It's the unofficial start of Summer. I hope you have some plans for an enjoyable weekend. This year it is a challenge both financially and availability-wise for a lot of travelers.
Now, onto the subject. One BIG thing travelers get wrong is.....they can't afford luxury travel. Luxury travel is surprisingly affordable if you know where to look, or to be more precise, who to work with.
Continuing my 25 reasons to travel in 2020, as some of our countries national parks are reopening, my thoughts turn towards rural endeavors. For that reason, I thought we'd check out some Dude Ranches and Resorts. These are luxurious dude ranches that are worth ditching your beach vacation for.
With Summer fast approaching and warmer weather, peoples thoughts turn to vacations. The first thing I think of is the beach. None of the beaches in New Hampshire are open yet. Continuing with my 25 Reasons to Travel in 2020 series, I thought I would provide a bit of wanderlust with resorts at the beaches of Florida this week, which ARE open.
5 Florida Resort Beaches
1. Acqualina Resort and Spa on the Beach, Miami Beach Florida
Acqualina Resort & Residences is a place where the charm of a Mediterranean villa meets elegance on the beach. A seaside luxury haven located on 4.5 beachfront acres in pristine Sunny Isles Beach, Acqualina features 98 impeccably appointed guest rooms and suites with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, world-class dining including Il Mulino New York, three oceanfront swimming pools, spacious meeting rooms, an innovative marine biology-based children’s program, and a Five Star spa, Acqualina Spa by ESPA. Recipient of the coveted 2020 Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Award, and the 2020 AAA Five Diamond Award.
Virtuoso Amenities: Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability, daily buffet breakfast, for two guests per bedroom, $100 USD Spa Services credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full), early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability, complimentary Wi-Fi.
2. Sunset Key Cottages, Key West Florida
At Sunset Key Cottages, enjoy an escape on this serene 27-acre island located only 500 yards from the vibrant energy of Key West. There is a complimentary seven-minute ferry service that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. However, you'll feel drawn to remain in this welcoming oasis, with its white-sand beach, spa, Latitudes restaurant, pool and fitness center. Choose an oceanfront, ocean-view or garden-view two- to four-bedroom Victorian-style cottage. A breakfast basket arrives each day, with freshly baked muffins and other treats, orange juice, and complimentary access to PressReader.
Virtuoso Amenities: Cottage upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (excludes 1-bedroom cottages), daily full breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom, served in restaurant, $100 USD Resort/Hotel credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full), early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability, complimentary Wi-Fi.
3. LaPlaya Beach and Golf Resort, Naples Florida
Daily life at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort includes a hefty dose of brilliant sunshine, sparkling azure waters and all the golf and spa diversions you could hope for. A renowned golf course meanders through rolling hills amid 14 lakes and water features. SpaTerre invites you to experience its sanctuary-like appeal, where each of the eight treatment rooms is inspirationally named — think “Tranquillity” and “Harmony.” Baleen, the fine-dining restaurant, is highly acclaimed for its Gulf Coast twist on traditional favorites — try the Crab Cake Eggs Benedict or the roasted natural chicken with goat cheese dumplings and wild mushrooms.
Virtuoso Amenities: Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability, daily buffet breakfast, for two guests per bedroom, $100 USD Resort/Hotel credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full), early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability, complimentary Wi-Fi.
4. Four Seasons Resort, Palm Beach Florida
At the intimate Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach, immerse yourself in a chic Florida resort with the highest level of attentive service. You’ll find the quintessential beach lifestyle, with guestrooms offering an upscale beach-home aesthetic and private furnished balconies. Watch the sunrise over the Atlantic or relax in the luxurious spa after bicycling along the Intracoastal Waterway. Take a tennis lesson, learn to surf, lounge on the beach or dine in one of three restaurants offering a unique, local experience. Enjoy Palm Beach’s best golf courses or shopping in the boutique inspired by the nearby shops of famed Worth Avenue.
Virtuoso Amenities: Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability (excluding suites), daily Continental breakfast, for two guests per bedroom, in restaurant, $100 USD Spa Services credit, (excludes Spa & Salon retail products, not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full).
5. Conrad Ft. Lauderdale Beach, Ft Lauderdale Florida
Hailed as the new beacon of luxury on Fort Lauderdale's exclusive North Beach, Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach redefines ultra-elegant hospitality. Offering two distinct collections of Luxury and Premium all-suite accommodations, our newly opened beachfront resort overlooks the exquisite white beaches and cerulean waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Enhancing the South Floridian suite life, our distinctive resort offers a transformative 6th-floor Sky Deck with jaw-dropping panoramic views, serving as the anchor point for a myriad of special access adventures and experiences for our guests. Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach is the quintessential sanctuary for travelers seeking impeccable service and vibrant culinary experiences.
Virtuoso Amenities: Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability, daily Continental Breakfast for two guests per bedroom, $100 USD Resort/Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full), welcome amenity, early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability, complimentary Wi-Fi.
I have been thinking about travel, and where it might take us this year when it opens back up. For that reason, I'm starting a series I hope you'll find interesting, and perhaps helpful in making your own plans. Please take a look, and contact me if anything interests you.
Top 5 Resorts Drivable from Concord New Hampshire
I know that 2020 has been a very trying year for all of us. Too much time on our hands, not able to socialize without being 6 feet apart, everything shut down. I’m feeling a bit of cabin fever myself. It makes me ponder what my future travel options are, as well as my clients. These are my thoughts: I do believe that international travel is not going to be possible for the foreseeable future. However, when wanderlust does hit, when you feel you need to make plans for an escape/getaway/break, a domestic trip to our beautiful 50 states is certainly within reach.
Whether that be a city escape, ocean or country, to your favorite destination or a new one that’s been on your list, please let me know, I’m a champion at organizing road trips, tours, or whatever here at home.
I’ll be focusing on US escapes and ideas over the next 5 weeks. This week I’m focusing on 5 resorts drivable from Concord, New Hampshire.
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