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For many, the dream beach vacation involves snoozing on a quiet stretch of sand in some exotic (read:expensive) locale — and we don’t blame you. But the truth is, there’s no need to break the piggy bank to have a fabulous oceanfront getaway. Picking a budget-friendly hotel that’s not overrun with twentysomethings looking for a crashpad can be tricky, and more serene destinations tend to be more expensive. But we searched high and low, and these six affordable properties are great for those who want to spend some quiet, relaxing days on the beach — without spending all their savings.

Steal #1: Bel Air Collection Resort & Spa, Cancun

The gorgeous infinity pool overlooks a beautiful white-sand beach.

The gorgeous infinity pool overlooks a beautiful white-sand beach.

Overlooking a stunning beach on the southern tip of the Hotel Zone, this adults-only property oozes tranquility. Its serene white and red decor — accented by billowy curtains everywhere — and its somewhat secluded location far from the booming Cancun nightlife, sets this boutique apart from the mega-resorts located just north of it. The Bel Air Collection has 155 chic, minimalist (if low-frills) rooms, trendy common areas, a wonderful spa, and a gorgeous infinity pool with ocean views. It’s a great pick for a relaxed, romantic getaway.

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King Room at the Mansion on Forsyth Park; Savannah, GA King Room at the Mansion on Forsyth Park; Savannah, GA

1. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Autograph Collection, which owns hotels such as the beautiful Mansion on Forsyth Park in Savannah, has a Facebook tool that analyzes your handwriting and recommends a holiday experience based on the findings.

2. FACT OR FAKEOUT? A woman was arrested for spending the night on a couch in the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel‘s lobby.

3. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Sharon Osbourne was caught vacationing at the Esperanza Resort in Cabo San Lucas with a man that was not her husband.

4. FACT OR FAKEOUT? DoubleTree Hotels, a Hilton Hotels brand, has designed a clear vinyl hotel room complete with a bed, a bedside table, and a dresser. The company plans to open several pop-up, see-through hotels in New York, Sydney and London in 2013.

5. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The FBI raided the Helly Nahmad Gallery at The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel in New York last week as part of an investigation into unlawful gambling.

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The One-Bedroom Suite at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado; Santa Fe, NM The One-Bedroom Suite at the Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado; Santa Fe, NM

1. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado in Santa Fe offers a couples spa package that costs $300 more than a weeknight stay in the hotel’s most basic room (which, by the way, is pretty luxurious).

2. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Hyatt Key West Resort & Spa is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a Facebook giveaway contest for a free wedding ceremony and stay at the hotel.

3. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Fullerton Hotel Singapore has been taken over by the City of Singapore and will be turned into the largest post office in the city.

4. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Rolling Stones will make a stop at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas during the band’s 50 and Counting tour.

5. FACT OR FAKEOUT? A hotel employee recently found Amanda Bynes pant-less and smoking, curled up in a corner of the W New York Times Square’s gym.

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Wet Republic Pool at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino; Las Vegas, NV Wet Republic Pool at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino; Las Vegas, NV

1. FACT OR FAKEOUT?  Renting a poolside at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on a weekend can cost almost four times as much as the nightly rate of a Petite King Room, which — at 350 square feet — is the smallest in the resort.

2. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong has just opened its own private terminal in the city’s airport, featuring two lounges and one-stop immigration, customs and baggage screening services all in one space.

3. FACT OF FAKEOUT? The Morgans Group, owner of the Delano Hotel in South Beach, has announced the property will be closing on April 30th due to a conflict with the hotel’s largest stakeholder.

4. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The W Los Angeles Westwood features a fashion truck that will be visiting the property the second Friday of every month, now through August 9th.

5. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Omni Hotels is adding a new top-notch service to its list — it has just hired The Biggest Loser’s nutritionist to help create a healthier, more balanced restaurant and room service menu.

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Lobby at the Raffles Hotel Singapore, Singapore Lobby at the Raffles Hotel Singapore, Singapore

1. FACT OR FAKEOUT?  Back in 1942, soldiers who took part in the Japanese occupation of Singapore found guests at the Raffles Hotel Singapore dancing one final waltz before the property was seized.

2. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and Palazzo Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas both feature a technology that allows guests to order drinks from the slot machines

3. FACT OR FAKEOUT? A hotel in Finland is seeking professional sleepers to test the sleep quality of their newly renovated rooms.

4. FACT OR FAKEOUT? New York’s Yotel just launched a zip line that takes guests straight to Times Square from the hotel’s rooftop. The service is included in the nightly rate.

5. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Upscale organic supermarket Whole Foods just announced the purchase of Canyon Ranch in Tucson. The hotel will be the first Whole Foods Hotel, and will have a focus on health, weight loss and cholesterol reduction.

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Although the ski slopes are a draw, New England’s cold winters sometimes scare visitors away– but come the warmer months, the region turns into a bustling destination with beachgoers, outdoors enthusiasts, foodies, and even visitors whose only plans are to watch the world go by from a chair on the front porch of a quaint B&B. From Maine to Rhode Island, New England offers endless options for those looking to relax — be it with friends, family, or their better half. We picked out five activities so no matter with whom you’re traveling, you’ll have a great time.

For families: Seal-watching on Chatham Lighthouse Beach, Cape Cod

Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are mostly known for their miles of sandy beaches and famous visitors (we missed you last year, Mr. President). It’s a favorite among couples in need of some R&R, but there is tons for families to do as well. One of the most fun activities when traveling with kids is seal-watching in Chatham, probably the most charming New England beachside community. While seals can be spied from several spots, one of the best places to catch a peek is from the shores of Chatham Lighthouse Beach, which Harbor and Grey seals call home every year when the warm weather sets in. Just remember to stay at a safe distance!

