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4 Scientific Reasons You Need a Vacation

Regular vacations are scientifically proven to improve brain functionality, sleep, heart health, and job performance. Vacations allow us to unwind, relax, be creative, and exercise. The tricky part is that this belief is universally understood and yet we still refuse to take a break from our daily responsibilities. Even if you took a bookended weekend (Friday through Monday) trip six times a year, you’re still likely adding days, months, and perhaps years to your life. A visit to the Jersey Shore isn’t a fantasy but a feasible reality. ICONA has three elegant hotels in Cape May, Wildwood Crest, and Avalon. We’re dedicated to making every vacation to southern New Jersey a rejuvenating escape for the soul. Here are the top four scientific reasons that you desperately need a vacation.

Make Deeper Emotional Connections

A more profound emotional connection doesn’t only have to be romantic. Spending time getting closer to new friends or reconnecting with old friends is the perfect way to improve your overall state of mind. Traveling alone may seem desolate to some, but it’s the best way to find yourself. Sometimes the most profound emotional connection is the one you make with yourself. Try unique foods, meet new people, and learn to love yourself.

Get Some Sleep

Many tourists struggle to sleep when traveling – that’s because they’re not staying at the right hotel. ICONA takes your sleeping cycle seriously. We provide the most comfortable pillows, mattresses, and comforters on the market. Sleep deprivation often occurs because of our inability to disconnect from our job and home life. Some people have recurring dreams about being at work, making it feel like they’re working for 16 hours a day. Stay at an award-winning ICONA hotel, don’t set the alarm, and drift away.

Stop Undervaluing Your Time

A common human defect is that we grossly undervalue our own time. You work hard for your company, kids, and spouse, so stop pretending like you don’t need (or want) a break. Many people in the modern world build up vacation time, but they rarely use it. Taking frequent vacations, instead of a month-long sabbatical, increases overall happiness. Having a getaway on the horizon is better than a planning a lengthy vacation two or three years in the future.

Do Your Body and Mind Some Good

Most tourists do not have a weekly fitness regimen. Luckily there are hundreds of ways to help your body and mind when on vacation. Vacations are scientifically proven to increase heart health because tourists are often hiking, walking, biking, and paddling on their getaway. Quality time spent with loved ones on vacation leads to a more focused and productive brain. Your coworkers will notice the difference right away.

ICONA Cape May

ICONA Cape May is an elegant beachfront hotel with a relaxing heated outdoor pool and complimentary shuttles to Coastal Blue Oceanside Bar & Grill, The Star Beach Bar, and private beach access. Each room has a balcony with sweeping Atlantic Ocean views, Carrara marble-style bathrooms, and lavish finishes. Do yourself a favor and escape to beautiful southern New Jersey!

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3 Delicious Cocktails to Try at the Star Beach Bar

The weather is warming, the days are lengthening, and the cocktails are utterly delicious and refreshing here at the Star Beach Bar on the stunning, white sands of Diamond Beach. Home to the three best Jersey Shore hotels, ICONA’s contemporary new beach bar has tasty summer eats, daily live entertainment, and mouthwatering signature cocktails. Those lucky enough to book a summer stay at ICONA Diamond Beach are steps away from an afternoon of beach fun, relaxation, and three of the best summer cocktails in New Jersey.

The Star of the Beach

Hotel and Beachfront View | ICONA ResortsWe have seven signature cocktails, five frozen drinks, and dozens of beer to choose from, and the Star of the Beach is by far our crowd favorite. The Star of the Beach is a combination of Hornitos tequila, lime juice, agave nectar, and a splash of orange juice with fresh lime and salt on the rim. You’ll want to savor every last sweet sip, unlike many tequila-based cocktails. Relish this cocktail with your toes in the sand while swaying to live acoustic covers of Jimmy Buffett.

