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Vacation spots to unwind after Emmys season

The Emmys are just around the corner, so now is the perfect time to book that vacation to unwind, relax, and unwind. With the Creative Arts Emmys falling on Labor Day weekend and the Telluride, Venice and Toronto film festivals coming together in early September, it’s time to focus on you.

Whether you’re looking for a fun family getaway, a quiet romantic trip, or perhaps a solo adventure on a budget, here are some suggestions for seamless booking in the U.S. and abroad.

Alkera
SHOAL BAY, ANGUILLA

Want to splurge on an exotic group getaway? While the flight is only seven hours from New York, Shoal Bay, Anguilla feels like a whole new world. Alkera is the top-of-the-range five-bedroom villa in Anguilla, with breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. With indoor and outdoor living areas, the villa includes a heated infinity pool, outdoor shower, indoor garden, outdoor kitchen and chef. For those looking for privacy, Alkera is perfect, as it’s booked through Leviticus Lifestyle & Travel, a concierge brand that specializes in luxury rentals that aren’t always publicly listed for rent. lifestyle of Leviticus. com/alkera-shoal-bay-anguilla

Alila Napa Valley
ST. HELEN

Tasting good wine with friends is for many an ideal holiday. For that, there’s nowhere like Napa Valley. A quick flight from LA, in the community of St. Helena, is Alila Napa Valley, an adults-only boutique hotel near hundreds of wineries. On the property, which has 68 luxurious rooms, it is possible to discover the scents of the region and create your own aura; explore the chef’s garden and prepare new cocktails; eat at Acacia House, run by Top Chef Masters winner Chris Cosentino; immerse yourself in meditation using the vibrations of crystals; or take a painting class while sipping the region’s finest wines. alilahotels.com/napa-valley


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Edgewood Tahoe
STATELINE, NEV.

For relaxation, Lake Tahoe is one of the most popular places to visit. Edgewood Tahoe Resort is a luxury resort in the middle of the Sierra peaks that offers gourmet dining, an extensive spa, and a golf course with an iconic view, to name just a few of the attractions. For adventurers, there is no better place to ski or snowboard. Couples or families can enjoy carriage rides and at night, head just minutes down the road to South Lake Tahoe’s famous casino district. edgewoodtahoe.com

Fairmont Grand Del Mar
SAN DIEGO

Although many of us are used to heading to San Diego for a busy weekend of work at Comic-Con or to hang out, there’s so much more to see – and plenty of relaxation to do. Just a two-hour drive from Los Angeles, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar is located next to the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve and is perfect for those who truly love nature and seek sanctuary. 8 km from the beach, the hotel has just added many activities to its offer, including an equestrian programme, a wellness centre, a golf course designed by Tom Fazio and a summer canteen concept created with Lola 55 and Gelato Paradiso. granddelmar.com

Garden of Eden Boutique Hotel
COSTA RICA

At Jardin del Eden, it’s all about feeling at home on vacation – without the pressure of having to clean up after yourself. The adults-only oasis includes access to swimming pools, a private ocean-facing garden, and, of course, the beach. The family-run hotel is also in the heart of Playa Tamarindo, perfect if you want to explore the area, check out the bars, galleries and shops. There’s free beachside yoga available and access to nearby adventures, including golf, surfing, horseback riding, volcano tours, and a mangrove safari boat tour. La Plumeria Restaurant, the on-site dining venue, offers a buffet breakfast and a three-course dinner menu. jardindeleden.com

Le Blanc Spa Resorts
MEXICO

Whether located on the west coast or the east coast, an all-inclusive resort is a short flight away. With locations in Cabo and Cancun, Le Blanc Spa Resorts is an adults-only spot with multiple pools, private beaches, and top-notch restaurants and spas. With transportation to and from the airport and everything at your fingertips, those who don’t want to venture off the property can relax at the resort. leblancsparesorts.com

