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RESORT DEALS AWAIT SKIERS, SUN LOVERS

It's the time of year for deals in the sun and snow.

The Bahamas' Pelican Bay Hotel at Lucaya (1-800-852-3702; www.pelicanbayhotel.com) offers the fourth night free through Dec. 19. Rates start at $220 a night.

Grand Bahama Island's Sheraton and Westin at Our Lucaya Beach Golf Resort (1-877-687-5822; www.sheraton.com/ourlucaya or www.westin.com/ourlucaya) have packages marking their recovery from recent hurricanes. Get a 25 percent discount and a $50 spa certificate for stays through Dec. 23. Nightly rates start at $109 at Sheraton and $129 at Westin.

The new, all-inclusive Azul Hotel Beach Resort (1-866-527-4762; www.karismahotels.com/azul) on Mexico's Riviera Maya, has rates from $228 per couple, per night, through Dec. 22.

Through Dec. 20, save up to 25 percent off rack rates at 20 Hyatt resorts (1-800-233-1234; www.hyatt.com). Request offer code FALL25. Participating resorts are in Arizona, California, Colorado and Maryland, Florida, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Aruba, Grand Cayman and Puerto Rico.

Castle Resorts & Hotels offers Hawaii hotel rates from $59 a night through Dec. 23. Nineteen properties on five islands are participating. Contact: (800) 367-5004; www.castleresorts.com (click on Hotel Deals).

The Wyndham Condado Plaza Hotel & Casino in San Juan offers a free fourth night through Dec. 31. Rates are $275 from Tuesday through Dec. 31. Contact: (800) 996-3426; www.wyndham.com.

Tampa Bay's International Plaza and seven hotels are offering shopping getaways now through Dec. 31. Packages include shopping discounts. Contact: (813) 342-3790; www.shopinternationalplaza.com.

Avis (www.avis.com) and Budget (www.budget.com) offer $50 off weekly rates and $20 off weekend rates on vehicles with ski racks. Valid at participating ski locations through April 30, with some blackout dates.

Ski Whistler Blackcomb with a family five-night package for about $430 per adult, including five lodging nights and a four-day lift ticket through the ski season. Book by Dec. 5 and children 12 and younger stay and ski free. Contact: (800) 944-7853; www.tourismwhistler.com.

Continental Journeys (www.continentaljourneys.com; 1-800-601-4343) offers an eight-day/six-night getaway in the Alps through March 26. Prices, including round-trip airfare from New York, start at $999. Add $120 for Washington, D.C., departures.

Heavenly (www.skiheavenly.com) has a Guaranteed Learn to Ski and Ride package from $249 a person that includes three nights of lodging (Sunday through Thursday), three lessons, lift access and rental. It's available next Sunday through Dec. 16 and Jan. 2-31, excluding Jan.16.

Hyatt's Faster Free Nights promotion allows travelers to earn a free night after two separate stays paid for with a MasterCard. The offer applies worldwide through Feb. 28. Any hotel rack rate is eligible, but it doesn't include third-party rates, such as those offered by Priceline or Expedia. Free nights may be redeemed from Dec. 1 through April 30. Register before traveling. Contact: (800) 228-3360; www.goldpassport.com.

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