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The buy: Costa Rica's Pacuare Lodge is offering lower rates at the moment with five days/four nights selling for $776 a person, double occupancy.

The savings: More than $100 compared with peak season.

The catch: The lower rate is available through Dec. 19 during the so-called Green Season, when rain is more likely.

Why it's worth it: Not one tree was chopped down when this lodge was built. The property has received Travel + Leisure's Global Vision Award, Condé Nast Traveler's World Savers Award and the World Tourism Award for Sustainable Community Development. The lodge also hires local Cabecar Indians and promotes jaguar conservation.

Book it: Visit pacuarelodge.com.

A free night on a private island in Fiji

The buy: The Wakaya Club and Spa on a private island in Fiji is offering a free night.

The savings: At least $1,900 (U.S.) plus one 50-minute treatment in Wakaya's private couples' spa, Breeze.

The catch: You have to book a six-night stay.

Why it's worth it: Opened by Canadian David Gilmour, co-founder of Barrick Gold, four decades ago, this resort has hosted some of the best-known people in the world, including Bill and Melinda Gates, Steve Jobs, Rupert Murdoch, Paris Hilton, Keith Richards and Spanish Crown Prince Felipe. Gilmour said he envisioned the resort as a bastion of ecological sanctity where sound environmental practices and the preservation of Fijian culture were to be implemented. He used native materials ranging from local wood and coral to bamboo and braided coconut-husk fibres in the construction.

Book it: Visit wakaya.com.

Bring a friend to Mozambique for less

The buy: Medjumbe Private Island in Mozambique has a special offer for travelling companions.

The savings: The companion pays $262 a night, about half price.

The catch: It is available Nov. 18 to Dec. 18.

Why it's worth it: A pristine coral reef system is just steps away from beach huts with palm-thatched roofs, right on the Indian Ocean. The resort's parent company has provided transport and access to water for the establishment of local market gardens to supply fresh produce to its lodges. On Medjumbe, resort staff monitor turtle nesting sites, work with authorities to prevent illegal fishing and carry out a tag-and-release policy for all fishing activities.

Book it: Visit medjumberesort.com.

A stormy sale on the West Coast

The buy: The Pacific Sands Beach Resort in Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island has discounted rates for its Pacific Storm Watching package.

The savings: Range from 20 per cent off for a three-night stay with room rates of $144 a night, to 35 per cent off for seven nights at $119 a night.

The catch: The discounts are available through April 30, but not during holiday periods.

Why it's worth it: In addition to watching the huge Pacific waves, guests have access to rain forest walks from the property, which uses wood affected by the pine beetle infestation for building material. The resort also participates in the Clean the World program.

Book it: Call 1-800-565-2322 or visit pacificsands.com.



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