The Caribbean Sea offers a wealth of marine life and coral reefs to explore by snorkeling. But depending on what you’re looking to see, it’s best to know exactly what kind of offerings each destination has before booking your vacation. If you’re in the mood for kissing Stingrays, there’s a place just for you; if you’d rather meander over a 600-foot hole, we’ve got just the spot. These are six cool locations in the Caribbean to fill any snorkeler’s appetite.
Experience two exotic countries in one exceptional journey through Uniworld, a luxury river cruise company. Traditional country charm and vibrant city life are seamlessly intertwined on their 15-day tour that includes seven nights on the River Orchid plying the mystical Mekong River. It also includes seven nights in luxury hotels near must-see sights, including UNESCO World Heritage site, Angkor Wat. Most importantly, encounter the culture and meet the gracious and resilient people who make Vietnam and Cambodia their home.
In celebration of its 60th anniversary, luxury travel company Travcoa has crafted a truly spectacular package to commemorate the occassion. The Incredible Peru by Private Plane 10-day trip is an adventure by jet to view some of the country’s most impressive sights.
There’s never been a better time to visit San Miguel de Allende. The historic town in the hills of the central highlands is renowned for its perfectly preserved Spanish colonial architecture (now a UNESCO World Heritage Site) and bustling arts scene. Around town, the large expat population makes the rounds appearing at endless openings, lectures and art classes. In this city, one of the country’s finest luxury hotels, Rosewood San Miguel de Allende, opened near the town center in 2011 and has become a byword for elegant vacationing.
The end of the ski season is fast approaching, and Club Med Valmorel is one of the last resorts in the French Alps to remain open in April. If you caught the ski bug this year and haven’t had the opportunity to break out the equipment, why not gather up the passports for a family trip to the French Alps?
France is remarkable; a place known for its pastries, luxury shopping and storied past filled with artists such as Picasso, Monet, and Degas; and at one time was one of the most powerful countries in Europe. But there’s something to be said about the traveler who—instead of booking a hotel in the heart of Paris—looks to stay at a chateau hidden in the French countryside to really immerse themselves into the culture.
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch has majestically held its place on the mountain in Beaver Creek for several years. Rustic, elegant design makes this larger-than-life lodge feel at home on the Colorado mountainside, but recent renovations have taken this AAA four-diamond property to the next level. Chic interior design updates, new lounge spaces and innovative fine dining abound at the new property.
Last year Québec City was ranked as the #8 top destination in North America by readers of Travel + Leisure. Considered by many to be the Paris of North America, the city offers the beauty and architecture of Europe combined with the proximity of a domestic destination.
I’m willing to bet that if you’ve watched any part of the HBO series Game of Thrones over the past three seasons, then you’re most likely a fan. With the start of Season 4 airing on Sunday, April 6, devotees of the fantasy-novels-turned-TV-show are gearing up for more adventures in the Seven Kingdoms.
Spring arrived last week—and we couldn’t be more excited. While summertime is great for sunbathing by the ocean and warm evenings, April-June is all about blossoming flowers, warm days with sweater-wearing nights, and cuddling up by the fire. Since the high-season for travel isn’t fully underway yet, it’s also one of the best times to take a trip.
Since 1980, ecotourism been transforming the way the world viewed travel through a lens of sustainable and global ecological practices. Today, more and more hotels are taking steps to offer eco-friendly options or have chosen to become completely free of non-natural elements. Over the years, critics have come to question the benefit of ecotourism, even suggesting the term itself is an oxymoron. While the debate remains on whether it helps the environment, we’re happy to see the hotel industry looking for more ways to reduce their carbon footprints.
There’s a Guinness World Record for just about everything these days. Case in point, Viking Cruises just broke a new record for…wait for it…“The Most Ships Inaugurated in One Day by One Company.” Yep, the luxury cruise line just christened 16 new Longships during a multi-phased event taking place over 24-hours and claimed its victory.
Colorado is made for lovers, with spectacular outdoor views, natural beauty, fresh air, great restaurants and friendliness all around the great state. Take your honey on a romantic rendezvous and steal a kiss at seven of our favorite posh places.
