Wanderlust warning: you may find yourself booking travel after reading this. From relaxing beach vacays to adventure travel and glamping, there's something for everyone (families included). Keep these destinations in mind when you're booking your next trip, plus bookmark our members' recommendations for where to stay and what to do when you get there.
There’s nothing like a relaxing beach vacation, which is exactly what you’ll get with a trip to the beautiful Bahamas. Enjoy the white sand beaches at SLS Baha Mar, complete with everything you need while on vacay: world-class restaurants, bars and lounges; dazzling pools; plus lively nighttime entertainment. It’s family-friendly, too.
SLS Baha Mar
As of just a few weeks ago, Brazil will no longer require visas upon entry from citizens of the USA, Australia, Canada and Japan, making it the opportune time to visit. In May, the Brazilian Hotel Association revealed a major 52% increase in flight bookings since March, which were booked directly following the original announcement that Brazil will no longer require visas. The Brandman Agency founder Melanie Brandman recommends Renaissance Sao Paulo Hotel, The Sheraton Grand Rio Hotel & Resort (with newly renovated guest rooms and suites) or in Rio de Janeiro, the JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro for its stunning beachfront location.
JW Marriott Hotel Rio de Janeiro
Uyuni Salt Flats, Bolivia
Adventure-seekers won’t want to miss the Uyuni Salt Flats in Bolivia. Now’s the time to go, as Kachi Lodge -- the only permanent lodging structure on the flats -- just opened in May. Think: the comfort of a hotel room with a private bathroom, cozy bedding and stylish decor. The Switzerland-based luxury camp experience specialists of Amazing Escapes take guests on adventures like downhill mountain biking on the edge of the Tunupa Volcano, trekking to the volcano’s crater; experiencing the giant cacti of Incahuasi Island; and hiking to the peak of Kachi Island for incredible views of the sunrise and sunset. In certain seasons, guests might even see pink flamingos crossing the flats.
Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
No doubt you’ve seen plenty of Tulum via Instagram, but if you haven't been, a visit to the beach town is a must. The Paul Wilmot team recommends a stay at Casa Pueblo Tulum: “A destination for creative pioneers, modern adventurers and design innovators to stay, explore and connect, Casa Pueblo is located in the heart of Tulum town just two miles from the beach. Casa Pueblo was recently featured in Condé Nast Traveler’s 2019 Hot List as one of the best new hotels in the world. The in-house restaurant, Lovely’s, takes pride in offering food that is comforting, healthful and unique to Tulum. With an open kitchen and wood-fired oven welcoming guests as they enter the property, the restaurant boasts an inviting menu showcasing a commitment to local ingredients and lively flavors.”
Casa Pueblo Tulum
Jessica Aufiero, founder of her namesake PR agency, points to Puglia as the hot destination to visit now. “In the last few years, Puglia has become one of the “it” destinations for summer. Puglia is home to thousands of ancient olive trees, some of Italy's loveliest beaches, a fantastic climate, a series of fascinating towns and some of the best food and wine in Italy including burrata and orecchiette. Since Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel’s wedding in 2012, Puglia has exploded as one of the hottest destinations in Italy, especially for US travelers. I may be biased because I lived there for five years and have several clients there, including Borgo Egnazia, a stunning hotel influenced by the rich historical framework of the region and inspired by the shapes, materials and colours of a typical Puglian village; and Masseria San Domenico, a restored farmhouse from the 14th century that used to be a watchtower for the Knights of Malta and was one of the first luxury hotels in Puglia. For those who want to experience Puglia like a true local, you can rent a 14th century palazzo, masseria, or stay in an authentic trullo, the conical shapes homes typical of the region, from London-based villa rental company The Thinking Traveller."
Borgo Egnazia, Puglia, Italy
If you’re traveling across the pond this summer, make sure not to miss La Dolce Vita at The Berkeley hotel in London. The hotel transformed its rooftop for the summer season to create ‘La Dolce Vita,’ a lemon tree lined oasis for hotel guests and visitors alike. The MCC team describes the aesthetic as "Inspired by some of Italy’s legendary hotels from Il Pellicano to La Sirenuse, the beloved hotel’s secluded garden and swimming pool, usually only reserved for hotel guests, are now home to the sights, tastes, charm and, of course, ‘amore,’ of the Amalfi coast for the summer. Those wishing to be pampered can indulge in the La Dolce Vita treatment designed by the spa to invigorate and prepare skin for the summer."
La Dolce Vita, The Berkeley
Mandy Beck of Cinch PR shares that, “Copenhagen’s weather is supposed to be gorgeous in the summer. It has the best food scene, with so many Michelin Star and Bib Gourmand restaurants including Admiralgade (Bib Gourmand), Reale (1 star), Noma (2 stars), and Geranium (3 stars). It's the perfect, quaint European town to experience culinary creations inspired from across Europe.”
