From nurturing spa treatments to communing with nature, luxury retreats offer a gentleness that is hard to come by anywhere else. For those looking for more active extravagance, these retreats also often provide adrenaline-pumping activities and cultural learning experiences.
1.Delamar Greenwich Harbor
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One of three Delamar properties in Connecticut, the Delamar Greenwich Harbor has 82 spacious rooms and suites featuring elegant European decor. A stay at this luxury hotel includes one-of-a-kind amenities like complimentary local transportation in a Tesla, private in-room fitness sessions, a wine and cheese reception on Friday and Saturday evenings, and curated minibars. Dogs are treated like royalty at the Delamar Greenwich. A pet services menu offers walking, grooming, and massage options for your loyal companion. An onsite French restaurant serves Provençal selections, and hand-crafted cocktails are available from the mixologist in the hotel’s lounge.
500 Steamboat Road, Greenwich, CT, Phone: 203-661-9800
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Holualoa Inn sits on 30 acres of tropical paradise. Visitors to the Big Island will enjoy unparalleled service and spectacular ocean views when they stay at this upscale bed and breakfast. The open-air architecture is combined with Polynesian decor to blend with its luxurious setting. A complimentary gourmet breakfast in the hotel’s dining room is the perfect start to a day spent on the Kona Coast. Watersports enthusiasts are able to use the hotel’s assortment of snorkeling gear and boogie boards, while those who are more inclined to relax beachside can borrow a rattan mat or beach towel and soak up the sun.
76-5932 Mamalahoa Highway, Holualoa, HI, Phone: 808-324-1121
3.Bourbon Orleans Hotel
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The Bourbon Orleans Hotel is located in the heart of the French Quarter in New Orleans. A multi-million-dollar restoration has transformed this historic property into an upscale oasis where visitors can enjoy traditional amenities in a variety of rooms and suites. Valet parking and concierge services make the hotel a perfect base for exploring New Orleans. After a day of seeing the sights, guests can enjoy craft cocktails and live music in the Bourbon “O” or a dinner of fresh Creole cuisine at Roux on Orleans, the hotel’s signature restaurant. An outdoor heated saltwater pool is open to guests until 10pm.
717 Orleans Street, New Orleans, LA, Phone: 504-523-222
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Lark Hotels’ Whitehall property is a perfect destination for those who want to summer in Maine. Guests will be charmed by authentic touches like wide front porches, cozy bedding, and breezy decor. Don’t be fooled by Whitehall’s traditional ambiance, though. Contemporary amenities, including iPads, Apple TVs, and USB charging stations, can be found in every room. Wine connoisseurs will love having wine glasses and corkscrews available and can take advantage of exclusive guest discounts at Lark Hotels’ official clothing line, Vineyard Vines. A selection of international wines is available to complement the sustainably sourced cuisine served in the onsite restaurant, Pig + Poet.
52 High Street, Camden, ME, Phone: 207-236-3391
5.The Tyler Place Family Resort
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This all-inclusive resort is located on 165 acres of private shoreline and offers families a return to the good old days with nostalgic activities and unspoiled natural surroundings. Guests can choose from 70 cottages or suites and enjoy time together away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. A stay at the Tyler Place Family Resort includes three farm-to-table meals and unlimited activities for all ages. After the kids are tucked in for the night under the watchful eye of a babysitter, adults can head to the bar to enjoy a cocktail on the Lakeview Deck.
175 Tyler Place Road, Highgate Springs, VT, Phone: 802-868-4000
6.The Inn at Westwynd Farm
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A classic country bed and breakfast, the Inn at Westwynd Farm will make nature-lovers feel right at home. Guests are invited to visit the barn to feed the horses and watch as they are trained in the riding ring. Birdwatchers can check out a guidebook and binoculars from the reception desk and marvel at the variety of birds that can be found in the area. For those guests who want to spend their time indoors, the library is the perfect place to relax for a quiet afternoon. Breakfast isn’t the only complimentary amenity at this charming B&B. Guests are treated to a bottomless cookie jar and glasses of wine throughout the day.
1620 Sand Beach Road, Hummelstown, PA, Phone: 717-533-6764
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The Harvest Inn is the perfect getaway for wine enthusiasts. Located in Northern California’s Napa Valley, the inn has vineyards right on the property and offers an in-room wine service and weekly wine tastings. A complimentary breakfast prepared in celebrity chef Charlie Palmer’s kitchen is served in Harvest Table, the inn’s 110-seat award-winning restaurant. Discounted green fees are available through a partnership with the nearby Chardonnay Golf Course. Poolside massages help guests unwind in a peaceful setting at one of the property’s two heated outdoor pools. Eco-conscious visitors to the inn or Harvest Table will appreciate the availability of electric car charging areas.
