Vaikundam is one Kerala houseboat that stands apart from the crowd.

A special hull allows it to navigate narrow canals and passages other boats can’t access. This means it can offer in-depth week-long cruises between the ancient port cities of Alappuzha and Kochi, covering about 100 miles through the maze of Kerala’s backwaters.

The wood-paneled and appealingly rustic Vaikundam has nine en suite cabins with large windows, a roomy dining area and a lovely outdoor observation deck at the bow.

There, the serene view is a montage of rice paddies, coconut groves, banana and betel nut trees and Chinese fishing nets — the latter a ubiquitous sight throughout the state of Kerala. Along the water’s edge, women slap laundry against rocks and men bathe, as generations have done before them.

A bird with a fresh catch in Kerala, India.

Courtesy of Scott Anderson

All the while, Kerala’s thriving airborne population swoops, calls and flaps across Vaikundam’s bow — from flycatchers, fruit bats and bee-eaters to parrots, larks and white-throated kingfishers.

“Our goal has always been to showcase the heritage of natural India,” said Vaikundam’s owner, Sanjay Basu, chairman of Adventure Resorts & Cruises.

Daily excursions range from village walks to canoe rides, traditional dance performances and temple visits. On festival days, “temple elephants” in gilded headdresses parade about in religious processions.

Seven-night cruises start at $425 per cabin and include all excursions and meals, which feature delicious south Indian favorites with fresh fish and coconut everything.

Cruising the Brahmaputra River

The 46-passenger Mahabaahu is a quirky river boat offering weeklong cruises along the Brahmaputra River between Guwahati and Jorhat, both in the state of Assam. Neither city is particularly attractive, but what lies between them is magical.

Children playing on the banks of the Brahmaputra River.

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From its glacial beginnings in southwestern Tibet on the slopes of the Himalayan mountains, the surging river enters the northeastern corner of India and into Assam Valley. There, the Brahmaputra River dramatically widens and deposits tons of sediment that create islands of sand in the river.

Daily excursions range from village walks, visits to tea plantations and tours of ancient temples, to the high point — Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. A morning safari by jeep and elephant focuses on the park’s 2,200 greater one-horned rhinos. Indian elephants, water buffalo and swamp deer are also easy to spot, though only the lucky ones catch sight of a tiger.

Rhino mother and calf in Kaziranga National Park.

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Back onboard, mornings begin with a yoga class on deck or on the sandy riverbank “beach,” and each day is fortified by delicious meals featuring India’s vast repertoire of cuisine. There’s also a small spa for India’s famous, oil-based Auravedic treatments.

Yoga along the Brahmaputra River, with the Mahabaahu river boat in the background.

Courtesy of Noni Chawla

Seven-night cruises start at $685 per cabin and include all excursions and meals.

Heading for the hills: rafting & trekking in the Himalayas

Ajeet Bajaj is considered a pioneer of river rafting, kayaking and expedition skiing in India. He has lent his expertise to train the Indian army and climbed six of the “Seven Summits” — the highest peaks on each of the seven continents, including Mount Everest. He plans to scale the last one, Denali, in 2020.

An adventurer and mountaineer from a young age, Bajaj founded Snow Leopard Adventures in 1990 to offer trekking and rafting trips in the Himalayas.

Trekking in the Himalayan Dhauladhar mountain range, near Dharamsala.

Courtesy of Snow Leopard Adventures

“With more than 73% of the Himalayas in India, a coastline of over 7,500 kilometers and innumerable rivers, there is an immense amount of wilderness in India,” said Bajaj.

One of Bajaj’s first tours, introduced nearly 30 years ago, is still one of his most popular — trekking and rafting in Uttarakhand, a hilly state at the foothills of the Himalayas.

Uttarakhand is a region of stunning natural beauty. Treks are framed by snow-capped peaks and green forests, while rafting on India’s revered Ganges River is a thrilling and exhilarating experience, both for the adrenaline rush and pristine beauty.

