Friday Fantasy Vacation: Capella Lodge, Lord Howe Island


Only a two hour flight from Sydney, this World Heritage listed island is exactly the kind of place to go when wanting to escape the world. Yes, there’s a spa, hiking trails and snorkeling, golf, surfing, and fishing but with views like this I’d just find a comfortable chair and look around for awhile.

All photos courtesy of Capella Lodge.

The American Colony Hotel, Jerusalem


While Jerusalem may not be the first thought in your head when planning a vacation, it remains a lure for millions around the world of varying faiths. It seems a fitting place to ponder as Passover and Easter approach this year. And if you are going to go to Jerusalem, for Passover or any other time, and feel flush enough to shell out for some luxurious lodgings, then this hotel should be at the top of your list. Originally built as a palace for a pasha and his wives in the mid 19th century, it was transformed into a hotel for European and American travelers in 1902. It is in East Jerusalem and close to the walls of the old city. There is an outdoor pool, multiple restaurants, large interior courtyard and even shops. It seems colony may have been the perfect name after all.

All photos courtesy American Colony Hotel except garden photo by marantzer via flickr

Friday Fantasy Vacation: Rockhouse Hotel, Jamaica


 

The Rockhouse is a boutique hotel perched atop the cliffs of Pristine Cove just outside Negril, Jamaica. It is consistently rated one of the best hotels with one of the best restaurants in Caribbean. It’s also home to its own Rockhouse Foundation which has been able to give back a million dollars to the local schools and library of Negril. So I don’t know what could make for a better fantasy vacation today besides a beautiful hotel with stellar food, to-die-for views and the knowledge that a portion of your well spent money will go to support the local kids.

 

Friday Fantasy Vacation: Ballynahinch Castle


There are lots of great places to go in Ireland, and many beautiful hotels and country homes to stay at. But since this is Fantasy time, I’m choosing the Ballynahinch Castle in County Galway. Set on 450 acres in Coonemara, a gorgeous wilderness area on the West coast, it’s everything I want out of a vacation. Luxurious rooms and dining, beautiful natural scenery and lots of outdoor activities that I don’t often do at home like fishing and woodcock shooting, not to mention multiple opportunities for long walks and hikes. Take a look and see yourself.


Friday Fantasy Vacation: Koh Lanta, Thailand


When a friend told me that she’s heading to Thailand for a last minute business related trip to Bangkok I knew where I was headed for this Friday’s fantasy vacation. I’ve yet to go to Thailand, but if I do I want to stay here. This resort is set on 100 acres on the southern tip of this island in the southwestern province of ¬†Krabi. The resort itself is in a protected woodland area hidden away by cashew trees. Yes, I did say cashew trees. Besides laying around the beach, swimming and getting massages, there’s great hiking and diving and even elephants to ride. Get ready for fantasy time.

All photos courtesy of Pimalai Resort

Friday Fantasy Vacation: Todos Santos


So I’ve covered where I’d like to have my Friday evening cocktail over at Inside Bars¬†and since I love a good theme, this week’s fantasy vacation spot is also going to be in the sunny surf town of Todos Santos on the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. I’d like nothing better than to gather a group of friends and rent this little hacienda outside of town. It’s on 5 acres and surrounded by avocado, banana, mango, lemon, orange, and olive trees and a sugarcane grove. With four bedrooms and a lap pool, the only other thing we’d need is some tequila. Who’s in?

Friday Fantasy Vacation: Huvafen Fushi Maldives


Here’s a little something to get you through to the weekend. It’s hard to imagine a location more remote but more luxurious than this. I may not ever make it to the Maldives, but while I muddle through the late-Winter cold I’ve been saddle with I’ll be picturing my toes dangling in these warm waters.

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