For those who were unable to take a true summer vacation, there’s good news — fall travel can actually be a more pleasant way to spend your vacation days. With fewer crowds and cooler weather, fall can be the perfect time of year to visit some of the most luxurious hot spots around the world. Whether you’re in the States or traveling abroad, here are some exquisite destinations for a beautiful fall vacation.
LAS VEGAS – Wynn Las Vegas
Wynn Las Vegas is a 64-acre resort located on the infamous strip that’s well-known for focusing on the small details that make every guest’s stay memorable. Built on the site of the Desert Inn, where Liberace, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Cher, Barry Manilow, and many other stars of the last half century performed, it is steeped in nostalgia. The Wynn’s 42 floors contain a mind-bending 2,716 rooms, some with amazing panoramic views of the Las Vegas strip.
The Wynn offers dining options with something for everyone, including 10 fine dining restaurants, eight casual dining restaurants, and 11 bars and lounges. Particularly noteworthy is Wing Lei, the only Chinese restaurant in North America to have ever received the distinction of a Michelin star.
The vast spa facilities at Encore are unparalleled, offering an extensive array of must-have treatments like the Thai Oil Fusion Massage, Four-Hand Massage, and the signature Encore Escape Massage. And, with many distinctive shops, the Esplanades at Wynn and Encore present the best of Bond Street, Fifth Avenue, and Rodeo Drive in one centralized, air-conditioned setting. From Chloe to Chanel to Louis Vuitton, incredible boutique shopping awaits. In fact, “incredible” is the perfect word to summarize all of the shops, spas, salons, fitness centers, pools, and golf facilities at Wynn and Encore. WynnLasVegas.com
NEVIS – The Four Seasons Resort
The Four Seasons Resort Nevis is the perfect place to discover one of the Caribbean’s most glorious jewels. Here you can bask in the luxury of golden beaches, play a round of golf amidst panoramic seaside views, and enjoy an afternoon beneath an umbrella during the heat of the day — all while remaining in the lap of luxury.
Recognized by Travel + Leisure as one of the World’s Greatest Hotels, Resorts, and Spas, the accommodations at Four Season Nevis epitomize luxury and superior service. Guest rooms feature a furnished outdoor veranda or patio reached through wooden-shuttered, sliding glass doors, and an oversized, full marble bathroom, which includes a deep soaking tub and separate shower.
The Four Seasons also offers villas and private rentals for those seeking an extra special experience. With two- to-seven bedrooms, these elaborate villas feature an intimate way of experiencing the island with access to all Four Seasons amenities. FourSeasons.com/Nevis
LONDON – Corinthia Hotel London
Corinthia Hotel London is a luxury hotel with a unique location and history as a former home for British Intelligence – read: James Bond. Nestled between the River Thames, 10 Downing Street, Trafalgar Square, and National Gallery, it’s a brisk stroll from the chic boutiques and dining of St. James and Mayfair.
The five-star accommodations at Corinthia Hotel London are the stuff of fairytales. Each room, suite, and penthouse promises traditional comfort accented by luxury London glamour and service.
The Corinthia London’s dining and entertaining options, among them Massimo Restaurant and Bar and The Northall, offer memorable culinary experiences. Massimo Restaurant and Bar is renowned for its authentic Italian cuisine served within an open dining space with massive columns. And, if international culinary director Garry Hollihead’s delectable classic British food isn’t enough for you, The Northall restaurant’s amazing views of the Embankment and River Thames will stun you. Corinthia.com/Hotels/London
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park
Many consider the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park the luxury hotel in London’s exclusive Knightsbridge neighborhood. Indeed, as one of London’s most celebrated hotels, this gem features world-class accommodations, a welcoming and knowledgeable concierge staff, and extraordinary dining by Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud and British celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal.
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park’s new fitness center and swimming pool features a cutting-edge design that blends chic materials into a subtly powerful visualization of what an ideal luxury gym and swimming pool should look like. Open 24 hours a day, the gym is equipped with the latest fitness and entertainment technology by Technogym, including treadmills, cross trainers, bicycles, and a rowing machine. Better yet, the stand-out exercise facility is enhanced by a team of fitness professionals handpicked by Ruben Tabares, a sports performance and training expert.
