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One trip, one couple, but two personalities. They say opposites attract, but what happens when you're on vacation and opposite means wanting to do different things?
She wants to lounge by the pool, he'd rather hit the golf course — she's into history, he's into fishing. Is a vacation together still possible? It is, thanks to these recommendations courtesy of The Nest:
For the fisherman and the intellectual: Key West
His idea of a great time is hitting the ocean in a 30-foot Mako boat for the thrills of deep-sea fishing; she's a bit of a bookworm and history buff — who also likes her time in the sun!
Recommended accommodations: Hyatt Key West Resort and Marina: Winter rates start at $450 and up for double occupancy.
For him: He'll be able to charter the beautiful waters of Key West, where fishing legends were born. Ernest Hemingway fished the waters of the Florida Straits between Cuba and Key West for giant blue marlin, just one of the 225 species of game fish that prowl the crystal-clear waters of the Florida Keys. He'll be in his glory with accessibility to fishing charters like those that sail the Florida Straits, a 9-mile-wide trough of deep water beyond our reef that Hemingway dubbed “the Great Blue River.” Other trips include catching snapper and grouper that inhabit shipwrecks and reefs.
For her: While he's at sea, she can tour the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum — a registered national historic place where she can see the author's home, writing studio and Key West's first swimming pool. The six-toed cats that roam the grounds are descendants of Hemingway's pets! She can also check out the Harry S Truman Little White House — the most historic site in south Florida. The Little White House has served as a presidential retreat and functioning White House of America by six U.S. presidents.
For the golfer and the pampered princess: Scottsdale, Ariz.
He wants to practice his Tiger swing; she wants to relax like a star. The perfect trip for the golf lover and spa fanatic
Recommended accommodations: The Boulders Resort and Spa and the Winter Golf and Spa Getaway, which starts at $820 per night and up — available through April.For him: He'll test his swing at one of the leading Arizona golf destinations. The resort features two championship-level, Jay Morrish-designed courses known for their breathtaking surroundings and sweeping panoramic views. Listed among the finest in the United States, both courses stretch across an enchanting Sonoran Desert landscape, ancient boulder formations and sun-splashed terrain.
For her: She'll enjoy the 33,000-square-foot Golden Door Spa, where she can relax through the art of massage, therapeutic baths and refreshing treatments. Other signature elements include the meditation labyrinth, a circular tea room with vibrant desert vistas and a heated swimming pool nestled against ancient boulders. This luxurious Scottsdale spa offers everything you need for soul-stirring renewal.
For the foodie and the water-sports enthusiast: Turks and Caicos
She is a gourmet who loves to indulge in delectable food and drink; he is an adventurer!
Recommended accommodations: Grace Bay Club, Turks and Caicos Perched on 11 acres of immaculate beachfront, Grace Bay Club was the first luxury, all-suite hotel in Turks and Caicos offering guests a quiet haven for uninterrupted relaxation; $500 per night and up.
For him: He'll definitely keep busy with the wide range of activities available, including windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, water-skiing, parasailing, deep-sea fishing, jet-skiing and more! Day trips include sailing cruises to nearby islands for picnics and water activities and catamaran excursions to picnic with the tame iguanas that inhabit Little Water Cay!
For her: Grace Bay Club offers guests the opportunity to experience “The Grace Bay Club Conch Package.” Included in the experience is a visit to the world's only conch farm and a private conch cooking lesson with Grace Bay Club executive chef or sous chef to master the art of conch salad, conch fritters and more. She can also check out the new Infiniti Bar, which stretches 90 feet across the Grace Bay Club beach to the shore of Grace Bay, making it the longest bar in the Caribbean.
For the wine connoisseur and the beach bum: Napa Valley, then Cabo
He is a wine connoisseur, while she prefers to work on her tan while sipping a margarita. The perfect trip for this sophisticated but fun-loving couple — Napa followed by a trip to Cabo!
For him: A week at the vineyards is a perfect way to kick off your vacation. He will love exploring the mecca of wine — there are hundreds of wineries in the Napa Valley area! And any B&B is a sure bet.
For her: It's quickly become the “it” place to vacation Cabo is known for its exotic beaches, beautiful hotels and world-class golf courses. Where to stay: You can have your pick from many great resorts. You can go high-end like, Palmilla One and Only, or something a bit more relaxed, like Dreams.
Recommended accommodations: The Candlelight Inn Located near downtown Napa, this lovely 1929 English Tudor inn is centrally located to all the wonders of wine country, yet oh, so far away. Morning greets you with a beautifully prepared three-course gourmet breakfast. Given the beautiful grounds and in-ground pool, it's a place to relax, revitalize, and rejuvenate. Some rooms include both a Jacuzzi and a fireplace — perfect for relaxing after a day in the vineyards; $169 and up.
Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa Open-air hacienda-style architecture offers spacious luxury suites in varying sizes, all with ocean views from your private and furnished terrace. There are three shimmering pools, two with swim-up bars, one snack bar, a full-service spa and fitness center, and five outstanding restaurants, plus lounges. The sites, shopping, nightlife and famous deep-sea fishing of Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are 15 minutes away; $300 and up per night.
Palmilla One and Only Once the tropical hideaway for the likes of Hemingway and Harlow, this serenely private and sensually elegant resort features expansive ocean-facing accommodation, each with veranda, sunbeds and indulgent amenities. Internationally acclaimed as the quintessential embodiment of elegance, every need is attended to with gracious hospitality, and the distinctive artistry of Mexico is discovered at every turn, from wrought iron as delicately patterned as lace to massive wooden doors weathered with age for authentic beauty; $500 per night and up.
For slopes and the city: Switzerland
He loves to pack up his skis (or snowboard) and hit the slopes, while she would rather shop till she drops in a brand-new and exciting city! The perfect Euro destination for this pair — first head to Zurich, then to St. Moritz.
For her: She will absolutely fall in love with Switzerland's largest city, which has all the metropolitan draws — a thriving art scene, top-notch hotels — minus those pesky drawbacks like pollution and traffic. Then head to St. Moritz, only 125 miles from Zurich!
For him: He will be in ski heaven, as St. Moritz is one of the leading ski destinations in the world, and the Badrutts Palace Hotel is located in one of the most challenging ski areas in the world!
Recommended accommodations: Park Hyatt Zurich Nestled in the heart of the city's bustling financial and commercial district, she will be just steps away from world-famous shopping that features everything from ultimate luxury to eclectic antiques and flea markets and specialties from local artisans. Along with its ideal location, the Park Hyatt features world-class dining, entertaining night life and top-notch amenities; Starts at $540 per night for double occupancy
Badrutts Palace Hotel, St. Moritz First opened in 1896, the Badrutts Palace Hotel retains its feeling of Switzerland in the mountains. It has all the comforts and a beautiful view of the Alps and a beautiful lake. Starts at $450 per night, but those looking for ultimate luxury can splurge on a $16,700-per-night Hans Badrutt Suite!
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