Whether you want to ski or swim, we have some fun and affordable ideas for your getaway this season.
Caribbean Beach: Martinique
Stay: Plein Soleil
Located 25 minutes from the airport, this chic collection of airy villas faces Thalemont Bay; the pool overlooks the inlet, too. The pretty, soft-white bedrooms here have linen-draped chaise lounges and Koi fish live in the ponds on the terrace. Dine at the open-air restaurant for spicy crab farci and local fruits marinated in mint. American Airlines offers connecting service through San Juan, Puerto Rico from many U.S. gateways. Doubles from $219/night.
American Island: Amelia Island, FL
Stay: Elizabeth Pointe Lodge
Named to the T+L 500 list of World's Best Hotels this year, the Elizabeth Pointe Lodge has a Nantucket feel located off the coast of Florida. It is a great spot to relax and get away from it all with highs in the 60's this time of year. A tiny manicured lawn that fans out into beachgrass-tufted sand dunes skirts the 20-room Main House, a Queen Anne shingle-style estate. If you like to golf, take advantage of Amelia Island's championship golf - there are more than 100 holes. Doubles from $225/night.
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Ski Destination: Lake Tahoe, CA
Stay: Basecamp Hotel
The area's newest place to stay is just minutes from Heavenly Mountain ski resort (and close to the water, too). The 50 playful rooms have a sleepaway-camp vibe and are available at an amazing value, especially during prime ski season. With outdoor fire pits and group meals every night, Basecamp Hotel encourages guests to mingle and get to know one another. Doubles from $109/night.
Cruise Vacation: Celebrity Cruises' Reflection in the Caribbean
Celebrity Cruises is offering Caribbean cruises on this ship, launched in October 2012 and leaving from Miami. Island stops on the itinerary include Puerto Rico, St. Maarten, and St. Kitts. There are 12 dining options onboard, plus a lawn club with grills, a Turkish hammam, and The Art Studio, where you can take painting classes or have a culinary lesson. From $599/person for a 7-day cruise with inside stateroom accommodations or $949/person for veranda stateroom accommodations.
City Escape: Philadelphia
Stay: Hotel Palomar
Making its debut on the T+L 500 list of World's Best Hotels this year, this 230-guestroom property is a great base for taking advantage of the city's emerging food scene. The hotel staff does its best to encourage exploration of the surrounding Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. A pre-check-in email details locals' picks for top restaurants, shops, and activities throughout the city. Be sure to check out Farm & Fisherman for modern American farm fare, Paesano's Philly Style for upgrades to the classic Philly hoagie, and Garces Trading Company,
a specialty market/dining room from star chef Jose Garces. Doubles from $189/night.