6 destinations you need to see in your lifetime
Not sure where to head to for your next tropical escape? We’ve got some ideas for you! We’ve compiled a list of the latest ‘must see’ destinations. From soaking in a natural volcanic mineral spa in Saint Lucia to discovering the gabled houses and waterways of Curacao’s quaint capital, Willemstad–each one bursting with unique experiences to uncover.
The laidback island of Bonaire forms the ‘B’ in the trio of Dutch Caribbean islands that also includes Aruba and Curacao. Accessible via a direct Sunwing flight from Toronto, it is considered one of the top diving destinations in the world. Most of its dive sites are easily accessible from the shore instead of taking a boat out far off the coast. Plus, its coral reef is a designated national park—making it one of the most beautiful underwater worlds to discover.
Where to stay: Buddy Dive Resort offers a fully-equipped five-star PADI dive centre with a wide choice of diving packages for everyone from recreational to professional divers—even kids!
With incredible waterfalls, mountains and rainforests, Saint Lucia’s tranquil landscape and atmosphere beckons travellers to unwind and relax. While often best recognized for its majestic Pitons, twin peaks that soar majestically from its southern shoreline, one of Saint Lucia’s best-hidden gems is Soufriere. Located on the side of a volcano, Soufriere has over 20 steaming mud baths rich with mineral deposits that will make your skin feel completely renewed. There are even designated spas in the area that offer natural treatments and massages.
Where to stay: Hideaway at Royalton Saint Lucia’s elegant design is made for relaxing in luxury. This adults only oasis will pamper you with beach waiter service, decadent cuisine and elegant accommodation. You’ll also find an extensive array of treatments and massages at the on-site spa if you don’t want to stray any further.
The Mexican oasis of Huatulco is often called ‘The City of Bays’ as there are nine of them spread along the Pacific coast—some with rocky coasts, others with beautiful beaches that are gently lapped by calm waters. Many of the bays with calmer waters are excellent for families with younger kids, where they can wade around and splash safely in shallow waters. Others are perfect for surfing, fishing, diving and more.
Where to stay: Family-friendly Barcelo Huatulco enjoys incredible views of the bay from many of its elegant rooms and while it’s quite close to the towns of La Crucecita and Santa Cruz for those who like to explore, it’s secluded enough to make it feel like a remote getaway.
Boasting rugged cliffs, renowned beaches and world-famous nightlife and beach bars, Negril serves up more than a generous slice of the best of Jamaica. From riding horseback along the famous Seven Mile Beach to watching cliff divers at Rick’s Café and witnessing the island’s most beautiful sunsets, you’ll find it all in Negril.
Where to stay: Royalton Negril Resort and Spa reflects Jamaica’s style and offers travellers a wide range of options to enjoy their vacation. It’s a family-friendly resort with 5-star luxury accommodations, gourmet cuisine, supervised kids and teen club and spa on-site featuring a wide variety of treatments.
Where Dutch charm meets Caribbean flair, travellers flock to the colourful little island of Curacao to sample its golden beaches, hidden coves and popular dive sites. The island also boasts a rich heritage that can easily be experienced in its capital, Willemstad, which is famed for its pastel-coloured gabled houses and pretty waterways. Think Amsterdam, but with a tropical backdrop. Home to a thriving art scene, there are also some incredible museums to discover.
Where to stay: Located on the largest resort beach in Curacao and yet just two miles from the island’s UNESCO-recognized historic capital, Willemstad, Sunscape Curacao Resort Spa and Casino is a perfect base from which to enjoy relaxation, activity and exploration all in the same vacation.
Just south of Acapulco Bay, Riviera Diamante is slated to be the new Pacific Mexican vacation hotspot. A stretch of dreamy palm grove shoreline and warm sandy beaches, visitors can tee off on world-class golf courses in the shadow of the majestic Sierra Madre del Sur mountain range, go on amazing eco-adventures such as Xtasea and experience a vibrant shopping and nightlife district. Sunwing offers direct flights to Acapulco from Toronto and Montreal.
Where to stay: Resort Mundo Imperial offers world-class entertainment, luxury accommodations, an on-site spa offering Balinese-inspired treatments, chic restaurants, boutiques and music venues for guests of all ages.