17 Best Luxury Anniversary Vacations
An anniversary celebration is a great excuse for taking a trip to a far away destination or checking into a nearby inn for some R&R. Many couples who could not afford a luxury honeymoon when they got married, make their dreams come true with the perfect anniversary trip years later. Popular anniversary getaway destinations include the South Pacific, Hawaii, Caribbean and Europe. Our list of Top 20 was designed to give you some ideas and get you excite about planning your anniversary getaway.
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W New Orleans - French Quarter
W New Orleans - French Quarter has completed a multi-million dollar renovation of its 97 guestrooms, its Living Room (the W brand's take on the traditional hotel lobby), Studio meeting spaces, all corridors and the outdoor Courtyard. The new hotel decor is inspired by jazz which makes New Orleans so famous. The W is located near many wonderful restaurants, boutique shops, art galleries and bistros. Nearby attractions include the historic Jackson Square, the Riverwalk and Harrah's Casino, and Bourbon Street.
New York City-based interior design and architecture firm Nemaworkshop redesigned the guest rooms which now feature modern blacks and whites mixed with vibrant gold tones and rich primary colors relevant to the room design motif. The property's tarot designed rooms channel the mystic spirit of the city with decor inspired by the voodoo queen Marie Laveau. All guest rooms have new 40-inch Plasma TVs and the ability to stream movies, photos and presentations from portable devices directly onto the TVs. The brand new, state-of-the-art SWEAT fitness facility offers cardiovascular fitness and personal training programs using free and machine weights from Technogym. Rates start from USD $239 (504-581-1200, website).
Sunriver Resort in Oregon
Sunriver Resort is a year-round outdoor destination for families and couples. Guests can choose from a wide variety of activities, including biking on 35 miles of paved bike paths, swimming in four pools, tennis, horseback riding, canoeing, whitewater rafting and shopping. For the more adventurous, the concierge can provide trail maps for off-road mountain biking. In the winter, you can ski at Mt. Bachelor, about 20 miles from the property. The Sage Springs Club and Spa is a 35,000 square foot facility that offers a wide range of therapeutic body and beauty treatment, such as natural body scrubs, personalized facials and aroma-therapy body wraps. There are three 18-hole championship golf courses: Crosswater, Meadows and Woodlands, and a nine-hole putting course. Programs are offered for kids during certain seasons.
There are 209 Lodge Village guest rooms and over 280 private homes and condominiums which are very convenient for families. The Lodge Village rooms and suites feature wood-burning fireplaces and private decks. There are three restaurants to choose from. Meadows At The Lodge, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, offers panoramic views of Cascade Mountains. The restaurant serves Pacific Northwest classics, healthy salads and a children's menu. The Grille at Crosswater is open only to resort guests for fine dining. Informal deli-style meals are served at Merchant Trader Cafe. The Owl's Nest pub serves microbrews, Oregon wines, light snacks and the Meadows menu.
Once you book your room, be sure to call and reserve your golf tee times. The hotel is 180 miles (about 3 hours and 30 minutes) from Portland. The closest commercial airport is located in Redmond, about 45 minutes by car north of Sunriver. United Airlines/United Express and Alaska Airlines/Horizon fly there. The airport is available to chartered and private planes. Rates start at about $99 per night (800-547-3922, 541-593-1000, website).
Dive Hotel on Coogee Beach
If you are looking for unique beach vacation ideas, check into Dive Hotel to enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean and friendly atmosphere. This family run hotel is located on the Coogee beachfront, a few beaches south of the famous Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia. Follow a waterfront walk to reach Bronte and Bondi Beaches. Included in the room rate is complimentary buffet breakfast served in the breakfast room which opens out to the garden. Ask for room number 1 or 2 which have the best views. Each guest room has a kitchenette where you can prepare your own meals. There are numerous restaurants nearby. Room rates start at 150 Australian dollars per night (+61 2 9665 5538, website).
