July 26, 2015 – By Christine Gray
Azur Lodge – Queenstown, New Zealand
Set on a hilltop, overlooking some of the most spectacular scenery in New Zealand, Azur is a distinctively contemporary luxury lodge. Azur features nine identical 800 square-foot villas, all offering unobstructed views of Lake Wakatipu and the mountain ranges. Each villa features open-plan living in the midst of New Zealand’s natural environment, incorporating a lounge, dining area, private sun deck with a choice of either a king or twin beds dressed with luxury linen to promise an exceptional sleep experience. Soak up the spectacular unobstructed views from the bathtub which has been set into a bay window to give you the feeling of being outdoors. Located in Queenstown, known as the “Adventure capital of the world,” it’s easy to go from one thrill to the next during a stay here. www.azur.co.nz
AltaGracia Boutique Hacienda – Perez Zeledon, Costa Rica
A new member of Leading Hotels of the World, AltaGracia Boutique Hacienda boasts the ambiance of a rural hacienda with a welcoming mountainous escape that is easily accessible from San Jose airport. The resort offers a wealth of activities that stay true to its remote roots, including horseback riding and hiking, which are well-balanced with the generous spa and pool for those desiring downtime. www.altagraciacr.com
Stonewater Cove Resort and Spa – Table Rock Lake, Missouri
A hidden gem, nestled on the shores of Table Rock Lake, surrounded by Mark Twain National Forest, this luxury resort combines tremendous natural beauty and outdoor fun with unbeatable indoor luxury. Stonewater Cove is a remote, boutique getaway for romantic trips, family vacations, corporate retreats, weddings, and family reunions. Lake. Forest. Adventure. Spa. Bonfires. Sunsets. Boating. Zip Lining. ATV Riding. Fishing. Kayaking… and the list goes on! www.stonewatercove.com
Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, Tanzania
The 77-room Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti opened in December 2012 and is particularly well-suited for first-time safari travelers, extended families and groups. Two active watering holes on the property allow for magnificent animal viewing at peak times of day and every room has an elevated open-air sundeck providing direct views over the Serengeti. www.fourseasons.com/serengeti
The Lodge at Torrey Pines – La Jolla, California
Overlooking the world-renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course with distant views of the Pacific Ocean, The Lodge at Torrey Pines is a AAA Five Diamond La Jolla hotel located just 15 miles north of downtown San Diego. The Lodge is modeled after the Gamble and Blacker houses in Pasadena, California, two of the best examples of early 1900s Craftsman-style architecture by Greene & Greene. Whether it’s enjoying the beach, the Torrey Pines State Reserve, outdoor sports, the indoor library of games, or local attractions, there are numerous activities to choose from here. www.lodgetorreypines.com
Singita Launches New Ebony Lodge
This June, Singita unveiled a complete re-design of its original lodge, Singita Ebony, in South Africa. Singita Ebony is where the story began twenty-two years ago on land owned by Singita founder, Luke Bailes. Situated over the Sand River, Singita Ebony Lodge is already considered one of Africa’s most iconic lodges and was revolutionary in its pioneering approach to the modern luxury safari experience. The new Ebony, however, takes safari design and style to a new level altogether. Guests will be immersed in nature with huge open spaces and interiors inspired by a combination of local tribal culture and the animal kingdom. www.singita.com/ebony-lodge/
Berkeley River Lodge, Western Australia’s Most Luxurious and Unique Getaway
The Berkeley River Lodge, a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is one of Australia’s most spectacular and beautiful retreats. The Lodge is located in the heart of one of the last wilderness areas on Earth, right in between the Timor Sea sunrise and Berkeley River sunset where ultimate adventures await. Set amidst the ancient wonders of Western Australia’s Kimberley region — which was voted “The #2 Destination to Visit Worldwide” by Lonely Planet in 2014, the Berkeley River Lodge is truly the ultimate in barefoot luxury, only moments from secluded white beaches. Unique experiences on offer include: Helicopter flights; epic fishing expeditions; cruises along the majestic Berkeley River exploring majestic river gorges, swimming in the crystal clear pools of nearby waterfalls and wilderness picnics. www.berkeleyriver.com.au
It is with great pride that we announce our inclusion on Business Insider’s 2016 list of the best hotels in every state. -Stonewater Cove Resort and Spa. Mark Twain National Forest. Missouri.
by Talia Avakian,
Lauren Browning and Asta Thrastardottir contributed to an earlier version of this post.