Ocean’s Potion

Ocean’s Potion is, as Axl Rose so eloquently put it, “as fresh as the bright blue sky.” This cocktail is for rum lovers as it has three distinct varieties inside: Cruzan light and dark rum, and Captain Morgan spiced rum. Add triple sec, grenadine, and orange and pineapple juices, and you have a cocktail that will warm you to the core. Ocean’s Potion is the drink of choice after dark at our controlled beach fire pit. Sit back on our comfy, modern couches with your toes in the sand, and let the potion warm your heart.

Tropical Tease

Last, but certainly not least, Tropical Tease is a unique blend of Cruzan light rum, Midori Melon, banana liqueur, and pineapple juice, garnished with a cherry and fresh pineapple. This sweet, tropical cocktail is often in the hands of guests on a warm, summer afternoon. Play a game of life-sized Jenga or cornhole (bean bag toss) on the beach, surrounded by young palm trees, and enjoy the crisp flavors of a Tropical Tease.

Our friendly, lively bartenders and waitstaff at the Star Beach Bar will always greet you with a smile and seven of the tastiest cocktails on the Jersey Shore. ICONA also has the three best jersey shore hotels: Diamond Beach, Avalon, and Cape May. Regardless of where you’re lodging, the Star Beach Bar is always slinging paradise in a cup on breathtaking Diamond Beach!

Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting

Gear up for the Annual Sand Sculpting Festival

Grab a trusty mini shovel and your favorite five-gallon pail because the annual Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival is fast approaching. This crowd-pleasing, family-friendly beach festival is held every summer and is only two miles from our award-winning ICONA Diamond Beach resort. Our three resort hotels in NJ are filling fast because the festival is nearly here and it’s also prime beach season. The Sand Sculpting Festival is free for participants and spectators, so unleash the child inside and give sand sculpting a real try!

Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival

Every summer, Jersey Shore tourists and sandcastle enthusiasts flock to our neighboring Wildwood Crest Beach for this unique get-together. The event is hosted by Can You Dig It out of Staten Island, NY. There will be amateur and semi-pro contests with prizes awarded. Founder of Can You Dig It, Matt Long, will showcase his world-renowned abilities yet again. Attending the festival is still worth the trip even if you’re not interested in joining the fun. There will be live music, beach games, a magic show, and much more!

Grab Your Pail and Join in the Fun!

Remember to register if this event sounds interesting you. Also, remember to book a summer stay at ICONA, one of the premier resorts in NJ. We have a prime beach location and some helpful pointers for those new to sand sculpting. Always use moist sand found below the tide line—that’s rule #1. Work from top to bottom. Starting at the bottom will quickly lead to a dreaded sandcastle collapse! Add water periodically to hold the maximum amount of moisture. Shave away sand in small doses as it’s always easier to take than add. Bring along a shovel, five-gallon pail, funnel, and putty knife. The whole family is welcome to join in the fun!

Resort Hotels in NJ

ICONA is chief among resort hotels in NJ, because of our unparalleled beach access, grand accommodations, and our ideal central locations. Stay near the festival at Diamond Beach, at the breathtakingly deluxe Avalon, or our flawless Cape May resort.

Hawaiian Luau at Icona

Aloha! Hawaiian Luau Girls Beach Getaway

You no longer have to spend a mini fortune on a girls beach getaway in Hawaii, because Coastal New Jersey award-winning resorts ICONA Diamond Beach and ICONA Avalon now offer the ultimate customizable Hawaiian luau girls getaway. Ditch the boys for a weekend of debauchery and never-ending amusement at one of their unparalleled resorts in NJ. Slip on a muumuu, light the tiki torches, turn up the Don Ho, and do the limbo. Sip on Ocean’s Potion, Surfer Girl, Tropical Tease or other great cocktails at ICONA’s beach bars!