If you are looking for a unique golf vacation idea in Ireland, Mount Juliet is a beautiful estate where you can enjoy a variety of outdoor vacation activities in style. The resort is known for its 18 hole signature golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus, and the Golf Academy. The hotel also offers tennis, croquet, horseback riding, fishing, clay target shooting and archery. The resort is located on the banks of the River Nore, 75 miles south of Dublin, Ireland.
Minimalist in design, the hotel spa offers a number of treatments for both men and women. One can choose from day-long packages as well as individual treatments. The health club offers a 15-meter swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gymnasium. The 1,500-acre estate features formal gardens and numerous trails that can be explored on foot or by bike. The estate provides several different types of accommodations. The 32 rooms and suites are elegant and individually furnished. The Rose Garden Lodges and the Courtyard Rooms are more informal. The formal Lady Helen Dining Room serves international cuisine. Dishes are prepared using fresh produce and herbs from the estate's own herb and vegetable gardens.
Kendals Restaurant and the President's Bar serve healthy cuisine as well as contemporary Irish dishes. Browse more great golf vacation ideas. Mount Juliet is located 75 miles south of Dublin, Ireland. Major international airlines fly to Dublin daily. Room rates in Mount Juliet House start at € 175 per night. Green fees start from € 90 per round of golf. The hotel participates in the Hilton HHonors program (+35-3-567-3000, website).
Sinya on Lone Man Creek
Sinya on Lone Man Creek is a unique weekend getaway in the Texas Hill Country, just 45 minutes from Austin. Guests are accommodated in a 435-square-foot tent complete with a kitchenette, a romantic claw-foot tub and high-speed internet access. Take a long relaxing bath in the privacy of your own tent, surrounded by nature. Relax outdoors on the terrace on the plush sofa with a beautiful view over the treetops. If you prefer to sway in a hammock, there is one hanging out on the deck as well.
Whether you are looking for a quick romantic escape or a girls' weekend getaway, this luxury tent getaway is a unique idea that won't break the bank. In the morning you will wake up to the sounds of birds, surrounded by trees and fresh outdoor air. Each luxury tent has a kitchenette with a refrigerator, freezer, microwave oven, induction cook top, toaster oven, and Tassimo gourmet coffee maker. Rates start at $235/night with a two night minimum stay (713-502-3997, >website).
Flying Trapeze in New York City
If you've ever wondered what it would be like to fly through the air like Spider-Man, here is your chance. Trapeze School New York makes it easy for even the absolute beginner to fly trapeze in 6 locations across the U.S. The school offers classes for beginners as well as more advanced fliers in separate workshops. In New York, thrill seekers can test their courage in Manhattan outdoors at Pier 40 & South St. Seaport, and indoors at Long Island City. The company offers private and group classes in static trapeze and silks. Classes last 2 hours and cost between $50 and $70 per person. During the first lesson, you will learn the knee-hang and you may even be able to try a catch 23 feet in the air. Check the company's web site for class schedule (newyork.trapezeschool.com). Other locations include: Boston, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Chicago and Puerto Rico.
Reserva Amazonica in the Rainforest of Peru
eserva Amazonica is a couples adventure getaway in the rain forest of Peru. Located on a 40-square-mile private ecological reserve, the property has been hosting guests since 1978. There are 30 private cabanas and 3 suites built with local materials in native style. Each bungalow is raised on stilts and has a steeply pitched, thatched palm roof, a terrace with two hammocks, a single bedroom with large windows, mosquito nets and a private bathroom with filtered water. The rooms have no electricity or hot water (with the exception of the three Amazonica Suites which have solar heated showers).
A two-story wooden pavilion houses the dining room, bar, the main lounge and a mezzanine with rainforest views. Typical dishes include juane (chicken with steamed rice cooked in banana leaves), ají de castaña (Brazilian nut purée) or paca (fish or chicken cooked inside fresh bamboo stalks set in a circle around a bonfire), as well as pitchers of refreshing drinks made with boiled water and flavored with local fresh fruits. The property is ideally located for a wildlife watching adventure - spot different wildlife species, ranging from giant macaws, to toucans, parrots, tapirs, owls, the Southern Amazon Red Squirrels, as well as a large variety of monkeys.
