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Special Destinations Travel Guide from Abelow

Sometimes the hardest thing to do in travel is to choose a destination. Here are the top destinations from Abelow for those looking for something special.

From yoga to adventure, ideas for your next travel destination.
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For the Yogi:

Old Stone Farm
Rhinebeck, New York: Surprise your yogi with a weekend away from it all with the gift of uninterrupted serenity. Replete with endless meadows, paddocks, hiking trails, historic barns and 21 brilliant horses, Old Stone Farm brings everyone who visits the ultimate sense of peace in an environment of humble luxury.


  • daily yoga
  • healthy meals
  • Eponaquest meditation
  • Hiking
  • Equestrian
  • Hudson Valley exploration

For the Family:

Las Terrazas Resort & Residences
Ambergris Caye, Belize: Discreetly tucked away on the largest private beach in Belize's pristine Ambergris Caye, Las Terrazas Resort & Residences is the ultimate undiscovered island paradise for the active, beach loving family. Explore the world's second largest barrier reef, witness the jaw-dropping blue hole, enjoy a mainland cave-tubing and ziplining excursion and unwind by the pool. This is the family getaway you've been waiting for.


  • Island paradise for the active, beach loving family
  • 37 townhomes
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • PADI dive shop
  • Kayaks
  • Hobie cats
  • Paddleboards
  • World's second largest barrier reef

For the Epic Proposal:

Esencia Estate,
Riviera Maya, Mexico: If summer is wedding season, then the holidays are certainly the peak proposal period. Surprise your love with a moment they will never forget during an epic retreat to Esencia Estate, a luxurious, boutique hotel tucked away on the most intimate, breathtaking beach in all of Mexico. Unlike any other property in the Riviera Maya, Esencia offers guests unrivaled privacy and luxury in a relaxed environment that celebrates and highlights the natural beauty of the Mexican landscape and culture.


  • Suites
  • Intimate beach
  • Organix Aroma Spa
  • Beach side pools
  • Beach palapas

For the Beachcomber:

Sublime Samana Hotel & Residences
Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic: Just outside of the funky beach town, Las Terrenas, on the island's northeastern Samana peninsula. This is the ideal getaway for the beachcomber seeking an authentic, luxurious tropical paradise. Give the gift of serenity to the beach lover in your life with a surprise getaway to Sublime Samana, the Dominican Republic's stunning collection of luxurious suites and casitas located on six miles of spectacular private beach.


  • Private day beds
  • Plunge pools
  • Seclusion
  • Cultural immersion

For the History and Culture Buff:

Casas del XVI
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Culture and history buffs need not venture all the way to Europe this season. At Casas del XVI, history is integrated into the guest experience with everything from the structural integrity of the houses to the Dominican art, maps and accents reflecting the Dominican Republic's culture.


  • Colonial houses dating back to the 16th century
  • Rich monuments and museums
  • Spanish style courtyards
  • Courtyard pool

For the Eco-Concious:

Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge
Barahona, Dominican Republic: Discreetly perched at the base of three peaks with an infinity pool overlooking the Caribbean sea, Casa Bonita Tropical Lodge is putting the Dominican Republic's unexplored southwestern coast on the map for its eco-tourism offerings. The chic and affordable 12-room hotel is the perfect relaxing retreat from which to explore the rich eco-systems of the Dominican Republic's best kept secret. This is a getaway the eco-conscious traveler can feel great about.


  • Infinity Pool
  • Organic River Spa
  • Zip-line
  • Organic garden
  • Eco-resort

For the Adventurer:

The Lodge at Pico Bonito
La Ceiba, Honduras: From white-water rafting and hiking to bird watching and snorkeling, Honduras is Central America's best kept secret for the adventure seeking traveler. Located at the base of Pico Bonito National Park, the Lodge at Pico Bonito is the perfect jungle oasis for those looking for a chic and comfortable, all-encompassing escape into nature. The hotel is also just a short drive from the coastline where guests can venture into an entirely new world during snorkeling excursions to the pristine and protected reefs surrounding Cayos Cochinos. Don't miss your chance to give the ultimate gift of adventure.


  • Pico Bonito National Park
  • On-site adventure opportunities
  • Swimming hole
  • hiking
  • Unbelievable Falls
  • tours of the serpentarium

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