Chill Pill

Get beach ready with these tropical hideaways.

For those in the Northern Hemisphere, winter can bring moments filled with glee – ski vacations for starters — but for the most part, it’s generally viewed as something to endure. Perhaps that’s why more travelers are taking off in the winter months, heading to defrost destinations. If you find yourself dreaming of delightful waters, sizzling beaches, and fresh-fruit cocktails served with tiny paper umbrellas, now is the perfect time to book a tropical getaway at one of these resorts.

El Dorado Casitas Royale

A Spa Resort by Karisma

The Setting: Located in the heart of the Riviera Maya, El Dorado Casitas Royale is a AAA Four Diamond award-winning resort. This secluded adults-only, beachfront resort caters to couples looking to reconnect by way of disconnecting.

The Suites: It’s hardly a stretch to declare suites are bathed in luxury — each one is romantically designed and offers an open-air “Aguas del Amor” shower. Swim-up Casita Suites feature an exclusive water-mirror and private access to the resort’s lazy river that connects to the main pool and swim-up bar.

The Scene: Tour the 76,000-square-foot hydroponic greenhouse and discover how vegetables are supposed to taste! Sample an expertly chosen selection of premium handcrafted tequilas designed for sipping, including the resort’s own house-infused tequilas. Purify body, mind, and spirit in a traditional clay Temazcal.

The Cove at Atlantis

The Setting: Atlantis, Paradise Island boasts five miles of white-sand beaches and is located at an easily accessible location just 15 minutes from Nassau. While a few unique accommodations dot the island, The Cove, which straddles two private beaches, easily boasts the most coveted address.

The Suites: Each of the 600 luxury suites is chic and contemporary. Enjoy floor-to-ceiling ocean views, or step outside to your private balcony and feel as though you’re floating above Paradise Island’s crystalline skyline.

The Scene: Experience the world’s largest open-air marine habitat or enjoy non-stop fun at Aquaventure Water Park, known for its iconic Mayan Temple slide. The resort also boasts 11 unique pools, expansive casino, and 21 restaurants scattered across the island. Guests at The Cove enjoy exclusive access to the resort’s adults-only pool with private cabanas, outdoor gambling, and a live DJ.

The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua

The Setting: Located on the island of Maui, north of Kaanapali Beach and Lahaina Town, the oceanfront The Ritz-Carlton Maui, Kapalua offers direct access to D.T. Fleming Beach. Encompassing 54 acres of lush surroundings and pristine waters, it’s the ideal place to restore and unwind.

The Suites: Understated opulence best describes accommodations. Suites are adorned with local artwork and modern amenities, with stunning views of the Maui landscape.

The Scene: From mountain activities to ocean excursions, there’s no shortage of unforgettable island experiences for guests to enjoy. But the real resort jewel is the spa. Using local botanicals and herbs cultivated in the onsite garden, treatments embrace indigenous plants and customs for a holistic approach to wellness.

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