One Main Street, St. Helena, CA, Phone: 707-963-9463
8.Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler
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The Four Seasons Resort and Residences in Whistler is a skier’s dream. A ski concierge team is on hand to give expert advice to skiers and snowboarders of all levels, help guests with their equipment, and schedule lessons with highly qualified instructors. After an exhilarating day on the slopes, guests can relax in one of the guest rooms, suites, or private residences. Golf and spa packages are also available at this luxury resort, where residents of British Columbia and Washington State receive a special rate. The SIDECUT steakhouse and bar offers mountain views and a cozy ambiance for après-ski diners.
4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, British Columbia, Canada, Phone: 604-935-3400
9.Viceroy Riviera Maya
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The secluded location of the Viceroy Riviera Maya makes this luxury resort the perfect tropical hideaway. This adults-only property has 7 miles of white sand beach, award-winning restaurants, and casual dining options as well as premium accommodations and amenities. Spa and wellness options will rejuvenate guests and onsite activities will immerse them in the local culture. Poolside butlers are on hand to bring sun worshippers iced towels, drinks, and snacks as part of the resort’s dine anywhere, anytime policy. A car service is available for excursions to nearby towns, where tourists can experience the beauty and history of the Mayan Riviera.
77710 Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Phone: +52-98-48-77-30-00
The Amangani resort is for the outdoorsman who thrives in nature’s raw elements but yearns for the comfort of luxury accommodations at the end of the day. Situated in cross-country and Alpine skiing territory with two national parks a stone’s throw away, this luxury resort is a picture of opulence against a rugged frontier backdrop. Guests can pursue active lifestyle activities like skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, wildlife viewing, trekking, and nature photography by day, and steep themselves in lavish comfort at night. Amangani, located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, has eight styles of sophisticated suites with epic views of the surrounding wilderness.
J1535 NE Butte Road, Jackson, WY, Phone: 307-734-7333
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Villas at Azure Lodge in Queenstown, New Zealand, offer travelers contemporary chic accommodations with an emphasis on privacy. There are nine villas in all, each with a private sun deck, lounge, dining area, bedroom with a king or twin beds, and a bathroom with the tub nestled into a bay window. Views of surrounding mountain ranges and Lake Wakatipu are serene and unobstructed. Guests can take a walk on the wild side with bungee jumping, canyoning, whitewater rafting, paragliding, and other adrenaline-pumping outdoor activities. Quieter guests will appreciate local wineries, hot pools overlooking Shotover River Canyon, and stargazing.
23 Mackinnon Terrace, Sunshine Bay, Queenstown, New Zealand, Phone: +64-34-09-05-88
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12.Bacara Resort & Spa
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Santa Barbara is one of California’s premier coastal communities nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains. Bacara Resort & Spa sits on 78 acres of prime land overlooking the Pacific, including two lovely beaches. The hotel has 378 luxury guestrooms and suites, penthouses and residences, all with Mediterranean décor, patio or balcony, soaking tub, and marble shower. Some even have fireplaces. Guests at Bacara can indulge in spa services at their 42,000-square-foot wellness center, lounge in three infinity pools, and dine in one of five resort restaurants. Wine enthusiasts will enjoy the resort’s wine-tasting room. There are activities for the whole family to enjoy.
8301 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA, Phone: 844-276-0955
13.Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa
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Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa is the stuff dreams are made of. This tantalizing getaway is characterized by white sand beaches, swaying coconut palms, and a sparkling clear blue lagoon with the ethereal backdrop of Mount Otemanu. Accommodations come in six styles of suites, bungalows, and villas. Guests can choose from tropical garden, beachside, and overwater experiences. No expense was spared in providing world-class amenities, including the full-service Tavai Spa, a state-of-the-art fitness center, gift shop, open-air cinema, freshwater swimming pool, and a wide range of water and land sports equipment and activities. Tevairoa Restaurant is the signature restaurant featuring international cuisine and weekly Polynesian shows.
BP169, Vaitape, French Polynesia, Phone: +689-40-60-52-00
14.Calistoga Ranch, an Auberge Resort
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If a luxury ranch sounds intriguing, the 157-acre Calistoga Ranch in the northern Napa Valley is the destination. Tucked among rolling hills, rocky streams, old growth oaks, and a private lake, this luxury resort exudes serenity. Fifty luxurious lodges come in five floor plans: deluxe free-standing junior suite lodges, double-sized one-bedroom lodges, two-bedroom spa lodges, and 2,400-square-foot family-size estate lodges. The Lake House is their signature restaurant with a warm and woodsy ambiance and locally sourced California cuisine. Napa Spa is reflective of Calistoga’s reputation as a spa town, a blend of nature and luxury. There are numerous resort activities, plus local nature and winery tours.
