Vacations Built for Two
Published: April 2009
By Hillary Geronemus
<p>She wants shopping; he wants golfing. He says culture; she says adventure. Don't call the whole thing off—take a dual-purpose trip.</p>
Golf | Shopping
PALM SPRINGS A getaway for the winter weary, who come for hot days, cool nights, and 100-plus golf courses, Palm Springs is undergoing a makeover. To wit, the Parker Palm Springs (4200 E. Palm Canyon Dr.; 800/543-4300; www.theparkerpalmsprings.com; doubles from $495), designed by Jonathan Adler. The Rat PackÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½inspired "swanktuary" has access to the best links in town.
LOS ANGELES About 100 miles west is this shopper's paradise, with the glitzporiums of Rodeo Drive, the boutiques along Robertson Boulevard (expect a Lindsay Lohan sighting), and the vintage shops in Silverlake. The most exciting arrival: H.D. Buttercup (3225 Helms Ave.; 310/558-8900), where fab ethnic housewares abound.
Safari | Island
KENYA With one of the most diverse wildlife populations in Africa, Kenya is a one-stop safari experience. Spot elephants and wildebeests in luxury with a tented expedition at Cottar's Safari Camp (888/870-0903; www.cottars.com; doubles from $1,100, including meals, drinks, and game drives).
ZANZIBAR After "roughing it" in the bush, book a flight to the so-called Spice Island off the coast of Tanzania. On private Mnemba Island (888/ 882-3742; www.ccafrica.com; doubles from $1,170), couples stay in one of 10 thatched cottages. Adding to the glamour quotient is the recently opened Kempinski Hotel Zamani Zanzibar (800/426-3135; www.kempinski.com; doubles from $400).
Casino | Spa
LAS VEGAS Sin City's recent campaign, What Happens Here, Stays Here, epitomizes the town's guilty pleasures. Try your luck at the tables at Wynn Las Vegas (3131 Las Vegas Blvd. S.; 877/ 321-9966; www.wynnlasvegas.com; doubles from $199), the most expensive casino resort ever built, then you can go party with the pretty people at Ghostbar on the 55th floor of the Palms (4321 W. Flamingo Rd.; 702/938-2666).
UTAH Less than a two-hour drive from high-stakes madness is Red Mountain Spa (1275 E. Red Mountain Circle; 800/407-3002; www.redmountainspa.com; doubles from $530, including all meals). In between couples' massages and tai chi, explore Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks—Vegas's vices will seem a world away.
City | Slopes
ZURICH Switzerland's largest city has all the metropolitan draws (a thriving art scene, top-notch hotels) minus those pesky drawbacks (pollution, traffic). Have a schnitzel picnic overlooking the lake. Or just let the staff at the Park Hyatt Zurich (21 Beethovenstrasse; 888/591-1234; www.zurich.park.hyatt.com; doubles from $466) spoil you.
ST. MORITZ For star-studded snowcapped peaks, hit St. Moritz (don't forget to bring your Gucci ski boots). Badrutt's Palace Hotel (27 Via Serias; 800/745-8883; www.badruttspalace.com; doubles from $815) is an extravagant grande dame and home to the world's first toboggan run.
Fashion | Relaxation
MILAN What the Vatican is to Rome, fashion is to Milan. Prada, Armani, and Dolce & Gabbana call this northern city home, and dozens of designer boutiques line the streets between Via Montenapoleone and Via della Spiga. Eat, sleep, and breathe fashion at the minimalist Bulgari Hotel Milano (7B Via Privata Fratelli Gabba; 39-02/ 805-8051; www.bulgarihotels.com; doubles from $800), from the Italian jeweler.
POSITANO Once your retail urges are sated, retire to the Amalfi Coast, 500 miles south of Milan. Lined with clifftop villages, the area can't help but seduce—particularly Positano, with its whitewashed houses perched over the jewel-blue Mediterranean. The 1951 opening of the family-run Sirenuse (30 Via C. Colombo; 800/223-6800 or 39-089/875-006; www.sirenuse.it; doubles from $548) put the town on the luxury map.
Sail | Beach
BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS In less than a week you can hike Mount Sage on Tortola, snorkel among giant volcanic boulders in the Baths, and share a rum punch at Jost Van Dyke Island's Soggy Dollar bar. Bareboating (you captain your own boat) is cheapest, but if you want a crew, check out Regency Charter Services (800/524-7676; www.rcsfleet.com; $4,500 for eight days on a 50-foot boat with crew, including all meals and drinks).
ST. JOHN Find your land legs at Caneel Bay Resort (888/767-3966 or 340/776-6111; www.caneelbay.com; doubles from $395) on tiny St. John. Promising to help guests nurture their "mental, physical, and spiritual well-being," the resort's Self Centre spa has chakra meditation, vibrational-sound therapy, and, of course, couples' astrology.
Action | Zen
TOKYO With its wild karaoke bars, frenetic fish markets, flashing neon lights, and flashier hipster fashions, Tokyo is literally bursting with energy. Towering above it all is the Park Hyatt Tokyo (3-7-1-2 Nishi Shinjuko; 800/233-1234 or 81-3/5322-1234; tokyo.park.hyatt.com; doubles from $374), a high-rise with views to Mount Fuji.
HAKONE Modernity melts away at the Hakone Ginyu (100-1 Miyanoshita; 206/282-0727; www.luxuryryokan.com; doubles from $604). Soak in a traditional onsen (hot spring) at this tranquil ryokan spa, overlooking a national park.