Ed Lugo Resort - Wilton Manors, FL
A vacation in Florida may nearly always involve a swimming pool, but we know of no Floridian law which states that the water must be on the cooler side. The pool at Ed Lugo Resort, as well as the impressive waterfall that cascades into it, is always heated. To complete the picture of luxury, the grounds are impeccably landscaped and highlight the use of exotic orchids in the exterior design. This Wilton Manors property in the Fort Lauderdale metro area puts you within walking distance of bars, restaurants, and shops and a short driving distance to popular points in South Florida, including Port Everglades, Miami, and South Beach. After seeing everything the local scene has to offer, unwind in the resort’s covered hammock draped elegantly with fabric, the warmth of the pool, or the massaging water jets of the hot tub while soaking in the soothing sounds of spa music. You’ll be relaxed in no time.
The Green House Inn - New Orleans, LA
Located in the Lower Garden District, the historic Green House Inn puts you in close proximity to all of the must-see neighborhoods in New Orleans, including the French Quarter and the Warehouse/Arts District, and within walking distance of some of the city’s best-known bars and restaurants. Even though it was built in 1840, this bed and breakfast offers guests a number of modern conveniences. All of the rooms come equipped with a king-sized bed, a 32-inch flat-screen television, an MP3-compatible clock/radio, and individual climate-control air-conditioning and heating units. As an extra bonus, the Green House Inn is environmentally-conscious, offering guests all-natural bath products and using sustainable products where possible. The policy here is to “stay… relax… just be,” and at this adults-only property, you’re encouraged to take the policy literally. Guests are permitted to relax in the buff in the inn’s clothing-optional swimming pool. The tree-shaped saltwater pool is a sight to see with its gently hypnotic waterfalls, but equally impressive is the oversized Jacuzzi that flows into it.
Hacienda las Animas - Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Owned and operated by a Scandinavian couple, Ted and Brischa Borchgrevink, this Mexican hacienda is traditional in terms of its architecture and charm but thoroughly modern in terms of its amenities. With its picturesque views of both the Sierra Madres and the Pacific Ocean, the bed and breakfast is situated in the neighborhood of Colonia Buenos Aires, putting you within walking distance of the vibrant nightlife of Old Town, the bars and restaurants of Playa Los Muertos, and the ocean boardwalk, El Malecón. The hacienda’s large terrace offers ample seating that looks out onto the lush grounds with the highlight of the central courtyard space being the heated infinity pool. For convenience, the courtyard also features a bar where cold drinks and complimentary snacks are served. Animal-lovers, especially, will want to stay here, as Ted and Brischa have several pets, including mourning doves, dogs, and cats.
La Bastide des Princes en Provence - Caderousse, France
Food and wine enthusiasts will want to book a stay at this property located in the idyllic French region of Provence. The close proximity to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, which is famous for its wine, is enticing all on its own. Add the opportunity to cook side-by-side with Master Chef Pierre Paumel, and you’ll have the makings of an unforgettable vacation. When Pierre left the highly demanding restaurant industry, he, along with his wife Annie, transformed this authentic 17th-century manor house into an intimate hotel in the French countryside. Sign up for a cooking class and listen to Pierre break down the secrets of traditional Provençal cuisine while he guides you through the preparation of multi-course gourmet meals featuring fresh, local ingredients. To recover from your inevitable food coma, recline alongside either the outdoor pool to take in the rustic sights and the scents of the nearby lavender fields or the more modern indoor pool. Open to guests who are 16 and older, the indoor pool is just one element in the bed and breakfast’s ultimate relaxation space with its mixed-texture design of stone and wood, soft lighting, fireplace, and Jacuzzi.
The Spring - Desert Hot Springs, CA
If you’re in need of an ultimate spa weekend full of pampering, then head to The Spring, a luxurious resort and spa in Desert Hot Springs, California. Two hours from Los Angeles, 30 minutes from Joshua Tree National Park, and a mere 15 minutes from Palm Springs, this boutique resort offers guests an extensive list of massage, facial, and body treatments that focus on cleansing, detoxification, and rejuvenation all while displaying dramatic views of snow-capped mountains in the distance. Soak in the three sparkling mineral pools filled with some of the best water in the world, its healing and restorative powers rivaling that of the mineral water at Baden-Baden and Evian. The water will help relax your muscles and will enhance the benefits of any massage that you schedule. The enclosed soaking pools are maintained slightly above body temperature, while the outdoor soaking pool is maintained at 104 degrees. The temperature of the outdoor pool is adjusted to fit current weather conditions making it the ideal place to unwind in the evening hours and to take in the beauty of the starlit desert sky.