Our experiences can shape our personal tastes and style. Even our travels can be reflected in how we dress and how we decorate our home. As winter wanes and spring awaits, it’s easy to drift off into daydreams of exotic summer vacations and luxurious getaways. Today, we’re stepping outside of home design to find lifestyle inspiration in gorgeous landscapes and five-star resorts. Here are some top-rated destinations according to travel experts to consider for summer 2015.
Dominican Republic: Golfers rejoice and start booking those flights because the DR has received the honor of Golf Destination of the Year in the Caribbean and Latin America from the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) multiple years in a row. The Casa de Camp on the country’s Southeast coast is probably one of the most highly regarded courses in all of Latin America with 90 holes designed by the renowned Pete Dye. There’s also a reason why the country’s resorts entertain nearly 5 million tourists every year.
Nicaragua: If you are planning a tropical vacation for a family, Nicaragua offers landscapes, wildlife, attractions, and activities that all ages will find exciting and awe-inspiring. Even The Financial Times reviewed it as an ideal destination for family vacations. From the stunning natural beauty of Lake Nicaragua (the largest lake in Central America) to the sparkling shores of the San Juan del Sur on the Pacific coast, Nicaragua is brimming with sights and rich ecological diversity. It may only be about 0.1 percent of the world’s landmass, but it contains nearly 6 percent of its biodiversity.
Gateway Canyons Resort in Colorado, USA: If you’ve yet to spend time in the wild west of our great and beautiful country, there’s no better time than this summer. We had to get super specific with this destination recommendation, as we’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about this spectacular site in the secluded Unaweep Canyon of Western Colorado. Located at the base of 5 canyons as well as breathtaking plateaus, mountains, and mesas, this luxurious Southwestern resort will have you feasting your eyes on magnificent views. In and around the resort, you can indulge in activities from fine dining to ATV off-roading to even visiting the Gateway Colorado Auto Museum.
Royal Isabela Resort in Isabela, Puerto Rico: Another golfer’s paradise, the Royal Isabela stretches 426 oceanfront acres across Northwest Puerto Rico. Golf Links, the resort’s world-class course designed by David Pfaff, was immediately named “top new layouts to watch” by Golf Magazine and “Best of the Best” by Robb Report after opening in 2012. The gorgeous course views are only secondary to those provided by the resort’s location atop dramatic cliffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Imagine taking in these views from your very own villa complete with a covered terrace and private pool. As you take advantage of top-rated amenities, you can also enjoy the peace of mind knowing the resort is committed to sustainability and environmental responsibility.
Could you see yourself escaping to one of these destinations? Share where you are daydreaming of vacationing this summer.
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