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September 27, 2015 by Stephanie Butler.
These 14 Romantic Spots In Missouri Are Perfect To Take That Special Someone
Fall is a beautiful time in Missouri but it doesn’t always last very long, so now is the perfect time for a day trip or weekend getaway to one of these romantic spots. Here are some ideas for the next rendezvous with your special someone! …To read more, please click here: http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/missouri/romantic-spots-mo/.
Published by Dallas Morning News
Planning a family reunion? Here are five ideas to consider…
Arts & Life Travel Columnists Lynn O’Rourke Hayes
Lynn O’Rourke Hayes lohayes@FamilyTravel.com
Published: 24 July 2015 11:07 PM
Updated: 24 July 2015 11:50 PM
Planning a family reunion? Here are five ideas to consider:
1. Otesaga Resort, Cooperstown, N.Y. Sports-loving families can gather in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains, in a town perhaps best-known for the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Check out the Farmer’s Museum and the Fenimore Art Museum, play golf, visit a cider mill and relax on the shores of Lake Otsego.
Stay at the Otesaga Resort Hotel where you can share stories around the pool and plan future adventures.
Contact: otesaga.com; thisiscooperstown.com
2. JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, Ariz. Rich in history, this Sonoran Desert resort is nestled at the base of Paradise Valley’s Mummy Mountain. Stay in pueblo-style casitas, hang with the kids at the Jackrabbit Pool complex or hike in the nearby mountain preserve.
Spa lovers shouldn’t miss the opportunity to revive their spirits in the 32,000-square-foot spa, where indigenous plants and minerals are utilized to enhance your well-being. Plan a family golf outing on the new Ambiente course.
Contact: camelbackspa.com; camelbackinn.com
3. Rainbow Trout Ranch, Antonito, Colo. Fly-fish on a private stretch of the Conejos River, hike in the San Juans and relax around an evening campfire. Saddle up as a clan and enjoy a relaxing amble through the pines, watch the youngsters make new friends in the kid’s camp or float through nearby whitewater.
Stay in two- and three-bedroom cabins, where front porches provide stunning views and an ideal place to gather.
4. Stonewater Cove Resort, Shell Knob, Mo. Who knows how to water-ski? Or wakeboard? Who wants to learn?
Gather your gang on Table Rock Lake and learn a new sport. Your home base is a resort surrounded by 500 forested foothills and ideal for an active clan eager to kayak, hike, bike, zip-line and check out the spa before relaxing over board games in the lounge or in the hot tub overlooking the pristine lake.
5. South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island, Fla. Choose from hotel rooms, cottages and villas within 330 seaside acres when you reunite on this former Key lime plantation.
Engage in water sports, mangrove exploration, tennis, golf and bike riding. Later, gather for sunset seashell collecting on the 2-mile white sandy beach.
Lynn O’Rourke Hayes is the editor of familytravel.com.
(Lynn O’Rourke Hayes is the editor of FamilyTravel.com. Email her at lohayes@FamilyTravel.com.)
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(Article republished as “Family Travel Five: Get the whole family together for a getaway reunion” on July 27, 2015 by Oklahoman Online
By VacationIdea Staff. Last Updated on July 9, 2015. Dream Vacation Magazine >> Midwest Vacations >> 20 Best Relaxing Weekend Getaways in Missouri
From scenic lake getaways and golf resorts to romantic inns and historic B&Bs, Missouri offers many great options for a perfect weekend escape. Couples looking for romance can check into a peaceful country getaway, or head to St. Louis or Kansas City to visit museums, go on food tours and see a show. Families can spend a weekend next to the pool or a lake, go hiking, fishing and have fun with a variety of outdoor adventures. Don’t miss: 10 Great Things to Do in Kansas City.
Located at Table Rock Lake, the Stonewater Cove Resort & Spa is a 500-acre all-inclusive hideaway surrounded by Mark Twain National Forest. The resort overlooks the lake, offering guests the chance to create their own itinerary filled with outdoor activities, including hiking, yoga, boating, fishing, kayaking and bonfires. Once you are done having fun outdoors, head to the spa for an afternoon of pampering and relaxation. Accommodations include deluxe rooms, one-, two- and three-bedroom suites, each with a rustic feel and amazing views. During your stay, head to the lounge or relax in the hot tub, pool or while sitting on the dock. Hors d’oeuvres, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages are available throughout the day. Another part of the experience provided is the option to include meals with your stay. Onsite chefs prepare a menu at The Lodge with delicious options. Scheduled meals encourage mingling allowing you to swap stories about your vacation adventures. All-inclusive rates start at $535 per night, including all meals, valet parking and resort amenities (website).
