Great getaways.Taking break away from our routines is a treat we all deserve every now and then, whether we have time for an exotic vacation, a weekend trip or a day at the spa.
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The chic getaways of the moment have never been more luxurious than they are now, according to according to
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3. Laura Q. Hughes, editorial director of Elite Traveler, an ultra-upscale magazine read by 350,000 of the most affluent travelers worldwide in their mega-yachts, private jets and five-star hotel suites.
"The customized getaway is very hot right now," she says. "Chartering a mega-yacht and setting your own itinerary with all of the amenities, entertainment and food tailor-made to your own specifications is the option that many are choosing as a secure and private way to see beautiful parts of the world."
Continually hot as destinations with top quality resort experiences are Los Cabos Los Cabos is a municipality located at the southern tip of Mexico's Baja California Peninsula, in the state of Baja California Sur. It encompasses the towns of Cabo San Lucas and San José del Cabo, as well as the Resort Corridor that lies between the two. in Mexico, Canouan in the Grenadines Grenadines: see Grenada; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; Windward Islands. , Aspen in Colorado and Shanghai in China, Hughes adds.
To make their getaways even more of a custom-designed treat, many travelers are joining concierge clubs that provide access to a variety of special requests for food, entertainment and services wherever globe-trotting members find themselves.
For those who choose the stunning venue of Los Cabos for their great getaway, a paradise awaits.
Located on the southernmost tip of the Baja California Baja California, state, Mexico
Baja California (Span.: bä`hä kälēfōr`nyä), state (1990 pop. 1,660,855), 27,628 sq mi (71,576 sq km), NW Mexico, on the Baja California peninsula. Mexicali is the capital. Peninsula, Los Cabos is one of Mexico's most breathtaking beach destinations, featuring unspoiled desert landscape, white sandy beaches and dramatic rock outcroppings.
As one of the country's most popular tourist attractions, the area offers world-class lodging and recreational facilities, including five-star hotels, luxury condominiums, impressive golf courses, charismatic marinas and exquisite restaurants.
Los Cabos, which is internationally renowned for its exciting and diverse sport fishing, has recently become a major golf destination in Latin America Latin America, the Spanish-speaking, Portuguese-speaking, and French-speaking countries (except Canada) of North America, South America, Central America, and the West Indies. as well. The city hosts the PGA (1) (Professional Graphics Adapter) An early IBM PC display standard for 3D processing with 640x480x256 resolution. It was not widely used.
(2) (Programmable Gate Array) See gate array and FPGA. Senior Slam and has earned full recognition of its facilities in the international community. Its 207 holes designed by sport legends such as Jack Nicklaus Noun 1. Jack Nicklaus - United States golfer considered by many to be the greatest golfer of all time (born in 1940)
Jack William Nicklaus, Nicklaus , Pete Dye Pete Dye (born December 29 1925 in Urbana, Ohio) is a golf course designer and a member of a famous family of course designers. Dye has degrees from Rollins College, Stetson University, and Purdue University. and Robert Trent II, are situated in majestic green courses beautifully bordered by the desert and the sea, making it a one-of-a-kind golf destination.
Another fabulous getaway is a visit to the Mexican Riviera The Mexican Riviera refers collectively to several cities and resorts lying on the western coast of Mexico. Although there are large distances between these cities, they are often referred to as the Mexican Riviera because of their popularity among tourists. : Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo and Acapulco.
Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo is one of Mexico's most exciting vacation spots, offering spectacular beaches, first class resorts and golf, scuba diving scuba diving
Swimming done underwater with a self-contained underwater-breathing apparatus (scuba), as opposed to skin diving, which requires only a snorkel, goggles, and flippers. Scuba gear was invented by Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Émile Gagnan in 1943. , surfing and deep-sea fishing deep-sea fishing n → pesca d'alto mare for sailfish sailfish, common name for a marine game and food fish belonging to the family Istiophoridae and related to the swordfish and the marlin. It is named for its high, wide dorsal fin, colored deep blue with black spots. , marlin and yellow-knife tuna.
Visitors to the beaches during the winter months are also treated to great whale watching Whale watching is the practice of observing whales and other cetaceans in their natural habitat. Whales are watched most commonly for recreation (cf. bird watching) but the activity can also be for scientific or educational reasons. during the majestic creatures' annual migration.
Nearby, the vibrant Mexican Pacific Port city of Acapulco is home to one of the most spectacular bays in the world, making it a favorite stop over the decades for celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor Noun 1. Elizabeth Taylor - United States film actress (born in England) who was a childhood star; as an adult she often co-starred with Richard Burton (born in 1932)
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But Aca, as the locals call it, offers much more than gorgeous stretches of beach: Mexicans and foreigners alike agree it is the perfect place for tourists of all tastes and budgets to swim, shop, dine, party or just soak up the sun. For more information on Mexico, visit www.visitmexico.com.
The perfect getaway in Cancun, Mexico is the Sol Melia Hotels & Resorts' Paradisus Riviera Cancun.
The hotel, which recently became the largest all-inclusive property to receive the prestigious AAA AAA: see American Automobile Association.
