Season’s Top Destinations for 2012
Contributed by: Andria Mitsakos
With winter fast approaching, it’s time to leave the cold behind and celebrate the start of 2012 with a splurge at a luxe resort. AMPR’s president & CEO Andria Mitsakos has scouted some of this season’s top destinations for 2012 (and some classics with new appeal). So whether you’re thinking of jetting off to a white-sand beach or hitting the slopes in the French Alps, these are eight suggestions that will ensure a relaxed and renewed return.
Punta de Mita, Mexico
Hotel Cinco is the ultimate destination for travelers who are looking to stretch the limits of body, mind and spirit in 2012. The hotel combines the super gorgeous Pacific coastline of Mexico with an unpretentious, pristine organic living experience in a refined atmosphere. Here, a healthy lifestyle is paramount, but shoes are optional. Oh, and as much yoga and stand-up paddle boarding as you can handle! The hotel also offers the complete Gerry Lopez AquaCenter with Surf/SUP Concierge for aquatic adventures of every sort.
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Replenish the soul in the new year with a stay at the Hôtel de la Paix, Siem Reap, a centrally located five star boutique hotel dedicated to community sustainability in Siem Reap, Cambodia. At this stunning holiday destination, guests will have the distinct pleasure of viewing the hotel’s magnificent Christmas tree, an eco-friendly masterpiece composed of 3,000 white feathers. With 107 beautifully appointed rooms and suites and an award-winning spa, this hotel caters to the discerning traveler seeking style and relaxation while also encouraging responsible tourism with hands-on volunteer programs, enabling guests to gain a true understanding of Cambodian culture.
Punta Quepos, Costa Rica
Celebrate the New Year in style at Parador Resort & Spa and enjoy the savings with their New Year’s packages for two. Perched above the shimmering Pacific Ocean, Parador is the perfect destination to start the year with your loved one. Located near Manuel Antonio National Park and other amazing attractions Parador is the perfect mix of relaxation and adventure. New Year’s Eve guests will ring in the new year with festive celebration complete with live entertainment and a spectacular display of fireworks.
Greece, Red Sea and Adriatic Sea
Set sail on the adventure of a lifetime this year with Variety Cruises, the largest small ship cruise company worldwide with a fleet of more than 17 fully owned vessels, including cruise ships and luxury yachts. Variety Cruises offers luxury, premium and casual experiences in old-world or cosmopolitan locales. The family-owned company offers scheduled tours through Greece, Turkey, the Adriatic Sea, the Red Sea, the Mediterranean and West Africa, and a charter yacht program that further traverses the globe.
Nestled in the heart of the Jardin Alpin in the French Alps, the five-star Hotel de Charme Les Airelles is one of the world’s most exclusive ski destinations. The seasonal hotel features a Pierre Gagnaire for Les Airelles restaurant, a 7,000 square-foot Valmont Spa, Children’s Kingdom, an exclusive Valentino boutique, and an Hermes designed horse-drawn carriage. Part of the Lov Collection, Hotel de Charme is conveniently located near the ski-in/ski out Chalet de Pierres. This year, both gourmands and fashionistas alike will be delighted, as this Alpine hotspot is keeping international jetsetters in high altitude style with the Moncler Pop-Up store exclusively for this season.
Sonesta Maho Beach Resort is the go-to family destination for the traveler seeking the perfect balance of relaxation and excitement in the new year. The Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino in Dutch Sint Maarten is a “destination within a destination,” offering exciting nightlife and a variety of accommodations. The 10-acre, 537-room beachfront property features a Casino Royale, Tantra Nightclub, three restaurants, and a promenade of 40 boutiques and restaurants. Guests can also indulge in complete well-being at the world-class Good Life Spa and fitness center.
Harbour Island, The Bahamas
‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry at Pink Sands on Harbour Island, a tropical 18-acre haven, located on Harbour Island in the Bahamas. Along the legendary three-mile strip of pink-sand beach where privacy is key, you can wrap up the year in style with festivities and fanfare that will pave the way for a jolly New Year. Swap frosty snowflakes for soothing sandy beaches, where all is calm and all is bright. From soirees to brunches, Pink Sands offers joyous celebrations of fine wining and dining for all guests on Christmas Eve, Christmas Brunch, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Brunch.
Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Launched in October 2010, the new all-inclusive adults-only Jewel Dunn’s River Beach Resort & Spa is the ideal destination for friends, couples, honeymooners and idyllic weddings. Located a stone’s throw away from the spectacular Dunn’s River Falls in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, this 250-guestroom resort offers complimentary transfers from Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport and features six superb dining options ranging from beach casual to white-glove formal, six bars and a beautiful beach with daily activities like beach volleyball, snorkeling and kayaking.