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Escapism looks a little different for everyone, but we can all agree that a reasonable price tag spells relaxation almost as much as a hammock and a cold one. So we've rounded up our favorite affordable beach resorts worldwide, each checking in between $50 and $250 per night.

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Make the most of the slopesupdated: Fri Feb 24 2012 17:10:00

Get the most out of your next ski vacation with these tips.

Four easy ways to save on ski tripsupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 11:11:00

Skiing has a reputation as a pricey, perhaps even snobby sport. But even if some skiers seem to have their noses raised in the air, there's no reason to pay through the nose to ski.

Fly away: 5 lodges reached only by planeupdated: Wed Jul 13 2011 08:04:00

Say goodbye to civilization and hello to a remote pocket of the world at these five resorts.

9 ultra-luxe spa getawaysupdated: Wed Feb 09 2011 08:53:00

Want to get away and get fit? Try one of these luxury spa resorts.

CEO of dirtiest hotel: We had problemsupdated: Wed Jan 26 2011 08:45:00

The president and CEO of TripAdvisor's number one dirtiest hotel says he's taking the bad publicity very seriously.

Outside Bangkok, life goes onupdated: Tue May 18 2010 20:49:00

Images of flaming tires, blood-covered bodies, armed soldiers and grenade-riddled buildings may dominate local and international media these days, but in the rest of Thailand -- and even most parts of Bangkok -- life is carrying on without any signs of the clashes.

All-inclusive resorts demystifiedupdated: Tue Dec 01 2009 08:33:00

Pay one price and leave your wallet behind: It's an appealing concept. But how exactly does it work? And is it always worth it?

Holiday travel that won't bust the budgetupdated: Tue Nov 24 2009 08:50:00

I'm perched in a wooden treehouse lazing on a cushy double mattress atop a white sand beach along Mexico's Riviera Maya. Overlooking the turquoise Caribbean Sea, I'm about as far away from holiday hoopla and craziness as I can get when the beach butler comes by to see if I need anything.

Canada's secret slopesupdated: Thu Nov 05 2009 10:24:00

All Olympic eyes will be on Whistler Blackcomb next year as it hosts the 2010 Winter Games' alpine skiing events. But those in the know will be heading to British Columbia's vast, snowy interior for its cool old-school mountain towns and the best powder and terrain in North America.

Fortune: Spas take off in Asiaupdated: Fri Aug 21 2009 10:13:00

Yue-Sai Kan -- one of the most recognizable women in China with a cosmetics empire and her own TV show -- often needs to get away from the grueling pressures and polluted skies of Shanghai and Beijing, where she lives.

Adventure, beaches and great deals in Mexicoupdated: Mon Aug 17 2009 16:04:00

We are sitting cross-legged in the water, 60 feet underground in a Mexican cave surrounded by some of the most beautiful formations I've ever seen, as the niece of a famous shaman chants a Mayan prayer asking the gods to let us go in peace.

Hawaii-style fun on the mainlandupdated: Tue Aug 11 2009 10:16:00

Hawaii may seem a world away, but there are plenty of big waves, tiny bubbles and tiki-style spots closer to home. Here are some San Diego-based ways to catch the Hawaiian spirit.

Rock-bottom prices for summer fun in the Caribbeanupdated: Mon Jun 15 2009 09:08:00

The goofy underwater shots of my husband and much-younger son grinning behind their masks always make me smile -- just the way a vacation photo should.

Wind helps ski resort weather recessionupdated: Mon Mar 02 2009 09:03:00

See how a ski resort harnessed the wind to save money, fuel and cut pollution.

Wind power helps ski resort during recessionupdated: Mon Mar 02 2009 09:03:00

Imagine climbing 276 steps to change a light bulb. That's all in a day's work for Rian Harford.

Gold-medal winners reveal snowboard favesupdated: Thu Feb 05 2009 15:09:00

The title on Chris Doyle's business card reads "mad scientist," but he's not crazy, he's just crazy about snowboarding.

Five great spas for post-holiday recoveryupdated: Thu Feb 05 2009 14:50:00

Feeling sluggish after a few too many eggnogs and a halt to your fitness routine?

Ski resorts offering plenty of off-slope funupdated: Mon Jan 26 2009 12:14:00

Yes! No one is yelling, "Hurry up, Mom!" or tapping ski poles impatiently.

