Although the brisk winter weather is in full effect in San Diego, don’t put your flip-flops and tanning oil away just yet. A tropical vacation to sizzling hot sun, white sand beaches and lush green forests is calling your name.
Think you can’t afford it? The problem isn’t your finances; the problem is your planning. Instead of paying high rates to travel during summer, why not take advantage of low rates and travel to high temperatures in off season destinations? Getting confused? Just follow me…
When the cold winter storms into San Diego, travel smart and seek sun-kissed beaches in Hawaii, Costa Rica, and Tahiti. Not only will you find warmer weather and less crowded resort grounds, but your highly discounted airfare will grant you increased funds for uninhibited vacation fun.
Discover where to go and what to do in our top off season travel destinations.
Sun Palace Resort: Cancun, Mexico Is your biggest vacation pet peeve being surrounded by screaming kids during a romantic moment with your special someone? Or what about the obnoxious flock of aggressive single guys that just won’t leave you alone when your hubby is in the bathroom? Sun Palace is an innovative couples-only escape destination in Cancun that offers a vacation vision as breathtaking as its stunning waterfront surroundings. For a truly romantic Cancun getaway, we recommend Sun Palace. This picturesque Mexican oasis offers 252 rooms, including 20 presidential suites, and most all accommodations come complete with a double Jacuzzi, balcony and ocean view. The essence of Sun Palace is agua – the resort resides on the ocean and boasts three infinity edge pools, a swim up bar, and two indoor pools with two Jacuzzis. Take a swim in the sea and spend the rest of the day making your own waves in the Jacuzzi. Nothing says romantic vacation like swimsuit dress code and poolside cocktails under the hot sun. To keep you looking good in and out of the water, Sun Palace features a luxury day spa and all-inclusive fitness center as well as a schedule of daily activities to keep you on the move. The first-class spa specializes in a blend of Mayan, Oriental and European techniques. Pamper yourself to perfection in one of three specials and private couples’ suites. To top off your romantic indulgence, Sun Palace is home to three dim and delicious restaurants: El Alamo for Mexican, La Tratto for Italian and The Steak for fine cuts and seafood. And don’t you worry, there are five more bars and lounges to keep you satisfied throughout your stay. Sun Palace offers the ultimate luxury stay for two in Cancun, Mexico. For more information about the resort and to make your reservations, please visit palaceresorts.com.
Four Seasons Resort: Bora Bora, Tahiti The Four Seasons Bora Bora is arguably one of the most magical places in the world. When you visit Tahiti you don’t settle for an ocean view; you shack up in a private over-water bungalow where the mesmerizing turquoise ocean is all you see, and all that matters. The Four Seasons Resort offers 121 idyllic hideaways nestling around Bora Bora lagoon and its outer beaches. The famous over-water bungalows perch on stilts above the lagoon, and there are 100 spacious bungalow suites on the property. If you prefer dry land, Four Seasons is also home to two and three-bedroom beachfront villas, each with a private pool. The resort resembles an authentic Polynesian paradise, with traditional teak wood furnishings, high ceilings and roofs thatched with pandanus leaves, and doors that slide open to reveal panoramic fresh-air views of the lagoon. The pristine setting is the perfect backdrop for relaxing spa indulgence. The Spa at Four Seasons Bora Bora is located at the edge of the lagoon, surrounded by tropical groves and the vibrant ocean. The natural resources of Bora Bora have inspired treatments and rituals using natural ingredients of French Polynesia, such as monoi, tamanu, kahaia and vanilla. Arrive early to take advantage of the Spa’s outdoor vitality pool and aroma hammam. Or if you prefer to stay in your bungalow, in-room massage and spa services are available. And then, there’s the pool. The main infinity pool is surrounded with tropical foliage, soaring palms and plush cabana lounges, located just off the beach. Swim up to the bar and cheers your family and friends to the beautiful scenery. For the little ones, there is also a fun children’s splash pad entertainment area. More activities include Catamaran cruises, open-air fitness centers and personalized studio classes, tennis, waverunners, kayaking, shark and bat ray feeding and much more. And of course you’ll forever stay satisfied with four on-site restaurants and bars, each serving unique South Pacific delicacies with gorgeous lagoon and ocean views. For more information about the resort and to make your reservations, please visit fourseasons.com/borabora.
