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ment in September 2011, making it ultra modern—deep wood finishes with metal and glass accents abound. the updates proliferate with every one of the 511 rooms boasting free wireless Internet access and 24-hour room service. visitors also have access to treasured spa treatments and a fully functioning gym. Marketed as the ultimate luxury family hotel, the resort offers child-related activities as well. there’s no doubt, however, that the Marriott’s primary concern is pleasing the adults first. travis McIntyre worked in San Juan at the Arecibo Observatory for two years, and was a frequent visitor to the hotel. “What I liked the most is the pool, it’s beautiful,” he gushed. Indeed, when it isn’t completely crowded, the pool is large enough for the serious swimmer to do laps, and for the not so serious swimmer to sip a cocktail by the swim-up bar. even so, this temperature-managed sanctuary isn’t the only way to let your hair down.


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magine a world without Blackberrys, twitter, and facebook. Picture a place without television, radio, and cars. Don’t panic—just relax. this is a vacation to the turks & Caicos Islands. Pine Cay is a privately owned, 825-acre island (about the size of Central Park) in the Caribbean. And on this paradise is the Meridian Club—a vacation resort that feels more like a bed and breakfast than Spring Break. “When people are coming back here, when they return, it’s more like they are coming home. It’s not like they are going to a hotel,” said Beverly Plachta, one of the Meridian’s managers. Ms. Plachta runs the Meridian along with her husband of fifteen years, Wally Plachta. the two make their guests, those returning as well as those visiting for the first time, feel right at home. “With the beach just a single step from each room and a bed so comfy you could lose yourself in it, it’s barefoot living at its finest. … Where the tv would be, there’s an old-fashioned map of Providenciales instead—I find it far more intriguing,” wrote guest Gemma Handy in a love letter to the getaway. Meridian’s ban on all sorts of communicative technology may have New yorkers frantic with thoughts of abandoned responsibilities, but Beverly and her husband welcome the apprehension. It is with small, personal touches that they hope to remind guests that they’re here to vacation. “When you come, everyone is friendly, everyone remembers your name. We do hugs here instead of the handshake. We remember people’s birthdays and anniversaries. We take pride in knowing our guests,” said Ms. Plachta.

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The Caribbean’s most historic resort shines with timeless grace. 138 spacious, elegant rooms are spread over 340 acres: in the signature pink Great House, on two of three beaches, on ridges overlooking the sea, gently-rolling golf greens and acclaimed tennis center. Three restaurants, renovated spa and fitness center, designer boutique. Recognized by the National Trust as a Historic Hotel of America.

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“the location is probably the best in San Juan. It’s in the high-end Condado area and on the nicest of beaches there,” Mr. McIntyre said. “It’s very clean and safe, the hotel actually provide 24 hour security—not that it’s particularly dangerous.” As the name would suggest, the hotel also has a large on-site casino, and at 12,700 square feet, it’s the largest in Puerto Rico. In addition to poker, the casino offers a variety of table games, which is a rarity on the rest of the island and a perk for serious players who stay there. even with the pool and casino amenities, the real treasures of this resort are found on the beaches and in the natural scenery that surrounds. the el yunque rainforest is an hour’s drive away and is an absolute must see. there are also the el Morro and San Cristobal fortifications, and the Barcardi distillery, which are all nearby and very popular attractions on the tourist trail. Other adventures include horseback riding,

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fitness trails, kayaking, sailing, scuba diving and snorkeling, all located within a short drive’s distance. that is, of course, if you can manage to find an excuse for leaving the comfort of your poolside beach chair. Regardless, this full-scale vacation spot promises rejuvenation and revival for families, couples, or the solo businessman desperately seeking to get out of the city and into the sun.
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ith breathtaking landscapes and cozy accommodations, outdoors adventures and luscious indoor indulgences, the Inn at Pocono Manor has taken your pleasures to heart. Originating during an industrial period, the historic haven first opened its doors as a country retreat for Philadelphia Quakers in 1902. More than a hundred years later, the Inn is the oldest continuously operating resort spot in the expansive Pocono Mountains, and one of the first of its kind in all of North America. this 3,000-acre sanctuary is within two hours of New york City, New Jersey and Philadelphia, comfortably accommodating up to 700 guests any time of the year. though the Inn was never a private home, the architectural landscape draws on centuries-old sprawling european manors. Over the years, this long-lasting charm has lured families to the area, where many have purchased land near the resort to build weekend and summer homes. Permanent residence is also available in a resort community known
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as the Cottages, which boasts three different two-story designs: the Aspen, the laurel and the Poplar. All have won numerous awards for excellence and offer planning and construction expertise, quality cratfsmanship and comprehensive customer services. In this quaint, natural setting, it’s difficult to imagine the Inn has ever launched a concentrated effort on brand image. Instead, its cozy style has evolved naturally while pleasing the customer with every kind of enjoyment imaginable. Indeed, though the Inn has long been an all-season, full-service resort with 237 spacious and continually-updated guest rooms, it hasn’t lost an ounce of its original charm. It’s truly the little comforts that make a resort a vacation, but in today’s world, one still needs modern stimulation. Guests are provided with hi-speed wireless access, complimentary newspapers and coffee service in the main lobby. luckily, you can feel better about such mad cravings with an easily accessible concierge service and innumerable seasonal activities. the resort’s 3,000 acres include walking paths, bicycling, indoor and outdoor

