The ultimate R&R spots under the sun
There’s still a couple of weeks of summer left before Labour Day rolls around, ushering in the cooler days ahead. So be sure to make the most of this time and, if some vacation time is in order, check out these five spots that will certainly make for a memorable getaway. Whether it’s lying on the beach, exploring, or indulging in the local culture is what you seek, there’s something for everyone.
Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo (Mexico)
Mexico is a popular summer getaway location for many, and this brand-new Grand Hyatt resort is the perfect getaway whether for you and the girls, with sweetie, or even the whole family. With 314 rooms and a marriage of modern and authentic Mayan design, the experience definitely feels genuine. From the spa that mimics natural Yucatan swimming holes as much as possible (pictured), to cooking lessons where you make classic Mayan cuisine using fresh, local ingredients, it’s something truly different than what you’re probably used to down south. As for the kiddies, a myriad of sports and activities are always available to get them busy and entertained.
Condado Vanderbilt Hotel, San Juan (Puerto Rico)
Want a little history along with your vacation? This hotel—which was built for the Vanderbilt family back in 1919—recently underwent a major renovation, with a breathtakingly elegant new look and continued five-star service for its guests. (Yes, this includes butler service on the beach!) Good eating and R&R are all part of the Condado experience: from fine dining at Chef Juan Jose Cuevas’ 1919, to an out-of-this-world experience at its spa, which includes Puerto Rico’s first Hammam. And exploring the historic Condado district in Old San Juan is a wonderful way to travel back in time and get the ultimate, authentic Puerto Rico experience.
Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort and Spa, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (USA)
Florida is a popular vacation destination any time of year, but this summer, why not hit this Fort Lauderdale boutique beach resort? Both for couples and families alike, you’ll be lured in by the sweeping ocean views from your balcony, the fresh seafood at McCoy’s Oceanfront restaurant, and the various amenities. Plush rooms? Check! Two stunning pools? Check! A relaxing spa? Check! It’ll be hard to head back home once you’ve gotten your dose of beach and sun here.
Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort, Porta Blancu, Nieuwpoort (Curaçao)
Not many people can say “no” to a stint in the Caribbean, and the added perk with regards to the island of Curaçao is that it is located right outside the hurricane belt. While we won’t go as far as to say it isn’t affected by hurricane weather (tropical storms can be common) but it’s comforting to know that hurricanes making landfall is a very small possibility. And one place to enjoy this island paradise is at the Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort, a stunning hideaway located on a private plantation. Whether you’re the type looking for a relaxing stint at the spa while sweetie works the golf course, or are the more adventurous kind and want to explore the island by foot, bike or paddle board, there’s a package for everyone.
Sea Island Resort, Sea Island, Georgia (USA)
A five-star getaway in the southern United States, this resort is located in the state of Georgia’s Golden Isles, and offers an incomparable vacation that is a nice respite from the usual Caribbean fare. Golf, fine dining, and outdoor activities are all part of the experience here, but for that little extra in the spa and wellness department, Sea Island offers cryotherapy treatment. While it may sound scary, it’s the latest treatment that many celebrities and athletes are using! It helps release endorphins, boosts your immune system, helps improve sleep, and even smoothes out wrinkles. Found at the resort’s new Performance Therapy Center, three minutes inside an ice-cold sauna (we’re talking -220F!) is all you need.