The Best Book Now, Travel Later Deals for 2021

If you have been going a little stir-crazy during the pandemic, you’re not alone. After a year of staying home, we are all ready to start planning our next getaway. For some, the wanderlust has been insatiable.

Unfortunately, the travel industry has been hit hard. But on a more positive note, many hotels have started to offer “buy now, stay later packages in an effort to keep businesses afloat and to entice people to travel again when it is safe to do so,

These stays come at a major discount, and some of them even include some extra goodies during your stay.

Here, we have compiled a list of all the best deals to exotic destinations, and an easy-to-follow guide on how to take advantage of them.

The Destination: Blue Karma Hotel, Bali

If you’re looking for the quintessential Bali experience, you will love Blue Karma in Ubud. Private dining, infinity pools and hammock beds await you amongst the lush jungle canopy. Is there a more perfect combination then that? They also back onto the rice fields so you can check that off your Bali bucket-list without even having to leave your hotel room!

The Deal: Basic rooms are reduced to $100 USD when booking ahead, and they have thrown in a ton of complementary services into these packages. You will receive daily breakfast, afternoon tea, guided treks and cultural classes (Boreh and Jamu) for this super-low price.

How it works: You will need to purchase your buy now, stay later package directly through the hotel website. You can book this deal for the remainder of 2021 without blackout periods, but you must choose your dates before the end of this calendar year.

The Destination: Twin Palms Phuket

Photo from: Twin Palms Phuket Resort Facebook Page

“Oasis” is the first word that comes to mind when describing this tranquil Thai boutique hotel. While it is set amongst a palm forest, you can use their complimentary shuttle to visit three private beaches owned by TwinPalms. These beach clubs often have live music, raw seafood bars, and chilled champagne for hotel guests, so you’ll probably want to keep going back day after day. Plus, with a deal this good, you can splurge on the penthouse suite with a private plunge pool and bird-eye view of the palms.

The Deal: The hotel had reduced their regular suite prices by up to 60% if you book now! You will also be entitled to a daily continental breakfast, a 15%discount on dinners during your stay, sunset cocktails for two, and a private floating breakfast if you book one of the loft suites.

How it Works: You will need to purchase your buy now, stay later package directly through the hotel website. Your vouchers can be redeemed any time before October 31st, 2021.

There are also some apps and networks that have started to assist hotels in offering these deals.

Buy Now, Stay Later

How it works: This third-party site has helped hotels to set up a purchasing system similar to a treasury bond. You will be able to choose your desired hotel and destination and purchase a $100 “hotel bond.” You must wait out the 60 day maturation period before booking your travel, but your voucher will be valid indefinitely, after that date. At the end of the 60 days, you will have earned an extra $50, making your bond now worth $150! You can buy as many bonds as you want to amplify your vacation savings, but you must purchase them in $100 increments.

The Destination: The Palace at Osowa Sien, Poland

This stunning, castle-esque chateau will bring all of your romantic, fairy tale dreams to life. You can spend your days frolicking the rose gardens, having afternoon tea on the manicured lawns or reading a book in your pretty pastel guest suite. Especially post-pandemic, a trip to this 300-year-old estate is exactly the slow-paced European vacation you need- with just a little touch of whimsy.

The Deal: You will pay $100 for $150 in hotel credit. You will book this deal through Buy Now, Stay Later.

The Destination: The Pavilions Himalayas, Nepal

If you want a social-distance-friendly, exotic destination for your first trip out into the world again, look no further. This eco luxury resort is nestled onto a farm in the Himalayan mountains, far away from the crowds and stress of everyday life. Just thinking about this lush landscape has us swooning. Plus, you’ll leave feeling good about the positive impact your travels have had on the environment and the host community.

The Deal: You will pay $100 for $150 in hotel credit. You will book this deal through Buy Now, Stay Later.

