The all-inclusive concept, once mocked for its mass-market approach, has grown up and become more sophisticated. And LGBTQ+ travelers are among those taking notice, as an increasing number of upscale all-inclusive properties showcase their welcoming vibes.
On Mexico’s Caribbean coast, top choices include UNICO 20°N 87°W, which sits on a prime stretch of sand between Playa del Carmen and Tulum in the Riviera Maya. The property shows its friendliness by hosting LGBTQ+ buyout events and welcomes diverse guests throughout the year, with enticing accommodations that include swim-up suites and a variety of sophisticated restaurants. Various properties in the Playa Hotels & Resorts portfolio are also especially welcoming, with LGBTQ+ destination weddings among the offerings.
On Mexico’s Pacific coast, Playa Viva offers a decidedly eco-conscious option, located about 35 minutes from Ixtapa- Zihuatanejo International Airport. With just 12 eco-luxury rooms, including an eye-catching treehouse room, the hotel boasts the slogan “Where Your Vacation Meets Your Values,” and with good reason. Farm-to-table organic cuisine and volunteer programs at a turtle sanctuary and within the local community represent just a few ways this lovely beachfront property invites guests to engage when they’re not relaxing on the beach or at the pool.
Among the big chains, Hilton around Mexico also rolls out the rainbow carpet, with Go Out offers designed for LGBTQ+ travelers at the Hilton Puerto Vallarta Resort, Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort and the new Hilton Cancun, scheduled to open in 2021.
Travelers looking for a Caribbean island experience may consider the Dominican Republic, where the Royalton CHIC Punta Cana Resort & Spa built a reputation with LGBTQ+ travelers ever since it first hosted the annual Caribbean Pride event. Located on Uvero Alto Beach, the adults-only property features six restaurants and various accommodation categories, including the top-of-the-line CHIC Mansion, an 11,500-square-foot, six-bedroom residence perfect for groups of friends traveling together.
Across the Atlantic, Ibiza remains a legendary beach destination for LGBTQ+ travelers, and one of the favored all-inclusive hotels is Grand Palladium White Island Resort & Spa. With multiple swimming pools and a sizeable spa and wellness center, the property is designed to pamper — and its proximity to Ibiza’s lively nightlife and beaches makes it especially appealing for many LGBTQ+ travelers.
New Orleans has a full roster of activities, events and festivals enticing guests throughout February and March.
Located in the South Pacific, The Islands of Tahiti are just eight hours by air from California. Surrounded by pristine, crystal-clear blue waters, the 118 islands and atolls offer natural beauty, authentic island culture and unique French Polynesian style. The Islands of Tahiti are world-renowned for white-sand beaches, stunning turquoise lagoons and varied landscapes ranging from coral atolls to volcanic mountain peaks. Privacy comes naturally in The Islands of Tahiti and offers visitors the space to relax and reconnect and to be Embraced By Mana. Mana is the life force and spirit that connects all things in The Islands of Tahiti.
With Black History Month and Women’s History Month right around the corner, it’s time to highlight and recognize South African women working hard to make the travel industry better.
Since Cheval Blanc, an extraordinary, newly designed and refurbished 72-room hotel owned by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey, launched in September 2021, it has been the talk of the town. Le Tout-Paris remarks about its WOW factor … and the hard-to-get reservations for the 30 seats at Plenitude, the intimate, first-floor gastronomic outlet headed by chef Arnaud Donckele, who earned three Michelin stars at Cheval Blanc Saint Tropez. Reservations are also recommended for Limbar, the ground-floor bakery/café/tea shop/bar where we watched Pastry Chef Maxime Frédéric preparing desserts and an absolute must-have for dinner at Le Tout-Paris, the 7th-floor, all-day brasserie. This brightly colored space, with its raised seating and Fauve-like floor tiles and the adjacent Milanese restaurant, Langosteria, both have access to terraces facing the Seine River, with amazing views encompassing Notre Dame to the Eiffel Tower.
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Nevada-based The Spa at Green Valley by Well & Being and The Spa at Red Rock by Well & Being celebrate the start of 2022 with new health, wellness and spa treatments available through March 31. Both spas offer an array of treatments for guests wanting to relax and unwind before 2022 kicks into full gear.
Now through Jan. 28, JEOPARDY! and Lindblad Expeditions team up for a viewer promotion, the JEOPARDY! Explore Alaska Sweepstakes. The contest will award 10 winners and their guests with an eight-day, small-ship cruise of Alaska’s coastal wilderness.
Go ahead, take a nice, deep breath. Because a Seabourn voyage is all about this moment you’ve come so far in life to embrace. It’s not an escape, it’s an arrival.
It’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Santorini, Greece, with us.