Trips without the kids

Published On: Sep 04 2013 10:42:27 AM CDT

It's time to consider a grown-up getaway. Now is an ideal time for adults to take advantage of sought-after destinations, since tour operators, airlines and even high-end resorts often run specials to encourage travel during the shoulder season between summer vacation and the winter holiday travel rush.

Royal Belize
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Courtesy Royal Belize

If you're ready for a super splurge, or perhaps have a few friends who also are looking for an extreme escape, rent Royal Belize, a private three-villas-only, seven-acre island where there are more pelicans than people. During downtime between gourmet meals prepared by a personal chef, you can savor seaside views from cozy hammocks, kayak or snorkel or take an off-island jaunt to explore Mayan ruins. A three-day stay runs about $5,000 per couple.

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