Travels: Tropical Vacation Inspiration

It’s Thursday: we’re cranky, it’s not getting any warmer in San Francisco right now, and we’re also still a few months away from any prospect of taking a vacation. Let’s talk about the tropics!

A beach vacation is my idea of an escape – warm sunshine, hot sand, clear blue water, sleeping in, eating a lot and drinking frozen drinks! As a kid, my family did a lot of Hawaii, and ever since, the tropical destination has been my favorite. I tried out Thailand this year, and Bali in 2013 – and there were beautiful beaches there too! The idea of getting away to somewhere warm is dreamy, and below, you’ll find a group of tropical travel inspirations that have us crossing out the calendared days until our next jet away…

Here are my pre-requisites for considering any tropical vacation destination:

1. Reliable weather/seasonality on our side

2. A notable local culture to explore in the evenings

3. A flight that is less hours in duration than my age in years

4. Great cuisine and a restaurant scene to speak of

5. A few grand resorts to choose from (I tend to be picky)

6. The opportunity and time to pack all of my beach necessities (*plus my pool floaty).

* Editor’s note: on our second trip to Hawaii with my (then) baby sister – I was 10- my mom procured us three blow-up rafts, and took us to the beach to entertain us. On a particularly windy day in the tropics, the waves were pretty large, and floating on them in the ocean felt wild and a lot like a roller coaster! The three of us laughed like crazy for hours, and didn’t want to get out of the water – and I still re-create that day every time I’m near an ocean. {Mom and Meg, if you’re reading this, come on vacation with me, and bring your floaty!}

Detailed & Delighted // Tropical Vacation Inspiration

The Grand Hyatt Resort, Poipu, Kauai

Detailed & Delighted // Tropical Vacation Inspiration

The Pool at the St. Regis, Princeville, Kauai

Detailed & Delighted // Tropical Vacation Inspiration

The restaurant terrace at the St. Regis, Princeville

Detailed & Delighted // Tropical Vacation Inspiration

A Walk along Kaanapali Beach, Maui

Detailed & Delighted // Tropical Vacation Inspiration

A trés chic aprés swim towel, from Louis Vuitton

Detailed & Delighted // Tropical Vacation Inspiration

Palm trees and bare knees – the perfect cover up

Detailed & Delighted // Tropical Vacation Inspiration

A quiet place to read a book (but mostly to nap)

Detailed & Delighted // Tropical Vacation Inspiration

A tropical hat – if it’s not monogrammed, is it really even yours?

Detailed & Delighted // Tropical Vacation Inspiration

Splish Splash!

Detailed & Delighted // Tropical Vacation Inspiration

The beach is my happy place

Detailed & Delighted // Tropical Vacation Inspiration

Messy hair and rad sunnies on the water

Detailed & Delighted // Tropical Vacation Inspiration

A bright bikini from Mara Hoffman

Detailed & Delighted // Tropical Vacation Inspiration

… and the CHICEST floaty you will ever find (order immediately).

Bon Voyage!

One thought on “Travels: Tropical Vacation Inspiration

  1. Like you, I’m so ready for a tropical vacation! The St. Regis Princeville in Kauai is my favorite. A must stay! Perfect for honeymoons, family trips, and for anyone looking to relax on the beach.

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