Daily commercial flights connect Puerto Maldonado with Lima (a two-hour flight time) and Cusco (35 minutes). Once you reach the Puerto Maldonado airport, take the bus to the city's river port, and then take a outboard motorboat to the lodge. It is about an hour-long canoe ride (15 Km. or 9 miles) downriver from Puerto Maldonado. Rates start at $120 per person per night, including all meals and guide services in English or French (800-442-5042, website).
Ferntree Rainforest Lodge
Ferntree Rainforest Lodge is an eco-resort surrounded by a lush tropical reinforest near Cape Tribulation, between the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree National Park in Australia. The lodge is within walking distance from the white-sandy beach. Enjoy a number of vacation activities such as kayaking, great snorkeling, fishing and birdwatching on your green tropical vacation. The resort's beautiful gardens that surround low buildings are filled with colorful tropical birds and butterflies. The resort has two pools.
Poolside Rooms overlook the hotel's lagoon-style pool, while the Garden Rooms are surrounded by tropical gardens. Fly directly to Cairns and drive to the lodge, about two and half hours from the airport. You'll have to cross the Daintree River by car ferry which is scheduled to run between 6am - 12 midnight every day, but it's a good idea to confirm the ferry schedule before you go. Coach transfers are also available from Cairns twice daily. Ask for more information when booking your stay at the lodge. Garden and poolside guest rooms start at 120 Australian dollars per person per night (+61-2-8296-8010, 800-225-9849, website).
Buffalo Mountain Lodge
Located on nine wooded acres just five minutes outside the town of Banff in Alberta, Canada, the Buffalo Mountain Lodge is a vacation getaway for outdoor adventurers. In summer, go hiking, rock climbing, fishing, canoeing, mountain biking and white water rafting. In winter, a shuttle bus can take you to nearby ski areas: Lake Louise, Sunshine Mountain and Mount Norquay. The 108 guestrooms at the lodge are divided into three categories: Premier, Deluxe and One bedroom suites. All rooms have wood burning fireplaces great for a romantic vacation, cable television, duvet, a coffee maker. The One bedroom suites have kitchenettes and internet access available for a small fee.
The dining room and the Cilantro Mountain Cafe provide guests with a wide range of food choices on their vacation. The dining room serves innovative cuisine while the cafe offers Californian style meals and excellent pizza. Hiking, biking, horseback riding, and golfing are all available in the summer months. In the winter there are plenty of cross-country ski trails and the downhill ski areas of Mt. Norquay, Sunshine and Lake Louise are nearby. The town of Banff is a 20-minute walk from the Lodge. The lodge is a 90-minute drive from Calgary International Airport. Room rates range from $139 to $365 CAD. The hotel offers great vacation packages in low season (800-661-1367, 403-410-7417, website).
Cavalli Beach House
The Cavalli Beach House is located on the waterfront of the pristine sub-tropical eastern coast in the north of New Zealand. The hotel is right on the waters edge with the sandy beach only steps from your room. Activities at the hotel include snorkeling, hiking, kayaking tours, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving and sailing. There are several excellent golf courses nearby, including the Kauri Cliffs (10 minutes away). There are three levels to the house. The lower level has three guest rooms with access to the bay and a balcony. Enjoy scenic views from the shower on your romantic beach vacation.
The Ocean Suite is located on the very top floor of the Beach House and provides great privacy for guests. It's a great honeymoon suite. Both breakfast and dinner have excellent views of the water, fresh baked breads and hors d'oeuvres. Breakfast is included in the daily room rate and features either an Island-style, fresh fruit, continental or a cooked farmhouse breakfast. The retreat is four hours north of Auckland or a forty-minute commuter flight from Auckland to the Bay of Islands Airport.
