Longing for a summer holiday but haven’t made the time? Rest assured that there are plenty of weeks ahead to book a last-minute trip before the end of season. Here’s a short guide to new international resorts and hotels in incredible destinations from retreats in cooler climates to additions from luxury hospitality brands to unique experiences for memories of a lifetime. Furthermore, celebrate National Relaxation Day on August 15 by treating yourself.
Named for its local dawn redwood species, Dawn Ranch along the lower Russian River reopened under new ownership. The naturally beautiful setting is ideal to soak in outdoor redwood tubs, take a bike ride and hear live music by rotating bands. Choose from cottages, chalets and the Grove, a compound for groups, and dine on the Argentine chef’s South American cuisine.
Book a pool villa, among several types of accommodations, at Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarino, the brand’s inaugural property in Greece that bows August 15. Relax in the hammam, sample island cuisine at Oliviera and play the area’s four golf courses. Travelers who prefer to island hop can charter private yachts through Camper & Nicholsons’s new Athens location, the firm’s first foothold in Greece.
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Relive childhood memories of camp and family vacations (but with a luxury upgrade) at the newly renovated Lodge at Schroon Lake. The 36-acre property’s $21-million makeover features an assortment of accommodations including adorable standalone chalets and pet-friendly options; an indoor pool (in case the lake is too cold for your Florida blood), and outdoor activities like pickleball, Chris Craft boat rides and roasting s’mores.
Leave it to LVMH to bring its stunning hospitality brand to Mexico in style. Maroma, a Belmond Resort Riviera Maya opened with Tara Bernerd’s fetching décor, a Guerlain spa with holistic services and dining outlets from locally sourced Casa Mayor to celebrity chef Curtis Stone’s Woodend. Guests can also lounge around pools tiled in turquoise-colored volcanic stone and experience sound therapy with stingless bees.
Fresh off Nobu Hotels’ Sevilla addition earlier this year, its San Sebastián property launches this month in the renovated Palacio Vista Eder designed by Spanish architect Francisco Urcola in the early 20th century. Stay in 17 spacious rooms and suites and savor the namesake restaurant’s Japanese fare. Mett Hotel & Beach Resort Marbella-Estepona recently opened on Spain’s southern coast too.
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Divers and snorkelers have been waiting for the arrival of Kimpton Grand Roatán Resort & Spa. Situated on the island’s West Bay Beach, it offers direct access to the world’s second largest barrier reef. Book a suite with an oceanfront plunge pool, and partake in other activities such as Kao Kamasa Spa’s jade and obsidian stone treatments inspired by the native Pesh people.