580 Lommel Road, Calistoga, CA, Phone: 888-947-6442
15.Carlton Hotel Baglioni
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Milan, Italy, is the world-renowned epicenter of fashion, design, and art, and Carlton Hotel Baglioni lives up to the city’s high standard. This five-star luxury hotel overlooks Via della Spiga, Milan’s most in-demand shopping street among fashionistas. Two other downtown icons, La Scala theater and Montenapoleone Cathedral, are within walking distance. The spacious, well-appointed luxury Baglioni suites come in six styles with opulent furnishings and classic Italian design. There are also five kinds of luxury guestrooms, which are similarly styled. The hotel boasts the popular Art Déco Caffè & Terrazza Baglioni and their signature restaurant, Aperitivo Italiano. Guests escape the humdrum of life at this luxury retreat.
Via Senato, 5, Milano, Italy, Phone: +39-0-27-70-77
Claridge’s is an iconic five-star luxury art deco hotel in the heart of London’s Mayfair with a heritage of impeccable service. The 190 rooms and suites have been designed and styled by the likes of Diane von Furstenberg and other top names in fashion and design. At this luxury retreat, guests can linger over a delightful meal at Fera at Claridge’s or share high tea in the hotel’s opulent Foyer & Reading Room. Claridge’s Bar is the place to see and be seen enjoying signature cocktails, and after a night out on the town, a nightcap at Fumoir bar is in order before retiring. From the Fera Development Kitchen to the Claridge Health Club and Spa, there is an array of upscale experiences.
Brook Street, Mayfair, London, UK, Phone: +44-20-76-29-88-60
17.Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
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In alignment with Quebec’s rich historic tradition with an eye on the future, Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac has gone through its own renaissance with a multimillion dollar upgrade. Behind the iconic walls of the Old Fortified City, this luxury retreat hotel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It features 611 guestrooms and suites that have been restored to their former glory. Elegant attention to detail exudes an Old World ambiance with modern amenities. Champlain Restaurant is the hotel’s signature culinary experience featuring modern Québec cuisine. A must-do is a guided tour of the hotel to learn about its storied past.
1 Rue des Carrières, Ville de Québec, Canada, Phone: 418-692-3861
18.Fearrington House Inn
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Fearrington House Inn is the epitome of Southern charm. The five-diamond luxury retreat is a Relais & Chateaux property featuring 32 distinctive guestrooms individually styled with attention to detail. Guests can expect sumptuous fabrics, antique accents, garden views, and original art in rooms or suites. Amenities include complimentary gourmet breakfast, Wi-Fi, morning newspaper, and turndown service. The inn sits in the heart of Village Center, which offers guests a number of shops and restaurants, a beer garden, and a day spa all connected by quaint winding paths. This luxury retreat is a self-contained getaway where everything is at guests’ fingertips.
2000 Fearrington Village Center, 230 Market Street, Pittsboro, NC, Phone: 919-542-2121
19.Grace White Barn Inn & Spa
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Grace White Barn Inn & Spa in Kennebunk, Maine, is one-third of the famed New England Grace Hotels. The 26-room inn has been a Kennebunk landmark for 150 years, offering guests luxury rooms, suites, and waterfront cottages with impeccable service and amenities. The award-winning inn features an onsite swimming pool, luxury spa, and guest marina slips. Other amenities include the use of bicycles as well as beach chairs and towels to enjoy the outdoors. Guests can order picnic baskets for a day out or enjoy meals at White Barn Inn Restaurant or the marina grill. Grace White Barn Inn is the perfect marriage of luxury and local charm.
37 Beach Avenue, Kennebunk, ME, Phone: 207-967-2321
20.Hotel Granduca Houston
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Located in the heart of Uptown Park in Houston, the award-winning Hotel Granduca Houston is known to locals as the Palace of the Duke. Inspired by a 16th century Italian palazzo, this luxury retreat has 122 rooms and suites designed and styled with Italian accents. Accommodations boast kitchens, balconies, flat-screen HDTVs, and walk-in closets. Guests can choose from 10 floor plans ranging from rooms and suites to three-bedroom villas and the Residenza Imperatore. Ristorante Cavour is the hotel’s signature restaurant, featuring northern Italian cuisine. Other dining experiences include aperitivo happy hour, afternoon tea, Sunday brunch, and evening jazz.
