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38 Shoulder Season Destinations for the Luxurious Globetrotter

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Shoulder Season (noun): a travel period between peak and off-peak seasons. With less crowds and lower prices, we understand why seasoned travelers try to keep this secret under wraps, but we're spilling all the details! Follow along to find your dream destination and the ideal time to visit. The best part? These 38 venues are bookable right here, right now on The Venue Report. So, where to?

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May: Canaves Oia Suites learn more

Experience the white coast of Santorini at Canaves Oia Suites in May before the crowds touch down. Camouflaging into Santorini’s picturesque landscape, the suites at Canaves Oia stick to the all-white theme. Perched into the cliffside, the ocean views are luxury at its finest. Book a private dining experience at Petra, their romantic gourmet restaurant that holds only three tables.
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Early December: Aman Le Mélézin learn more

The idea of a winter wonderland was created for Aman Le Mélézin. This beautiful alpine resort allows you to enjoy the outdoors while also enjoying the indoors (a luxury indoor pool, to be exact). Enjoy traditional French cuisine in early December and retreat to the Salon après-ski.
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$447 avg. room rate
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June: Keemala learn more

Experience Thailand from one of Keemala’s treetop villas with an attached private pool in June for some shoulder season luxury. Perched in the rainforest, this unique hotel is connected through a network of jungle walkways. Known for their wellness and health activities, such as meditation, yoga and forest walks, this hotel will help you reground and reconnect.
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$718 avg. room rate
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April: Le Sirenuse learn more

Nothing is more breathtaking than a 400 candle lit restaurant overlooking the Amalfi Coast. This vision is a reality at Le Sirenuse, a former home to the Marchesi Sersale. Enjoy shoulder season prices in April without compromising on luxury. The white-washed walls and hand-painted tile decor prove that old world charm still exists.
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$266 avg. room rate
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April: Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa learn more

For the skiing folk, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa in Beaver Creek, Colorado is the place to be. With ski-in and ski-out access directly at the resort, travel seamlessly from your room to the slopes. After making your way down the mountain, check into their full service spa to massage your muscles back to life. Book for the month of April to get the best of their off-season.
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$680 avg. room rate
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May: Amanzoe learn more

For those looking to plan a vacation fit for the Gods in May, look no further. Amanzoe’s Greek history and architecture influence will leave you in awe. With their Meeting Pavillion and Greek columns throughout the property, you get to breathe the air of Classical Greece with the modern amenities of a resort. 
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$1,056 avg. room rate
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April: Belmond Hotel Caruso learn more

Dreaming of the Italian coastline? Book a stay at Belmond Hotel Caruso during April and experience the views in privacy. This former 11th-century palace sits beside the Amalfi Coast on cliffs so daring a picture couldn't do it justice. The infinity pool and terraced gardens are merely the icing on the cake.
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$210 avg. room rate
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April: Hotel Cort learn more

If the design combination of bohemian, elegant and coastal excites you, then Hotel Cort in Spain will be right up your alley. Stay in April and uncover this hotel’s Moorish influence. Located in the centre of the Old Town of Palma, this former 19th century bank allows you to flirt with the charm of Spain.
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$1,288 avg. room rate
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November: Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora learn more

Pack your bags and move into an overwater bungalow at the Four Seasons Bora Bora. Go from your bedroom to the crystal clear ocean in a matter of steps. With shoulder season in November, you’ll be able to reap the luxurious benefits of the South Pacific. With over nine celebration locations, perhaps an event is in order?
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$1,254 avg. room rate
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April: Belmond Hotel Cipriani learn more

Sip on a craft cocktail created by George Clooney as you gaze over the landscape of Venice. Belmont Hotel Cipriani loves theatrics and with classical Venetian decor, your April stay will be nothing short of royal.
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$2,400 avg. room rate
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April: Aman Venice Hotel learn more

Venice’s beauty can trap you with its crowds but not at the Aman Venice Hotel in April. Located in the smallest of the Venetian districts, San Polo, the views of the Grand Canal from your hotel room are beautiful. The hotel still houses the Papadolpli family, making your experience at Aman Venice Hotel that much more authentic.
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$429 avg. room rate
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Mid-April: The Cove, Eleuthera learn more

Book your vacation mid-April and get to experience the private and luxury suites of The Cove, Eleuthera. You’ll be overlooking the Caribbean Sea with a little more bang for your buck. A mix of urban chic and island living, The Cove is the ideal spot for a Caribbean sunset.
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Mid-April or November: Chablé learn more

