Can’t decide where you and your family should get away this Spring? Continue reading for 4 diverse travel destinations…
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Known as “The Islands of the Gods,” there is no place more special then the mere mention of BALI, an island which evokes thoughts of paradise…. with infinite blue beaches, endless waves to surf and wondrous natural sites to explore. These all set a stunning backdrop, where adventure awaits. Travel inland toward a towering volcano and stop in the central highlands of Ubud. It’s here you’ll find gifted local artists and explore the flowering fields at TEGALALAND RICE TERRACE. Soar over forested rivers and pristine jungles at the BALI SWING.Visit exotic sanctuaries like the MONKEY TEMPLE and play with hundreds of these curious creatures.
STAY on Bali’s south coast at COMO UMA CANGGU, this beachfront destination hosts panoramic views, soft volcanic sand and rolling waves fit for any surfer. The only luxury resort to hold court in Canggu; a laid back surf scene known for it’s wellness, wave breaks and brightly colored sunsets comohotels.com. Clear on the other side of the island, perched on a limestone cliff 100 meters above the Indian Ocean is ALILA VILLAS. Aquamarine ocean villas showcase Balinese inspired design and sweeping views of serene white sandy beaches, all the way to the majestic Uluwatu Temple. alilahotels.com
EAT lunch poolside at POTATO HEAD, where their concept is “Local Spirit, Tropical Soul.” Request acai bowls customized with your kids name at KYND COMMUNITY. Kick start your day with breakfast at SHELTER CAFÉ for the blueberry pancakes. THE LAWN sits on Canggu Beach and is fantastic for sunset…. kids can run around, while parents enjoy a much deserved cocktail. Book ahead for the fan favorite, LOCAVORE, named one of the 50 best restaurants in the world. Their marriage of fresh, local, Indonesian ingredients inspires prize-winning dishes.
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The town’s golden age began in 1831, thanks to its natural mineral springs and MORITZ became the birthplace of winter tourism. More then just a holiday destination, international guests from all over the world appreciate the lifestyle, world-class restaurants and hotels that set the standard in every category. From tableware to kaftans and cashmere, shop the ultimate edit at CABANA CAPRI. After a day on the slopes, let your kids go crazy at LADERACHE CHOCLATE SHOP and then marvel the world famous and exhilarating CRESTA RUN.
Once you STAY at BADUTT’S PALACE HOTEL you will always remember this landmark for its comforts in the highest degree. Dating back to 1896, the luxurious 5 star hotel holds king in the center of St. Moritz, offering extraordinary panoramic views over the Engadine Alps and features six restaurants and an indoor pool, voyagerclub.co. If it’s remarkable heritage you’re after, check into THE KULUM HOTEL. This historic hotel carries 160 years of history and tradition; their awe-inspiring views are thanks to its prime location at 1,856 miles above sea level in the heart of the village, Voyagerclub.co
EAT:Your kids will love eating truffle pizzas in CHELSEA VEGLIA’S cozy rustic farmhouse. Enjoy a date night where lifestyle and snow sports happily co-exist at WHITE MARMONT, great for culinary delights. Winter sports enthusiast looking to delight their taste buds should head over to CHECHA RESTAURANT AND CLUB. Take a break from the slopes in your own alpine wonderland at PARADISO MOUNTAIN CLUB; the restaurant terrace sits on Survretta Hill.
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AMSTERDAM has been deemed one of the greatest small cities in the world. From their idealic canals to their accomplished museums and historical sights, it can only be described as one of the most beautiful destinations in Europe. Shop THE NINE STREETS, or De Negen Straatjes as they’re called in Dutch, lining the streets are home to some of the coolest homegrown brands, cafes and unique restaurants.Get rid of any jetlag with a bike ride through VONDELPARK, walk back through time at the ANNE FRANK HOUSE, get your daily dose of culture at the RIJKS MUSEUM and day dream on THE CANALS with your very own guided boat tour.
