Last-Minute Holiday Vacation Deals to Book Right Now

By Lauren Phillips

From the Caribbean and Mexico to California and Hawaii, from Florida to North and South Carolina, here are the best ways to have your merriest Christmas ever... at the beach! Check out these fun and festive finds.

CARIBBEAN AND MEXICO

Grand Lucayan, Grand Bahama Island
The Package: Holiday Getaway

From now until Dec. 31, 2016, you can take advantage of Grand Lucayan’s Holiday Getaway package, which includes:

  • An all-inclusive stay for two at Grand Lucayan’s Lighthouse Pointe
  • Non-motorized water sport rentals
  • Access to holiday events such as Caribbean Night Buffets and Movie Nights Under the Stars

The Holiday Getaway package starts at $176 per person, per night, with travel dates between Dec. 21, 2016 and Jan. 1, 2017. A minimum 3-night stay is required. For more information or to book your stay, call (242) 350-5470 or visit grandlucayan.com.

2087 Unico Hotel Riviera Maya, Riviera Maya, Mexico
The Package: Pre-Opening Sale

Be one of the first guests to visit this oceanfront, adults-only hotel with this special offer, which includes:

  • An all-inclusive, adults-only getaway, with select spa and beauty salon treatments, excursions, golf, and more
  • Personalized in-room amenities made with local ingredients
  • A personal El Anfitrión-replacing the traditional butler service-to serve as a local host
  • An in-room crafted mini bar, stocked for personal preference
  • Shoe cleaning, ironing, and steaming services
  • Spa tub preparations, customized aromatherapy, and a pillow menu
  • Free high speed wi-fi
  • 24-hour room service

The Pre-Opening Sale is bookable now through Dec. 31, 2016, for travel from March 1 through Dec. 22, 2017. Rates start as $186 per person, per night, with a minimum 2-night stay required. For more information, call (855) 212-4192 or visit unicohotelrivieramaya.com.

SOUTHEAST

24 North Hotel Key West, Key West, Florida
The Package: New Year’s Rest & Recovery

Book now-or before Dec. 30-for a 2-night stay over New Year’s Eve as part of the hotel’s Rest & Recovery package, which includes:

  • A bottle of La Marca Prosecco to enjoy at the hotel or take home as a souvenir
  • New Year’s Party favors to help get the party started
  • A complimentary shuttle to and from Old Town to ring in the New Year
  • Access to the Hangover Hospital: Code Blue therapy on-property New Year’s Day to revitalize and recharge
  • A complimentary Hair of the Dog cocktail-no explanation needed
  • Late checkout (at 4 p.m.) so you can rest and recover all day

The 2-night stay from Dec. 30, 2016 to Jan. 1, 2017 starts at $799; a minimum 2-night stay is required, but you can book a longer vacation if you just can’t pull yourself away.

For more information, call (305) 320-0940 or visit 24northhotel.com.

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Hammock Beach Resort, Palm Coast, Florida
The Package: Hammock for the Holidays

Give yourself a post-holiday treat this year with this discount:

  • Up to 30 percent savings on stays lasting five or more nights.

This offer is valid for travel dates from Nov. 1, 2016, through March 16, 2017. The offer is subject to blackout dates and availability, and additional restrictions may apply. The discount is based on the length of your stay. Reservations can be made now through March 16, 2017, and rates start at $147 per night. For more information, visit hammockbeach.com.

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Amelia Island, Florida
The Package: Stay, Save & Be Merry

Make the most of the holiday season with these discounts, which include:

  • Luxurious oceanfront accommodations
  • 15% off the resort’s best available rates
  • A $10 gift card to use during your stay

This deal is available now through Dec. 30, 2016, starting at $338 for a 2-night stay.

For more information, call (904) 261-6161 or visit omniameliaislandplantation.com.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Hollywood, Florida
The Package: Rock Star New Year’s Eve Hotel Package

This trip is for anyone who wants to ring in the new year right. It includes:

  • A 3-night stay in the Fillmore Suite
  • Two Deluxe pool-view rooms
  • Four tickets the 50-Yard Line Suite at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium, including VIP transportation
  • A $1,000 credit to Kuro Japanese restaurant
  • A pool cabana with a $250 food and beverage credit
  • A $500 Rock Spa credit

This package is based on availability, and you must arrive on Dec. 30 or 31. Book now through Dec. 15, 2016. Rates start at $20,017 for a 3-night stay. For more information, call 1-866-502-7539 or visit seminolehardrockhollywood.com.