Take your pick of a stand-alone pool casita or a three bedroom presidential casita when booking your trip to Mexico. Just outside of Merida, Chable’s five-star accommodations and service will have you relaxing in their lush gardens. Plan for mid-April or November, ideal months for ideal prices. 
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April: Capri Tiberio Palace learn more

Capri Tiberio Palace is for the eclectic traveler that love pops of colorful luxury. This 5-star hotel is both a hideaway and a centrally located destination in Capri. Enjoy a cocktail overlooking the Mediterranean Sea on their roof-top terrace. With a hint of Cuban influence, Capri Tiberio is your next April shoulder season destination.
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$615 avg. room rate
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Mid-April or November: Hotel Esencia learn more

Looking for a royal, Caribbean getaway? Hotel Esencia can deliver. This 50-acre, beach front estate was once home to an Italian duchess. Call the coastline your home mid-April or November and unwind in this luxurious yet traditional abode.
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Mid-April: Le Toiny learn more

Overlook the Carribean sea in one of Hotel Le Toiny’s 14 luxury suites. Enjoy beach cottage luxury without price tag mid-April. Take advantage of Le Toiny’s secluded beach and pineapple orchard by day and treat yourself to their oyster shell bar by night. This private getaway is nestled into the St. Barth mountains.
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$621 avg. room rate
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June: Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai learn more

Retreat to the Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai in June and be met with traditional Thai luxury. Located in North Thailand, you will be surrounded by lush tropical foliage, pristine waters and Siamese artwork.
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$1,500 avg. room rate
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November: The Brando learn more

Say hello to the local Polynesian lifestyle at The Brando, a luxury resort on the private island of Tetiaroa. Take advantage of the surroundings with kayaking and scuba-diving or opt for a more serene experience at their sanctuary spa. While you enjoy shoulder season in November, remember that this island was chosen by Tahitian royalty for their vacations.
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$605 avg. room rate
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Mid-April: The Island House learn more

Always wanted to stay in a tropical boutique hotel? Book The Island House in the Bahamas mid-April for shoulder season prices and enjoy their fitness studios, poolside cottages and their Bamford Spa. With two restuarants, the Mahogany House and a coffee bar, dine your way to the beach.
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$472 avg. room rate
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Early December: The Alpina Gstaad learn more

Nestle into the Swiss slopes at The Alpina Gstaad early December. Enjoy the beauty of their 5 acre land while retreating to the cosmopolitan luxury of this resort. Noted for being Alpine chic, your experience of the Swiss slopes is about to be opulent.
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$412 avg. room rate
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May: Palace Hotel Tokyo learn more

Don’t just stay at a 5-star resort, stay at a 5-star resort in the middle of booming Tokyo. With a private balcony in each room, you’ll be able to gaze over Tokyo in May without the congestion of crowds or painful prices. Want to take a break from the city? Dine at any of their seven restaurants.
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September: Singita Lebombo Lodge learn more

Always wanted to retreat safari-style? September at Singita Lebombo Lodge will be yours to roam. This eco-friendly and sustainable hotel doesn’t just help conserve the surrounding wildlife, it also provides you with stylish lodging that mimics the South African landscape. A swimming pool, a private chef and safari guide create the upscale safari experience you've been looking for. 
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$440 avg. room rate
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March–May: Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro learn more

Designed by Philippe Starck, enjoy this beachfront Ipanema hotel that pays homage to Brazilian design and the Bossa Nova era. The infinity pool is looking extra private during March to May’s shoulder season. Inside tip: Enjoy a glass of chilled wine on the rooftop bar overlooking the water.
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$1,049 avg. room rate
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March–May: Four Seasons Resort Hualalai learn more

Move into the Kona-Kohala Coast at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. With everything from golfing to the hotel’s seven pools, you get to relax without the tourists anytime between March and May. The Pacific Ocean and natural lava rock backdrops are all yours.
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$879 avg. room rate
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March–May: Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort learn more

Book the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort anytime between March and May and experience Hawaii as a local. Visit the oceanfront backyard with a mojito and take in the award-winning architecture and design from the Rockwell Group. The four outdoor infinity pools will definitely amplify your Hawaiian lifestyle.
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$931 avg. room rate
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Mid-April or November: Rosewood Mayakoba learn more

