4 Sunny LGBTQ+-Friendly Hotels to Visit and Escape the Cold
Queer travelers looking to trade in their Canada Goose jacket for a bathing suit should consider flying south for warmth this winter. Our fall collaboration with Edge Media Network, where we highlight our favorite LGBTQ+-friendly hotels and destinations, continues below with these sunny escapes.
Moskito Island in the British Virgin Islands is Sir Richard Branson's newest private island retreat and member of Virgin Limited Edition, his collection of luxury retreats and hotels. Stay in the stunning Branson Estate, where a private beach plus elevated wooden walkways connecting three standalone sea-facing villas await. While seclusion is the name of the game here, guests have access to spa treatments and ambrosial dining options. So, why does Moskito Island make our list? Richard Branson is a huge supporter of the queer community—so much so that he received an OUTstanding Ally award for his continuous work promoting awareness of LGBTQ+ issues across the business world.
The only USA location of LGBTQ+-travel-focused group Axel Hotels, this Art Deco, boutique-style property is in Miami's South Beach neighborhood, minutes from gay-friendly nightlife, cultural landmarks, and dreamy beaches. The outdoor pool and bar make for the perfect place to tan and sip cocktails.
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LGBTQ+ travelers should look into traveling to the Central American nation of Costa Rica, which recently solidified its support for the queer community and legalized same-sex marriage. Hugging the country's Pacific Ocean coastline, the laid-back beach town of Tamarindo hosts boutiques, restaurants, and gay bars. Hotel Capitán Suizo's beachfront setting offers 35 rooms, an ambrosial restaurant, and a spa.
Chile recently legalized same-sex marriage. In celebration of this milestone, consider booking a trip to the surf town of Punta de Lobos, on Chile’s Northern coast. Check into the 12-key Hotel Alaia, where a slate-tiled pool, hammocks, and wood-fired hot tubs with ocean views await. Adventurers can get their surf and book a lesson at the hotel.