Whether it’s exploring a new culture, enjoying a pampering spa treatment or simply soaking up some sun, we know there’s nothing better than getting away from it all and immersing yourself in complete serenity. We also know not all hotels and resorts are created the same. These luxe properties have something for everyone and are out to exceed all expectations with their impeccable service, sophistication and attention to relaxation.
IBEROSTAR GRAND HOTEL BÁVARO
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic IBEROSTAR Grand Hotel Bávaro was designed with meticulous attention to detail and promises to surpass even your highest expectation. A compliment to the turquoise sea, the Greco-Roman architecture is enhanced by teak decks woven throughout the manicured gardens. And residing within the lagoon is a remarkable replica of a Spanish galleon, where music, dancing, and memories await. Around-the-clock room service delivers the best of dining-in and concierge services are available to make any and all arrangements, from transportation to entertainment. Here, you’ll enjoy the finest all-inclusive dining. Treat yourself to a well-deserved couples massage and relax in your well-appointed suite with a whirlpool tub and a balcony made to take in the view. Three sparkling pools act as gracious hosts for relaxation or for refreshment at the swim-up bar. Guests will revel in stunning views from private balconies and enjoy personalized butler service that can arrange shoeshine service, run a relaxing bath, or stock your minibar based on your preferences.
FINCH BAY ECO HOTEL
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador Located 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are among the world’s greatest natural history destinations. Finch Bay Eco Hotel equals this status with 27 rooms and suites that showcase lovely views and include air-conditioning, tile floors, balconies with hammocks and Wi-Fi. Core to the stay experience are the excursions accompanied by naturalist guides around the island or to other islands aboard the hotel’s private yacht. Cruises may include stops in Santa Fe, South Plaza, North Seymour or Bartolomé islands, and always include snorkeling stops. Among Santa Cruz Island expeditions are hiking in the Giant Tortoise Reserve, snorkeling at Tortuga Bay Beach or bird watching at El Garrapatero Beach. Land & Sea Packages include lodging, meals, transfers and excursions. At the hotel, guests can snorkel o? the beach or rent kayaks to explore the bay. The town of Puerto Ayora and the giant tortoises at the Charles Darwin Research Station are a short walk away.
Istanbul, Turkey Raffles is Istanbul’s most exciting new hotel, a fusion of virtuoso architecture, elegant interiors, serious pampering, attentive service and inspired cuisine. It has a stunning vantage point over the Bosphorus and the city, a destination where continents and cultures collide in a burst of innovation, energy, and history. It o? ers a new perspective on a timeless city. The 136 guest rooms and 49 suites are among the city’s largest with floor-to-ceiling windows, and a blend of contemporary and Turkish design. There’s a furnished private terrace/balcony, walk-in closets, rainfall showers, sumptuous linens and a choice of bathrobe styles. Raffles’ renowned butler service is available to all guests around the clock. Guests can enjoy indoor/outdoor swimming pools, and open-air movies at the rooftop theater. A kids club ensures the little ones are entertained. The Raffles Spa is a special treat with three Turkish hammams, treatment rooms, and much more.
OCCIDENTAL GRAND ARUBA
Palm Beach, Aruba Fronting the inviting expanse of the crystalline Caribbean along the frosty white sands of Palm Beach, the five star, all-inclusive Occidental Grand Aruba o? ers rich accommodations, personalized service, gourmet island dining and world-class amenities. The resort’s 356 rooms and suites are lavishly outfi tted with such exceptional standards as marble floors, secluded balconies or terraces a? ording scenic views, deluxe linens and indulgent bathrooms. Accommodations offer high-speed Internet access (additional fees do apply), satellite televisions, gourmet mini bars and in-room safes. Along with gourmand wining and dining options that are nothing short of a culinary adventure, guests have their choice of tennis, snorkeling, scuba clinics, kayaking, sailing, and scheduled daily activities. For guests who just want to relax and enjoy the Caribbean’s trademark sun, there are ample chaise lounges, cabanas, and towel services available by the pool and at the beach. Younger guests (and happy parents) will appreciate the resort’s supervised Kids Club and activities tailored just for kids.