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folks from around the world quickly learn to unplug and unwind in the Caribbean Spirit. Mothers and fathers seeking some quiet time alone might appreciate that the Club doesn’t offer accommodations to children under twelve, except during family months in June and July and over the winter holiday season. “you can either come here and be completely alone or socialize. Some people like it so they come and they don’t have to see anybody. Or people who don’t even know each other become best friends just because they dine together,” said Ms. Plachta. “there’s no seating charts. People are encouraged to mingle and chat and share their experiences and most people who come here are likeminded so it’s easy for them to get together and have a good time.” the Club also offers a range of activities from snorkeling and scuba diving to sailing and bone fishing. If these adventures don’t make you feel at one with the great outdoors, the fact that Pine Cay is self-sufficient and eco-friendly certainly will. “living in harmony with Mother Nature is a pervasive theme, from the real flowers in the folds of the towels to the tacit ban on plastic—a reusable shopping bag is left in each room along with a refillable water bottle,” wrote Ms. Handy. “Rainwater catchment systems are integrated in all buildings. there’s even an outdoor shower. Just watch the prickly pine cones underfoot.” the Meridian rests upon fresh water land. Drilling just 24 inches into the ground, the resort can access clean water without having to use the river. Cool island breezes mean there is no need for an AC. the only forms of transportation are bicycles and electric golf carts. the roads are paved with sand not cement, preserving Pine Cay’s habitat of iguanas and exotic birds. “We are mostly undeveloped. We don’t have anything here. Some people wonder why we don’t overdevelop it. It’s because we don’t want to,” Ms. Plachta explained. “Since we started 38 years ago, guests who came then and come back now are glad that there’s not that much of a change. We’ve pretty much kept everything the same.” But don’t expect a bunch of shabby sheds on a beachfront. Ms. Plachta assures us, the Meridian Club is old style, not old. Contrary to the hyperactive minds of sci-fi heroes and villains, time travel doesn’t require a complicated gadget or the disapproval of einstein’s theory of relativity. Sometimes, a simple plane ticket will suffice. the Meridian Club in the turks & Caicos Islands is your getaway from it all. “Remember a time when the Caribbean meant an understated old world charm?” Ms. Handy mused. “When traffic jams were as rare as a post office on the moon and comrades still addressed each other with formal titles? A time before amiable service was replaced by its obsequious counterpart. And before high rises shot up like meerkats in the desert and confined the horizon to a distant memory. When the world moved on and got itself in one big rush, it left Pine Cay behind.”

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CONtINueD fROM PAGe 11 pools, waterfalls, horseback riding, a BB range, archery, 5 stand, fishing, golf cart tours and other campy activities. Winter takes on a whole new attitude here with dogsledding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Downhill skiing and snowboarding are available at the nearby Camelback Mountain, as are the more low-key horsedrawn sleigh rides. you can also take a roll in the hay in a hayride, snowmobile like a pro, dog sled with the huskies and indulge in a little do-good fun with shuffleboard. But for golf enthusiasts, Pocono Manor’s two 18-hole courses have been challenging many of the sport’s—and business’s—experts for decades. the east Course, which opened in 1912, was redesigned by Donald Ross in 1927 and offers complex water hazards and gorgeous, thoreauvian scenery. the West Course opened in 1965 and favors a long ball hitter who enjoys a wide fairway. Golf services include a pro shop, lessons, driving range, restaurant and bar. If you care to relax after a grueling day on the golf course— or any of the other athletic grounds—the area’s premier laurel Spa offers 20 treatment rooms for facials, nail treatments, massages, wraps, tanning and more. the Inn also provides 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting and special event space, ideal for corporate meetings, weddings and special occasions. With all that the property has to offer, the Inn attracts a plethora of customers, ranging from families and couples on weekends and holidays to corporate and social groups during the week. Wedding parties and golf groups are also popular also reside when in season. Many guests come from New york, and an estimated half or more guests come from east of the Delaware River—either from New Jersey or New york State. last but not least, the Inn offers those with active imaginations another reason to stay a while. Rumors of a romance between a lenni lenape princess and a Dutch explorer abound. this tragic love story takes on Shakespearian magnitude with a twisted ending of a forced separation, an attempted suicide and a ®NYSDED desperate attempt to save the suicidal, concluding in both parties ®NYSDED falling to their death. legend has it that misty evenings procure the spirits of the star-crossed lovers on the cliff where they died. Not too scary for children, but just enough to ponder the meaning of life, love and in the Catskill High Peaks, Claryville, nY vacation.

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Experience some of the best cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and tubing new york State has to offer! Set on 6,000 acres deep in the catskill mountains, Frost valley ymca offers great skiing for all ages and abilities. whether it’s the miles of beautiful back-country trails, or skiing beside pristine streams, there’s something for everyone! we offer over 25 kilometers of groomed trails for all abilities. Only 2.5 hours from new york city, we offer cabins with fireplaces, hotel-style rooms and multifamily lodges for weekend rental. give us a call at (845) 985-2291 or visit our web site: frostvalley.org T-16
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