There’s nothing quite like summer vacay. The carefree spirit of the season makes traveling during this time extra-sweet and as the weather is primo in virtually every part of the world, the choice of places to explore is plentiful. Here’s our chic list of five spots to check out, some close to home some further afield, all amazing and guaranteed to be Instagram-postcard perfect. And, to make these travel dreams a reality, visit Flight Centre or Tripcentral at Square One for assistance in booking your summer travels!
For History & Luxury Lovers: Adare Manor, Ireland
If you want to live the royal life and experience total indulgence on an OTT level, Adare Manor in the charming Adare Village, Country Limerick is the place. The renowned castle property closed for a multi-million-dollar renovation in January 2016 and re-opened in November 2017 debuted an incredibly luxurious new look. Located on 840 rolling acres of parkland walled gardens and walking trails, everything from the original Adare structure, which dates back to the 18th century, was restored and refinished including the intricate stone work, furniture, woodwork and windows. A new 42-bedroom wing was added on to the original structure bringing the count to 104 guest rooms. Other additions to new re-imagined Adare Manor include an in-house cinema and a luxury spa serving up state-of-the-art La Mer treatments and products. Try you hand at outdoor pursuits like falconry. Indulge your inner foodie at the stately on-property restos The Oak Room, The Drawing Room and the Carriage House. Don’t miss afternoon tea in The Gallery a decadence that MUST be experienced.
For Sophisticated Party People: Park MGM, Las Vegas
Las Vegas truly has it all: incredible nightlife, pool parties extraordinaire, incredible restaurants, shopping and spas. The Vegas scene is no longer relegated just to the famous strip—the city’s historic downtown has been gentrified and rejuvenated over the past few years and offers a taste of vintage Vegas fun. Some cool things to experience in the city of glitter right now: a meal at Gordon Ramsey’s recently opened Hell’s Kitchen at Ceasar’s Palace; a day or night visit to the Neon Boneyard in old Las Vegas Neon Boneyard–where you will find an incredible collection of vintage Vegas signs which date back to the 1930s; and an afternoon of pampering at The Spa At Encore Wynn Las Vegas–one of the most opulent and luxurious spas in the world. Plan a stay at one of Vegas’ coolest new sleeps, Park MGM where you’ll find rooms with a slick mid-century modern vibe and home of the NoMad Las Vegas boutique hotel, opening later this year. Park MGM has a chic, relaxed vibe and amazing food offerings: Bavette’s Steakhouse and Primose restos are already hopping and Roy Choi and Eataly will be open later this year.
For Outdoor Family Adventures: Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, New York
The Adirondack Mountains of Upstate New York are rustic, beautiful and just over a five-hour road trip from the Toronto-area. One of the most charming spots in the area is Lake Placid a town located inside the sprawling Adirondack Park (home to the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics) which is the perfect getaway for outdoor enthusiasts as there is much to see and do from skiing, hiking and biking to kayaking and canoeing. It’s quaint main street resembles a village and is packed with amazing restos and boutiques—Lake Placid is a destination offering something for the whole family to explore. For a rustic mountain retreat plan a stay at Whiteface Lodge and Arts-and-Crafts style lodge filled with rustic touches to deliver an upscale camp feel. The lodge has 94 guest rooms and is brimming with fun for kids of all ages with resort amenities including an all season pool, in-house movie theatre, campfires and S’mores, and an old-fashioned ice cream parlour.
For Close-To-Home Pampering: Langdon Hall, Cambridge, Ontario
If you only have time for a few days away but want to feel like you checked out for a week-long vacation, head west to Langdon Hall Hotel & Spa. The Relais & Chateau property is a favourite country escape for the fashionable city set who love it for its historic charm, luxe accommodations, incredible food and serene spa. With just 60 guest rooms and suites, many with wood burning fireplaces, Langdon Hall boasts a cozy, romantic boutique vibe. The property routinely tops Condé Nast Traveler best awards (they were voted #2 Hotel in Eastern Canada for 2017) and the culinary offering at Langdon Hall are also award-winning and world renown for 2018 Executive Chef Jason Bangerter and his all-star team ranked fifth on the prestigious list of Canada’s 100 Best restaurants. Langdon Hall is the perfect spot to check-in for a rejuvenating mini-break.
For A Chic Beach Vacay: Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Incredibly clean, safe and populated by some of the friendliest people on the planet, the Cayman Islands are one of the most beautiful spots in the Caribbean. This trinity of islands truly has it all: miles of beach, endless sunshine, plush hotels, natural beauty and some of the world’s best diving and coral reefs. On the largest island, Grand Cayman, there are several incredible resorts but the newest and buzziest spot is the beautiful Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa. Located on a prime stretch of Cayman’s world famous Seven Mile Beach, book an ocean front room which features floor-to-ceiling windows offering Zen views. You will find it hard to leave this tropical playground which has all the amenities you need—spa, incredible food and bar scene, fitness centre, beach access—but from here you easily explore the island and all it has to offer: dining, diving and the famous Stingray City where you can get up close and personal feeding, swimming and petting Cayman stingrays.