1. Belcampo Lodge, Punta Gorda, Belize
If you’re ready to tie a fly in an exotic locale, this tropical treat courtesy of Orvis could be the catch of the year. Inspired by the private game lodges in southern Africa, Belcampo offers 16 private suites that open up into the Belize jungle, and Mayan ruins are nearby to explore. But it’s the angling that will reel you in, with the chance to fish for tarpon, bonefish and the highly coveted permit fish. Other activities include exploring the waters on a “snorkel with the chef” tour and a jungle river boat adventure.
Book It: orvis.com/belcampo, 800-547-4322
2. Naples Grande Beach Resort, Naples, Florida
The former Waldorf Astoria Naples has undergone an $18 million renovation, and the stunning transformation will be fully revealed in January. All 474 guestrooms and suites have also been redesigned, and guests never have to leave the resort with five restaurants and bars, three outdoor heated pools with a 100-foot waterslide, a luxury spa and 15 tennis courts. The beach experience has also been enhanced with new cabanas and a restaurant, Rhode’s End, all conceived and operated under the auspices of Boucher Brothers, the well-known corporate beach and water sports company.
Book It: naplesgrande.com, 844-993-9576
3. Streamsong Golf Resort and Spa, Fort Meade, Florida
Tucked further inland than most Florida hotspots (the closest major airport is Tampa), this spectacularly beautiful resort boasts two of Golf magazine’s Top 100 courses. The Blue Course was designed by Tom Doak and the Red conceived by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, and the undulating elevation changes and immense bunkers were created from a former phosphate mine. If you’re not a duffer, the resort offers sporting clay and bass fishing packages, plus the usual luxurious spa treatment options to soothe away the stress and just chill.
Book It: streamsongresort.com, 863-428-1000