This article appeared as part of the cover package – "Pick Your Bliss" – in the August 2015 issue of Virtuoso Traveler. Five relaxation-driven vacations are profiled. This section is about getting away from it all.
Life is busy and the daily grind can be hard,” says Virtuoso traveler Erik Lisher
, a husband, father, and managing director of a private equity firm in New York City. “There are competing priorities all over the place.” To find balance, Lisher works with Chicago-based Virtuoso travel advisor Shawna Huffman Owen to craft trips in secluded spots around the world. Such escapes, he says, “provide an important respite to relax and reconnect.”
Feeling the need to check out for a while? Check into one of these Virtuoso properties that let you completely disconnect.
Fregate Island Private
Seven beaches, 16 villas with pools, 2,200 free-roaming Aldabra giant tortoises.
“Most people tend to think of Fregate as an adults-only or honeymoon destination, but the resort also does a great job catering to families and has a fantastic conservation program for kids.” – Virtuoso advisor Ginny Caragol, New York City
Villas from $3,250 (including tax); Virtuoso amenities include a snorkeling excursion and sunset cruise.
Nature cruises, a five-bedroom homestead and four villas, farm-to-table cuisine.
“The Seascape villa sits on a picturesque bay with private views. You’ll feel like you’re floating on the sea.” – Virtuoso advisor Katie Schmit, Kuna, Idaho
Villas from $454; Virtuoso amenities include breakfast provisions in your villa and a $100 dining credit.
El Silencio Lodge and Spa
An eco-adventure park, private dinners in the forest, 19 suites and villas.
“Located about 90 miles from San José, this property with its open-pavilion yoga studio is pure peace.” – Virtuoso advisor Jeri Donovan, Lincoln, California
Doubles from $236; Virtuoso amenities include a $50 spa credit and a private coffee-tasting experience.
Home to 24 “sanctuaries” that blend with the natural Caribbean environment, Saint Lucia’s Jade Mountain also produces its own bean-to-bar organic chocolate. “There are also chocolate-inspired treatments at the spa,” notes Virtuoso advisor Naomi Rogers of Caledon East, Canada. “Now that’s complete relaxation.” Sanctuaries from $1,050; Virtuoso amenities include a $100 spa credit.
Located on a private Fijian isle, Laucala’s 25 villas overlook coconut plantations, uninterrupted beaches, and verdant volcanic mountains. “Expect to completely unwind while experiencing a slice of heaven,” says Virtuoso advisor Louisa Gehring of Cincinnati. Villas from $4,600 (all-inclusive); Virtuoso amenities include breakfast daily and a 90-minute spa journey.
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