May is a wonderful time to visit spring gardens, uncrowded beaches and famous attractions. You can find great deals in many off-season destinations, along with fewer crowds than in the summer months. Europe is a romantic destination where you can tour famous sites and sample delicious eats throughout your trip. Visit Amsterdam, Berlin, Portugal or Tuscany, a region famous for its food, wine and historic towns such as Florence, Pisa and Sienna. New York City is in full bloom in the spring: you can see colorful tulips and other spring flowers in the parks. For a weekend of spectacular shows, attractions and famous restaurants, plan a getaway to Las Vegas. Here are some of the top May vacation ideas. Photo: vladimirzhoga/Fotolia
»Dusit Thani Maldives
Visitors can pamper themselves in the natural beauty that is Maldives: white sandy beaches, a turquoise lagoon, and a spectacular natural landscape. Dusit Thani Maldives comprises beach and over-water villas and residencies that are the epitome of contemporary Thai design and traditional Maldivian architecture.
Visitors can relish in the stunning magnificence that surrounds them in this private paradise filled with graceful hospitality, luxurious settings, and delicious concoctions sure to satisfy any palette. Guests are encouraged to take a dip in one of the largest infinity pools found in Maldives, dive or snorkel on the azure beaches, or indulge in a spa treatment in one of their “treetop treatment pods.”
Contact: Hanifaru Bay, Dusit Thani Maldives, +960-660-8888
Great places to visit: Sanibel Island, St Augustine, Philadelphia, Newport Beach, Denver
Photo: Dusit Thani Maldives
»The Broadview Hotel
Once housing low-income housing and a strip club called Jilly’s, today this beautiful Romanesque revival-style building in the Riverside neighborhood in Toronto is home to the upscale Broadview Hotel. Built in 1893, this gorgeous, red brick, multi-storied building has been fully renovated to host an elegant, modern 58-room boutique hotel that has retained many original details while standing firmly in the 21st century with luxuriously appointed rooms and suites, several restaurants, and a wonderful outdoor terrace overlooking the Don River and the city skyline. The rooms are spacious and airy, with original artwork, luxurious Italian linens, and all modern amenities such as smart TVs, free Wi-Fi, and coffeemakers. Some have balconies, terraces, and sofa beds. The hotel is only a few minutes from a tram stop with access to the city center and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Contact: 106 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4M 1G9, Canada, Tel. +1 416-362-8439
Photo: The Broadview Hotel
»The Mandala Hotel, Berlin, Germany
The Mandala Hotel is located on the junction between former East and West Berlin and offers a contemporary and stylish base from which to explore one of Europe’s biggest cities.
The hotel boasts 158 elegantly-decorated studios and suites that feature modern furnishings, ample living areas, kitchenettes and expansive windows with spectacular vistas. Modern facilities include flat-screen televisions with satellite channels, air-conditioning, and high-speed DSL Internet access.
Savor award-winning cuisine at the hotel’s QIU, Restaurant & Bar, where the resident chef will take you on an unforgettable culinary journey as you dine in style overlooking the famous Potsdamer Platz. Spend the day being pampered at the exclusive ONO Spa where a host of professional therapists will take you on a sensory journey with a range of exotic treatments in private spa suites. Try the innovative Iyashi Dome for the ultimate in detoxing, firming, and muscle relaxation. Rooms start at EUR 153 per night.
Great places to visit: Montauk, Tampa, Florida, San Antonio, Tucson, Charlotte
Photo: The Mandala Hotel
»La Scalinatella, Italy
La Scalinatella is a family-owned hotel where visitors can have an intimate, boutique experience while in Italy. A famed and preferred vacation spot for over 60 years, the hotel and its location allow visitors to delve into the unique lifestyle of Capri. Delicious cuisine, an inviting pool, and rooms that relax you just by being in them are just a few of the delights that await visitors at La Scalinatella.
Additionally, the hotel houses a gym, tennis courts, and a concierge that can accommodate excursions such as private boat tours. Surrounded by beautiful flowers, fragrant gardens, and the tantalizing sea, Italy never looked as beautiful as it has from La Scalinatella.
Contact: Via Tragara, 8 - 80073 - Capri Italy, +39 081-837-0633
»Captain Lord Mansion, Maine
Tucked away in the heart of Kennebunkport in Maine, the Captain Lord Mansion is a romantic bed and breakfast escape that will leave lasting memories. Beautifully appointed rooms and suites are decorated in rich ornate furnishings with four-poster beds, plush linens, comfortable living spaces and lovely en-suite bathrooms with indulgent bathtubs, large showers and deluxe bath products.
