The Top 10 Best Girls Trip Destinations

When you’re in need of a weekend getaway with the girls, deciding on an ideal destination can be quite the task. Whether you’re looking for a sunny beachside stay or a memorable cultural experience, there are cities all across the US that are perfect for bonding with girlfriends in a new environment. Pack your bags for adventure when you visit any of these go-to destinations for the perfect girls’ trip.

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New Orleans

Whether it’s a bachelorette party or just ladies’ day out, New Orleans is known for its exciting culture fit for enjoying with girlfriends. You’ll be channeling the movie Girls Trip by exploring the French Quarter and sipping drinks as you walk along Bourbon Street. Bar hopping and tasting the delicious Cajun restaurants will have your group never wanting to leave.

 

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Los Angeles

The City of Angels may just be perfect for your getaway with perfect weather, nearby beaches, and a bevy of options for entertainment and nightlife. Book a table for bottle service at nightclubs like Warwick, 1OAK or Poppy, or grab drinks at one of the energetic speakeasies scattered throughout the city. Keep your eyes peeled for A-listers in this exciting girls’ trip destination.

 

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Nashville

Country music lovers know that Nashville is the place to be. Gather the girls to enjoy this city filled with live music venues and talented local performers. Dine at restaurants serving up classic Southern fare and spend the day shopping for vintage finds at East Nashville boutiques.

 

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Photo: Nashville

Las Vegas

What happens in Vegas is supposed to stay in Vegas, but a trip with your closest friends will give you memories that last forever at this classic girls’ trip destination. Stay at one of the impressive hotels along the strip for easy access to the lively landmark. Spend your nights sipping drinks at clubs like XS, Tao and Hyde and your afternoons partying at day clubs like Drais, Encore and Wet Republic.

 

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Photo: XS Las Vegas

Austin

It doesn’t have to be South by Southwest Festival season for you and the girls to enjoy a trip to Austin, Texas. The mouth-watering barbecue restaurants will have you feasting on ribs while the Tex Mex spots bring a touch of the south to Mexican fare. From boating and paddle boarding to sipping mimosas and exploring art galleries, the diversity of activities in Austin are sure to keep you entertained.

 

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Photo: Austin

New York City

The City that Never Sleeps will have you up all night taking in the sights and sounds in this lively location. Join the girls to get tickets to a Broadway show and witness talented actors tell iconic stories on stage. Visit the Statue of Liberty or Empire State Building for a view of the city’s classic landmarks, or head to Avenue, Lavo or Marquee for a nightlife experience to remember.

 

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Sedona

Get in touch with your spiritual self when you take a trip to Sedona, Arizona. Known for its breathtaking rock formations, your environment will be transformed as you take in the beautiful landscape. Whether your group likes hiking, shopping or horseback riding, you’re sure to have a serene experience in this one-of-a-kind destination.

 

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Miami

You’ll get plenty of sand and sun when you visit the bustling beaches of Miami. Stay at the Penthouse at Faena House for a view to remember and get relaxed with massages at one of the city’s many spa destinations. For nightlife, you can’t go wrong with booking a bottle service table at LIV or Hyde Beach for the full Miami experience.

 

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Napa Valley

Wine lovers will never want to leave this destination that promises quality wines and a scenic landscape. You’ll spend your days sipping the variety of whites and reds, and can take advantage of activities like bike riding or even lifting off in a hot air balloon. Napa’s restaurants are also top of the line with fresh ingredients sourced from the rich soils of the region.

 

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Charleston

If your girls trip needs to involve fine dining, Charleston may be the place for you. The culinary scene is full of world-renowned chefs who create Southern-inspired cuisine at the city’s many dining destinations. The scenic neighborhoods with charming architecture will be the cherry on top of your adventure along with fun activities like swimming with dolphins along the shores.

 

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The 8 Best Mediterranean Restaurants in the Middle East and Europe

It’s no secret that Mediterranean food is delicious, and eating your favorite food in the country where it originated makes for an authentic dining experience to remember. During your next vacation to a destination near the Mediterranean Sea, you’re sure to be impressed by the delicious plates served up at fine dining restaurants throughout the region. Take a look at some of our choices for the best mediterranean restaurants throughout the Middle East and Europe.

