Sports Illustrated's team of swimsuit models, photographers, and stylists in the magazine's fiftieth year have once again outdone themselves in making the world — all seven continents — a more beautiful place. Explore the locations they chose for the 2013 edition; they may inspire you to travel far from home on your honeymoon or next romantic getaway.
One of the world's most magnificent and romantic getaways, Hayman welcomed the Sports Illustrated glamazons to this haven of laid-back luxury. The Hayman experience begins when guests board a helicopter, seaplane, or yacht to reach the private island amidst the Earth’s natural wonders. Hayman's 726 acres — with white sand beaches, a botanical garden, one of the largest swimming pools in the South Pacific, spa, hiking trails, restaurants and water sports — provide escape and adventure.
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Poor Kate Upton. Of all places the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2013 cover model could have chosen to display her curves in a bikini-shaped patch of cloth, frozen Antarctica was not high on her list. Nonetheless, the intrepid team traveled to the bottom of the Southern Hemisphere to shoot Upton on the frozen wilderness. If you're considering a honeymoon or romantic getaway in this remote and fascinating place, know that there are no hotels or resorts — so you will need to travel there via cruise ship.
The 700 islands of the Bahamas offer a tempting array of vacation experiences. There's the thrill-a-minute Atlantis, Paradise Island (check rates)
, with its vast waterpark and casino; the upscale elegance of the One&Only Ocean Club
, and the villa vacations at Grand Isle Resort & Spa
on the outer island of Exuma, where the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit team of 2013 set up their cameras. For honeymoon couples and others in love, Exuma's Sandals Emerald Bay
, a former Four Seasons resort, is a preferred destination.
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4. China: Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin
Along the Li River, a 2.5-hour flight from Beijing, Guilin is known throughout China for its beautiful mountain scenery, which has inspired artists since ancient times. The modern photographers of the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue doubtlessly felt the same. Opened in 2010, the Shangri-La Hotel, Guilin
was the city’s first luxury hotel. Guest rooms feature gold-and-black Chinese-style wall murals over the bed, calligraphy artwork, and rich mahogany furnishings. The hotel has both a lagoon-style outdoor swimming pool as well as an Olympic-sized indoor one. Guilin’s most popular activity for couples is taking a scenic river cruise past verdant limestone hills.
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A hillside lodge in one of the most remote spots in the world, Posada de Mike Rapu is located on an island far off the coast of Chile. The eco-sensitive lodge contains 30 rooms. Beaches are about a half-hour bicycle ride away. This is a spot where a gaggle of gorgeous girls would have a hard time getting into trouble. Yet it's an interesting destination for an adventurous couple.
© The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Young and sexy, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is the city's hottest new hotel. This is where dressed-up twenty-something women (think bandage dresses, six-inch heels, and stick-straight hair) go on the prowl for their scruffier male counterparts. The hotel's place to be is Marquee, a posh poolside day club
and nightclub where the music and action never stop. Note: While The Cosmopolitan accommodated the group, the Las Vegas shots in the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue were made at the classic-but-never-dull Caesars Palace
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Namibia has become one of Africa's premier safari destinations. In 2006, Angela Jolie and Brad Pitt ventured here, shining the celebrity spotlight on this coastal African country bordered by Angola to the north, Botswana to the east, and South Africa to the south. Posing in Namibia's dramatic landscapes, the Sports Illustrated models repaired to the historic Swakopmund Hotel
, which opened in 1902 and the contemporary Wolwedans Dunes Lodge
inside an animal preserve.
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8. Spain: Gran Melia Colon
Gran Melia Hotel.
Amble through the cobblestone streets of Seville's Old Quarter to find the Royal Alcazar Palace, the Cathedral, and Gran Melia Colon hotel
, also one of the city's major historic landmarks. The property has lured royalty, celebrities, and famous bullfighters since it opened nearly a century ago. And now it can claim the bikini babes of Sports Illustrated. You can treat yourselves to the hotel's up-to-date rooms, culinary twist on classic Andalusian tapas, spa, fitness center, and large patio with comfy chaises where you can watch the sun set over the Old Quarter, a glass of sherry or the local Cruzcampo beer in hand.
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