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The Brazilian Court Hotel, Palm Beach, Florida
The Package: Home Suite Home for the Holidays

Visit this historic hotel with a luxurious holiday package that includes:

  • A 6-night stay in the Hepburn Suite
  • A personal interior designer to decorate the suite for the holidays and to match guests’ home
  • The Private Chef’s Dining Experience with wine pairings for up to four at Café Boulud
  • Daily breakfasts with a choice of in-room service or dining at Café Boulud
  • A personal shopper and gift wrapper
  • A horse-and-carriage ride through downtown West Palm Beach and along the Intracoastal Waterway
  • A tour of the holiday lights and the best decorated sights with a personal driver
  • Nightly turndowns, including gourmet hot chocolate, a candy-cane dessert, and more

This home-away-from-home package is available now through Jan. 31, 2017, with a 6-night minimum stay required. The suite and Chef’s Dining Experience are based on availability at the time of booking, and 14-day advance booking and 14-day cancellation are required. Rates start at $24,200 for a 6-night stay. For more information, call (561) 655-7740 or visit thebraziliancourt.com.

The Gates Hotel Key West, Key West, Florida
The Package: New Year’s Rest & Recovery

Book from now through Dec. 30, 2016, for a 2-night stay on New Year’s Eve, which includes:

  • A bottle of La Marca Prosecco to enjoy at the hotel or to take home as a souvenir
  • New Year’s Party favors
  • A complimentary shuttle to and from Old Town to ring in the New Year
  • Access to the Hangover Hospital: Code Blue therapy on-property New Year’s Day to revitalize and recharge
  • A complimentary Hair of the Dog cocktail
  • Late checkout (at 4 p.m.) so you can rest and recover all day

The 2-night stay from Dec. 30, 2016 to Jan. 1, 2017 starts at $799; a minimum 2-night stay is required. For more information, call (305) 390-0930 or visit gateshotelkeywest.com.

The Gates Hotel South Beach, Miami Beach, Florida
The Package: Vitamin-Sea

Celebrate the New Year with a package that offers renewing sun and sand and includes:

  • A private daybed by the pool for the day, with cold pressed juices
  • Vespa rental for entire stay
  • Sunrise yoga on the beach
  • A sailing excursion for two
  • Bicycle rentals for two
  • 2-night accommodations

To take this refreshing trip, book by Jan. 15, 2017. This trip is based on availability, with a 2-night minimum stay. Travel dates may be from Jan. 2 through Feb. 15, 2017, with a starting rate of $814 for a 2-night stay. For more information, call (800) 445-8667 or visit gatessouthbeach.com/offers/.

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TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra, Florida
The Package: Stay & Play Holiday Gift Package

If golfing is the way you celebrate, try this trip, which includes:

  • One round of golf on THE PLAYERS Stadium course, including a cart, practice balls and a forecaddie
  • One round on Dye’s Valley course (on the day of arrival only)
  • A 1-night stay at Sawgrass Marriott Resort & Spa

This package is available from Dec. 15, 2016, through Feb. 28, 2017, (with some blackout dates) and starts at $650 per golfer. For $100 per person, availability can be extended through March 31, 2017. For more information, visit tpc.com/sawgrass/holiday.

Emerald Isle Realty, The Crystal Coast, North Carolina
The Package: Nick of Time Bookings

Get a discount on your dream trip to Emerald Isle with these discounts, which include:

  • Ocean and/or sound-front rental accommodations
  • Vacation rental deals from 10 to 20 percent off the advertised rate
  • Access to area holiday activities such as Santa by the Sea, the Crab Pot Drop New Year’s Eve countdown, the Crystal Coast Christmas Flotilla, the Penguin Plunge, and more

This discount is available from now through Dec. 31, 2016; rates vary per property, and not all properties are participating. This discount is not valid with existing weekly rate discounts. For more information, call an Emerald Isle Realty reservationist at (866) 586-6980 or visit crystalcoastnc.org.