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Teoric Taverna Gastronomica – Barcelona, Spain

This classic Spanish restaurant serves some of the best Mediterranean food you’ll ever taste. With great service, amazing food and a friendly atmosphere, Teoric Taverna Gastronomica is a must-visit for the next time you find yourself in Barcelona.

 

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la Montgolfiere Henri Geraci – Monaco Ville, Monaco

This restaurant is a true Monaco staple, serving excellent French, Mediterranean, and Western-European menu options. Everything they create at the world-class La Montgolfiere Henri Geraci is made with care and precision, giving an end result that is sure to satisfy.

 

Photo: La Montgolfière, Henri Geraci

La Vague d Or – St Tropez, France

St. Tropez only has two Michelin-starred restaurants, and La Vague d’Or is one of them. Meaning ‘the golden wave’ in English, this three-Michelin star restaurant is at the top of its class. With a menu rooted in Mediterranean origins, this destination on the French Riviera is sure to provide a feast for your palate.

 

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Le Petit Nice – Marseilles, France

This restaurant is revered for their food, but loved in part because of its breathtaking views of the sea. Situated right on the Corniche Kennedy, running along Marseilles’ coast, every table is in the perfect seat for a beautiful seaside meal, especially at sunset. Being so close to the coast also brings forth their history of creating outstanding Mediterranean cuisine.

 

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Konoba Stari Grad – Budva, Montenegro

The city of Budva has gained popularity surrounding their food, and of all the eateries in Budva, Konoba Stari Grad truly stands out. With a specialty in seafood stemming from their location right by the coast, they create exquisite menu options for foodies visiting from around the world.

 

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Ricks Cafe – Casablanca, Morocco

Rick’s Café is a complete recreation of the bar made famous by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman so many years ago in the movie Casablanca. Large staircases, classic Moroccan architecture and a grand piano on display add to the incredible food served at Rick’s.

 

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Varoulko – Athens, Greece

This restaurant by the sea has some of the best views of the water in the whole city. Lefteris Lazarou, a Michelin-starred chef, takes fine Mediterranean dining to the next level. With a full view of the fishing boats that bring in the day’s catch every morning, you can enjoy some of the best Mediterranean cuisine that Athens has to offer.

 

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Fayruz Lebanese Restaurant – Cairo, Egypt

Egypt may not be the first country that comes to mind when you think of Mediterranean food, Fayruz has created a name for themselves offering a menu consisting of Lebanese and Mediterranean classics. If you’re in need of an intimate dinner, you can request a private room or a table on their outdoor terrace. If you find yourself in a more “Arabian Nights” sort of mood, you can also be entertained with a live belly dancing show during your meal.

 

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The 7 Best Wineries to Visit in California

California is globally known for its exceptional wine, and for good reason–some of the best wines in the world come out of the Golden State. When deciding where you should spend your Sunday afternoon wine tasting session, it can be overwhelming to choose with such a massive number of wineries throughout California. To help in your decision-making process, take a look at some of the best California wineries that will be the perfect spot for you to toast glasses.

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Sterling Vineyards – Napa Valley

Sterling Vineyards is known to be a Napa Valley legend. They started producing wine in 1969 and has been internationally known and award winning since 1981. Offering breathtaking views of the Valley, art galleries, wine production viewing areas, and classic Greek architecture along with incredible wine, Sterling Vineyards is sure to end up with another visit.

 

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Malibu Wines – Malibu

When thinking of winemaking areas in California, people are quick to think of Napa Valley and Sonoma rather than Los Angeles. However, Malibu Wines may change that perspective for you. If you ever need a break from the hustle and bustle of LA life, just take a quick trip north for stunning views of the countryside and some excellent wines.

 

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Melville Vineyards & Winery – Santa Ynez Valley

This Mediterranean-style villa is the perfect weekend escape for anyone who loves great wine and a picnic with a view. With an expertly styled tasting room and an expansive patio along with a large lawn right next to the vineyard, you can truly enjoy your tasting any way you would like.

 

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Heitz Cellar – St. Helena

Heitz Cellar is truly a cornerstone of American winemaking. This 375-acre estate is a large part of the reason Martha’s Vineyard became internationally known for great wine. If you appreciate learning about the history of the wine you’re drinking, you will love this iconic destination.

 

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Tablas Creek Vineyard – Paso Robles

If you’re interested in the conservation and preservation of the planet, Tablas Creek Vineyard is a place you simply must check out. Along with their award-winning wines of all varieties, they are the global leader in earth-conscious practices while growing and harvesting their grapes.

