Sometimes you travel for adventure, sometimes you travel to get off the beaten track. These tropical resorts are postcard-perfect, with non-stop flights and service to cater to your every whim.
Grand Velas — Riviera Maya
Everything at this very exclusive Riviera Maya luxury resort is impressive. The massive scale of the entrance is just a taste of the jaw-droppers inside, including butler service in the suites, an included mini bar fully stocked with personalized treats, and poolside sushi.
And don’t miss the five-star dining experiences like the 12-course (yes, 12!) molecular gastronomy meal with wine pairings and an above-and-beyond staff that’ll wade into the pool to serve a drink and never cross your path without a warm greeting (often by name).
Spa lovers cannot miss the Hydrothermal Journey to jet away their cares, specifically the therapist-led experience with unique highlights like a Mayan clay room, ice room, steamy waterfalls, and bubbling beds inches under the soothingly warm, chlorine-free surface. Afterward, indulge in an ancient pre-Hispanic, head-to-toe Uumbal Shawl Massage, which uses local lemons on pressure points and Mexican woven cloths for gentle stretching.
Turtle Beach by Elegant Hotels — Barbados
The people of Barbados have an incredibly warm and genuine spirit, something that exudes from every interaction at this inclusive beach paradise.
Aqua blue water sparkles over the soft white sand, while beach boys fluff a towel on your lounger and deliver top-shelf umbrella drinks with a smile. Snorkeling, Hobiecat sails, kayaking, beach cricket, calypso tunes, and stilt-walking lessons are just a few of the complimentary offerings.
If traveling with kids in tow, tots to teens are entertained, leaving mom and dad to enjoy the adults-only restaurants, pools, and relaxation areas of the all-suite resort.
Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa — Puerto Rico
Enjoy a scenic drive from the airport and find yourself whisked away from bustling city life into a rainforest-bordered oasis so secluded, even the sea turtles nest along the private mile of this golden shoreline.
Pool after pool on this expansive property ensures that — whatever your mood — you’ll find your happy place here. Water Zumba classes become daytime discos as guests splash and boogie down to the latest soca and reggae tunes, while over a bridge, guests at an adults-only escape hear only the crash of the waves and the gurgle of a waterfall breaking the surface of the pool.
Contributed by By Sascha Zuger