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From glass-bottomed villas in French Polynesia to boat-like bungalows in the Maldives, overwater accommodations grace many a bucket list. Although Fiji is known worldwide for its crystal-clear waters and laid-back island living, it hasn't jumped on the sleep-where-you-swim trend as swiftly as other destinations. While the floating bures — or “huts” — at Likuliku Lagoon Resort in Fiji's Mamanuca Islands have become a go-to destination for honeymooners and divers, and guests at the Koro Sun Resort in the Savusavu region love to hop between their water-top bungalows and the rainforest spa, there's finally a new kid in town. The Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay is the first resort with overwater accommodations on mainland Fiji: Viti Levu, the largest island of the republic. It is also Marriott's first ever property in Fiji. “Marriott Hotels & Resorts has been looking for the right opportunity to expand its footprint in the Pacific for many years,” Silvano Dressino, general manager of the new Fiji resort, told Travel + Leisure. “Fiji felt like a natural choice.” The 250-room resort, which opened to guests in April 2017, includes 114 luxury bure villas, 22 of which sit on the water. Guests in the overwater villas can dive directly from their private decks into the surrounding waters. The resort is an idyllic spot for destination weddings — you can rent six or more over-water villas for guests and exchange vows in a garden at the center, Dressino says — and for honeymoons, thanks to a selection of adult-only villas and an adult-only infinity pool for romantic swimming and lounging. And it also offers the opportunity for families to unwind with an off-the-grid getaway that doesn't skimp on activities to occupy the kids. The Turtle Kids' Club will host events such as t-shirt making and baking, and of course there's a kiddie pool, too. Whatever stage of life you're at or type of break you're looking for, get an exclusive peek at the new digs below.
More than 25 million Americans flock to Mexico every year — way more than other regions, according to the National Travel Tourism Office. That means it’s increasingly hard to find secluded places for solitude on the gorgeous coastline. Not only are these beach bungalows in Mexico stunning and discreet, but they also come with eco-conscious offerings you can feel good about supporting. So book your flight and let thoughts of moonlit rooms, canopied beds, sandy adventures, outdoor showers, and plunge pools for two lead you to your next adventure.
From a Mexican hideaway shaped like two giant seashells to a cave house carved out of a Santorini cliff, these stunning waterfront rentals have us ready to book a trip.
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If you’re looking to live out your castaway fantasies, the British Virgin Islands are the place to do it.
After closing its doors in August for a multi-million-dollar renovation, the landmark El San Juan Hotel in the Isla Verde neighborhood of San Juan, Puerto Rico, will reopen Feb. 5, 2017. The hotel, which first opened in 1958, is regularly chosen as one of Puerto Rico's best hotels by Travel + Leisure readers. The redesign by Jeffrey Beers includes 388 guest rooms, a new pool with 22 cabanas, a new fitness center and spa, new restaurants and shops, and a modernized lobby that marries the hotel’s iconic identity with contemporary design. More updates are coming in 2017, including Caña, a restaurant from island-born chef Juliana Gonzalez, who is the executive chef of Barceloneta in Miami. It will join the hotel's eight other restaurants, including longtime favorites Brava and Meat Market. “We are elated to see the reopening of El San Juan Hotel become a reality,” said Andro Nodarse-León of León Mayer & Company, a co-owner and asset manager of El San Juan. “The rejuvenated hotel will honor the original elegance, opulence and energy of this Puerto Rican landmark with new, modern elements that will make the property very current and appealing to our target guests that seek authentic luxury lifestyle experiences.” Operated by Curio, a Collection by Hilton Hotels, El San Juan is the collection's first hotel on the Caribbean island. The Curio brand launched in 2014 as a curated set of hand-picked hotels geared toward authentic local experiences. “As one of San Juan’s most historic buildings, El San Juan Hotel is the perfect choice for our collection’s first property in Puerto Rico,” said Mark Nogal, global head of Curio. “The hotel’s commitment to local experiences, through its art, culinary offerings and programming, is sure to draw the Curio traveler looking for an authentic and distinctive stay.” Some of the hotel’s new guest amenities include free Wi-Fi, digital check-in with pick-your-own room selection, and wireless key entry using the Hilton HHonors app. Rates start at $329 for a Main Tower Room. Booking is now open on the El San Juan Hotel website for stays beginning February 5. Take a look below to see what guests can expect from the major design upgrade.
Every year, as the days get longer and the last remnants of the final snow begin to melt, the classic Northeastern beach towns—like Nantucket and the Hamptons—come alive. But the approach of summer also means the inevitable flock of beachgoers. Restaurants are impossible to get into, lines for ice cream go down the entire block, and you’re lucky if you get enough space on the beach for yourself let alone a towel and umbrella. But fear not. There’s a slew of trendy or newly renovated hotels located in these coastal enclaves and your perfect summer getaway—sans crowds—is only a few hours north on the I-95. For those looking for a more laid-back alternative, try visiting some of these hidden beach towns. For example, Shelter Island, New York—a.k.a. the Hamptons much chiller neighbor—boasts all the coastline views and style of the more popular summer hotspot, but with a quieter and, some may say, more sophisticated feel. Madison, Connecticut, meanwhile, boasts trendy boutiques and pristine views of the Long Island Sound. And then there' s Castine, Maine with its fabulous food and rich seafaring history. Said another way: these spots are where to go for the same quintessential New England charm and way less people to bump into while chowing down on a fresh lobster roll.
Channel some serious SpongeBob SquarePants at this new themed resort.
It's not hard to find beautiful, soft-sand beaches and frothy turquoise swells in the Caribbean, but only some resorts will live up to the expectations of your daydreams. Every year, we ask our readers to rank their favorite resorts in the Caribbean, Bermuda, and the Bahamas. From a property's location (prime beachfront bungalows, or a perch on a mountain overlooking the sea) to the service, be it amiable staff or personal butlers, and—of course—the frozen daiquiris and fresher-than-fresh seafood, these are the values that helped land spots on the Top 20. According to the latest Travel + Leisure World's Best Awards reader survey, Jamaica is a favorite resort destination, with four properties making it into the top 20 for the Caribbean, the Bahamas, and Bermuda. In addition to its much-loved resorts, Jamaica has a reputation for being one of the friendliest islands in the world. "The landscape is breathtaking," said one voter, while another deemed it "an absolute paradise." Turks and Caicos was close behind with three winners, while Puerto Rico and St. Lucia clock in with two each. In St. Lucia, it comes as no surprise to see longtime hits Jade Mountain and Ladera on the list. "The view [from Ladera] was unbelievable," remarked one WBA voter. "We woke each morning thinking we were in heaven." After all, this open-concept resort is the only one on St. Lucia perched on the Piton Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Each guest room has only three walls, and offers uninterrupted views of the twin volcanic peaks and lush tropical gardens. T+L readers value solitude when it comes to beach getaways—a number of the top-ranked resorts feature private infinity or plunge pools and secluded beaches. Two are even located on private islands, like Scrub Island Resort, where evenings are best spent enjoying the sunsets over the marina or ocean from your personal balcony. All-inclusive properties also reign, beloved as much for their value as the abundance of activities available. Our Worlds' Best voters promise you won't regret a trip to one of these destinations. And with their romantic, candlelit beach dinners and Instagram-worthy infinity pools, we approve of these readers' picks.
Aman’s latest Caribbean property brings a new kind of luxury to the pristine, jungle-shrouded northern shores of the Dominican Republic.