Summer is fast approaching and you are looking to take a week—or maybe more—off from work to go on a much-deserved international adventure. This is the time of the year when the desire to travel peaks, thanks to the longer days and warmer weather—but where to go? It’s a big world out there and trying to choose where to journey can be daunting. So read on to find out about some of our favorite international destinations (and some of the best hotels and resorts in each one) to make summer 2017 the most memorable one yet.
Located in the heart of the South Pacific, Fiji is known for its luxurious private islands, all-inclusive resorts, top spas,culinary destinations and outdoor adventures. Featuring just 18 Balinese-style suite beachfront suites villas, Nanuku Auberge Resort has some of the largest guest accommodations in the islands and provides immpersive cultural programming to ensure every guest leaves with a true sense of place and knowledge of the Fijian culture. Ideal for families or couples, the all-inclusive resort provides each guest with a ‘Villa Mama’ which serve as a hybrid between a housekeeper and a butler, as well as an activities concierge. Guests can choose between kayaking, paddle-boarding and snorkeling at Nanuku reef, specially crafted Nanuku cultural activities, Fijian arts, crafts and cultural workshops, daily-hosted drinks, canapés and more. The resort also offers a pristine two-mile white sandy beachfront and access to Nanuku’s very own two-acre private island located just 20 minutes away from the resort in the famous Beqa Lagoon system of coral reefs. Another stand-out resort is famed Turtle Island, where Jessica Simpson and Britney Spears have both said to have spent vacations. The tiny island resort only books a handful of guests at a time, offers multiple private beaches that couples can occupy all by themselves nearly every day, and a unique environment that fosters friendships among the staff and clientele. Truly a unique experience.
Bali, the island and province of Indonesia, is known as The Island of the Gods due to the great beaches, countless waves for surfing, wonderful natural sites to visit and explore, colorful ceremonies, world-class activities, shopping and more. May and June are shoulder season and coincide with the best weather (drier, less humid) and allow travelers to find good room deals, with some last-minute bookings available. The beachfront InterContinental Bali Resort is nestled in lush tropical gardens, alongside a stretch of prime white sand beach which invites guests to immerse in the ambiance of a tranquil Balinese village. The five-star resort is said to have the best sunset-views at Jimbaran Bay, and affords guests the opportunity to enjoy not only yoga, but also to learn Bayu Suci, which is similar to Chinese Tai Chian, in an early morning beachside class. Vacationers can also learn about traditional Balinese music, take a fruit and flowers decorative or cooking class, and the more active can take a morning Kedonganan Fisherman’s Village Bike Tour or the Sunset Bicycle Tour which, explores the neighboring Jimbaran village.
Tucked away in the northern Caribbean, Anguilla offers a unique blend of high style and low-key elegance along white beaches and breathtaking turquoise seas. Enjoy their endless Summer with near perfect weather, blue waters and balmy trade winds, and take advantage of their premier Summer Prix Fixe & Beyond offerings which offer visitors access to unique three-course menus at the island’s finest restaurants, as well as additional value at select resorts, hotels and villas. Take a day cruising or sailing to many of Anguilla’s offshore cays or secluded beaches, enjoy a multitude of water sports and activities or adventure out to The Old Valley, or dance the night away in sandy Ground. Stay at the Malliouhana, An Auberge Resort, which is a go-to destination for the jet-set crowd and is known for its iconic Cliffside location high over Meads Bay and Turtle Cove, and sweeping 360-degree views of the Caribbean. The 44-room boutique blends modern amenities with the warmth and gracious hospitality of the Caribbean. Its transformed restaurant is lauded as the best on the island. Overlooking white-sand beaches, Malliouhana features a two-tiered swimming pool area surrounded by private cabanas, an Auberge Spa and an outdoor terrace for dining under the stars.
Bora Bora is French Polynesia’s leading lady, filled with beautiful resorts featuring overwater bungalows. Guests can choose to be as active or inactive as they wish to be as they can either lounge on their own private deck and receive room service via outrigger canoe, or can visit the main village of Vaitape to shop and dine, explore Mount Pahia and Mount Otemanu on a guided hike or Jeep Safari tour, or go on popular lagoon excursions include snorkeling, diving, cruising, fishing, paddle boarding, kitesurfing, Jet Skiing, and of course, shark and ray feeding. Immerse yourself in aquatic life and get up close to their resident sea creatures in the Lagoonarium, a protected habitat housing a coral nursery and myriad species of fish. Achieve beachfront bliss at the InterContinental Bora Bora Resort & Thalasso Spa where you over-water villa envelops you in the warm embrace of a tranquil lagoon. Facing the spectacular Mount Otemanu and boasting incredible views of Bora Bora, the resort operates on revolutionary technology that draws seawater from the depths of the ocean and reuses it for electricity. Enjoy everything from rainforest tours, diving expeditions, ATV rides or shopping trips into town, or choose from a selection of excursions and day trips around the island and lagoon that will keep you busy for the duration of your stay.