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Where to Get the Most from Your Summer Vacation

Article by Regan Stephens

Summers that seemed to stretch on forever as a kid might be reduced to a few short weeks in adulthood. Make the most of each warm, sun-soaked day by plotting your respite thoughtfully. Celebrate summer with bonfires, bike rides, beach strolls, and the more uniquely memorable adventures that only The Ritz-Carlton can provide.

Sun, Sea and Stars in Spain’s Canary Islands

To thoroughly unplug while still reveling in the decadence of a Moorish-inspired resort that’s home to Michelin-starred restaurants and renowned golf courses, soak up the sun in Tenerife, the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands, situated just off the Northwest coast of Africa. From a lavishly ensconced cliffside perch at The Ritz-Carlton, Abama, take a dip in the pool with sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, or ride the funicular to descend to the resort’s exclusive beach in style. Or spend a day taking on one of Spain’s most challenging (and most picturesque) golf courses, on site. For a truly special experience, don’t miss the resort’s one-of-a-kind Michelin Stargazing Party. A private picnic dinner from M.B — one of the two Michelin-starred restaurants — is made even more memorable with the help of a stargazing guide, who leads you through a spectacular evening under the island’s dark skies.


Relax Lakeside with the Pleasures of Classic Summers

Channel your childhood summer days, but with a decidedly more refined sensibility by spending lazy afternoons at
The Ritz-Carlton Reynold, Lake Oconee in Georgia. Choose your craft, from a zippy jet ski or leisurely water bike, kayak or stand-up paddle board. At night, experience the magic of a lakeside summer with Chiminea Dining — a three-course dinner for two, served on the shore and right to your Adirondack chair. Kids, or kids at heart, can cap off the night with a most quintessential summer camp treat: a gooey s’mores enjoyed by a roaring fire.


Natural and Culinary Treasures in Cancun

Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is an eden of white-sand beaches and turquoise waters. Find far more, though, at
The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, home to a delightful host of activities that offer a taste of the region’s vibrant culture. From May to November, kids can participate in the baby turtle release program, accompanying hotel personnel on the delicate mission of helping newly hatched baby turtles to the ocean. Then for a taste of Mexico’s grand culinary traditions, guests can team up with one of the property’s chefs to prepare a meal using locally sourced ingredients at the Culinary Center, which happens to have a pristine view of the Caribbean. And in lieu of a pre-dinner cocktail, sample a selection of premium liquors with a fun and educational tequila tasting session.


Savor Viennese Culture with Local Experts

See Austria’s beautiful, historic capital in an altogether new way with Philipp, the running concierge at The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna. Jog the Wiener Ringstrasse and soak up the city’s storied past, taking in the sights of the State Opera House, the Museum of Fine Art, and other stately architectural gems along the way. Explore the bounty of the Naschmarkt — Vienna’s dynamic, centuries-old market — with the hotel’s executive chef, stopping at stalls of colorful produce and other treats, and finish the day at Atmosphere rooftop bar. Overlooking the spectacular skyline, choose among an extensive list of regionally made white wines and toast to the city’s magic.


Escape to the Mountains in Lake Tahoe, California

For a more adventurous expedition, spend your summer vacation in the forested mountains of California at
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. While the ski-in, ski-out resort is popular in the wintertime, in warmer months, the destination transforms into a summer retreat, with its own invigorating set of outdoor activities. Spend a serene day fly-fishing for rainbow trout on Sawmill Lake, charter a sailboat on Lake Tahoe or opt for a more rollicking wakeboard and tubing adventure at the Lake Club, where a myriad of summer recreation including wave runners, boat rentals and waterskiing is available. Mountain bike over a range of trails, most with panoramic views of the lake and beyond, and cap off the trip with an even loftier view: floating above the Sierra Nevada mountains in a hot-air balloon.


Discover the Hidden Beauty of Istanbul

Light bathes Istanbul’s skyline in gold.

While the city’s historic alleyways and quaint streets are ripe for meandering any time of year, summer is the perfect season to explore Istanbul by water. Set sail on a private yacht for a cruise along the Bosphorous Strait, discovering different neighborhoods and historic sites along the way. Or opt for a full day adventure and cruise to the Princes’ Islands, a nearby archipelago in the Sea of Marmara. Strolling through the car-free, wooded islands, guests are transported back in time to an era steeped in Byzantine and Ottoman culture. Don’t overlook the journey itself — it’s common to spot dolphins as you enjoy sunset cocktails on the trip back to the city. The concierge at The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul can assist with arranging these, among other tours.


Hone Your Game in China’s Golf Capital

The tropical island of Hainan is already known for its white-sand beaches and historically significant sites, but now with the addition of the largest public golf complex in the world, the region is quickly gaining recognition as an ideal destination for golf aficionados. At the heart of it all is The Ritz-Carlton, Haikou, which is home to 10 golf courses, perfect for testing your skills and improving your handicap. Even the little ones can learn the game as a part of the The Ritz Kids program. For days when you need a break from the links, the resort also houses a spa, a shopping mall and four restaurants and bars.


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Plan Your Stay in these Destinations

  • Abama

    Location Tenerife, Spain

    Experience A beachside retreat where sea, land and resort blend seamlessly.

    • Overlooks the brilliantly blue Atlantic
    • 13 restaurants and bars to experience
    • A 72-par, Dave Thomas golf course
  • Reynolds, Lake Oconee

    Location Lake Oconee, Georgia

    Experience Enjoy fishing, waterskiing, jet skiing, paddle boarding & more

    • 75 miles from Atlanta on 30 acres of shoreline
    • Lakeside cottages, championship golf, locally inspired cuisine
    • Recently renovated infinity pool and spa
  • Cancun

    Location Cancun, Mexico

    Experience A luxurious retreat along Mexico’s Mayan coastline.

    • AAA Five Diamond Awarded resort & restaurants
    • Ancient Mayan therapies at Kayantá Spa
    • Culinary Center & interactive cooking classes
  • Vienna

    Location Vienna, Austria

    Experience A five-star hotel set in four historic 19th century palaces.

    • Luxury urban retreat at The Ritz-Carlton Spa
    • Viennese charm meets contemporary luxury
    • Elegant venues for dining and dancing
  • Lake Tahoe

    Location Truckee, California


    • Lake Club with watersports and a private pier
    • Ski Valet and Mountain Concierge
    • Champagne bar and other après-ski experiences
  • Istanbul

    Location Istanbul, Turkey

    Experience The historic city that bridges Europe and Asia.

    • Overlooks the stunning Bosphorus
    • Contemporary design with Turkish accents
    • Signature Mediterranean cuisine
  • Haikou

    Location Haikou, China


    • Ten 18-hole championship courses
    • Ideally located on the island of Hainan
    • Year-round temperate climate