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Vacation Treasure Hunt

 

 

The best destinations are often the hardest to get to.

 

If you speak with any traveler for any length of time, you’ll find that many of their best memories come from staying at more secluded and remote locations. While those relying on commercial travel may struggle to reach these destinations, Jet Linx can carry you almost to the front door. Through the power of private aviation, you have the opportunity to fly to thousands of unique airports that aren’t serviced by commercial airlines.

Our Elevated Lifestyle partners at Huffman Travel have selected hard-to-reach luxury resorts that they know are well worth the journey. Some are tucked in beside mountains, others are cradled by oceans, but all of them offer ample opportunities for memorable experiences in unforgettable locations.

The Travel Advisors at Huffman love to scratch items off of bucket lists for their clients. They have extensive knowledge and connections to get you to destinations that you probably had never thought to go to.

As experienced travelers themselves, the Huffman team knows the rigors of designing custom itineraries for their clients. Sometimes, doing secondary research just doesn’t cut it. To create unforgettable memories it takes a network of industry experts that guard the hidden gems of the travel industry. Explore these treasures below!

the greenbrier

WEST VIRGINIA

 

This luxury retreat is one of the oldest and grandest resorts in America. The thermal waters near the The Greenbrier in West Virginia attracted the first guests more than 240 years ago, and now the 11,000-acre resort draws celebrities, politicians, royalty, and business leaders from around the globe.

With more than 55 indoor and outdoor activities, any guest can find something that they enjoy. The Greenbrier is famed for their five different golf courses, but there is also a golf academy and a golfer’s spa and fitness center. At peak season, the resort offers 20 places to eat and drink, including an outdoor gazebo, courtesy of room service.

Every guest room is decorated differently, which is an impressive feat considering the size of the hotel. With 677 rooms and 33 suites, The Greenbrier is great for socializing, networking, family reunions, and for large groups in general.

For outdoor enthusiasts, there’s canoeing, rafting, horseback riding, a hunt club and game preserve, facilities for trap- and skeet- shooting, and a regulation croquet court. GREENBRIER.COM

the homestead

HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA

 

The Omni Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia, is another historic resort frequented by 23 U.S. Presidents. You can enjoy the same mineral waters that President Thomas Jefferson did in 1818. The 15,000-acre country escape has treated guests to healing waters and a whole lot of southern charm since the 18th century. The 483 luxe rooms mix old world class—custom mahogany furniture, historic Virginia art—with modern comforts, from feather beds to flat screen TVs. Many have fireplaces and porches with rocking chairs.

From golfing to falconry, ziplining to tennis, horseback riding to ice skating, there is something for everyone. You can also unwind at The Spa at The Homestead, or float down the lazy river and enjoy the two-acre water park with sandy beach at Allegheny Springs. If you’re more outdoorsy, try fishing in the troutstocked streams or enjoy the 100 miles of riding trails.

The resort also features 26 meeting rooms, two 18-hole golf courses, clay tennis courts, an onsite theater, and seven options for dining that range from fine-dining to tavern-inspired food. Although The Homestead is tucked away in the Allegheny Mountains, you will find a Country Club atmosphere with plenty of opportunities for rubbing shoulders and socializing with other guests. OMNIHOTELS.COM/ HOTELS/HOMESTEAD-VIRGINIA

the point

SARANAC, NEW YORK

 

The Point is a timeless lodge where you can take a step back into the past without losing any modern-day luxuries. This lodge embodies the ‘disconnect to reconnect’ spirit, as Wifi is only available in the front office and cellular service is limited in much of the Adirondacks. The only television is in The Pub, and the only other outlets to the outside world come in the form of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal.

The lodge was constructed as a retreat home by William Avery Rockefeller II. It is one of many ‘grand lodges’ constructed by the high society of the Gilded Age, in an effort to retreat from their urban environments. This 75-acre property rests deep in the forests and along the edge of shining mountains near Upper Saranac Lake. Activities are offered on a seasonal basis, but there are endless water sports activities in the summer, and offerings in the winter such as ice fishing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.

