||By Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Looking forward to Friday? Or, dreading another dreary weekend of grocery shopping, home improvements, and laundry? A weekend away on a boutique beach trip, city-luxe stay, or exotic rainforest expedition could be just the ticket to lift your spirits and add color to your calendar. Here’s our guide to the best last-minute weekend getaways.
Miami: The City Slicker
Why go: At this sexy seaside city, stars in bars are a dime a dozen and “the beautiful people” include the wait staff. Pamper yourself top-to-toe in a tip-top spa, sip cocktails at sunset on the beach, or bar-hop with Miami’s in-crowd.
Where to stay: Exhibitionists will love the Delano; gourmands should pick Casa Tua; and sun-seekers flock to The Setai.
Riviera Maya: Coast and Culture
Why go: A Caribbean coastline with Mexican spice, Yucatan’s Riviera retreats have perfected the art of less-is-more luxe. Budding Cousteaus can explore the underwater world; inland, there are Mayan temples to tempt you away from pristine white beaches; and Playa del Carmen is still the hottest getaway party place.
Where to stay: Sensual beach-spa getaway, Esencia; hipster hotspot Deseo.
Jamaica: Classic Caribbean Cool
Why go: Rediscover what first tempted visitors to the ultimate island idyll (and we don’t just mean reggae): impossibly blue lagoons, jungle-hidden waterfalls, buzzing beachfront bars, and belly-burning rum.
Where to stay: Luxe vacation-rental villa Port House; music moguls’ treetop playpen Geejam.
Guatemala: The Exotic Jungle Escape
Why go: A balmy tropical climate; lush, dense rainforests; and archaeological gems make Guatemala the perfect destination for adventurers. With the Pacific to the south, a tempting Caribbean coastline to the east, and the dense forests of El Petén to the north, you’ve got a wealth of natural wonders to explore.
Where to stay: Francis Ford Coppola’s lakeside eco-retreat, La Lancha.
Palm Springs: The Retro Retreat
Why go: Fans of mid-century modern architecture and escape-it-all sun-lounging have got it made in hip-again Palm Springs. Make like a 1950s Hollywood starlet, don your biggest shades and sharpest swimwear, and turn poolside hauteur into an art form.
Where to stay: Beautiful boutique resort, Viceroy Palm Springs.
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