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- Best for Food: Carmelo Resort & Spa – See Rates at TripAdvisor "The dining experience is the main drawcard of the property."
- Best Diving: Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa – See Rates at TripAdvisor "Set on a private island with soft white sands, lush tropical vegetation, and crystal-clear waters."
- Best Ski Location: Hyatt Centric Park City – See Rates at TripAdvisor "Excellently situated to provide convenient ski-in, ski-out access."
- Best for Golf: Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa – See Rates at TripAdvisor "The 27-hole course has challenging and diverse terrain for experienced golfers."
- Best for Families: Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall – See Rates at TripAdvisor "Activities such as beach volleyball and cornhole are played upon acres of sandy beaches."
- Best Adults-Only: Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall – See Rates at TripAdvisor "Offers an exclusive five-star experience for couples, singles and adult groups in a relaxed, child-free environment."
- Best for Couples: Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo – See Rates at TripAdvisor "A secluded and romantic paradise for holidaying couples."
- Best for Historic Character: Royal Palms Resort and Spa – See Rates at TripAdvisor"Housed inside a sprawling 1920s villa built in an original Spanish Colonial Revival style."
Best for Food: Carmelo Resort & Spa
The Carmelo Resort & Spa is situated in the heart of the Uruguayan countryside, with plenty of opportunities for river sailing, exploring by horseback, touring small local wineries and playing a round of golf on the superb 18-hole Carmelo golf course.
The UNESCO-status colonial city of Colonia de Sacramento is only a short distance away, and there are also bicycles and a network of hiking trails at the resort.
The resort is constructed with beautiful local stone and timbers and resembles a cavernous country farmhouse filled with rustic finery. While the tranquil courtyard, surrounded by leafy eucalyptus trees and with a cascading, multi-level pool, and Chandra Spa and Fitness Center provide opportunities for indulgent relaxation, the dining experience is the main drawcard of the property.
Pura restaurant, set in a grand dining room with a huge fireplace, prepares traditional Uruguayan asado using open-flame cooking techniques and the finest of local meat cuts. A variety of gourmet international and Mediterranean dishes round out the menu, accompanied by an extensive selection of award-winning wines housed in the private wine cellar (full-bodied Tannat is the unique local varietal).
The Rio Bar offers a regionally-inspired seafood menu on a scenic alfresco terrace adjacent to the pool, while the Mandara Bar pours wines and cocktails in an opulent setting of leather couches and candlelight chandeliers.
Best Diving: Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa
Set on a private island with soft white sands, lush tropical vegetation, and crystal-clear waters, the Park Hyatt Maldives Hadahaa is a diver’s paradise. Just off the coast, Hawksbill turtles and black-tipped reef sharks can be spotted on guided snorkeling tours through colorful coral formations.
For guests wanting to explore further afield, a traditional dhoni boat will carry scuba divers to off-shore reefs to adventure in caves and rocky outcroppings to discover a huge variety of sea creatures.
Other activities include dolphin viewing tours, sport fishing and scenic boat rides across the equator. Around the island, stretches of the deserted beach provide relaxed walks and secluded sunbathing spots. Guest rooms and suites are designed with a contemporary angular style and use hardwood floors and full-glass, floor-to-ceiling windows impressively.
Beach suites provide unbeatable ocean or garden views and come with giant hardwood sun verandas with features such as private plunge pools, furnished shade cabanas, and in-pool loungers. However, the overwater villas are by far the most exclusive and desirable accommodations. There are three hotel pools, as well as a tranquillity pool in the Vidhun Spa, and motorized and non-motorized water sports can be found at the nearby Mutteyfushi Water Sport Island.
Best Ski Location: Hyatt Centric Park City
Nestled among the Wasatch Mountains within the Rocky Mountain Ranges, Park City is a popular ski destinations in the U.S. The Hyatt Centric Park City is excellently situated to provide convenient ski-in, ski-out access the nearby chair lifts, ski fields, and snow-covered hillsides.
The large suites are contemporary, with natural highlights including wood framed windows, leather couches and stone fireplaces adding charm and warmth. A heated outdoor pool, set within a courtyard featuring melt decking and two whirlpool hot tubs, allows for alfresco swimming throughout the year. Above the resort, the slopes and snow parks provide diverse ski and snowboard terrain for visitors of all levels of experience.
Other winter sports include cross-country skiing, ice skating, snowmobiling, and snowshoe hikes. During the summer, activities such as horse riding, archery, and mountain biking can be enjoyed in the surrounding countryside. Although there is no on-site spa, a 24-hour fitness center includes both a sauna and steam room.
The Escala Restaurant & Bar serves gourmet fare such as herb-crusted salmon and duck confit pizza, and guests can order in-room food service from local restaurants with the convenient Grubhub service.
Best for Golf: Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa
The 27-hole golf course at Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa is the centerpiece of this sprawling country estate resort. Encompassing over 200 acres of fairways, greens, lakes, ponds, and woodlands, the course has challenging and diverse terrain for experienced golfers.
