As more New Yorkers begin to take to the skies again, there are plenty of international destinations ready to welcome U.S. travelers for a much needed, safe respite. If you’re yearning to switch up your surroundings, here are eight sensational international getaways you can jet off to with nonstop flights out of NYC.
Where to Go: Aruba
Where to Stay: Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
Getting there: NYC to AUA – 4h 30m via (EWR) JetBlue, Delta and United Airlines (JFK) Delta and JetBlue
A picture-perfect scene of palapas set along the warm sands of Palm Beach is where travelers will find the grand Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, offering guests the largest accommodations on the island and endless outdoor entertainment. On the ‘One Happy Island’, travelers seeking total relaxation can bask in the sun on the sandy white shores under a palapa, take a dip in the turquoise Caribbean sea, or unwind at either of the resort’s two pools. For those with an appetite for adventure, the resort and island will surely satisfy with a variety of activities that get the heart pumping, including outdoor fitness classes, beach tennis, UTV tours on the island’s desert side, jet skiing and more. Foodies will have found paradise at the award-winning resort, which offers multiple on-site dining options including fresh sushi at Lobby Bar, colorful cocktails and light bites poolside, and its signature toes-in-the-sand dining at Atardi, with a seafood-forward menu and the best seats to the sunset across the island. Book the ‘First Night on Us’ package for a complimentary night when staying four nights or more. To book, visit www.arubamarriott.com and use code ES7.
Where to Go: Turks & Caicos Islands
Where to Stay: Wymara Resort & Villas
Getting there: NYC to PLS – 3h 50m via (EWR) United (JFK) JetBlue
As if some of the Caribbean’s brightest blue waters weren’t reason enough to visit this tropical archipelago, Wymara Resort will reopen to guests on October 15th, boasting all newly renovated accommodations and welcoming travelers back to a more modern guest room and suite experience. Aiming to bring the unspoiled landscape to life, the airy interiors feature contemporary furniture and natural wood accents that perfectly complement the earth tones and bright ocean blue outdoors. Spend your days in one of the floating island pods that dot the resort’s majestic, mosaic-tiled swimming pool, or sip rosé at sunset at the playful Pink Bar, where spunky twists on classic pink cocktails have earned it a spot among Turks + Caicos trendiest locales. For a more exclusive stay, book one of Wymara Villas’ four- and five-bedroom oceanfront accommodations, complete with two swimming pools and a cascading deck system that leads to an overwater swim platform with direct access to the ocean. A new “Best Resort Rate with Dining Credit” offer will be applied to all reservations with daily a al carte breakfast plus a daily credit of $40 for lunch and $60 for dinner. The starting rate for October is $625 per night, plus taxes and fees, and $725 per night from November 1 – December 19, 2020. For more information, visit www.wymararesortandvillas.com.
Where to Go: Puerto Rico
Where to Stay: Caribe Hilton
Getting there: NYC to SJU – 3h 45m via (EWR) JetBlue and United (JFK) Delta and JetBlue
Centrally located just minutes from the heart of historic Old San Juan, Caribe Hilton is a beachfront oasis where travelers can enjoy a tropical escape just a short plane ride from most major US cities. Guests staying at the iconic resort can unwind by the secluded beach and oceanfront swimming pools, explore the sparkling waters with on-site snorkeling and ’snuba, or opt for head-to-toe relaxation at the spa. When they’re not soaking up the sun, guests can send tastebuds soaring at one of the on-site dining options serving everything from local to international cuisine. Don’t leave without trying the classic Piña Colada — the cocktail was invented at the Caribe Hilton, after all.
Where to Go: Cancun
Where to Stay: Marriott Cancun Resort
Getting there: NYC – 4hr via (EWR) United (JFK) Delta and JetBlue
The mysticism of Mexico’s ancient history and world-class Marriott service seamlessly come together at Marriott Cancun Resort, an idyllic, indulgent resort destination for Bostonians seeking a family vacation, couples retreat, girls trip, and everything in between. Located in the heart of Cancun’s Hotel Zone with the Mexican Caribbean as the backdrop, Marriott Cancun Resort exudes home-away-home hospitality, spacious, beach chic rooms with private balconies, and views of the bright blue sea or Nichupte lagoon. Ten specialty international restaurants invite guests to savor Southwestern, Italian, Argentinian, Japanese, Thai and American cuisines while the new SacBé Beach Shack embraces the bohemian atmosphere of neighboring Tulum. A renewing experience awaits at our resort’s full-service spa, rounding out a fully reimagined experience that begins the moment guests arrive. Book the resort’s new Ready, Jet, Go! package and receive modern and spacious accommodations, daily breakfast for two, yoga & outdoor fitness passes, a one-day beach cabana rental and a margarita tasting. To book, visit www.marriottcancunresort.com and enter code SPJ. Booking window now through Sept. 30 for travel now through April 30, 2021. Minimum three-night stay required. Rates starting at $119/night.
