Travelzoo: Travel Smart With Gabe Saglie

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Exotic VacationThailand

Roundtrip airfare from LAX to Bangkok11 nights’ accommodations, including multiple 5-Star Le Meridien hotels

· Guests spend 4 nights in Bangkok, 4 nights in the walled city of Chiang Mai, 2 nights in contemporary Chiang Rai and one night each in tranquil Ayutthaya and ancient Sukhothai

Highlights: With an English-speaking guide leading the way, visit ornate palaces, ascend a mythical serpent'sstaircase to an ancient temple, sample sizzling Thai cuisine and gaze up at a massive Reclining BuddhaAll intra-country flights/transportation, transfers and entrance fees includedBreakfast daily

· $1699/pp ($900 off)

Travel select dates April and May

The Cliffs ResortShell Beach (Central Coast wine country)

Famous, upscale clifftop, oceanfront hotel near quaint Pismo Beach, Morro Bay and famed Hearst CastleProperty features an award-winning Latin-themed restaurant, oceanfront swimming pool and full-service spaHotel is located a short drive from downtown San Luis Obispo and dozens of wineries

· $109/nt. (40% off)

o Deal features upgraded accommodations (Partial Oceanview w/private balcony)

Travel through February

South Coast Winery ResortTemecula

Upscale 4-Star winery resort in Temecula wine country, located within 5 miles of 30+ other wineries as well as OldTown TemeculaOnsite winery is surrounded by more than 38 acres of vineyards

· $369 for a 2-night stay (reg. $600+)

o Deal inc. accommodations in a Private Villa (w/vineyard views, fireplace, private patio & Jaccuzi tub), gourmet mimosa breakfast and 1-hour vineyard walking tour/tasting

Travel through March

Frolic Down UnderAustralia

Roundtrip nonstop airfare from LAX on Virgin AustraliaTwelve nights’ accommodations in 4-Star hotels w/breakfast daily

· Start the vacation along the Gold Coast at a hotel in the heart of Surfers Paradise, just steps from the beach; then head north to the ritzy town of Port Douglas, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage-listed Daintree National Park; and spend the last few nights in Sydney, home to the iconic harbor and opera houseHighlights: Helicopter ride over Gold Coast, followed by an ocean jet boat ride; Outer Barrier Reef cruise includinglunch; full-day Sydney sightseeing tour; Captain Cook coffee cruise on Sydney HarborAll intra-country flights/transportation and transfers included

· $2999/pp

Travel May 1-June 8, 2013

Long Bay Beach ResortTortola, British Virgin Islands

Deluxe 52-acre resort estate perched on the hillsides of Tortola and overlooking the Caribbean SeaAmenities include an oceanfront pool nestled along Long Bay Beach, tennis courts, dive shop, spa, 3 bars and 3restaurants, inc. the acclaimed “1748”: -- a beachfront restaurant in an 18th-century sugar millTortola is the largest of the British Virgin Islands, and the nearby island of St. Thomas can be easily reached by aferry that departs several times daily

· $499 for a 3-nt. stay (48% off)

Travel Jan.-March, inc. weekends (4- and 5-night options also available)

Vintners InnSanta Rosa/Sonoma wine country

Luxury AAA 4-Diamond European-style resort in a 92-acre vineyard in Sonoma wine country, an hour outside SFAmenities at the Inn include a spa, a two-mile jogging path through the vineyards and a den where guests can curl upin front of the giant stone fireplaceAll guest rooms feature patios or balconies

· $199/nt. (56% off)

o Deal features $75 dining credit at famed John Ash & Co., VIP tour and tasting at Sonoma-Cutrer and guided barrel tasting at Rodney Strong Vineyards

Travel through March

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