6 Incredible Places To Stay You Can Arrive By Water
The world’s most unique arrival at Hotel Bürgenstock — Photo courtesy of © Bürgenstock Hotels AG
The old saying, “It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey,” isn’t always true. Sometimes it’s both. And a water inlet might be just the thing to enhance your next vacation. Here is an overview of some resorts you can reach via a water adventure.
Four Seasons Nevis – Saint Kitts and Nevis
Arriving on Nevis Island — Photo courtesy of Nevis Island
Nevis is one of the most unspoilt islands in the Caribbean. With blue skies and empty beaches, Nevis has a pace that encourages you to stop and take in all its beauty.
Once you arrive in St. Kitts, board a transfer service from Four Seasons Resort Nevis. Then, set off on a breathtaking and scenic 15-minute ride to Port de Christophe. There, enjoy a drink before boarding a Four Seasons speedboat to the resort, with spectacular views of Nevis Peak.
Most public boats, small cruise ships and ferries also go to Charlestown (the capital), where it is easy to find transport to other hotels.
If you want to travel on your own schedule, book a water taxi from Reggae Beach on the southeast peninsula of St. Kitts and dock at Oualie Bay in the north of the island.
Finch Bay Resort – The Galapagos Islands
Arrival by panga at Finch Bay Resort — Photo courtesy of Ava Roxanne Stritt
Finch Bay Resort is all about nature – and it starts before you even arrive. The journey to the resort allows you to experience all that this remarkable place has to offer.
Once you arrive at the Galapagos Islands, it’s time to head to Finch Bay. Your luggage is taken away and your guide helps you load into the resort’s panga.
The hotel is located in a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, and a panga ride is a fitting arrival at one of the most unique places on earth. Bonus: when arriving by water, you can see the blue-footed booby and tick it off your must-see list.
Bürgenstock Hotels and Resort – Obbürgen, Switzerland
Enjoy the view on the way to Hotel Burgenstock — Photo courtesy of Ava Roxanne Stritt
Bürgenstock is perched on top of a mountain that you can see in the distance when you hop on the ferry across Lake Lucerne. During your journey to this dreamy Swiss destination, you will see stunning medieval architecture and snow-capped mountains.
Your journey doesn’t end there. Once on the shore, you need to get to the top of the hill station by funicular, a type of cable car.
The hotel, in the heart of central Switzerland, resembles a fantasy world, with suites of private residences, four luxury hotels, nine restaurants and bars, two spa areas and a remarkable wellness center.
Cayo Espanto – Belize
Arriving on your own private island – Cayo Espanto — Photo courtesy of Ava Roxanne Stritt
Cayo Espanto is located on its own four-acre private island, just a seven-minute boat ride from San Pedro. This is the ultimate goal of luxury: a vacation on a private island.
Once you land in San Pedro, your “man of the house” is waiting for you at the plane. You are escorted to a golf cart, which will take you to your own private boat, stocked with towels and water. This scenic ride takes you to your villa.
Cold towels and cocktails upon arrival — Photo courtesy of Ava Roxanne Stritt
When I visited Cayo Espanto, the staff was ready and waiting for us by our private dock, refreshing drinks in hand. Every detail has been taken care of, from wrapping cocktails in cloth napkins to transporting your luggage from the boat to the bungalow. All we had to do was relax and enjoy.
Casa Vieja Lodge – Puerto San Jose, Guatemala
Helicopter at Casa Vieja — Photo courtesy of Ava Roxanne Stritt
Imagine arriving at a boutique, luxury lodge not in the water, but above the water – in a private helicopter. This is how you start this vacation in Guatemala.
A helicopter flies you to Casa Vieja Lodge in Guatemala and arrives at the water’s edge near the marina. This is only to be expected, as Casa Vieja combines unbeatable fishing with high quality hospitality. In fact, it is considered the most luxurious all-inclusive fishing lodge in the world.
Fishermen who choose the helicopter upon arrival in Guatemala also have the option of taking an exciting 45-minute excursion. It takes you past the volcanoes (Pacaya, Agua, Fuego), ancient Antigua and the marina before landing at the lodge.
Resorts World Bimini – The Bahamas
Bimini feels a world apart — Photo courtesy of Resorts World Bimini
Travel by sea to your personal playground, Resorts World Bimini, just a two-hour drive from Fort Lauderdale on the Balearia Caribbean ferry. Enjoy drinks and snacks on the scenic ride. Or go for the luxury and arrive on your personal yacht.
This resort is just 50 nautical miles off Miami, but it feels a world apart. Bimini is the closest Bahamian island to the coast of the United States.
Glide over the calm waters of the Gulf Stream, then descend to the resort’s private marina or Hilton Pier, just steps away with direct access to the lagoon pool – water-to-water. No vacation time is wasted when the trip is half fun.