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11 Nov


Top 10 Resorts to Check Out This Winter

November 11, 2014 | By |

Tired of staying at the same old places every time you seek sun and sand? Time to switch it up and check out something new! Lucky for you, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 resorts you should check out this winter. These include some brand new properties, as well as recent additions to Air Canada Vacations’ roster of resorts. Located across Mexico and the Caribbean, these places range from design to eco-friendly. Check them out!


1) Valentin Perla Blanca (Cayo Santa Maria, Cuba)

Valentin Perla Blanca Tea Coffee Bar

Tea and Coffee Bar

Opening this November, Valentin Perla Blanca is an adults-only resort with absolutely no shortage of bars: there are 10 in total, including a mojito bar, sports bar and tea/coffee bar. Styled in modern décor with splashes of colour, rooms are located in 3-storey buildings and come with a garden, pool or ocean view. In the evening, you can watch live bands and shows at the theatre, or show off your dance moves at Les Club Nightclub.                                      

2) Papagayo Beach Hotel (Willemstad, Curaçao)

Papagayo Beach Hotel Curacao

King Room

Opened in late 2013 in Curaçao’s popular Jan Thiel region, Papagayo Beach Hotel is a design hotel with clean, sleek architecture and ultra modern furnishings. Each of its 155 rooms is equipped with an open bathroom with walk-in rain shower, as well as a view of the ocean, garden, lobby or Papagayo Plaza Boulevard. The hotel is also home to Specialty Restaurant Papagayo, a local hotspot that is celebrated for its international dishes.

3) Barceló Punta Cana (Punta Cana, Dominican Republic)

Barcelo Punta Cana

Pool view

This large, almost 800-room resort on Bávaro Beach has something to suit all ages. A kids club, water park, rock climbing wall, trampoline and trapeze are plenty to keep the kids happy. For the adults, the casino and nightclub are great places to cap off the day. Barceló Punta Cana also features 7 restaurants, 3 swimming pools, 3 tennis courts, a full-service spa, as well as daily activities that range from aerobics to water volleyball.

4) St. Lucian by Rex Resorts (Rodney Bay, St. Lucia)

St Lucian by Rex Resorts

Mariners Restaurant and Bar

St. Lucian by Rex Resorts is conveniently positioned in Rodney Bay: it is directly on Reduit Beach, a 5-minute walk from the shops and restaurants of Rodney Bay Village and a 10-minute drive from St. Lucia’s capital of Castries. It offers an array of beach activities, such as sailing, snorkelling and cricket, and boasts a beach view at the on-site Mariners Restaurant & Bar.

5) Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos (Cabo San Lucas, Mexico)

Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos Spa

Spa with panoramic views of the Bay of San Lucas

The panoramic views of the Bay of San Lucas are a huge draw at Sandos Finisterra Los Cabos. In fact, the entire resort centres around the beach, from beach dining and parties, to an array of beach sports and beach conservation efforts (sea turtles lay there eggs here every summer). Additional highlights of the Sandos Finisterra include its Cupcake Café, the clifftop location and ocean views of the Whale Watchers Bar, and the fact that downtown Cabo San Lucas is only a 15-minute walk away!

6) Grand Palladium Riviera/Grand Palladium White Sand (Riviera Maya, Mexico)

Grand Palladium White Sand entrance

Grand Palladium White Sand

It is so nice to see that a resort complex so large has managed to preserve its natural surroundings so well. Part of the colossal Palladium Riviera Maya Complex, the Grand Palladium Riviera and Grand Palladium White Sand resorts are extremely eco-friendly.  Here you can find flamingo ponds, visit the crocodile habitat and spot other wildlife like coatis and iguanas randomly around the grounds. The complex is surrounded by a mangrove forest and has manicured gardens that complement its ecological appeal.

7) SeaGarden Beach Resort (Montego Bay, Jamaica)

SeaGarden Beach Resort


SeaGarden Beach Resort is an all-inclusive resort with a “homey” feel. Family-operated, this 140-room resort offers an intimate setting with classic, warm décor and bamboo-lined grounds that are reminiscent of the countryside. It is only a 5-minute drive from Sangster International Airport, a 3-minute walk from Montego Bay’s Hip Strip (a collection of shops and restaurants on Gloucester Avenue) and just steps from the Caribbean Sea.

8) Sonesta Ocean Point Resort (Saint-Martin/Sint Maarten)

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort

Azul Mediterranean Restaurant

Sonesta Ocean Point Resort, the brand new sister property to Sonesta Maho Beach, has a contemporary Caribbean style with a breezy, beachy feel. Its Azul Mediterranean Restaurant is adorned with blue accents to reflect the colour of the Caribbean Sea, while Ocean Terrace Restaurant offers al fresco dining with an ocean backdrop. The sea also acts as the focal point in all of Sonesta’s suites. And speaking of the beach, Sonesta Ocean Point is right near the infamous Maho Beach, where Boeing 727s fly famously low to land at neighbouring Princess Juliana International Airport.

9) Savannah Beach Hotel (Hastings, Barbados)

Savannah Beach Hotel


This restored, 19th-century plantation house provides a glimpse into the history of Barbados. In addition to preserving its colonial style, Savannah Beach Hotel houses Rachel’s Bar & Restaurant, set in the World Heritage-designated Garrison Savannah area and named after a famous Barbadian slave-turned-hotelier. For those who want to delve into the history of Barbados a little deeper, Historic Bridgetown is only a 7-minute drive from the hotel.

10) Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort (Gulf of Papagayo, Costa Rica)

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort


Uniquely designed to reflect Costa Rica’s ecological beauty, Hyatt’s recently opened Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort boasts an open-air concept and architecture that mimics natural shapes like shells and cocoons. Relaxation is key at this resort, where you can unwind at Onda Spa, spend your days on the secluded beach or take in views of Culebra Bay and its jungle surroundings from the comfort of your room. Dining is an equally organic affair at this hotel, where the focus is on locally inspired dishes and farm-to-table ingredients.


Want to see more properties like these? Take a look at our complete repertoire of resorts in Mexico and the Caribbean!