An eleven-night trip trekking and rafting through Uttarakhand starts at $1,400 per person.

Waterfront showhome in Greystones for €1.2m

Waterfront showhome in Greystones for €1.2m

by | Nov 30, 2019 | Worldwide Beach News & Updates


Suave: The centrepiece of the living room at 1 The Shore is an uber-contemporary Opti-V flame-effect electric fire
Suave: The centrepiece of the living room at 1 The Shore is an uber-contemporary Opti-V flame-effect electric fire
1 The Shore in Greystones looks out over the beach and across the Irish Sea towards Bray Head
The family room with its commanding vista
The pier and beach at Greystones Harbour
The master bedroom, decorated in relaxing, muted tones
An exterior view
The bright hallway with herringbone engineered wood floor
The kitchen/diner has a subtly nautical Hamptons style

Once a small fishing village, since Victorian times Greystones has been a fashionable destination for homeowners who want to live by the sea but remain within a short commute from the centre of Dublin.

Greystones has undergone a facelift, with a public-private partnership creating the largest marine works in Ireland since Dún Laoghaire Harbour was built during the Victorian era – with new piers, a 200-berth marina and new clubhouses for sporting facilities. The retail units and restaurants planned for the marina are due to open next year.

Bridgedale Homes – now Glenveagh Properties – was responsible for the housing element.

And in 2016, some 3,500 people attended viewings during a weekend launch of Marina Village, which will eventually comprise 358 homes, including about 200 apartments.



The kitchen/diner has a subtly nautical Hamptons style


The kitchen/diner has a subtly nautical Hamptons style

In 2018, Glenveagh released seven homes from its Tuskar range – named after the Wexford lighthouse – along the north shoreline of Marina Village.

The Shore, as this section of the development is called, fronts directly onto the beach, with a new boardwalk and 14-acre coastal park set to open in 2020.

Six of the Tuskar homes have since been sold, at up to €1m apiece, and the showhouse, No1 The Shore, is now on the market at €1.2m, a price that includes all the contents, fixtures and fittings.

The semi-detached waterfront property has 2,486 sq ft of accommodation arranged over three floors – it is slightly larger than the other six Tuskar homes, thanks to the space created by its corner site.

It was fitted out by Ventura Design, led by Arlene McIntyre. She was also responsible for a super-penthouse that opened in September and has since sold for just over €2.5m.

The Tuskar showhouse, which was designed by O’Mahony Pike Architects, has an exterior finished in a mix of brick, granite and render.



1 The Shore in Greystones looks out over the beach and across the Irish Sea towards Bray Head


1 The Shore in Greystones looks out over the beach and across the Irish Sea towards Bray Head

Inside, there are oversized Shaker-style painted doors throughout the ground floor that accentuate the sense of space created by the 9ft-high ceilings. There is beading to the cream walls of the entrance hall and herringbone engineered wood to the floors.

“We wanted to do a nautical theme without it being too cheesy, so we went for the Hamptons vibe that you see on the East Coast of America and used a lot of sea greens, blues and other warm, cosy colours,” McIntyre says. “As it happens, that classic, contemporary look is very much in demand in Ireland now.”

To the left of the hallway is a study with shiplap wall panelling painted in a sage green. The room has glass doors that open out to a rear landscaped garden with a small circular lawn.

The front living room has wide-plank wooden floors and views of the sea. The centrepiece of the living room is an uber-contemporary Opti-V flame-effect electric fire. Mirrored panels flank the fireplace.

To the back of the ground floor is a kitchen/diner fitted with a handcrafted painted kitchen from Nolan Kitchens’ Signature range and Siemens appliances. There are quartz stone worktops to the kitchen units and to the central island unit, which comes with a wine fridge. A further set of glazed doors opens from this room to the garden. There is a utility room off the kitchen and a guest lavatory between the front living room and the kitchen/diner.

The first floor has a large family room that commands views out over the Irish Sea towards Bray Head. This space has a mussel-coloured feature wall of cabinetry with recessed lighting and a large TV, as well as sliding doors out to a wraparound balcony.



