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Every day, travel agents recommend hotels, resorts and bed and breakfasts to their clients, but come on, even they have their own top-of-the-list favorites they wish that everyone would visit.
One of Darby Savasta’s favorite places to visit is Montana. “There is a unique resort called Triple Creek Ranch, about 90 miles south of Missoula in the town of, yes, Darby,” said Savasta of Darby’s Destinations. “Years ago I stumbled upon this resort when I was looking online and the link stated ‘Mountain Hideaway with Hot Tubs.’ I was hooked.”
Triple Creek Ranch is an adults-only, luxury, all-inclusive resort. “This ranch is not the typical dude ranch,” she said. “The accommodations are luxurious cabins with leather couches in the sitting area, wood burning fireplaces, four poster beds, whirlpool tubs and steam showers. The décor is Southwestern with a cowboy appeal.”
Savasta said that there is always wine or spirits in the cabin along with waters, sodas and delicious homemade cookies. “There are so many activities to do at Triple Creek that you will never be bored if you don’t want to be, or you can have all the relaxing and pampering you desire,” she said.
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Lisa Fletcher specializes in travel to Hawaiian, so she’s recommending places on the island to her clients all the time. Her favorite resort? The Fairmont Kea Lani, located in the Wailea area of Maui. “The Fairmont is a great mix of luxury and comfort,” said Fletcher of Signature Escapes. “Not too stuffy, yet elegant. There are separate pools for adult-only and family with a water slide and swim-up bar. The accommodations are all two-room suites, which make them wonderful for families and there are also several two- and three-bedroom villas on the property that offer lots of perks and private plunge pools.”
Outside of the United States, Pam Walker said that she loves to stay at the Nam Hai hotel in Hoi an, Vietnam. “It is the most beautiful hotel with beachfront villas, outdoor showers, an entertainment area and beverage patio with plunge pool,” said Walker of Walker Adventures, an affiliate of Travel Experts. “It has lovely restaurants and a wonderful spa and there are tons of things to do and see in historic Hoi An, just south of Danang.”
Beth Johnston had her own destination wedding at the all-inclusive Caribbean resort, Punta Cana Paradisus Palma Real which sits alongside the luxurious Bávaro Beach, where there is white sand, lush vegetation and palm trees near its beautiful clear waters. “It’s one my faves,” said Johnston of Beth’s Beautiful Getaways. “It has a beautiful beach and is family-friendly, the staff are wonderful and the pool area is gorgeous.”
The Nam Hai hotel has accommodations of up to five bedrooms with bathrooms that open onto a private tropical garden with an outdoor rain shower. The villas has a private courtyard entrance leading to a temperature-controlled swimming pool that can be used year-round, a fully-equipped kitchen a butler’s quarters.
What is your favorite place to stay?