3 Exquisite Hotel Getaways to Escape the 2016 Election
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Presidential election seasons are typically pretty intense, and this year’s race for the government’s top job has been no exception. It’s enough to make one flee the buzz, hype, and spin produced by and surrounding the candidates by leaving the country and spending some time in a remote-but-idyllic location with your electronics turned off.
With this in mind, several properties outside the U.S. in said remote-but-idyllic locations have offered packages designed especially for election season digital escapists.
Secret Bay is remote, intimate, and unspoiled
For those looking to get far away from the U.S. and our 24-hour news cycle, the Caribbean island of Dominica provides a good venue. Less-developed and less populated than many of its Lesser Antilles brethren and closer to South America than the U.S. mainland, it’s a good place to escape and unplug.
The eco-luxury boutique resort Secret Bay is offering an Escape Election 2016 package which includes accommodations in a villa, welcome dinner, 60-minute in-room couples massage, forest bathing experience, 60-minute private couples yoga session, airport transfers and an organic food basket. Standard rates also include the use of mountain bikes, kayaks, and snorkel gear. With only six secluded villas, it’s certainly a hideaway.
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While unplugging from the election might be the aim, the hotel makes sure guests who do want to connect are able with high-speed Wi-Fi, and daily international newspapers via Kindle. If you’re worried about roaming fees or the temptation to check the news, the hotel also provides guests with an iPhone to personalize their experience via text or take photos of their adventures.
Packages start at $3,074 for five nights excluding tax and gratuity and are valid for travel through Dec. 16.
Escape south of the border at Casa Kimberly
Puerto Vallarta is a charming colonial city on Mexico’s Pacific Coast, long a favorite of Hollywood stars enjoying time off. Casa Kimberly is located in the former love nest of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and is another intimate boutique hotel offering a sanctuary to escape and unplug. Their own Election Overload package includes accommodation in a luxury Diamond or Sapphire suite, a daily round of cocktails and chef’s choice poolside afternoon snacks (such as house-made ceviche, taquitos, or totopos), a 60-minute calming couples aromatherapy massage, a private meditation or yoga session for two, and roundtrip airport transfers.
The package starts at $2,500 for five nights excluding tax and gratuity and is valid for travel through Dec. 16.
Photo courtesy of Casa Kimberly.
Flee to the South Sea Isles and Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort
Another remote destination to escape the election comes in the form of a 17-acre former coconut plantation on the island of Vanua Levu, Fiji. With only 25 thatched houses known as bures, the Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort overlooking Savusavu Bay offers ocean-side dining, three swimming pools, rainforest hikes, kayaking, sailing tradition Fijian weaving, yoga, and other activities. Damaged by tropical cyclone Winston in February 2016, the resort underwent refurbishment to refresh rooms and suites, expand the pier and update swimming pools, and had a grand reopening on Sept. 1.
In addition to the refresh, the hotel now offers a newly dedicated spa, featuring treatments taking advantage of local healing traditions and botanicals such as pressed coconut oil, masi, cacao, honey, and wild mint, purchased from local villages.
While the hotel is not offering a specific election package, it’s notable that Fiji is both remote and convenient to several U.S. gateways, with nonstop service from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Honolulu. Rates start from $840 per night for single or $1,170 per night for double occupancy with a three-night minimum stay (five after Nov. 1) and includes airport meet and greet and vehicle transfer from Savusavu Airport, all meals and non-alcoholic beverages, resort activities and water equipment, evening entertainment, kids programs and taxes.
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