Stay: Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham

Rooms and suites are large enough to fit in a rollaway.

Rooms and suites are large enough to fit in a rollaway.

Nestled near the heart of Chatham on 25 scenic acres overlooking Pleasant Bay, Chatham Bars Inn has been a local staple since 1914. The true Cape-Cod style architecture is complemented by lovely interiors to match — upholstered wingback chairs, antique-style turned-leg furnishings, and seafaring decor. But don’t let the term “inn” fool you, this property is big and amenities-packed, with a beautiful spa, modern fitness center, scenic beach, fine dining, private chartered boats, and classic clay tennis courts. Thanks to the large pools (including a kiddie pool) and an extensive kids’ club, the Inn is a popular choice for families.

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We’ve all fantasized about a month-long trip to Europe — but the time to fulfill this dream is not always easy to come by. Fortunately, a ton of time isn’t necessarily required if you want to explore the other side of the pond. With just a few days, you can visit numerous areas of the continent and hit up top destinations, and there are a few attractions you just can’t miss. We’ve picked one in each of Europe’s most popular cities, and paired it with a nearby hotel so you can get the most out of your flash trip. These nine sights are all must-sees — don’t miss out!

Must-See #1: Tower Bridge, London

The Tower Bridge was designed by Sir Horace Jones in 1884.

The Tower Bridge was designed by Sir Horace Jones in 1884.

Some of you might say, “What about Big Ben (excuse us, the “Elizabeth Tower”)? And the British Museum?” Well, yes, those are top spots of course, but if there is one place that makes London recognizable, it is the Tower Bridge. Built in the late 19th century and painted blue in 1977 for Queen Elizabeth II’s silver jubilee, the bridge is crossed on foot, bike, car and double-decker bus by thousands of Londoners and visitors daily, making it one of the most visited places in all of London. On a rainy day, you can get great views of the bridge from the glass-enclosed City Hall, and on a sunny day, head to the Tower of London for the best vistas.

Stay: Apex City of London Hotel

Spacious rooms have warm lighting and free Wi-Fi.

Spacious rooms have warm lighting and free Wi-Fi.

The Apex City of London Hotel is a contemporary, mid-size chain property located just a 3-minute walk to the Tower of London, the Tower Bridge, and the tube. All 179 rooms have warm lighting, big flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, and bathrooms with separate soaking tubs and walk-in showers. The sleek interior design continues in the lobby and in Addendum Restaurant, which serves seasonal fare and has outdoor seating. Small touches (such as a rubber ducky for the tub) make this property feel like more than a typical chain hotel.

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The Tranquila Suite at La Tranquila; Riviera Nayarit, Mexico The Tranquila Suite at La Tranquila; Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

1. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The smallest room at La Tranquila in Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit is 16 times bigger than a standard room at The Jane Hotel in New York City.

2. FACT OR FAKEOUT? According to singer Josh Groban, his dog Sweeney has a favorite hotel: The Ritz-Carlton San Francisco.

3. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The most expensive treatment at Mango Bay in Barbados is a $7,000 facial that includes a face massage with gold flakes.

4. FACT OR FAKEOUT? An Irish billionaire owes The St. Regis Washington, D.C. $10 million after throwing a St. Patrick’s Day party at the hotel’s bar and leaving without paying the tab.

5. FACT OF FAKEOUT? Stock investor Marty Zweig is selling his three-floor penthouse at The Pierre hotel in New York for $120 million.

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The Luxury Beachfront Room at the One&Only Ocean Club, Bahamas The Luxury Beachfront Room at the One&Only Ocean Club, Bahamas

1. FACT OR FAKEOUT? During Easter, guests staying at One&Only Ocean Club in Bahamas can request to be tucked into bed by an Easter bunny.

2. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Turnberry Isle Miami has launched a social media campaign to try to help a guest recover her wedding ring — which she lost at the hotel’s beach club — by spreading the word.

3. FACT OR FAKEOUT? A 20-year-old man was arrested at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Charleston – Historic District after flashing his genitals to a couple celebrating their wedding at the hotel.

4. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Tribeca Film Festival and Conrad New York have launched a contest through which the winners get two Vesey passes for the festival and two Business-class flights from anywhere in the States or the United Kingdom.

5. FACT OR FAKEOUT?  The fifteen items known as the Jewels of Titanic — including diamonds, sapphires and gold jewelry — on display at Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas will be auctioned on May 31st, 2013.

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Pool at the Relais & Chateaux Santa Teresa; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Pool at the Relais & Chateaux Santa Teresa; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

1. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Elton John requested a separate room for his collection of glasses (of which he has almost 25,000) during his recent stay at the Relais & Chateaux Santa Teresa hotel in Rio de Janeiro.

2. FACT OF FAKEOUT? The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles rolled out a menu last month that offers several meals that are 500 calories or fewer.

3. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Benjamin hotel in New York City now allows guests to request calls to their rooms about an hour before bedtime to remind them to power off their electronic devices and prepare to go to sleep.

4. FACT OR FAKEOUT? A cup of seasonal, gourmet hot chocolate at the Four Seasons Resort Vail’s Fireside Lounge will set you back $16.

5. FACT OR FAKEOUT? The Time hotel in New York recently unveiled a life-size statue of NBA star Dennis Rodman, who has stated several times in interviews that this is his favorite hotel in Manhattan.

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