 

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Au Bon Climat Winery – Santa Barbara

Ranked as one of the top wineries in all of America, Au Bon Climat Winery has been producing some of the country’s best wines for more than 30 years. If you’re ever fortunate enough to taste some of Jim Clendenen’s fabled wine, it’s a taste you won’t soon forget. This incredible reputation along with stunning views of the estate’s countryside vineyards has earned Au Bon Climat Winery global recognition.

 

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Round Pond Estate – Rutherford

If you’re looking for more of an experience than just a simple wine tasting, you’ll need to check out Round Pond Estate, known for their great wine as well as exceptional wine-related activities. During your outing, you can expect to create their own custom blend of wine alongside winemaker and owner Jaime Dowell. If you visit during the fall season, you can participate in the grape picking process and watch as the winemaking takes place. This immersive experience is a must for anybody with a taste for quality wine.

 

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The Best Routes on The Yacht Week

Adventure-seekers are sure to live it up by booking a trip with The Yacht Week. This sailing expedition takes travelers on an exciting journey filled with sun, nightlife, and unforgettable memories. There are a number of routes to choose from, each with their own perks. Take a look to see which Yacht Week route is the best for your ocean vacation.

 

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Croatia

The Original Croatian route, where The Yacht Week began, is packed with ways for you to make the most out of your getaway. The charming towns along with sparkling blue water will transport you to a dream getaway. For those that can appreciate a good party, Croatia is the best for nightlife lovers who want to spend their time dancing and partying until dawn on Hvar Island.

 

Photo: The Yacht Week Croatia / Louis Agace

BVIs

Emerge yourself into the tropical oasis of the British Virgin Islands. Become a part of the culture filled with lazy days on the white sandy beaches and floating in the blue ocean waters surrounded by plenty of palm trees and sunshine. Reggae fans will love the laid back nightlife while the locals will keep you entertained in their delicious restaurants and bars.

 

Photo: The Yacht Week BVI / Gustav Hammarskiöld

Italy

For those who want to get a taste of another culture, the Italy Yacht Week may be just for you. With more of a focus on getting to know Sicily, you’ll experience the area through diving into the numerous activities available on the islands. From swimming in the clear blue ocean to hiking a volcano to sailing to unique islands in the Mediterranean Sea, this beautiful route is perfect for taking in a relaxing vacation.

 

Photo: The Yacht Week Italy

Greece

You’ll get a little bit of everything when you take the Greece route. From shore side day parties and bottle service at nightlife events, you’ll get to live life to the fullest during this lavish route. Visit inexpensive restaurants on land for authentic Greek eats and explore the islands for an adventure with a view.

 

Photo: The Yacht Week Greece Adam Bertalan

Montenegro

It’ll be a feast for the eyes if you choose the Montenegro route, with beautiful landscapes that involve towering mountainsides and plenty of hidden caves to explore. Hike to the Sveti Ivan Fortress to see the ocean from amazing heights or attend a seaside yoga session to get in touch with your inner self. You’ll party surrounded by breathtaking views of the coastline and end your nights dancing under the stars.

 

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7 Beautiful Island Countries for a Tropical Escape

Some of the most enchanting countries in the world are located right in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by an endless soundtrack of ocean waves and breathtaking views from every angle. If you’re choosing a tropical getaway, these countries make for the perfect destination as you can not only enjoy the plentiful sandy beaches, but also get to experience the nation’s history and culture. Plan your next destination at any of these island countries for an unforgettable tropical getaway.

Bahamas

This country in the Caribbean is home to over 700 individual islands that make up a beautiful nation of relaxing beaches and amazing weather. With plenty of shopping at local marketplaces and historical cultural monuments to visit, you’ll have an enlightening getaway at this island nation.

 

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Photo: Fowl Cay Resort

Fiji

Get in touch with nature surrounded by Fiji’s beautiful scenery making it the perfect environment for your beachy vacation. Set sail and take a cruise to tour the island or dive in and snorkel for a view under the sea. Enjoy fresh seafood on the romantic island at one of the nation’s most popular fine dining restaurants, Wicked Walu.