Strategies for saving at ski resortsupdated: Tue Jan 13 2009 09:29:00

Savvy skiers, listen up: This could just be your year to find great deals at some of America's best ski resorts.

Ski resort gondola tower snapsupdated: Thu Dec 18 2008 12:44:00

A gondola tower at a ski resort in Canada snapped, trapping more than 50 riders for up to three hours in suspended cars.

Nonstop to a Mexico getawayupdated: Wed Dec 10 2008 10:16:00

Budget Travel's Justin Bergman details 4 beach resorts in Mexico that you can reach nonstop from cities in the U.S.

Nonstop Mexico: Seven beachy getawaysupdated: Wed Dec 10 2008 10:16:00

When you have beach on the brain, who wants to bother with a layover? Budget Travel has prepared the ultimate insider's guide to seven resort towns south of the border that are just one quick flight away.

Affordable last-minute holiday getawaysupdated: Mon Dec 08 2008 12:45:00

Finally, some good news for traveling families.

Hit the slopes without busting the budgetupdated: Mon Nov 10 2008 15:31:00

Forget the beach. Bridget Kerr, 10, would rather play in the snow.

10 great wine getawaysupdated: Fri Sep 05 2008 09:41:00

From Mexico's Guadalupe Valley to Blue Hill, Maine, these 10 waterfront getaways offer a toast to the good life.

FSB: Mush, puppy!updated: Sun Aug 17 2008 08:15:00

When I started designing mountain scooters, I didn't have dogs in mind. I grew up in Marin County, Calif., watching guys from the area develop the mountain bike. It didn't take long for me to decide that I wanted to do something similar.

Pakistani militants set ski resort hotel on fireupdated: Thu Jun 26 2008 05:49:00

Militants set fire to a hotel at Pakistan's only ski resort Thursday, as security in the Swat Valley continued to deteriorate despite a month-old peace deal.

Taking the kids: To rustic Crested Butteupdated: Mon Mar 10 2008 10:41:00

There are memories everywhere I look.

Top 10 romantic retreatsupdated: Thu Jan 24 2008 10:36:00

These island vacations make falling in love even more fun.

Taking the kids: Scoring a winter dealupdated: Mon Jan 21 2008 12:45:00

You gotta hate that guy. The guy sitting next to you on the plane, at the pool or the chairlift who can't stop bragging about the fantastic vacation deal he snared that saved his family big bucks.

Taking the kids: On an old-fashioned Montana ski trip updated: Tue Jan 15 2008 10:24:00

Mary Blilie had been at Big Sky Resort in Montana for just one day but had already snapped more photos of her kids than she had in a long time.

Kerzner International factsupdated: Fri Jan 11 2008 10:26:00

Kerzner International Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, is a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts, casinos and luxury hotels.

Get away with the girlsupdated: Mon Oct 08 2007 10:44:00

Call your best girlfriends, throw a few things in a bag and treat yourself to a well-deserved women's getaway.

New spas look to history for inspirationupdated: Tue Aug 21 2007 00:06:00

Most spas take pride in keeping up with the latest trends, from organic ingredients to Asian massage.

Taking the kids: Summer on the slopesupdated: Sun Jul 22 2007 21:18:00

It's so hard to choose.

Taking the kids -- and snaring a summer deal updated: Tue May 29 2007 09:42:00

Not again!

Bangkok's new mini hotelsupdated: Mon Apr 02 2007 10:09:00

Four small hotels are setting the standard for a more intimate -- and affordable --experience in the frenetic Thai capital.

The downhill battle: Ski slopes in perilupdated: Mon Mar 19 2007 10:21:00

When the aspen Ski Company launched its environment division -- a kind of green management team, think tank and consultancy -- it was the first of its kind in the ski industry: an in-house watchdog to prevent the resort from gorging on energy and trampling its fragile ecosystem. Ten years later, the division's director, Auden Schendler, spends at least as much time thinking about saving Aspen as he does about saving its environment. Both, it turns out, are highly vulnerable to climate change.

Trains crash near Thai resort townupdated: Sat Jan 13 2007 23:41:00

Three railway officials were killed and 60 people injured early Sunday when two trains collided near the Thailand resort town of Hua Hin, according to the head of the Hua Hin train station.