Sumptuous homemade country-style breakfast is served in the morning, where freshly brewed coffee accompanies organically farmed eggs, steaming pancakes with Maine maple syrup, and freshly squeezed orange juice. After breakfast, unwind with an indulgent spa experience in the comfort of your room as you relax in absolute tranquility. Overlooking the meandering Kennebunkport River, the Captain Lord Mansion is situated just three short blocks away from Dock Square, and is surrounded by a wonderful array of 17th and 18th century Colonial and Federal period homes. Rooms start at $219 per night.
Photo: Captain Lord Mansion
» Villa Mandarin, Turkey
Tucked away in the sleepy hamlet of Faralya on Turkey's magnificent Turquoise Coast, Villa Mandarin is a luxurious boutique hotel with breathtaking views that promises a tranquil and intimate retreat. Stylishly designed to create a comfortable and elegant hideaway for discerning guests who value high standards and a lavish touch, eight beautifully appointed guest suites are havens of luxury. Traditional charm meets contemporary-cool in beautiful hand-carved furnishings and chic décor, while modern amenities, such as air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and mini fridges offer creature comforts.
Wide balconies and private Jacuzzis are ideal for relaxing and soaking up the views. Unwind in style as the villa’s personal chef takes care of your every culinary need with delicious buffet breakfasts, lavish lunches, and sublime five-course meals in the evenings, where you can dine under the stars on warm, balmy nights by the soft glow of candlelight. A stunning swimming pool and outdoor Jacuzzi let you savor lazy days in the Turkish sun, while a range of massage treatments and complimentary therapies will keep you relaxed and stress-free. Rooms start at EUR 235. Read more
Photo: Villa Mandarin
»Hotel Albatroz, Portugal
Offering 44 rooms and 8 suites on the Bay of Cascais in Portugal, the Albatroz Seafront Hotel is located 30 minutes from Lisbon city center. The stylish getaway has romantic rooms with spectacular ocean views, a swimming pool, terrace and a gourmet restaurant which specializes in fish and seafood dishes.
Relax on the beautiful Conceicao beach to quiet the mind, surrounded by the ocean and sounds of seagulls. Choose from rooms and suites located in several buildings around the property. Ask for a view of the water and a private terrace where you can have breakfast looking out to sea. Rooms start at 170 Euro per night.
»Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, England
Visit this country estate in the village of Great Milton near Oxford, England, for a weekend of exceptional food and beautiful surroundings. Take a cooking class at Le Manoir Ecole de Cuisine, which gets our vote as one of the best cooking vacations, and learn many healthy cooking techniques that you can use at home.
Food will be the highlight of your stay - contemporary French cuisine prepared with organic ingredients, many from the hotel's own garden. which grows over 150 different types of vegetable and herbs. The hotel was created by Raymond Blanc, known as one of the top chefs in the world and a supporter of organic food. The hotel and its restaurant, created following Raymond Blanc's personal vision, have received numerous awards, including two Michelin Stars and the Relais and Chateaux Purple Shield.
Le Manoir has 32 rooms and suites, individually decorated to reflect different themes, such as Oriental, contemporary and classical. The hotel is situated on 27 landscaped acres with a beautiful Japanese tea garden, water gardens and a fragrant herb garden which supplies organic herbs to the restaurant.
L' Ecole de Cuisine, established in 1991, offers a series of one, two and four day courses. Whether you are a complete novice or an expert cook, the cooking school offers an informal environment that will inspire the chef inside you. If you are planning a family vacation, the hotel offers cooking classes for kids during certain times of the year - an excellent opportunity to introduce your family to healthy cooking. The cooking vacation package starts from £2,460.00 per room, for the two night package.
Photo: Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
»Dream Vacation Spots: El Secreto
El Secreto boutique resort in Ambergris Caye, Belize presents a luxury experience filled with cerulean waters and a tropical landscape, features that combine to give visitors an authentic paradise experience. The exclusive resort houses only thirteen roofed villas to ensure uncongested privacy and a truly secluded experience in this tropical paradise, but it also has modern facilities and amenities such as a private outdoor Jacuzzi and marble-finished bathrooms.
Visitors can enjoy a number of activities at El Secreto, whether they feel adventurous or laidback: bold excursions to nearby sites, bicycle rides, water sports, and couple’s massages are some of the things available.
