10 Vacation Hot Spots fit for an NFL Champ Slideshow
January 31, 2013
Arthur Jones — Nassau, Bahamas
Jones likes to keep his trips family-focused. According to an interview with The Baltimore Sun, every year the Baltimore Ravens defensive end plans a Caribbean trip with his younger brother Jon. Their choice for an island getaway? The Cove Atlantis in the Bahamas. With six restaurants, including Nobu and Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill, you might never make it to the beach because you’ll be indulging in everything culinary The Cove has to offer. But with an average cost of $800 a room you may need to become a free agent.
Michael Oher — Miami
Its Miami for the Baltimore Ravens offensive tackles choice vacation spot. The man who inspired the movie The Blind Side, starring Sandra Bullock and Quinton Aaron, enjoys the city's nightlife, music, and international cuisine. But heres hoping that this rags-turned-riches star will expand his culinary tastes beyond The Cheesecake Factory.
Larry Grant — Riviera Maya, Mexico
Like many on this list, Larry Grant, linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers, likes to take his vacations with family. For one relaxing trip, Grant chose The Royal Haciendas Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico, to kick back and enjoy his time off. With rooms starting around $350 a night, you wouldnt have to break the bank to vacation like this star, and the resort's three restaurants and an ever-changing buffet with traditional Mexican meals and American-style dishes mean youll have plenty of choices when it comes to mealtime. But dont feel guilty if you bounce from one option to the other, since all meals are included in the price of the stay.
Dannell Ellerbe — Las Vegas
When asked what his plans were for his time off a few years back, Dannell Ellerbe, linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens, told Courant.com that he was thinking of a trip to Sin City. With famous nightclubs like TAO and Pure serving up specialty cocktails, and restaurants like Joël Robuchon and Guy Savoy offering quintessential French cuisine, hopefully Ellerbe found plenty of opportunities to indulge.
The Patriots (The Losing Team) — Palm Beach, Aruba
After a crushing loss to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl last year, the New England Patriots didn’t walk away completely empty-handed. The Aruba Tourism Authority offered all members of the team an all-expenses-paid vacation to the Caribbean island. The high-rise strip of Palm Beach boasts more than 100 restaurants, and the tourism authority suggests trying frogs’ legs, duck, venison, or foie gras at any of their local establishments. So hey, this year’s losing team might not exactly be celebrating, but at least they could be soaking up sun while drinking piña coladas.
C.J. Spillman — Honolulu
During the 2012 off-season, San Francisco 49ers safety C.J. Spillman decided to take a few days off to soak in the sun at this island retreat. "We had a great time in Hawaii," said Spillman in an interview with 49ers.com. "When I took previous trips, I didn’t take family, so it was a good time to get away and spend time with my kids, let them see different places." With his two kids by his side, Spillman took to Twitter to show off some pictures of his recent trip and to ask his followers where he could find some stand-out crab legs.
Joe Staley — Maui, Hawaii
In the past few years, Joe Staley, San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle, has done a lot of traveling, including visiting nearly every country in Europe. But his favorite relaxing vacation spot, Staley says, is The Four Seasons Resort on Maui, Hawaii. "It’s very chill, has great restaurants, and a great location on the beach," said Staley in an interview with Yahoo.com. "It’s very peaceful and there’s everything you need right there." Like Staley, guests of the resort can dine on Italian classics under the stars at Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante or experience the open kitchen of DUO Steak and Seafood. For a slightly more authentic Hawaiian meal, there’s Spago with locally inspired dishes.
Tom Brady — Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
Although Brady wont be heading to the Super Bowl this year, hell most likely be taking some time off to recoup after losing 28-13 to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship game. After last years Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants, Brady and wife Gisele Bndchen jetted off to her vacation home in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. They kept it casual by sharing a picnic of authentic Costa Rican cuisine on the beach and cooling off with some coconut water.
Corey Graham — Orlando, Fla.
It must be the fun and sun of Orlando that draws in Corey Graham. In an interview with Exclusive Sports Group, the Baltimore Ravens cornerback said that the city, home to Disney World, was the spot of his favorite vacation ever. Disney has tons of dining spots inside the theme park, so Graham has plenty of choices while he’s waiting on rides. Jiko is highly recommended for its romantic setting and unique African cuisine, and Paradiso 37 for its eclectic flare.
Randy Moss — Nassau, Bahamas
Like Arthur Jones, Randy Moss, wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers, headed to The Atlantis resort for some time in the sun. Moss was spotted swimming with dolphins and snorkeling with former New England Patriots teammates running back Kevin Faulk and defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. After spending the day at the beach, we have a feeling the trio hit the bar for some piña coladas.