The Fleur-de-Lys Mansion in St. Louis is a boutique hotel that provides a luxurious experience with plush amenities ranging from lavender sheets to in-room Jacuzzis that will make you feel pampered you during your romantic stay. Choose from one of four luxurious guest rooms uniquely decorated to capture the timeless elegance of the 19th century. The Forest Park Room includes an original mural, a king size bed and a Jacuzzi for two. The hot tub is relaxing and a great place to unwind. The hotel is surrounded with beautiful gardens inviting you to take a romantic walk. It is easy to get out of the comfortable bed during your stay because of the delicious breakfast. With dishes such as Parmesan and Herb Baked Eggs to Strawberry Shortcake French Toast, your day will start right. Rooms start at $160 per night (website).
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The Hotel Fredrick was originally built in 1905 and has been renovated to provide guests with an opportunity to experience an elegant stay in a turn of the 20th century hotel. Located in downtown Boonville, this classic property is filled with antiques, art and an amazing map collection with pieces dating back to the 1800’s. The Hotel Fredrick offers 25 rooms and suites featuring etched glass bathroom doors, rain showers and some with air jet tubs. Guests will enjoy free internet access, plush robes and luxury sheets. Many rooms offer sitting areas and trundle beds, perfect for families. The Fred is the onsite restaurant open for lunch and dinner on most days. The lounge, open Tuesday – Sunday, is a comfortable and elegant eatery serving tasty appetizers, hand crafted sandwiches and entrees. Rooms start at $99 per night (website).
Just 30 minutes from downtown Kansas City, The Inn on Crescent Lake in Excelsior Springs is the perfect weekend getaway to relax and rejuvenate. Located in Excelsior Springs, this charming 1915 Georgian Colonial mansion sits between two crescent-shaped ponds on 22 acres. The Inn at Crescent Lake has 10 luxurious rooms which include private baths, in-room adjustable thermostats and TVs with premium channels. There is a computer available for your use in the living room and Wi-Fi is accessible in each room. While at the Inn, your days are filled with riding in paddle boats, fishing, walking along the trails, and bird watching. When you return to the bed and breakfast, relax in the solarium, play ping pong or nap in a hammock. Each day starts with a fresh, hearty full breakfast served with hot coffee in the brightly lit solarium. Rooms start at $125 per night (website).
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Located in Sunrise Beach, Lakeview Resort provides engaging and enjoyable lakefront family adventures: the Natural Pebble Swim Area, fitness room, sand volleyball, tennis, fishing, and plenty of water fun. There are 80 cottages to choose from, including cozy lakeside cottages for two, units with 1-6 rooms in the lodge, and 2 – 5 bedroom condos allowing you to choose your perfect accommodation for family fun. Each unit includes a full kitchen with utensils so that you can prepare a meal and enjoy sitting on a deck or lakeside. Many units also include pull out sleeper sofas. Affordable RV Sites and covered boat slips are available for rent as well. Cottages start at $174 per night (website).
Located in Ridgedale, the D’Monaco is a luxury resort with spectacular views of Table Rock Lake and lavish amenities to make you feel spoiled during your getaway. Nestled on a cliff with the Ozark Mountains in the background, you can enjoy time on the lake at the private dock, go to an area golf course or spend the day at the pool with the fabulous swim-up Tiki Bar. The six villa layouts and designs range in size from the Milan Villa, a 2-bedroom 1991 sq. feet, to the 2-bedroom 3429 sq. foot Marseille Villa. Upon walking into your villa, you will be amazed by the large picture windows and love spending time on your veranda. Every villa is equipped with a modern kitchen so you can stay in and enjoy a meal watching an exquisite sunset. The amenities and service will make it hard to leave. Rates start at $425 for a two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit (website).
Located on Lake Ozark, Camden on the Lake Resort Spa and Yacht Club offers spacious, modern rooms and suites designed for groups and furnished with kitchenettes. H. Toad’s Bar and Grill offers casual yet elegant dining, as well as room service. During your stay, spend the day at the Arctic Bar by the pool swimming up to the bar to sample fabulous drink specials while listing to music. Before heading to the pool, relax with a spa at the blissful Spa 54, or play golf at one of the 15 top-rated courses. You may also choose to spend the day on the lake where boats, parasailing and wave runners are available for rent. Rooms start at $202 per night (website).
