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13 Tropical Travel Destinations for Summer

Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort – Willemstad, Curaçao 

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Located on the fringes of the hurricane belt, Curaçao’s prime location means tropical storms are typically not a threat to vacation plans, even through the summer – unlike many other Caribbean destinations. The ideal time to visit the island spans the summer (from May until November) because of the lower cost of airfare and accommodations, lesser crowds, and sunny weather in the mid-80s. Located only five minutes from Curaçao’s capital, Willemstad, Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort sits on six acres of oceanfront property and is a perfect destination for the active traveler who enjoys diving and swimming, alongside relaxing and enjoying the island’s famous tropical weather. With many different cultures and ethnicities present on the island such as European, Afro-Caribbean, Asian and Latin American, Curaçao is rich in diversity. The destination is more accessible than ever as a result of newly launched North American flight routes from Newark and Miami, which the resort has made a pandemic-safe experience through their onsite Covid-19 testing facility. Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort is currently investing in property additions such as a dive shop and a palapa coming soon. 

Alaia Belize Autograph Collection – Ambergris Caye, Belize 

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Summer on Ambergris Caye commences with the opening of lobster season on June 1, where local restaurants begin harvesting the Caribbean Spiny Lobster, one of the region’s finest delicacies. Alaia Belize, situated in the idyllic and historic town of San Pedro, crafts an entirely lobster-based menu around the season at its fine-dining restaurant Sea Salt and offers the perfect accommodations to experience Lobsterfest in the nearby town of San Pedro. This beachfront hotel sits just 600 meters from the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve offering stunning views of the Caribbean Sea and featuring a piano bar, wine club, three restaurants, four bars, an onsite dive shop, three pools including Belize’s first-ever suspended rooftop pool and lounge with 360-degree views. The design-forward hotel features 155 guest rooms and suites, ranging from studios to three bedrooms, with a natural color scheme to complement the stunning oceanfront views.  

Botanika Osa Peninsula, Curio Collection by Hilton – Puerto Jiménez, Costa Rica 

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Botánika Osa Peninsula, Curio Collection by Hilton, a new eco-resort set to open May 3, 2022, in Costa Rica provides families with a jumping-off point for an immersive ocean and rainforest experience and is the perfect tropical summer getaway. Positioned beside Costa Rica’s two prized jewels: Corcovado National Park and the Pacific Ocean’s Golfo Dulce, guests can take part in activities from snorkeling within the Golfo Dulce and sport fishing outings from Crocodile Bay (an area famed for sport fishing) to hiking the Finca Raices de Osa Farm to indulge in hand-caught tilapia and guided night hikes through the rainforest. The resort is also home to the Botánika Science and Nature Center, housing local flora and fauna along with residential scientists from universities around the world. The scientists will be available to give lectures on their findings as well as accompany guests on tagging outings, tagging local schools of fish, sea turtles, and sharks. 

Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau – Bahamas, Nassau 

Recent data shows that Bahamas ranked amongst the top international destinations drawing the biggest search increases this year, compared with 2019 (+129%). Travelers can stay at Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau, which opened its doors just last fall for an ideal tropical getaway. The resort is located right on the famous Junkanoo beach and features its own private beach area where guests have access to complimentary lounge chairs, kayaks, and paddle boards. The resort is also home to the Fins Up Water Park that’s complete with an aquatic fun zone, slides, a lazy river, climbing wall, dive pool and grotto. Guests can get in on some adventure on the resorts SurfStream bougie boarding machine or sit back and relax at the one of the multiple pools with private cabanas available upon request. The resort also features the St. Somewhere Spa and Salon, offering a full menu of treatments for the ultimate relaxation; 14 F&B venues including the famous JWB restaurant; and 300 guest rooms all offering stunning views and private balconies/terraces. The resort is also ideally located just steps away from the cruise port and downtown Nassau and offers some of the best rates for day passes in the destination for locals and visitors alike. 

Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico – Rio Grande, Puerto Rico  

Puerto Rico is one of the most accessible destinations for travelers from the U.S. right now with the convenience of travel without a passport. This Summer, travelers can explore the waterfalls in El Yunque National Rainforest, kayak in one of the three bioluminescent bays on the island or see American history firsthand by touring the 18th century fortress Castillo San Cristóbal in nearby San Juan. Set on 72 acres of tropical lush gardens just 15 minutes from the nation’s only tropical rainforest, El Yunque, Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico is a dreamy destination with all-suite style accommodations; three pools including Puerto Rico’s largest lagoon-style pool; a full-service newly renovated spa; five on-site culinary eateries and an 18-hole world-class Tom Kite-designed golf course. Home to Puerto Rico’s PGA Tour, the courses are part of Grand Reserve Golf Club, one of the most prestigious golf clubs in the Caribbean and accessible by Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve Puerto Rico hotel guests. For families or a couple looking for a private getaway, the resort offers private villas, named the Regency Suites which offer an outdoor plunge pool, outdoor shower, outdoor dining area and is steps from the beach. As part of the “Live the Suite Life” package, the resort offers three meals that can be delivered to your villa each day during your stay. 

Club Med Punta Cana – Punta Cana, Dominican Republic 

Located on a 2,000-foot stretch of white sand beach, Club Med Punta Cana offers a tropical all-inclusive getaway with a focus on reconnection and relaxation. Travelers can book at stay in the newly renovated Tiara Exclusive Collection (5-star) space, featuring spacious two-bedroom oceanside family suites, a dedicated infinity pool and bar, and morning room service, and also enjoy the resort’s 25+ included activities from water sports (sailing lessons, kayaking, paddle-boarding, snorkeling) to land sports (archery, dance, tennis, golf school). Families can bond with Club Med’s Amazing Family program, a fun-filled agenda of weekly activities, or enter the realm of acrobatic arts through Club Med’s circus school with acrobatic activities for guests of all ages. Plus, while kids enjoy customized activities at their respective kids’ club, adults can enjoy some R&R in the adults-only Zen Oasis, a wellness-centric area featuring a dedicated lagoon pool with in-water chaise lounges, expansive sundeck with private cabanas, and wellness bar with fresh smoothies.

Rock House – Providenciales, Turks and Caicos  

Travelers looking to experience Turks and Caicos in a new way can be some of the first guests to visit Grace Bay Resorts’ newest luxury resort, Rock House, opening May 1st. Inspired by the Mediterranean, the glamorous resort is built into the cliffside of Providenciales’ north shore, boasting spacious studios and freestanding homes designed by Shawn Henderson and Coast Architects. These homes will include private pools and outdoor terraces, bathrooms with lush outdoor shower gardens, 13-foot vaulted ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize the drop-dead views of the island’s renowned turquoise water. Chic amenities include the largest infinity pool in Turks & Caicos, winding jogging trails, a yoga pavilion and the serviced Beach Club at Rock House, reminiscent of beach clubs in Europe that includes a private beach, a 130-foot jetty stretching into the Atlantic Ocean and oceanfront dining.

Zemi Beach House – Anguilla 

During the quieter summer months, Anguilla boasts vacant powdery white beaches for a relaxing vacation. From sunrise beach yoga to award-winning spa treatments Zemi Beach House, the award-winning luxury boutique hotel on the island’s Shoal Bay East, boasts an abundance of island activities and luxury beachfront accommodations at discounted rates during the summer. Guests can soak up the sun at the hotel’s pools and cabanas, dine on Caribbean-inspired seasonal cuisine at two restaurants and sample high-end rhums at the Rhum Room.  Additionally, Zemi Beach House’s crowned jewel is undoubtedly its award-winning Zemi Thai House Spa. Nestled inside an authentic Thai House that was transported from Thailand to Anguilla in the 1980s and carefully restored on-island spanning 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space – making Zemi the perfect wellness escape. Current offers includes a fifth night for free when travelers book from April 18th through the summer.  

Thompson Playa del Carmen – Playa del Carmen, Mexico 
Thompson Playa del Carmen is a two-in-one adults-only urban resort in the heart of Playa del Carmen’s Quinta Avenida perfect for tropical getaway. The Main House features a signature rooftop playscape with 360-degree views, a block-long infinity pool, panoramic seascapes, two on-site restaurants, live DJs, a vibrant social scene, and luxury cabanas perfect for an adults-only escape. Just a 10-minute walk away, guests also have access to the resort’s Beach House property that features a private beach club with complimentary lounge chairs, cabanas by the pool boasting the best ocean views, beachfront restaurant and complimentary yoga classes. 