Where to Go: Saint Lucia
Where to Stay: Jade Mountain
Getting there: NYC to UVF – 4h 40m via (EWR) United (JFK) JetBlue
Arguably one of the most breathtakingly beautiful resorts in the Caribbean, Jade Mountain is known for its 3-walled, oversized guest ‘Sanctuaries’ that feature sweeping views of the twin Piton mountains & Caribbean Sea, private en-suite infinity pools, and 24/7 butler service (you can even watch shooting stars from your bed there at night!). If relaxing to the sounds of the ocean in the open-air accommodations isn’t enough, guests can head to the crystal clear waters to snorkel and scuba dive in the heart of St. Lucia’s marine reserves or take a walk on the wild side with a guided hike through the estate to learn about the local history, herbs and plants. Satisfy your palate with one of the restaurants on-property, offering everything from tropical cuisine to exotic creole, or simple grilled fare — but always save room for dessert. Chocolate lovers can visit the chocolate lab to indulge in sensory tastings, or truffle making classes, and even chocolate infused body treatments at the resort’s Kai En Ciel Spa.
Where to Go: Guatemala
Where to Stay: Casa Palopo
Getting there: NYC to GUA: 5hr via (EWR) United (JFK) United
Casa Palopó is perched above spectacular Lake Atitlán — famous for its natural beauty, three mesmerizing volcanoes and 12 colorful Mayan villages that dot its shores, each with its own personality. The private home turned boutique hotel offers just 15 uniquely decorated guest rooms, adorned with colorful walls, Latin American artwork and handwoven textiles made in Guatemala — all perfectly complemented by breathtaking views of the lake and the three volcanoes directly across. It is the first and only Relais & Chateaux property in Guatemala, guaranteeing an escape as exclusive as it is unique. Guests can feel good about the hotel’s “Community Credit” program, in which 10% of the nightly rate will be given back to guests in the form of vouchers — “Monopoly money” so to speak — to spend on locally produced items (woven goods, etc). The locals can then redeem those vouchers for real currency at the hotel, where pop-ups will be hosted for the locals to sell their goods. Additionally, Casa Palopo is supporting their local community by setting up antibacterial gel stations in key entry points of the town as well as installing hand washing stations to promote health and cleanliness.
Where to Go: Jamaica (Ocho Rios & Negril)
Getting there: NYC – 3h 45m via (JFK) JetBlue with twice daily nonstops starting
October 2, 2020, four times per week (Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday) on Delta with daily non stop routes available starting November 6, 2020
All-inclusive beachfront luxury and unmatched personalized experiences await at Couples Tower Isle and Couples Swept Away. The adults-only properties provide endless luxury with 24-hour dining, unlimited premium bar selections, unlimited watersports, an array of gourmet dining options, and much more. Couples Tower Isle features its own private island you can sail away to with your significant other and an unlimited spa experience, while Couples Swept Away provides fit couples with a 10-acre sports & fitness complex (the country’s largest) to get active after indulging at one of the six restaurants on property.
Where to Go: Jamaica
Where to Stay: Hedonism II
Getting there: NYC to MBJ – 3h 45m via (JFK) JetBlue and Delta
Situated on the white sand beach of Negril, Jamaica, Hedonism II, wrapped in what appears to be the world’s most iconic clothing-optional resort is actually an unsuspecting, life-changing getaway. Famous for its strict judgement free zone (and Romping Shop playroom), this adult-only, all-inclusive beachfront property serves as a haven for those of all shapes, sizes, and sexualities looking to escape society’s standards and create their own uninhibited experience. The resort features both a nude and prude side, each complete with its own steamy jacuzzi, pool, Beach Grill and several bars. Cover up on the prude side or bare it all on the nude. At Hedo (as the regulars call it) the activities both on land and at sea, are as free as your inhibitions. From snorkeling, paddle boarding, Hobie Cat, windsurfing, scuba diving, and kayaking, to luxury yacht sails and cave diving, to nightly themed parties, there’s a little something for everyone (18+). All activities are complementary, and swimsuits are optional. Fuel your stay with premium, top-shelf alcohol and authentic Jamaican cuisine.