The Grand Avenue Bed and Breakfast is a great place to sit on the wrap-around front porch, and admire treasured antiques or refurbished details from this historic inn built in 1863. The Grand Avenue is an elegant and traditional Queen Anne Victorian bed and breakfast located in Carthage. Choose from five spacious rooms named after famous authors. The Laura Ingalls Wilder room is located on the first floor and features a four poster, king-sized bed, coffee service, flat screen TV/DVD and a rollaway bed. The Grad Avenue Bed and Breakfast is close to route 66 which makes it an ideal place to stay for families or if you are looking for a romantic getaway. While in Carthage, visit the amazing Precious Moments Chapel designed by the creator of Precious Moments figurines. Rooms start at $99 per night (website).
The Thousand Hills Golf Resort in Branson is perfect if you are looking for world class golfing, a place for a large group event and want to be close to all of the area attractions and entertainment. The resort offers three types of accommodations allowing you to customize your fun. Choose from the secluded Branson cabins, Branson condos overlooking the golf course, or the Table Rock Lake Condos. Guest accommodations range from deluxe suites to five bedroom town homes. Each room includes wireless internet access and is filled with luxury linens and sheets so you will have a truly comfortable stay. One of the hidden treasures of the resort is the amazing views from the rooms. The golfers in the group are going to be beyond excited to play on the scenic public course. Also available are indoor and outdoor pools, access to the gym and tennis courts. Rooms start at $123 per night (website).
The Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach spans over 420 wooded acres overlooking the Lake of the Ozarks, providing a picturesque escape for the whole family. The resort includes over 700 rooms in five buildings, ranging from deluxe suites to the Estate Complex House with six bedrooms. Located in a rustic lodge, the Black Bear Lodge Restaurant is a fabulous dining experience. There are more than 7 restaurants on site including McDonalds and Burger King. The fun and exciting Timber Falls located onsite is the area’s only indoor water park. With 600 feet of watersides and a three-story treehouse, everyone will have a good time. Or spend your days at Tan-Tar-A’s full service marina boating, wake boarding and riding wave runners. Before you leave, spoil yourself with a spa treatment at the amazing Windjammer Spa and Salon. Rooms start at $119 per night (website).
Check into the antique-filled Walnut Street Inn Bed and Breakfast in Springfield which includes a main guest house and two additional houses with accommodations. During your stay, you can socialize with other guests in the parlors of the main house or enjoy the quiet of the Carriage House. The Walnut Street Inn has 12 guest rooms with coffee makers, free Wi-Fi, TV and antique decor. The largest room, the Benton Room, features skylights, lofted ceilings, two queen beds and a living area. Each day, your stay starts with a homemade breakfast meal prepared for you by the chef. Guests are welcome to notify the inn in advance of any diet restrictions. Rooms start at $140 per night (website).
The Inn at Hermannhof is a bed, breakfast, Inn and Cottages located in Hermann. Built in the mid 1800’s, the inn is historically decorated with modern amenities and features a staff that will spoil you. Located in the heart of the wine country, this is a perfect location for wine tastings and tours. The Inn at Hermannhof has 27 uniquely decorated rooms. You can select a room in the Hermann Cottage, a stone building or choose to stay in one of the 6 hillside cottages which are quaint, cozy reconstructed former working wineries. Amenities include large fireplaces, wine cellars, steam showers and a soaking tub. Each room is thoughtfully decorated with special luxury touches to pamper you. Each morning, join other guests at the main dining room for a gourmet breakfast or request to have a lighter meal sent to your room. Rooms start at $198 per night (website).
Located in the Cape Girardeau area, The Bellevue Bed and Breakfast has the charm of its historic old town surroundings. This beautifully restored 1891 building is a Queen Anne Victorian bed and breakfast featuring traditional ladies’ and gentlemen’s sitting parlors, a large front porch and deck. The Bellevue Bed and Breakfast has four guest rooms which all include flat screen TVs, DVD players, Wi-Fi, concierge service and a butler’s basket with items you may have forgotten to pack. Enjoy your stay by choosing the Yorkshire room with a pillow-top queen bed, comfortable recliners, overlooking an incredible 100-year-old maple tree. You will be pampered with nightly turndown service and end of the day with a sweet treat. Each morning starts with a three course breakfast served in the dining room with fruits, vegetables and herbs, many of which are grown on the property. Rooms start at $125 per night (website).