Lodge Torrey Pines
LA JOLLA

The Torrey Pines Lodge in La Jolla is a hidden gem. Currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, the resort offers fine dining, a chance to putt on the famous Torrey Pines golf course, or indulge in a nature-inspired spa treatment. Plus, the spa is just steps from the beautiful 2,000-acre Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. lodgetorreypines.com

Naïa Resort and Spa
PLACENCIA, BELIZE

For those looking to go further with friends, Naia Resort and Spa in Belize is worth a visit. In fact, the resort — located on a 200-acre private reserve on the Placencia Peninsula — offers a special all-inclusive package just for that. The offer includes a five-night stay in one of the two-bedroom beachfront homes with private pools, three meals a day, local drinks, mimosas, a sunset cruise, spa experiences and Moreover. Overall, the resort offers a sense of tranquility for those looking to relax and do nothing. for those who want to get out and explore, there’s also access to snorkeling, kayaks, paddle boards, bikes, and Monkey River tours. naiaresortandspa.com

Nobu Ryokan Malibu
MALIBU

If you want to minimize vacation-related travel, staying local is a great idea. Many forget how beautiful Malibu is since it is just around the corner from Los Angeles. Nobu Ryokan Malibu is a luxurious adults-centric getaway located right on the beach with 16 unique suites, each featuring Japanese-inspired teak soaking tubs and outdoor patios. Private transportation to nearby hiking trails is provided, along with priority seating at the one and only Nobu Malibu. If you want to explore even more, he’s also partnered with Nobu Hotel Palo Alto and Schubach Aviation for a special four-night retreat. malibu.nobuhotels.com

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Rosewood Miramar Beach
MONTECITO

Located just 90 miles north of Los Angeles, Santa Barbara is a paradise. The Rosewood Miramar Beach Hotel features luxurious beachfront rooms, multi-bedroom suites and bungalows, a fitness studio, two swimming pools, and first-class beach service on the shores of Miramar Beach. The property also features the area’s only five-star Forbes spa and several restaurants, including Caruso’s and the Revere Room. rosewood hotels. com/en/miramar-beach-montecito

Sugar Beach, a Viceroy’s Beach Resort
ST. LUCY

Saint Lucia and the Caribbean couldn’t be a more relaxing and zen place. At Sugar Beach, it’s the best of both worlds with views of the Piton Mountains and the Caribbean Sea outside. Whether you’re staying in a private suite or villa with access to your own personal butler, or exploring St. Lucia, hiking and enjoying water sports, this is a great option for couples, singles or families. In fact, many kids’ activities are free, and on-property childcare professionals are available. The resort also works hard to reduce its carbon footprint with dedicated sustainability programs. viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/sugar-beach

Malibu Beach Inn
MALIBU

Looking for a luxurious backyard LA adventure? The Malibu Beach Inn offers an intimate getaway that feels like a private beach house. Only 34 steps form the ocean, each room has its own balcony and ocean view. The size lends itself to a smaller crowd. Additionally, their new Dierberg Suite is partnered with Santa Barbara County’s Dierberg Estate and the family’s Star Lane Ranch; this experience, closed to the public, includes a private tour of the cellar and underground caves and a catered gourmet lunch. https://www.malibubeachinn.com/

The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
SANTA BARBARA

Soak up the charm, beauty and energy of Santa Barbara at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara, which spans 78 acres and has 358 rooms. Enjoy two gorgeous beaches, a large spa, three saltwater infinity pools, and six different dining options. With easy access to some of the best wineries, there is something for everyone. The hotel also recently partnered with an all-electric bicycle subsidiary, BCycle, which guests can use for free. https://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/california/santa-barbara

Tommie Austin
AUSTIN, TEXAS

Fancy a getaway in the South? Look no further: The Tommie Austin, located in the heart of downtown Austin, aims to spark imagination and inspiration with unique, modern decor. Located in the arts and entertainment district, the location is ideal for any type of traveler, whether you want to relax with a cocktail by the rooftop pool and read a book in the adjoining cafe or go exploring of nightlife. hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/texas/tommie-austin/auste