Contact: 11 miles north of San Pedro Town San Pedro, Belize, +501 236-5111
Photo: El Secreto
»The King’s Daughters Inn
Overlooking the old oaks of Duke University’s East Campus, The King’s Daughters Inn is part of the charming Trinity Park, one of Durham’s oldest and most walkable neighborhoods. The Inn’s elegant suites are fit for any king’s daughter – original, quirky, superbly decorated and incredibly comfortable.
Luxurious robes, all-natural toiletries and triple-sheeted beds go hand in hand with high tech amenities such as phones with voicemail, spacious desks, flat-screen TVs, Wi-Fi, and individual, personal climate control. Gourmet breakfast, turn-down service with chocolate on each pillow and a glass of port, afternoon tea and cocktails in the evening are just a part of what you can expect at the King’s Daughter’s Inn.
Contact: 204 N Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27701-2009
Photo: The King’s Daughters Inn
»Nam Hai Hoi An, Vietnam
Nam Hai Hoi An - Vietnam is located on the pristine sandy Hoi An Beach in Vietnam. The resort has a top rated spa, gourmet restaurants and a diverse choice of activities, including an 18-hole golf course. Spend your days relaxing next to three tropical pools, get a massage at the spa and sample delicious cuisine. There are 60 one-bedroom retreats and 40 privately owned residences. Guest accommodations offer spectacular views of the ocean. Each of the two- to five-bedroom residences features a private infinity pool. Interiors are inspired by the ancient feng shui philosophy.
For families, the the Kids Activity are is open seven days a week. Activities are divided into two age groups: 4 - 6 and 7 - 12 and include sports, board games and Vietnamese cultural entertainment. Children can learn how to make conical hats and traditional paper lanterns. They can pick local herbs and organic vegetables in the gardens. If you are looking for a unique spa setting, take a look at this unique facility which is set on a lutus pond in Vietnam. Eight spacious treatment pavilions are surrounded by a koi- and lotus-filled lagoon. Each treatment pavilion has its own open air relaxation deck with a deep soak bathtub and a cushioned daybed built for two. You can plan a romantic trip or enjoy this luxurious space by yourself.
Get fit at the modern health club, complete with basketball and tennis courts, jogging paths and complimentary morning meditation and yoga sessions. Swim laps in the Olympic size swimming pool by the ocean. Choose from a variety of massages, facials, body wraps, bathing rituals and other treatments. For couples, there are several Romantic Bathing Ceremonies.
Whether you want to enjoy the action of an open kitchen or have a romantic dinner overlooking the ocean, there is plenty to choose. Taste award-winning Vietnamese dishes at the Beach Restaurant. Rates at the resort start at $488 per night.
Photo: Nam Hai Hoi An
»Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa in Baden-Baden, Germany
If you are looking for unique vacation ideas in Germany, check into the Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa in Baden-Baden. The hotel is located in a charming European valley and offers a great spa, golf, programs for kids and many other activities.
Choose from 100 hotel rooms, junior suites and suites, including the Royal Penthouse Suite. Ask for a room with a balcony, especially if you are planning a summer vacation to Germany so that you can enjoy the clear outdoor air.
Honeymooners can request the Honeymoon Suite, a beautiful split-level suite on the fifth floor of the hotel. The suite has a private terrace overlooking the rooftops of the city and the Black Forest. The resort has a great spa where you can receive a variety of treatments. There is plenty to do for outdoor enthusiasts, including Balck Forest hikes, jogging, climbing and a high-rope course.
The hotel offers a choice of restaurants, including the Michelin-starred Brenners Park-Restaurant with a menu that changes weekly and a view of Brenners Private Park. Wintergarten serves light cuisine with Mediterranean touches. Other restaurants and bars include Rive Gauche, Salon Lichtental, Kaminhalle, Oleander-Bar and the Cigar Lounge.
Room rates at the hotel start at 375 Euro per night for two.
Photo: Brenners Park-Hotel
»Dream Vacation Spots: Hotel Josef, Prague
Hotel Josef is located in the city of Prague, five minutes walking distance from the Old Town Square, Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge, Powder Tower, and the State Opera. The hotel is comprised of two different buildings, Pink House and Orange House, and is a unique European honeymoon trip idea. If you want to work out on your honeymoon, work out at the gym on the 6th floor of Orange House, surrounded by a terrace.
Choose from 110 rooms (8 single, 25 twin-bed and 77 double rooms).
The restaurant is open for breakfast and has views of the hotel courtyard. The bar is open for drinks all day.
