Many would agree that vitamin D is good for you. The sight of the wooly caterpillar symbolizes a sign of a coming harsh winter, assuming unusual amounts of snow and cold temperatures could be in the forecast.
Escaping from feeling of blistery groundhog day winters with hazy skies and bitter cold that chills to the bone may be just what the doctor ordered. We’ve found three tropical destinations that will take the winter blues away and leave you feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and sun-kissed.
1) Rosas & Xocolate (Merida, Mexico) – The place to go for ROMANCE.
This pink colored boutique hotel located in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico has a little bit of everything.
Situated on a prominent corner of the renowned street address of Paseo de Montejo, the hotel restaurant was recently voted one of Mexico’s top restaurants by Travel & Leisure.
A courtyard cafe and casual elegant poolside embraces with the warmth of pink roses and tropical air. With convenient access to all that Merida has to offer, this is the place for couples to restore their romance or individual travelers to fill their hearts with passion.
From aroma-therapy spa treatments to chocolate drizzled refreshments, and a rooftop tequila bar to five star dining, this winter escape will rejuvenate your spirit and remind you what love is all about.
How to get here: United Airlines offers direct flights from Houston (IAH) to Merida (MID).
Must do: Visit the Mayan Ruins of Uxmal, Afternoon coffee and pastries at Pistache, and an evening walk around Centro.
What to order from the menu: Octopus – Octopus crisp, garlic chips, habanero pepper and cherry tomatoes.
2) The Landing (Harbour Island, Bahamas) – Find charm and REFRESH.
Classic Bahamian architecture complete with Ralph Lauren designed rooms, The Landing overlooks Harbour Island’s bay street and harbor. A five minute golf cart ride to a three mile stretch of pink sand will complete your life-long dream of finding the perfect beach.
Rated one of the top restaurants on the island with a wine cellar to compliment, a visit to the candlelit bar is a daily happy hour must. A private outdoor pool provides privacy when you feel like tucking away and getting lost in a book.
Gift yourself a taste of Afrohead Rum or logo’d shirt to cement this charm in your memory forever.
How to get there: Direct flights from Miami (MIA), Ft. Lauderdale (FLL) and Nassau (NAS) to North Eluethera (ELH). A 3 minute taxi ride from the airport to the dock, and a water taxi ride from North Eluethera to Harbour Island will each cost five dollars person.
Must do: Rent a golf cart, lunch at Sip Sip, and morning coffee at Bahamas Coffee Roasters.
What to order from the menu: Lobster Ravioli- This one-of-a-kind dish you will crave for years to come.
3) La Luna (Grenada, Carribbean) : HEALTH
Tucked away, La Luna is the place for the health-minded traveler. An onsite beachfront yoga pavilion and spa will cure any winter cold and boost your antibodies for fighting the winter blues.
Catch of the day seafood entrees will allow you to easily make healthy dining decisions.
Breakfast in bed overlooking the bay through open french doors may be the best start of any vacation you have been on. The outdoor shower and private plunge pools are an added bonus to the private villas awaiting your arrival. The bar area provides an infinity pool with Bali inspired lounge seating, perfect morning to night for sipping cocktails, reading, sun-bathing or engaging conversation with the hotel owners or staff.
How to get there: Direct flights from Miami (MIA), and San Juan, Puerto Rico (SJU) to Grenada (ELH). A 25 minute taxi ride from the airport to La Luna.
Must do: Morning yoga on the beach pavilion, hike the Mt. Qua Qua Trail, and kayaking in the bay.
What to order from the menu: Breakfast- your choice in bed or on your private balcony, you really can’t go wrong.
By Miranda Alfrey
Miranda Allfrey is an avid writer, traveler and an organizational marketing & branding consultant. Miranda has been has been discovering charming destinations for more than a decade and recently made a visit to Merida/Sisal in Yucatan, Mexico where she simply fell in love with the culture. Her creativity and passion for travel and writing, has allowed her the opportunity to work with corporations and professionals across the nation and globally, including the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games where she ran the Olympic torch.
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