Deal of the Week

Summer in the desert? Not a cool proposition until you look at the hotel rates, often a fraction of the winter tabs. Throw in a swimming pool, and you may have a deal. An example is the luxury La Quinta Resort & Club in La Quinta, southeast of Palm Springs, which charges $99 per night for standard rooms through Sept. 5 under its "Family Fun Freedom Package." Published rates for the same rooms are $340 during the winter high season. The summer package includes 25% off a second room for children, 50% off the resort's children's day camp program and a free child's meal (up to age 11) for every one purchased by an adult. On Friday and Saturday nights, "dive-in" movies (family films shown poolside while children float in the pool) are included. The deal is subject to availability. Average high temperatures are 104 to 107 and average lows are 67 to 72 in the summer, a resort spokesman said. Telephone (800) 598-3828, Internet http://www.laquintaresort.com.

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