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Where Indulgence Reigns

Are you ready for a luxurious getaway packed with every imaginable amenity and service? How about a vacation where you can indulge nearly every wish and desire, all while lounging amidst the finest accommodations? We certainly are! Here are some outstanding properties that come highly rated by our crew of finicky globetrotters.

Orlando, Florida

Waldorf Astoria Orlando holds an unprecedented location within a nature preserve and is conveniently surrounded by Walt Disney World® Theme Parks. The Waldorf offers a total of 498 guest rooms, including 170 exquisite suites. All rooms feature marble bathrooms, video check-out, Internet access, and much more. The hotel features a formal swimming pool with private cabanas and access to more than a dozen dining and lounge experiences — including an outpost of the famed Bull & Bear® steakhouse. The Waldorf Astoria® Spa, an award-winning Waldorf Astoria® Golf Club, and complimentary fitness center complete the property’s offerings. Waldorf Astoria Orlando is 20 minutes from Orlando International Airport and offers complimentary transportation to the Magic Kingdom®, Epcot®, Disney’s Hollywood Studios®, Disney’s Animal Kingdom®, and Downtown Disney® during park operating hours (schedule varies seasonally).

Royal Belize Island, Belize

Royal Belize is the only luxury private island in Belize rented exclusively to one guest party at a time. Royal Belize combines high-end accommodations and services with exciting adventure opportunities to create a memorable travel experience. The island is located in the South Water Caye Marine Reserve, a ten minute boat ride from the best SCUBA diving available in the western hemisphere. Even if you are not into diving or snorkeling, there is no shortage of things to do. Guests can enjoy world-class salt water fly fishing, jet skis, kayaks, standup paddle boards, kite board, catamaran, floats, beach games, and lots of spots for laying around in the sun or the shade. The island has five bedrooms for up to ten adults in three luxury, air conditioned villas. A stay on the island is an all-inclusive experience with amazing meals, beverages, local alcoholic drinks, and all island-based activities included in the rate. A full-time staff of seven, including an island cook, concierge, housekeeping and boat captain, ensures that your every need is fulfilled.

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos

Named for the hotel’s singular location at the point of Grace Bay, Point Grace Resort is a unique boutique hotel with 28 luxurious one, two-, three- and four-bedroom suites and penthouses. The resort’s sumptuous accommodations are adorned with the highest quality interiors and accoutrements, and are highlighted by classic turn-of-the-century British Colonial architecture. The island’s finest dining experiences await guests of Point Grace. Grace’s Cottage blends Caribbean ingredients and gourmet cuisine; while Hutchings Restaurant, nestled in a tropical garden setting overlooking the pool, serves breakfast and lunch, and is the focal point of day activities at Point Grace. Guests seeking rejuvenation of the mind, body and soul will find comfort at the resort’s Thalasso Spa, a full-service European-style thalassotherapy spa.

Marigot Bay, Saint Lucia 

The famed and newly redesigned Capella Marigot Bay, located alongside Marigot Bay, was once described by the legendary American author James Albert Michener as “the most beautiful in the Caribbean.” The resort features 124 rooms that include 57 suites (most with their own private plunge pools) with spacious balconies and extensive views of the bay. The lushly landscaped property is also home to the ultra-exclusive Capella Marina at Marigot Bay which accommodates some of the most luxurious mega yachts in the world. Guests are able to arrange exclusive charters with a choice of various yachts including luxury and mega yachts. Capella Marigot Bay is prized for its magnificent setting, nearby rainforests and recreational amenities, which include water sports, horseback riding, fishing, diving, hiking and climbing.

Find these great experiences and more in the latest issue of The Affluent Traveler magazine — in bookstores and newsstands, or ask your travel agent for details.

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