The family room with its commanding vista


The family room with its commanding vista

If needed, the prospective buyer could transform this space into a fifth bedroom – one with an extraordinary vista.

There is another WC off the first-floor family room, while to the rear of this level is the master bedroom, which has a large walk-in wardrobe and an en-suite.

On the second floor, there are three further bedrooms and a family bathroom with a bath and a shower. One of the two double bedrooms is en-suite and has a dressing area behind a partition. The single bedroom on this floor has been subtly decorated as a zoo-themed children’s bedroom.

Gallagher Kitchens supplied the bedroom wardrobes, while the bathrooms and en-suites are finished off with Villeroy & Boch sanitary ware, chrome-effect towel rails, porcelain tiles to the wet areas and floors, and niche shelving to the showers.

The A3-rated showhouse is a 45-minute drive from Dublin city centre, via the N11.

Marina Village is about a 10-minute walk from the Dart station, from where commuters can reach Pearse Street station in about 50 minutes.

Viewings are by appointment.

Indo Property

A Shore thing in Greystones

A Shore thing in Greystones

by | Nov 29, 2019 | Worldwide Beach News & Updates


Suave: The centrepiece of the living room at 1 The Shore is an uber-contemporary Opti-V flame-effect electric fire
Suave: The centrepiece of the living room at 1 The Shore is an uber-contemporary Opti-V flame-effect electric fire
1 The Shore in Greystones looks out over the beach and across the Irish Sea towards Bray Head
The family room with its commanding vista
The pier and beach at Greystones Harbour
The master bedroom, decorated in relaxing, muted tones
An exterior view
The bright hallway with herringbone engineered wood floor
The kitchen/diner has a subtly nautical Hamptons style

Once a small fishing village, since Victorian times Greystones has been a fashionable destination for homeowners who want to live by the sea but remain within a short commute from the centre of Dublin.

Greystones has undergone a facelift, with a public-private partnership creating the largest marine works in Ireland since Dún Laoghaire Harbour was built during the Victorian era – with new piers, a 200-berth marina and new clubhouses for sporting facilities. The retail units and restaurants planned for the marina are due to open next year.

Bridgedale Homes – now Glenveagh Properties – was responsible for the housing element.

And in 2016, some 3,500 people attended viewings during a weekend launch of Marina Village, which will eventually comprise 358 homes, including about 200 apartments.



The kitchen/diner has a subtly nautical Hamptons style


The kitchen/diner has a subtly nautical Hamptons style

In 2018, Glenveagh released seven homes from its Tuskar range – named after the Wexford lighthouse – along the north shoreline of Marina Village.

The Shore, as this section of the development is called, fronts directly onto the beach, with a new boardwalk and 14-acre coastal park set to open in 2020.

Six of the Tuskar homes have since been sold, at up to €1m apiece, and the showhouse, No1 The Shore, is now on the market at €1.2m, a price that includes all the contents, fixtures and fittings.

The semi-detached waterfront property has 2,486 sq ft of accommodation arranged over three floors – it is slightly larger than the other six Tuskar homes, thanks to the space created by its corner site.

It was fitted out by Ventura Design, led by Arlene McIntyre. She was also responsible for a super-penthouse that opened in September and has since sold for just over €2.5m.

The Tuskar showhouse, which was designed by O’Mahony Pike Architects, has an exterior finished in a mix of brick, granite and render.



1 The Shore in Greystones looks out over the beach and across the Irish Sea towards Bray Head


1 The Shore in Greystones looks out over the beach and across the Irish Sea towards Bray Head

Inside, there are oversized Shaker-style painted doors throughout the ground floor that accentuate the sense of space created by the 9ft-high ceilings. There is beading to the cream walls of the entrance hall and herringbone engineered wood to the floors.

“We wanted to do a nautical theme without it being too cheesy, so we went for the Hamptons vibe that you see on the East Coast of America and used a lot of sea greens, blues and other warm, cosy colours,” McIntyre says. “As it happens, that classic, contemporary look is very much in demand in Ireland now.”

