It is cold and rainy outside but somewhere there are golden beaches, glorious sun drenched days and hours to while away and relax.
Here are a quick seven spots to consider for a quick getaway!
Marriott Stanton South Beach / Miami Beach, FL
One of the only hotels along Ocean Drive with direct beach access, the Marriott Stanton South Beach is situated in the chic South of Fifth district of Miami Beach and edged by a lush green park. Winter getaways spent here give travelers the best of both worlds being in the exclusive SoFi neighborhood (a bit quieter & safer with less-crowded beaches), and just steps from all the city action with top bars, restaurants, and boutiques within walking distance if mingling is on the agenda. Dubbed “Not your mama’s Marriott,” this hotel embraces a cool, trendy beach club ambiance and relaxed luxury vibe. With two oceanfront pools and beachside cabana service, solo travelers can rest easy at Stanton without the pulsing music and Vegas-style pool parties typical of other SoBe hotels. For a little exploration, travelers can grab a beach cruiser outside the lobby and hit the beachfront boardwalk for a nice two-mile ride. Afterwards, travelers can indulge with a hot sea-shell therapy massage using lava shells or a moisturizing "Heart of the Ocean” facial. With two on-property restaurants, including a secret sushi den, travelers can stay put or explore everything that makes Miami, Miami. For more information, visit www.marriottstantonsouthbeach.
Marriott Cancun Resort / Cancun, Mexico
The mysticism of Mexico's ancient history and world-class Marriott service seamlessly come together at Marriott Cancun Resort, an idyllic, indulgent resort destination for weekend getaways, family vacations and couples retreats. Located in the heart of Cancun's Hotel Zone with the Mexican Caribbean as the backdrop, Marriott Cancun Resort exudes home-away-home hospitality, with beach chic, spacious rooms with private balconies and views of the bright blue sea or Nichupte lagoon. A newly renovated lobby and ten specialty international restaurants invite guests to savor Southwestern, Italian, Argentinian, Japanese, Thai and American cuisines while the new SacBé Beach Shack embraces the bohemian atmosphere of neighboring Tulum. A renewing experience awaits at the resort's full-service spa, rounding out a fully reimagined experience that begins the moment guests arrive. For more information, visit www.marriottcancunresort.com.
Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort / Piscadera Bay, Curaçao
Sitting on the shores of Parasasa Beach, the Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort is a 328-room beachfront resort that just opened in November. Playing off the destination’s colorful aesthetic, the lobby and guest rooms feature bold pops of color and varying textures/patterns to give it a modern, Caribbean luxury meets Old World Europe feel. Spanning six acres, the resort features two pool, lush tropical gardens, sweeping ocean views and eight on-property restaurants including the poolside Salty Iguana, Izakaya Sushi Bar, C-Spice for all-day dining, Zala Craft Cocktails and Papiamento Marketplace, named after the island’s local dialect. Guests can also take advantage of the on-property fitness center, or get active with off-property ATV tours, snorkeling or scuba diving at the 65+ dive sites, or hiking Mt. Christoffel with views that reach Venezuela on a clear day. For more information, visit www.marriott.com/hotels/
Wymara Resort & Villas / Providenciales, Turks + Caicos
Wymara Resort & Villas is a sleek boutique resort overlooking the iconic Grace Bay Beach in Providenciales, Turks + Caicos. Offering the perfect balance of contemporary island luxury and feels-like-family hospitality, the property features 91 island-inspired guest rooms, including 32 suites and four penthouses with dramatic water views. Beyond the open-air lobby guests will find a 7,000 square-foot mosaic-tiled swimming pool with floating island pods, world-class spa, 24-hour fitness center and two signature restaurants Stelle and Zest, which offer seasonally influenced cuisine from the corners of Southeast Asia and the Caribbean. Occupying prime Grace Bay beachfront real estate is the playful, rosé-themed Pink Bar where spunky twists on classic pink cocktails have earned it a spot among Turks + Caicos trendiest locales. For more information, visit wymararesortandvillas.
Turtle Beach Resort / Dover, Barbados
Like the turtles that come to nest on the 1,500-ft. stretch of warm, white sands, Turtle Beach is a vibrant all-inclusive in Barbados that exudes an energetic, playful vibe, embracing its south coast locale. Guests can catch a wave while boogie boarding or sailing (all watersports are complimentary), learn how to surf in Aqua School with Captain Sam, or tee off during a free round of golf. After enjoying some island delicacies like macaroni pie and flying fish at Sand Trap, the new beachfront eatery, guests can learn a few words of Bajan slang with dialect lessons, jump in for a game of beach cricket, or take a pastry class. For travelers seeking a little more excitement, they can party at the St. Lawrence Gap, the island’s hub for dining, shopping and nightlife. For more information, visit www.eleganthotels.com/turtle-
Origin and Theory by Ecoventura / The Galapagos
Sitting at the intersection of seven ocean currents, the Galapagos is a remote archipelago that boasts the largest degree of biodiversity in the world.
Thanks to the ships’ cutting-edge design, they sail 30% faster, reaching the Galapagos’ most remote landing spots like
Tagus Cove on the seahorse-shaped island of Isabela, the red-sand beaches of Rabida or the bird-haven that is Genovesa.
The eco-friendly vessels, among the most luxurious and energy efficient in the region, offers two unique, seven-night itineraries to the world's most secluded beaches, putting travelers face-to-face with one-of-a-kind wildlife like marine iguanas, Darwin finches, blue footed boobies and fur sea lions, to name a few. The ships are the epitome of five-star luxury with cabins featuring three-panel panoramic windows, rainfall showers and plush robes - giving guests all of the comforts of home. They're also known for its high-end amenities including a sundeck with chic daybeds, a jacuzzi, a gym, open bar, full-time concierge and four-course gourmet meals. Guests will also enjoy nature hikes lead by two certified guides (the most favorable passenger to naturalist ratio in the Galapagos), glass-bottom boat tours, stand-up paddle boarding, and kayaking. For more information, visit www.ecoventura.com.
The Landings / St. Lucia
Tucked away on the shores of Rodney Bay along an 800-foot stretch of white St. Lucian sands (a rare find on the volcanic island), The Landings Resort & Spa is known for its villa-like suites, iconic mountain views, private marina, and signature inclusions - think beach/poolside butler service, non-motorized water sports, wifi and daily breakfast. With more than enough space for a winter getaway of any size, The Landings’ three-bedroom ocean-view villas, some of which have private plunge pools, evoke a true tropical atmosphere. With a private marina, expansive spa and complimentary watersrports, there’s no shortage of fun to be had on-property. For a touch of adventure, guests can sign up for a guided hike & picnic at Pigeon Island National Park (a local favorite), take a day trip to the Pitons and drive through the sulfur springs, or book a boating excursion right from the resort’s marina. For more information, visit www.landingsstlucia.com.