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Mar 20, 2014

3 Ways To Celebrate the Spring Equinox

You were thinking today was only the first day of spring.  But there's so much more.

May we remind you that it's also 2014's International Day of Happiness. To make sure you're in the right state of mind, it seemed appropriate to tempt you with three sunny escapes just in time for a spring getaway.

Plus, you could use some Vitamin D.



Andaz Peninsula Papagayo (Peninsula Papagayo)

With the addition of the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo (pictured), Costa Rica just got even more inviting. Conveniently located, it’s adjacent to the Marina Papagayo on the country’s northern pacific coast, and near the Liberia Airport, Monteverde Cloud Forest and the Palo Verde National Park. Small yet mighty, the 153-room boutique gem liberally incorporates its Central American surroundings in its decor and culinary offerings, while also extending modern perks of its own, including a complimentary minibar of snacks and nonalcoholic beverages, free Wi-Fi, unlimited local phone calls, as well as 24-hour room service and gym. And along with pools and private beach access, there’s also a sauna and yoga.


The Ritz-Carlton, Aruba (Palm Beach)

After years of anticipation, The Ritz- Carlton, Aruba has finally opened in spectacular fashion with 320 guestrooms, including 55 suites, all with private balconies and majestic glimpses of the Caribbean Sea. Two suites even boast panoramic oceanfront views and outdoor showers. Upping the ante even further, The Ritz-Carlton Spa spans an impressive 15,000 square feet, with 13 treatment rooms and pampering options enhanced by local ingredients. Dining is quite grand at the seafood-centered Les Crustaces. Plus, the Club lounge has floor-to-ceiling glass windows showcasing Aruba’s sealicious charm.


The Redbury South Beach

Art Basel served as the perfect debut for The Redbury South Beach, the art deco extension of its Hollywood namesake, as it joined its sister properties, The Raleigh Hotel across the street and the SLS Hotel South Beach nearby, both accessible to guests. Rock ’n’ Roll–inspired; pictures of old Fillmore Miami Beach concert posters dot the walls; and each of its spacious 69 rooms comes with record players, along with vinyl selections curated by Capitol Records. There’s a rooftop deck for sun revelry; the on-site resto Lorenzo helmed by a James Beard Award–winning chef for foodies; and neighboring Lincoln Road for the fashion-forward.


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