Paradisus Playa Conchal Resort: Costa Rica, Central America The natural beauty of Costa Rica is the largest draw to the area. From the pure blue ocean to the plush green landscape, where you choose to stay in Costa Rica should first and foremost honor and celebrate the surroundings. Enter Paradisus Playa Conchal – an eco-friendly all-inclusive resort nestled between the pristine beaches and lush forests that sprawls 2,400 acres along Costa Rica’s North Pacific Riviera. The Paradisus lifestyle is all about luxury relaxation, and all 406 spacious resort suites and private villas are centered around the expansive lagoon-style pool which is surrounded by thatch-roof cabanas, rich gardens and unparalleled ocean and forest views. More resort-wide suite amenities include a private terrace or balcony, marble floors, deluxe bathrooms, plasma TVs, daily stocked minibar and 24-hour room service. But trust me, no matter how tempting, you don’t wait to waste your trip stuck inside the suite! Get outside and explore Costa Rica’s incredible beaches and the resort’s vast entertainment options. Practice your swing in paradise on the Paradisus’ golf course at Reserva Conchal – a challenging 18-hole par 71 golf course designed by Robert Trent Jones II. Or pamper yourself in paradise at Paradisus’ world-class Ahuia Spa. Just a few spa perks include poolside massages and all-natural therapies adapted from the local culture, such as the signature volcanic stone treatment. Hungry travelers will be pleased to learn there are eight contemporary international dining options and five premium bars and lounges on-site. Get active and make the most of your trip with location-inspired entertainment, include cooking classes, sushi making, wine tasting, flower arranging, bird watching, massage, painting, tango dancing, Catamaran cruises, water bikes, kayaks, snorkeling, canopy tours, bicycle and kayak tours. For an exotic Costa Rica vacation in the height of local luxury, stay at the Paradisus Playa Conchal. For more information about the resort and to make your reservations, please visit paradisus-playa-conchal.com.
Grand Wailea Resort: Maui, Hawaii Voted Best Island in the World by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler, Maui is one of the most popular travel destinations, and for good reason. When you’re craving a tropical Hawaii getaway, we recommend the Grand Wailea Resort in Maui. This vast, plush property is practically an island all its own. From the moment you receive your flower Lei greeting, you are invited into a new world punctuated by decadent spa services, abundant shopping, fine dining, private beach access and ongoing pool adventures. The Grand Wailea offers a variety of accommodations, ranging from Napua Rooms to Suites and Villas at Ho’olei. Enter a Wailea Suite: a richly furnished 1,950-square-foot suite with stunning views of lush tropical gardens, landscapes and ocean views. But you won’t stay inside long with all the exotic entertainment awaiting outdoors. Walk through the resort to your own private beach and be sure to let your concierge know if you’d like to take paddle boards, boogie boards, sandcastle kits, beach umbrellas or snorkel sets along with you. More beach activities include private VIP cabana rentals, kayak tours and scuba programs. Oh, and did I mention that the resort’s beach is the best beach on the entire island of Maui - rated one of the top in the world? The word “pool” simply doesn’t cut it for the Grand Wailea’s full-blown water park. The 4,850-square-foot Hibiscus Pool, strictly for adults only, contains over 2.2 million individual tiles composing a Hibiscus flower design and features two Jacuzzis. The Wailea Canyon Activity Pool is a multi-faceted, 2,000-foot-long, 25,700-total-square-foot, 770,000-gallon pool consists of nine free-form pools at six levels. The pools are connected by a river that carries swimmers along at varying speeds, from whitewater rapids to lazy currents. Wailea Canyon includes four jungle pools, four tile slides, a whitewater rapids slide, a Tarzan pool with rope swing, the world's first water elevator, a sand beach, six waterfalls, caves, three Jacuzzis, an infant pool, and a swim-up bar. Think that’s going to work for you? I thought so. If you ever make it out of the water, the Grand Wailea also offers six on-site dining and entertainment destinations, an amazing row of boutique shopping, a premier 18-hole golf course, full-functioning fitness center with daily class schedules, and of course, a ridiculously indulgent day spa and salon. If you’re planning a destination wedding, keep in mind that the Grand Wailea has one of the most incredible beachfront wedding chapels in all of Hawaii. For more information about the resort and to make your reservations, please visit grandwailea.com.