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Supreme Getaways

With so many luxury properties vying for your attention with their gorgeous locales, opulent accommodations, and multi-million dollar renovations, choosing the right place to stay on your next vacation can be a daunting task—even for the most discerning travelers. To make your getaway planning easier, we’ve hand-selected some of the world’s most outstanding properties that will guarantee plenty of fun, relaxation, and rejuvenation.  Take a tip from us and check out these fabulous resorts...

 

Amelia Island Plantation •Amelia Island, FL

Set among centuries-old oaks, tranquil salt marshes, and the azure splendor of the Atlantic Ocean, Amelia Island Plantation presents superb accommodations along with world-class recreational offerings and spectacular dining. Spacious rooms and villas feature lavish amenities like pillow-top mattresses, 330 thread-count sheets, and plush terry cloth robes. An extensive recreation lineup, featuring heated pools and renowned tennis and golf programs, has something for everyone.  While boasting four golf courses with 72 championship holes, the resort is considered to have one of the finest tennis programs in the world with 23 fast dry, tournament clay courts. For pure relaxation, the Spa at Amelia Island Plantation can perform restorative treatments like an organic chocolate romance ritual and signature Himalayan salt stone massage.  Nine restaurant offerings are certain to please guests with options ranging from family-friendly venues to elegant fine dining.

The Alex Hotel • New York City

Within walking distance of Fifth Avenue, Grand Central Station and the United Nations, The Alex Hotel heralds a new generation of luxury accommodations in Midtown Manhattan.  With 73 deluxe guest rooms and 130 suites beautifully designed by David Rockwell, the hotel’s impeccable location offers convenient access to Times Square, the Theater District, SoHo-Tribeca, Wall Street, and many more of New York City’s most desirable locales.  A sumptuous array of accommodations await guests with custom furnishings, Wi-Fi Internet access, flat-screen LCD TVs, limestone baths, twice-daily housekeeping service, and nightly turndown service.  In addition, the hotel’s expansive suites feature deluxe Poggenpohl kitchens with Sub-Zero refrigerators, Gaggenau cooktops, Miele dishwashers, and GE Advantium convection ovens. For superb on-site and in-room dining indulgence, award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson dazzles taste buds by blending American and Japanese cuisines at the stylish and upbeat Riingo restaurant and bar.


LaSource • Grenada, West Indies

Dotting the southern tip of Grenada on secluded Pink Gin Beach, LaSource is an exquisite tropical resort surrounded by the intoxicating sea on three sides.  This all-inclusive, five-star resort is a shimmering playground of relaxed Caribbean style and colonial grace. 100 sumptuous guest rooms and suites are enveloped by verdant gardens and incorporate lavish accoutrements such as hand-carved mahogany furnishings and rich expanses of cool marble. LaSource presents a myriad of world class activities such as snorkeling, ocean kayaking, scuba diving, golf, tennis, fencing, and many more.  To stimulate the mind and body, the property’s award-winning Oasis spa offers a range of therapeutic treatments within its Moroccan-themed sanctuary.  Completing this vacation paradise are LaSource’s collection of four divine restaurants and three vibrant bars boasting masterful dishes and incredible vistas.

Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino • Palm Beach, Aruba

Dazzling from a recent $50-millionmakeover, the all-new Aruba Marriott provides sumptuous accommodations, world-class fine dining, the luxurious Mandara Spa Aruba, and a vibrant casino. Featuring the largest balconies on the island at 100 square feet and Marriott’s plush Revive bedding, guest rooms are also the is land’s most spacious — starting at a generous 400 square feet. Among the property’s premium assets are nine restaurants and bars—including the legendary Ruth’s Chris Steak House—and the 24-hour Stellaris Casino. For the ultimate in pampering, the Tradewinds Club provides 59 supremely appointed rooms and suites located on the eighth floor. Guests of the Tradewinds Club enjoy a private concierge and separate check-in, a private lounge area with five food presentations daily and an open bar nightly, a dedicated beach area, and upgraded bed and bath amenities.


Hotel Plaza Athenee • New York City

Nestled on Manhattan’s fashionable Upper East Side, one block from Central Park, the charming Hotel Plaza Athenee offers 142 European-style guest rooms and suites adorned in Asian silks and French contemporary furnishings. Situated near many of the city’s magnificent museums such as the Museum of Modern Art and The Whitney Museum, the hotel offers a number of suites with glass-enclosed terraces and balconies with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline.  Accommodations include wireless Internet, 24-hour concierge and room service, and twice daily maid service.  Complimentary services such as a choice of morning newspapers, access to the fitness center, and overnight shoe shine are also available.  At Arabelle, guests can enjoy the finest modern American cuisine beneath the restaurant’s beautiful gold-domed ceiling. Should a cocktail be preferred, Bar Seine provides the perfect atmosphere for beginning or ending your evening.

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