Cortijo Jacaranda, Alora, Spain; 011-34-650-838-410, www.cortijojacaranda.com. "Welcoming British owners. Cozy apartments with kitchens, plus a pool and a play area for children. The location is a quiet retreat after day trips to Ronda, Granada and Seville." Double rooms from $125.
Mariner, Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, 600 Corporate Drive, Suite 410, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334; (800) 477-7500, www.rssc.com. "As a veteran cruise traveler, I can appreciate why so many cruisers prefer a smaller ship. The all-suite, all-balcony Mariner, which I sailed on to Alaska, felt almost like my own private yacht. The ship carried 530 passengers and a crew of 430; we were treated like royalty by the staff. Informality was the keynote; there was a choice of four great restaurants with no set time or table setting."