Adorned with palm-fringed beaches, vertical cliffs and dense rainforests, St. Lucia beckons visitors to explore its sprawling coastline. Whether you come for a romantic rendezvous, a sandy getaway or a relaxing family retreat— the marvelous mystique of St. Lucia will captivate you. Revel in St. Lucia’s warm waters, colorful coral reefs, and glorious sunsets.
On the north coast of St. Lucia, bask in the sunshine while lounging on the tranquil golden beaches of Reduit Beach, Jalousie Beach and Rodney Bay. Daydream in a cabana overlooking the Caribbean, reserve a sunset couples’ massage or soak in the endless amenities of upscale beachfront resorts and spas. Beauty and adventure are equally abundant on the west coast. Hike the Tet Paul Nature Trail to the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ atop the Piton Mountains for a truly impressive, picturesque excursion. Visit Marigot Bay, a Hollywood favorite, dotted with yachts and a sandy peninsula to end the day surrounded by serenity.
Cap Maison Resort & Spa
St Lucia, Caribbean
Cap Maison Resort & Spa defines luxury. This private boutique property on the island of St. Lucia features villa-style accommodations, secluded beaches, tropical gardens and a range of excellent water sports activities. Maintain your fitness regimen at the gym or pamper yourself with a luxe spa treatment in-house or in the privacy of your own room. Indulge in an endless array of experiences at Cap Maison. Tee off at the St. Lucia Golf and Country Club for a scenic round of golf, enjoy complimentary kayaks, a Hobie Cat sailboat or paddleboards for a day on the exquisite aquamarine waters, or simply relax and sunbathe at ‘Smugglers Cove.’
After an adventurous day exploring the island, savor a mouthwatering, delectable dish curated by Head Chef Craig, voted Caribbean Chef of the Year in 2016 by the Caribbean Journal—he has worked at several fine restaurants totaling 13 Michelin-stars between them all! Previously described as one of the most romantic tables in the Caribbean, Rock Maison & Champagne Zip Line is a must. Eat by candlelight, hear the waves beneath you, and watch in amazement as your champagne is ziplined down to your table. Enjoy a unique wine tour at Cellar Maison with the local sommelier. You’ll see the collection of over 2,000 bottles of rare wines and champagnes that you can handpick for your meal. Cap Maison Resort & Spa creates an experience like no other.
Cancun fulfills the definition of ‘fun under the sun.’ Wiggle your toes in the white sand at Chac Mool, be enamored by the tranquil blue water of Michupte Lagoon, and sip on refreshing cocktails as a gentle breeze caresses your face. Take a day trip to see one of the New Seven Wonders of the World (chosen by more than 100 million voters in 2007) at Chichen Itza, a remarkable Mayan archeological site. Experience Cancun’s pulsating nightlife and dance the night away. Outdoor recreation on and off the water is plentiful. It should come as no surprise that Cancun is one of the most popular beach destinations in Mexico with lots of resorts to choose from, one more luxurious than the next.
Ritz Carlton Cancun
Set along the Mayan Coastline on one of the most spectacular powdery white-sand beaches in Mexico, The Ritz Carlton Cancun offers a sophisticated getaway for those seeking opulence, relaxation, culture, and tradition. Perfectly situated against a backdrop of glistening turquoise blue water and tranquil sea breezes, the resort embodies the vibrant charm of Cancun while offering luxury amenities and carefully curated activities, providing a way for guests to experience Cancun through a different lens. The Ritz Carlton Cancun experience is elevated by its first-in-class staff, signature dining experiences and world-class amenities.
The well-appointed oceanfront guest rooms and suites have a coastal contemporary design with floor to ceiling windows and a private balcony that allow for breathtaking, uninterrupted panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea. Take time during your stay to rejuvenate and relax your senses at the Ritz Carlton’s world-class Spa, offering custom-crafted treatments inspired by ancient Mayan rituals that are sure to revitalize mind, body, and soul.
There are a multitude of activities and watersports to keep you busy throughout the day. In the morning, practice yoga on the beach or head over to the state-of-the art tennis center to work on your serve. Families often enjoy partaking in the sea turtle conservation program, for the unique experience of helping baby sea turtles find their way to the shore. Lounging poolside also has its perks, pool valets are there to provide fresh fruit, scented towels, popsicles, and other special requests. In the afternoon, the resort mixologist hosts an interactive class encouraging participants to elevate their cocktail of choice to the next level.
