You deserve the BEST in life! Of course you do! When only the finest will suffice, retreat to one of these fabulous hotels or resorts. Whether enjoying the incomparable scenery of the states or taking your adventures abroad, you will be indulged in excellence beyond your imagination.
Stunning ~ The Buccaneer, St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands
This fabulous, five-star hotel dates back to 1653. Well positioned on the eastern end of St. Croix, the 340 tropical acres, beach and golf resort is a magnificent site to behold. Stroll along three of its white, sandy beaches that encompass the Mermaid Beach with its Mermaid Restaurant Bar, Grotto Beach with the shoreline pool and Grotto Grill, and the secluded jewel known as Whistle Beach. Play sets of tennis, take in a round of golf, go jogging on the nature trails or take complimentary scuba lessons. Enjoy salon services, massages, and seaweed wraps at The Hideaway Spa. To take in the incredible ridgetop view of the property, reserve one of the Great House rooms in the historic pink main house. Consider selecting family cottage suites, luxury beachside villas known as Doubloons, or the Ficus Suite. A complimentary full breakfast is served to all guests at The Terrace restaurant.
5007 Shoys, Christiansted, St Croix, USVI 00820, 340.712.2100 www.thebuccaneer.com
Breathtaking ~ The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, USA
Take an amazing excursion to the heartland of America. The extraordinary Osthoff Resort, an AAA four diamond hotel, is nestled in the charming town of Elkhart Lake. This striking, picturesque resort features typical hotel rooms, deluxe rooms and one, two and three bedroom suites with the traveler’s choice of courtyard, woodland or lake views. Suites and deluxe rooms include a living room, dining room, fire place, private balcony, full kitchen and more. For the chef in you, sign on to the French cuisine workshops or cooking classes at the L’ecole de la Maison Culinary School. For relaxation and rejuvenation, make reservations at the Aspira Spa. Sacred Waters massage, Aspira Chroma Lift Facial, or Indigo Journey SpaSuite are quite the experience. Whether desiring to enjoy casual or fine dining, the panoramic views of Elkhart Lake are guest favorites at Lola’s on the Lake.
Fascinating ~ Blue Jack Tar, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Escape to the delightful, calming waters and glistening, sandy beaches of this AAA four diamond, luxury multifaceted complex. Featuring a hotel, condos and villas, family-friendly Blue Jack Tar affords its guests some of the best in luxury vacays in the Dominican Republic. Plan romantic couples, Girls Only, Guys Only, group getaway or corporate retreat at this hidden gem. A gratis breakfast is included with each reservation. Revel in the cool swim-up pool bar, glowing Green Jack restaurant for lunch or dinner, and take in a few rounds of golf, just steps away from the beach. The hotels offers 69 deluxe rooms and six junior suites decorated immaculately. The condos boast spectacular décor, living rooms, dining rooms, full kitchens, and a few have hot tubs. The beds on the beach, ideal for a wedding or other special occasion, are an extraordinary site. Playa Dorada, DO-000, Dominican Republic, 809.320.3800, www.bluejacktar.com
Alluring ~ Magnolia Hotel St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Formerly, the world renowned Mayfair Hotel, this outstanding 18-story hotel, more than lives up to its exceptional roots. Revising the glamour of the 1920s, the newly designed décor is inspired by Old Hollywood. Enjoy various complimentary amenities including breakfast, an evening reception of domestic beer and Magnolia Reserve wine, cookies and milk, and a chauffeured car for downtown attractions and events. Stay in and relax in the rooftop swimming pool, meals at Robie’s restaurant, or step outside and walk to nearby landmarks such as the Gateway Arch, America’s Center or Busch Stadium – home of the St. Louis Cardinals.
421 N. 8th Street, St. Louis, MO 63101, 314.436.9000, www.magnoliahotels.com/StLouis
Mesmerizing ~ Hotel Deco XV, Omaha, Nebraska, USA
This AAA four diamond hotel in the heart of historic Old Market is simply exquisite. The lavish, pet-friendly, boutique hotel’s rooms and suites afford guests one of the highest levels of luxurious lodging. Request a complimentary chauffeured Mercedes ride to nearby shopping, dining, arts, and entertainment. Relax your cares away with an in-room massage. Have one of your best hotel shower experiences with the spa-inspired, rainfall, shower tower featuring three separate shower heads and a wand. After being refreshed, daily, guests can stroll downstairs to enjoy a complimentary cocktail reception.
1504 Harney Street, Omaha, NE 68102, 866.475.3326, www.hoteldecoomaha.com
Captivating ~ Andaz Savannah, Savannah, Georgia, USA
Sited just a few blocks from world famous River Street and steps away from City Market, this chic, sleek boutique hotel has several amenities and perks. Complimentary in-room snacks and nonalcoholic beverages as well as a courtesy glass of wine or pale ale await guests upon check-in. Enjoy the honor snack bar in the hotel lobby throughout the day. The Andaz Savannah experience includes in excess of 150 guestrooms and suites with balconies. Partake in cocktails at 22 Square Bar and farm-to-table dining at 22 Square restaurant. Saunter out to the charming terrace and pool area featuring cabanas to shield vacationers from the heat by day in the summer and a stylish fire-pit for warmth on cool days and nights.
Three of the six profiles (The Buccaneer, The Osthoff Resort and Blue Jack Tar) were originally published in the Upscale magazine 2017 Hotel Hot List of which Leslie E. Royal was a contributor. Follow her @LesliesLane for the most up-to-date information on luxury travel.