If you have young kids and you want one stop flying to go skiing, Utah is the place. Last year they had a 25’ snow base, and this year has 33’ so far! For myself, the pleasure of vacations is also about the ease of travel. With kids and equipment, a one-stop is a must. The snow is always light and fresh and the sunlit hot tubs are great to ease the aches in the afternoon. If you want to be central, I recommend you stay at The Cliff Lodge. Dining at the onsite Wildflower is cozy with great Italian specialties.
We love to go to Marrakesh in the spring. The crisp mornings melt into blue sky and warmish afternoons. Stay in the medina for a memorable experience and be sure to try El Fenn. Outside of town and at the foothills of the Atlas mountains, you can find Kasbah Agafay. I like to shop at the Al Kawtar Women's Cooperative to support their causes, they also have the best shirts in town! For furniture, try the very friendly Mustapha Blaoui at Tresor des Nomades. A great lunch spot in the medina place is Café Arabe, which is right across for the historic Jardin Secret.
Playa Grande Beach Club/Amanera, Dominican Republic
We love to go to the very special hotel designed by my friend Celerie Kemble on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. It is the only resort hotel that I have visited where you don’t need shoes. In fact, it all feels better without shoes. The charming houses are all custom designed and nestled among the tropical palms on the beach. There is are no bill presented during your stay for food or services, just one tab to be paid as you leave. Just down the beach is the newly opened Amanera, which is a much more modern take on beach living, though both are great.