5 Getaways Just for the Experience in 2013

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Getaways are not just for the deep pockets…

Picture yourself in a private villa on a secluded isle in Jamaica with housekeepers and chefs to handle your every need.  The kids are carefree, wife is in heavenly bliss and hubby is thinking, “it just doesn’t get any better than this, next time I just may bring the in-laws!”.

For many, this may seem too far out of reality to even imagine, but you can still dream… right?  Or change your fun priorities to include a little vacation therapy.  And not one of those budget vacations.  blah.  Are those really vacations, anyway?

So take note of these getaways for 2013 to consider… just for the experience.

Sandals Villa Plantana
Villa Plantana by Sandals & Beaches Resorts

Villa Plantana in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

This hidden Caribbean gem is perfect for the family who desires the finer things in life.  “Situated in Ocho Rios on the lush north coast of Jamaica, the villa sits in a quiet corner of the Sandals Royal Plantation Resort – an authentic island retreat that presents the quiet side of Sandals. Villa Plantana extends this intimacy further and provides generous space for total privacy – complete with its own enchanting grounds, chic and expansive living areas, private pool and your own personal chef and butler. Enjoy the best of both worlds with unlimited use of all the neighboring resorts’ exclusive amenities and fine-dining options. Gather friends, as together you create treasured memories at the beach-chic Villa Plantana.” (Unique Villas of Jamaica)

1 bedroom villa starting at $20,020 per week.

The Residences | Bacara Resort
View from the Residence, a villa at Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara

The Residence at Bacara Resort in Santa Barbara, CA

Are you seeking a little refuge on the West Coast?   The Bacara Resort and Spa does not disappoint.  Introducing the Residence, “Overlooking the Pacific – with sweeping ocean views – the Residence is Bacara’s closest accommodation to the beach. This two story, 3,700 square-foot vacation-home-of-your-dreams features two oversized balconies (one with an outdoor fireplace that can accommodate ten people), and two bedrooms, each with a king bed and full bath. There is also a dining room for six, and a large sitting room with a fireplace, wet bar and an oversized flat-screen television.” (Bacara Resort & Spa)

Getaways every member in the family can agree upon.

The Sand Club SCL, St. Barts
The Sand Club SCL, St. Barts

The Sand Club, St. Bart’s

Jump off your puddle jumper into the serene destination of St. Bart’s and lap in the luxury known as the Sand Club, a 6-bedroom villa situated on beautiful Flamands beach that embodies both luxury and simplicity.

From a meet and greet at the airport, to daily housekeeping and you can even hire a chef to keep your bellies full, The Sand Club is a villa awaiting your arrival.

6 bedrooms starting at $14,286 per night.

The Residence, Parrot Cay
The Residence, Parrot Cay in Turks & Caicos

The Residence at Parrot Cay, Turks & Caicos

One of our fave destinations, Turks & Caicos and places to escape… The Residence.  “The Residence is for people who seek extreme comfort and a private stretch of sand that’s both empty and secure. The 60ft by 40ft infinity pool is stunningly dramatic” (The Residence).

It is a 3 villas you can rent separately or together and a 5-bedroom master house, if you want the extra space and seclusion.  The service of a butler and superb service is what one can expect from this Parrot Cay villa.

6 bedrooms starting at $11,200 per night.

Motu Teta – Tahiti

And we just cannot get enough of Motu Teta!  “In the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, in the Atoll of Rangiroa, Tahiti, there is a tropical island waiting to be discovered by you. It is a uniquely special place. Unspoiled by tourism, it is one of the few exquisite beauties left, and one that you can call your very own. Its name is Motu Tetaraire (Motu Teta). Manava!” (Motu Teta).

2,250 sq ft of space with 3 bedrooms, this is sure to squash any worldly stresses you may have brought with you to the island.  Snorkeling gear provided to give you a send off in the inviting ocean of the South Pacific.

Rates, well… if you have to ask.  😉


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Maria writes as well as handle guest post articles for Abundant Journeys blog. Abundant Journeys, an independent travel agency affiliated with MTravel CST# California: 1018299-10, blogs about wellness travel for the discerning travelier in three different life stages: Couples, Travel with Kids and Girlfriend Getaways focusing on Moms. We also enjoy blogging about fine foods and great gifts. Live Life. Must Travel. Start your journey today. Find our stories on JustLuxe.com in the travel section.

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