The Marriott Los Suenos Resort in Jaco, Costa Rica, is offering a Cyber Monday deal for just $129 per night (instead of $289) for nearly all of 2012. You must book today or tomorrow (November 27 or 28) and use promo code PR5 to take advantage of the offer (it says you must book tomorrow, the 28th, but it appears to be live right now).
Plus, you can save a bit more than that when you pay for the stay with Marriott gift cards. You can purchase the cards and get a bonus 10% (details here), knocking the effective price of the room down to about $117 or so – a big savings over the $289 they normally charge.
You must stay 2 nights, but you may cancel by December 27th for a full refund.
We stayed at the resort last February, and it was great, especially if you have kids. It’s a bit over an hour from San Jose (assuming the highway is open, which it wasn’t when we were there, making it a considerably longer hop from the airport), and 10-15 minutes from the town of Jaco, which is nothing special but there are a bunch of casual restaurants there (hello, Jaco Taco) to save you from Marriott’s $14 hot dog. If you’re a bit more adventurous on the eating front, there are a bunch of “sodas” or extremely casual Costa Rican rice-and-bean joints that will set you back just a couple of bucks.
The hotel is located in a large planned community, so don’t expect rustic Costa Rica (expect non-rustic Boca Raton). There’s golf if you’re into that, plus the usual spa, etc. Our kids spent some time at the kids club (meaning we got 2 ours to ourselves), and they spent a large chunk of time in the large pool. The resort is on a beach, but it’s not particularly good, and we (and most others) spent no time there. Ie, you’re not going there because of the beach.
It’s close to Manuel Antonio park, though we didn’t make it there because our kids were 4, but if you have older children, it’s a great trip that’s less than an hour from the hotel.
That said, for $129 (or $117) it’s a steal.
(On a side note: that rate does not include breakfast. They do offer a stay 3 nights, get 1 night free package at $327/night and a stay 5 nights, get 2 nights free package for $351/night. Those deals include breakfast. If you have 2 kids, the breakfasts get expensive, and the free night packages may actually make more sense for you. Just a thought…)