Lately I have been really stressed and just thinking about needing a vacation. My best friends wedding is coming up, and I honestly have no time to myself. I would love to just take a romantic vacation with my man- but by the time I will have a week to myself, it’s going to be Mid-May; and who wants to take a tropical vacation when the weather is just starting to get nice up in the North! So here is a little fun piece on beach vacations that have been in my dreams for the last couple of weeks :-)
If you’re looking for a warm, luxurious escape right before the summer, a tropical beach resort would make an ideal destination. But with so many beautiful beaches around the world, how can you decide which one to visit? Here’s our top five list of beach resorts to escape the cold this winter season.
Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
For tropical breezes, exceptional service, and delicious cuisine that’s not too far from the west coast, head to Hawaii. There are many beach resorts to choose from, but Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is in a class of its own. The white sandy beach with crystal-clear turquoise water provides the perfect winter respite, and there are a variety of activities the whole family will enjoy. There’s world-class scuba diving, snorkeling, whale watching, and fun water sports – including wind surfing. A pristine national park is right nearby for you to explore, featuring a dormant volcano.
The Tuscany in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
The Tuscany Resort sits on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world: Grace Bay Beach on the island of Providenciales. This small resort has only 30 exclusive suites, and each one is located right on the beach with its own private patio. If you can possibly tire of looking at the picturesque landscape outside your door, consider a game of tennis, golf, go horseback riding, caving, fishing, or parasailing.
Six Senses Soneva Kiri on Kood Island, Thailand
Wintertime is the best time of year to visit the exotic Land of Smiles, and the best place to stay is Soneva Kiri. There are several styles of lavish suites and rooms to choose from with sweeping views of the bay, many with private infinity pools. Each booking includes the use of an electric cart with which to explore the island, where you’ll discover stunning remote waterfalls and an abundance of wildlife. The resort is also home to Six Senses Spa, voted Traveller’s World Magazine’s Best Spa (2011). Indulge yourself in a variety of massage and beauty treatments – you’ll forget that winter even exists.
Waldorf Astoria Maldives
This amazing resort is located on the northernmost island in the Maldives. If your dream of a winter escape includes views of the most beautiful ocean landscape imaginable, then Waldorf Astoria Maldives should be your destination. Luxurious water villas are built right over the sea, complete with private infinity pools, and glass floors so you can watch the tropical fish dancing beneath you. Swim from your room to the Great Barrier Reef, or go deep sea fishing. There’s also tennis, water sports, a Waldorf Astoria Kids’ Club, and even a bungee trampoline.
Hotel Splendido in Portofino, Italy
If you’re yearning for a trip to Europe, book a room at Hotel Splendido in Portofino this winter. Many of Europe’s wealthiest families flock to this resort on holiday, and it’s easy to see why. These beautiful villas offer picturesque views of the harbor filled with yachts, and you’ll find an array of shopping, bars, and nightclubs to keep you entertained until the wee hours. Originally a private palace, this estate is located within the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it the perfect luxury resort for melting away all your winter blues.
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