5 Exotic Vacation Ideas for Total Relaxation
February 07, 2014 | by Anne Roderique-Jones | Pursuits
Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to ditch the busy Miami scene and skip out of town for a luxury vacation. If your idea of a romantic getaway involves private villas, lazing on loungers in an overwater bungalow, or cozying up at a five-star ski resort, these five destinations are for you.
1. For Ultimate Privacy: Morocco's Villa Alkhozama
Romantic rendezvous don't get more exotic than this private villa in the Palmeraie—just a short drive from the Marrakech-Menara Airport in Morocco. Celebrate a Valentine’s Day house party for two by frolicking in the jade green swimming pool or getting pampered by the in-house staff with a host of spa treatments: massages, facials, mani/pedis, a scrub in the private hammam, and wet shaves for the guys—all included as part of your stay. Visit ezzahra-morocco.com for rates and reservations
2. For Beach Lovers: Fiji's Likuliku Lagoon Resort
Nestled on Malolo Island, Likuliku Lagoon Resort is Fiji’s first and only property to feature overwater bungalows. When you’re not gazing at the stunning view from the impossibly deep bathtub or a lounger on the deck, you can peep tropical fish through a glass paneled floor. For a little outdoor activity, take a private snorkeling trip to the clear blue waters where the movie Castaway was filmed. Call 679-666-3344 for rates and reservations
3. For International Foodies: Vietnam's An Lam Ninh Van Bay Villas
With a rising culinary scene and stunning vistas, Vietnam is quickly becoming a destination for luxury vacationers. Nestled along the blue-green waters of the South China Sea, An Lam's 35 villas in Ninh Van Bay are reachable only by private speedboat. The house-like villas boast 24-hour private butlers, palatial private plunge pools, outdoor marble bathtubs, and exquisite cuisine—most of which is caught offshore. Visit anlam.com for rates and reservations
4. For Cruisers: Un-Cruise Adventures
Forget what you know about cruises. The Un-Cruise Adventures luxury line combines exclusivity for the go-getter. This means private charter options for just 22 to 86 guests with intimate activities, massage treatments, gourmet cuisine, fine wines, premium spirits, and craft beers. The newest adventure travels around Mexico’s Sea of Cortez to view Baja’s whale bounties that have migrated from the north—sweetly enough, around Valentine’s Day. Think snorkeling with sea lion pups, picturesque hikes, and loads of whale watching. Call 206-284-0300 for rates and reservations
5. For Ski Bunnies: Aspen's The Little Nell
A playground of the deep-pocketed and famous, Aspen has plenty of glitz and glam, as well as some of the country's best skiing. The Little Nell is the area’s only five-star, five-diamond luxury property with ski-in, ski-out access. Complete with a fireplace, oversize Jacuzzi tub, and two slope-side balconies, the 2,000-square-foot Pfeifer Suite is the ideal setting for romance. Call 970-920-4600 for rates and reservations
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