March 26, 2012

Everyone needs to get away from time to time. Getting away from it all helps to refresh and recharge your body and mind. Here a few holiday destinations to help you choose from for your next time out.

Rock House Hotel, Jamaica

Situated on the cliffs of Pristine Cove in Jamaica, Rock House Hotel has been named the ‘Caribbean's Leading Boutique Hotel' in 2011 with its thatched-roof villas perched along the turquoise water below.

Listed in Patricia Schults' book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die as well as in The 100 Best Resorts in the Caribbean, by Kay Showker, Rock House claims the best Jamaican sunsets while towering on the most western point of the island.

Facilities include the hotel's two award winning restaurants led by Executive Chef Kevin Broderick, Jamaica Food Awards repeat “Chef of the Year” 2011 & 2010. A newly constructed Spa has a philosophy that is a simple, holistic approach to well-being, health and happiness. Spa treatments are undertaken “on-the-rocks” in the cliff-edge Massage Cabana or at the eight room garden spa. Yoga classes are offered daily overlooking the sea.

Gaia Hotel and Reserve, Costa Rica

The Gaia Hotel achieves an ideal blend of modern amenities and natural scenery. Nestled in the magnificent coastal forests of Costa Rica, the hotel's well-appointed, terraced suites and villas offer views of lush and pristine wild surroundings that are beyond compare.

Built in the midst of 14-acres of Costa Rica's rainforest while serving as a dual refuge for endangered plants and animals, the Gaia Hotel and Reserve provides guests with coastal access and two separate-level swimming pools, appropriately perched to offer views of the volcanic mountain range and Pacific coastline.

The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay California

Situated 23 miles southwest of the San Francisco International Airport, The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay provides a magnificent backdrop for the perfect Northern California coast vacation.

Whether you are roasting marshmallows and making s'mores in your own terrace fire pit or relaxing on the bluff after a rejuvenating spa treatment, our Resort offers a stunning destination for your next getaway.

Rooms in this six-story hotel overlook carpets of green featuring horseback riding, wine tasting and golf before abruptly dropping off to the below shoreline.

Jade Mountain, St Lucia

Stacked above its 600 acre beach front resort,the Jade Mountain St.Lucia sanctuaries are deliberately techno-free,

there are no telephones, radio or television. Internet access is available at reception and upon guest request, internet can be made available in the individual sanctuaries also. The resort major domos and a dedicated resort team ensure outstanding service around the clock.

Expect grand sweeping spaces where bedroom, living area and an extravagant private infinity pool glide into one another to form extraordinary platforms floating out into nature. With the fourth wall entirely absent, Jade Mountain's sanctuaries are stage-like settings from which to embrace the full glory of St Lucia's Pitons World Heritage Site, and of course, the eternal Caribbean Sea.

Joule, Texas

A beacon of energy in the heart of downtown Dallas, The Joule is a tour-de-force of Adam D. Tihany's award-winning design and style situated in a revitalized 1920's Neo-Gothic building re-imagined for the contemporary traveler.

From the breezy sophistication of the cantilevered rooftop pool to the sultry, subterranean pull of the PM Nightlife Lounge, The Joule captures the creative spirit of a city in full bloom, infusing each space with contemporary glamour and artistry.

Trapp Family Lodge, Vermont

Situated on 2,500 acres in beautiful Stowe, Vermont, the Trapp Family Lodge is a unique luxury mountain resort featuring Austrian-inspired architecture and European-style accommodations. Open year-round, the Trapp Family Lodge offers superb mountain views, exceptional comforts and impeccable service, along with outdoor activities for every season.

Some activities you can enjoy year-round include yoga, arts and crafts classes, fitness classes, wine tastings and swimming in our indoor pool. In addition, those interested in the history behind The Sound of Music will enjoy our von Trapp History Tour.


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