Craving a getaway but not quite sure where to go? Here are 10 wanderlust-worthy vacation ideas to put on your radar for June.
The idyllic Mediterranean island is warm and sunny all month long, with average temperatures in the high 70s—which means you can hike, laze on the beach, and explore local vineyards without breaking a sweat. If that sounds too good to be true, just wait until you take a deep breath: the intoxicating scent wafting throughout the area is a Corsica staple. It comes from Maquis, an aromatic shrub that blankets half of the island, and locals will tell you the scent is discernible from far out at sea. As for accommodations, Tamara Lohan, the founder of travel club Mr & Mrs Smith, recommends the boutique hotel U Capu Biancu on Corsica’s south coast, which has an excellent cellar specializing in regional wine, sea-view suites and two private beaches.
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With its stunning celebrity-owned mansions, picturesque sunsets, and plentiful dining hotspots, the Southern California beach town makes for a pleasurable June getaway. “It’s at once glamorous and laid-back, boasting over 30 miles of perfect coastline,” says Lohan, who adds that the area is seeing a surge in boutique hotel openings. One of her favorites? Native, a colorful overhaul of a beloved motel on the Pacific Coast Highway. “The 12 bungalow-style rooms are bright and cheerful with custom art. Plus it’s just steps away from Zuma and Point Dume Beaches,” she says. Be sure to check out A-list haunts like Nobu Malibu (book well in advance) and Soho House’s Little Beach House Malibu.
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“June is a wonderful time in Mexico City because it’s less crowded, but you can still enjoy the warmer summer weather,” says Lisa Holladay, the Vice-President & Global Brand Leader at Ritz Carlton. Though the city is often hailed for its remarkable architecture, myriad museums, and robust restaurant scene, Holladay says that style-minded travelers will adore the shopping, too. (Check out the one-of-a-kind boutiques in La Roma, a neighborhood just west of the city center.) For luxury accommodations, The St. Regis is among the best, and come 2019, a brand new property from Ritz Carlton is set to debut as well.
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While there’s no such thing as a bad time to visit New York, one could argue that the best time to visit is in June. Plan a trip during early summer when the weather is primed fordining al fresco, Central Park is buzzing with activity, and jaw-dropping sunsets can be enjoyed alongside rooftop cocktails. (For a true bird’s eye view of the city, we recommend drinks at The Viceroy, which overlooks Central Park.) As for accommodations: The Surrey promises quintessential luxury uptown; downtown, The Bowery Hotel is a hip local favorite. The sheer variety of activities that the Big Apple has to offer is endless—but if you’re in need of inspiration, check out our guide here.
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For history nerds, there’s no place quite like Sarajevo on the Balkan Peninsula. “The city is a beautiful blend of Ottoman, Yugoslavian and Austro-Hungarian architecture,” says Shelley Cline, President of TCS World Travel, a luxury tour operator that organizes private jet journeys around the world. She recommends paying a visit to The Sarajevo Tunnel Museum and spending the day in Mostar, a historic town best known for Stari Most, the iconic Ottoman-style bridge (seen here). Beyond the region’s striking landscape, one of its best selling points is the weather, with a climate that’s akin to the Mediterranean.
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“Geneva truly comes alive in the summer, thanks to its crown jewels Lake Geneva, the Rhône River and the nearby Alps,” says Holladay of Switzerland’s second-most populous city. “From outdoor concerts in the park to yachting on the lake, Geneva’s natural beauty is on full display.”
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“In June, sunny days are paired with the aroma of orange blossoms and jasmine along the entire Amalfi Coast, and the Tyrrhenian Sea will be warm enough for a dip,” says Lohan. July is generally considered the height of peak season in the region, so in June, you’ll find slightly lower hotel rates and fewer crowds. In the heart of Positano, book a room at the breathtaking Villa Franca (a member of Small Luxury Hotels), or for minimalist luxury, the whitewashed Casa Angelina in the cliffs of Praiano promises seclusion and sweeping views.
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“June is a great time to visit Langkawi as lighter crowds allow you to enjoy the serenity of the island while occasional rainfall at night creates comfortable temperatures during the day,” says Holladay. The Malaysian archipelago, which consists of 99 islands, is known for its trademark aqua-hued sea and lush jungle. “You can enjoy open beaches, rainforest hikes, and cultural experiences including outdoor night markets and eco adventures,” Holladay adds.
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Those in search of a decidedly unique travel experience should look no further than the desolate, breathtaking landscape of the Gobi. “For the full Mongolian experience, stay in a ger (the traditional home of the nomads) and visit with a nomadic family to learn about their daily lives. The people are so beautiful, friendly and welcoming,” says Cline. “We also like to take our guests to the Flaming Cliffs, one of the largest fossil sites in the world,because it’s fun to imagine dinosaurs roaming this incredible landscape.”
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“The English countryside is in full bloom come June, as the days get longer and the meadows are dotted with wildflowers,” says Lohan. Plus, since children are still in school, it’s a much quieter time of year than July or August. Lohan recommends staying at The Fish, an inviting country house-style hotel set on 400 acres of land. The property just unveiled three new luxury treehouses that are not your average suites: they have heated floors, open-plan living rooms, wraparound decks, and even an outdoor tub.
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