John G. Knecht
Laurie Brookins
Sep 2020

A recreational retreat—riding in Chile, golf in Mexico, aquatic sports in Spain—revives the mind while stimulating the body.

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Explora Patagonia Hotel
Salto Chico, Chile
Perched above Lake Pehoé and ringed by snow-dusted peaks, Explora consists of unobtrusive modern accommodations incorporating plenty of wood. Thoughtfully compiled dishes nourish the active traveler, and the hotel has 26 horses specially bred to navigate the rugged terrain. Relaxion comes at day’s end at Ona Spa and the Explorer’s Bar.

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Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita
Nayarit, Mexico
This Pacific Ocean-facing gem includes casitas as well as a four-bedroom penthouse with private pool that accommodates 10. The cool, contemporary decor blends blues, warm beiges and taupes to reflect the outdoors. In addition to first-class golf and tennis, two beaches encourage water sports and indolent sunning. Dining options abound, from contemporary Mexican to exquisite Asian.

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Marbella Club
Marbella, Spain
An Andalusian paradise that sprang up around a farmhouse, Marbella Club beckons guests to turquoise Mediterranean waters. Ablaze with fuchsia-toned bougainvillea and citrus trees, the gardens reflect the benevolent climate. Featuring golf, riding, tennis and water sports, the property can also arrange skiing two hours away at a resort built for the King of Spain.

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Mont Cervin Palace
Zermatt, Switzerland
Discerning guests have been flocking to this regal property with views of the famous Matterhorn since 1852. Cozy Alpine- and chalet-style rooms emanate style and warmth, and apartments cater to those traveling en famille. In summer, golf, mountain bike and walk to your heart’s content in Alpine meadows; in winter, thrill to world-class skiing, snowboarding and ice climbing.

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The Ranch at Laguna Beach
Laguna Beach, California
Situated in California canyons, The Ranch at Laguna Beach offers beach access as well as a spa/fitness center and nine-hole golf course. Rooms are crisp and tasteful, while the 1,600-square-foot Treehouse with floor-to-ceiling windows takes lodging to new heights. Excursions include an all-inclusive package highlighted by a 38.5-mile hike along the Trans-Catalina Trail.

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