Hawaiian Luau Party

Whether you’re planning on celebrating an engagement or looking to let loose, the team at ICONA will help make your Hawaiian Luau Party unique and memorable. Wear colorful leis and walk the beach or pool area with a fresh Mai Tai in hand. If the delicious mixture of Curacao, lime, gold rum, and mint doesn’t make you want to hula or limbo, then perhaps a Blue Hawaiian will.Hawaiian Luau at Icona

When ‘Tiny Bubbles’ has worn its welcome, play some Israel Kamakawiwo’ole. Bask on Diamond Beach or by the spacious and stunning pool area. Diamond Beach has warm, white sand, sunny skies, relaxing Atlantic Ocean waves, and spectacular drinks at The Star Beach Bar or The Sandbar Village. Each unique Hawaiian luau package is different. Yours could include live music, fire dancers, or whatever enhancements your group chooses. ICONA has a natural beach and pool access for your girls getaway.

Unrivaled Resorts in NJ

Avalon has breathtaking lanais, known on the mainland as a balcony or patio, with ocean views that will melt your heart. Paradise awaits in one of the Premium Aloha Studios at Diamond Beach. The Aloha Studios sleep up to six and feature a 60-inch flat-screen television, double galley kitchen, two bathrooms, Keurig coffee maker, and ample living space. Before your Hawaiian Luau Party, partake in an open bar, bridal brunch, or afternoon tea. A Hawaiian dream getaway now rests on the NJ shoreline!

3 Things You Need to Know for Surf Lessons at Diamond Beach

A weeklong summer stay at unrivaled ICONA Diamond Beach in sunny coastal New Jersey isn’t complete without surfing lessons with professional Jack Moore. Whether you’re a family staying in a choice Premium Poolside Suite, or on a couple’s getaway in a peaceful Premium Northside Suite, surfing lessons are only 200 feet away on sandy Diamond Beach.

What to Bring

The essential item to bring is a wetsuit. Water temperatures, regardless of where you’re surfing in North America, can vary. You’ll be spending a lot of time in the water with Jack, the founder, and director of Lifeguard Surf Camp at ICONA, so it’s best to stay warm and dry for the duration of the lesson. Some guests bring their surfboards, but they’re available for $25 for up to four hours. You’ll also want to bring a beach pack filled with sunscreen, towel, and water or sports drink. Ladies will want to bring a strong hair tie, and men will want to wear briefs, bike shorts, or a speedo because baggy swim trunks will only weigh you down. Leave your goggles and glasses in your room, because disposable contacts are the best option in the surf.

Where to Go

Diamond Beach is open to guests of ICONA only, and it’s just steps from your suite. Simply use the beachside exit of the hotel and take the boardwalk down to the beach where you’ll see Jack and his crew. Don’t let the breathtaking Atlantic Ocean views, and the warm, sandy beach distract you from riding your first wave!

Surf’s Up!

Studies have shown that surfers spend only eight percent of their time riding waves, so being a quality swimmer is a must, but Jack guarantees that all surfers will successfully do stand-up surfing during their sessions! He has been a pro surfer and certified ocean lifeguard for 40 years. He is CPR, first aid, and open-water rescue trained. Diamond Beach has medium-sized waves, perfect for beginners and learners, and the surf camps are basic, fun, safe, and will undoubtedly be the highlight of your getaway at ICONA Diamond Beach.

When you’re not riding waves and impressing your friends and family, you’ll feel compelled to walk over to the illustrious and delicious Star Beach Bar. Indulge in a crisp brick oven pizza, jumbo crab cake, or their specialty, the Diamond Peach Panini. The Star Beach Bar has live music, million-dollar views, and mouthwatering specialty drinks and buckets–ICONA Diamond Beach has everything you’re looking for in a New Jersey beach getaway!

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Say Aloha to Your New Jersey Vacation at ICONA

Aloha

a·lo·ha

/əˈlōˌhä/

When looking up the definition of Aloha, it will say it’s a Hawaiian greeting and farewell statement. There is also much broader meaning, as it can be a way of life. Aloha can mean love, affection, peace, compassion, mercy, and more, depending who you talk too. Here at ICONA, we’ve focused on three powerful words: Welcome, Warmth, and Love. Our leading resorts in Wildwood Crest NJ will bring a touch of aloha to your vacation this cozy season.