At The Point, each meal is an event, each day is an adventure, and each night is a celebration. It is a member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux, a Paris-based hotel association, and was the first North American property when it was added in 1983. Executive Chef Loic Leperlier plans meals weeks in advance to cater to the dietary needs of guests, and also to reflect the changing seasons in upstate New York. Dinner is served family-style in the Grand Hall, where lifelong friendships are started by like-minded guests visiting the five-star resort. THEPOINTRESORT.COM

dunton hot springs

TELLURIDE, COLORADO

 

The Dunton Hot Springs are just across the mountain from Telluride. Set in an alpine valley, this former 1800s ghost town has been resurrected as a luxury resort. Guests even have the option to rent out the entire town or ranch, which is a great option for retreats, reunions, and weddings. At the Dunton Hot Springs you will find a remote town with all the amenities of a typical five-star destination, but with a few contradictions. There’s a very life-worn saloon serving gourmet meals, and there is a spa and bath house to recover after a long day of hiking. Options for glamping are available, too.

Best of all are the hot springs! There are six springs around the resort, with one inside a restored 19th century Bathhouse, one that lies outside under the stars, and another in the middle of a river. The springs are famous for their rejuvenating and restorative qualities. After a long day of excitement, this is what guests look forward to most.

The experts at Huffman Travel also recommend amazing sunset cocktails at the historic New Sheridan Bar in downtown Telluride, which has been serving drinks since 1895. Bridal Veil Falls and nearby Alta Lakes will please any outdoor enthusiast – just be sure to have four wheel drive if you plan on reaching them! DUNTONHOTSPRINGS.COM

harbor island

BAHAMAS

 

Harbor Island is the crown jewel of the Out Islands of The Bahamas. The Ocean View Club at Harbor Island in the Bahamas is anything but pretentious with its shabby chic decor, but with a spectacular location on the famous Pink Sands Beach and a warm, friendly staff, it is the ultimate place to unwind and enjoy the peace and serenity of a magnificent Caribbean island. This family-run hotel offers 12 ocean-facing units which will accommodate two adults and small children comfortably.

With just 11 rooms, the Eleven Experience’s Bahama House feels more like a stylish friend’s beach retreat. It is truly a design-lovers paradise, full of unique furnishings – wicker elephant side tables, palm tree floor lamps, vintage rattan dining sets and stunning shell art decor. Luckily, guests don’t have to go far to experience local culture. Located in the heart of Dunmore Town, popular restaurants and live music spots are just minutes away.

ELEVENEXPERIENCE.COM/BAHAMAHOUSE-HARBOUR-ISLAND

mii amo spa

SEDONA, ARIZONA

 

Sedona is a remote desert city in Arizona, and if you can get there, you’ll find gorgeous hikes in the Red Rock country, fantastic shopping and art galleries. Striking natural beauty is easy to find, as the entire city is surrounded by majestic terrain, but the Mii amo spa is an oasis for those that manage to find themselves on the spa grounds. The Huffman Travel team recommends the Mii amo spa as a complete destination in itself. Instead of booking a ‘stay,’ guests of Mii amo reserve ‘Journeys.’ This spa not only has world-class luxury facilities, onsite therapists and Journey Guides are on-hand to make certain that guests are learning, growing, healing, and embarking on personal journeys of self-discovery. Your dedicated Guide will create an itinerary that matches your needs, so that you can focus on embracing your inner power and living in a world of vibrant well-being.