 

Photo: Fiji Sofitel

Photo: Fiji – Zocha Group

Indonesia

You’ll have plenty of choices for where to stay when you visit one of the thousands of islands that make up Indonesia. Experience world-renowned diving at the Coral Triangle or get in touch with the country’s spirituality through visiting the Borobudur Buddhist temple.

 

Photo: Borobudur Buddhist temple

Photo: Coral Triangle Indonesia

Cuba

With visits to Cuba now open to the US, tourism has skyrocketed as anyone can now experience the vibrancy of this Northern Caribbean island. Support local restaurants and businesses with your stay while gaining a cultural education in this history-rich nation.

 

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Photo: Cuba

Maldives

This tropical paradise is one of a kind with sparkling blue beaches perfect for snorkeling, scuba diving and taking in the ocean breeze. The Maldives is known for its marine life and having dozens of activities to make the most of your getaway. Splurge on a luxury stay at the Soneva Jani resort for a private overwater villa unlike any other.

 

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Photo: Maldives

St. Lucia

This Caribbean country is perfect for a little R&R along with a tropical adventure. Rent a boat to go sailing or explore the lush, green habitat on land. You’ll also get a taste of the culture when you pass through one of the fishing villages or take a tour of the Pitons, known for being the world’s only “drive-in” volcano.

 

Photo: St. Lucia – Grace Ormonde

Photo: Sugar Beach St. Lucia

Jamaica

Experience Mother Nature by venturing through the tropical forests of Jamaica, with hiking trails that lead you past exotic plants and animals. You can also get to know the country’s culture by visiting Kingston’s dancehall nightclubs or by eating freshly caught seafood on the island’s beautiful beaches.

 

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Photo: Jamaica

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10 Ways to Spend Your LA Family Vacation

If you’re escaping to Los Angeles for a family getaway, there are plenty of sights to see that are great for children and parents alike. With a reputation for fun and entertainment, LA offers up a variety of activities that are sure to create long lasting memories for you and your family. Bring the kids along to experience any of these exciting LA experiences.

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Universal Studios

Doubling as a fully-operational film and television studio along with a theme park, you’ll get an exciting Los Angeles experience at Universal Studios in Universal City. Whether you’re a fan of Jurassic Park, Harry Potter, or The Simpsons, Universal Studios has unique film and TV-inspired attractions that you won’t find anywhere else. Don’t forget to take the iconic studio tour for a behind the scenes peek of the back lot.

 

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Santa Monica Pier

Take advantage of Los Angeles’ perfect weather by visiting the Santa Monica Pier. About 40 minutes from Hollywood, Santa Monica is a famed destination known for its beautiful beaches and California casual living. Take the family to ride the ferris wheel and play carnival games on the pier while enjoying the scenic view overlooking the Pacific ocean.

 

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The Grove

If you’re in need of some retail therapy, take the family along to The Grove shopping mall in the Fairfax neighborhood. With shops like the American Girl Place and kids outlets of J. Crew and Pottery Barn, you can freshen up the whole family with a new wardrobe. Catch a movie at the Pacific Theatres or grab a bite at the Farmer’s Market, offering up a diversity of dishes to satisfy your cravings.   

 

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Hollywood Walk of Fame

It won’t be a true Los Angeles vacation without a waltz down the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Stretching from Gower to La Brea and running up and down Hollywood Boulevard, you’ll see your favorite entertainers lining the streets with their names emblazoned on the iconic stars. Along the way, visit the Chinese Theater to see the A-list handprints in the pavement out front, or the Madame Tussads wax museum for uncanny sculptures of your favorite celebrities.

 

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Olvera Street

Experience a part of Los Angeles’ cultural history by visiting Downtown’s Olvera Street. Channeling the early roads of a city built by Spanish settlers, the Olvera Street marketplace has a variety of vibrant, handcrafted goods for sale including artwork, clothes and jewelry. Tasting the authentic Mexican food from the outdoor cafes is also a must while listening to Mariachi singers evoke the sounds of LA culture.

 

Photo: Olvera Street – Discover California

California Science Center

Take the family to an interactive destination by visiting the California Science Center in Exposition Park. The enlightening exhibits are sure to be a learning experience with hands-on ways for kids to learn something new. From nature to technology to space travel, everyone in the family will get an education at this fun museum.