Welcome

At ICONA our name is our mission. If we break our name down, it contains two parts: “ICON” and “A”. An icon is a symbol of a sacred person, place, or thing – for us, sacred places. We strive to make our beachfront resorts a sacred place for all of our guests to relax and create cherished memories with family & friends. The “A” symbolizes Aloha. We aim to serve every guest with the Aloha spirit of warmth, welcome & love. Our goal is for ICONA to truly become a sacred place where our guests enjoy a peaceful, heavenly experience with those they love.

Warmth

When you think of ICONA, we hope the warmness of our accommodations and our friendly staff to come to mind. We recognize that you, our guests, have chosen our beautiful resorts in Wildwood Crest NJ as your destination getaway, so we are humbled to serve you to the best of our ability with warm smiles and great care. It’s essential for team ICONA to create a friendly environment, so we enjoy engaging with our guests whenever we can. We’ll make sure you not only enjoy the calm beachfront resorts, but you’ll create some fantastic memories that will inspire you to be a part of our ICONA family for years to come.

Love

One of the sweetest sounds to a person is their own name; we’ll make sure you’re not just another guest checking in when you spend some time at ICONA. We’ll get to know your name and learn about you, your preferences, and what you could potentially want for your vacation to New Jersey.

Aloha Spirit

At ICONA we pride ourselves on providing the best possible service for our guests, and nothing says a great vacation like ALOHA. This type of spirit isn’t just in how we greet you, our guests, it’s in everything we do at our properties. From food and beverage service to the comfort and cleanliness of your accommodations and beyond. We’ll make sure you’ll feel right at home, from the moment you walk through our doors, to moment you wave goodbye. Find your Aloha along the shores of our resorts in Wildwood Crest NJ; we’ll be waiting to welcome you. Create incredible memories this the New Year!

 

Aloha!

ICONA

 

Ring in the New Year at Our NJ Beach Resorts

Ring in the New Year at Our NJ Beach Resorts

With only a few days until the ball drops and we ring in 2018, there is still plenty of time to book your New Year’s Eve party at our NJ beach resorts! Whether you pop the champagne, throw confetti, or eat some delicious food, we’ve got it all here along the Atlantic Coast. Here is what you can experience when you come celebrate the bright new beginning with ICONA.

NYE at ICONA

We’ve got one of the most significant party locations on the Shore, and you won’t want to miss out this year. At two of our resorts, ICONA Diamond Beach and ICONA Avalon you’ll find some of the best and tastiest options around town. Whether you choose our Value Package or our Dine, Dance & Delight package, you’ll have everything you could dream of for the perfect NYE celebration. If you’re still not sure which you’d like to enjoy this year, try our Al La Carte option to spice up your New Year here at ICONA. With Dinner options featuring a four course or 5-course meal with wine pairings, or our 3 and 4-hour liquids only top-shelf open bar party. Plus dine on a delicious breakfast every morning. So, whether you’re looking for outstanding food options, want to dance the night away, or sip on champagne until midnight hits, we’ve made to sure to indulge all of your senses this new year.

The Platinum Tour

Need even more, we’re offering the must-have package of them all; The Platinum Tour, which will get you some all-inclusive favors you won’t receive anywhere else on the East Coast! Grab your sweetheart and toast with champagne when you arrive at our ICONA resorts. Enjoy an incredible tasting dinner at 9 pm, featuring a five-course meal made by our excellent chef, then pop over to our four-hour liquid happy hour with a top shelf open bar. Plus don’t forget to enjoy your night with dancing, party favors, and smooth DJ beats. Plus, indulge in our breakfast buffet during your trip here. Your two-night stay can get you even more than that, all you have to do is ask about 3rd night, on us!

