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Reality star Bethenny Frankel is always on the go, estimating she’ll spend 100 days on the road this year. If that isn’t proof enough — with a Bravo show and a new book — it’s clear that the Real Housewives of New York castmate and author isn’t slowing down. Her Skinnygirl lifestyle brand just partnered with SodaStream sparkling water to launch two flavored sparkling drink mixes: Cucumber Lime and Mango Berry. “Our flavors are all-natural and low-calorie,” says SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum. We’d like to sip one of those on a sunny beach. And speaking of warmer weather — it’s almost time to travel out to the Hamptons, and there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that Bethenny is the expert in this swanky beach town. We asked about her favorite Hamptons spots, how to stay healthy while traveling, and her future vacation. Check out our one-on-one chat with the mogul mom.
It’s easy to see why people are lured to Maui year after year. Beyond the spectacular beaches and scenery, Americans don’t need a passport to visit, and they’ll enjoy all the comforts of traveling close to home — familiar language, signage, and currency. But if you look beyond the luxury hotels and wallet-busting restaurants that saturate the island, there are simple ways to save. Here are four that you can try.
The Big Island could easily have been named the “The Endless Island,” with its eight climate zones and 4,000-plus square miles of mostly raw landscapes to explore. You’ll land in a terrain that looks flat and moon-like — only to step on the gas and, to the east, find yourself in a mountain rainforest zone of lush emerald-colored canopy and moss-draped trees. And while Hawaii is known to be spendy, penny savers can still rejoice: This does not have to be a terribly expensive island…if you know where to look (and once you plunk down the fare to get there, of course). Here are some ideas to get you into that aloha spirit.
Capella Marigot Bay Resort & Marina, snug on the shoreline along Marigot Bay in Saint Lucia, is the newest member of the Cappella Hotels brand (joining others in Düsseldorf, Singapore, and more). Since it’s re-opening last fall, the 124-room resort has charmed travelers with a taste for luxury with riots of tropical foliage everywhere you turn. And to kick off its first summer, the resort is offering a 50 percent discount off its suites, to make that luxury more affordable for all of us.
St. Kitts is among the Caribbean’s least-visited islands, which is precisely what makes it so appealing. And getting there may be pricey — flights from Miami between May 29 and June 5 start from $747 round-trip and are only slightly less, from $676 in early December — but a deal from St. Kitts Marriott Resort & Royal Beach Casino will help offset the travel costs.
Take a break from sunbathing in Waikiki for a day trip to Oahu’s North Shore, where you can get a feel for a more local way of life on Oahu — the surfer way of life, that is. While not the sleepy, totally undeveloped area it used to be, the North Shore still allows you to enjoy a slow-paced day away from high-rise resorts. Drive yourself along Kamehameha Highway, heading south in order to follow the stops below, which cover an eight-mile coastal route from Sunset Beach to Hale’iwa.
Sinking your toes into pearly sands and sipping on a festive cocktail qualify as essential ingredients for enjoying a beach bar. But Caribbean joints require an extra component: music. After all, lounging beachside in the Caribbean isn’t quite complete without languid reggae rhythms, upbeat dancehall, or punchy cumbia notes — and all that music, more often than not, inspires some fun dance moves for a night. Here are the bars to hit up for the liveliest dancing.
One of the great pleasures of being in Hawaii is sitting outside in the sun, sipping a tropical drink, while contemplating the gorgeous views on offer. Happily, there’s no shortage of cocktails to sample. And while rum is nearly as ubiquitous in a Hawaiian drink as a wedge of pineapple, a fresh orchid, or a small paper umbrella, it’s not the only ingredient you’ll find when you step out to imbibe. Here, five cocktails not to miss — and where to find them in Honolulu — on your next tropical trip.
Croatia consists of over 1,000 islands, most of them paradises in their own way. Unfortunately, it’s pretty much impossible to hop to each of them in one trip, or perhaps even a lifetime. Here, we’ve decided to help you figure out which Adriatic island is perfect for you. Read more
Southern California has no shortage of umbrella-studded white sand beaches and bustling boardwalks. But if you’re looking for something a little more rugged and secluded, these beaches strung along Pacific Coast Highway make great picnic spots — and you could argue that the oceanside drive along the California Highway 1 is worth the trip alone. Here, three beaches near Malibu will that give the more popular Venice and Santa Monica hotspots a run for their money:
The image of a vacation in Kerala’s backwaters is about as idyllic as it gets: calm rivers winding into large lakes dotted with houseboats as big as Arks. The reality is not much further from the truth. The area known as the “backwaters” of Kerala is fairly large, comprising of over 30 brackish rivers, lagoons, and large lakes that run along the Malabar Coast that hinges on the Arabian Sea. It is a sort of aquatic nervous system that flows for over 120 miles from the Western Ghats: the texture of the region has been compared to the American Bayou and the Florida Everglades.
Getting here is relatively easy: you could take one of the numerous local flights to Cochin or the state’s capital (Thiruvananthapuram) and rent a car from the airport to drive to the backwater region. Since there are many places to the backwaters, finding the right place to enjoy a vacation flanked by coconut trees shouldn’t prove that difficult. Here are a few budget-friendly ways to get the most out of your vacation in “God’s Own Country”:
There’s a reason we look south for great value for summer travel — all the warm-weather deals. The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa is just one example, with a fun special offer on tap.
Not even a month into spring and we’re already daydreaming about slipping off our rain boots to wiggle our toes in the sand. With April showers on the horizon, there’s no better time to start thinking about a beach vacation, even if we don’t get to travel until summer. And the newly renovated Naples Grande Beach Resort on Florida’s coast is certainly one to pine after — especially with a great reopening rate from $159 this June through August.
La Jolla is often referred to as the “Jewel of California.” With its perpetual sunshine, white sand beaches, and aquamarine waters, it’s not hard to see why. The popular tourist destination isn’t just for beach bums, either. La Jolla boasts an eclectic mix of world-class cuisine ranging from street tacos to fine dining, as well as a thriving art and music scene. Here’s how to get the most out of this beach town — all for less than $75 a day.
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