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Travel deals: Live like a local while touring Paris With a Parisien apartment rental, you can live like a local, save a few bucks and enjoy the distinct pleasure of watching your neighbours head off to work each morning — while your day involves nothing more strenuous than sightseeing and a lunch of baguette and Brie. One company,, offers accommodation in about 100 apartments throughout Paris, with just a two-night minimum and rates from 55 euros per night for a studio apartment in off-season. How does it work?, while not a hotel, offers hotel-type services, including housekeeping with fresh sheets and linens, WiFi access and hotel-standard furniture and décor in flats across the city. Mykonos Travel Guide Book Secret List Our Mykonos Travel Guide Features Hidden Restaurants, Secret Boutique Hotels... The proper term is “self-catering accommodation”, and although you won’t find a concierge or a bellhop for your bags, there is a bilingual French/English call centre, and a multilingual website (for English, click on the Union Jack). Apartments are located in residential neighbourhoods as well as tourist centres, with room for two to eight people. See SUN SAND IN COSTA RICA CIT Tours’ Costa Rica Sun Sand Adventure includes eight nights’ accommodation with breakfast, an Arenal volcano hike (with dinner and a dip in the hot springs), white-water rafting down the Balsa River — or a tour of the Arenal Hanging Bridges — and a zipline canopy tour in Monteverde, for a lead-in price of $1,289 per person. Bookings made by July 31 come with savings worth $160 per couple, bringing the per-person rate down to $1,209. Three of the eight nights are spent in the beach resort area of Puntarenas, at the all-inclusive DoubleTree Puntarenas Hotel. Tours with a local guide and entrance fees are also covered in the cost. See STARWOOD’S LONG WEEKENDS A “Canadian Long Weekends” promotion by Starwood Hotels Resorts includes a third night free with two nights paid, at participating properties under the Sheraton, Westin, Four Points by Sheraton, Le Meridien, W and Aloft Hotels brands. The offer runs through Jan. 2 for Thursday, Friday or Saturday arrivals at select hotels. At select resorts, it’s a fourth night free (with three nights paid), while some resorts are offering the free night deal for arrivals any day of the week. The only catch is, at all the properties, you can’t stockpile the free night for a future stay — paid nights and free nights must be consecutive. See BEST BUY OF THE WEEK


Tourcan Vacations’ Bali deal includes airfare, tours, airport transfers and seven nights accommodation at the Ramada Resort Benoa Hotel (or similar), for $1,895 per person, a savings of $500 over regular prices. Taxes are an additional $520 per person. See Kathryn Folliott is a Toronto-based freelance writer. Prices quoted are subject to change and availability. PICKS OF THE WEEK Sunquest: Aruba, air hotel, $1,090 (+$314 taxes fees) (Aug. 12). Air Canada Vacations: Six-night Barcelona, air hotel, $1,213 (+$496 taxes fees) (Aug. 22). Nolitours: Montego Bay, air hotel, $497 (+$359 taxes fees) (Sept. 8). Signature Vacations: Punta Cana, air hotel, $515 (+$390 taxes fees) (Aug. 28). Transat Holidays: Orlando, air hotel, $671 (+$323 taxes fees) (Aug. 24). Hola Sun Holidays: Cayo Largo, air hotel, $418 (+$274 taxes fees) (Aug. 6). Bel Air Travel: Cabarete, air hotel, $439 (+$374 taxes fees) (Aug. 3). Sunwing Vacations: London (air only) $199 (+$468 taxes fees) (Aug. 29). Sell Off Vacations: Estoril, air hotel, $1,289 (+$395 taxes fees) (Aug. 25). itravel2000: Five-night Las Vegas, air hotel, $689 (+$167 taxes fees) (Aug. 11). WestJet Vacations: Los Angeles, air hotel, $1,019 (+$205 taxes) (Aug. 1). Tour East Holidays: Eight-night Singapore Malaysia, air, hotel, meals, sightseeing, $3,400 (+$250 taxes fees) (through Nov. 30). Travel deals: Live like a local while touring Paris

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