 

Photo: California Science Center / NASA/Bill Ingalls

Venice Beach Boardwalk

An iconic part of LA culture, visit the Venice Beach Boardwalk for a trip down the quirky and exciting beachfront walkway. With a diversity of vendors selling artwork, clothing and décor, you’re sure to find a quality souvenir for the kids to take home. Performers are also a part of the Venice Beach experience with musicians, roller skaters, dancers, and one-of-a-kind acts always impressing crowds with their unique talents.

 

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Griffith Observatory

One of the best places to get a great view of the Hollywood sign is from the Griffith Observatory. Enter from the Los Feliz neighborhood to drive up to the scenic peak with a view of the whole city. This memorable Los Angeles landmark (famously featured in James Dean’s classic “Rebel Without a Cause,”) is home to a planetarium with educational information about the stars, along with telescopes to see out into the skyline.

 

Photo: Griffith Observatory

The Getty Center

The Getty museum houses thousands of priceless works of art at the top of a hill in the Santa Monica mountains off the 405 freeway. With a breathtaking view of the city, this site is a landmark all on its own with a modern design that’s a feast for the eyes. With plenty of free events for kids, and a Family Room for parents to learn and play alongside their children, the expansive center is a fun environment for adults and children alike.

 

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Knotts Berry Farm

Take a day trip to Buena Park to visit Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park. An hour drive from Hollywood, this classic Peanuts cartoon-themed destination offers up fun for the whole family. With roller coasters and rides for both younger children and teens, everyone will get a thrill out of the exciting destination.

 

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Experience the Outback at a Luxury Australian Resort

If you’re in the mood for a luxury vacation, head down under to visit one of Australia’s lavish resorts. With plenty of coastline to take advantage of, there are destinations all across the continent that provide beachside stays in tropical environments. With stunning views from every angle, book an Australian getaway for beautiful weather and natural landscapes that will make for the trip of a lifetime.

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Southern Ocean Lodge – Southern Australia

Overlooking a panoramic ocean view at the top of a secluded cliff, Southern Ocean Lodge mixes the shoreline with the wilderness in a clean, modern design. Each of the 21 suites offers views of Kangaroo Island’s beauty along with lavish furnishings that are built for rest and relaxation. The eco-friendly design with artwork from local artisans integrates the landscape of the destination with all the comforts of a luxury stay. The abundance of wildlife is sure to entertain while the rich soil of Southern Australia lends to fresh, organic ingredients incorporated into the resort’s dining menus.

 

Photo: Southern Ocean Lodge

Photo: Southern Ocean Lodge

Longitude 131 – Northern Territory

Enjoy a tranquil escape when you visit this resort in the beautiful Uluru-Kata Tjuta. You’ll get to enjoy breathtaking views of the sacred Uluru mountain alongside the World Heritage-listed national park. Learn about the traditional culture of the indigenous Anangu Australians while exploring the terrain to get in touch with the natural environment. Guests can take in the elements by lounging on the balcony deck in each of the resort’s luxury suites to get the full experience of the outback.

 

Photo: Longitude 131

Photo: Longitude 131

Saffire Freycinet – Tasmania

The luxury suites and private pavilions at this resort will help you relax through taking in the views of Tasmania’s East Coast. The stunning landscape of greenery and rolling hills will transport you to another place and time with modern architecture placing you in the middle of a contemporary escape. The resort also offers one-of-a-kind experiences including cooking demonstrations, private guided hikes, or activities like kayaking and beach biking to keep your island adventure exciting.

 

Photo: Saffire Freycinet

Photo: Saffire Freycinet

Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa – New South Wales

This retreat in the Greater Blue Mountains is home to over 40 luxury villas that promise privacy and seclusion while you get in touch with the natural surroundings. Watch the sunrise on the veranda or take a dip in the pool with the backdrop of a the scenic valley. Situated in between two national parks, the resort only accounts for 1% of the expansive site boasting a 7,000-acre wildlife reserve. Enjoy elegant Australian cuisine at either of the onsite restaurants, and toast glasses at the intimate bar featuring a walk-in wine cellar.

 

Photo: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa

Photo: Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley Resort & Spa

Qualia Resort – Queensland

With an unparalleled view of the Great Barrier Reef, Qualia gives the ultimate luxury experience with a private location on Hamilton Island. Each of the resort’s 60 pavilions provides an escape into an elegant getaway with amenities like private plunge pools and outdoor showers. The Hamilton Island Golf Club, the only island championship golf course in the country, keeps guests entertained with dazzling views of the ocean as the backdrop to each round.