 

No matter which ICONA resort you choose there are lots of options to pop champagne and celebrate the welcoming of a brand new year. Go out with a bang this year by partying it up at our NJ beach resorts on the East Coast when you book your stay. Then once you’re here, we’ll get the events rolling on December 31st!

 

Spend Your Holidays at ICONA

The holidays and ICONA go hand in hand, with our stunning properties spanning three locations throughout New Jersey’s beautiful Atlantic waterfront. You won’t find another spot that will make your Holidays as magical as our NJ beach resorts. Help us celebrate this year, whether it’s giving thanks, something holly and jolly, or toasting to new beginnings, we’ve got just what you need this winter!

Celebrate with ICONA

Are you looking for a way to celebrate the season? ICONA Diamond Beach and ICONA Avalon have everything you need when you stay at these two fabulous locations this holiday season.

Thanksgiving is just in a few days, and while we’re super thrilled that this year has been one of our best, we’re thankful for all of our wonderful guests, both new and returning, as well as our employees who help in the daily affairs to keep our NJ beach resorts running smoothly. Check out our Thanksgiving events at ICONA Avalon and our events at ICONA Diamond Beach.

Looking for a festive party to ring in the bright New Year of 2018? We’ve got you covered! Both of our locations offer fantastic specials for New Year’s Eve, whether you’re searching for the perfect package for two or you’re looking at dancing the night away. We hope to see you this cozy season from the end of November until we toast at Midnight on January 1st! Take a look at our New Year festivities for ICONA Avalon and NYE events at our ICONA Diamond Beach location.

Office Parties at ICONA

ICONA Avalon is hosting the Biggest Little Office Holiday Party on December 9th, and your team is going to want to join in the fun! We know that the holidays, bring about parties for offices all over the country. Treat your whole team to the fantastic opportunity of not only this magnificent holiday party but an entire weekend full of training. All you need to do is schedule your next meeting and corporate event with us and sign your group up for this unique Holiday Party.

 

However you want to celebrate, give ICONA a try this year and we won’t disappoint. From Thanksgiving meals to bubbly on NYE, you’ll love the season just as much as we do, and you won’t want to miss out on all the entertainment and beautiful scenic Atlantic vistas. Book your ultimate NJ beach resorts getaway before the year ends and see just what makes ICONA magical.

Tips for Relaxing on Vacation in Avalon NJ

Get Away from your Hectic Schedule

Fall means school for the kids, and it can become a busy time due to work and stresses with the anticipation of the holiday season. If you’re ready for a break, head to the Jersey Shore where our hotels in Avalon NJ will make sure any and all stresses melt away. ICONA will become your home away from home, all you have to do is make your way to the Atlantic shore for some much-needed relaxation. Here are some fantastic tips to help you relax and de-stress from your hectic schedule.

Find the right place

First, you’ll want to head somewhere that you can relax, especially your nervous system. Something that brings you a sense of calm. There is no better place to do than at ICONA, with our hotels in Avalon NJ. Not only do we offer comfort and elegance along the shore of jersey beach, but you’ll be able to enjoy reconnecting with your family, friends, or by yourself. Finding the perfect, peaceful getaway is what we all search for when looking for the ultimate relaxation getaway. Here, with us, you’ll see just that and more. As our Cozy season is here, many of the summer visitors head home making it a quieter time to experience the beauty of New Jersey.

Don’t over Schedule

Some vacations you’ll want to pack on all the fun, but here ICONA you don’t have to worry about making sure every minute of your stay has something to do. Nights spent at our resorts are some of the best, especially this time of the year when the beach is relatively free of visitors. Make the most of your getaway; you won’t want to pack everything into a list and do so much that when you return, you need a vacation from your vacation. We highly recommend savoring the moment, whether is a nice bubble bath in your Jacuzzi or sipping on a cup of coffee while watching the waves caress the sandy shores.