Already one of the most exclusive locations on the planet, Laucala Island will be adding yet another special-access item to their list of elite offerings with the new deep flight super falcon submarine experience. With the two-person submersible winged craft, developed by Hawkes Ocean Technologies, guests can experience the ocean like never before with 360-degree underwater views (while staying completely dry).
When you’re looking for variety on a European ski trip, consider Espace Killy in French Savoy—named after Olympic champion Jean-Claude Killy—with its almost 200 miles of slopes featuring 150 pistes served by 90 lifts and its twin resorts of Tignes and Val d'Isère. Different in appeal, each of the two destinations has something to offer. The former offers more modern, high-rise, lunar landscaped satellite villages set between the twin peaks of the Grande Motte and La Grande Casse, while Val d'Isère has a more rustic feel.
Seems to be that everyone is heading to Africa this year, with so many trips promising to be “The Trip of a Lifetime,” it can be hard to navigate through the ones that may actually be THE best. Most getaways will get you to “The Birthplace of Humanity,” but when looking at a vacation itinerary, be sure to see what other perks the company is offering on the trip and weigh it against others.
Show of hands: Is anyone not ready to come out of hibernation yet? The frozen winter is drawing to a close, and soon the sun’s going to peek out and thaw the land. And to get you ready, here’s a gallery of gorgeous gardens throughout the Western Hemisphere that will burst into bloom from now through June.
Among the lush landscapes of Costa Rica, the newly opened Andaz Peninsula Papagayo is giving travelers another reason to visit its property, with the launch of their spa. Spread across 11,000 square feet, ONDA Spa offers treatments tailored to suit each patron’s individual skin types and needs.
This year will be a banner year for Bentley devotees, the famed brand is planning an incredible series of ultra-luxe European driving tours for customers and enthusiasts dubbed “Crossing Continents” in celebration of its iconic grand tourer, the Continental GT. The series will see the legendary British marque partner with some of Europe’s finest hotels, private estates and other luxury brands that complement the Bentley driving experience and showcase the acclaimed Continental range.
Emerald Waterwayshas deemed supermodel Twiggy as godmother to two of the cruise line's new Star-Ships: Emerald Sky and Emerald Star. As described by the brand’s Senior Vice President Anna Wolfsteiner, "[Twiggy] will be Godmother to our two new innovative vessels as we believe they set new standards. [They will] revolutionize European river cruising with more amenities and new features than [current cruise liners]."
Flexjet, has announced that they will partner with top spa destination Lake Austin Spa Resort, to create the "Ultimate Culinary Retreat" for Spring Break travelers. The trip will kick off with travelers boarding either a Learjet or Challenger to sample a collection of tasty culinary delights paired with a selection of wine while in the air.
It’s time to get together 14 of your closest friends and family members to plan your next getaway to Anguilla, because Àni Villas has unveiled its new $250K Ultimate Connoisseur Beach Escape package with partners Moët Hennessy. Comprised of two five-bedroom luxury villas, the property’s offer includes a week-long stay, round-trip private jet service from the continental U.S. or Canada, and a Moët Hennessy expert to create a curated collection for guests to enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences.
Extending across jagged Alpine peaks and smooth, snow-covered canyons, the ski resorts of Les Trois Vallées sparkle. Boasting over 370 miles of linked slopes and trails, the world’s biggest ski area is located in the Savoy region of France and consists of eight resorts including Val Thorens, Les Menuires, Saint Martin de Belleville, Méribel and Courchevel. Conveniently, all are ski-in, ski-out properties.
Autobahn Adventures, a family-owned road touring company, offers a collection of excellent European driving tours. With a focus on taking high-powered German sports cars through the Autobahn, tour guests will get an exhilarating drive alongside some incredibly scenic areas.
Looking to have a real adventure on your next golfing vacation? You might want to look into Cavalry + Company and their Middle East packages. With access to some of the most exciting golf courses on earth, their guides are special forces veterans taking people on truly one–of-a-kind trips envisioned by luxury hospitality professionals.