If you are coming from the airport or train station, the easiest way to reach the hotel is by taxi. Room rates at Hotel Joseph start at €149 for a Standard Single and €198 for a Superior Double. Room rates include breakfast and there are non-smoking rooms available.
Photo: Hotel Josef
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»Hotel Villa Carlotta, Taormina, Italy
Perched high above the swirling waters of the Ionian Sea with glorious views of Mount Etna, Villa Carlotta takes luxury to a new level. Echoing the grand villas of the South of France, this elegant boutique hotel is surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens and awe-inspiring views to the horizon and beyond. Individually designed and elegantly styled, 23 guest suites, four luxury apartments, and an exclusive three-bedroom villa are sensual and sophisticated.
Tastefully decorated in plush, contemporary furnishings, rich textures and warm, natural hues, each embraces beautiful ocean and garden views. Spacious en-suite bathrooms boast showers and baths with thick bespoke bathrobes and a complimentary range of luxury toiletries. Experience a culinary journey through Sicily at the Villa Carlotta restaurant with a fusion of traditional Sicilian and Italian cuisine, accompanied by fine Italian wines and surrounded by magnificent views. Perfectly located a short walk from the Corso Umberto, Taormina’s famous and elegant pedestrian boulevard, this luxurious villa is an idyllic Mediterranean retreat. Rooms start at $319 per night (hotelvillacarlottataormina.com).
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»Hotel Pulitzer, Amsterdam
Amesterdam is a a fun place to visit - take romantic walks along the river and explore the diverse cultural attractions. Immerse yourself in the city's rich history by booking a room at Hotel Pulitzer, comprised of several restored 17th and 18th century canal houses. No two rooms are the same at the hotel, so you can look forward to a unique experience on your trip.
The hotel is located in the old part of Amsterdam center, a great starting point for exploring the city. Ask the Luxury Collection Concierge to help you choose the best itinerary based on your preferences. Take the Hotel Boat to tour the canals or book the Pulitzer Concierge walking tour of the city. Dine at Keizersgracht 238 and enjoy wine tasting at The Apotheek. The hotel has its own gardens, a romantic spot for relaxing just steps from your room or suite. Rates start from Euro 225.
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Photo: Hotel Pulitzer
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»Galley Bay Resort - Antigua
Galley Bay Resort in Antigua is everything a Caribbean vacation should be. Visitors can relax under the shade of a palm tree as they look out to the white sand beach or beautifully lush tropical gardens.
The all-inclusive vacation experience includes refined accommodation, delectable cuisine, engaging activities such as jogging or water sports, and a view worth every penny. Beachside villas are mere steps away from the beach while Gauguin cottages are tucked away in the gardens – each of the accommodation options allow visitors to relax and bask in the beauty of nature. The resort offers live entertainment, cocktail parties, and barbecues by the bay for an exciting evening.
Photo: Galley Bay Resort
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Visitors can stay mere steps away from the sandy Agios Stefanos beach in Greece in a hotel awarded for its stylish design: Grace Mykonos. Located amidst stunning sea views and idyllic beaches, the hotel is a hop and a skip away from pretty tavernas and buzzing nightlife, allowing visitors to enjoy an all-encompassing experience of Greece.
Visitors can stay in rooms that radiate traditional architecture and local craftsmanship, be comfortable with modern facilities, dine on the native flavors, and take advantage of the in-house gym, pool, and other activities. Grace Mykonos offers guests a renowned spa experience to unwind, de-stress, and relax during their vacation.
Contact: Agios Stefanos Mykonos 84600 Greece, +30 228-902-0000
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Situated on the peninsula of Lapad in the heart of Croatia, Hotel More is enclosed by lush Mediterranean vegetation and remarkable views, giving visitors a feel for the old city combined with bustling downtown.
Visitors are in for a special treat, as the hotel is built above a cave – one that has been converted to a bar while preserving the natural beauty the natural feature offers. If you’re not up for a drink, you can also enjoy a dip in the beach or pool, unwind at the spa, de-stress at the gym, or schedule an excursion at the concierge.
Contact: Kardinala Stepinca 33, 20 000 Dubrovnik, Croatia, +385 020-494-200
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»Hotel Amigo, Brussels
Located in the heart of Brussels, Hotel Amigo is a stylish getaway that offers a great base for exploring the city. You will be right next to the famous Grand Place square, close to Brussels' financial district and within walking distance of the antiques district of Le Sablon.
