The 6 Hottest Destinations for early 2015 Vacations
Although long-range forecasts are calling for a winter equally as awful as last year, 2015 is looking pretty great. Here at the Funjet Insider, we’ve been scouring our sources and have come up with the top 6 destinations you’ll want to visit in early 2015. Whether you want to get to the beach, have adventures in the sun, or woo a significant other in paradise, we know exactly where you should go. So, without further ado – here is a preview of what could be in your future this winter:
A solid choice year after year for great value and easy access, new resorts opening in 2015 may change the way you see Cancun and the Riviera Maya.
FINEST PLAYA MUJERES: OPENING FEBRUARY 12, 2015
As a brand-new build in the Playa Mujeres gated community, Finest Playa Mujeres will offer a similar high level of service and amenities as its adults-only sister properties, Excellence Resorts, with one key difference: it will be open to guests of all ages. Families should opt for the Pool Junior Suites or Family Suites, which will offer private garden spaces complete with pools. It is a unique concept that families will love because of the flexibility and privacy.
Of course, while children will be welcomed and catered to (even to the point that there is a family section of the spa!), adults will still enjoy the signature attention to detail and pampering that is present in every Excellence Group property. There are two club sections with upgraded amenities and added luxury that we recommend fully. The Excellence Club will be adults-only, and the Finest Club will offer a similar experience for families.
THE ROYALTON RIVIERA CANCUN: OPENING DECEMBER 2014
This new resort starts your vacation off the right way with a chilled cocktail when you arrive to check in. It just continues from there with beautiful design and excellent service. This is Royalton’s first resort in Cancun, though they have excellent properties in Jamaica and Punta Cana. Families are welcome at this resort, but if you’re looking for romance, we recommend the Hideaway at Royalton. This adults-only section is like a boutique hotel within a larger resort and would be an excellent choice for a honeymoon or romantic getaway.
The resort is built on an “All-In Luxury™” concept, which means you can expect quality service, clean and modern accommodations and great amenities. One thing we particularly like is the unlimited á la carte dining, which means you don’t ever have to eat at the buffet if you don’t want to. There are also 11 pools, so you’re pretty much guaranteed plenty of space on the decks. Other nice features are the free Wi-Fi throughout the resort, and their free Royalton app which includes unlimited free calling.
Barbados is a small island in the Lesser Antilles – the far southern tip of the Caribbean region. It is surrounded by coral reefs, and in fact, that is precisely what makes its beaches so fine! Barbados is an up-and-coming destination that is ideally suited for honeymooners and couples.
SANDALS BARBADOS: OPENING JANUARY 2015
Sandals Barbados has been completely re-imagined from top to bottom. The fully-renovated resort will have seven new gourmet restaurants along with four previously-existing ones. These will include a steakhouse and Sandals’ first-ever Indian restaurant, the Bombay Club.
Every room and suite will be remodeled, and some will now features Sandals’ English Guild-trained butlers. These upper-level rooms are worth the splurge, particularly for a special occasion like a honeymoon!
Sandals Barbados has literally been designed for people in love. Romance is everywhere here! Plus, they have an excellent program to help their guests discover Barbados’ many attractions and fascinating history.
Jamaica is ever a popular destination for families and couples alike because it truly does provide top-notch tropical getaways. With tons of activities and excellent new resorts, if you haven’t been to Jamaica recently, you haven’t truly experienced the destination.
MOON PALACE JAMAICA GRANDE: OPENING EARLY 2015
This is incredibly exciting news: Palace Resorts is opening their first property outside of Mexico! Located in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, the Moon Palace Jamaica Grande will bring all the things we love about Palace to the Caribbean. Simply put, this resort is going to be fantastic.
If you’re in search of sand (or sun), this may be the perfect resort for you. It is located on a peninsula with a very long stretch of private beach. It’s really fun to hang out on the beach and watch the ships come in and out of the port.
Families with kids of any age will have tons to do here, including the FlowRider™ wave simulator, the Wired Teen Lounge and The Playroom kids club. And with five restaurants on property, everyone will have a favorite restaurant! One unique thing that we particularly like about the new property is the gourmet food corridor. It’s essentially a a hybrid of a farmer’s market and a café, and it’s our go-to place for a fresh snack during the day.
And of course, you can expect an air of comfortable style throughout the resort. Cutting-edge designer Francois Frossard has designed the decór and it is fabulous. We absolutely love that each room will feature CHI products, including their hairstyling iron, hairdryer and bath amenities. This attention to luxurious details is what makes Palace Resorts so relaxing for your vacation.