STAY at the newly opened SOHO HOUSE. Located in the Bungehuis Building, it used to serve as a 1903’s trading office – turned university building. The popular clubhouse features 79 guest rooms, a rooftop pool with 360 city views, a Cecconi’s restaurant and Cowshed spa (perfect for mom), sohohouseamsterdam.com. Once home to Amsterdam’s Mayor in the 17thcentury, THE HOXTON is made up of a series of 5 canal houses on the Herengracht canal. The hip and cool hotel offers bikes for it’s guest, the most ideal way to see the city, Thehoxton.com; THE CONSERVAROTIUM has been crowned the number one luxury hotel in the Netherlands. Residing in the true heart of the city, this architectural masterpiece sits on Museum Square holding grace with contemporary designs, as well as housing it’s own selection of restaurants, bar, lounge and holistic wellbeing center, Conservatoriumhotel.com
EAT at BUFFETE VAN ODETTE, loved by locals for their tempting, but simple dishes, coffee and cakes. The motto here is everyone deserves a wholesome plate of real food. GEORGE is great anytime of day and where there is a little something for everyone, a proverbial French brasserie in New York, but in Amsterdam. Make reservations now for dinner at DA KAS, housed in a greenhouse, which dates, back to 1920. The menu based on the daily harvests from their very own nursery. Kids will get a kick out of the all pink restaurant, MAMA KELLY.
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TURKS AND CACIOS was fully colonized in 1681,when salt collectors from Bermuda came and built the first settlement on Grand Turk Island.And who would blame them for not wanting to leave this breathtaking destination made up of 40 islands and cays? Located just south east of Miami, the climate can only be described as ‘perpetually June’. Be sure to visit the pristine waters of GRACE BAY BEACH (the hallmark of the isles) or LONG BAY BEACH. Schedule a day trip to HALF MOON BAY or LITTLE WATER CAY to get up close to the endangered, but friendly rock iguanas. If it’s history you’re after visit the preservation of CHESHIRE HALL.
STAY at PARROT CAY, having recently underdone a massive redesign, this dreamy location is equal parts colonial and contemporary… with whitewashed interiors furnished in white linens and teak furnishings. The award winning luxury resort sits on it’s own private island and is made up of 1,000 acres and a mile long beach, comohotels.com. The road to AMANYARA is through miles of nature reserve, making your journey already feel gratifyingly remote. Beyond its private shores, mantas and sea turtles swim amid one of the world’s longest coral reefs. While on land families stay nestled in a mix of coastal vegetation and teak decking accompanied by mahogany trees, all while overlooking the point marine reserve, aman.com
EAT fresh seafood and drink the famed rum punch at the open-air landmark restaurant, DA CONCH SHACK AND RUM BAR. Grab your morning coffee and smoothie for the kids at LEMON 2 GO. Beloved locals and visitors alike love MR. GROUPERS for the best conch chowder and fritters on the island. Reservations are a must at SEVEN RESTAURANT for a seaside experience blending their fresh catch of the day with island spices, all while over looking Grace Bay.
PUNTA MITA occupies 1,500 acres of a stunning spear shaped peninsula in Riviera Nayarit, just 25 miles north of Puerto Vallarta. Amid sprawling private estates, this place has become quite the hotspot and is idyllic for private sunny getaways. Unplug and get away from it all, with 9.5 miles of coastline.Dad’s can take full advantage of the two-signature championship JACK NICLAUS GOLF COURSES, while kids can participate in seasonal BABY SEA TURTLE RELEASES at sunset. Just 15 minutes by boat, snorkel and explore the waters on MARIETA ISLANDS HIDDEN BEACH.
STAY at THE FOUR SEASON PUNTA MITA, where their motto is “Mi Casa, Su Casa” and their dedicated philosophy invites families to mix vacation bliss with all the comforts of home. Each cliffside casita features its own outdoor terrace and private pool with sea views. Bonus: kids will love the resorts onsite lazy river, fourseasons.com; Sequestered on 22 lush acres on a tranquil isthmus, THE ST. REGIS PUNTA MITA provides a friendly oasis with all the luxuries of a private, intimate hideaway where art and nature beautifully entwine. Moms who need extra help can take full advantage of their in house Butler Service, filling any request for extra diapers or a last minute babysitter, day or night. Marriot.com
EAT at SUFITO CEVICHE BAR AND GRILLE, which over looks Punta Mita Pier, this beach chic restaurant specializes in the ceviche south of the border. Fresh ingredients are what make up the menu at SI SENOR, from homemade purple maize tortillas to local Mexican cuisine.Order yummy fish tacos on the waters of Punta Mita through a boat in the sand at MITA MARY’S BISTRO BOAT. Setting the standard for oceanfront enjoyment, KUPURI BEACH CLUB lets your kids go crazy with the many of activities on Litibu Bay and feast on vibrant Mexican and Mediterranean flavors.