Jerusalem & Tel Aviv, Israel
The team at bread & Butter suggests a visit to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, which are the ultimate complements to each other: “Jerusalem is like no other: it is complex, richly historical and beautiful. The significance of the religious and historical sites to so many is staggering. Then, only an hour away you have Tel Aviv with its fantastic beaches, liberal thinking and delicious food. You can spend the mornings visiting Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv Art Museum, shopping in Neve Tzedek, taking a tour of with Delicious Israel, looking at galleries… and then taking in the scene at the beach in the afternoons. Where to Stay: American Colony, Jerusalem: one-of-a-kind hotel that provides an excellent respite from the busy city. Great pool, gardens and gorgeous suites.”
American Colony, Jerusalem
“With Vietnam’s growing tourism industry, the historic town of Hoi An is quickly rising to the top of the list among the most savvy travelers,” said Matthew Levison, Vice President of HL Group’s Consumer and Lifestyle Division. ”The authenticity of the UNESCO-protected Ancient Town is pervasive from silk tailoring shops and handmade ceramics stalls, to bamboo lantern makers and artisanal coffee roasters. The recent opening of one of our clients, the Four Seasons Resort, The Nam Hai, brought a new level of luxury to the destination with one of the best beaches in the country, a serene spa renowned for its crystal singing bowls and the Nam Hai Cooking Academy keeping the region’s vibrant culinary tradition alive.”
Four Seasons Resort, The Nam Hai, Hoi An
Arizona & The Grand Canyon
Nature lovers have the opportunity to take in the majestic Grand Canyon this summer and retreat in luxury with an Arizona road trip. The J Public Relations team recommends you start at Under Canvas Grand Canyon located just outside Valle, Arizona, or a one-of-a-kind glamping experience. "Then, revive in the red rocks at L’Auberge de Sedona, A Destination Hotel, with two incredible wellness and exploration packages for this summer: the Grand Canyon Centennial package that gives guests the opportunity to soar above the Southwest landmark, while the Intuitive Vortex package offers a curated resort experience based on a personal connection to three of Sedona’s main vortexes: Airport Mesa, Cathedral Rock and Bell Rock."
New York, NY
Whether you’re enjoying a staycation in the city or visiting NYC from somewhere else, book a stay at the iconic Chatwal hotel. It’s the perfect combination of storied design with modern amenities that make NYC travel seamless. The Chatwal, New York is one of the last remaining buildings designed by the famed architect, Stanford White. New for 2019, guests can now navigate the various Broadway productions each season with The Chatwal’s dedicated Theater Concierge, Juan Espinal. The hotel also launched an exclusive collaboration with Madonna and Gwyneth Paltrow’s yoga and spiritual guru, Eddie Stern, whose “Pause & Take a Breath” app is now provided to hotel guests on a complimentary basis. The Chatwal also invites families to explore the city with a brand-new partnership with baby gear company UPPAbaby.
Millerton is a charming and eclectic town in upstate NY, famous for its selection of antique stores, such as Hunter Bee. Pamplemousse PR founder Victoria Hood shares her recs for visitors: “On rainy days you can either find me in the Millerton Movie House enjoying a film and glass of wine, or at Oakhurst Diner for elevated American classics. If you're looking to reupholster your favorite chair, then I highly recommend Leslie Hoss Floods Interiors. She has the most amazing selection of fabrics ranging from vintage to the newest collection of renowned textile brands. If you plan to stay the night, look no further than Troutbeck. The charming 200-year-old property was recently restored by Champallimaud Design, and the property offers a variety of delights including morning meditation, hidden gardens and delicious food made from local ingredients.”
The BPCM team points to Miami as their go-to destination right now: “From the Art Deco-lined shores of Miami Beach to the couture-filled streets of the Design District, Miami is a city that manages to simultaneously pay tribute to its storied past and to remain on the cutting edge of what’s next. It's been a playground for the world’s trendsetters for nearly a century. Summer happy hours—plus Miami Spa Month (July and August) and Miami Space (August and September)—ensure a plethora of activities for those looking to travel to Miami in the summer!” As for accomodations, East Miami (located in Brickell City Centre) is their go-to, with two pools as well as standout dining options. Don’t miss Sugar, the rooftop bar boasting expansive views of the city.
Sugar, East Miami
Boca Raton, Florida
For a laidback and luxe Florida experience, visit Boca Raton. Curich Weiss’s Rachel Kasab recommends the landmark Boca Raton Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort, which was Established in 1926 by visionary architect Addison Mizner. "The luxurious Resort features the newly renovated Yacht Club, Forbes Four Star Boca Beach Club, the Cloister Inn with grand estate views, the historic pink Tower and the Bungalows for extended stays. In addition to that, the Resort offers a selection of 13 world-class restaurants, plus a half-mile stretch of private beach at Boca Beach Club and an award-winning Forbes Four Star Waldorf Astoria Spa with 44 treatment rooms."
Boca Raton Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort