Where to Escape for Your Sunshine Fix
As we settle into the thick of winter here in Nashville, the idea of a beach getaway sounds even more appealing. If not heading to the high seas on a luxury cruise, admiring the water from the sand is equally as enjoyable. These are some of our top spots to book right now.
Bahia Beach Resort, Puerto Rico
It was Hurricane Maria that ripped through his part of the Caribbean, with devastating damage that many are still recovering from. But for this piece of paradise on the northern side of the island in Rio Grande, things may be even better than they were before the storm. A $60 million renovation took care of all damage to Bahia Beach Resort and also involved a redesign of many areas including the rooms and suites. Having visited prior to the damage, I can report that it is one of the most exquisite ocean front developments of anywhere that I have visited. The grounds are gorgeous, the views spectacular and the St. Regis amenities and service stellar. Based on the reports of the accommodations being even more luxurious than before, this is one property that I highly recommend, and it is such an easy transfer with the U.S. affiliation and only a thirty-minute jaunt from the area’s primary airport. Being whisked to the remote setting on over 400 acres filled with tropical rainforest foliage and wildlife feels like being transported to another world. This jungle-like environment just happens to be adjacent to sprawling lawns, beaches and a championship golf course. After experiencing a few days here, tensions melt away and complete pampering ensues. It is family friendly with activities for all ages that also provides an abundance of romantic and private quarters for those seeking a quiet escape by the sea.
Little Dix Bay, British Virgin Islands
If you haven’t been to Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands, this is the year to book the reservation. One of the Caribbean’s most treasured resorts is revealing a renovation unlike any other since its inception more than 50 years ago. The situation is unique as the Rosewood resort had closed in 2016 to the dismay of many repeat visitors with plans to reopen with a fresh look and feel within 18 months. After damage from raging Hurricane Irma, those original plans were delayed, adding years to the original schedule. Fortunately, the long wait is over as they are taking reservations again and have plans to dazzle guests with the transformations and improvements to the very special retreat. It is perhaps one of the most well-positioned and secluded locales in all of the islands, providing a serious escape from the rest of civilization. Spa enthusiasts have a great deal to look forward to as are those seeking adventure, from culinary experiences to countless ocean endeavors. The suites here are breathtaking, with views to match. On my visits to Little Dix Bay in the past, the sheer beauty of the surroundings has always seemed a bit hard to believe. It is that beautiful. The added bonus of having all of the best that the acclaimed Rosewood brand has to offer is even more of a reason to book a visit here, whether it’s for the first time or getting reacquainted with the historic and beloved site.
Eden Rock, St. Barths
This ultra-chic destination has long been a favorite of international rock stars, fashion personalities and jet-setting influencers. The celebrations held on the grounds are legendary among travelers and locals alike. After incurring inconceivable damage along with the rest of this small island, the resort was closed for nearly two years. But after the rebuild Eden Rock has emerged stronger and more enticing than ever, with a number of added bells and whistles not previously enjoyed by their long list of VIP guests. The owners (who just happen to be in-laws to Pippa Middleton) were devastated by the destruction left in the path of Hurricane Irma but committed to making it even more legendary than before. The ‘new’ Eden Rock has all of the elements that visitors love, but with newly added top-tier suites, dining and cocktail spaces, a fantastic art collection and private villas, for the ultimate in privacy. A full-service onsite spa is also new to the resort, which previously lacked the amenity outside of in-room services. It looks like this year’s parties will be back on track and even more impressive than in the past. Eden Rock is joining a number of other high-end resorts in bringing this very special island in the French West Indies back to its formal glory, so visiting this year is an excellent choice. The entire area will undoubtedly be flowing with Champagne and welcoming the world’s most luxurious yachts.