HYATT ZIVA ROSE HALL: OPENING NOVEMBER 23, 2014
Hyatt has recently jumped feet-first into the all-inclusive resort scene and they’re doing a bang-up job of it so far with properties in Mexico. The Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall will be their first property in Jamaica and it will be spectacular. Just 15 minutes from the Montego Bay airport, it’s easily accessed but still feels private and elite.
Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall is a family-friendly resort with a kids club and fun family activities like beach volleyball and water basketball. And while families will definitely love it, the overall vibe is one of relaxation and laid-back recreation. Everything from the rooms to the common areas and the pools have the same modern but welcoming feel that instantly makes you feel that you are truly on vacation.
Dining at Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall is a very contemporary experience drawing from farm-to-table inspiration and fresh local ingredients. That said, the dining is very worldly – Di Roza is a to-die-for Italian restaurant while Fuzion offers Asian cuisine and Teppanyaki show stations. Additionally, you can choose Caribbean seafood, Brazilian or – of course – Jamaican jerk chicken. And here’s one of our favorite tips: check out the rooftop bar for awesome drinks and views to match.
Aruba makes up the “A” portion of the ABC Islands – Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. These three islands are known for consistently excellent weather year round: no rainy season, no unbearable heat, just perfectly pleasant weather. Oh, and they’re also out of the hurricane belt, so your likelihood of a stormy vacation is practically zero.
RIU PALACE ANTILLAS: OPENING OCTOBER 11, 2014
RIU-lovers, rejoice! Riu Palace Antillas has brought its signature adults-only experience to Aruba. Joining the Riu Palace Aruba, which welcomes families, the Riu Palace Antillas will be exclusively for adults over 18 years of age. It is Aruba’s first 24-hour all-inclusive adults-only resort.
Guests of the new resorts will have several restaurants to choose from, including a main buffet with a lovely terrace. There will also be three specialty restaurants, including Krystal Fusion restaurant.
Connected travelers will appreciate the free Wi-Fi throughout the resort. There are plenty of activities and watersports available, which is ideal for Aruba’s year-round excellent temperatures and warm water. At night, this new resort will feature a disco where you can dance the night away!
Maui has long been the subject of vacationers’ dreams…and for good reason. The island is stunningly beautiful with top-notch resort, excellent snorkeling and diving for any skill level, incredible natural landscapes and laid-back locals.
ANDAZ MAUI AT WAILEA RESORT: OPENED SEPTEMBER 2013
In an area of Maui that is studded with luxury resorts, the Andaz Maui at Wailea stands out with modern style that seamlessly incorporates the unique Hawaiian experience.
The in-room amenities at the Andaz Maui are excellent, especially considering that there is no resort fee. You’ll enjoy a complimentary welcome drink, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages that are replenished daily. Pretty nice when you’re spending lots of time in the sun!
No matter where you go in this resort – your room, the pool, the beach – you’re surrounded by luxury and sophistication that hits just the right note for an upscale vacation. The restaurants are particularly decadent: Ka’ana Kitchen features local ingredients, and Morimoto Maui features dishes from the culinary master. Plus, the activities are top-notch. We love the canoeing and kayaking, and you should definitely take advantage of the surf lessons!
As much as we adore the Andaz Maui, you should not stay at the resort the whole time. Ask the knowledgeable staff for recommendations on the best places to explore the rest of the island.
Punta Mita is a gated community north of Puerto Vallarta in the Riviera Nayarit region. This posh area is the perfect place to escape into tropical paradise, while excursions into Puerto Vallarta town are an easy taxi ride away.
IBEROSTAR PLAYA MITA: OPENED DECEMBER 2013
Though this resort is nearly a year old, it’s on this list because it has helped make Punta Mita more accessible. Previously only home to ultra-luxury resorts, the IBEROSTAR Playa Mita brings upscale sophistication at a more affordable price.
This resort was a new construction, built by IBEROSTAR from the ground up with their guests in mind. It is a great choice for families, with their Splash Park and Disco, along with an emphasis on sports and activities.
The hotel is also home to the Litibu Golf Club, which is considered one of the top golf courses in the area. While golf will be an added cost, there are plenty of activities included in your stay, such as kayaking, beach volleyball, ping-pong and even windsurfing.
Plus, the views are pretty incredible and the sunsets are fabulous. One of the best spots to watch the sun go down over the ocean is on the terrace where you can sip a drink before dinner.
Which of these resorts would you most like to visit this winter?