Go Away With ... Regina King
Actress Regina King picks Mexico as her favorite destination for its food, ambiance and people. (Uriel Lopez)
Q. What is your favorite vacation destination?
A. That's tough. I've been blessed to travel to a lot of places. But I would say I've traveled to locations in Mexico most frequently. I love Cabo San Lucas, because it's close. I love Cancun because the water is warm in the spring and is so many different beautiful shades of blue. I love Playa Del Carmen because it's a bit more private. And the food ... delicious. In a perfect world, I would live in the Mexican Caribbean, speak Spanglish and survive on guacamole, camarones and tequila.
Q. To someone who was going there for the first time, what would you recommend that they do during their visit?
A. One of my favorite resorts in Mexico is the Villa del Palmar in Cancun. I just went recently with my best friends. We didn't want to leave. The rooms are beautiful and they overlook the ocean. I leave the air off and the windows open all day. In the spring, the perfect breeze blows through your room. There are Jacuzzis on the balcony. It's a bit cooler at night and the Jacuzzi is perfect to sit in, while watching the ocean shimmer in the moonlight. You really don't have to leave the resort. Everything is there. I'm not a person who likes to hit the clubs anymore. But they do have nightly activities for those who are looking to do more than chill in the Jacuzzi after dinner and watch the moonlight.
Q. What untapped destination should people know about?
A. I would say Bali, but that was more than 10 years ago when I traveled there. I think it's been "tapped" by now.
Q. What was the first trip you took as a child?
A. Cincinnati. I've been going there since I was six months old. The bulk of my family live there. So it was my first trip and the first trip I can remember at six years old. When I went when I was 6, I traveled by myself. I was scared and I know my Mom was, too. But she had just had my sister and it was time for my annual summer trip. Once I got there and into my Grandma's arms I was so happy. That was the part I remember most. I sat in her lap in the kitchen for what seemed like forever. So, yes, I loved it and I still love to go now. I'm too big to sit in my Grandma's lap but she is still just as soft and smells so good.
Q. What's the most important thing you've learned from your travels?
A. No rules. Just enjoy. Don't get bogged down with a bunch of plans and itineraries. Unless you're traveling for business then follow the rules, plans and itinerary!
Q. Where are your favorite weekend getaways?
A. Vegas. My best friend of more than 20 years lives there. We don't gamble, but we love the spa, new restaurants and shows. Vegas has plenty of all of those things.
Q. What are your favorite hotels?
A. Banyan Tree Mayakoba (http://www.banyantree.com/en/mayakoba/); Villa del Palmar ((http://www.villapalmarcancun.com/), Cancun; Four Seasons Resort (http://www.fourseasons.com/jimbaranbay) at Jimbaran Bay, Bali; Trump Hotel Central Park (http://www.trumphotelcollection.com/central-park/) and Meadowood Napa Valley (http://www.meadowood.com/).
Q. What are your favorite cities?
A. Los Angeles and Chicago.
Q. Where have you traveled to that most reminded you of home?
A. There is no place like home.