Infinity pools overlooking the ocean's horizon? Plan a trip to Rosewood Mayakoba either Mid-April or November to get your beach front view in privacy. This modern resort melts into nature with their private plunge pools and outdoor golf course. Don’t forget to check into the spa with your shoulder season savings!
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Mid-April: Belle Mont Farm learn more

Stay on a luxury farm and be spoiled with farm-to-table meals. Belle Mont Farm is located on Kitten Hill, in between Mount Liamuiga and the Carribean Sea, and serves as a sustainable community. Paying a visit to Belle Mont Farm mid-April means you get to take advantage of the local heritage and culture without the peak prices.
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$455 avg. room rate
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Early December: Hacienda AltaGracia learn more

Enjoy the lush mountain side and coastal ocean views of Costa Rica at Hacienda AltaGracia. Built to help you feel right at home, pay a visit in early December to take advantage of their spa and fitness programs. The 350 hectares of land provide all the serene escapism you need. 
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$891 avg. room rate
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June: Rayavadee Krabi learn more

With five-stars, coconut groves and lush jungle foliage - you'll have sand in your toes and flowers in your hair at this Thai tropical paradise, perfectly perched on the Krabi National Marine. Visit ancient limestone cave with views of the crystal-clear Andaman Sea and have a cocktail on the beach under that stars during June.
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$216 avg. room rate
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April: Chateau Eza learn more

Stay at a French seaside chateau in April, shoulder season, and find yourself with hospitality fit for a prince. Chateau Eza, once home to a Swedish prince, is 400 years old and overlooks the French Riviera. Did we mention the Michelin starred restaurant on site? This Côte d' Azur hotel has all the bells and whistles you’ll need.
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$822 avg. room rate
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June: Six Senses Yao Noi learn more

Overlook Phang Nga Bay without the crowds in June, Thailand’s shoulder season. Six Senses Yao Noi is nestled between the mossy mountains and the bay on a small Thai island, giving you the feel of a private island. The design expertly mimics its surroundings so you can be one with nature.
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$208 avg. room rate
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April: Villa Dubrovnik learn more

Stay on the Croatian waterfront at Villa Dubrovnik, close to Banje beach. It’s central location and an April timeline makes exploring Dubrovnik a pleasure for your pocketbook. With a modern, beachy color palette, your stay will be as relaxing as the ocean’s horizon. 
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$473 avg. room rate
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September: Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa learn more

Looking to experience the pulse of Johannesburg? Beat the crowds and the price in September at Saxon Hotel, Villas and Spa, located in the business district. This 5-star hotel has everything you need: a spa, two outdoor swimming pools, a health club, a steam room and three restaurants and bars. Not to mention the complimentary breakfast served daily. Complemented by traditional design accents, the city of Johannesburg is at your fingertips.
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$228 avg. room rate
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May: The St. Regis Osaka learn more

In May, soak in the luxury of The St. Regis Osaka. Centrally located in Osaka means you get to take full advantage of the city. This 160-room hotel offers two restaurants, one bar, a pampering spa, rainfall shower heads and views of Osaka’s cityscape.
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Photo:The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch
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Early December: The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch learn more

The spirit of the American West is in full force at The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch. Enjoy their early December shoulder season and live ranch-style at the base of the Sierras. This 30,000 acre ranch has all of the American West views you’ll need plus some luxury glamping options.
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$209 avg. room rate
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March–May: Hotel Santa Teresa learn more

For the creatives, enjoy Hotel Santa Teresa located in the artistic quarter of Rio de Janeiro. This spa resort is a South American belle and with a shoulder season visit in spring time, you get to uncover the beauty of Rio de Janeiro without all the travel fuss. Go for the 5-star Brazilian hospitality, stay for the hotel’s beauty.
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$1,221 avg. room rate
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April: The Little Nell learn more

The Little Nell in Aspen is fit for the skiers who like to trail off the slopes in luxury. Head over during their shoulder season in April and enjoy the area’s only five-star, five-diamond property with ski-in, ski-out access. Retreat back to this $20 million dollar renovated property for some reading, relaxation and red wine.
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$390 avg. room rate
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April: Nita Lake Lodge learn more

Cozy up at Nita Lake Lodge in April for the best spring skiiing around. With lake and mountain views, Nita Lake Lodge places you in the middle of nature while maintaining luxury within. Listed as one of Canada's top 25 hotels, Nita Lake Lodge offers a plethora of activities including morning yoga, fitness classes and hiking trails.
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