Whenever we speak of resort vacations, all-inclusive, Caribbean resorts tend to be the first thing we think about. And they are awesome, but not always what you are looking for in a resort. Maybe you are looking to stay closer to home or just want to travel domestically. You’re in luck then because the United States has some fantastic luxury resorts throughout the country that offer something for everyone.
These resorts offer luxurious accommodations and hospitality and are brimming with a variety of activities to appeal to all ages, from horseback riding and fishing to spa treatments, wine tastings, kids’ clubs and so much more. They are located in pretty much every region, and have activities for all seasons. Whether you are looking for a family vacation or a romantic getaway, there is a resort for you. Keep in mind that while they may advertise themselves at all-inclusive, they will not be as inclusive as the Caribbean spots. “All-Inclusive” plans in the US will vary and may not include all food, or gratuities. Your travel advisor will help you understand the inclusions.
I could go on all day about the amazing resorts out there, but for starters, here are five of the top resorts in the U.S. that will have you vacationing like royalty.
Enchantment Resort and Spa, Sedona, AZ
Sedona is truly one of the most magical places in the US, and Enchantment certainly lends itself to that magic. Set among the dramatic red rocks of Sedona’s Boynton Canyon, Enchantment invites you to become one with the nature around you and pay tribute to the region with Native American influenced activities. Active travelers can hike or mountain bike through the region’s trails. Golfers will enjoy the Tom-Weiskopf-designed championship golf course. Those wanting relaxation will not want to miss the award-winning Mii amo spa. And of course, let’s not forget our littlest adventurers who can take part in Camp Coyote, a children’s program designed to explore the area’s natural and cultural surroundings.
Grand Wailea Maui, HI
Imagine being able to soak up the views of Mt. Haleakala and the Pacific Ocean from your private lanai. You can do that at the Grand Wailea Maui, a Waldorf Astoria Resort. It sits amid 40 acres of breathtaking tropical landscape and on some of the most breathtaking oceanfront in Hawaii. It has been named one of the Top 10 Resorts of the Valley Isle as Maui is fondly known. The Grand Wailea has everything – beauty, romance, action, Hawaiian culture. Do you love the water? The beach it sits on has been rated the number #1 beach in America by Dr. Beach, but it also has 9, count them, 9 pools. The kid’s program is considered the most extensive one in Hawaii. Art lovers will appreciate that the resort hosts the largest collection of art in the state. But the Grand Wailea’s pride and joy is that it is the leader of Hawaii’s farm to fork movement, with most of its food and beverages cultivated on Maui.
The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, WY
This resort may be set on 30,000 acres of a working cattle ranch, but it isn’t your ordinary dude ranch. Guests can stay in luxury accommodations ranging from 2 and 3 bedroom log cabin residences, cabin suites, or spacious rooms, all of which have elegant interiors giving you the feel of the old west. Activities range from fly-fishing to archery and ATV rides, and more. Or you can try yoga in a yurt deep in the woods, or wine tasting from the Brush Creek’s 30,000 bottle wine cellar. In the winter, ski or snowboard on the resort’s private mountain, Green Mountain, available only to ranch guests. 2021 will bring the return of glamping to the property.
Sea Island, Sea Island, GA
Sea Island is a collection of 4 Forbes Five-Star properties – The Cloister at Sea Island, The Lodge at Sea Island, the Spa at Sea Island, and the Georgian Room restaurant. This secluded destination has been the only US resort to host the G-8 summit of world leaders, due to its exceptional service and hospitality. The resort features 5 miles of private beach, beach club, yacht club, shooting school, children’s programs and 2 championship golf courses.
Wequasett Resort and Golf Club, Cape Cod, MA
Children will love the award-winning Children’s Center, pirate ship playground, and activities tailored just for them at this elegant but unpretentious resort in Cape Cod. Families will love the dive-in movie nights under the stars, Guests of all ages will delight in the pools and vast Cape beaches while being able to take advantage of the many lessons and watersports available on the Cape Cod National Seashore. At the end of the day, unwind at dinner at one of the four delicious restaurants.
I could go on because the list of amazing resorts in the US is endless. This only skims the surface of gorgeous places to visit. Want to plan next year’s luxury trip, either as a romantic getaway, or a fun family vacation? Call me!