1080 Uptown Park Boulevard, Houston, TX, Phone: 713-418-1000
21.InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa
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InterContinental Fiji takes its inspiration from a traditional Fijian village in style and design. Sprawling along Natadola Beach, the 35-acre luxury resort is bursting with island flora, coconut palms, and Fijian charm. Guests can enjoy golfing the resort’s PGA-designed 18-hole course, diving and snorkeling the island’s coral reefs, enjoying a bevy of non-motorized watersports, and relaxing in the sparkling pool. Accommodations include classic rooms with terraces and Cleopatra baths, executive rooms with the addition of Club Level service, and suites with beach, garden, and lagoon views. Navo Restaurant is the resort’s signature dining experience with lagoon and Navo Island views. There are six other dining options at the resort.
Maro Road Natadola Bay, Natadola, Fiji, Phone: +67-96-73-33-00
22.Lux South Ari Atoll
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Lux South Ari Atoll is every traveler’s island dream destination. Located in the Maldives, this luxury retreat is equally perfect for the off-the-grid, laidback guest and the active, amenity loving guest. The 193 private villas are scattered along the powdery white sand beach and perched above a blue lagoon. All are spacious with a beach house-chic vibe. Active guests can take advantage of the five-star PADI dive center to arrange diving or snorkeling, squeeze in some gym time, or hit the floodlit tennis courts. More laidback guests will appreciate the two infinity pools and LUX Me spa. The resort also offers eight restaurants and five bars.
South Atoll, Dhidhoofinolhu, Maldives, Phone: +96-06-68-09-01
23.Majestic Hotel and Spa
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The 1918 Majestic Hotel and Spa is a five-star luxury hotel located on famed Paseo de Gracia in Barcelona, Spain. Situated in the midst of many of Gaudi’s famous buildings, guests can roam nearby on foot and experience the architectural wonder that defines this city. Nine styles of rooms, suites, and penthouses will satisfy even the most discriminating traveler. Across the street are three styles of apartments, part of the hotel concept where guests experience apartment living with hotel services and amenities. Majestic Spa offers a menu of services from facials to yoga sessions, and five restaurants serve guests on the property, from a buffet to a rooftop bar.
Laganas Main Road, Laganas, Greece, Phone: +30-26-95-05-16-17
24.Rosewood Hotel Georgia
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Rosewood Hotel Georgia is a Forbes five-star hotel that perfectly blends the splendor of the Roaring Twenties with a modern design. First opened in 1927, it has been meticulously restored featuring 156 flawlessly designed guestrooms and suites that mix its legacy with luxury, making it one of the world’s finest hotels. The hotel offers five distinct restaurants, lounges, and bars, all with their own unique culinary style from contemporary Canadian to the flavors of the Pacific Northwest. Their Spa & Wellness center, Sense – A Rosewood Spa, features an array of soothing spa treatments, a refreshing saltwater lap pool, and a fitness center.
801 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Phone: 604-682-5566
25 Perfect Luxury Vacations
- Delamar Greenwich Harbor, Photo: Delamar Greenwich
- Holualoa Inn, Photo: Holualoa Inn
- Bourbon Orleans Hotel, Photo: Bourbon Orleans Hotel
- Whitehall, Photo: Courtesy of sarymsakov.com - Fotolia.com
- The Tyler Place Family Resort, Photo: The Tyler Place Family Resort
- The Inn at Westwynd Farm, Photo: The Inn at Westwynd Farm
- Harvest Inn, Photo: Harvest Inn
- Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler, Photo: Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler
- Viceroy Riviera Maya, Photo: Viceroy Riviera Maya
- Amangani, Photo: Amangani
- Azur Lodge, Photo: Azur Lodge
- Bacara Resort & Spa, Photo: Bacara Resort & Spa
- Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa, Photo: Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort & Spa
- Calistoga Ranch, an Auberge Resort, Photo: Calistoga Ranch, an Auberge Resort
- Carlton Hotel Baglioni, Photo: Carlton Hotel Baglioni
- Claridge’s, Photo: Claridge’s
- Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, Photo: Courtesy of hakat - Fotolia.com
- Fearrington House Inn, Photo: Fearrington House Inn
- Grace White Barn Inn & Spa, Photo: Courtesy of aopsan - Fotolia.com
- Hotel Granduca Houston, Photo: Hotel Granduca Houston
- InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa, Photo: InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa
- Lux South Ari Atoll, Photo: Lux South Ari Atoll
- Majestic Hotel and Spa, Photo: Majestic Hotel and Spa
- Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Photo: Rosewood Hotel Georgia
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