Locales for couples, empty nesters, and those hoping for a quieter getaway
Jade Mountain Resort in St. Lucia
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Romantic? Undoubtedly. Unique? Absolutely. Expensive? For sure. Through an innovative, open fourth wall, each of Jade's 29 enormous suites overlooks the sea from its chromatherapy-lit whirlpool tub, canopied bed, and private infinity pool. Getting to Jade Mountain can be tedious, but its organic cuisine, doting service, unwavering silence (no TVs, radios, or children), and extraordinary design make the long journey worthwhile.
Auberge du Soleil in Napa County
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The 50-room luxury Auberge du Soleil is one of the most exclusive destinations in California wine country. Despite its intimate size, it has all the amenities of a larger resort: a 7,000-square-foot luxury spa, a lovely pool, and a Michelin-star restaurant. Views of the surrounding countryside are phenomenal, the grounds are lush and peaceful, and the homey rooms all come with huge terraces (and, in most, fireplaces and soaking tubs). It's a truly special retreat, and its location in Rutherford is convenient for exploring Napa Valley.
Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa in Bermuda
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The luxurious Cambridge Beaches & Resort is nestled in 30 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds that meet four private beaches, and features a spectacular spa, an acclaimed restaurant, a current lap pool, and airy rooms with beach-y décor that will put you in standby mode as soon as you set foot in them.
Secrets Marquis in Los Cabos
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With its sleek, hacienda-style rooms, giant soaking tubs, and a serene vibe, the Secrets Marquis is a wonderful pick for those looking to get some relaxing 'we' time with their significant other. Nerve-wrecking bosses, stressful jobs, and the bustling city life will feel a world apart in the hotel's three pools, oceanfront spa, and gorgeous beach.
Fairmont Royal Pavilion in Barbados
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The colonial-style Fairmont is located right on a postcard stretch of sand and 11 acres of tropical grounds. The hotel lures couples and groups of friends with its fine dining options overlooking the sea, spacious rooms with plush king beds, and overall elegant atmosphere.
Excellence Playa Mujeres in Cancun
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The Excellence Playa Mujeres includes dozens of daily activities, a world-class spa, seven pools, nine restaurants, 11 bars, a yoga and Pilates studio, contemporary rooms with upscale amenities, private terraces with day beds, a sandy beach with palm trees and cabanas...the question is, what's not to love about this hotel?
Sandals Royal Plantation in Jamaica
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The quiet and classy property of the Sandals Royal Plantation comprises 77 oceanfront rooms with canopied beds, a gorgeous private beach, a golf course, the best food in all of the Ocho Rios area, and insanely attentive service. It's low-key and luxurious—the perfect place to indulge, be it in the top-notch spa or on a lounger by the pool.
Travaasa Austin in Austin
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Travaasa Austin is set on its own nature preserve on a hilltop amid forested canyons, 20 miles west of downtown Austin. Its 72 rooms are housed in seven buildings built on three different levels, with correspondingly different views from their balconies. Hiking trails, an infinity-edge pool enclosed by a wooden deck, a luxurious spa, and a restaurant with panoramic views are just some of the amenities providing inspiration and relaxation for visitors. It's far from the city's downtown core, but that's probably why most guests are looking to stay here.
Gaia Hotel and Reserve in Costa Rica
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Tucked into the hillside of a 14-acre nature reserve, Gaia Hotel and Reserve feels appropriately exclusive and private, and has the attentive, personalized service to match. Rooms are spacious and airy; the great views are never-ending; and the freebies abound: breakfast, Wi-Fi, a mini spa treatment (to name a few). Keep your eyes peeled for iguanas, sloths, and the like.
Rumor Las Vegas in Las Vegas
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Rumor Resort promises guests a hip, intimate, and above all, sexy experience off the Strip. With bold, quirky design that's heavy on the purple, 150 rooms (many with balconies or patios, some with two-person tubs), a pool and bar open 24 hours, and lots of freebies, it delivers.