Ask for a room or suite facing Grand Place square for great views of this beautiful landmark. Other rooms and suites have romantic views of the rooftops of Brussels. All guest accommodations are equipped with the latest technology. For additional space, ask for one of the Executive Rooms which have a separate sitting area.
Ristorante Bocconi serves Italian dishes using local Belgian and Italian ingredients.
Room rates at the hotel start at 660 Euro per night.
Photo: Hotel Amigo
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»InterContinental Resort and Spa Moorea
Visitors traveling to French Polynesia will adore the InterContinental Resort and Spa Moorea, where they can choose to stay in one of the 144 elegant rooms or bungalows decorated with style and filled with modern amenities, have a drink at the swim-up bar as they take a dip in the hotel’s infinity pool, or dine on an array of local and international cuisine.
The hotel is situated amidst a tropical lagoon and scenic mountains, making the location absolutely breathtaking. There are many exciting activities for hotel guests such as swimming with dolphins, scuba diving in azure waters, unwinding at the spa, or kayaking in the surf.
Contact: PO Box 1019, Tiahura, Moorea, French Polynesia/Tahiti, +689-40-551919
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»Hotel Esencia, Mexico
Hotel Esencia is a 50-acre estate originally built as the private home of an Italian Duchess. The private hideaway is on a beautiful stretch of beach by the Mayan Riviera between Tulum and Playa del Carmen, where the Yucatán jungle dissolves into the pristine sands of Xpu-ha.
Visitors to the timeless mansion revel in its cuisine, culture, and comfort, and the 29 suites and villas scattered throughout the property around the Main House allow guests to enjoy a combination of privacy and luxury.
Contact: Carretera Cancún?–?Tulum km 265, Xpu-Ha, Quintana Roo 77750 Mexico, +52 984-873-4830
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»Le Meridien Chambers Minneapolis
Le Meridien Chambers Minneapolis lets you experience a weekend getaway filled with art, design and elegant accommodations.
Original contemporary art from the hotel's owner is exhibited in the Minneapolis Burnet Art Gallery and throughout the hotel. If something catched your eye while you tour the hotel, you can purchase it from the gallery.
In addition to the permanent collection, the gallery hosts temporary exhibits featuring modern artists. Admission to the gallery, open from 11am to 9pm, is free. Le Meridien Chambers Minneapolis has 60 guest rooms and suites with large windows that let in plenty of natural light. All guest accommodations have flat screen TVs and spacious closets. During your weekend vacation at the Chambers, you'll get a chance to admire contemporary art, including 200 pieces found in the guest rooms and public areas. Burnet Gallery offers world class art exhibits for art enthusiasts. Hotel rooms at Chambers start at $265 per night.
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»River's Edge Treehouse Resort
Located on the banks of the Cheoah River in Robbinsville, North Carolina, River’s Edge Treehouse Resort is a warm and welcoming family-run resort that offers comfortable accommodation in the treetops. Treehouses built into the towering trees feature king memory foam bed with luxury linens, fully equipped kitchenettes with coffeemakers, heat and air conditioning, and enough living space to relax in. Each treehouse has a deck with a gas barbecue grill and boasts beautiful views of the surrounding forest.
A delicious continental breakfast is delivered to your door the evening before. Common areas include well-stocked fire pits with firewood and kindling, a barbecue area, picnic tables, and a horseshoe pit. The hotel has fishing gear you can use to try your hand at catching something in the river. River’s Edge Treehouse Resort is conveniently located just a short drive from Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tail of the Dragon with 318 curves in 11 miles, Cherohala Skyway, and the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. Other nearby interests include the Appalachian Trail, rafting on the Nantahala River, and Tsali Mountain Bike/Horse Trails.
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»Grand Hyatt Fukuoka, Japan
Grand Hyatt Fukuoka is a 370-room and suite hotel in Fukuoka, Japan. If you want a traditional Japanese experience during your stay, book one of the rooms decorated in Japanese Tatami Style.
The hotel has a beautiful roof garden, shopping complex, fitness center and a luxurious spa with an indoor pool. Local attractions include Canal City Hakata, Kushida Shrine, Hakata Machiya Folk Museum, and Sumiyoshi Shrine.
Rooms at the hotel start at 22,000 JPY per night (+81 92 282 1234). Fly to Tokyo and spend a few days getting to know this unique city.