To the left of the hallway is a study with shiplap wall panelling painted in a sage green. The room has glass doors that open out to a rear landscaped garden with a small circular lawn.

The front living room has wide-plank wooden floors and views of the sea. The centrepiece of the living room is an uber-contemporary Opti-V flame-effect electric fire. Mirrored panels flank the fireplace.

To the back of the ground floor is a kitchen/diner fitted with a handcrafted painted kitchen from Nolan Kitchens’ Signature range and Siemens appliances. There are quartz stone worktops to the kitchen units and to the central island unit, which comes with a wine fridge. A further set of glazed doors opens from this room to the garden. There is a utility room off the kitchen and a guest lavatory between the front living room and the kitchen/diner.

The first floor has a large family room that commands views out over the Irish Sea towards Bray Head. This space has a mussel-coloured feature wall of cabinetry with recessed lighting and a large TV, as well as sliding doors out to a wraparound balcony.



The family room with its commanding vista


The family room with its commanding vista

If needed, the prospective buyer could transform this space into a fifth bedroom – one with an extraordinary vista.

There is another WC off the first-floor family room, while to the rear of this level is the master bedroom, which has a large walk-in wardrobe and an en-suite.

On the second floor, there are three further bedrooms and a family bathroom with a bath and a shower. One of the two double bedrooms is en-suite and has a dressing area behind a partition. The single bedroom on this floor has been subtly decorated as a zoo-themed children’s bedroom.

Gallagher Kitchens supplied the bedroom wardrobes, while the bathrooms and en-suites are finished off with Villeroy & Boch sanitary ware, chrome-effect towel rails, porcelain tiles to the wet areas and floors, and niche shelving to the showers.

The A3-rated showhouse is a 45-minute drive from Dublin city centre, via the N11.

Marina Village is about a 10-minute walk from the Dart station, from where commuters can reach Pearse Street station in about 50 minutes.

Viewings are by appointment.

Indo Property

‘Real Housewives’ of O.C. alum Jeana Keough seeks a bicoastal life

‘Real Housewives’ of O.C. alum Jeana Keough seeks a bicoastal life

by | Nov 28, 2019 | Uncategorized

“Real Housewives of Orange County” Jeana Keough has reduced the price of her house in Coto de Caza to $2,798,888. That’s down from nearly $3 million late last year.

People magazine reported earlier this year that she is selling as part of the process of splitting her time between California and Florida, where her daughter’s family lives.

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Trees dot the more than one acre lot in a gated Coto de Caza. 

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Trees dot the more than one acre lot in a gated Coto de Caza. 

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Trees dot the more than one acre lot in a gated Coto de Caza. 

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Trees dot the more than one acre lot in a gated Coto de Caza. 

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Trees dot the more than one acre lot in a gated Coto de Caza. 

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Trees dot the more than one acre lot in a gated Coto de Caza. 

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Trees dot the more than one acre lot in a gated Coto de Caza. 

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Trees dot the more than one acre lot in a gated Coto de Caza. 

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Trees dot the more than one acre lot in a gated Coto de Caza. 

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The Mediterranean-style home, built in 1991, features beamed ceilings and fireplaces in the living and family rooms. Stone floors, wrought-iron railings, a skylight and a chandelier decorate the dining room.

Besides the center-island kitchen, there’s a breakfast nook, a prep kitchen and a walk-in pantry. Five bedrooms and six bathrooms are spread throughout the 5,306 square feet of living space.

A limestone patio with heaters and a fireplace sits in the backyard. Guest quarters sit above the detached three-car garage.

The property is a treasure trove of trees including oak, redwoods, liquidambars, sycamores, evergreens, apple and citrus. Walking trails and stairs access the 1.2 acres and take in views of Saddleback Mountain.

The former model, 64, was a regular on the Bravo reality series for the first five seasons and has appeared in other episodes since. She has also been on the news talk show “What’s Up Orange County.”

