The kids are off from school and the workload around the office becomes lighter, which only means one thing: travel season has arrived. The UNWTO (UN World Tourism Organization) estimates 415 million people will pack their bags between May – August, making this the peak traveling season in 2015.

As many are ready to hit the beach, explore new cities, or perhaps even cool off in parts of the southern hemisphere that are currently experiencing winter, travelers might want to consider some of these favorite L.E. Hotels’ summer travel destinations:

1. Curacao, Caribbean

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One of the most picturesque, fun, and relaxing places to visit in the Caribbean. If the white sands and clear beaches don’t lure travelers in, the nightlife and history of the land is sure to do so. Visitors can spend the day snorkeling, diving, or boating; or go check out the uninhabited volcanic rock known as Klein Curacao. The outdoor restaurants, jazz clubs, and martini bars are the perfect exciting end to a relaxing day on the beach.

Resort Recommendation:
Avila Hotel

 

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The oldest hotel still in operation on the island, Avila Hotel is not just a place to stay in Curacao, but its own destination. With two private beaches, a central downtown location, and famous live jazz in its Blues Bar, visitors may never want to leave the resort this summer.

 

2. Sydney, Australia

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Sydney is one of the world’s most vibrant cities. If travelers are looking to beat the heat but want an exciting urban destination as opposed to a winter resort, Sydney in its wintertime still has lots of wonderful activities to offer, from whale watching and visiting the Sydney Aquarium, to learning about the history of the continent at the Australian Museum.

Hotel Recommendation:
Harbourside Apartments

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There are 82 studio apartments with fully equipped kitchens, a daily maid service, luxurious amenities, and a grocery delivery service. These hotel apartments have a great view of the Harbour Bridge, an iconic landmark in Sydney.

 

3. The Mexican Caribbean Coast – Rivera Maya

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In the Mexican Caribbean Coast, travelers can explore the history of the land and spend a day in visiting the remarkable Mayan ruins, or for those looking for a more tropical venture, spend a day diving in the Rivera Maya turquoise waters and relaxing on the white sandy beaches. The Mexican Caribbean is a perfect mix of relaxation and adventure.

Resort Recommendation:
Las Villas Akumal

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Facing out to the ocean, guests can relax on their private villa’s terrace in a hammock chair and look out at the clear turquoise ocean. The resort’s namesake city, Akumal, means “place of the turtles.” As such, the resort hosts up to 300 turtle nests every year during nesting season. The resort also has sunbeds and a rooftop restaurant to soak up the Caribbean sun.

4. Bogota, Colombia

 

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Although seen as a “business city” for many years, there is much buzz today about the Colombian capital’s new image as a tourist destination. With a unique historical center and vibrant street art, Bogota offers summer travel guests the ability to tour its city like a local, rather than a tourist.

Hotel Recommendation:
Hotel Cabrera Imperial

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Located in the lively Chico neighborhood of Bogota, this five-star luxury suite-only hotel is considered one of the best the city has to offer, complete with 39 stylish apartment-style rooms with open concept kitchens, complimentary daily laundry service, and panoramic views of the city or grand mountains of Bogota. The perfect location for extended summertime vacations.

5. Sorrento, Italy

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A great summer walking town on the Amalfi Coast, Sorrento is filled with open-air cafes, lively nightlife venues, and plentiful boutique shopping. Visiting the Cathedral of Sorrento (Duomo) and walking around in the Piazza Tasso are a must. Day trips to the island of Capri and archeological sites of Pompeii make Sorrento a must see on any Italian excursion.

Hotel Recommendation:
Grand Hotel La Favorita

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Not only does this hotel have gorgeous views of the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius, it is also located right in the heart of the city of Sorrento. From balconies to whirlpool baths, each room has benefits and amenities to make your stay all the more enjoyable.