Mii amo is heralded as the ‘#1 destination spa’ in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure (2018) and only offers all-inclusive three-, four-, and seven-night packages. Featuring 16 luxurious spa casita guest rooms & suites, Mii amo spa offers everything from all-inclusive dining at the celebrated Mii amo Cafee to spectacular spa treatment rooms, a tranquil library, steam room, sauna, fitness center and movement studio, plus indoor and outdoor pools with dramatic canyon views. MIIAMO.COM

ventana

BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA

 

If you venture to Big Sur, you won’t want to stay anywhere other than Ventana Big Sur. Ventana, which means “window” in Spanish, invites guests to discover, inspire and create in an unspoiled verdant landscape that evokes the unbridled spirit of Big Sur. People come to the resort to get away, not to be seen.

This adults-only resort is set among 160 sprawling acres of rolling meadows and towering Redwoods. The intimate 59- room property underwent a multimillion-dollar, resort-wide renovation in 2017 as a re-imagined luxury resort. With an on-site restaurant and spa, you will have trouble finding reasons to leave other than exploring the beautiful area outside of the grounds. Old-growth redwoods and ocean vistas can be found around every corner. Other amenities include two heated pools and custom in-house catering. Daily activities feature creative alternates to traditional resort fare: photography hikes, beekeeping classes, charcoal sketching, and drum circles—or foodie indulgences like a cooking lesson and lunch with the resort’s chef, or the Sip Like a Sommelier class highlighting local wines.

You can also just head to the spa, where enticements include a stone massage using local Big Sur jade or a Japanese coffee scrub. Bliss out in one of the outdoor cabanas overlooking the redwood forest, paddle around the two outdoor pools, or soak in the Japanese-style hot bath. VENTANABIGSUR.COM

amanera

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

 

If you really want to get far away from everything, consider Amanera, a resort surrounded by a nature preserve and the enchanting blue waters of the Atlantic. The focus at Amanera is on the outdoors, with rugged cliffs, mountains, and hundreds of pristine acres available to explore. This fantastic hideaway is the superb choice for anyone wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and refresh among ocean waves and sand beaches.

Amanera has 25 casitas, intimate cliff-side rooms, all with stunning ocean views. Golfers will delight at the Playa Grande Golf Course, which features ten holes situated on top of 60-foot ocean cliffs. You’ll surely never play a more scenic round again – and you can meet the family at one of three on-site restaurants afterwards. The spa is not to be missed – inspired by the native healing methods of the island’s Taino Indians, treatments at Amanera come with the option of ‘smudging:’ the fanning of palo santo wood smoke over one’s body, a traditional way to cleanse the body for a new beginning.

The staff at Amanera are a deeply knowledgeable and obliging team, ready with suggestions and gently scented towels. With activities like horseback riding, kitesurfing, cigar rolling, guided fishing trips and cooking classes – both children and adults will appreciate the range of activities available. AMAN.COM/RESORTS/AMANERA

belmond el encanto

SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA

 

Commonly referred to as “The Riviera of the U.S.,” Santa Barbara is where the stars of Hollywood retreat when they’re not on the silver screen. Pristine beaches, excellent surfing, art galleries, consistently great weather, and vineyards are all nearby when you’re in Santa Barbara. If you’re searching for vintage California cool – away from the maddened crowds – we suggest you stay at Huffman Travel’s favorite hillside vista.

Belmond El Encanto is a throwback to early Hollywood glamor without losing an edge on modern luxury amenities. The boutique hotel is perched above the Pacific Ocean on a low mountain over the red roofs of downtown Santa Barbara. Originally built in 1918, the hotel has seen its fair share of celebrities and even hosted Franklin Delano Roosevelt. The entire property exudes an old California feel, and guests often admit they feel as if they’ve walked right into a Bing Crosby movie. However, a seven-year, $124 million renovation that began in 2004 has significantly revitalized this historic property.

With 92 rooms (22 suites), an on-site restaurant and bar, a zero-edge pool and renowned Four Star spa, you will not find it hard to relax at this Five Star hotel. If you’re looking to get a little more active, you can try cave diving, polo, sailing, or simply hop a ride to the nearest winery. Its the kind of place that invites you to recline poolside, breathe in the ocean air, and sip a glass of crisp local wine. BELMOND.COM