JS Editors’ Favorite Hotel Deals of the Week

Each week, we're bringing you a curated list of our favorite Flash Sales—luxurious hotels up for grabs that you can score (for a limited time) at a fraction of their original rate.

This week's theme: On the Waterfront


The Netherlands

The neo-Renaissance façade of De L’Europe Amsterdam, an 1896 landmark hotel fronting the Amstel River, is just a prelude to what old-world beauty awaits inside. Among the 111 rooms (currently up to 47% off) are Dutch Masters suites and artist lofts decorated with blown-up details of Old Master paintings and even a Van Gogh room whose twinkling ceiling echoes Starry Night. There’s lots to see in Amsterdam proper, but it’s worth sticking around for a meal at Michelin-starred Bord’Eau, which shines with its elegant global cuisine (Norwegian scallops drizzled with yuzu and sesame; venison over Savoy cabbage and bacon), and there's even a dedicated cigar lounge with its own walk-in humidor.

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South Africa

Overlooking Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, the 35-room Queen Victoria Hotel & Manor House was inspired by the romance of the queen’s passionate early years with Prince Albert. Spacious rooms, marble bathrooms, and a soaring lobby decked out in opulent fabrics and a curvaceous, Gehry-esque white staircase. Upstairs, guest rooms (50% off now) come with boudoir-esque mirrors and woodcut profiles of the young queen—though it’s the huge windows framing the waterfront’s yachts and 19th-century clock tower (or Table Mountain, depending on which direction you’re facing) that steal the show. Don’t miss drinks in the dark purple cocktail bar, which spotlights South African wines from nearby Stellenbosch.

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Sucker for a view? Rooms at The Cape, a Thompson Hotel in Cabo San Lucas, look straight across the Sea of Cortez to the peninsula's famous Arch. Guest rooms are up to 28% off and combine the brand's signature midcentury look with modern touches including rainfall showers, daybeds, and binoculars on all balconies. Besides those views, the stars of the show are the hotel's Manta restaurant, which serves up elevated seafood, and the rooftop bar—another first for the region—where guests and locals come to sip on inventive cocktails and artisanal beers while watching the spectacular Cabo sunsets.

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All-inclusive seekers will love the soothing ambiance of the oceanfront Azul Beach Resort Negril, on the eastern end of Negril’s Seven Mile Beach. There’s a designated adults-only area with a swim-up pool bar to separate couples from family crowds, while the 285 rooms and suites (up to 43% off now) are spread out among several buildings linked by tropical pathways. While you'll find plenty of party atmosphere by the pools, there are lots of quiet spots to discover, too, including excellent Italian meals at the reservations-only restaurant Di Romagna.

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Overwater bungalow at Faarufushi Maldives


If lazing around in your own beachfront villa sounds like the vacation you need right now, it’s time to take advantage of the discounted rooms—up to 58% off this week—at the Fairmont Maldives – Sirru Fen Fushi, a luxurious rustic-chic retreat in Shaviyani Atoll. Plush beds lit by floor-to-ceiling windows, freestanding copper bathtubs, and a private decks with infinity pools overlooking the sand or the sea can all be yours—not to mention discounts at the spa, two daily cocktails at the bar, and a three-course beach dinner for those staying five nights or more.

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