The Pool at the Magdalena Grand
An upper-middle-range beachfront property, the Magdalena Grand Beach Resort (like many resorts on Tobago) offers rooms at reasonable rates; the price covers a buffet breakfast, bicycle rentals, shuttles to a nearby beach, and numerous other freebies. Facilities include a fitness center, large pool, and nearby spa, and the hotel has numerous restaurant and bar options (although the restaurants can be overpriced). Rooms are simple, and some furniture shows wear and tear, but all feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and best of all, ocean views. So as we say every week, sit back, relax, and soak up the goodness that is the Magdalena Grand.
We'd love to dive into that gorgeous blue water right now!
Cinco de Mayo may be over, but it’s all the more reason to head to Mexico for a little R&R after the hard-partying of this weekend. Located on the snorkeling-lover’s island of Cozumel off the Caribbean coast of Mexico, the Cozumel Palace is an upscale all-inclusive resort. It offers an impressive array of kid-friendly features, but is largely popular among couples seeking some relaxation. Rooms feature liquor dispensers, flat-screen TVs, minibars and balconies, and all but the standard rooms have a big whirlpool. Dining options are varied and solid, and the pool area offers daily activities as well as a swim-up bar and loungers. And the views — well, they speak for themselves. So as we say every week, sit back, relax, and soak up the goodness that is the Cozumel Palace.
Talk about a room with a view!
Rosewood Mayakoba is a gorgeous, peaceful retreat within the resort community of Playa Del Carmen, set on a mile-long stretch of beach. Though it features an extensive children’s program, the resort largely attracts couples with its serene atmosphere, upscale restaurants, and spa. The 128 suites feature attractive contemporary decor — picture clean lines, white walls, and rich woods — as well as high-tech amenities and private outdoor plunge pools. They have an open-air vibe, with many floor-to-ceiling windows, and the overwater lagoon suites have swim-up access. Plus, suites include freebies such as Wi-Fi, fresh fruit, and bottled water. So as we say every week, sit back, relax, and soak in the goodness that is the Rosewood Mayakoba.
The Inn at Palmetto features a beautiful spa overlooking the lush scenery.
This “inn” in Carolina Lowcountry, really more akin to a sprawling estate, provides a one-of-a-kind experience that uniquely blends southern history and almost otherworldly natural beauty: rivers, misty marshes, old oaks draped with wispy Spanish moss, and salty breezes. The main hotel building looks like a classic southern mansion, and the 50 Cottages and Cottage Suites are simultaneously homey and utterly luxurious, with working fireplaces, screen porches, and gorgeous bathrooms. The multi-bedroom Village Homes are also luxurious, but lack some of the nuances of the cottages. Guests can enjoy a range of recreational facilities, including golf, bicycling, tennis, croquet, kayaking, and swimming (in the two pools), and the luxury spa is highly acclaimed. It’s not an overstatement to say that the inn is one of the most special properties in the entire country. So as we say every week, sit back, relax, and soak in the goodness that is the Inn at Palmetto Bluff.
The views from the infinity pool are incredible.
This ultra-remote, rustic luxe hideaway is worth the bumpy, two-and-a-half hour drive from airport. In fact, its secluded location is why most guests come to the hotel, in order to reconnect with loved ones and nature. Plus, the hotel has just about everything on-site that one would want for a relaxing — or adventurous — vacation, with a beautiful spa, horseback riding trails, a 9-hole golf course, and an upscale restaurant. The rooms aren’t as impressive as those at larger luxury resorts in the region, but the unparalleled views, stunning infinity pool, and ruggedly beautiful (if rocky) beach more than compensate. Plus, this is a hotel with a heart: Punta Islita is environmentally friendly, and gives back to the local community. So as we say every week, sit back, relax, and soak in the goodness that is the Hotel Punta Islita.
Let's lounge by the pool, shall we?
This luxurious 120-room enclave is located in posh Punta Mita, and smartly sited on 22 acres amid undulating fairways and verdant tropical gardens. It’s one of the most luxurious properties in the region, and every element is stunning: the fabulous beachside pools, the acres of peaceful gardens, the ultra-luxurious spa, and the immaculate rooms that look straight out of a decor magazine. The stretch of white-sand beach on-site is interspersed with rocky coves, and there are a couple of pretty little islets just offshore — as well as the Mariettas Islands, a marine preserve, a few miles farther out to sea. So as we say every week, sit back, relax, and soak up the goodness that is the St. Regis Punta Mita.
The pool may be tiny, but the gorgeous view is expansive.
La Lancha is one of a handful of exclusive Central American hideaways owned by Francis Ford Coppola. This small 10-room rainforest retreat has a lakeside location 40 minutes away from the famous Mayan ruins at Tikal National Park. Rooms are rustic and comfortable with fantastic balconies and hammocks for admiring the views. Hotel highlights include a split-level pool, the beautiful Lake Peten Itza with canoes, and an on-site restaurant and bar serving Guatemalan cuisine and Coppola wines. Some guests have complained about the lack of a hot tub and the thin walls between casitas. But many guests return year after year for the hotel’s tranquil vibe; rooms do not have TVs and the somewhat remote location makes it a peaceful spot. So as we say every week, sit back, relax and soak in the goodness that is La Lancha.
Cambridge Beaches Resort sits on four private beaches.
This 96-room, 30-acre resort trumps almost every other resort in Bermuda as far as style and sophistication are concerned. Of course, you’ll pay some of the island’s highest rates to enjoy it. But with its two stunning pools, expansive spa, four private beaches, three restaurants, and some of the most beautifully landscaped grounds around, you might just consider it a worthwhile investment. Like many resorts on the island, Cambridge Beaches has a fascinating history, dating back to the 1600s when a former sea captain and one-time island governor placed this coveted parcel of land along Mangrove Bay for sale. Today, the resort, though modern and even somewhat trendy, has lovingly maintained the former owner’s residence, converting it into one of its most expensive guest units, the two-bedroom Pegem Cottage, which features its own private gardens and traditional Bermudian decor. Most of the remaining units are significantly smaller (and several of them do not have the same stunning ocean views), but all are beautiful and romantic (after all, this is an adults-only resort). So as we say every week, sit back, relax, and soak up the goodness that is Cambridge Beaches Resort & Spa.
The Conrad Hotel may be in downtown Miami, but it's rooftop pool has that sexy SoBe vibe.
Taking up 17 floors of a 36-story downtown skyscraper, this Hilton luxury offshoot attracts plenty of business travelers with its location, numerous meeting rooms, and business amenities. But the Conrad understands that when you go to Miami, you have to make some time for play so the 200-room hotel strives to achieve the vibe — and provide the amenities — one would expect at a sexy South Beach resort. The result: An urban oasis. With rooftop tennis courts, a large, sleek rooftop pool surrounded by cabanas, a hip restaurant, and a gorgeous spa, the Conrad delivers. So as we say every week, sit back, relax, and soak up the goodness that is the Conrad Miami.
We wanna be as relaxed as she is!
It’s March and our spring break countdown has officially begun! If you haven’t had time to plan that trip to the Caribbean, fear not. There are awesome spots in the states that are just as fab for a week-long or even weekend getaway. We love Fort Lauderdale, a relaxed alternative to Miami’s crazy party scene. After its $25 million makeover, the 650-room Marriott Harbor Beach Resort is great for kids — giant pool, kids’ club, big, comfortable guest rooms – but there’s still plenty for grown-ups, including yoga classes at the fitness center, an adult-only pool, and a full-service spa and salon. So as we say every week: sit back, relax, and soak up the goodness that is the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa.