Vacation Planning - Destination Spas

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  1. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Just planning a little 'reward trip' for my wife and I to take in September...

    I have my eye on a very upscale, private island, destination spa in the Florida Keys.... which got me thinking...

    Do you know of an upscale, destination spa type resort that you would highly recommend for some downtime? I am open to pretty much anything within a 4 to 5 hour flight from Toronto (USA, Canada, North - Central Carib.)

    Have a great day.
  2. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Kingsland, Texas
    Messages: 2,214

    Grand Villas, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. I don't know how long of a flight it would be but it would be worth the trip.
  3. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Thanks Paul, just checked that out and it looks lovely.... We are a bit ahead of the wave by wanting the 3rd week in Sept, and so flights dont really line up well... 2 connections and 12 hours to get there!

    Have to save that one for a 'winter getaway'.

    Thanks again.
  4. dwightschrute

    dwightschrute LawnSite Member
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  5. NiteTymeIlluminations

    NiteTymeIlluminations LawnSite Senior Member
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    Gran Villas was okay if you want to be with 1000 other people. I for a retreat would recommend any of the resorts I work at obviosuly but for something completely different try Tiamo Resort. Do a google. Wow.
  6. Chris J

    Chris J LawnSite Silver Member
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    Do you guys mean Grand Velas in Puerto Vallarta? That was a beautiful place, but I really didn't care for it so much. There are other "all inclusives" that I have found to be truly all inclusive. So far, I think the Sandals in Montego Bay, Jamaica has been my favorite. It's a really upbeat, younger atmosphere with a lot of excitment. Not that I'm young anymore though.
  7. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,102

    Thanks Guys... I have been to the Sandals Grande St. Lucian and it was wonderful.

    For this trip I am looking for something much more small and intimate.... I have my eye on Little Palm Island Resort in the Keys... Check it out on the net: WOW.
  8. Mark B

    Mark B LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If you are looking for intimate you should checkout "desire" or "hedo".. From what hear those places are best.
  9. NiteTymeIlluminations

    NiteTymeIlluminations LawnSite Senior Member
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    I dont know how much more intimate 11 seperate cottages could be.

    Thanks for the plug Chris.

    Desire or Hedo? You have to be kidding me. Hedos rooms are nasty nasty nasty and are only fun if you like to swing but dont like food.

    You never take my advice Jim so I'll stop giving it. I work for a resort, I think I'd know. Do you ask only so you can tell us your opinion? I won't give my advise, even if you ask in thread from here on out, but check out Tiamo if you want intimate.

    Seriosuly why do you ask if you have the answer, now its killing you just want us to realize that you worked this spring, you are taking a R and R and R now and in september again you are taking a holiday and that you swim everyday at lunch time. Come on Jim, whats up?
  10. BZACK

    BZACK LawnSite Member
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    Just a vote for Little Palm, which should not be confused with the mega-type resorts. Little Palm is a good place to escape...very secluded and with almost every possible amenity you could ask a price!

    Excellent food on the beach while the sun sets, though the restaurant is open to the public. Even the 10 minute ride out there in the restored Chris Craft is nice. The public did not used to have access to the rest of the island, only the restaurant, but that changed several years ago. Now the can walk around the pool areas, etc.

    Fishing, diving, sailing, Key West, all at your disposal.

    Of course, the larger resorts are nice too....just depends on where your mind wants to be.


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