 

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Photo: Qualia Resort

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7 Travel Destinations for a Winter Getaway

Winter travel season is one of the best with snow-capped mountains and cozy luxury hideaways making for a perfect vacation. Whether you’re planning to hit the slopes for an active trip, or get away to a place where winter months are filled with sunshine, you can take advantage of your vacation time by booking a trip for a change of scenery.

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Belize

Who needs freezing cold temperatures when you can book a stay on this beautiful Caribbean Island? Sandy, white beaches are guaranteed with the weather perfect for diving into the sparkling blue ocean. Explore Belize’s ancient Mayan ruins or hike through lush jungles for an adventurous trip to remember.

 

Photo: Belize

St. Barts

Head to this French West Indies Island for boating, kayaking, and numerous other ways to enjoy their sunny winter days. You’ll have plenty of time to experience the ocean with 14 public beaches to choose from for your preferred place to lounge. The historical island has museums and 17th century architecture that will let you take in some culture alongside your time relaxing.

 

Photo: St Barts

Colombia

Explore beautiful architecture, amazing restaurants, and bustling marketplaces when you visit Colombia. Their busy season starts in December and lasts throughout the winter with many travelling from all over the world to take in the picturesque landscapes. If you’re a fan of nightlife, head to the capital city of Bogota for a night out on the town in this exciting South American country.

 

Photo: Colombia

Rome

While it doesn’t offer warm weather or ocean waves, visiting Rome during winter means you can avoid maneuvering the crowds to make the most out of your travel time. Experience Rome’s rich culture through visiting the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, and all the city’s best landmarks while indulging in authentic Italian cuisine that’s sure to make your mouth water.

 

Photo: Rome

New Zealand

If you’re looking to avoid any hint of winter during your vacation, New Zealand is the place for you. With opposite seasons to North America, their summery months beginning in December will keep you nice and warm enjoying their bright, sunny days. The breathtaking scenery throughout the country is unmatched with rainforests and gardens to natural coves providing a feast for your eyes.

 

Photo: New Zealand

Moscow

For those who want to embrace winter wholeheartedly, try visiting Moscow for an unexpectedly perfect place to have a great winter experience. With weather similar to U.S. cities during the winter, you’ll appreciate the change of scenery with palatial buildings as a backdrop and a tourist-free experience. Winter is the height of Moscow’s theater season, allowing you to take in some cultural Eastern European entertainment.

 

Photo: Moscow

Costa Rica

Try your luck in this coastal getaway that ranges from dry to rainy during North American winter months. This tourist hot spot will be all yours with beautiful shorelines ready for surfing and a one-of-a-kind selection of wildlife that you won’t find anywhere else on the planet. The vibrant greenery will make its mark as you take in the sights of this Central American locale.

 

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7 Romantic Escapes for an Intimate Getaway

When you want to do something special for a significant other, sometimes indulging in a romantic getaway is the perfect way to show you care. There are cities around the world for you to take in breathtaking scenery, expansive landscapes, and cozy experiences that will bring you closer together during your vacation. Take your relationship to the next level when you journey to any of these romantic destinations.

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Napa

Head to the world-famous California wine region to sip some of nature’s nectar throughout your private escape. The magnificent, wine country scenery is sure to put you in the mood whether it’s a special day or just a weekend alone. Dine at Napa’s chic restaurants and take a wine tour to get the most out of your trip.

 

Photo: Castello di Amorosa

Photo: Napa – Zocha Group

St. Lucia

Explore this intimate Caribbean island with abundant greenery and breathtaking views of the coastline. Book a luxury stay at Sugar Beach Resort to reserve a piece of paradise all to yourself. Windsurfing and sailing will keep you busy as you spend some time with your significant other taking in the fresh ocean breeze.

 

Photo: Sugar Beach St. Lucia

Photo: St. Lucia – Grace Ormonde

Los Cabos

The many luxurious resorts in this Mexican city give you plenty of options as you and your loved one enjoy the warm weather and sandy beaches. You’ll have a perfect view of the ocean to catch a glimpse of the humpback whales by day, while spending your nights enjoying fresh seafood on the water with the sound of the waves behind you.

