Sunday, April 26, 2009

Why We Travel: Luxury Hotels Sweeten the Deal

A nice Sunday feature for today came in the way of "Why We Travel," published earlier this week in the Times. Taking a look at why people go where they do (and travel at all), it spans the globe from Bhutan to Java and gives us even more reasons to pack things up and jet off this summer. Here's some of the best suggestions we gleaned from the slideshow, with a little luxury hotel spin on it.

By far one of the most tempting and exotic suggestions we started contemplating was Columbia. What used to be rough-and-tumble is now far more tame, and with a stunning array of European-influenced architecture, inspired, exotic cuisine, and a rather eclectic fleet of inner city buses for the daredevils amongst us, it's guaranteed to be a memorable trip. If you have your sights set on Cartagena, the Sofitel Cartagena Santa Clara offers Exclusive Complimentary Perks and is located in the heart of the historic city center. The UNESCO-protected area, surrounded by high walls and castles, is made even more exciting with a complementary daily breakfast and a complimentary room upgrade upon check-in.

If you want a luxury hotel near aqua-blue waters, you will love the Maldives. This location, which was also mentioned on the "Why We Travel" feature, is a network of a thousand "Robinson Crusoe" islands surrounded by coral gardens and many lagoons of different depths and local ecosystems. You can choose between cozy huts in a seaside village at the Soneva Fushi Resort and Spa, homes on stilts in the crystal-clear ocean (try the Taj Exotica Resort and Spa), or something so secluded you'll swear it's a dream, like The Rania Experience, a private island destination with a luxury yacht, spa, and lots of diving options.

Tempted to book that luxury hotel now? So are we.

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