Winter is coming, so we’ve teamed up with our friends at Jetsetter to help get your mind off the imminent snow-ins with a handful of exotic vacay suggestions. Whether you’re looking to hike the Inca Trail at Machu Picchu, or simply sip the latest crush in Napa Valley, Jetsetter’s team of globe-trotting correspondents have already verified each and every destination, making sure everything is up to snuff. As a special treat for VSL readers, new members to Jetsetter will get $50 towards a dream getaway. Even if you can’t escape the bonds of your employer, the luscious photos will have you miles away in no time flat. Click on any of the photos below to preview the sales and join Jetsetter.
Set on a 900-acre tract of land with 15 kilometers of beach on a peninsula on Mexico’s Pacific coast, El Tamarindo is an exercise in utter relaxation. From the open-air lobby to each of the 29 recently renovated thatch-roofed villas, everything here is a careful balance of luxury and authenticity. An 18-hole golf course effortlessly blends into the surrounding hills before tumbling into the ocean, and the villas have teak floors, private pools and outdoor living areas. This is Mexico the way you dreamed it.VISIT THIS SALE.
Escape to Shape’s getaways serve up equal parts culture, fitness and pure, unadulterated downtime. During the Escape to Bali, you’ll stay in a meticulously appointed antique bungalow colony, where — between your asanas and spa sessions — you’ll feast on the likes of coconut crepes, grilled bananas and snapper with mango chutney. But however arresting the views are (they consist primarily of impossibly green terraced rice paddies), you’ll need to break free of their hold at least occasionally: There’s an exquisite beach just 10 minutes from the property, and temples, villages and Hindu holy mountains only slightly farther afield.VISIT THIS SALE.
Deep in south central Peru the dramatic Andes Mountains house some of the most impressive archaeological and cultural links to the ancient world. During a nine-day journey, Bio Bio Expeditions guides intrepid travelers through the majesty and mystery of pre-Columbian America. Hike the Inca Trail, marvel at Machu Picchu and mountain-bike through the Sacred Valley during this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.VISIT THIS SALE.
At this 112-room Yountville spot, the concierge who pours iced tea and cucumber-infused
Part elegant boutique hotel, part wildlife safari, the Vuyani Lodge is a posh but comfortable base for exploring the South African bush. The lodge’s five designer chalets are clustered in the shadow of the Drakensberg Mountains on the 36,000-acre Moditlo Game Reserve. Mingle with hippos and elephants over your coffee on an early morning safari or hot air balloon over Kruger National Park, adjacent to the reserve, before turning in for a private, candlelit dinner on your room’s open-air deck.VISIT THIS SALE.
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