Choosing a good spaupdated: Mon Jul 03 2006 11:45:00

When that extra piece of chocolate or glass of wine is no longer helping you unwind, you may decide to hit the spa for some professional care and a little "R and R." But how do you choose the right spa, and what do you do once there?

Spas: Not just for the rich and famous anymoreupdated: Mon Jul 03 2006 11:45:00

Spa experiences for a wider range of tastes and budgets are springing up all over the world, and weary Americans are taking note.

Helicopter gives ultimate ski-liftupdated: Fri Feb 24 2006 08:21:00

Oleg, Dmitri and Anton have come a long way from St. Petersburg, Russia.

It's a ski hill, a country club, a summer retreatupdated: Thu Dec 01 2005 11:39:00

When Jean-Pierre Boespflug invites you to tour the first U.S. destination ski resort built from scratch in more than two decades, it helps to pack your imagination.

CNNMoney: Extreme ski servicesupdated: Fri Nov 04 2005 07:11:00

You've heard of extreme skiing, but how about extreme ski resorts?

Fortune: Is yoga the key to a killer golf swing?updated: Mon Oct 31 2005 00:01:00

FORGET OBSESSIVE PUTTING AND MONSTER graphite drivers: A growing number of luxury resorts are touting yoga as the newest way to hone your handicap. California's famed Pebble Beach had such a strong...

CNNMoney: Where the deals areupdated: Fri Feb 11 2005 11:26:00

Spring break is just around the corner but it's not too late to find great travel bargains.

Peak surpriseupdated: Tue Jan 25 2005 15:23:00

Spike Berg slides off the new Comet Express six-pack one sun-splashed afternoon and looks down on Wausau, Wisconsin, from the summit of Granite Peak.

One reported missing after Utah avalanche updated: Fri Jan 14 2005 18:30:00

One person and perhaps others may have been caught by a large avalanche that struck Friday afternoon just outside a resort ski area near Park City, Utah, an official said.

Do the ski-season stretchupdated: Mon Jan 03 2005 14:16:00

There's no need to put your gear in storage now that the ski season has started to melt away.

The changing snow businessupdated: Mon Jan 03 2005 13:35:00

Once a skier's standard mode of transportation, the traditional incline lift faces competition in 2005, as alternative ski options emerge from beyond the backcountry.

Money Magazine: Secret Seasonsupdated: Mon Nov 01 2004 00:01:00

Almost every popular vacation destination has a secret season. It's the little-known sweet spot between peak travel season, when a place is overrun with tourists and sky-high prices, and the off-se...

Spas cater for time-starved execsupdated: Thu Aug 12 2004 12:50:00

Being short of time is a common complaint among executive travelers and finding ways to relax before or after a meeting can be difficult.

Accor buys stake in Club Medupdated: Fri Jun 11 2004 03:47:00

Accor, Europe's biggest hotel group, ventured into uncharted waters on Friday by buying a near 30 percent stake in holiday village operator Club Mediterranee for 252 million euros ($303.6 million).

CNNMoney: Drop-in daycare: business as usual?updated: Thu Mar 18 2004 17:10:00

NEW YORK (CNN/Money) - Iseult Devlin and her husband Wayne Lavertu met while they were both sharing the rent on a winter ski lodge with a bunch of other singles and ski enthusiasts.

FSB: Downhill Battle Privately owned, with spectacular runs, Montana's Moonlight Basin is the first new U.S. ski updated: Mon Mar 01 2004 00:01:00

If you wanted to launch a new recreation business, you might start with something basic--say, hiking tours or maybe rafting trips. You probably wouldn't choose skiing, which requires a ton of capit...

From orcas to Oprah, Maui's got it allupdated: Mon Feb 23 2004 16:10:00

There's no denying the attraction of Maui, Hawaii's most diverse island.

Inside the true Tellurideupdated: Thu Feb 05 2004 09:54:00

This was to be the end, but it is not the end. It is the beginning. Deep in the pillows in the pre-dawn darkness, I hear the sound that gladdens the hearts, even the deep-sleeping hearts, of skiers. It is the sound of a snowplow. A big snowplow. Very big. You can judge the virility of a ski town's winters by the size of its snowplows. In diminutive Telluride, average snowplows don't cut it. Here they use machines as big as the houses.

