With a long winter behind us it is time for a much needed vacation. This year we want to change it up and go somewhere new and fresh where the wine and food are just as, well, new and fresh. Whether you are in the mood to hit the slopes, a beach chair or hiking trail these are the three spots you must book. Unplug from all devices, ease into the luxury of these accommodations and enjoy what a little time away has to offer.
When you close your eyes do you imagine a week off to be spent laying poolside, beachside or oceanside? If so, this is the trip for you. Warm sun mixed with fresh cocktails and out of this world service may be all you need but this Auberge Resort offers much more. You can choose to be as active or relaxed as you please. Enjoy a hiking tour through the Katouche Valley; the hotel will set you up with a knowledgeable guide to teach you about the history, caves, plants and animals along the way. You will be led to a secluded beach for a swim, snack and drink. For the golfers out there, and we know there are a few, spend your days at the Greg Norman designed championship course, CuisinArt Golf Course, which offers spectacular views and has been described as “the Caribbean’s answer to the 18th at Pebble Beach.”
You can also choose between deep sea fishing, paddle boarding, snorkeling, scuba diving and other great water sports or opt for a day trip to nearby islands like St. Maarten, Nevis, or St. Barths. For those of you who really came to zen make an appointment at the Spa to rejuvenate body and soul. Opt for the “Auberge Head to Toe” or the “Warm Shell Massage” both melt away muscle tension and sooth the mind. The Restaurant at Malliouhana will not disappoint, offering only the freshest possible ingredients that change with the seasons featuring specialty dishes throughout your stay. On Tuesday and Thursday evening head to the Sunset bar for rum and wine tasting by inhouse rummelier and sommelier, set against the backdrop of a memorable Caribbean sunset.
For years a western vacation in Jackson Hole has been at the top of my bucket list. What I always debate is “what season to go?” Whether you are looking to go next week or in a few months this hot spot is always enjoyable. The resort is surrounded by views of the famed Grand Teton Mountain Range and offer amazing on site spas and dining options. When you arrive unwind by the heated pool or hot spring-style whirlpools followed by cocktails and an amazing sushi dinner at the Ascent Lounge. For daily snowy activities guests have the option between skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and more. If this is what you are in for you better get to Jackson Hole before summer hits! For those of you who want less to do with snow book your stay for the later weeks of spring and enjoy white water rafting, hot air balloon rides and horseback riding. The hikes through Grand Teton National Park’s are spectacular and the hotel can assist with maps and insights. A personal to-do is a full day fishing trip with a guide in one of the hotels hand-carved wooden fishing boats.
The alpine resort is unified by a sleek western look and outfitted with high end decor, pools and gym. Between four restaurants and lounges you will hardly need to leave the premises for an unforgettable meal or bottle of wine. If you plan your stay this summer make sure you catch the Grand Teton Music Festival which is just steps away from the hotel. The acclaimed festival hosts some of the biggest names in classical, operatic and contemporary music.
For those of you who are looking for a magical vacation to take with your family head to Kiawah Island on the coast of South Carolina. It is one of those places where you instantly fall in love with the surroundings and the people you meet. This is the perfect spot for families of any age as there is so much to do and see. Kiawah Island is known best for the 5 amazing golf courses on island, so your family will be able to enjoy 90 holes of championship golf. That means you have the choice between 5 golf courses and a learning center. For those in your family who are not as keen on golf all-day every-day there is also an amazing tennis program and two complete tennis complexes.
The hotel is suited with luxurious adult, family and children’s pools and is surrounded by gorgeous beaches. If you are a nature buff make sure to inquire about the wildlife programs and turtle nesting museum, which are very well taken care of. For an afternoon rent paddleboards and kayaks and take a tour, which lasts 1-2 hours, or leisurely discover the ocean and salt marsh. For more water activities rent a motorboat with your family for the day or opt for a fishing tour. With historic Charleston under an hour away you always have the option to drive in for an amazing meal. At the resort you will find the options to be endless; from Italian to Southern BBQ, to seafood and more. The experience of the food and wine go hand in hand with the ambiance and views of these great restaurants.