These past few months have been hard. We’ve been cooped up at home, unable to enjoy the adventures and luxury that traveling brings into our lives. Lucky for us there are plenty of AAA Four Diamond properties close to home that offer upscale, relaxing and even fun – yes, remember fun! – stays.
Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa
Rich culture, vivid history and a stunning beachfront location all combine with a touch of Disney enchantment to create this expansive Hawaiian resort. Plenty of classic room types and homey villas are available. While the adults head to the spa for a treatment, kids can chill out at the kids’ club known as Aunty’s Beach House. The whole family can meet up at one of the nine swimming pools on the property, including a lazy river and a snorkeling lagoon. In the evening, join the resort for a three-course meal and luau performance.
Talk about wow factor. The resort sits on the former Rabot Estate and features an open wall concept that leads to a private plunge pool with fantastic views of the Pitons and Caribbean Sea. It’s eco-friendly; guest room furniture is made by local artisans. Book a tasting at the Dasheene Wine Cellar to try some of its 500 different bottles of wine or a chef’s cooking demonstration about Caribbean cuisine.
Eldorado Hotel & Spa
Santa Fe, N.M.
Guest rooms at this property in the heart of downtown Santa Fe are adorned in rustic New Mexico Pueblo Revival decor, with some deluxe rooms and suites featuring fireplaces and balconies. Named after the fabled mythical City of Gold, it hopes to take travelers on a journey of their own. Head to the Nidah Spa for a treatment or visit the rooftop for an afternoon relaxing by the pool.
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
La Jolla, Calif.
With a variety of room types, many of which overlook a lush courtyard, this property offers tropical splendor within proximity to San Diego. Start your day with a yoga class or a dip in the heated saltwater pool. Then head to the spa or relax in the secret garden with a book while you’re served drinks. And you can top it all off at its heralded Baja-inspired outdoor restaurant, Mustangs & Burros.
Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Quebec City, Canada
This stately 1893 chateau features turrets and upper-level rooms overlooking the St. Lawrence River, while its top floors afford access to a private lounge and concierge. Home to a spa and multiple restaurants, one of which serves afternoon tea on Saturday, the hotel’s interesting details are sprinkled throughout its public areas, including displays featuring historic antiques and heirlooms.
Cheeca Lodge & Spa
Set on 27 acres with 1,200 feet of beach, a nine-hole golf course and a 525-foot pier for fishing, you’ll feel as though you’ve hit the jackpot with a dream getaway at this resort in the Florida Keys. Rooms feature tropical-style decor and comfortable linens, and some include open-air balconies. Activities include snorkeling, sea kayaking and scuba diving. If you’re looking to relax with a delicious meal, head to one of the property’s three restaurants. Pay a visit to the spa for a tranquil massage or invigorating personal training session.
Due to the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, please see official websites before visiting to check for restrictions or closures.
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