Villa La Valencia Beach Resort & Spa – Los Cabos, Mexico 
Los Cabos’ newest luxury resort just debuted along Golden Beach and features the destination’s longest lazy river travelers can enjoy all summer. Measuring 1,148-feet with an art-mural bottom, the lazy river allows vacationers to float mindlessly around this oceanfront locale on a host of luxury pool floats while taking in azure Sea of Cortez views. Other standout amenities include an ocean facing infinity pool, contemporary suites outfitted with private terraces, four Jacuzzis, a luxury spa with hydrotherapy circuit and multiple gourmet dining concepts included in the all-inclusive optional plan. Guests enjoying time under Mexico’s sun will be able to enjoy a boozy tequila cocktail at toes-in-the-sand Barefoot Beach Bar and foodies will dine and imbibe at flagship La Taberna serving a bold selection of Spanish dishes and seafood paired with top wines. With 308 sprawling suites, the resort offers room configurations up to four bedrooms allowing enough space for guests of all ages to relax and retreat to come evening.  

Banyan Tree Mayakoba  – Riviera Maya, Mexico  

Banyan Tree Mayakoba recently underwent a $50 million expansion debuting 7 over-the-water lagoon villas with rooftop pools, 34 dreamy private Beachfront Pool Suites, a brand-new Sands Beach Club encompassing an infinity oceanfront pool, all-day dining restaurant and chic raw bar, beachfront lounge, a larger interactive Rangers Club for kids and ocean view massage rooms operated by the Banyan Tree Spa. The five-star resort also recently launched their long-awaited wellbeing sanctuaries designed to be an oasis of wellness for guests to revitalize every organ of their body and renew their mind. Sanctuary stays include a personalized 64-point assessment based on Banyan Tree’s 8 brand pillars including cultivating the mind, harmony with nature, sustained practices, and bonding and connection, access to 50 simple yet impactful wellbeing activities like ocean breath meditation by the sea and a take-home tailored wellbeing guide.

Banyan Tree Cabo Marqués – Acapulco, Mexico   

Blending Mexican hospitality and Asian refinement, the tranquil oceanside eco-resort features 45 private pool villas and spacious three-bedroom residences set atop the dramatic hillside of Punta Diamante, offering sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and Puerto Marqués Bay. With three restaurants and a bar, in addition to in-villa dining options, legendary “Destination Dining” experiences and al fresco dining that can be arranged poolside, Banyan Tree Cabo Marqués offers a fantastic array of authentic, fine dining Mexican culinary experiences.

Wailea Beach Resort – Wailea, Maui, Hawaii 

At the ocean’s edge nestled between two of Maui’s golden sand crescent beaches, Wailea Beach Resort is the epitome of scenic luxury spanning 22 acres with three spectacular pool experiences, including private floating cabanas and the longest water slide in all of Maui. Distinctive dining options showcasing locally sourced ingredients range from the signature Humble Market Kitchin by Roy Yamaguchi and private candlelit oceanfront experiences to a poolside food truck. Te Au Moana Luau transports guests on a cultural journey through Hawaii’s history with song, dance, and traditional culinary fare. Immersive activities such as Outrigger canoeing, kayak turtle tours, ukulele lessons and nightly fireside s’mores and Mo’olelo (Hawaiian storytelling) round out this must-have Hawaii travel experience. For highly sophisticated accommodations, look no further than the Sundeck Collection which features luxurious indoor-outdoor living with an expansive 150 square foot private lanai for convenient access to the beach walk, lawn and pools.

Atlantis, the Palm – Dubai 
Atlantis, the Palm, located on Dubai’s manmade Palm Island is a five-star resort equipped for the ultimate family-friendly vacation! Guests of all ages have a plethora of activities and experiences to choose from, including world-class, Michelin-starred dining, several pools including The Royal Pool overlooking one of the most exquisite skylines in the world, and of course – the largest waterpark in the world, Aquaventure. Families can enjoy thrill-seeking waterslides, The Lost Chambers Aquarium consisting of 65,000+ marine animals, dive experiences, and WaveHouse, a high-energy, upscale dining destination complete with bowling and surf lessons.