 

Photo: One&Only Palmilla

Photo: Sea Esta Cabo

Bora Bora

You’ll have your own private bungalow above the Polynesian ocean when you stay at the iconic Four Seasons in Bora Bora. You’ll spend your days snorkeling and jet skiing on the crystal clear water and your nights looking up at the stars over a candlelight dinner. The unique environment of caves, lagoons and volcanoes is sure to transport you into a sea of romance.

 

Photo: Four Seasons Bora Bora

Photo: Four Seasons Bora Bora

Buenos Aires

The bohemian air of the city will free your mind of stress when you and your loved one wander the cobblestone streets to admire the historic cultural atmosphere. Stay in the palatial hotels for a luxury retreat in the vibrant, Argentinean city overflowing with culture.

 

Photo: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Photo: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Palm Springs

This Southern California getaway outside of Los Angeles is the perfect place for rest and relaxation. The year round warm weather means you can dive into a pool at any time in the luxury resorts or private home rentals in the area. There’s plenty of shopping in the downtown area or stay active through hiking the desert trails nearby.

 

Photo: Ritz Carlton Rancho Mirage

Photo: Palm Springs

Bali

Take a trip to this up-and-coming destination to lounge in paradise. With some of the most romantic hotels in the world, you’ll get a view of the Indian Ocean no matter where you stay on this Indonesian island hideaway. Traditional Kecak fire dances may be just what you need to light a spark during your private vacation.

 

Photo: Viceroy Bali

Photo: Kecak Fire Dance by Joel Santos

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Experience a Luxury Getaway in India

If you plan to travel to India you’ll be visiting of the most beautiful and highly populated countries in the world. With luxurious, historical buildings throughout the region and arts and entertainment being an important element of the culture, there are plenty of ways to experience India to make your trip worthwhile. Enlighten your senses when you experience with the many luxurious destinations to make your Indian getaway a trip to remember.

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Agra

Home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Taj Mahal, Agra is known for its architectural landmarks that will leave you in awe. If you stay at the beautiful Oberoi Amarvilas hotel, you’ll have a view of the Taj Mahal right from your room. Stop by Maikhana for a bite in the glamorous lounge setting to see and be seen. End your night in the Tajganj neighborhood at Club Rush for dancing and mingling with the energetic crowd.

 

Photo: Zocha Group – Oberoi Amarvilas

Photo: Zocha Group – Taj Mahal

Mumbai

Head to the cosmopolitan hub of Mumbai to experience the largest city in India. The old-world style of the extravagant Taj Mahal Palace hotel will take your stay to the next level with marble, gold and crystal decorating the grand property. You can also indulge in relaxation by taking a workshop at The Yoga Institute to connect with your inner self. With a menu influenced by India’s Northwest frontier, Khyber will deliver a delicious culinary experience in an intimate atmosphere. For a night out on the town, you’ll want to head to Tryst nightclub to see eye-catching light shows or the chic hot spot Trilogy for a trendy crowd and sultry décor.

 

Photo: Zocha Group – Mumbai, India

Photo: Khyber Mumbai

Delhi

Visit the capital to get exposed to the arts and culture of India in the country’s bustling metropolis. Stay in the modern Lodhi Hotel known for its culinary tastes and contemporary style, or try the lavish Leela Palace that lets you dive into New Delhi’s only rooftop infinity pool. Book a reservation at the award-winning Indian Accent restaurant for flavorful and inventive dishes. Wrap up your night at the chic and impressive club Lithiyum, or Kitty Su to party on a spacious dancefloor.

 

Photo: Lodhi Hotel

Photo: Leela Palace Delhi

Jaipur

This historical “Pink City” is home to a number of temples and shopping bazaars that will fully immerse you into the local culture. You’ll be staying at one of the most stylish hotels in India if you book your stay at the regal SUJAN Rajmahal Palace, known for its contemporary design and celebrity clientele. Travel back in time when you dine at 1135 AD, an opulent restaurant within Amber Fort that will let you taste some of the region’s oldest flavors. Spend the rest of your night exploring Jaipur’s burgeoning nightlife scene by visiting lounges like the opulent Bar Palladio or the lavish Aza. For a lively nightclub feel, head to Blackout for dancing and mingling on the rooftop beneath the stars.

 

Photo: Zocha Group – Jaipur, India

Photo: SUJÁN Rajmahal Palace

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