As Hurricane Sandy’s tumultuous winds swirl around our apartment buildings, we can’t help but daydream. So many of our favorite vacation destinations have pitch perfect weather right now—and we couldn’t be more envious. Everywhere from Los Angeles to the island of Crete has been on our minds today, so we thought we’d share them with you.
Click through the gallery above for seven sunny, fabulous and totally luxe places where we wish we were right now—as well as our favorite hotels at each destination!
Share with us in the comments, what’s your favorite place to daydream about?
Phuket, Thailand: It's a little bit cloudy today, but by Tuesday morning (which is how long it will take you to get there anyway), it will be a lovely 82 degrees in Phuket. The Thai island features numerous tourist destinations, but if you go, you need to book a suite or villa at Paresa. Located on a cliff in the middle of tropical forests, Paresa is one of the most lavish resorts in Thailand. 49 Moo 6 Layi - Nakalay rd Kamala, Phuket 83150, Thailand; paresaresorts.com.
Los Angeles, California: When the East Coast is in shambles, where else do you want to be more than the West Coast? Right now, Los Angeles is a comfortable 80 degrees. The great thing about LA is the numerous hotel options, but we suggest you keep it classic and stay at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Dine at the iconic Polo Lounge, take in a few celebrity sightings and be grateful you're not amidst the New York craziness. 9641 Sunset Boulevard Beverly Hills, California; beverlyhillshotel.com.
Crete, Greece: Sweltering summer fun may be over in Greece, but 75 degree weather in Crete is a big enough draw for us to pack up your Louis Vuitton duffels and head to the island. The largest of the Greek islands features a plethora of vacation homes from Northern Europeans, so you'll be in good company. The Blue Palace Resort and Spa located on the tip of the crystal blue waters the region is famous for is known for its 142 private pools which blend together elegantly in the front. We can't think of a better place to relax. Plaka, Agios Nikolaos, 72053 Greece; fivestaralliance.com.
Maui, Hawaii: With comfortable temperatures in the mid-80s, Hawaii is one of our dream destinations to be right about now. To do it up right, head to the Wailea Beach Villages. The gated resort is located next to the Shops at Wailea, which features upscale stores like Gucci and Bottega Veneta. What better way to pass the time than shop—on the beach? 3800 Wailea Alanui, Wailea, Maui, HI; fivestaralliance.com.
Jumby Bay, Antigua: Located on a private Caribbean island off of Antigua, Jumby Bay is one of the secluded and chic vacation spots in the world. If you want somewhere exclusive where you can really relax, the Jumby Bay resort is the definition of unparalleled luxury. The AAA Five-Diamond Award winner is a must see. P.O. Box 243, St. John's, Antigua; rosewoodhotels.com.
Bali, Indonesia: If you head to Bali now, you'll be greeted with 85 degree weather come morning. The Indeonisan island is known for its art and dance, and it's a tourist haven. With great sightseeing, boating, sunbathing and more, it's an ideal vacation destination. When it comes to lodging, look no further than the Viceroy Bali. The luxury five star boutique hotel has everything you could ever want—with the established Viceroy name attached. Jln. Lanyahan, Br. Nagi Ubud 80571, Indonesia; viceroybali.com.
Palm Beach, Aruba: Located in the southern Caribbean Sea, Aruba is one of America's most famous vacation destinations. The hot, dry climate is certainly a welcome change from New York's current status, and we would love to kick back at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. While it's a slightly cheaper vacation than some of our other options, it still feels every amenity you could dream of — and a casino, if you feel like getting into a little trouble. L.G. Smith Boulevard # 101 Palm Beach, Aruba; marriott.com.