Escape to the Bahamas with a villa rental

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Escape to the Bahamas

Kamalame Cay, a private island hideaway in the Bahamas, has a March promotion for those who like their beach retreat heavy on luxury and seclusion. During March, Silver Top and Magnolia, two of its three-bedroom luxury villas, will be discounted 40 percent, to $1,510 per night, in a package deal that is specially tailored for families or groups of couples. The deal includes free breakfast, a high-speed boat trip to a remote white-sand island, and a picnic lunch and guided snorkeling trip for six, including transportation and equipment. Conditions include a minimum five-day stay, and up to six people per villa. Other activities and services include eco tours, sea kayaking, deep-sea and bone fishing and the Overwater Spa at Kamalame. 800-790-7971;

Books & guides

Three for springtime in Paris

Plan for a trip to the City of Light with:

Frommer’s EasyGuide to Paris 2014, by Margie Rynn (FrommerMedia LLC, $10.95): Insider feel, concise recommendations for where to spend your time — and what to avoid.

Paris Day by Day , by Anna E. Brooke (FrommerMedia LLC, $13.95): Compact, easy to carry and good for first-time visitors whose time is limited.

Top 10 Paris, part of the Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides series, by Mike Gerrard and Donna Dailey (DK, $14): Crisp series, all new entries.

— Ellen Creager, Detroit Free Press

Q&A: Two for Paris

There’s a tradition that the year a mother is twice her daughter’s age, the two should take a trip. This is the year for my daughter and me, so we’re going to Paris. I’d appreciate a recommendation for a hotel that won’t break the bank. And for restaurants.

I’ve recommended the Hotel Therese before, and stand behind that one. As for restaurants — hoo boy, there are so many! I highly suggest that you look at a couple of great resources: and

— Joe Yonan, The Washington Post

Fun fact

You get what you pay for

If you fly on a low-cost airline, you may complain less about the service because your expectations for low-cost airlines are lower. That is the conclusion of a recent study by MIT graduate student Michael Wittman published in the Journal of Air Transport Management. The study looked at complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Transportation about service on major network carriers such as Delta, United and US Airways, as well as low-cost carriers like Southwest and JetBlue. It found that even when airline service levels for such categories as delays, baggage handling and overbooking were similar among airlines, low-cost carriers had a significantly lower rate of complaints.

— Los Angeles Times

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