This past September, the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park began an 18-month renovation designed to expand guests’ luxury experience, yet it will remain open during the process. MandarinOriental.com/London
AT SEA – The Silversea Muse
Silversea Cruises is soon christening its new flagship vessel, the Silver Muse. The new ultra-luxury ship is being built by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri, and at 40,700 tons will be able to accommodate 596 guests. The Silver Spirit will redefine ultra-luxury ocean travel, enhancing the small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodations that are the hallmarks of the Silversea experience.
The addition of Silver Muse will expand Silversea’s fleet to nine ships, and launch from Monaco in 2017, starting her maiden voyage in and around the Mediterranean. Thirteen of her European ports of call boast UNESCO sites, including the Cinque Terre in Liguria, the Historic Centre of Rome, the Archaeological Site of Olympia, and the Tower of Belém in Lisbon. Silversea.com/Ships/Silver-Muse
MONTREAL – The Ritz-Carlton Montreal
The Ritz-Carlton Montreal has been considered the most elegant address in the city since it opened its doors in 1912. The hotel, which is centrally located near many high-end boutiques, galleries, and museums, recently re-opened after an extensive multi-year restoration, which saw the Montreal landmark transformed into a chic and modern space. Among its well-deserved accolades: the CAA/AAA Five Diamond Award (the only hotel in Quebec to have earned this honor!) and the 2015 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards’ “Top City Hotel in Canada.”
The new Spa St. James at Ritz-Carlton Montreal offers an array of services to hotel guests and day spa visitors within its contemporary, elegant space showcased by 12 treatment rooms, a manicure-pedicure suite, and a full service hair salon. Guests can enjoy a spa menu influenced by its setting, including Quebeçois-themed treatments that feature local specialties, such as maple-based products.
The guest rooms and suites at The Ritz-Carlton Montreal feature the latest in high-tech amenities, while details from the original hotel abound to accentuate its seamless mixture of old and new. The hotel’s restaurant, Maison Boulud, is operated by the hotel in collaboration with Chef Daniel. RitzCarlton.com/Montreal
HAWAII – Four Seasons Oahu at Ko Olina
The five-star Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina combines classic Hawaiian style with tropical luxury to create a dream destination. Enhanced by vast ocean views on over 600 acres on Oahu’s western coast (just 35 minutes from downtown Honolulu), the resort’s accommodations uphold — and even surpass — the Four Seasons’ reputation for luxury and comfort.
The on-site restaurants and bars are infused with the magnetic energy of Ko Olina, and the lively pools and lagoons, with numerous water sports right off the Resort’s beach, deliver refreshing recreation options for everyone. Land-loving guests can also choose to try their hand at tennis and golf, then unwind and relax in the spa.
A true gem in the South Pacific, Four Seasons Oahu is edged to the north by the pristine nature preserve of Lanikuhonua (“where heaven meets the earth”) and to the south by four lovely beach coves, known as the Ko Olina Lagoons. It’s a short walk to the award-winning Ko Olina Golf Club and just a few minutes drive to the Ko Olina Marina, Hawaii’s only private deep-draft marina – ideal for fishing and sailing expeditions. FourSeasons.com/Oahu
MEXICO – Rosewood Mayakoba
Recognized as the best hotel in Mexico by Travel + Leisure in the magazine’s World’s Best Awards, Rosewood Mayakoba sits in the heart of a 1,600-acre resort enclave in the Riviera Maya. Its stunning features, within winding lagoons and a mile-long arc of pristine beach, complement the indulgences offered within suites that boast private plunge pools, rooftop sundecks, garden showers, individual docks, and the finest in-room design and details.
Rosewood Mayakoba features the Greg Norman championship golf course, fine dining at Casa del Lago and Punta Bonita, Rose Buds® for children, and Sense® spa, which is designed around a cenote, one of the sacred water wells of the ancient Mayans that sits on its own private island. The resort is built to abide by the highest of eco-standards, offering indulgence with awareness, and has recently been awarded the Rainforest Alliance Certification.
The resort recently underwent an enhancement project that transformed select guest accommodations, public spaces, and dining venues, including the opening of an authentic Mexican tostaderia, La Fondita. Additionally, Sense, a Rosewood Spa®, recently launched the Kuxtal Sensory Garden Journey, a unique treatment inspired by the Mayans’ deep respect for nature and the belief in the connection between humans and their natural surroundings. RosewoodHotels.com/en/mayakoba-riviera-maya
Contributed by Norah Bradford