I love when I get press releases like this – a new vacationing experience with loads of choices that gets me excited and gives me the travel itch. Jetsetter.com, a private online travel community, has hand-selected a series of dream trips perfect for those looking for an exotic golf retreat, an adventure in Nepal or an excuse to gather the Wolf Pack. From Miami to Maine, California to Nepal, Jetsetter’s team of travel experts have selected the best of the best. Here's a sampling of what they have to offer:
Vdara Hotel & Spa – Las Vegas, Nevada
Even with its location in the city centre, Vdara Hotel & Spa feels like an escape set apart from Vegas’s typical over-the-top attitude. The 1,495-suite property is home to an 18,000-square-foot spa and salon with subdued but elegant interiors, and the suites have the comforts of home (kitchenette, dining area) without losing cachet (sweeping views of the strip, mountains or the Bellagio fountain). And when you’re ready to emerge for a night of dining, shopping and nightlife, you've got it all!
Everest Skydive – Kathmandu, Nepal
As any adrenaline junkie knows, skydiving is the ultimate thrill. Those few seconds during free fall are as close to flying as we humans will probably ever get. Now imagine hurling yourself out of a plane at 29,500 feet — in full view of Mount Everest. To call it a rush would be an understatement, but tour company Everest Skydive makes this once-in-a-lifetime experience possible. During this 10-night/11-day tour, beginning in Kathmandu, you’ll get your bearings on the ground with some sightseeing and then hike up to the drop site, where the true adventure begins. And with all the details — accommodations, gear, professional instruction — taken care of, skydivers can simply enjoy the (truly unforgettable) moment.
A Western Land Rover Adventure
There may not be a more beautiful landscape than the American West, and no better way to explore it than by off-roading and seeing it your own way. Join Land Rover for an exclusive weeklong adventure, where you’ll traverse rugged terrain from Moab to Telluride (where you’ll be VIPs at the Telluride Film Festival). It all caps off with two days spent driving the all-new 2012 Range Rover Evoque — two months before it’s on the market. Off-roading, festival-going and sneak-peeking a hot new vehicle: That’s a vacation to brag about.
Garza Blanca – Puerto Vallarta
On one of the most beautiful champagne-sand beaches in the world, Garza Blanca is Puerto Vallarta’s newest luxury property. Here, the Sierra Madre mountains tumble down into lush tropical jungles, and 85 unspoiled acres of tropical paradise are the setting for 73 lavish rooms, suites and penthouses. And town is just 10 minutes away, with charming plazas and cobblestone streets full of restaurants, authentic shopping and cultural activities for every interest.
La Reunión Golf – Guatemala
The Fuego Maya golf course at La Reunion, designed by superstar father-son golf architects Pete and Perry Dye, is guaranteed to blow your mind — if not your handicap. Surrounded by four volcanoes, the 18 holes on this par 72, 7,560-yard course are named for the months of the Mayan calendar. Get your game on, then head to the 19th hole where you can unwind over a cocktail from the bar with views of the course. Hitting the links is certainly the focus here, but a stay at La Reunion, just an hour outside Guatemala City, delivers posh casitas with private pools, in-room massages and top-notch fare at the on-site El Mirador restaurant.
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