Whistler festival celebrates spring skiingupdated: Fri Jan 23 2004 10:51:00

Known for its epic spring skiing, big snows, milder temperatures and lots of open terrain, Whistler Blackcomb throws a 10-day party making April a don't-miss at the British Columbia ski resort.

Snowboarding: The latest thing going downupdated: Wed Jan 21 2004 09:11:00

The coolest things these days on America's ski slopes probably aren't the skiers, or even the snow-covered trails.

Money Magazine: Best Places To Vacation Secluded beaches, fabulous skiing, a desert retreat, estates from the Gilded Age art new and old, space updated: Sat Nov 01 2003 00:01:00

WHAT'S THAT CREAKING NOISE? The days are dark and cold, and everything and everybody seems worn down--that's the sound of midwinter.

Business 2.0: Fly In. Work Out. Fly Off. Airport gyms are rare, but the ones we found make the layover melt away as fast as those extra poundsupdated: Mon Sep 01 2003 00:01:00

BOSTON LOGAN The Health Club & Spa at the Hilton

Money Magazine: Romantic Weekendsupdated: Sat Feb 01 2003 00:01:00

Ah, romance. It means different things to different people. Some go for the traditional accoutrements: candlelit dinners, roaring fires, cozy inns and the like. For others, any time spent together ...

FSB: Crossing Over The Crowleys own two businesses--a ski area and a soda bottler--with nothing in common. Or so you updated: Sun Dec 01 2002 00:01:00

Chris Crowley, arms folded over his crisp yellow tie, is staring at a very loud, very wet machine. The contraption--a $600,000 Crown Simplimatic soda canner he bought for $225,000--is working flawl...

Money Magazine: Alta, Utahupdated: Fri Oct 25 2002 00:07:00

Nestled in the upper reaches of Little Cottonwood Canyon, 30 miles southeast of downtown Salt Lake City, Alta ski resort is sacred ground among those who worship the fluffy stuff. The snow is not only plentiful -- 500 inches of it a year -- it's so soft and light that carving turns takes little effort and falling is almost a pleasure.

Fortune: Club Medupdated: Mon Feb 04 2002 00:01:00

After reporting a $63 million loss for last year, Philippe Bourguignon, CEO of the French resort group, blamed the Sept. 11 attacks and warned investors that it'll be paradise lost for a while. If ...

Money Magazine: The New Travel Landscape Still reeling from the Sept. 11 attacks, the travel industry desperately wants us back. And the deals iupdated: Sat Dec 01 2001 00:01:00

You've no doubt heard stories about what it's been like to travel since Sept. 11. Interminable lines snaking through airports. Rifle-toting National Guardsmen. Random bag checks and body searches. ...

Fortune: Updateupdated: Mon Apr 02 2001 00:01:00

Club Med celebrated its 50th anniversary in an unusual fashion, winning a sailboat race with a record circumnavigation: 62 days, six hours, 56 minutes, and 33 seconds.

Fortune: Racing To The End Of The Earth Six giant catamarans, 80 sailors, 26,000 miles, no rules--big-boat racing crosses a perilous new updated: Mon Jan 22 2001 00:01:00

Some years ago, officials of the U.S. Olympic Committee spotted a curious correlation in international sports. Americans, they noted, do best in low-tech competitions involving simple equipment. As...

Money Magazine: Magic Mountains Eight resorts where world-class skiing doesn't come at Olympian prices.updated: Fri Dec 01 2000 00:01:00

In the minds of many Americans, serious skiing takes place primarily at a small number of elite resorts located in Colorado, with Aspen and Vail at or near the top of any short list. The reasons ar...

Money Magazine: Going (Slightly) Off the Beaten Path Gets You Island Vacations for Less.updated: Wed Nov 01 2000 00:01:00

With gray, wintry weather just around the corner, images of white sand beaches and swaying palms are decidedly appealing. Unfortunately, the price tag for peak-season travel can leave you out in th...

Money Magazine: June Travel Buysupdated: Thu Jun 01 2000 00:01:00

--CAMPING The National Parks Less Traveled.

Money Magazine: EIGHT GREAT AFFORDABLE CARIBBEAN GETAWAYSupdated: Wed Feb 01 1995 00:01:00

Still stroking those old Caribbean photographs, wishing you had the time and money to return to fantasy island? It's not too late. You can still dive into one of the 162,000 hotel rooms dotting the...

