Now that it’s shoulder season, we’re dreaming about far-flung getaways—places where we can leave the crowds behind. So whether you’re looking to stroll the cobblestone streets in San Miguel de Allende, lay by the sparkling Andaman Sea in Phuket, or dine on Sicilian pastas in Taormina, you’ll find it this week on Vacationist.
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
Hotel Matilda, which opened this past September along one of colonial San Miguel de Allende's cobblestoned streets, stands out for its sleek white exterior and modern décor. Guest rooms are comfortable and contemporary (floor-to-ceiling windows, striking, industrial-style sliding wood doors), and local materials, such as Mexican calcutta marble floors, were incorporated whenever possible. Most rooms also have a patio or terrace with unparalleled views of terrracotta rooftops surrounding the main plaza, El Jardin. The courtyard, with manicured gardens growing native plants, has an infinity pool, while the 4,700-square-foot spa is home to the area's only hammam. Don't miss the impressive collection of local art (including prints by Mexico City photographer Eduardo Zaylan) and a stop at the hotel restaurant, which relies on a local organic garden for its seasonal produce (case in point, the signature pork chops served with stone-ground grits and a jalapeño and caramelized onion relish). (Sale ends in 5 days.)
Outrigger Laguna Phuket Resort and Villas — up to 43% off
With 70 expansive two-, three- and four-bedroom bi-level villas outfitted with lustrous wood furnishings, the lushly landscaped property is a bit like bunking at a second home. Naturally, creature comforts include Wi-Fi, a ceramic cooktop, and a washer—but why waste your days doing laundry? Round-the-clock butler service ensures you'll never lift a pinkie, except to apply suntan lotion as you bask on the spotless four-mile Bang Tao Beach. Since the Outrigger is ensconced in the thousand-acre Laguna Phuket resort, you'll have access to 30 restaurants and bars, the namesake golf club, and even a luxury speedboat. (Sale ends in 5 days.)
La Plage Resort — up to 29% off
"The Beach" occupies the triangle of land between the coastal railroad tracks and the bathtub-size bay of Isola Bella, a taxi, bus, or cable-car ride from the town of Taormina, high on the cliff above. Overhauled in 2010, it is a five-star resort with nine rooms and suites and 52 tiny villas, all with soft, clean white lines and wood and wicker appointments. Enjoy bay views from inside the Italian-Asian Fusion Restaurant, or brave the mosquitoes for a romantic table on the terrace. (Sale ends in 9 days.)
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