On the menu, an eclectic culinary experience that rivals the finest properties within the Ritz Carlton collection. Awarded the AAA Five Diamond in 2019, Fantino presents a fine dining experience featuring authentic Mediterranean dishes with a contemporary twist. “When in Rome” guests are given the opportunity to learn to cook alongside an expert chef inside the exclusive Culinary Center designed by Viking Range. Before dinner, head down to The Club Grill and sip on a glass of champagne as you enjoy the fine sounds of the house jazz band. Taste your way through a collection of premium tequilas while you enjoy nightly entertainment and stunning views of the coastline at the D Lounge, where guests can dine on an extensive selection of raw, traditional Japanese dishes, including sushi and sashimi, with a Mexican touch. For a more intimate setting, enjoy fresh seafood and an impressive list of fine wines along the water’s edge at Casita.
Le Blanc Spa Resort
Le Blanc Spa Resort is an award-winning AAA Five Diamond resort located on the pristine white-sand beaches of Cancun. As one of the leading adults-only properties in Mexico, visitors to Le Blanc are free to indulge in an exclusive, all-inclusive luxury experience. The glamour of Le Blanc Spa Resort is demonstrated in its luxe décor and lavish amenities. Upon arrival guests are immediately treated like royalty as Le Blanc’s first-in-class staff welcomes each guest with a signature coconut cocktail and a fresh hand-cut flower. Following a seamless check-in, a meeting with your personal butler sets the tone for your unforgettable stay. From unpacking and packing your luggage, to drawing you a relaxing bath or creating an ambiance with aromatherapy, your personal butler stands ready to attend your every request.
Guest rooms are elegant, defined by clean white lines, the sleek modern design pairing well with the natural sunlight that shines through the floor to ceiling windows. Each living space serves as a private sanctuary. Soak inside your private hydrotherapy tub while taking in breathtaking views of the glistening turquoise waters. From your balcony enjoy the sounds of the waves crashing as you sip on an aperitive at sunset. To ensure an exceptional stay, you’ll find a signature pillow menu, BVLGARI bath amenities and aromatherapy scents for a perfect night’s rest.
Whether your goal is to revitalize or simply relax, the world-class wellness center and spa will accommodate your pleasure. A wellness concierge is on-site to guide and assist you. The state-of-the-art fitness center includes premium Life Fitness equipment—train on a Pilates reformer bed or take an hour-long spinning class. If you prefer to break a sweat outdoors, there are a plethora of water sports and activities including aquatic yoga. From the newly renovated lobby and private, handmade cabanas to the three illustrious infinity pools Le Blanc exudes opulence. After a day in the sun, enjoy a complimentary hydrotherapy journey. The spa is complete with sauna, steam room, ice room, jacuzzi, cold & warm lagoons, warm beds, shower and private dressing rooms. If you want to treat yourself to an ultimate day of pampering, Le Blanc Spa offers a robust menu of extraordinary treatments from Mayan-inspired Balchè Massage to revitalizing oxygen facials.
LeBlanc Spa Resort surpasses expectations when it comes to dining, featuring international delights from modern Mexican and wellness menus to signature à la carte cuisine at Lumiere and Bella. Lumiere offers an unparalleled French fine dining experience that illuminates the senses. Bella serves authentic Italian dishes inspired by Michelin Star chef, Giussepe Iannotti. Dine al Fresco at the wood-fired bistro and gourmet, Terrazza, while the sun sets. After dinner, enjoy live entertainment and hand-crafted cocktails at Cavo–the high-end mixology takes the art of the cocktail to another level. LeBlanc Spa Resort provides a tranquil atmosphere, a place to reawaken the senses. Visit—your mind, body and soul will thank you.
Magnificent. Authentic. White glove service. Club Med Cancun Yucatan exudes luxury. This ultimate all-inclusive family resort has an extensive range of accommodations, activities, excursions, and more. Resting along three white sandy beaches, explore the property by land or water. Club Med Cancun Yucatan has four distinct dining options and seven unique bars where you can order a cocktail while watching the sun set overlooking the expansive Caribbean Sea. Make your trip nothing short of perfection.