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
Spas offer a great way to relax and unwind. Once you check-in to a spa resort, all you have to do is leave your room and head down to the wellness center for a nice relaxing 90-minute massage. If you really want to relax, at the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay in California, you can check-in to your very own signature spa suite. There are seven specially appointed Signature Spa Guest Rooms, all located on the garden level of the main building. Sliding glass doors open onto a patio with lounge chairs and allow convenient access to the Gazebo Lawn and coastal trail.
Since the Signature Spa Guest Rooms are located right next to the 16,000-square-foot spa a multitude of exotic treatments are only steps away. The relaxation doesn't stop when you check out either. Guests receive complimentary pair of Kashwere slippers tucked inside a cotton knapsack and a complimentary take-home Zents travel kit. Rates begin at $575, and include a dedicated Spa Concierge, a ten percent discount on all treatments, overnight parking, and resort fee.
If Rome, Italy, is not for you, plan an anniversary vacation to the Caesars Palace Las Vegas. This full-service resort offers a choice of entertainment, luxury accommodations and an array of restaurants. The hotel is located on the Las Vegas Strip next to Bellagio Hotel and the Mirage.
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace features a 4,100-seat theater. The Forum Shops offer 675,000 square feet of upscale shopping and restaurants. Enjoy a casual meal outdoors at the cafe next to the replica of the Trevi Fountain. At night, walk to the Fountains of Bellagio to enjoy a romantic outdoor performance featuring water and music. Caesars Palace has recently renovated many of its rooms, including all of the Roman Tower rooms. Try the pool villa suites which are spacious and luxurious.
La Costa Resort & Spa
La Costa Resort & Spa, located in the coastal foothills of Carlsbad, California, is famous for its championship golf and a relaxing spa. The resort has debuted newly redesigned luxury guest rooms and suites. "The makeover of La Costa's guestrooms and suites not only breathes fresh air into the property, but truly captures a level of transformation that elevates guests’ experiences and memories," said Paul McCormick, vice president and general manager of La Costa. The rooms feature stylish color palette of blues, greens and terra cotta which complement the beautiful outdoor scenery. Guests will be able to enjoy rich fabrics, striking artwork and dramatic headboard. Rooms start at $249/night.
Hotel Savoy in Florence
The Hotel Savoy in Florence has recently completed a renovation of its luxury suites. The number of rooms in the hotel has been reduced from 107 to 102, making space for some new suites and allowing the other suites to be enlarged. The hotel now has 14 suites. The Suite Repubblica is the most prestigious, while the Suite Signoria and the Suite Brunelleschi both have a private steam room equipped with chromotherapy and aromatherapy facilities. The Executive and Classic one bedroom suites have two rooms, a living room and a bedroom with a bathroom. All these suites feature two Bang and Olufsen satellite televisions as well as a DVD player.
There is no such thing as a "cheap" suite and the suites at the Savoy Hotel are definitely not cheap. However, if Florence is your dream vacation destination than a room at the Savoy will only make your vacation that much more memorable. The suites at the Hotel Savoy are an ideal choice for a luxury anniversary getaway.
A romantic getaway at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas is a unique experience. Book one of the Pyramid Rooms which are located in the pyramid-shaped building and accessed via inclinators (elevators at a 39-degree angle). If you want to splurge, the Spa suites, located in the corners of the pyramid, feature Egyptian decor and a large whirlpool tub next to the window. Entertainment choices include the Blue Man Group, Ra Nightclub, the Games of the Gods Arcade and, of course, the casino.
Luxor Hotel is home to an authentic reproduction of King Tutankhamun's tomb with King Tut's sarcophagus, statues, vases and other decorations. For best views of the interior of the Luxor pyramid, visit the Pharaoh's Pavilion. Attractions in the pavilion include IMAX shows, shopping and dining. If you want to relax on your romantic getaway, book a treatment at the Oasis Spa or lounge by the pool.