Photo credit: Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, St. Lucia
Not really a fan of winter in New England? If you're looking for a way to beat the winter blues, plan ahead and put in for some vacation time. To help inspire, Forbes Travel Guide release their picks of the top 20 hotels to visit this winter. Here's a look at a few of them:
Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort, St. Lucia: Sugar Beach features whitewashed guest rooms situated inside plantation-style buildings (it sits beside an 18th-century sugar plantation, after all). After being outdoors all day, treat yourself to a sun-soother wrap (think lavender, aloe and oatmeal) in the resort’s Rainforest Spa, a nod to the 100 acres of spectacular rainforest that surround the property.
The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, Miami: Poised between the temptations of a private stretch of white sand beach and the Bal Harbour Shops across Collins Avenue, this was one of 2012’s most notable hotel openings. The zigzag architecture allows each of the 227 rooms (spread throughout three towers) to deliver ocean views.
The Cove, Eleuthera, Bahamas: What was once a bland and neglected 1960s-era Bahamian resort has been reborn in the hands of its new owner, New Orleans-based real estate and waste management entrepreneur Sidney D. Torres, IV. Top of the line are two 3,500-square-foot villas with private butler service and private pools. And, to ease the way, the resort offers the several-times-weekly Cove Express, a 45-minute direct flight from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.
El Encanto, Santa Barbara, Calif.: Orient-Express gave this 1918 landmark a new lease on luxury life with a seven-year, $164 million renovation completed last spring. The hilltop hideaway’s 92 Craftsman- and Spanish colonial revival-style bungalows and suites are individually decorated, many with some combination of fireplaces and terraces, and all secluded within seven acres of gardens with superb views of the Pacific.
Grace Bay Club, Turks & Caicos: This sophisticated, Mediterranean-inflected, adults-only hotel (kids are welcome at the adjacent villas and residences) occupies a privileged 11 acres on the sweeping expanse of Grace Bay Beach, with a quintessential powder-sand-and-turquoise-water Caribbean beach. The latest seven-figure renovation included the dramatic glass-edge infinity pool, companion to the equally dramatic, 90-foot Infiniti Bar, said to be the longest in the Caribbean.
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