Tulum quickly established itself as the antithesis of crowded tourist destinations like St. Bartâ€™s and Miami. Instead, it has preserved its natural wonders and attracts travelers who like to be active. With pristine beach runs and cliff-side hikes, warm cerulean waters offering kite surfing, paddle boarding and board surfing, the area has effortlessly become a beacon for yoga and other retreats. Thereâ€™s plenty for those who just need a relaxing getaway, tooâ€”an abundance of small beaches tucked away from crowded areas, and Yaan Wellness Energy Healing Spa is a favorite sanctuary. Lounge on the soft, sandy beaches, explore the Mayan ruins, and then relish an afternoon siesta before your next yoga class. Tulum may be an international destination, but its appeal is timeless: natural wonders best enjoyed among simple pleasures.
The Indonesian island of Bali is a hub of international creativity, responsible for fueling a renaissance in art, nature, exoticism and spirituality. The coastal towns of Seminyak, Kuta and Nusa Dua all boast stunning beaches and nightlife, while the central town of Ubudâ€”at the core of the current wellness movementâ€”appeals for its lifestyle and health offerings. For a unique, one of a kind experience, stay at a private villa at Villa Campuhan. Nestled along the shore of East Bali, this thoughtful property features stunning architecture and natural beauty native to the island. As you head north, stop by the Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud Sanctuary, as well as the many museums and ancient temples along the way. Make your final destination the John Hardy Ubud Workshop & Showroom, where guests can tour the open-air design center and watch artisans at work, learning how we hand-weave our Classic Chain jewelry. As part of the tour, visitors join our staff for a traditional Balinese lunch served under the shade of a Banyan tree. The Workshop & Showroom reflect greater Bali: a destination filled with artisan-crafts, authentic culture and beauty with meaning.
Capri, once a sleepy Mediterranean port, is a favorite European island getawayâ€”long a beacon for glamorous stars such as Jacqueline Onassis, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, Rita Hayworth, Brigitte Bardot and Sophia Loren. In recent years, guests have included BeyoncĂ©, Rihanna, Naomi Campbell, Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz and Zoe Saldana. Though April and May are not as warm as the summer months, itâ€™s a beautiful time to visit, when you can capture Capri closer to its native state. Since youâ€™ll be skipping the crowds, youâ€™ll best see the islandâ€™s riches by boat and by hike. Paddle through the ancient Blue Grotto sea cave, take a leisurely al fresco lunch at Il Riccio nearby, and enjoy the bright sights, sounds and tastes of local seafood and limoncello liqueur free of competing tourists. Even though it hosts a quarter-million visitors every year, Capri retains an undeniable coastal resort charm.
Antigua blends an energetic Caribbean lifestyle with tranquility along its shores. Itâ€™s said that Antigua and its sister island, Barbuda, have a beach for every day of the year, most of them waiting to be discoveredâ€”making this a must-visit destination for travelers ready to relax. If itâ€™s total isolation you seek, book a room at the secluded Dian Bay Resort & Spa, or seek out the luxurious Carlisle Bay, set within a rain forest on an isolated beach thatâ€™s helmed by British hotelier Gordon Campbell Gray. Boat enthusiasts wonâ€™t want to miss English Harbour and Falmouth, both famous yachting and sailing destinations that host an international regatta during Antigua Sailing Week in late April through early May.