The Destination: Diamond Athuruga, Maldives

Photo from: Diamond Athuruga, Maldives Facebook Page

After a year (maybe more) stuck at home, you might be looking for big-ticket, bucket list destinations to satisfy your wanderlust. So why not go to the Maldives? Let the stressful pandemic memories melt away from your luxury overwater bungalow and endless turquoise views. You can book some of their activities if you want to, ranging from seaside yoga to shadowing a local marine biologist, or you can just laze around in the daybeds- we won’t judge you!

The Deal: $100 spent earns you an extra $50 in hotel credit. You will book this deal through Buy Now, Stay Later.

Hotel Credits Co.

How it works: Hotel Credits Co. has teamed up with all your favorite luxury hotels to get you through the pandemic. Simply choose your next destination, purchase hotel credit directly through their site, and secure your stay at a lower price. Each hotel will have their own “rewards” set up, so you’ll be guaranteed additional hotel credit for each incremental sum spent. All that is left to do is start your vacation countdown.

Tip: They also sell “anywhere” credits if you aren’t quite ready to make up your mind. Purchase these general credits and you can book your stay at any hotel in their network when you are ready.

The Destination: Minos Beach Art Hotel, Crete

There’s really not another hotel quite like this in the entire world. It is perched high on the sea (which is filled with ancient ruins and remains, by the way) and expertly designed for a laid-back luxury experience. The best part? It is also one of the best art museums in Crete. After a morning of al fresco dining and sunbathing, you’ll be able to roam the hallways of sculpture, paintings and multi-medium installations.

The Deal: Get $150 in Credits for $100. You will book this deal through Hotels Credits Co.

The Destination: Habitas, Namibia

High-end luxury at an eco-resort on the Namibian Savannahs? Yes, Please! This Windhoek boutique hotel has it all, from a plunge pool overlooking the desert and bohemian decor to an open-air cinema and stellar stargazing. It’s actually located inside a wildlife sanctuary, so you might be able to spot some desert friends from the deck, or you can go tracking with the local bushman. This is one of the last places to spot wild black rhino so be sure to keep your eyes peeled!

The Deal: Get $500 in Credits for $400. You will book this deal through Hotels Credits Co.

The Destination: Jashita Hotel, Tulum

Tulum is a fan-favorite for good reason. Its laid back, relaxed atmosphere is exactly what you need to decompress after a long, hard year. Jashita is a boutique eco-resort that works really hard to make your stay as personalized as possible. They will greet you with a bottle of Prosecco upon arrival, show you the best secret cenotes for snorkeling and arrange spa treatments right on the shoreline. So, what are you waiting for?

The Deal: Get $500 in Credits for $400. You will book this deal through Hotels Credits Co.

We Travel Forward

How it Works: This travel site was designed to connect you with gift cards and bonus rewards for your favorite hotels at a discounted rate. If you want to start planning your post-pandemic vacation without having to change your plans a dozen times over, no need to worry. Just secure your reduced-rate hotel credit now and you can choose your dates when you’re able (and ready) to travel.

The Destination: The Beekman, A Thompson Hotel, NYC

Looking to keep in a little closer to home? Why not celebrate your ability to travel again with a trip to the big city? This lavish hotel is packed with rich history and gorgeous architecture that will have you feeling like royalty. The hotel is also home to over 60 paintings, sculptures and artworks of renowned artists so the artistically inclined will be gushing about their decor for weeks after their return home.

The Deal: Pay $200 for $300. You will book this deal through We Travel Forward. Your hotel credit must be used by December 2022.

The Destination: Santa Monica Proper, California

Photo from Santa Monica Proper, California Facebook Page

This hotel is the perfect relaxation destination for 2021 and beyond. Its easy-breezy California take on luxury living will have you feeling rejuvenated in no time. They are centrally located, within walking distance of the beach and the city amenities, and they have an eastern wellness-inspired spa center for the day where you would rather stay in and be pampered.

The Deal: Pay $1875 for $2500 in hotel credit. You will book this deal through We Travel Forward. Your hotel credit must be used by December 2022.

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