Reconnecting

We know that your day to day activities might make it hard to reconnect with your partner, your family members, and even yourself, so to make the most of that, you’re going to want to nurture those relationships during your trip. You can do this by spending quality time together, whether it’s hunting seashells on the beach or dining at one of our fabulous restaurants.

 

Make sure this cozy season to create time for yourself and those around you by escaping your hectic schedule for a fun trip to ICONA. Book your accommodations today, and start experiencing why this season is the coziest of them all.

 

Getting Cozy at ICONA this Fall

The cozy season is finally here, and we can’t wait for you all to enjoy this time of the year, as much as we do! Fall and winter bring a quieter time to ICONA Diamond Beach, and what better time than right now to pack up for a couple’s retreat just for two at one of our resorts in wildwood crest NJ. Grab your bags, your sweaters, and get ready for the comfiest fall getaway with your loved one!

Fall Foliage Fun

One of the best times of the year is taking place, and you’ll want to be here to see it happen! The fall colors are starting to come alive, and like a kaleidoscope, you’ll see stunning colors ranging from bright reds to vibrant oranges, a mix of yellows and light greens, to deep, dark purples. Not only are our resorts in wildwood crest NJ a great place to experience the East Coast’s takeover of fall foliage but you’ll get to spend a few day nestled up by a fireplace while the ocean waves crash on the beach near your room.

Fall brings a perfect time to get outdoors and adventure throughout Wildwood Crest before many of the shops close for the winter season. We promise that our comfortable accommodations will keep you cozy and toasty warm as the days by the sea draw to a cool, autumn breeze.

With the fall foliage being a hot commodity head out on a cute day trip to experience the beautiful landscape as it transforms into something of a painters hand. We’ve found an amazingly curated list of all the excellent drives you can take during autumn to catch a glimpse of the fall colors. Don’t forget to grab a few of your favorite fallen leaves to bring home with you, just another beautiful reminder of your peaceful getaway to the shores of NJ. We recommend taking one of your leaves, and a fun metallic sharpie and writing the date you travel, then place it in a picture frame and hang your framed leaf on a wall. Make a few, and you can create a lovely photo gallery from your vacation. Plus, you’ll get to remember your memorable stay at ICONA every time you see it.

Fall on the Beach

There is so much to do at our fantastic resorts in wildwood crest NJ, especially if you’re looking for couples retreat ideas, we’ve got you covered! We mentioned the beach, and that is one of the principal things to do this fall season. After the crowd’s retreat from summer, fall makes it quite along the beach, so it’s possible you’ll get to enjoy a walk hand-in-hand, just the two of you! How great is that? We think it’s pretty romantic, and you can search some of the best beach seashells at the same time! Bring a few seashells home and put them at the bottom of a vase, then display it anywhere of your choosing as a simple reminder of your incredible couple’s vacation to New Jersey. After you’ve spent time beachside, head back to the resort, for dinner at one of our fabulous and tasty restaurants where you’ll get to dine on fantastic locally caught seafood and meats.

Get to Apple Picking

Make sure you spend a day at an orchard! As the Garden State is full of lush orchards, you’ll want to indulge in apple everything while you’re here. You’ll have so much fun spending the take picking apples and sipping on some deliciously fresh brewed cider, with your loved one. Make sure to take some great photos so you have adorable memories that will last a lifetime! Check out a great list of all the farms in New Jersey that you can visit while at one of our resorts in Wildwood Crest NJ.

Let your adventurous side come out when you have a day away; we promise our cozy suites will be waiting for you when you return. Here at ICONA Diamond Beach, we have everything to make sure you’re comfortable during the coziest season of all! With lots of accommodations, days on the beach, and fantastic fall activities coming up, you’ll want to be here to experience with your sweetheart. Book your sweet retreat today and start imagining all of the wonderful harvest activities you’ll be able to enjoy with your loved one by your side.