Happy August! Now that summer is winding down, we’re thinking about back-to-school—and specifically, to college. This month, we’re talking about a new trend we’ve been seeing lately: Families taking special trips with their college-bound kids. And speaking of bonding travel, we’re also highlighting our recent retreat in Puerto Rico—including our top hosting tips. And finally, rounding out this edition is a great Q&A with Qatar Airways, which was recently honored with the distinction of “World’s Best Airline.” We hope the rest of your summer is fun and relaxing!
Erika Reategui and Fernando Gonzalez
The holidays are a popular time to head to Mexico. From sun drenched beaches, to Mayan ruins, and Mexico City’s cutting-edge culture. With a strong dollar, your trip goes even further. Here’s some more inspiration to get you heading south of the border.
Mexico City…for the Food Obsessed
Mexico City is a food lover’s capital – from street markets to high end dining. It’s especially fun for adventurous eaters like me. The endless markets are the best way to sample authentic, local cuisine. At Mercado de San Juan, I tasted fruits I’ve never seen before and sampled an array of insects. I preferred the fried grasshoppers (chapulines) served in zesty salsa over the ant larvae (escamoles), which is considered a delicacy. At The St. Regis Mexico City, the service is top notch. The hotel is known for fine dining at Restaurante Diana. But what I found really sweet were the little touches. The lobby was set up with a fill-your-own candy station daily, and when I arrived my butler had left me a thoughtful note alongside an eye mask and tequila. Of course, I made use of them both. – Wonnie Baik, email@example.com
Cabo…for the Pampered Family
My family and I go to Los Cabos six times a year. In 2.5 hours, we’re transported from LA to beach paradise door to door. Sunset cruises, dune buggies, golfing, and dirt biking are some of the great activities to bond over. The new Grand Velas Los Cabos is great for active families like mine. This resort elevates all-inclusive to the next level. When we arrived last spring, my husband and I were offered shoulder massages and aromatherapy. Our three kids were immediately whisked away to get acquainted with the fun kids and teen programs. With seven international restaurants, everyone had their pick from sushi to a 12-course Michelin-starred tasting menu at Cocina de Autour. Even at night there was plenty to do, from the sports bar for the adults to video games for the kids in an out-of-this-world game room. – Mona Behringer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Riviera Maya…for a Romance Recharge
I love traveling to Mexico – especially the Riviera Maya. It’s a special place to unwind with your loved one. My husband and I were last there in February. The beaches, amazing gastronomy, and emphasis on relaxation is unique. I love staying at the Banyan Tree Mayakoba. They definitely understand romance. Rooms are spacious and private. The pool villas have beautiful rooftops to sit and star gaze. The plunge pool was always inviting. And the bathroom, with an outdoor tub, was one of my all-time favorites. The hotel can set a candlelit bath with rose petals, champagne and chocolates. What a great way to celebrate a special occasion! – Leah Winck, email@example.com
Ixtapa…to Disconnect in Style
This fisherman’s village on the Pacific Coast is a place to get away from it all. Relaxing beaches and secluded five starred resorts are framed by a mountain range in the distance. The nearby nature sanctuary is excellent for birdwatching. I spent my days alternating between water sports to snorkeling along the untouched shores of nearby Isla Ixtapa to just relaxing at the Capella Ixtapa. This hillside resort has nothing but gorgeous views, exceptional food and great service. The adobo-styled rooms are elegant and offer a lot of privacy. – Giovanni Escobar, Giovanni@f1s.com
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