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We’re fed up: Enough of the polar vortex! Even we Northeasterners, who congratulate ourselves on living in a four-seasons zone—vivid autumns, bracing winters, gentle springs, lush summers—are crotchety from vortex attack.

Where to go to get some sun? We asked Karen Weiner Escalera—who has worked in the luxury travel business for many years as president of a luxury travel marketing and PR firm, KWE Partners, and who writes a top blog on quality food, fashion, culture, and travel called—to suggest several getaways . . . places we could go for a long and very luxurious weekend. Since we need pampering, we would rather splurge—stay only two or three nights, but have splendid accommodations.  (One of the destinations, Grand Velas Riviera Maya, is a client of Karen’s).

Most of these resorts require from two and a half to four and a half hours’ flying time from New York City. (They’re even closer to Southerners, who’ve endured their own vortexes.) Minnesotans: We acknowledge that you need an escape even more than we do. So check out the Mexican resorts we’re featuring next week; they’re closer to you than they are to us.

May the planes be flying on the day of your getaway! —Ed.



Amanyara, Turks and Caicos  (flight time, 3 hours, 8 minutes)

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A resort of the Aman Group—which, with its stunning architecture and design, top service, and privileged locations, has a cult following. Add in a gorgeous white sand beach and tranquil, stunning accommodations in a pavilion or a villa.


Hotel Le Toiny, St. Barth (flight time, 3 hours, 55 minutes)

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The island to go to for je ne sais quoi, beautiful-people watching, French food, private villas-with-pool, and fashion. It would be best to go on a yacht and then go yacht-hopping, but, if you can’t do that, Le Toiny, a Relais et Châteaux property, is the place to stay.


Jade Mountain, St. Lucia (4 hours, 31 minutes)

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It’s in the southern Caribbean, a longer flight than some others, but worth it if you like lush, picture-book, mountains-and-sea Caribbean vistas. This is the place for romance. A small, intimate resort with breathtaking views of the Caribbean’s famed deux pitons—two peaks.



Rosewood Tucker’s Point (2 hours, 3 minutes)

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This is an all-in-one resort—great beach and top-of-the-line 18-hole golf course. And with Rosewood, you never go wrong; the resort has a well-deserved reputation for elegant accommodations, excellent service, and all the amenities you could wish for.


Miami—there are so many great hotels that where you stay is a tossup, depending on your style.

The Setai Miami Beach  (2 hours, 31 minutes)

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Understated elegance, chic international clientele. In South Beach, but a bit removed from the madding crowd. Fine dining, too. And if you want an infusion of culture, a short walk away is the Bass Museum.


Fontainebleau Miami Beach  (2 hours, 31 minutes)

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The iconic Miami hotel. Yes, it’s big, and after 10 p.m. the main lobby is filled with young people waiting to get into the club hotspot LIV, but it’s sooo Miami, and it’s great fun. It will make you feel young. The bar in the round, with its fluorescent lighting, is the spot for drinks as well as people- and shoe watching. Then there are some top restaurants, including Hakkasan, Scarpetta, and Gotham Steak and a large fitness center and spa.


SoHo Beach House, Miami

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The Miami hotel with the European (especially British) accent.  It’s understated and clubby (a private club, but its facilities are open to hotel guests), and it gets an international clientele, as you can imagine if you know the New York City outpost.


The Breakers, Palm Beach (2 hours, 23 minutes)

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Though there are notable newcomers to Palm Beach, this is still the class act: grand in an Old World way, excellent service, a top spa, and arguably the best beach for a hotel.


Tomorrow: Luggage for traveling in style

Next Fashion Friday: luxury resorts in Mexico, plus a post on resort clothes.

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