Keough, herself an agent with Coldwell Banker, has the listing.

The property previously sold five years ago for $1.975 million, public records show.

Best Black Friday travel deals

Best Black Friday travel deals

by | Nov 28, 2019 | Worldwide Beach News & Updates

We hope your credit cards have had a nice, relaxing week. Because they’re about to get a serious workout as soon as the turkey is cleaned up, when Black Friday and Cyber Monday drain our collective bank accounts in the spirit of spending to save. And sure, while there are no shortage of 476-inch televisions and stuffed animals that giggle when you touch them, the best value you’re gonna find this weekend is in travel.

From airlines to cruise ships, hotels, tours, and dinners in strangers’ homes, you’ll find some insane deals going down this weekend. There are free bus tickets. And half-off a private island. And week-long European vacations for under $500. We culled through hundreds of deals to save you the time, and found the best travel bargains this Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Airlines

If you’re looking to use Black Friday as an excuse to explore the world, or splurge on business class, Emirates will be offering some insanely cheap fares from midnight Wednesday, November 27 through November 30. Flights from its 12 US gateway cities to Milan will start at $449, Dubai at $729, and Johannesburg at $799, among others. Business class flights start at $2,969 to various cities in India.

The cheapest Paris flights on Cyber Monday will be on low-cost carrier French Bee, who hasn’t opened up any specials on its Tahiti route yet but will be selling tickets from SFO to Paris-Orly for $349.

Scandinavian Airlines, those purveyors of low-cost flights to very cold places, will be offering round-trip flights on its “Go Light” fares — essentially SAS Basic Economy — from the US to Europe starting at $349. The sale runs from until December 3, for flights between January 8 and May 14.

Delta has some pretty solid Black Friday deals this year, highlighted by New York City to Amsterdam for $309, LAX to Sydney for $693, and Atlanta to Costa Rica for $393. Domestic highlights include New York City to Austin for $184 and Miami to New York City for $187.

Cruises

Tempted by a Greek Islands or Mediterranean cruise this summer? Check out Celestyal Cruises, which will be running buy-one-get-one deals on bookings made between November 28 and December 8 for 2020 and 2021 sailings. The all-inclusive cruises start at $979 per person, which means you could be all-in for your European vacation for $500 once you get your flights.

If you heard about those crazy, luxury swingers cruises setting sail this year and had your interest piqued, Black Friday might be your time to jump in. Temptation’s Caribbean Cruise will have interior staterooms with the unlimited beverage package — possibly a necessity if this is your first time — starting at $1,299 per room. That deal runs through Monday, December 2.

Not only will Norwegian Cruise Line be offering 30 percent off its cruise fares from now through November 29, it will also throw in a free open bar, free specialty dining, or free Wi-Fi on select cruises.

The budget travel deal of Black Friday/Cyber Monday in the cruise category has to be Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line, which will offer two-night Nassau getaways for as little as $69 per person. You’ll also have the option to pre-pay five drinks on your cruise and get five free, a deal that runs from Friday to Monday for sailings through February 13.

Hotels

Given San Francisco rent, some Bay Area residents might be well-advised to take up an extended day at the BEI Hotel, which will be offering rooms for $80 a night from December 2 through September 30. The deal begins on Monday and runs through December 8, and while blackout dates do apply, there’s no word on if there’s a consecutive night maximum.

The early bird gets the cheap room in Santa Monica, where the Hotel Shangri-La will be giving 80 percent off eight rooms every day leading up to Black Friday. The rooms start going on sale at 11:00 AM EST each day, for stays between December 1 and February 29, 2020.

Any time you can show up to Vegas already up a few hundred dollars, it’s going to be a good trip. So take advantage of the Cosmopolitan’s sale running from now through December 4, where you’ll get a free night for each night you pay for from December 10 to February 29.

