7 Amazing Places You’ve Never Been
Set sail and discover new destinations
Cure your wanderlust and embark on a journey to one of these seven cities – chances are, you’ve never been!
1. Vieques Island, Puerto Rico
Located 8 miles off the coast of mainland Puerto Rico sits Vieques Island, an undiscovered Caribbean paradise where turquoise waters meet pristine beaches and where wild horses out number humans. Containing the most undeveloped beaches in the Caribbean, Vieques Island is a true hidden gem.
Discover the mesmerizing glow of the world’s brightest bioluminescent bay, or experience the sea and its spectacular wildlife with year round kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing and more. Venture out beyond the beaches and explore the mountains and local area on horseback, known as the best way to explore the island.
Amongst this tropical paradise and tucked away on two private, secluded beaches is W Retreat & Spa- Vieques Island. With lush tropical gardens and breathtaking views, this colorful resort captures the spirit of the Caribbean offering its guests the perfect tropical getaway.
2. Temozón, Mexico
Discover the beauty of the ancient Mayan Civilization in Temozón, a Southeastern Mexican city in the Yucatan Peninsula which separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Caribbean Sea. With a small village atmosphere, this city offers travels an intimate view of the local culture and way of life.
Hacienda Temozón, A Luxury Collection Resort, embraces the heritage, culture and architectural of the area’s ancestral roots. Special details, like weathered wooden doors and rose petals, reflect the natural display of the Mayan cultural which migrated to the area around 2500 B.C.
Enjoy a mini excursion on donkey to the resort’s private “cenote” (sinkhole) or retreat to Hol Be Spa which offers an authentic Mayan experience; integrating architecture, traditions and culture which have defined this millenary civilization. 19 miles from resort, experience the Pyramids of Uxmal, a sacred destination and one of the most significant archaeological sites of the Mayan culture.
3. Jekyll Island, Georgia
Originally purchased as a private winter destination for the nineteenth and early twentieth century elite Americans, such as the Rockefellers and the Pulitzers, Jekyll Island is full of rich American history and untapped natural beauty.
This tranquil retreat along Georgia’s coastline boasts 10 miles of untouched beaches including Driftwood Beach, a destination that continuously amazes sightseers with its striking landscape of large driftwood and ocean views. With two-thirds of land protected from development, Jekyll Island is dedicated to the conservation of its maritime beaches, marshland and forests. This offers an exciting draw for many travelers as they can experience diverse wildlife in their natural, unspoiled habitat through a variety of activities such as bird tours, dolphin tours and ecology walks.
Also unique to this island is The Georgia Sea Turtle Center, where travelers enjoy an inside look into the education, rehabilitation and conservation of Sea Turtles and their habitats. With direct beach access, Westin Jekyll Island is an oceanfront resort that offers breathtaking views of the barrier island beaches. With easy access to the island’s top attractions such as golf, tennis, fishing, boating, kayaking, and a 20 mile bike trail, guests will discover the beauty and natural wonder of Jekyll Island.
4. Santa Fe, New Mexico
Embark on a vibrant journey, full of enriching experiences that embody the spirit of the Southwest. Santa Fe, New Mexico boasts natural beauty with legend and art woven throughout the city and its architecture.
Immerse yourself in Southwest culture; experience the vivid colors of the regions’ art, taste the world-renowned local chile cuisine, and be inspired by the history, trading markets, and traditions that shaped the city’s culture long before Columbus set sail.
Amongst the most historic and charming locales in the city is La Posada de Santa Fe, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa. Since the 19th century, this resort stands as a celebrated part of Santa Fe’s history and has become one of the area’s most unique destinations. The allure of this historic downtown resort stretches beyond unique rooms and artful suites to an exceptional, locally-inspired experience.
5. Québec City, Québec
A European getaway has never been so close. Dating back to 1608, Québec City, Canada is one of North America’s oldest European settlements and distinguished as a world heritage treasure by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).
This French speaking area is picturesque, full of elegant European architecture and historical sites combined with spectacular natural landscapes that offer an abundance of outdoor activities on both on water and land. Surrounded by French speaking locals, travelers are captivated by the city’s charming and romantic ambiance. Stroll through Old Québec’s narrow cobblestone streets, explore its rich history and enjoy quaint cafés and boutique shops.
Much of the city’s beauty can be discovered during the winter months. Starting in early December, Old Québec is transformed into an elegant Christmas village with Christmas markets in heart of the historic district and in the surrounding villages. Travelers can also tour the Hôtel de Glace, the only ice hotel in North America.
Minutes from Old Québec sits the only resort in the area, Four Points Québec Resort, an elegant retreat offering a world class 18-hole championship golf course, complimentary shuttle to Old Québec and La Faune Spa, a revitalizing and relaxing oasis.
6. Tucson, Arizona
Escape to Tucson, Arizona, an urban oasis in the Sonoran Desert. This city embraces its rich culture and heritage and is a mecca for American history buffs. Over the past three centuries, Tucson has grown from a Native American farming community to a Spanish outpost to a dusty frontier town to today’s southwestern metropolis.
Along with vibrant galleries and nationally acclaimed museums, travelers can discover Tucson’s rich history by exploring ancient Native American archaeological sites, the Historic Anza Trail, Wild West mining towns and more. Situated where the Santa Cruz River meets the Rillito River and surrounded by five mountain ranges, the Tucson sky boasts colorful and brilliant sunsets. With low humidity and an average yearly temperature of 83°F, Tucson is an ideal destination for outdoor adventure.
The desert climate and natural landscape is exceptional for hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, biking and golfing. Nestled on 250 acres in the high Sonoran Foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains is The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa. With breathtaking mountain, city and golf views this iconic resort offers a 27-hole private Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course, an oasis of five pools with cabanas, a 177-foot waterslide and an Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa.
7. Victoria, British Columbia | Canada
As the oldest city in the Pacific Northwest and home to some of the region’s most breathtaking scenery, Victoria, British Columbia offers a spectacular combination of rich history, sophisticated culture, and natural beauty. An ideal playground for the most adventurous outdoor enthusiast, this island destination offers both mountains and ocean, challenging even the most active traveler with rock climbing, hiking, kayaking and more.
Nestled on a spectacular mountainside is The Westin Bear Mountain Golf Resort & Spa, offering year-round golf, an outdoor heated pool and world-class spa. Minutes away from the resort, travelers can spend a day in the city discovering Victoria’s distinctive combination of old world charm and modern day experiences.
Discover it’s fascinating past and artistic architecture through an abundance of galleries, museums, cultural events and heritage sites. Then, enjoy shopping, entertainment and a dynamic dining scene with local flare and produce. With whale watching, world famous gardens, and some of Canada’s most beautiful and challenging golf courses, there is never a shortage of things to do in Victoria, BC.