By Zeke Quezada
Travel is a virus that is quick to infiltrate your soul. So, why not let yourself go and feel the power of persuasion when it comes to exploring the world. You can have wine with your trip, but you are going to have to have a sense of adventure and a playful attitude about embracing your wanderlust.
In case you didn’t know it, the first lady is from Slovenia. With that, you may have already crafted an opinion about this small European nation but before you let that sink in you need to know that the natural beauty and the culture of Slovenia should dictate your desire to visit. The Antiq Palace Hotel & Spa is a quaint spot in the nation’s capital steps away from a different Europe than you might have expected. This gem of a property was once a large home, and now after some restoration, it is a boutique luxury getaway for the well traveled. From here you’ll visit the outdoor cafes and take a walk along the Ljubljanica river or spend an afternoon in Preseren Square.
Slovenia, Antiq Palace Hotel & Spa, http://www.antiqpalace.com/
If you find yourself having a meal at a streetside lolo you’ll ponder why you are not staying at a tiny shack on the beach. The thing is that once you feel the atmosphere at the Karibuni lodge, you’ll know why. The views, the service, and the hospitality are the perfect combination of Caribbean ease and French sensibility. The private boat out to Pinel Island and the personalized service at the restaurant will only enhance your St. Martin experience. This is not a hotel. It is more of a collection of small villas with all the privacy of a private residence with just enough island influence to recoup your longing for lazy days with absolutely nothing to do.
Karibuni Lodge, St. Martin, http://www.lekaribuni.com/language/en/home/
Don’t judge a hotel by its size. In fact when in you’re in South Beach don’t judge the Avalon by its restrooms, small rooms or even the noise. Get outside and feel the energy on Ocean Avenue. Look at the décor and inspect the atmosphere. Compile your thoughts and place them in that container you call a memory bank. The Avalon is nowhere near a luxury property but what you get in South Beach is a cultural upheaval in your soul. Music, humidity, flavors, language and so much nightlife that your head will spin. You want to be in the middle of it all, and that is precisely why you are at the Avalon Hotel.
Avalon Hotel, South Beach Miami, http://www.avalonhotel.com/default-en.html
It‘s easy to choose a picturesque hotel in Hawaii because it seems like every property has a scenic view and lush grounds. Napili Kai is no different except that it sits on the shores of Napili Bay. Napili Bay is a quaint but activity-filled cove in West Maui. The edges of this bay are alive with colorful fish and sprawling tide pools while the center of the bay can bring a decent break for those with an urge to catch a Hawaiian wave. The Kapalua Ocean Trail starts nearby, and the trade winds keep temperatures moderate year round.
Napili Kai, Maui, Hawaii, http://www.napilikai.com/
Winter, spring, summer or fall, there is never a wrong time to visit Whistler, British Columbia. From the evergreens to the crystal clear lakes, all the way to the alpine and the glorious glaciers that allow for skiing in the middle of summer, this four-season resort is a destination that is sure to overachieve. A walk n the Whistler Village or a long afternoon in the great outdoors will keep you at peace. The Chateau Whistler is luxury and customer service and Canadian hospitality taken to the highest level.
Chateau Whistler, Whistler, BC, http://www.fairmont.com/whistler/