Ever dreamed of lounging by the pool at the legendary Hollywood Roosevelt like a modern-day Rock Hudson? Next year may be your chance as Hollywood’s most famous hotel is offering half off Tower Suites and Cabana Rooms for stays between now and June 20. Use the promo code CYBERDEAL on Thanksgiving, Black Friday, or Cyber Monday to redeem.

Though staying in Grand Canyon National Park won’t help alleviate the crowds, it’ll at least give you a nice place to decompress. Book a stay at the South Rim’s Maswik Lodge, Thunderbird Lodge, Kachina Lodge, Bright Angel Lodge, or El Tovar between December 2019 to March 2020 and you’ll get 40 percent off your room. Or for a more complete experience, snag 50 percent off round-trip train tickets and a room at the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel in Williams.

If the Caribbean breeze and turquoise waters of Belize have been on your radar for 2020, Cyber Monday is your time to pull the trigger when the entire Muy’Ono resort collection goes on sale. You’ll even get half off the Royal Belize private island, which you can have for an almost-attainable $5,000 a night from now until November 15, 2020.

Though we’re not quite sure what a “super inclusive” resort means, we’re guessing that once you pay for your reservation you won’t be on the hook for much else. Find out for yourself when the super-inclusive Breezes Resort & Spa in Nassau takes 55-62 percent off its normal rates from Friday to Tuesday, putting them at a solidly affordable $129 to $189, with no blackout dates.

Solidify your New England ski vacation plans on Monday when the Kimpton Taconic in Manchester, Vermont, offers a buy-one-get-one deal on rooms from Monday through April 30. You’ll only be able to book from from 12:02 PM to 2:02 PM on Monday, with one-night rates starting at $201.90.

Perhaps the most obnoxious Cyber Monday special of 2019 comes to us from the Hotel Commonwealth in Boston, which reminds the traveling public of Boston’s 38 professional sports championships with a 38 percent discount on all its rooms.The sale begins at 12:01 AM on Monday and runs for — you guessed it — 38 hours, for stays until, sigh, March 8.

Go ahead and Instagram the living hell out of your fruity cocktail by the swanky waterfront pool at the Mondrian South Beach, as in addition to getting 50 percent off your Black Friday booking, you’ll also get 25 percent off all food, beverage, and spa items. Which means said fruity cocktail will only cost you $16 as opposed to the usual $20.

You won’t find rougher, more beautiful nature in the Caribbean than you will in Dominica, where long muddy walks through the jungle bring you to massive waterfalls over pristine rivers, with nobody else there to bother you. Base yourself at the Fort Young Hotel and Dive Resort, which will be offering 40 percent off its best rates with a free daily breakfast from now until Tuesday, but please, learn how to pronounce the island correctly before you go.

Not that staying in a castle is ever a budget travel option per se, but this year it might be a little more realistic when Le Torri di Bagnara Castles offers 15 percent off week-long stays at its main castle, and 20 percent off week-long stays at the entire property. And it’ll even throw in a truffle hunting experience. The sale runs from now until December 3, for stays between April and October 31, 2020.

Sleeping in an all-inclusive treehouse just got easier this Black Friday, when Sunset at the Palms in Negril slashes 60 percent from its normal room rates. The sale starts Wednesday and runs through Monday night, for stays between December 15 and October 31, 2020.

Pretty much the entire island of St. Lucia is throwing a Black Friday sale, where you’ll find insane deals like 50 percent off at Viceroy Sugar Beach (with a $50 resort credit); sixty percent off the Marigot Beach Club and Dive Resort; sixty percent off an all-inclusive butler suite at Serenity at Coconut Bay; and half off suites at Ladera Resort, with free a airport transfer.

Perhaps the holidays aren’t quite putting the pep back into your relationship as you’d hoped. A trip to Temptation Cancun might be in order, where the adult-only, all-inclusive resort is offering rooms starting at $120 per night from Friday to Monday, for travel between January 5 and December 23.

Not to be outdone, Desire Riviera Maya Resort and Desire Riviera Maya Pearl Resort will offer rooms at $210 a night, and a chance to indulge in their Fantasy Menu “brimmed with added experiences specially designed to spice up guests’ stays.”

