A group of friends to dance and enjoy a night out at the club.
Let’s be honest: it is hard not to give in to sloth. That is especially the case in the Caribbean, where sleeping in, lying on sugary white sand beaches, and lounging in hammocks is practically a requirement. Then, of course, it is easy for gluttony to take over, if you are rolling in a luxury dinner and a long night of drinking.
But what’s wrong with that? After all, this year was a year of scrimping and saving, of working harder and playing less. Just as we began living more socially and environmentally responsible lives, we also took fewer vacations, rarely shopped, and seldom opted for dinners. It is time to let off some steam, and New Year’s Eve—the most hedonistic of holidays—is the best chance to do it. So to finish you to the path of surrender, we have put together a number of amazine New Year’s vacation ideas inspired by the seven deadly sins.
Sinful entertainment may not exactly be a trend—after all, more and more travelers are looking for an authentic, local experiences. In our trends report, for example, we see dining in underground supper clubs and shops for everyday items to take home as a souvenir more and more popular—hardly extravagant activities. That is even more reason to make a sinful statement this New Year.
Of course, life is not about hedonistic pleasures. So with each of our sinful getaways, we offer you a suggestion on how to atone—after all, there is no need to start the New Year with a guilty conscience.
Tokyo, Japan iStock Gluttony: Tokyo
Why It’s Sinful: More than 150,000 restaurants serve insatiable eater of far and wide, luring them with the precision and drama of Japanese food and award-winning international restaurants. In fact, since Michelin started the production of a guide for Tokyo in 2007, the city has landed 11 three-star restaurants, more than in any other country in the world (bad Paris, in comparison, has “only” 10).
Where to Stay: The Hotel Seiyo Ginza puts you on Tokyo, and a crowded shopping street, with many of the best restaurants, including the three Michelin–starred Japanese Koju, and L’Osier, the famous French chef Bruno Menard.
How to Atone: the Making of a pilgrimage to the Sensoji Temple where you can pray for weight loss in 2010.
Pride: Miami Beach
Why It’s Sinful: There is a reason Miami was voted the best looking people in America. And you’ll fit right in after a visit to Canyon Ranch’s newest outpost here. Start with a comprehensive total body evaluation at a roundtable with health care providers and book private fitness lesson. Soothe post-workout muscle soreness with luxurious treatments in the high-tech Aquavana Spa.
Where to Stay: Canyon Ranch’s suites are soothing and modern, each with its own fully equipped kitchen, a 400-thread-count sheets, and a deep soaking tub.
How to Atone: After a visit to Miami’s nude beach, Haulover, you know that all shapes and sizes make the world more beautiful.
Lust: Rio de Janeiro
Why It’s Sinful: the hot steps of the samba, the ever-present thong bikini, Brazil oozes sex appeal. Not only is the country a breeding ground (literally) for some of the hottest models in the biz, Brazilian culture also embraces sensuality—of racy carnival costumes on the national obsession for the perfect butt.
Where to Stay: The location of the Copacabana Palace hotel offers access to the beach with the best party atmosphere. You have a front-row seat for the fireworks and all night party.
How to Atone: Join the community of white-clad priests and priestesses who worship the goddess of the sea, Iemanja, and baptize the believers, on the Rio shores.
Greed: Las Vegas
Why It’s Sinful: If the counting of stacks of money sounds like the perfect way to ring in the New Year, Sin City welcomes you—and your wallet. Try your luck at Bobby’s Poker Room at the Bellagio. Strictly for high rollers, the room of the two tables have a $20,000 minimum buy-in.
Where to Stay: A Tower Suite at the new Encore at Wynn means that you have your own apartment, entrance, registration desk, and an overview of the Vegas strip.
How to Atone: the Donation of your winnings to Opportunity Village, a Las Vegas–based non-profit organization that provides job training and services to people with an intellectual disability.
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Laziness: The Grenadines
Why It’s Sinful: Laziness is welcomed on Mustique and St. Vincent-islands, where the days relaxing, sunbathing and relaxing on the fine sand of the beaches. Go for a massage, float in the crystal clear Caribbean, and relax in a hammock.
Where to Stay: The Cotton House on Mustique is a peaceful plantation feel, while Raffles Canouan is more of a sophisticated hideout.
How to Reconcile: Work up a sweat with a day of sailing or snorkeling in one of the many coral reefs.
Jealous: Malibu, CA
Why It’s Sinful: the Hollywood gossip is a favorite pastime of the Americans, and in the heart of it is pure envy for celebrities’ looks, fame and money. The big stars camp in Malibu, a beautiful coastal community with 21 miles of deep sandy beaches. At December 31, book a table in the scene-y Geoffrey’s, where you can watch the ” who-is-who of Hollywood, the flash of their diamonds.
Where to Stay: Co-owned by David Geffen and Larry Ellison, the Malibu Beach Inn is a low-key, stylish hotel on the coast. Private balconies in every room overlooking the Billionaire in the Beach.
How to Atone: Stalk the good times instead of the stars in Disneyland in Anaheim—you’ll feel like a kid again.
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