August is National Golf Month, so here are some of the best resorts in the world for spectacular scenery, deluxe accommodations and après-golf experiences.
This summer, Cabot announced its acquirement of Castle Stuart Golf Links and its accompanying resort amenities near Inverness, Scotland. Cabot rebranded the property Cabot Highlands. Situated in the Scottish Highlands, the resort includes world-class golf, and boutique and luxury accommodations at Golf Lodge, Farm House and Castle Cottage. Visitors can also find accommodations at nearby hotels and B&Bs. Castle Stuart Golf Links was recently named the fourth best course in Britain and Ireland by Golfweek.
Cabot Highlands includes an Art Deco-inspired clubhouse, practice facility, putting green and a new short course. The course features holes framed by the water’s edge on one side and bluffs on the other, with rumpled fairway contours and infinity-edged greens that seem perched on cliffs directly over the sea. A second course, designed by golf course architect Tom Doak, will be completed in 2024. The nearby city of Inverness lies 10 minutes away and offers opportunities to experience the vibrant Scottish culture through Victorian-era marketplaces, cathedrals, museums and restaurants.
Cabot Cape Breton
Celebrating its 10th anniversary this season, Cabot Cape Breton is known as a bucket list destination thanks to its dramatic setting atop majestic cliffs in Nova Scotia, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The resort includes a 72-room lodge with ocean views from every room, three exquisite restaurants featuring fresh seafood and endless opportunities for hiking, biking, kayaking and heli fly-fishing. The Nest is a new par-3, 10-hole short course perched atop the highest point of Cabot Cliffs. Summer room rates start at $382 per night.
Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas
The Greg Norman Signature Course at Grand Solmar at Rancho San Lucas, on the tip of Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, spans three different ecosystems and features ocean views at every hole along with a signature island green. The golf course is just 15 minutes from downtown Cabo San Lucas and set in rolling desert foothills that lead to 1.2 miles of pristine beachfront on the Pacific Ocean. The resort boasts ocean views from every suite and standout amenities include multiple restaurants, a luxury seaside spa with private beachfront cabanas, infinity pools, a saltwater lagoon winding through the property and new pickleball courts. Summer rates start at $398 per night.
Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto
Villa del Palmar at the Islands of Loreto is also on Baja Peninsula, about 300 miles north of Rancho San Lucas, on the eastern coast of the peninsula. The area is a rising destination for relaxation, culture and ecotourism, but Villa del Palmar is still a largely undiscovered, peaceful retreat, best known for its secluded, unspoiled setting in Loreto Bay National Marine Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The resort offers four restaurants, five pools, the 39,000-square-foot Sabila Spa and the exceptional 18-hole TPC Danzante Bay Golf Course. The only TPC course in Mexico, this course offers a truly unique golf experience. All-inclusive summer rates start from $354 per night.
For a lifetime of exclusivity and world-class golf, memberships are available at the stunning Montecito Club in Montecito, California. Located 90 minutes north of Los Angeles, Montecito Club is California’s most exclusive private club with a history dating back to 1918. The members-only golf and social club recently unveiled a $120 million renovation, redefining the standard of today’s private club experience with a world-class Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, upscale amenities and dining and a setting overlooking the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands.
With the launch of Octantis in Antarctica last winter, Viking dipped a toe into the growing expedition cruising market and will jump in with both feet when its twin, Polaris, launches later in 2022. The pair bring the total number of Viking ships — river, ocean and expedition — to 97 cruising all seven continents.
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The legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, a Belmond Train, now features a new luxurious cabin accommodation. Eight new suites will grace the train in June 2023 to further elevate the train experience.
Hyatt Regency Salt Lake City comes to Utah this October, conveniently located adjacent to Salt Palace Convention Center. The new hotel features 60,000 square feet of meeting space, one of the largest hotel ballrooms and the most expansive outdoor rooftop event terraces in the city.
Global business travel is making its way back, even as the pandemic and other world events continue to challenge its return. In a recent poll from the Global Business Travel Association, more than four in five respondents (86 percent) from across the industry said they feel more optimistic than they did at the beginning of the year. Business travel bookings, the need to travel to do business and employee willingness to travel are all on the rise.
Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa in Summerlin, Las Vegas, recently announced plans to completely transform its dining space, entertainment offerings and gaming experiences with new additions. Currently underway, new concepts like the famed Thai restaurant Lotus of Siam and the new Greek restaurant Naxos Taverna will soon join the resort.
Frequent visitors to Wisconsin’s Door County would argue a visit would not be the same without enjoying at least one big basket of fried cheese curds. However, there’s far more to the peninsula’s food culture, especially with the influx of competition-class wine producers (particularly Door 44), artisan growers and specialty food producers.
Whether you prefer a villa on the beach or an ultra-luxe suite downtown, you’ll find everything you’re looking for in Los Cabos.
Italy’s Regina Isabella Resort recently expanded its thermal spa program to include treatment for those suffering from long COVID-19 or “post-COVID syndrome.” Sufferers of long COVID-19 display symptoms months after their initial recovery from the virus, with some of the most common symptoms including brain fog, headaches, shortness of breath, fatigue and loss of taste and smell.