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5 Summer Spots

AMAN Canal Grande Venice

If Venice has been on your travel radar, here are three fabulous events to target while enjoying a stay at the AMAN Canal Grande Venice:

• The 14th Architectural Biennale: From June 7 to Nov. 23, celebrate the evolution of national architecture spanning the past century.

• Venice Film Festival on the Lido: Aug. 27 to Sept. 6

• My favorite and truly magical, the Regata Storica: On Sept. 7, see Venice’s famous rowing event with a history of more than 1,000 years. View dozens of 16th-century gondolas decked out in all their traditional splendor in this impressive water procession. The Doge and all the highest ranking Venetian officials are escorted up the Grand Canal past the front door of Palazzo Papadopoli, AMAN.

The Breakers Resort Palm Beach

The always enticing The Breakers Resort Palm Beach has announced its summer special from June 1 through Sept. 30 – an affordable luxury with rooms beginning at $329 per night, including complimentary breakfast buffet served both in The Circle and The Beach Club, children’s meals, unlimited tennis, unlimited fitness classes, reduced green fees including carts and reduced spa fees. 888.273.2537

Call: 888.273.2537 Visit: http://thebreakers.com/specialoffers

Le Royal Monceau Raffles

Although kids wait anxiously for summer to arrive, they will never forget a summer stay at Le Royal Monceau Raffles, Paris. Its children’s program, Le Petit Royal, will stir and inspire – imagine treasure hunts through the Louvre’s Egyptian galleries, “pirate” boat trips down the Seine or following the footsteps of a prima ballerina for a day. The program also offers pizza-making classes with a Michelin-starred Italian chef or music-mixing DJ classes. Could this program be any more motivational? Workshops are available on a complimentary basis to hotel guests and guests of Saturday brunch.

Parrot Cay by COMO

Desiring something new and different for your summer family vacation? Want to give your kids a memory that will last their lifetime? Head to the Turks and Caicos Parrot Cay by COMO. This secluded, 1,000-acre private island feels like it’s all your own, with large villas, beach houses and miles of white-sand beach to roam. Kids activities include shell painting, kite making, tie dying, sailing and kayaking. Butlers can even arrange castaway gourmet picnics on a small nearby island that includes a stocked mini-bar and snorkeling gear. Parents can take advantage of the Asian-inspired holistic therapies at the COMO Shambhala Retreat including reflexology, Ayurveda and complimentary daily yoga or Pilates. 855.727.7682

Call: 855.727.7682 Visit: http://parrotcay@comohotels.com

Castiglion del Bosco

Dreaming of your own villa in Tuscany and attending one of the world’s most famous events the Palio di Siena? Dream no more and experience true Tuscan life in this restored 17th century farmhouse. Castiglion del Bosco is deep in the Val d’Orcia, comprising a castle, a church and a borgo. Best of all, this villa is near Siena and offers packages that include exclusive private access to a historical palace overlooking Piazza del Campo. It’s the perfect positioning for this historic festival and its renowned horse race. Choose from various options including the optional helicopter tour of Tuscany and private chef in your own villa. Need I say more?