Friday, March 04, 2011

Expedia, Take Me Away!

Calgon ain't gonna cut it, folks. There is only one thing to cure what ails me and it's a vacation. The proposal, the nasty winter, a painful rejection... I just NEED something. Preferably warmth and sunshine. Maybe a cocktail with a paper umbrella. A week to forget about all the crap, get a massage and enjoy a little R&R.

Unfortunately, I'm failing. My attempt to rally a couple friends into a girl trip has gotten more complicated than necessary. One's cheap, one doesn't like to fly, one is low on vacation and doesn't want to go for too long, and one doesn't want to waste her whole trip driving somewhere (me!). I don't want to drive 8 hours each way for a long weekend. And if I'm going to pay $300-$400 on a plane ticket, I'd rather go to Puerto Rico than Savannah or Orlando. I want to go somewhere I've never been and do something I've never done. Going clubbing in Atlanta is a snooze. Sitting on the beach in Destin lost its appeal once I graduated college and spring break is behind me. We've tossed around a million things, including cruises and nothing is settled. When its all said and done, I'm not sure we'll end up going anywhere. But I need this trip!

So here's where I'd like to go. Anyone want to join me?

Rockhouse Hotel - Negril, Jamaica

Rockhouse is a boutique hotel stretching across the cliffs of Pristine Cove in Negril. The resort, nestled amongst eight acres of tropical lush gardens, boasts a 60-foot cliff-top horizon pool and an award winning restaurant set on a balcony suspended directly over the water. Thatched roofed villas with private sun-bathing decks perch on the cliff's edge, and throughout the property, ladders and stairs carved into the rock lead down to easy water access for swimming and snorkeling on the reef.

Rockhouse is consistently ranked one of the top resorts in the Caribbean. In 2010 it is nominated for three World Travel Awards including best Boutique Hotel in the Caribbean for the sixth consecutive year. Patricia Schults names Rockhouse as one of the "1000 Places to See Before You Die" in her New York Times Best Selling Book.

Or how about this one?

Ladera Resort - St. Lucia

A thousand feet below, an intensely blue Caribbean Sea dashes against the volcanic Piton Mountains. Faintly scented tropical breezes cool your skin. Your private plunge pool beckons. There are only 9 villas and 23 suites in this ultimate rainforest open-air hideaway. Each offers fine linens, luxurious amenities and four-poster beds made of polished tropical hardwood. And each, deliberately without a fourth wall, invites the spectacular sunsets and astonishing views right inside, to be a part of your very private, very special retreat.

Looks good, huh? At this point, I'm fairly easy to impress, but 'heavenly' doesn't even sum it up. What's the most wonderful, relaxing place you've ever been? I need more suggestions. If you haven't been, but are dying to, share your dream trip.


P.S. PC is guest blogging today at Romance Author Buzz. Pop on over and and say hi so she doesn't get lonely.

P.S.S. If the formatting looks wonky on your screen, I'm sorry. When I edit it, it looks fine. Then I pull it up and its all crazy. I have no idea what's going on. Please forgive me.


Playground Monitor said...

I would *LOVE* to go to Sedona, Arizona, and do one of those weeklong retreat and spa vacations. You have massages and reiki and go tour the red rocks and vorteces. It's all very relaxing and spiritual and it just sounds awesome.

Hope you find a place to go. Those two resorts look great. I went to Curacao two years ago. The resort I stayed in was pretty primitive by resort standards. There were better ones on the other end of the island from what I heard. Also went to the Mayan Riviera and enjoyed that, especially the side trip to Chichen Itza.

alinaduffer said...

Morning ladies. Either one of those sounds wonderful! I could use a few days lounging on a beach relaxing.
The best vacation spot I have ever been to is San Felipe, Mexico. My family use to go for a week every year when I was growing up. It was wonderful up until the last year we went. By that time alot of big hotels had moved in and it lost its I guess you could say small town feel. It just became too big, too many people and it was crowded.
Now you have me dreaming about hot beaches and umbrella drinks, lol!

Have a great day ladies!

Barbara Vey said...

I've always wanted to go to Scotland, but since I've never bothered to get a passport, I'm out of luck (and the money part might have something to do with it). :)

Problem Child said...

It's not a beach and it won't be warm, but I am running away from home this weekend. Much needed.

Problem Child said...

Barbara, get that passport and we'll talk. I can hook you up for Scotland, you know.

Instigator said...

OMG This look so awesome. I really want a break. I want to sit on a beach somewhere and not think or worry about anything for several days at a time. I'd go in a heartbeat if Zilla wouldn't hate me. :-)


Smarty Pants said...

I think everyone needs a passport. They aren't too expensive (if you aren't in a rush, like mine was) and good to have. Its a universally accepted form of ID, for one thing and you won't have to haul your birth certificate out to complete employment papers.

I also like knowing I can leave the country at any moment. Not that I'm planning anything, but yes, I have a list on non-extradition countries. But I was toying with the idea of going someplace next week. Heck, five days in Paris is about the same price as the beach. Without a passport, its not even an option.

And despite how many last minute deals I've searched, nothing has come up. :(

Katherine Bone said...
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Katherine Bone said...

Jamaica looks very nice! Hope you get to finally go there. ;)

Maven Linda said...

See, I don't mind driving; to me, that's always part of the adventure. But if you don't want to drive, that leaves out Key West, unless you fly into Miami or Ft. Lauderdale, rent a car, and drive the rest of the way. Airports are such a hassle these days.

Jamaica looks great, mon :-).

robertsonreads said...

Wonderful!!! I don't have the funds or unfortunately the time. My professors would find out where I am and come get me. It's that crazy!!
Good luck on finding some R & R.