Most Sinful New Year's Eve Getaways
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The best spots to indulge in gluttony, greed, and the other deadly sins this New Year’s
(and how to atone).
Let’s face it: it’s not difficult to give in to sloth. That’s especially true
in the Caribbean, where sleeping in, lying on
sugary white-sand beaches, and lounging in hammocks is practically a requirement. Then, of course,
it’s easy for gluttony to take over, as you roll right into an extravagant dinner and a long
night of drinking.
But what’s wrong with that? After all, 2009 was a year of scrimping and saving, of working
harder and playing less. Just as we began living more socially and environmentally responsible
lives, we also took fewer vacations, rarely shopped, and seldom opted for dinners out. It’s
time to blow off some steam, and New Year’s Eve—the most hedonistic of
holidays—is the best chance to do it. So to set you off down the path of indulgence,
we’ve put together 10 New Year’s getaway ideas inspired by the seven deadly sins.
Sinful getaways may not exactly be a trend—after all, more and more travelers are seeking
out authentic, local experiences. In our 2010 trends report,
for example, we see dining at underground supper clubs and shopping for everyday items to take home
as souvenirs becoming more popular—hardly extravagant activities. That’s even more
reason to make a sinful statement this New Year’s.
So where to go? Certain destinations naturally emerge as sinful winners. For that slothful beach
bumming, try the Grenadines. These Caribbean islands are far removed not only from any urban
bustle, but from any bustle at all. In fact, they offer little more than exclusive hotels and miles
of powdery white sand.
Where sloth leads, gluttony easily follows. And while there’s nothing new about
celebrating the New Year with a cocktail in hand, food and wine lovers might want to ring in 2010
with a decadent tasting tour of California’s Napa Valley. Drop by the omnipresent tasting rooms for
samples from some of America’s best vineyards, then make gluttonous stops at Michelin-starred
restaurants like French Laundry or newcomer Bottega.
After all that eating and lounging, though, it may be tough to take pride in your appearance.
For that, we recommend heading to the newest outlet of wellness resort Canyon Ranch, in Miami. You’ll need to look good—the city is home to America’s best-looking people. But after
a few days of personal training and high-tech spa treatments, you’ll blend right in with
South Beach’s poolside model contingent.
Of course, life can’t be all about hedonistic pleasures. So with each of our sinful
getaways, we offer a suggestion on how to atone—after all, there’s no need to start
2010 with a guilty conscience.