2022 is almost here, and it’s time to start thinking about next year’s vacations. With almost two years of isolation and limited travel, everyone is ready for some fun in the sun. CELEB is bringing you several vacation destination options that will delight everyone, from tropical island getaways to urban fun. Let’s take a stroll through some of the best places to visit for 2022; it’s time to plan your vacation.
St Pete/Clearwater and Bermuda – Pink Palaces
If you don’t want to leave the continental US but are searching for that island beach feel, there’s always the option of St.Petersburg and Clearwater in Florida. Located on the Central Gulf Coast of Florida, the cities are close enough together that they’ve melded into one beautiful and historic area. With the breathtaking vistas of Florida’s white sugar sand beaches, the gentle lapping waves of the blue-green Gulf of Mexico, and all the conveniences of a Florida tourist down, it’s the perfect place to set up your 2022 vacation. The region gets year-round sunshine and even the Winter is balmy – usually staying in the ’60’s and ’70’s, with some days in the ’80’s. June to November is the best time to visit for affordable rates, but it’s not outrageously priced any time of year so your timing is flexible.
While you’re in the area, visit any of the 30 museums of art and history, stroll the beaches, go for a surfside horseback ride or enjoy some good old fashioned Florida seaside shopping. With fresh seafood at your fingertips and a dual city built to accommodate tourists, you’ll be in relaxation heaven. While you’re there, consider staying at the Don CeSar. The CeSar is a stunning pink palace on the water, with 277 rooms and suites to choose from. The hotel is almost ready to celebrate its 100th anniversary, making it a historic and charming stay. A warm cream color palette throughout the rooms will soothe you after a day of fun in the sun. To plan and book your stay, visit the website.
If you are looking for the island feel with an actual island, there’s always Bermuda. The destination island is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom, and has a rich history of culture, art, and luxury. Whether you’re looking to bury your toes in a power white sand beach or chat with some friendly locals, Bermuda is the kind of tropical getaway that fills your dreams. Consider staying at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club, another pink palace on the water – who knew there were so many.
The Hamilton offers over-water hammocks and luxury accommodations, along with a protected private beach with gentle waves so you can snooze without fear of getting splashed. Bring your sun screen though, Bermuda is another location with year-round sun and warm temperatures.
Rhode Island and St Lucia
Maybe tropical isn’t your thing and you want something a little more classic. Rhode Island is the perfect destination for nature lovers who maybe aren’t as keen on the typical surf and sun vacation. At the heart of New England, Rhode Island is a small – the smallest, in fact – state with a big heart. A hub of cultural and artistic endeavors, capital city Providence offers one of the oldest zoo in the country with Roger Williams Park Zoo, and a charming foodie experience with Olneyville New York System and Matanuck Oyster Bar.
Parts of Rhode Island feel like stepping onto a set of The Great Gatsby, so history lovers will enjoy their time strolling the charming New England streets. While you’re there, consider staying at a new boutique hotel, The Beatrice. The 47-room luxury hotel sits in the heart of Providence and offers thoughtful touches throughout, from the luxurious jewel tone palette in the rooms to the Bellini Restaurant and Rooftop Bar. To plan and book your stay, visit The Beatrice.
Another island that isn’t quite tropical but will delight visitors is St Lucia. It has touches of tropical, but it’s also a more elegant and historic locale than some of its island counterparts. St Lucia has a rich history of rum making, and the whole island is designed to accommodate group vacations. So grab a few of your best friends and explore the beautiful beaches or head inland and snap some Insta-worthy pic of waterfalls and the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
While there, the Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort is the perfect place to call home base. A stunning, multi-building resort build in terraced steppes up the side of the steep beachside, Windjammer also offers over-water hammocks and luxury accommodations, with natural wood accents throughout the rooms. To plan and book your stay, visit Windjammer.
Sea Island and the British Virgin Isles
If none of these destinations have tickled your fancy, maybe it’s because you’ve been waiting for Sea Island, Georgia. The charming island city off the coast of Georgia offers a boutique-like experience wherever you go. Sea Island offers an array of fine dining and small shop experiences, with easily walkable streets. Outdoor lovers can indulge in one of many activities, or spend some time inside with the windows open enjoying the pervasive and soothing salt breeze with some in-suite dining.
While you’re there, consider staying at The Cloister. As the name would suggest, the hotel has charming mission accents throughout, but with luxury most unbecoming of a monk. Each room is tastefully decorated to wrap guests in elegance and make them feel like kings and queens. The exterior is a charming Spanish stucco-and-red-tile design, and is just one of several island accommodations to choose from. To plan and book your stay, visit the Cloister’s website. Take a look at the other options while you’re there; there’s a price point and size option for everyone.
But perhaps you’re still not sold – we know you’ll love this last one. Situated on the far East of the Caribbean, the BVI are the quintessential getaway location any time of year. Comprised of over 60 islands and cays, the British Virgin Isles offer a variety of outdoor destinations and indoor delights for visitors. Because it’s spread out across so many water-locked locations, you’ll want to get comfortable with jetting around on a boat. Whether you rent one or charter one with a captain on board, you’ll find commuting by boat a delightful experience.
Explore underwater cave diving, loll in the white sand beaches, or enjoy some fine dining from some of the best chefs in the world; you can’t go wrong on the British Virgin Islands. When you’re tired of island hopping and need to lay your head down at night, consider the Bitter End Yacht Club. This 64-acre delight was closed for 4 years and recently reopened after being completely rebuilt. It offers all the charm of an old world destination with all the modern conveniences of 2022. The Bitter End offers a variety of accommodations, including the only over-the-water bungalows in the BVI. To plan and book your stay, visit the Bitter End Yacht Club website.
If you didn’t find your dream locale, don’t worry – there’s more to come. With over a month left of 2021, there’s still time to plan your 2022 getaway.