Even MORE Best of the Best from Travel Week ~ Mexico and Caribbean

Beach at Hotel St-Barth Isle de France

Two of my all time "happy places" are...Mexico and the Caribbean! It is hard to be in a bad mood when you are lounging on a white sandy beach with turquoise water lapping at your toes.  When I was in Vegas, I met with people from some of the more well known resorts in both Mexico and the Caribbean, but I am guessing most of you all know about many of those resorts. SO, just as I did on Wednesday with Europe, today, I am sharing a few places with which you may NOT be quite as familiar...so, cue the mariachi or reggae music and let's hit the beach! 

On one of St Barths' most beautiful beaches, the luxury boutique property Hotel St-Barth Isle de France combines the chic sophistication of the French Riviera with the charm of the Caribbean. With just 40 individually decorated rooms, bungalows, suites and villas and its prime location directly on Flamands Beach, it is no wonder this gorgeous hotel is often filled with guests who return year after year. In October, Hotel St-Barth Isle de France will become part of the Cheval Blanc group of ultra luxe properties, owned by the Louis Vuitton/Moët Hennesy Group, no doubt making it even better!

Tortuga Bay in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic is a 15 villa private enclave, designed by Oscar de la Renta, within the exclusive 13,000 acre resort compound of Punta Cana, which offers five miles of pristine beaches and two top ranked golf courses. You can feel the gracious hospitality from the moment your plane lands and you are met on the tarmac for VIP processing through immigration. Private residence rentals are also available.

Anyone who has fallen in love with Rosewood's other beachfront resorts will be thrilled to learn about the opening of Rosewood's newest property in the Bahamas - Rosewood Baha Mar. As part of a new multi-property resort development at Baha Mar which being hailed as the Bahamian Riviera, the area will include a casino, a Jack Nicklaus golf course and a stunning white sand beach. Rosewood Baha Mar will offer the legendary Rosewood service, solitude and privacy, amidst the multitude of activities offered in the surrounding properties. Rosewood Baha Mar will have 200 rooms and suites, as well as five luxurious beachfront villas. Unfortunately, however, for anyone looking for a holiday getaway, the new Rosewood Bahia Mar is not opening until early 2015.

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Talk about a dramatic entrance! Guests at Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico enter the property through a three hundred meter tunnel carved through Pedregal mountain and step into a paradise. Capella Pedregal encompasses 24 spectacular mountainside and oceanfront acres at the very point where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez. Each of the 96 rooms or casitas has a private plunge pool, fireplace and a terrace with sweeping Pacific Ocean views. If you tire of all there is to do at this exquisite resort, the town of Cabo San Lucas is an easy walking distance. 

Don't all of these luxurious beach escapes make you want to sit on the beach with a frozen cocktail in your hand?! We may not be in the Caribbean or Mexico, but it is almost the weekend and it still feels like summer...a girl can dream! 

Have a weekend filled with umbrella drinks and sunshine...wherever you may be wandering...