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Holiday travel: 5 must-go holiday weekend escapes

Kristin Larson is a nationally published writer on fashion, beauty, travel and entertainment. She has written for MSN, Real Simple, Women's Wear Daily,, and Besides writing, her other passions...

Amazing holiday getaways

Your most luxurious holiday weekend may be just around the corner. With upscale hotels offering weekend specials, it’s the perfect reason to indulge. Consider the fancy factor: the long-term effects of sleeping on fluffy mattresses with puffy pillows and duvets, sinking into a hot bubble bath and room service (imagine hot coffee arriving in a silver pot—how fun!) could far outlast the weekend. So consider a holiday weekend away—it may be your most relaxing escape ever.

Amazing holiday getaways

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Those seeking a room with an ocean view, world-class accommodations and a Latin flair will love the Delano Hotel in South Beach. The urban resort, designed by Philippe Starck and opened in 1995, is known for its sexy, dramatic design—a soaring lobby with cascading white drapes, along with an oversized chessboard and grand swimming pool, lend an air of fantasy. To enhance the all-white design, famed design group Banjo recently updated the guest rooms with subtle splashes of color. If the tranquil pool and whitewashed rooms aren't soothing enough, the hotel boasts a state-of-the-art 5,300-square-foot Aqua Spa on the roof. There's more: Don't miss the Florida Room, a modern-day piano lounge inspired by tropical glamour. It's also known for its handcrafted specialty cocktails by celebrated mixologist John Lermayer. The Delano offers an array of enticing packages such as the Breakfast Package, which includes overnight accommodations, continental breakfast for two in your room or poolside. Rates start at $345.

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