There is also a well-stocked golf shop, full-service clubhouse and practice putting greens. Nearby, the nine-hole Family Express golf course provides a less challenging environment for family and beginner groups.
Elsewhere around the resort, an extensive five-acre water park, full of family-friendly pools, water slides, a lazy river ride, and the Flowrider artificial wave-surfing machine is entertaining for both adults and children. The Wildflower Spa, set in a peaceful farmhouse atmosphere, offers massage therapies and beauty treatments using locally-sourced natural ingredients.
Families with children will find themselves well catered for, with fun and interactive supervised activities provided for children of all ages at the Camp Hyatt children's program. Graceful guest rooms contain modern furnishings with rustic touches, and several dining options include farm-to-table fare at the upscale Antlers Lodge and casual saloon meals at Charlie’s Long Bar.
Best for Families: Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall
Set on the pristine beaches of Montego Bay in Jamaica, Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall offers the complete family beach vacation. Activities such as beach volleyball and cornhole are played upon acres of sandy beaches, while in the water guests can kayak along the coast, catch a wave with a boogie board and explore under the waves with snorkels.
The resort can also arrange guided tours and adventures in the surrounding area, with zip-lining, horse riding, dolphin swimming, and white-water tubing just some of the activities to be found. At the Kidz Club, an outdoor playground contains a giant inflatable adventure playground, and a wide range of supervised activities will keep young ones entertained for hours, both indoors and on the beach.
Rooms and suites come in a variety of sizes and feature simple but comfortable furnishings in a calming cream and blue color scheme. Many rooms have balconies with ocean views, and swim-up suites come with in-pool sun loungers. Dining options range from fresh seafood grills and fusion Asian cuisine to international buffets, wood-fired pizzas, and beachside jerk chicken.
Best Adults-Only: Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall
Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall is an all-inclusive property that offers an exclusive five-star experience for couples, singles and adult groups in a relaxed, child-free environment.
Guest rooms come standard with rainfall showers with separate tubs, and balconies lend views of the gardens or the Caribbean Sea. The desirable swim-up suites provide guests with direct access to semi-private pools with in-pool sun loungers.
For couples looking to enhance the romance, add-ons include candlelit beach dining, champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries packages to be enjoyed in-room, flower arrangements, and other personalized services. The expansive beachfront features private cabanas and a beach butler service for effortless relaxation and the beachfront main pool has the popular Islands swim-up bar.
The full-service Zen Spa, unlimited non-motorized water sports and a variety of restaurants and bars complete the luxurious all-inclusive experience. Guests of the resort are also given access to the restaurants, bars, and other facilities at the adjacent Hyatt Ziva Rose Hall, including a lively pool with pool volleyball games.
Best for Couples: Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo
Set amid the verdant rainforest and deserted sandy beaches of Guanacaste, Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo is a secluded and romantic paradise for holidaying couples.
With elegantly arched ceilings and elevated living areas constructed from local timber, the graceful treehouse appearance of the resort perfectly complements the tropical setting. Large modern suites are well lit with sunlight flooding through the full-length folding glass doors, which open out onto furnished balcony decks overlooking the surrounding greenery. Suites have either a soaking tub, plunge pool or both.
Four pools include an infinity pool and the main pool, adorned with natural boulders scattered in and around that lend a serene, lagoon-like ambiance. As well as complimentary kayaks, snorkel equipment, and stand-up paddleboards for exploring the warm coastal waters, electric bicycles and walking trails allow guests to discover the natural setting by land.
An 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, and the full-service Onda Spa also provide additional activities for couples to enjoy. Dining options include the intimate setting of the Ostra seafood restaurant, casual on-beach meals at the Andaz Beach House and the beautifully scenic breakfast setting of Rio Bhongo.
Best for Historic Character: Royal Palms Resort and Spa
Housed inside a sprawling 1920s villa built in an original Spanish Colonial Revival style, the Royal Palms Resort and Spa evokes an air of opulent antiquity, with rough stone walls, heavy oak doors, and terracotta roof tiles.
Set among the dry desert hills of Arizona, swaying palm trees, vibrant bougainvillea blossoms and trickling stone fountains complete the Mediterranean feel. Inside, the rooms and suites are no less authentic. Different rooms contain features such as exposed ceiling beams, indoor or outdoor fireplaces, private patios, and outdoor showers. Furnishings such as wooden bed boards, leather armchairs, and rich red drapes create an understated but elegant atmosphere. A central courtyard contains an outdoor pool surrounded by sun loungers, private shaded cabanas, and more colorful blooms. Other courtyards have fountains and brick firepits with padded outdoor furnishings.
The Alvadora Spa offers a warm and welcoming retreat, with massage and beauty treatments and meditation classes. T. Cook restaurant serves excellent tapas platters in a lofty restaurant lit by ornate chandeliers or on a candlelit alfresco terrace, and the comfy and relaxed Mix Up Bar dishes up simple farm-to-table cuisine accompanied by craft cocktails.