Vacations are stressful. Help us find a non-cheesy tropical hotel?
January 20, 2014 6:06 PM Subscribe
I need a recommendation for a 4-7 day tropical vacation sometime this spring. I'm thinking hedonistic amounts of lounging, drinking, napping, reading, and eating in the sun for me and my boyfriend. There are way too many options and I will keep putting it off until I can slim down the choices. I especially
could use specific recommendations for hotels, as I find it basically impossible to tell whether food is good anywhere.
posted by thirdletter to Travel & Transportation (18 answers total) 97 users marked this as a favorite
- Good food. I just can't do another all-inclusive with flavorless "American fare" and a "special sushi night." It's depressing.
- Minimal driving. If this means that there are walkable things, or reasonably-priced drivers, or public transit - all work. I just don't want to do a rental because it stresses me out
- Less than a day of travel from NYC. Direct flight is better than not!
- Beach! This is almost an absolute need but I can be swayed if there is other swimming/semi-private outdoor lounging
- Not a spring breakers destination nor too old-folks style. I am an old soul but I wouldn't mind meeting some people my age (30ish) at the bar
- Minimal people bothering me trying to sell stuff
- Champagne style at a microbrew budget. I'm willing to spend a few extra bucks if I'll really enjoy the amenities. I hate the idea of paying for a staff "talent show" and morning zumba or whatever.
- I am not athletic but would be happy to do some chill hiking, biking, kayaking
I've looked at various places in St Martin, Aruba, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Hawaii, etc... I just can't commit. I've been to DR and Jamaica and preferred the beaches and food in Jamaica.
Outside of the Caribbean we've enjoyed traveling to Barcelona (fun drinking culture, great weather and architecture) and New Orleans (foooooood!) especially.
We can spend a few thousand each this time. I've spent a ton of time looking at Lonely Planet and Trip Advisor and my head is spinning.