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»Sheraton New York Times Square
The Sheraton New York Times Square is located in one of New York’s most iconic buildings and offers sophisticated style, legendary service and breathtaking views of the city’s glinting skyline. Perfectly located on 7th Avenue, this elegant hotel is a landmark within the heart of the city and takes luxury to new heights. Spacious and elegant en-suite rooms feature large windows with panoramic city views, and modern comforts, such as an iPod dock, flat-screen TV and minibar abound. Unique features like double showerheads, plush, imported linen and luxurious toiletries add a special touch.
A state-of-the-art fitness center is fully equipped and offers spectacular city views as you work out. Dine in true New York style at one of four onsite eateries. The Hudson Market serves classic American-style fare and à la carte favorites by day, and transforms at night into the Hudson Market Bistro, where you can dine on marketplace-inspired fare in a sophisticated, yet casual atmosphere. Unwind with a drink in the Lobby Lounge & Library Bar, where an excellent wine list and premium cocktail menu will keep you in good company. Rooms start at $459 per night.
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25 Best May Vacation Ideas
- Dusit Thani Maldives, Photo: Dusit Thani Maldives
- The Broadview Hotel, Photo: The Broadview Hotel
- The Mandala Hotel, Berlin, Germany, Photo: The Mandala Hotel
- La Scalinatella, Italy
- Captain Lord Mansion, Maine, Photo: Captain Lord Mansion
- Villa Mandarin, Turkey, Photo: Villa Mandarin
- Hotel Albatroz, Portugal
- Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, England, Photo: Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
- Dream Vacation Spots: El Secreto, Photo: El Secreto
- The King’s Daughters Inn, Photo: The King’s Daughters Inn
- Nam Hai Hoi An, Vietnam, Photo: Nam Hai Hoi An
- Brenners Park-Hotel & Spa in Baden-Baden, Germany, Photo: Brenners Park-Hotel
- Dream Vacation Spots: Hotel Josef, Prague, Photo: Hotel Josef
- Hotel Villa Carlotta, Taormina, Italy, Photo: Hotel Villa Carlotta
- Hotel Pulitzer, Amsterdam, Photo: Hotel Pulitzer
- Galley Bay Resort - Antigua, Photo: Galley Bay Resort
- Grace Mykonos, Photo: Grace Mykonos
- Hotel More
- Hotel Amigo, Brussels, Photo: Hotel Amigo
- InterContinental Resort and Spa Moorea
- Hotel Esencia, Mexico
- Le Meridien Chambers Minneapolis
- River's Edge Treehouse Resort, Photo: River's Edge Treehouse Resort
- Grand Hyatt Fukuoka, Japan
- Sheraton New York Times Square, Photo: Sheraton New York Times Square
- Cover Photo: Courtesy of vladimirzhoga - Fotolia.com
5 Great Beach Resort to Visit in May
Heron Island, Australia
At Heron Island
, if your not on the sand then you are in the water watching the tropical fish that surround it. That is because the island is relatively small and located right on the Great Barrier Reef. (800 meters long and 300 meters wide). From June through August, this is the perfect location to watch migrating Humpback Whales breaching from the water.
Hapuna Beach, Hawaii
Located in front of the Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel
on the Big Island of Hawaii, this long stretch of white sand is surrounded by rocky outcroppings on both sides. It offers many activities, including scuba diving, sailing, wind surfing, kayaking and whale watching. There are also great sunset and sunrise views from the ocean view rooms at the hotel.
Chesterman Beach is a one and a half mile stretch of sand located along the west coast of Canada. It is home to both Bald Eagles and Ospreys, as well as many other migratory birds. This is a great place for kayaking or simply a romantic walk for two. The Wickaninnish Inn
, located on the north end, can arrange for guided nature walks. The Pointe Restaurant provides excellent food as well as excellent views of the water right from your table.
Kauna'oa Bay, Hawaii
Kauna'oa Bay is like most Hawaiian bays - perfect, featuring palm trees, white sand, and clear blue water. The waves are quite calm and since the bay is very long there is room to spread out. Kauna'oa Bay is administered by the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
, so it is always kept very clean. If you are a hotel guest, you can take advantage of the many activities offered by the hotel.
Many resorts give you the chance to sit on your lounge chair, relax in the sun or take a dip in the water. The problem is that so many places suffer from extreme overcrowding. This a definitely not the case at Vatulele
, a tropical island in Fiji. The property offers a full range of activities including, sailing, kayaking, fishing, and snorkeling. Whichever activity you choose you can be certain it won't be crowded. Book a catered picnic on a secluded stretch of sand. Just a short boat ride from the main shoreline is a secluded tiny island where the staff will drop you off with a picnic basket full of supplies so that you can enjoy your day at the hidden spot.
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