Best Hotels of Summer
Best SlideAt this Bahamas resort, the Leap of Faith slide offers the daring and adventurous a 60 ft. almost-vertical drop from the top of the Mayan Temple, propelling riders through a clear tunnel submerged in a shark-filled lagoon. The Atlantis also has 18 total slides for kids (and adults) of all ages.
Best RooftopWith the Plunge lounge running across the top floor of the Gansevoort and out onto the pool deck along the rooftop sundeck-cum-event space, you’ll be staying here for a while. A free series of Sunday afternoon parties is hosted here this season, inviting the biggest house and trance DJs around.
Best BeachArenas del Mar has the best beach access in Manuel Antonio: It’s under a five-minute golf cart ride to the sand, and the beaches are far superior to those at neighboring hotels. The property’s lush rainforest and diverse wildlife allow guests to truly connect with nature.
Best LuauThe sound of the conch, the beating of the drums, and the echoes of the Hawaiian chant signal the start of Hawaii’s most exciting Luau. “Drums of the Pacific” takes you on a journey through the islands of Polynesia, complete with a traditional imu ceremony, all-you-can-eat buffet, a dessert bar and open bar.
Best Swim-up BarThe large pool here is probably the most popular feature. Its swim-up bar and regular bar are the hub of the action here, with tons of lounge chairs and tables that were crowded with guests. Grab your swim suit and the drink menu, because you won’t leave the pool all day at the Barcelo Bavaro Palace.
Best Golf CourseWestin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas is the place to stay for golf lovers. Two well-regarded courses are adjacent to the Westin Princeville. One, the Prince, has breathtaking views along Princeville’s cliffs. The second, Makai, was renovated in 2009. The golf carts equipped with GPS systems.
Best BalconyOne of the most environmentally focused hotels in Southern California, this fantastic, zen-like boutique comes close to reproducing the actual Santa Monica lifestyle. The balconies only encourage that lifestyle, with beautiful white lounge chairs, a set of table and chairs for socializing, and of course, plenty of space.
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