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Warm Weather Vacation Ideas

Reward Yourself - Head to These Warm Weather Destinations

Cold weather has crept into the Northern States bringing with it inches of snow, icy winds, chattering teeth and layers of clothes. The time is now to drop your shovel, shed those thermal underwear and follow the birds South. Leave behind the worries of frozen pipes, slushy roads and sneezy co-workers.

Reward yourself:
You've worked hard all year and it's time to claim your reward. Relax, renew, unwind and defrag at a full-service spa resort such as The Boulders Resort and Golden Door Spa in Carefree, Arizona. Inspired by the ancient Honjin Inns of Japan, the Golden Door Spa specializes in revitalizing its guests through the art of massage, therapeutic bath and refreshment. The 33,000 square foot spa features 24 treatment rooms offering special Native-American wraps and therapies. The movement studio provides all levels of Pilates, Yoga and Tai Chi classes. Follow the Labyrinth, a path to tranquility inspired by ancient Hopi medicine wheels, or try out the Watsu area for an underwater "back to the womb" experience.

Take an Island Retreat: Leave work at the office, leave recitals and practices with the grandparents, grab your loving spouse or most cherished friend and flee to a tropical island destination. Molokai is home to Hawaii's longest white sand beach, the world's highest sea cliffs, the largest population of native Hawaiians and the islands' tallest waterfall. It is also home to a unique vacation destination. The Lodge & Beach Village at Molokai Ranch is a 65,000 acre property that features two distinct accommodations: a rustic, yet elegant lodge and a quaint beach village featuring "tentalows", solar-powered canvas bungalows. Guests can enjoy a wide range of activities such as horseback riding, mountain biking, clay shooting, cultural hikes, ocean kayaking, spa treatments and beach fun, among others.

Swim with the Fishes: Immerse yourself in crystal clear waters and watch the worries of everyday life bubble away above you. The sea doesn't care if you are on time, on budget, ahead of the game or running with the pack. It's just pleased that you dropped in. For the ideal diving adventure, visit Tahiti and the TOPdive Resort. The beauty of the island will amaze you with every glance but the diving will thrill you from head to toe. Housing it's own dive center, TOPdive allows you to sign up for regular dives or train for your PADI certification. Tahiti was rated shark capital of the Pacific by Skin Diver magazine and you should expect to share the waters with lemon, grey, black tip, white tip, and hammerhead sharks. Since Tahiti is not yet a well-known diving destination, visitors won't have to worry about heavy traffic back-ups.

Disappear from the Radar: Turn off your cell phone; better yet, leave it at home. Wake to the gentle sounds of nature. Discover secluded pristine waterfalls. Breathe in the freshest of air. Refresh yourself in the pool or just laze on the sundeck and let the days drift by. Do all of this at the Lapa Rios Ecolodge located on the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. Built to encompass and harmonize with its ecological surroundings, this multi-award winning resort is perched 350 ft. above the sea affording its guests stunning views and cool ocean breezes. Lush accommodations, epicurean delights, breathtaking surroundings and a world of adventure are all at your fingertips. The unique Lapa Rios Ecolodge was built "to demonstrate that a standing rain forest is more valuable than one cut down." It is the ultimate escape destination to develop your relationship with yourself and with Mother Nature.

Visit Old Friends:
Grab your Mouseketeer ears, pack your beachwear and sunscreen and head out for a reunion with Mickey and the Gang. Disneyworld is a perpetually perfect warm weather vacation destination where fairy tales come to life and dreams come true for both young and old. With 23 Disney-owned and managed resorts located in and around the Disneyworld there is a hotel suited to Disney fans of all ages whether you want to be submerged in an African Safari, tucked away in Nantucket nooks, or immersed in Disney traditions and themes. Referred to as "Las Vegas for the entire family", Disney properties transport you from everyday to extraordinary.