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Reward points add luxury to sunny vacations

(NC) It's true that the dead of winter is settling in, but there's always the dream of a tropical getaway – and some of those dreams may be far more affordable than you think.  

Julian Brass, globetrotting entrepreneur and founder of Notable.ca, is an expert at turning his every day spending into luxury vacations. Whether travelling for business or pleasure, domestic or abroad, he says his Starwood Preferred Guest credit card is his ticket to turn any trip into a luxury retreat.

“When you travel as much as I do, a rewards program like this one from American Express, can help infuse a little luxury into my life,” says Julian. “From business expenses and flights, to eating out at the latest hotspots in the city, I'm earning 'starpoints' on every dollar I spend, which means I can escape in style more often.”

Do you want to cash-in your travel points and truly indulge this winter? Here are a few of Julian's favourite island hot spots:

W Retreat & Spa – Vieques, Puerto Rico

Dream of catching a glimpse of wild horses on the beach, kayaking through the gorgeous Bioluminescent Bay, or simply experiencing some serious R&R? Then look no further than this idyllic Caribbean island. For those wanting to escape the everyday and see Puerto Rico the W way, look no further than The W Retreat & Spa, named one of “Travel + Leisure's Top 500 hotels around the World”.

Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa – Maldives

The Maldives' Islands are life stripped down to absolute simplicity – bright blue skies, year-round sunshine and fantastic diving and snorkeling in lagoons the temperature of bath water.  Those who are looking to take in the flavours of this island paradise shouldn't miss the Sheraton Maldives Full Moon Resort & Spa.  With seven restaurants and lounge bars on the resort offering a world of culinary cuisines, there's something for every taste.

Vana Belle – Koh Samui, Thailand

Whether you long to lounge in luxury, partake in aura-cleansing yoga classes or party like a rock star, Ko Samui may be the destination for you. This choose-your-own-adventure kind of island strives to grant every visitor their ultimate holiday wish. Surrounded by ample foliage offering shades of calmness and pure sanctuary, Vana Belle is tucked away in a secluded cove near the world famous white sands of Chaweng Beach.  This resort caters to those looking for total seclusion but also for the amenities of a luxury resort. with each suite and villa offering a personal private pool and terrace for the ultimate hideaway. 

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