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4 May 2010

SanTan FAMILY FUN

Staycations: high on fun meter Staycations: Low on cost,

by Lynda Exley

If the cost of airfare, car rental and peak season room rates has you rethinking your family’s summer vacation, consider taking a “staycation” instead this year. SanTan Sun area families can realize substantial savings by eliminating travel expenses and booking time off at local luxury resorts or hotels that typically offer discounted room rates or summer package deals during what’s considered their “off- season.”

To jumpstart the planning process, the SanTan Sun News offers this list of getaways that are light on the wallet, but heavy on the family fun. Listings are in order of closest to farthest from the Chandler-Gilbert area.

Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort

1 N. San Marcos Pl., Chandler 480-812-0900

www.sanmarcosresort.com

Beautiful rooms and suites, award-winning food, refreshing pools and therapy spa, lighted tennis courts, and a championship 18-hole golf course are available at super summer rates through Sept. 10.

Family Fun Packages start at $89 per night, and the Stay & Unlimited Golf package offers a $99 room rate with unlimited golf for two each day. Summer dining specials include weekday lunch specials starting at $5.95 for the Soup, Salad and Baked Potato Bar or $9.95 for a full lunch buffet; generous Friday Italian Pasta and all-you-can-eat Saturday Prime Rib buffets, both served from 5 to 9 p.m. for $13.95 each; and the lavish, all-you-can-eat Sunday Jazz Brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at $22.95 for adults and $11.95 for children.

Holiday Inn Ocotillo

1200 W. Ocotillo Rd., Chandler 480-203-2121

www.HolidayInn.com

For families with children who like to play golf, the Stay and Play Golf Package includes a round of golf with guaranteed advance tee times, complimentary club rentals and cart at the Ocotillo Golf Resort. Golf packages run from $269 to $425, which includes a suite. Call for fees and available dates.

Sheraton Wild Horse Resort & Spa

5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler 602-225-0100, 866-716-8134 www.wildhorsepassresort.com Two packages are available at this AAA Four Diamond resort, which features an

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OASIS: Save big bucks lounging poolside at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort through Sept. 10.

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SWING: The Holiday Inn Ocotillo’s golf package guarantees advance tee times at Ocotillo Golf Resort.

18-hole Troon-managed golf course, equestrian center, tennis courts, four pools with cascading waterfalls and 111-foot waterslide, and 2.5-mile replica of the Gila River with scenic boat rides.

With the May Staycation Special, guests receive a $50 Resort Credit when they book a room May 5 through 31, excluding May 12. Rates begin at $175 per night; ask for ARIZONA promotion. The Sun and Savings package applies to Starwood Resorts in North America. Enjoy a fourth night free, $100 Food and Beverage Credit and complimentary upgrade at check-in, subject to availability. Rates start at $160 per night through Sept. 30. Reference code ZS4.

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