14Jul

Top U.S.Travel Destinations 2011

Virtuoso’s Luxe Report revealed the top domestic travel destinations for 2011. Hawaii dominated the list, demonstrating US traveler’s need for exotic island vacations in 2011!

1. Maui, Hawaii

The Four Seasons Resort Maui is one of the islands best luxury hotels.

Four Seasons Resort Maui

What has been recognized as the “Best Island in the World” 16 years in a row (out of 23) by the Conde Nast Reader’s Poll. So it’s no surprise this amazing island took the top spot as most sought after destination of 2011! Not only is it a great leisure destination, but offers adventure activities as well. Whale watching, exploring active volcanoes, water sports, golf and more can be found on the islands of Hawaii.

2. New York City

Hotel Plaza Athenee is one of New York City's best hotels.

Hotel Plaza Athenee

In 2010, NYC drew in 43 million tourists. That’s a 7% increase from 2009. It’s possible that 2011 may hit 50 million tourists. It makes sense that NYC tourism is doing so well in this economy because it offers plenty of things to do, is within driving distance for a good amount of people on the east coast, and it’s larger-than-life attitude can be just as thrilling as the exotic Maui!

3. Las Vegas

The Bellagio is a luxury hotel in Las Vegas

Bellagio Las Vegas

It seems like the perfect place to let off some steam. Casinos, nightlife, shopping, and shows are the main attractions. Summer is great for Vegas pool parties too.

4. Napa Valley

Auberge du Soleil is a luxurious hotel in Napa Valley.

Auberge du Soleil

Napa draws over 5 million tourists every year. People come to visit wineries and take in the beautiful landscape. Plus, you can stop by San Francisco (#5) on the way.

5. Orlando

Disney World is a popular tourist attraction in Orlando, Florida

Disney World

Disney travel is huge, and with new renovations this year, exciting for many.

6. San Francisco

The W Hotel in San Francisco is a popular luxury hotel.

W Hotel San Francisco

People come to San Francisco for the food, architecture, art, and entertainment. It’s a great place for a romantic getaway or a family vacation. San Francisco is to the west coast what NYC is to the east coast – a great weekend spot that’s not too far, but you still feel like you’re going on a substantial vacation.

7. Colorado Mountains

The Ritz Carlton Vail is a new luxury hotel in Vail.

Ritz Carlton Vail

The Rockies are really popular during the winter and early spring for skiing and snowboarding. There are lots of great resort towns, like Vail, Aspen, and Steamboat Springs.

8. Big Island, Hawaii

The Fairmont Orchid on Big Island, Hawaii, is a popular luxury hotel.

Fairmont Orchid

The second Hawaiian island to make the top 10, Big Island is (as it’s name might suggest) the largest. It’s also an active volcanic site, which is one of its biggest attractions.

9. Maimi

The Gansevoort is a luxury hotel in South Beach, Miami.

Gansevoort

Another great place to go for a long weekend and have some fun. Relax on the beach during the day and enjoy the South Beach scene at night!

10. Kauai, Hawaii

The St. Regis Princeville is a popular luxury hotel in Kauai, Hawaii.

St. Regis Princeville

The third and final Hawaiian island on the list…Kauai is the oldest and has been featured in over 70 Hollywood movies. Directors can’t get enough of the beautiful landscapes of Kauai!

1Nov

Spa Vacations: Napa Valley

Napa Valley is a gorgeous and relaxing place to visit. Inns and resorts are located on beautiful grounds with views of the valley and their vineyards. Wine tasting is just part of a Napa Valley vacation – they also have amazing spas, many of which incorporate wine in their treatments, called vinotherapy.

1. Spa Terra at the Meritage Resort

The Spa Terra at The Meritage is located in a secluded underground cave.

Spa Terra at The Meritage

The Spa Terra at The Meritage is located in a secluded underground cave.

Spa Terra at The Meritage

Spa Terra is built in an underground “Estate Cave.” The  waterfalls, dim lighting, soothing music and cave setting create a relaxing atmosphere. Spa Terra has steam grottoes, soaking pools, radiant heating, and of course, wine therapy.

2. Auberge du Soleil, Auberge Spa

The Auberge du Soleil Spa is a luxury spa at the Auberge du Soleil in Napa Valley.

Auberge du Soleil Spa

Auberge du Soleil is a luxurious hotel in Napa Valley.

Auberge du Soleil

Auberge is a beautiful and private inn that overlooks Napa Valley. Guests are invited to participate in their water rituals, which feature a soak in each of 3 temperate springs overlooking Napa’s vineyards and Auberge’s olive grove. The generous Melisse suite accommodates 4 guests and includes a fireplace, private tanning deck, heated private pool, and floor to ceiling windows that offer a panoramic view.  Treatments are performed with house infused oils and other herbs cultivated by therapists in the spa’s garden.

3. Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa was named one of the Top 25 Spas by Travel + Leisure.

Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

This spa was named one of the Top 25 Spas by Travel + Leisure. Their facility features a fireplace, resting rooms, bathhouse, outdoor thermal mineral pool, jacuzzi, Watsu pool, herbal steam room, sauna, indoor lounge with fireplace, and spa cafe. The Fairmont also has their own source of thermal mineral water. Treatments include massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, couples treatments, Ayuverdic treatments, body wraps, flotation treatments, facials (including a Caviar Facial), and body scrubs.

4. Kenwood Inn & Spa

The Kenwood Inn & Spa is a luxury spa in Napa Valley.

Kenwood Inn & Spa

Kenwood Inn & Spa

Kenwood Inn & Spa

The Kenwood Inn & Spa was named one of the Top 3 Resort Spas in the U.S. by a Conde Nast readers poll, 2009. This adult-only inn is hidden among vineyards and has a luxurious rustic feel. Kenwood offers vinotherapy with red wine extracts, Chardonnay, and Riesling oils. Guests can even enjoy a massage on the second floor open air cabana overlooking the pool.