For The Founder | There comes a time when everyone must simply leave the cares and worries behind to find solace in the beauty of a distant destination that can provide all the desired luxuries along with unique vacation experiences. There is no such thing as a 9-5 workday for the talented entrepreneurs and innovators of today, so with all the dedication that is placed on their work; an equal amount of passion is placed on discovering the ultimate escape. When Founders find a rare escape from running their companies, they refuse to settle on the ordinary, which is a specialty of these destinations.
1. TURKS & CAICOS
Offering some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean, the Turks & Caicos is a dream-come-true for the entrepreneur searching for an escape from work, and the opportunity to explore the abundance of ocean activities. After all, all work and no play is never the solution.
Beyond just the chic accommodations, the Gansevoort Turks & Caicos has all the elements of an urban fashionable getaway. With a welcoming infinity pool, white sand beaches, turquoise water and the Exhale Spa; Gansevoort provides all the luxurious of home in a sensational resort atmosphere. If you can pull away from the people-watching at the pool for long enough to brush up on your water sports, Gansevoort offers a miniature Hobie Cat, kayaks and paddle boards to their guests, and within only a few minutes, horseback riding, golf, fishing and more can be arranged.
The pool provides the quintessential Turks and Caicos experience, but be warned, the pool is a very busy place both day and night. Well worth the fee, consider reserving one of the private island pods complete with lounges, chairs and umbrella. Just knowing you have a place to kick back and relax is priceless, and for when you need to keep up with some work, Wi-Fi is available property-wide. Similarly, the round Beach Beds are available, so make a reservation early when you want to savor a day of people watching at this heavenly beach.
Several days being completely removed from the rat race of everyday life is absolutely vital, and the Maldives delivers beauty and relaxation each and every time. With so many of today’s entrepreneurs and innovators supporting the many environmental causes facing the world today, many certainly get behind the Maldives, as they’ve pledged to be a carbon-neutral country by 2019.
When it comes to environmental innovations, this country has been impressive to say the least. In order to preserve the coral reefs that had started to deteriorate, scientists placed electrified cones below the water’s surface to provide a substrate for larval coral attachment. It worked, and experts say that the coral reefs have seen a growth five times the normal growth rate because of these localized innovations.
To take full advantage of this sunny paradise, take the 30-minute seaplane flight to the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island and become embraced by their hospitality and an elite level of services spread over these two islands. A brilliant compromise by having the adventure of the diving, snorkeling, or even a ride in their very own mini-submarine among the vibrant coral reef; combined with the highest level of luxury at their spa and wellness retreat, over water spa treatments, the famous ITHAA Undersea Restaurant where you dine 16-feet below the surface, and finally their exclusive collection of amazing villas either beachside or over water.
With so many islands to explore and endless excursion possibilities to be planned during a stay on Rangali Island, there’s still one localized escape that is perfect for when it’s necessary to completely unwind. Mandhoo Island is a fantastic getaway for just this sort of occasion. Conrad has fairly close ties to this island, considering they own a large portion, and have an area where they grow much of what is served at the resort, as well as additional facilities for Conrad staff. The tour portion is great to drink from a coconut, experience the freshness of the herbs and fruit and learn more of the farming innovations practiced here, but the real treasure is to simply walk and explore the other portion of the island. Here, the locals are usually eager to chat with the tourists, and beyond simply seeing “island life” as a local, they speak freely about island life, religion and politics; where it’s quickly understood that these locals are a true testament of survival.
Known to be extremely welcoming to guests and keen to share their customs, cuisine and history, Marrakech provides a picturesque backdrop for an authentically original getaway. A beloved property to escape any stress left at home and work, the Sofitel Marrakech Lounge and Spa delivers every time.
If you’re able to pull yourself away from this hotel oasis, the area offers high-flying hot air balloon rides, challenging golf courses and the opportunity to spend some time at the Royal Polo Club. The Junior Suite overlooking the pool and out onto the Atlas Mountains is a perfect setting when not making the most of the spa and wellness programs offered to guests as a way to appeal to all the senses.
Just don’t forget to explore the city and visit the Semmarine Souk for a collection of local gifts, and for those addicted to the localized spicy cuisine, the Spice Market in the Mellah neighborhood will blow your mind. The old and new worlds come together at Jemma el-Fnaa in the Medina Quarter, and is a must-visit in hopes to see the snake charmers eager to pose for the tourists by day and crowds of locals and tourists coming together to enjoy some food and drink by night.
What better place to escape than the amazing city of Sydney. Located on the beautiful Tasman Sea, this cultural treasure is a true big city getaway, but the friendly locals, boutique hotels and overall zest for life make Sydney a true escape for most hard-working entrepreneurs, who live and breath work 24/7.
For most, a Sydney getaway often begins with a Qantas flight, which is always an escape in its own right. The first class cabins and the level of service from the moment you check-in is simply perfection. The First Lounge provides full business services to take care of those last-minute emails, while also having fine dining and complimentary treatments at the day spa available before being personally escorted to the plane. Once boarded, the suites provide all the comforts needed for a restful flight, regardless if you’re working or watching television in the reclined chair with ottoman, or have the fully flat bed made up with its sheepskin mattress and plush duvet. Tasting menus and a full wine list are available thanks to the insane talents of celebrity chef Neil Perry, and his long-term collaboration with Qantas.
With so much to do in Sydney, a uniquely boutique experience can be enjoyed at the Diamant Hotel in Kings Cross. A short walk east opens the doors to an entirely new adventure, where the Royal Botanical Garden and Domain becomes your own expansive playground. With so many great restaurants and cafes in the immediate area of the hotel and having access to the peaceful serenity of the Botanical Gardens, Sydney is a special place to take the time to relax and rejuvenate. A short walk north from the hotel leads to the water’s edge in only minutes, complete with views out to the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. When enjoying some time in the Botanical Gardens, consider visiting The Pavilion for breakfast or lunch, nestled in the Domain, just across from the Art Gallery of NSW, as it’s a perfect escape within the park.
Sitting at the base of the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, this Colorado town has certainly had a colorful past – transforming from the choice destination for the hippies in the 1960’s, to being one of the chic getaways of today’s affluent traveler simply looking for an escape. When necessary to “unplug” from work, then take to the trails galore, or even stick with an urban walk by taking advantage of the pedestrian area of the Pearl Street Mall. Take advantage the opportunity to blend in with the locals Wednesday afternoons and Saturdays at the Farmers Market at 13th and Canyon, where the passion that many in Colorado have for organic farming and farm-to-table is seen firsthand.
Perfectly located close to this downtown area and historic Boulder is the St. Julien Hotel & Spa, which provides the ideal city retreat. With a mission to encourage guests to take advantage of “me time,” as it’s time well spent, the staff certainly goes above and beyond to make certain it’s possible to simply leave work behind and unwind. However, for the entrepreneur who must bring some work with them, the hotel is even able to provide access to local corporate centers, including the high-tech corridor of Interlocken.
When simply looking to escape work and the stress of being your own boss, the spa offers numerous treatments, full locker room, gym, hair salon and more. Jill’s Restaurant is a modern take on the classic bistro, and for those loving the farm-to-table movement, Jill’s is sure to be a hit. The tableside service is always in demand here, so seriously consider the Steak Diane and then top it off with the amazing Bananas Foster.