Picture-Perfect Resorts, New and Improved

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Beach House Turks and Caicos
We weren’t kidding when we called them “picture-perfect.” This inspiring view comes straight from Beach House Turks and Caicos.

Costa Rica, Turks & Caicos and Los Cabos have one thing in common: new or improved hotels that make it easier for you to book these already top-of-mind destinations.

The Arenal region of Costa Rica is best known for the Arenal Volcano—the third most active volcano in the world—and rightly so. However, in the travel community, Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens is giving that volcano a run for its money.

The property has recently completed a year-long transformation that increased the number of available suites from 25 to 50, as well as adding two new dining options and a spa.

Accommodations come in the form of 885-sq.-ft.Casita Deluxe suites and 1,135-sq.-ft. Nayara suites, now with 25 rooms of each category. These suites all feature direct views of the Arenal Volcano, with amenities including oversized marble bathrooms, glass-enclosed rainshowers plus private outdoor showers; private terraces with jacuzzis, hammocks and chaise longues; and complimentary WiFi and phone calls to the U.S.

Original dining options included Altamira Restaurant, serving international cuisine throughout the day, and Kali-Kali, a poolside swim-up bar. Through the enhancements, the property now also boasts Sushi Amor, offering sushi with a Latin flair and a vodka-dispensing machine that allows guests to sip and savor a selection of premium-flavored vodka, and Nostalgia wine and tapas bar, which offers small plates and a similar wine-dispensing system featuring Latin American and Spanish selections.

The new spa, meanwhile, provides four treatment rooms, fitness room, custom-made wooden jacuzzi and meditation trails. Additional opportunities abound for adventurers, with such local excursions as volcano trekking, zip-lining tours, hikes to Rio Celeste, horseback rides to the La Fortuna waterfall and whitewater rafting on the Sarapiqui River.

Rates start at $230 per night. For more information, call (866) 311-1197 or visit arenalnayara.com.

Still in the process of remodeling, The Turks and Caicos Club is set to reopen this October as Beach House Turks and Caicos. The new name is just the beginning for the property, which is part of a “Beach House Movement” that managing director Andrew Ashcroft says “will be venturing beyond Turks and Caicos in the future.” He describes the hotel experience as “one that brings a sense of fun and playfulness set against the backdrop of a spacious and relaxed environment.”

Beach House Turks and Caicos will offer 21 suites—the smallest at 1,150 sq. ft.—with beachfront Pampering Pods that provide a private area for relaxation or beachfront dining. Signature scents, bath amenities and spa products of the Beach House will be provided by Arcania Apothecary, which offers products in a sprinkling of boutique hotels around the world. A 90-seat restaurant and in-suite dining program will keep guests’ bellies full, with a wine cellar and bar area to boot.

Starting rates range from $532 to $1,038 per night. For more information, call (855) 946-5800 or visit beachhousetci.com.

And coming to Mexico November 2013 is AMResorts’ newest Secrets property, the adults-only Secrets Puerto Los Cabos. The property will offer 500 suites, each with private terrace or balcony and jacuzzi. In the 150 Preferred Club level suites guests will also enjoy a private lounge, complimentary in-room Internet access, upgraded mini bar service and pillow menu.

Around the property, guests will find two main swimming pools, eight dining locations—five of which are gourmet a la carte—six bars, a fitness center and 12,000-sq.-ft. Secrets Spa by Pevonia, which provides 22 treatment rooms, an extensive list of specialty treatments and full-service beauty salon.

Secrets Puerto Los Cabos will offer the same Unlimited Luxury service that its sister resorts are famous for, featuring unlimited gourmet a la carte dining, premium beverages, 24-hour concierge and in-room services, daytime activities and live evening entertainment. Rates have not yet been announced for this property. For  more information, call (866) GO-SECRETS or visit secretsresorts.com.

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