Money Magazine: One-day spas Hot Stuffupdated: Sat Jan 01 1994 00:01:00

60-MINUTE SPA Used to be you had to spend megabucks at remote resorts for a one-spot revitalizing week of massage, body treatments and workouts. Not anymore. New urban "day spas'' cater to today's ...

Money Magazine: THE BEST BARGAINS FOR THE OFF-SEASONupdated: Tue Sep 01 1992 00:01:00

If you got caught short of time or cash during the recent air-fare wars and are now hankering after a getaway -- you're in luck. Traditionally, the weeks from Labor Day through mid-December turn up...

Fortune: RECESSION THAWS AT SKI RESORTSupdated: Mon Jan 27 1992 00:01:00

There's only one leading indicator in the ski industry: snow. And not the fake stuff made on the slopes. When real snow comes down, the skiers come up -- even if they're buried in recession. In the...

Money Magazine: HOW YOU CAN TEST-FLY A TRAVEL AGENTupdated: Wed Dec 18 1991 00:01:00

To learn what you can expect from a travel pro, we asked a dozen agents to plan two vacations for a family of four (kids ages eight and 12). When shopping for an agent, you can try a similar, scale...

Money Magazine: TRACKING DOWN GREAT VACATION PACKAGESupdated: Sun Dec 01 1991 00:01:00

First, the good news: with travelers on the prowl for bargains and an industry in the doldrums, scores of value-packed vacation packages are popping up. ''All-inclusive vacations have come a long w...

Money Magazine: CLUB MED SHEDS ITS SINGLES-MINDEDNESSupdated: Wed Aug 01 1990 00:01:00

In the 1970s, Club Med (NYSE, $27) thrived by selling singles, who were seeking adventure and romance, vacations on the cheap in Cancun, Eleuthera, Mauritius and other Third World locales. As the b...

Fortune: PRODUCTS TO WATCHupdated: Mon Feb 26 1990 00:01:00

CLUB MED 1 The outfit that calls itself ''the antidote for civilization'' is taking a shot at the fast-growing cruise business with a big, big sailboat. The newly christened Club Med 1, a 617-foot,...

Money Magazine: Even Real Men Love Spas By adding active sports to their traditional regimen, health spas are pulling in a younger, trendier, moupdated: Sun Oct 01 1989 00:01:00

At 6:45 a.m., you could excuse Maitland Dimock for wondering why instead of vacationing on the sands at Maui he is huffing up the rock-studded face of a Mexican mountain, wiping sweat from his eyes...

Fortune: BON VOYAGEupdated: Mon Jul 18 1988 00:01:00

Looking to get away from it all? Club Med plans something for the exotic vacation crowd -- a ''village'' that floats. Billing it as the world's largest sailboat, the hotel chain has a $100 million,...

Fortune: SKIING OUT OF A SUITCASE In many U.S. cities the traveler with a spare afternoon or evening can easily get from downtown to downupdated: Mon Jan 19 1987 00:01:00

Gone are the days when a ski trip necessarily meant a long slog to a remote mountainside. Thanks to the growth of the skiing industry, along with improvements in snow making, diehard downhillers in...

Money Magazine: FAMILY SKIING COMES OF AGEupdated: Mon Dec 01 1986 00:01:00

Now that so many formerly swinging-single skiers have transformed themselves into upscale moms and dads, the nation's winter resorts are getting family- minded too. Of 650 or so ski areas in 40 sta...

Fortune: Skiing downhillupdated: Mon Oct 13 1986 00:01:00

This ski season's forecast calls for several resort operators taking a powder on a base of deep gloom. Lift ticket sales rose less than 1% last year, far from the rapid growth of the Sixties and Se...

Fortune: VACATIONING WITH KIDS From Arizona to Nepal, travel companies offer busy parents opportunities to relax with the family.updated: Mon Apr 14 1986 00:01:00

Cruising the deep blue Pacific off Mexico, Margaret C. Whitman, 29, a management consultant with Bain & Co. in San Francisco, basked by a pool on Sitmar Cruises' luxurious Fairsky while her 11-mont...

Fortune: Rocky Mountain highupdated: Mon Mar 31 1986 00:01:00

The U.S. ski industry is schussing blithely through a record season. According to the National Ski Areas Association, some 60 million lift tickets will be sold this year, up from a previous high of...

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