It’s not an easy stretch of the year to take time off — holidays have many of us working overtime to prep for the days we’ll be spending out of the office. Of course, this is also when we feel in desperate need of a vacation between the election results, the cabin fever of daylight saving time and this season of obligations. So we asked: Can you refresh with a getaway that only lasts 48 hours?
To find out, we went to Aruba with JetBlue for a two-night stay at the Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino in Palm Beach. This means a four-hours-and-change flight from Boston for an epically burned out editor with less than two full days of soaking up the sun, sand and beachside cocktails. Doesn’t sound relaxing enough? Believe it or not, it was. Here’s how we found Zen in a weekend.
Upgrade your flight
It’s pricey, but upgrading your ticket kick-starts your vacation the minute you board the plane. And when you have only two days, you might as well make the most of it. We flew JetBlue Mint, a new premium domestic service that kicked off a Boston to Aruba service this month. Fares start at $599 each way with seats that recline fully to become 80-inch beds, Hollywood-inspired toiletry kits from Hayward & Hopper and a menu of small plates straight from New York’s chic comfort food restaurant Saxon + Parole and takeaway desserts by Tom Colicchio favorite Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery.
Call it over-the-top or an indulgence, but there’s something to be said when you leave a long flight feeling even more refreshed than when you boarded.