Bermuda

The pool at Newstead has gorgeous views.

The breezy, laid-back Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort & Spa is one of Bermuda’s only properties built within the last decade, and modern rooms, gourmet dining, a serene spa, and a spectacular infinity-edge pool prove it has raised the luxury bar for Bermuda’s more seasoned resorts. And with such gorgeous views, the pool makes us just want to lounge on a recliner all day and soak up the sun. So as we say every week: sit back, relax, and soak up the goodness that is the Newstead Belmont Hills.

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Batter this than a concrete wall, huh?

Better this than a concrete wall, huh?

No one likes to work out in a depressing basement with stuffy air and no natural light, but sometimes travelers have to take what they can get. After all, many hotel fitness centers feel like afterthoughts, with a few rusty machines crammed into a sad little rooms in forgotten corner of the hotels. But some hotels go above and beyond to provide an appealing space for travelers to work out, with large windows overlooking the city, the mountains, or the beach! Check out our 12 favorite hotel fitness centers with awesome views — and don’t forget to pack your workout clothes!

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Ask Oyster: Get Nude

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Welcome to our new series, Ask Oyster! Have a burning travel question you’d like answered? Contact us and put “Ask Oyster” in the subject line.

Dear Oyster,

My husband and I have always wondered what it would be like to try the nude lifestyle on vacation, but I have no idea what kind of resorts might offer this. (And I would be a bit embarrassed to call up a hotel and ask!) What are my options?

–Uses Lots of Sunscreen

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Makena Beach and Golf Resort -- Maui, HI

Golf Course at Makena Beach and Golf Resort -- Maui

A round of golf can always do a body good. Sure, golf can be one of the most frustrating sports on the planet, [Ed. note: We've seen a few snapped clubs in our day.] but there’s nothing like the feeling when you sink that putt for eagle. (Not that we can speak from personal experience, per se, but we’ve heard stories.) So what could possibly make hitting the links even better? Gorgeous ocean views, duh. For all you golfers out there – Hi, Dad! — we found twelve beautiful hotel golf courses around the globe that have killer vistas to boot. Pack your clubs and get ready to work on your swing–these spots will be sure to inspire you to play your very best.

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One of Bermuda’s most stunning resorts, the all-inclusive Pompano Beach Club offers expansive ocean views from nearly every point of the property, including its three restaurants, two bars, lounge, pool, three Jacuzzis, boathouse, game room, spa, and fitness center. Yup, it’s both that well-equipped and that gorgeous. While decor is admittedly a bit dated, this “pretty in pink” hilltop resort nonetheless exudes the pastel charm and rich history for which Bermuda is known. So picture yourself poolside this morning and, as we always say, sit back, relax, and soak in the goodness that is the Pompano Beach Club.

Beach at Pompano Beach Club, Bermuda

Palatial Pastels: Beach at Pompano Beach Club, Bermuda

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We admit that the underground spa at Grotto Bay Beach Resort in Bermuda is pretty cool, with its cave-like treatment cabanas that overlook turquoise waters. From the outside, however, the spa’s unassuming demeanor could double as a set piece from The Lord of the Rings. But at least we know it’s not the portal into the Bermuda Triangle.

Spa at the Grotto Bay Beach Resort

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Lobby at the Four Seasons Lanai, The Lodge at Koele; Lanai, HI

Lobby at the Four Seasons Lanai, The Lodge at Koele; Lanai, HI

1. FACT OF FAKEOUT? Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has agreed to buy 98% (including the much-lauded Four Seasons, natch) of the Hawaiian island of Lanai from billionaire David Murdock.

2. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas won’t be celebrating the 4th of July this year with its signature fireworks show due to its falling on a Wednesday.

3. FACT OF FAKEOUT? Etihad Airways has purchased 200 hens and three beehives as part of a project to boost sales by appealing to customers’ palates.

4. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Bermuda’s Rosewood Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa is now offering a package that includes exploring a seventeenth-century shipwreck.

5. FACT OR FAKEOUT? Hotel Solamar San Diego has temporarily stopped serving beer after a guest complained about it not being locally brewed.

Check out the answers after the jump!

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Some hotels aren’t interested in catering to the baby-toting crowd, and we’re totally OK with that. In fact, we think it’s quite sexy that some resorts require their guests to be above the age of 18 — at least you know there’s no pee in the pool, right? (Well, let’s just assume.) Great for couples, empty nesters, or groups of friends looking for a quieter getaway, these five amazing adults-only vacations are sure to make even the lifelong 17-year-old in you crawl back into his bedroom for good. Check out our favorite steamy spots after the jump!

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Penthouse at the Villa La Estancia; Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Penthouse at the Villa La Estancia; Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico

There’s nothing like a beautiful ocean view to make you take a deep breath and relax. In fact, a balcony with an ocean view is often a prerequisite for travelers looking for some serious R&R in sunny destinations. (Us included.) Regardless of your budget, location, or taste, we’ve found the perfect room with a view. Check out our ten favorite now!

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For some travelers, itsy bitsy bikinis or revealing Speedos just don’t cut it — a vacation isn’t a vacation without a little nudity. Luckily for them, these hotels are redefining casual dress with policies that let guests bare it all (or almost all).

Not everyone’s nude-y travel preferences are alike, and a wide range of resorts let guests button down — from an uninhibited, swingers-friendly paradise, to a polished luxury resort with a surprising naughty side.

So take a peek — a little voyeurism never hurt anyone.

 

 

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