The Harborview, Nantucket

Nantucket, a tiny, isolated island off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is an epic summer destination with dune-backed beaches, marked by beautiful beach houses, wharves and cobblestoned streets. Charming accommodation options like The Harborview Nantucket cottages provide an extraordinary beach setting in which to unwind and relax, before exploring the streets of the island lined with restaurants, high-end boutiques the town’s popular Whaling Museum that recounts the island’s role as a 19th-century whaling.

The Harborview Nantucket embodies all the charm of this nautical island, with homely hotel accommodations range in size from 1 – 4 bedrooms. Lovely wooden beachfront cottages make up the property which overlooks its own private walkway to the water.

Accommodations provide all the needs of a home-away-from-home experience, set with a full kitchen, high-end appliances and washer/dryers. Decor is clean, crisp, nautical, and yet extremely elegant, with fireplaces, and plush furniture to match. Perhaps the most romantic detail is the private decks or balconies where you can sit and soak in the peaceful solitude that makes Nantucket paradise.

Should you wish to venture out, a personalized concierge service is another added amenity at the hotel to ensure you discover the best that this magical island has to offer, from dining at world class restaurants to shopping, fishing, biking, sailing, golf, tennis, swimming, kayaking, surfing, horseback riding, birding, and more.

The Harborview is also located walking distance from downtown Nantucket, with exceptional events that include wine, comedy and music and artisan festivals, the Nantucket Antique Show, the Boston Pops, and Race Week highlighted by the Opera House Cup, featuring only wooden hulled boats and more. Alternatively guests can relax in the comfort of a chaise lounge on the beach or on their personal deck or balcony, enjoying the picturesque views of the harbor.

Evening entertainment includes two exceptional theater programs, twilight harbor cruises, surf casting for stripers, or simply strolling the docks to admire the transient, magnificent yachts. September showcases the Nantucket Project, highlighting distinguished guests, innovators, and speakers from all over the globe, while October brings scalloping and the Nantucket Birding Festival. There is no more delightful place to spend Thanksgiving and then stay on for Christmas Stroll, which launches the holiday season in festive style.

Overall, The Harborview Nantucket offers visitors a peace of tranquil paradise and a window into all this incredible island has to offer.

El Paseo, Espanola Way, Miami

Miami’s South Beach is definitely known for its hospitality scene, and wether you go for ‘modern boutique’ or ‘lavish grandeur’ when choosing a hotel, you can’t go wrong.

However if you want a unique experience, and are craving some cultural flavor, El Paseo on Espanola Way is the perfect spot, modeled after the iconic Las Ramblas in Barcelona and villages of the Mediterranean and France. Set on the historic cobblestone street that hums with singing waiters, twinkling lights and flamenco dancing, El Paseo is marked by a Spanish-French revival style, punches of color, vine trickling balconies and access to a street filled with it’s own kind of magic in South Beach.

Originally built in 1925 as apartment buildings in the Mediterranean Revival style, the hotel features elements of Spanish, Moroccan, Italian, and French architecture, like tile roofs, rounded archways and charming balconies. Airy white curtains, natural palates and tropical touches give the hotel a truly positive vibe. Rooms are comfortable and homely with pottery, books, blankets and framed black-and-white vintage photos from the Miami Archive filling each room or suite. Some of the rooms and suites even have full-service kitchens, giving our guests that ultimate, Miami pied-a-terre experience. This makes it a perfect option for solo business travelers who want that home away from home feel, or larger groups and families who want access to in-room amenities and convenience.

El Paseo meaning “a walk,” is otherwise known as the perfect way of moving if you want to experience life in all of its vibrancy, and f you are looking for that within a memorable, cultural and yet still practical environment, you will find it at El Paseo.

The Mahekal Beach Resort, Mexico

The Mahekal Beach Resort is proof that authentic Mexico can still be found in modern luxury. Simple, artistic and natural, this resort puts eco-chic to the test.

Set within the bustling Playa Del Carmen, visitors will find a reclusive paradise. The resort’s palapa-style bungalows envelop guests in a carefree, bohemian atmosphere, complemented by mesmerizing ocean views, secluded garden and tropical foilage.

Perhaps most unique is the 800 feet of soft sand and crystalline Caribbean water that the resort sits on. Thatched-roof cabanas and comfortable lounge chairs make relaxing on the beach an indulgent experience for relaxing or ordering up a few frozen drinks. There is also the resorts 4 pools, which include their beachfront infinity pool, and a tranquil swim-up bar.

Accommodations are simple and calming. In each room you will discover outdoor terraces and personal hammocks, with hand-laid stone pathways leading to each individual doorstep. Detail is everywhere, from the natural palapa ceilings, inspired by Mayan architecture, to the artistic fabrics and sculptures throughout the property.  Every room provides a truly ‘Yucatan’ feel with wooden detailing, airy fabrics, and thatches roofs that make you truly feel at home in the resorts lush landscaping.

 

Cuisine and beverage wise, the resort utilizes the areas fresh ingredients in everything from their margaritas to their catch of the day ceviche. Stop into the beautifully decorated Boli’s Bar and choose from top notch tequilas and mezcals (on the rocks or shaken into local juices and spices) then head to Fuego’s ‘Tulum Style’ wood burning oven which  offers an ever-changing array of Mexican cuisine that is locally sourced from the surrounding area, in step with the seasons and tides. No matter which of the 6 bars/restaurants you choose to pass, the feeling is very much ‘farm to table fresh.’

The Mahekal Beach Resort, truly succeeds at crating the best of both worlds, located in vibrant and fun Playa Del Carmen, whilst creating a private tropical recluse. This is a great spot to do a bit of everything or sit back, relax and do….nothing.

Moon Palace Jamaica Grande

Jamaica never fails to be the best of all worlds; fun, family friendly and yet romantic. The Moon Palace in Jamaica Grand is a great example of how those worlds come together. This brand new all-inclusive luxury property in Ocho Rios, offers over 700 guestrooms and suites on 17-acres of white sand beach overlooking the turquoise waters of Jamaica.

Decor is awe inspiring, with large white marble features,  yet retains freshness and elegance. Named a AAA Four Diamond property after opening July 2015, the property features over 700 guestrooms, a FlowRider Double® wave simulator (which keeps both kids and adults busy for hours), a chic Noir nightclub (that competes with any I’ve seen in Miami,) multiple swimming pools and swim-up bars and a dolphin habitat.

Perhaps the most popular feature of the resort is the  35,000 square foot Awe Spa, also know as the largest spa in Jamaica. The spa itself not only offers guests an array of treatments to choose from, but also a ‘water experience’ that involves steam rooms, plunge pools and a massaging pool area to detoxify and ease away the tensions of the day (if you even have any after a day in the sun here!)

Dining wise, there is ample choice, but not overwhelming choice, with four dining destinations and six bars and lounges throughout the property. On property restaurants include eclectic flavors such as gourmet Asian, (MoMo) traditional Italian (Gondola), local sea fare (Pier 8), among others.

The best part is that guests who book a stay of five nights or more are privy to the most valuable vacation promotion on record – $1,500 Resort Credit, which can be used on spa and beauty salon treatments, romantic dinners, wedding packages and off-site excursions and tours. So if you’re looking for an all in one experience, the Moon Palace Jamaica Grand might be the perfect option!