Go ahead and start planning how you’d spend $1,500 at Palace Resorts, which will not only take half off its rack rates for stays over three nights, but also throw in fifteen $100 bills to use however you see fit, plus free transfers from the airport. You’ll have to book between now and December 4.

One of the cooler room keys you’ll ever get is at the Graduate Hotel, whose key cards are all student IDs of famous people from each city. You can get one for 50 percent off during its week-long sale from Friday to December 8, good for stays through March 31.

Activities

There’s never a shortage of guys with photo boards hocking things to do in Mexico, but should your travels take you to Riviera Maya you’re probably better off booking with Aventuras Mayas. It’s offering half off cenote trips, zip lining, ATV jungle tours, and other adventures when you use the code CM2019 from November 29 to December 6. And it also won’t try and sell you weed when you book.

Every little bit helps when you’re planning a Disney vacation, so head over to Visit Orlando, which will get you an extra 10 percent off its already-discounted tickets when you use the promo code GIFT through December 8.

What an age we live in when we can travel the world and have no qualms about going to dinner at a stranger’s house. Such is the allure of Traveling Spoon, where you’ll be set up unique culinary lessons and meals in local homes, and you’ll get 20 percent off said experiences if you book between Friday and Monday using the code BLKFRIDAY20.

Other transportation

Though the discounted beauty of a European rail adventure has lost a bit of its luster in the era of Ryanair and EasyJet, you can still train your way through the continent this summer when you get 10 to 15 percent off global Eurail passes if you buy before December 2.

Amtrak will unveil its annual Track Friday deal at the stroke of 12:01 AM Friday morning. Or, if we know Amtrak, more like 12:38. But better late than never to receive what has historically been at least a 30 percent discount or more on train travel, if you book between Friday and Monday.

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This may be your year to try a big RV trip, as JUCY RV Rentals is cutting 50 percent from its rental rates for reservations made between Black Friday and Travel Tuesday. It’ll also throw in kitchen and bedding kits, plus 100 free miles a day.

Though we don’t have any facts to confirm this, what we assume is the biggest bus ticket giveaway in history goes down starting at 9:00 AM on Monday, when Megabus hands out 200,000 free tickets from travel between January 8 and February 9.

Booking sites

Give the gift of glamping this holiday season when Glamping Hub adds an additional 20 percent to any Glamping Hub gift card purchased between November 28 and December 4.

Go ahead and head over to Booking.com now, because its Black Friday banner ad will show you a preview of the thousands of booking deals it’ll have starting at 40 percent off. The dates and restrictions will vary, but you can click to confirm any time between Black Friday and Cyber Monday to lock your prices down.

Priceline is doling out 20 million special email codes as part of its largest sale ever, with a flash sale every two hours throughout the weekend and deals extending well into January.

Hotwire is using Black Friday as a chance to get a nice spike in downloads for its mobile app, asking people to go on the app between Wednesday and Friday to get up to $70 off their booking. You’ll get $10 off $100 bookings with promo code HWBF10, $40 off $300 bookings using HWBF40, and $70 off $500 bookings with HWBF70.

Travel and tours

The deal of the week goes to Azores Getaways, with round-trip flights from Boston to Terceira island, plus seven nights in a hotel with daily breakfast for $499. Even adding in your own flight to Beantown, this might be the cheapest European island vacation you’ll ever find.

If you’re home killing time on Thanksgiving break, head over to STA Travel, the student travel company that’ll be celebrating its 40th anniversary by giving 40 percent off G Adventures and Contiki tours from Friday to Monday. AND it’s offering $100 off flights to Australia and New Zealand with Fiji Airways.

Keeping true to its name, CheapCaribbean is taking 70 percent off all-inclusive bookings made from now until December 2. Sample rates include four nights at the Occidental Tucancún in Cancun for $499, three nights at Tamarijn Aruba for $849, and $629 at Warwick Paradise Island in the Bahamas. All those prices include airfare too.