The historic Hawthorn B&B in Independence, Missouri is a place to go for a traditional bed and breakfast experience in a quiet setting. Built in 1900, the Hawthorn B&B has six spacious and inviting rooms. You can unwind and relax in your room with a TV, wireless cable, individual controlled heating/air conditioner and comfortable chair. Enjoy public areas and mingling with other guests in the elegantly decorated Music Room, enjoy a cup of tea sitting in the beautiful four-season sun porch or end your day relaxing on the veranda. You will start each morning with a hearty, fresh, delicious breakfast prepared just for you at your private table. The attention to service and caring for your needs while staying at the Hawthorn B&B will make you want to return. Rooms start at $135 per night (website).
The Yates House Bed and Breakfast of Rocheport provides luxurious accommodations in a comfortable setting that will pamper you throughout your stay. The bed and breakfast has six spacious guest rooms. You have a choice of staying in The Yates house, a reproduction of 1850 roadside inn, or the Garden House built in 1840. All rooms have TV/DVDs, robes, 24 hours coffee/tea service, refrigerator space and wireless internet. A fresh complete breakfast is prepared daily featuring local produce to start off your day. While staying there you may want to learn about the award winning meals by taking a hands-on cooking classe taught by innkeeper Dixie Yates available from November through April. The Yates House Bed and Breakfast is a great location for a romantic escape, retreat or if you are cycling along the Katy trail. Guests driving electric vehicles can access chargers installed on site. Rooms start at $199 per night (website).
Located across the street from Mizzou, The Gathering Place Bed and Breakfast is a one of a kind property in one of Columbia’s original homes run by the University and operated by students from the Hospitality Management program and other majors. Built in 1906, this property is an opportunity to experience historic charm while being pampered in a great environment. Featuring five spacious suites named after college courses, including the Chemistry suite considered the penthouse with a jacuzzi tub and large sitting room. Private off street parking is available. All guests can access the university recreational complex at no cost. A gourmet breakfast is prepared and provided as a sit down meal or includes a la carte options to go. Guests can relax and enjoy their time at the bed and breakfast in one of the sitting rooms decorated with local American antiques from around the region. Rooms start at $129 per night (website).
Located in Kansas City, the Jefferson House is a great location for guests who love the bed and breakfast experience, wanting to join in fun conversation during social times while enjoying a relaxed getaway. With three rooms available, the property has internet access, complimentary glass of sherry each evening and fresh baked shortbread. The gorgeous Murdock Suite includes a living room and a fireplace with original tiles. During your stay unwind, read or dream on the beautiful garden patio. Each day starts with delicious baked goods, fruit and all your breakfast favorites such as Orchard french toast created with fresh seasonal produce. Join the group or enjoy your meal sitting on the deck. Rooms start at $155 per night (website).
The Chateau on the Lake Resort Spa in Branson is a great vacation destination to relax, indulge, enjoy the lake and be close to the attractions in the area. From the moment you walk into the lobby, you will receive outstanding service while enjoying the awesome scenery. The hotel has 301 refurbished rooms and suites designed to provide a cozy, luxurious and comfortable experience. Each room has free Wi-Fi, HDTV’s with satellite programming ,and plush linens. The Ambassador suites are ideal for families including wet bars, microwaves and separate sleeping area. With five restaurant options to choose from, you will get a chance to try different flavors and settings. Have an elegant meal with breathtaking views at the Chateau Grille where a Chef’s Table option is available. Or relax at the Atruim Cafe & Wine Bar sitting next to the waterfall and stream enjoying lunch, dinner or a cocktail. Rooms start at $159 per night (website).
Located in Fulton, the Loganberry Inn is a grand Victorian bed and breakfast built in 1899. The inn is close to the historic Brick District, allowing you to walk to specialty shops, antiques, unique art, food and music during your stay. You will feel like you have gone back in time with six Victorian-style rooms to choose from during your stay. You can even stay in the Margaret Thatcher room, named after her visit at the Inn in 1996. This elegant room features an antique double bed and a romantic fireplace. Each morning, a flavorful two-course gourmet breakfast is served in the elegant dining room or in your room to start your day right. Special dietary restrictions can be accommodated if you make arrangements in advance. Rooms start at $129 per night (website).
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