Montage Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, South Carolina
The Package: Bubbles & Bliss New Year’s Eve

Make the most of your NYE with this exclusive package, which includes:

  • Luxurious accommodations in an Inn Room, a Guest House, or a Cottage
  • A welcome bottle of champagne and chocolate truffles
  • A Bubbles and Bliss four-course dinner, wine, and dancing in the Wilson Ballroom
  • Breakfast at Jessamine’s
  • Complimentary valet parking

This bubbly New Year’s celebration is bookable now through Dec. 30, 2016 for arrival on Dec. 31, 2016. Rates start at $850 per night, based on double occupancy and with taxes, resort fees, and service charges not included. For more information, call (843) 706-6500 or visit montagehotels.com/palmettobluff.

The Package: Festive Memories

Celebrate the season with this merry package, which includes:

  • Accommodations in an Inn Room, a Guest House, or a Cottage
  • A special festive arrival amenity
  • Daily breakfast ($60 credit)
  • A cozy throw for cuddling
  • Two complimentary cocktails from Octagon Bar and Gathering Place for enjoying by fire pits
  • Festive activities such as Saturdays with Santa, Chestnut Roasting, Holiday Game Room, Elves’ Workshop, Twelve Cocktails of Christmas, and more-see the full calendar here.

For this trip, a 2-night minimum stay is required, and taxes and resort fees are not included. Festive Memories is available now through Dec. 31, 2016, starting at $350 per night. For more information, call (843) 706-6500 or visit montagehotels.com/palmettobluff.

The Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
The Package: The Getaway Package

Make a true coastal getaway with this discounted package, which includes:

  • Up to 15 percent off already-reduced nightly and weekly rates for homes and villas
  • Dinner and lunch entrees for two at Coast or Links
  • Bicycles for two for the full duration of your stay
  • A $50 resort credit for stays of seven or more nights
  • A portrait session on the beach by certified professionals at Memory Lane Portraits and a 15 percent discount on a la carte portrait orders
  • 10 percent off spa services at LeSpa of Sea Pines
  • Two hours of tennis per day at The Sea Pines Racquet Club
  • Preferred golf rates at The Sea Pines Resort’s championship golf courses, including Harbour Town Golf Links

This trip is available from now through Feb. 24, 2017, starting at $145 per night for three nights in a 2-bedroom deluxe villa. For more information, call (866) 561-8802 or visit seapines.com.

WEST COAST

Hilton Waikoloa Village/Waikoloa Beach Resort, Big Island, Hawaii
The Package: Christmas Dinner

Polish off your stay in Hawaii with this dinner, which includes:

  • A complimentary glass of champagne for adults
  • Kona salt brined turkey, honey glazed ham and slow cooked angus prime rib carving stations
  • Live entertainment
  • Complimentary self parking during the event

Reservations are required. The dinner is Dec. 25, 2016, from 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Water’s Edge Ballroom. Prices start at $89 (including one glass of champagne) for adults, $39 for children ages five through 12, and complimentary for children aged four or younger with paid adult. For more information, call Hilton Waikoloa Village at 1-800-886-1234 or the restaurant for reservations at (808) 886-1234, ext. 54, or visit hiltonwaikoloavillage.com/resort-experiences/upcoming-events.

The Package: New Year’s Eve Dinner

This fabulous island-style meal includes:

  • Seafood on ice, including oysters, shrimp, and poke
  • Hawaiian roasted whole pig and Hawaiian salt crusted angus prime rib carving stations
  • Live entertainment
  • Complimentary self parking during the event

Reservations are required. The dinner is Dec. 31, 2016, from 7 p.m. through 10 p.m. at the Water's Edge Ballroom. Prices start at $89 (including one glass of champagne) for adults, $39 for children ages five through 12, and complimentary for children aged four or younger with paid adult. For more information, call Hilton Waikoloa Village at 1-800-886-1234 or the restaurant for reservations at (808) 886-1234, ext. 54, or visit hiltonwaikoloavillage.com/resort-experiences/upcoming-events.

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This article was originally published on CoastalLiving.com