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Epitome of Luxury Resorts
By Marissa Candela

Today’s discerning travelers expect much more than just run-of-the-mill hotel services and amenities, and rightly so. Luckily, many properties are vying to capture their attention with cultural art programs, family friendly packages, multi-million dollar refurbishments, incredible tennis and golf facilities, and so much more. Now, choosing where to stay may come down to simply selecting which features you find most appealing. To start, check out these hand-selected luxury hotels and resorts…

Half Moon Luxury Resort, Jamaica

With summer here and families looking for vacation deals, Half Moon, the luxury resort in Rose Hall, Jamaica is allowing children under 12 to stay and eat FREE with the Good Life and Ultimate Escapes packages. From April 16 –December 15, children can enjoy these perks when they share a room with two adults on the Good Life special or any of the Ultimate Escapes, which includes the Ultimate in Luxury, Total Golf Experience and Half Moon Plan. Set on 400 acres and boasting two miles of white sand beaches, Half Moon offers something for the entire family, such as: a championship golf course, the Half Moon Golf Academy, The Spa at Half Moon, an exclusive dolphin lagoon, 13 tennis courts, squash courts, fitness center, the Anancy Children’s Village, numerous water sports, bars, restaurants, shopping village and more.

 The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Hawaii

The famed “Big Island of Hawaii Resort” has reopened following an extensive multi-million dollar refurbishment. With new luxurious accommodations and amenities of the highest caliber, a revitalized golf course with new club house, and a tradition of excellent service, the goal of the restoration has been met. New amenities at The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel include a spa offering an array of exotic treatments, exciting new culinary experiences stewarded by Executive Chef George Gomes, and newly refurbished guest rooms. Many of the resort’s popular services and activities will also return, including the 13-court Seaside Tennis Club, the Salon at Mauna Kea, play-while-you learn children’s activities, Hawaiian cultural experiences, Art & Garden Tour, yoga and exercise classes, and the Beach at Kauna’oa Bay, offering enhanced beach services and cabanas.


The Regent Bal Harbour, Florida

Art enthusiasts rejoice! Conveniently located 15 minutes from renowned South Beach, the Regent Bal Harbour offers a new Art Butler program, providing guests with exclusive tours of the hotel’s privately commissioned art collection. The hotel is a stunning showplace for contemporary art with a collection appraised at $4 million in 2002.  The experience begins mere steps into the lobby where guests are greeted by a larger-than-life abstract, untitled oil painting by artist Ed Moses. Out on the terrace overlooking the Haulover Inlet stands a towering, 30-foot bronze sculpture by California sculptor Guy Dill, recognized for his abstract Bronze Angel series. Interspersed throughout public spaces, as well as all guest rooms and suites, the collection draws from the hotel’s intricate layout of arches and curved glass facades.

Royal Hideaway Playacar, Mexico

On 13 secluded acres of pure glittering sand, dancing in the light of the sun along the exquisitely blue Caribbean Sea, is the five-diamond, all-inclusive treasure of the Royal Hideaway Playacar, an Occidental resort. Here, opulent comforts are seamlessly integrated to create a secluded retreat. Situated just one mile south of Playa del Carmen, the resort offers guests easy access to all of the Yucatan Peninsula including surrounding Mayan ruins (such as Tulum and Chichen Itza), nearby Cancun, and the sparkling Caribbean. Arriving guests are immediately given the keys to the kingdom, and that means everything from food to entertainment—this is an all-inclusive resort. Six swimming pools (including three relaxation pools), daily activity programs by the pool and at the beach, nightly entertainment, games, complimentary Internet access in the business center, and a video library are just a handful of the dignified offerings.  Sports enthusiasts, from weekend warriors to professionals, will be pleased with the myriad of exhilarating land and water offerings.  All of Royal Hideaway’s six à la carte restaurants creatively cater to the discerning tastes of guests’ palates and appetites.

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