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The Paradisus Riviera Cancun has received a bevy bevy
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Travel to Mexico in style begins with the selection of "signature service" offered by Aeromexico, Mexico's largest airline and one of the world's leading on-time carriers. Aeromexico provides service to over 40 destinations in Mexico from cities throughout the Americas.
To take the guesswork out of planning a vacation to Mexico, travelers can turn to the Aeromexico Vacations travel experts--available to help travelers create affordable, all-inclusive packages that cater to their particular tastes and preferences. Aeromexico Vacations maintains relationships with resorts and businesses in the destinations that it serves throughout Mexico. As such, Aeromexico Vacations provides travelers with one-stop-shopping packages that include roundtrip airfare, transfers, hotel accommodations, fees, taxes and optional tours that allow agents to plan memorable vacations for their customers. For more information, visit www.aeromexicovacations.com.
Several other locations in Latin America have been recently tapped by The Washington Post as part of the 10 top international travel destinations worldwide.
For transportation throughout Latin America, American Airlines is the top choice: For 14 years American has offered more flights in the region than any other airline.
Readers of LATIN TRADE have also voted American Airlines the "Best Airline" for Latin America for two years running--citing its coverage of 34 cities in 18 countries within the region.
The company, which employs 6,200 in Latin America, is developing a large new world terminal at its Miami gateway and has re-affirmed its commitment to keep the globe's most modern air fleet as a key force in the region.
Popular now as a Latin American destination is Ecuador, renown for its fascinating volcanoes, tropical beaches, rain forests and historic cobblestone towns. Top choices to stay are haciendas or eco-lodges, such as the Hacienda Pinsaqui--situated at the base of a volcano with centuries old gardens--and the Kapawi Ecolodge and Reserve, which has been praised by ecologists for environmental reasons.
Also popular for adventure seekers is Honduras. Attracted by 400 miles of unspoiled Caribbean coastline, pristine rain forests and majestic mountains, adventurous getaway travelers scuba dive or fish around the Bay Islands off Honduras' northern coast, explore Pico Bonito National Park and visit the Mayan ruins of Copan--one of the top archeological sites in Central America.
The Bay Islands wildlife, such as jaguars and monkeys, can be seen from the inland observation towers at the Lodge at Pico Bonito. At the nearby town of Roatan visitors seeking rest and relaxation enjoy the bed and breakfast accommodations at the Sante Wellness Center day spa.
Nearby in the Caribbean is the island that travel mavens are calling the newest warm-your-toes getaway: Great Exuma in the Bahamas. Much of the 500 mile-long Bahamian island is untouched, except for the new Four Seasons Resort Great Exuma at Emerald Bay, set to open in January 2005. Visitors are also encouraged to consider floating accommodations with weeklong rentals through Bahamas House Boats.
A host of boutique style hotels are expected to soon follow the luxury Four Seasons' lead, but lagging mainstream development is sure to keep Great Exuma a secluded luxury refuge for a while. For information, visit www.bahamas.com.
A current favorite and truly exotic getaway is a trip to New Zealand New Zealand (zē`lənd), island country (2005 est. pop. 4,035,000), 104,454 sq mi (270,534 sq km), in the S Pacific Ocean, over 1,000 mi (1,600 km) SE of Australia. The capital is Wellington; the largest city and leading port is Auckland. , the filming locations of Tom Cruise's "The Last Samurai" and of the "Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy. The island's picturesque landscapes include the volcanic Mount Ruapehu and the farming province of Taranaki, as well as Queenstown and Matamata matamata: see side-necked turtle. .
Due in part to Hollywood hype, New Zealand attracted a record 2.2 million visitors in 2004 up to June--an increase of nearly 10% compared to the prior year. Latest forecasts predict that international visitor arrivals will rise almost 6%, with numbers reaching a massive 3.1 million by 2010.
Exotic and popular also is a trip centered around polar bear watching in Northern Manitoba. The wildlife scene in this central Canadian province--especially in the town of Churchill--is unmatched: Frolicking polar bears are the main attraction, along with the rare Ursus maritimus and the 20,000 snow-white Beluga beluga (bəl`gə) or white whale, small, toothed northern whale, Delphinapterus leucas. The beluga may reach a length of 19 ft (5. whales that flood the western Hudson Bay and Churchill River each summer.
The 1,400 polar bears in the region are accessible to visitors via tundra buggy rides and nature expeditions through the tundra that also feature a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Popular accommodations with travelers are The Aurora Inn and The Bear Country Inn, which shows nature movies--just in cast an outdoor nature trek disappoints.
Attracting new attention as a safari getaway is peaceful Botswana, just north of South Africa. Considered Africa's best-kept secret, Botswana offers spectacular viewing of elephants, lions and giraffes among the wildlife on its breathtaking savannas, wetlands and salt pans. Safari-goers are also often treated to close visits of wildlife neighbors who stroll by their lodge verandas.
Most travelers visit Botswana's Okavango Delta, the largest delta on earth, which is teaming with birds, or the Chobe National Park Chobe National Park
National preserve, northern Botswana. The preserve, which acquired national park status in 1968, borders Namibia and touches Zimbabwe and Zambia, covering 4,500 sq mi (11,700 sq km). It is noted for its wildlife, particularly its large elephant population. , where thousands of elephants gather along the river. For further information, visit Tourism of Botswana www.gov.bw/tourism.