3 Tropical Escapes to Consider for a Weekend Getaway

(Lonny / Jessica Sample)
The grass is always greener on the other side, isn't it? When it's sweltering out, all I can think about are brisk fall days and the first snowfall. In March, when winter seems interminable, it's crisp white dresses and some far-off beach. After all, wouldn't it be heaven to get out of Dodge for a brief spell and indulge in a little R&R under the sun—before the season gets the better of you? Here are a few ideal spots to make the most of your #MeMoment. 

(Lonny / Jessica Sample)
In a sleepy enclave off St. Bart's Lorient Beach, the nine-bungalow La Banane shows the local megawatt hotels how glam is done: quietly and without fanfare. Designer and manager Benjamin Fabbri's interiors for the fern-shrouded compound are anything but run-of-the-mill. Along with king-size four-poster beds draped in mosquito netting and open-air rain showers tiled in turquoise comes a smattering of accents from the Sinatra era: glazed earthenware table lamps by Jacques and Dani Ruelland; Serge Mouille floor lamps; and original teak-and-cane furnishings by Swiss architect Pierre Jeanneret.

(Lonny/ Genevieve Garruppo)
A short trip from 800-year-old Mayan ruins, Coqui Coqui Tulum is a cluster of rustic limestone bungalows on the Mexican coast of the Caribbean. Owned by Nicolas Malleville, an Argentine model turned landscape architect, and Milanese accessories designer Francesca Bonato, the hotel's seven unerringly chic rooms establish an aesthetic with its own sense of place. There are no multicolored walls or shell decorations, no tchotchkes or oceanic seascapes. “We chose tropical dark wood, natural stuccos, and Mayan pastels,” Bonato says. Almost everything in the hotel is made in and around the Yucatan Peninsula, from the wood bed frames and tables to the linens, glasses, and ceramics. 

The outdoors figure heavily into the design and ethos of Andaz Maui at Wailea, which is set on 15 breathtaking acres along the island's Mokapu Beach, on the pristine southwestern coast. Sustainably designed by the Rockwell Group, it is Hawaii's first LEED-certified resort thanks to energy-efficient lighting and water-conserving practices. Design afficionados will find plenty to love in the 297 bedrooms, which feature soothing white walls, flooring made with locally sourced stone, and beachy accents (fish prints; azure throw pillows) just a stone's throw from the ocean. So, what are you waiting for?
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