Americas

Top Cities to Visit for Nature Enthusiasts

These urban destinations are the perfect vacation spot for anyone wanting to combine  a city break, with outdoor adventure. 

Vancouver, British Columbia

Vancouver

Vancouver caters to every type of adventurer. From thrill-seekers, to those that prefer a quiet hike or wellness getaway, this metropolis has endless things to do for everyone. Look in any direction in this sophisticated city and you’ll see water or mountains…or both. You’ll find ski slopes just 30 minutes from downtown and beaches filled with sunbathers in the summer. 

Rainforests and gorgeous foliage make Vancouver one of the most beautiful cities in the world. As you can imagine, outdoor adventures are never too far—whether you want to explore Whistler, the Canadian Rockies, Victoria, or nearby Vancouver Island.

Where to Stay: Shangri La Vancouver

Book with Montecito Village Travel (MVT) to receive the following exclusive amenities:

 

  • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability (maximum upgrade is an Executive Balcony King Room)
  • VIP Welcome amenity
  • Daily breakfast in our restaurant for two, per bedroom
  • A $100 USD equivalent Spa Services credit* OR $100 Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (may not combine, no cash value if not redeemed in full, excludes mini-bar, RMT Treatment and spa products.) *During high season, it is highly recommended that spa appointments be made in advance.
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Early check-in | late check-out, subject to availability

 

Napa, California

Napa California

Napa County is just shy of 800 square miles and has a population of 140,000. Needless to say, Napa has become synonymous with great wine and good food. Visiting Napa puts you at the center of California’s beloved wine country, which means access to over 400 flourishing vineyards and wineries. Sip wine here in the spring and enjoy captivating views of the hillsides turning bright green, as they start to fill with beautiful golden hues of mustard flowers in bloom. 

Be sure to check out Hendry Vineyard, one of our favorite wineries,  located at the southern end of Napa Valley. Hendry Vineyard is close to the bay area, and the cool air and microclimate provide optimal conditions for growing Bordeaux and Burgundy varieties. Tastings are by appointment only. 

Where to Stay: Carneros Resort & Spa

Book with MVT to receive the following exclusive amenities:

 

  • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability (maximum upgrade is an Executive Balcony King Room)
  • VIP Welcome amenity
  • Daily breakfast in our restaurant for two, per bedroom
  • A $100 USD equivalent Spa Services credit* OR $100 Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (may not combine, no cash value if not redeemed in full, excludes mini-bar, RMT Treatment and spa products.) *During high season, it is highly recommended that spa appointments be made in advance.
  • Complimentary WIFI
  • Early check-in | late check-out, subject to availability

 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Malaysia is a mix of Malay, Indian, Chinese, Arabic, European, Peranakan, and other cultures. This multicultural, modern metropolis is scattered with shopping malls, skyscrapers, mosques and churches.

If you’re looking to escape the city and get in touch with Mother Nature, visit Kuala Lumpur’s oldest public park, the Perdana Botanical Garden, and witness the breathtaking flora and fauna. Kuala Lumpur is also home to one of the largest butterfly gardens in the world. At 80,000 square feet, the Butterfly Park is home to more than 5,000 butterflies.

Where to Stay: Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur

Book with MVT to receive the following exclusive amenities

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability.
  • Daily Buffet breakfast for up to two in-room guests per bedroom
  • Welcome gift
  • Complimentary “Afternoon Tea” for two, once during stay, at Lounge on the Park from 3 to 6 pm.
  • Early check-in | late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi for duration of stay

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu Hawaii, Ritz-Carlton Waikiki

While there is no wrong choice when deciding which Hawaiian island to visit, Honolulu hosts endless things to do in the bustling city, as well as it’s nearby quiet surf towns. Honolulu is the largest city of Hawaii and is famous for its high-end shopping, fine dining and nightlife. Because of its urban core, you tend to see a few less resorts here (although they still exist). 

There are endless things to see and do, though: Royal Hawaiian Center, Diamond Head, the USS Arizona (Pearl Harbor) museum and memorial, the King Kamehameha Statue, and much more. Head to Kualoa Ranch for horseback riding, ATV tours or check out the filming locations of movies like Jurassic Park and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. 

Where to Stay: The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach

Book with MVT to receive the following exclusive amenities:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Full Breakfast for two per bedroom daily, for the duration of the stay
  • $100 USD equivalent Hotel or Resort credit to be utilized during stay (may not combine, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full.)
  • Complimentary admission to the Honolulu Museum of Art
  • Early check-in | late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

 

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona Spain

Barcelona can make for a relaxing nature trip, that goes well beyond its famous coastline. Visit the Serra de Collserola Natural Park, where you can get some amazing views of the city. This Mediterranean forest offers a great way to explore the local wildlife, while you hike its trails and is just a 15-minute ride from Barcelona. 

About an hour away, is Montseny, one of the oldest, best-preserved natural parks in Catalonia. On a day trip to this scenic mountain range, you’ll be able to relax and recharge amongst its many cliffs, streams, meadows and forests. And you can’t forget Montserrat. Here, you can see the ancient Benedictine abbey—one of the spiritual centers of the region, which has also attracted a Buddhist community. The area’s calm and serene energy alone is worth the trip, not to mention the majestic views that await.

Where to Stay: Hotel Arts Barcelona

Book with MVT and receive the following exclusive amenities:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom, in restaurant
  • $100 USD Equivalent Food & Beverage credit (may not combine, no cash value if not redeemed in full, valid in any of our restaurants or in-room Service. Mini Bar Products are not included.)
  • Early check-in | late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

 

Denver, Colorado 

Ritz Denver

From microbreweries to the Rocky Mountains, Denver effortlessly blends hip metropolitan life with rustic, outdoors-centered vibes. Nicknamed the Mile High City for sitting at exactly 5,280 feet – or one mile – it offers a variety of activities for the mountain-meets-metro enthusiast. Hiking, biking, snowboarding, and skiing; local bands, boutiques, brews, and grub: Denver has a mixture of the good stuff for your viewing and visiting pleasures.

 

Where to Stay: The Ritz-Carlton Denver

Book with MVT and receive the following exclusive amenities:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Continental breakfast daily for up to two guests, per bedroom
  • $100 USD Spa Services credit, to be utilized during stay (not valid on retail, may not combine, no cash value if not redeemed in full.)
  • Early check-in | late check-out subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

 

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest Danube River

Budapest straddles the Danube River, with the city of Buda on one bank, and the city of Pest on the other. You can’t go wrong either way. In fact, a great way to start your visit is to take in the view from one of the bridges connecting the two sides. Afterward, head off on a coffeehouse or pub crawl, sample some of the city’s famous goulash, enjoy a show at one of the many concert halls, or take a long soak in a hot spring, at an area bathhouse.

Where to Stay: Four Seasons Hotel Gresham Palace Budapest

Book with MVT and receive the following exclusive amenities:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Full Breakfast for two, per bedroom, daily for the duration of the stay
  • $100 USD equivalent Hotel or Resort credit to be utilized during stay (may not combine, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full.)
  • Early check-in | late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

 

 

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