For gourmet cuisine that is available all day, every day, prep your tastebuds for an exotic journey. Savor the tastes at The Hacienda for international fare, dine at Taco Arte for authentic Mexican dishes, or sample the Argentinian style menu at The Estancia. Fancy a cocktail? With seven options to choose from, why not try them all. The Soluna offers a lounge ambiance, Las Velas caters to pool and beachgoers, Taco Arte projects a modern Mexican ambiance and The Maya Lounge conveys an elegant evening atmosphere. La Bodega is superb, given its wide selection of wines, champagnes, and premium spirits. Bar Aquamarina is near the family pool while Exclusive Collection Bar Lounge provides a more intimate atmosphere right on the Caribbean Sea.
Want a water view? Club Med Cancun Yucatan’s rooms all have balconies overlooking the sea or across the lagoon. Lodging features two different environments, the Aguamarina building for families, and the Exclusive Collection “Jade” for a more secluded escape. No matter where you stay, treat yourself to spa, beauty, and massage packages as well as leisure activities around the property. For more adventure, snorkel at the 2nd largest coral reef or venture to Chichen Itza. Experience the magic of Club Med Cancun Yucatan.
Those of you preferring to stay in the U.S., but not in search of ski slopes or beaches, will find Sedona, Arizona to be a very pleasant and relaxing mid-winter escape, though not warm enough to lay by a pool and swim. If exhilarating outdoor activities are your favorite indulgence, the breathtaking Sedona landscape, punctuated with vibrant red rock formations and endless blue skies, offers the perfect backdrop. Temperatures are typically in the mild 50s and 60s, but it has been known to snow! Cozy up by a fire with a glass of wine each evening and leave your cares at home.
Nestled in Arizona’s high desert at the mouth of Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona is surrounded by almost two million acres of national forest and four wilderness areas. Adventure-seekers will enjoy exploring the vast Sedona terrain on hiking and biking trails, jeep tours, horseback rides or floating through the sky in a hot air balloon. A winter visit affords visitors the opportunity to enjoy the city without the crowds. Stroll the scenic streets to discover unique shops, galleries and restaurants. Film buffs might want to consider planning a visit to coincide with the annual Sedona International Film Festival, currently scheduled for February 20-28, 2021. Take in a game or two of golf and unwind with a spa treatment.
The Enchantment Resort
The Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona, is bursting with enriching experiences, incredible views, and luxurious accommodations. The resort defines itself as “Unlike Any Other.” Featuring 218 stunning guest rooms, it is a fan favorite with 70 acres of natural beauty tucked within the red-rock ledges of Boynton Canyon and overflowing with rich Native American history. Boynton Canyon is respected as a sacred place, referred to as the Yavapai-Apache Garden of Eden—feel the energy during a round of tennis next to the canyon. Consider going on a guided labyrinth walk or enjoying a relaxing 18-holes of golf. Other exciting amenities include croquet, bocce ball, steam rooms, and more. Most notably, Enchantment is a premier destination for mountain biking and hiking.
Relish the indigenous ingredients at one of the award-winning restaurants—recently winning the 2020 Diners’ Choice Award and the 2020 Double Gold Devour award—perfectly curated by the culinary team. Indulge in an epicurean meal at Mii amo Dining, View 180, Tii Gavo, or Che Ah Chi. Settle comfortably in a front-row seat to view Arizona’s magnificent sunsets, breathe the fresh Sedona air, and converse with your loved ones around the fireplace.
Accolades continue for the outstanding Mii amo spa, just steps away from Enchantment (see our September Wellness Travel newsletter), named the #1 Destination Spa in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure two years in a row along with a Condé Nast Readers’ Choice Award in 2018 and inclusion in Departures 2020 Legend Awards for Best Wellness Experiences in the World. Start your mornings in the Crystal Grotto or rejuvenate with various spa treatments. Reserve a massage in your artfully arranged room.
Guest accommodations include private decks/patios as well as fireplaces. Lavish furnishings and excellent ambiance can be found in all types of rooms: Casita Guest Room, Casita Studio, Junior Studio, One-Bedroom Suite, Two-Bedroom Suites, or a Pool Suite. The iconic panoramic landscape enveloping Enchantment will relax and rejuvenate you.