Picture of Lennox Hotel Miami Beach via tripadvisor.com
Spring is in the air and as the days grow long and the lines for COVID-19 vaccines grow longer one can not help but get excited about the prospect of a finally taking a relaxing Summer getaway. Vacation season alluded us last year, so we have been on the hunt for the best resorts; even though we can’t yet leave the country. We know you have been thinking the same way so, to help all of you get ahead of the mad rush to book the perfect poolside retreat we compiled our top ten list of exclusive U.S. vacation destinations. Thank us later!
1.) The Cara Hotel
I was drawn to the Cara by their idyllic courtyard and intimate dining experience! Located on the edge of the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles, right around the corner from Hollywood Boulevard, this chic, and serene architectural beauty is already becoming known for their lux and hospitality and instagrammable stays! Fingers crossed the the nearby Griffith Observatory will be opened soon for a quick afternoon hike and golden hour photo session. If not, you can always trek over to the LACMA to take in the art and see the ultra famous Urban Light by Chris Burden.
Relax in LA with carahotel.com and on Instagram @cara_hotel. Room reservations start at $230 a night.
2.) Lennox Hotel
Centrally located on world-famous Collins Avenue in Miami Beach, Lennox Hotel is the perfect place for an exclusive Miami experience. The contemporary, art deco hotel boasts 119 rooms that surround a beautiful poolside lounge where you can enjoy lunch and people watch until your heart is content. However, if a beach day is more your flavor, pick up a bottle of champagne from their Moet & Chandon vending machine and head straight for South Beach using their complementary, private bikes. Then head to nearby Ocean Drive for dinner and shopping.
Embrace Miami at lennoxmiamibeach.com and on Instagram @LennoxHotelMiamiBeach. Room reservations start at $190 a night.
3.) The Maker Hotel
I know, the Hudson Valley is not our typical idea of a summer escape either but, once you see The Maker, you’ll understand. Recently featured in Town and Country Magazine, the hotel is expertly curated with vintage bohemian finds and local Hudson Valley art that make their COVID-19 inspired “Work from Hotel” package more than worth it. Even if you only book a stay to explore their eclectic amenities, like their fully-staffed gymnasium complete with aerial silks and vintage pommel horse or their amazing Glass Conservatory where contemporary American fare is prepared daily – add this one to your list, in case you need a luxe Upstate retreat. Just in case…
Bask in detailed goodness at themaker.com and on Instagram @themakerhotel. Room reservations start at $425 a night.
4.) The Wauwinet
When you picture Nantucket, you picture Wauwinet. A beautiful three-story cottage inspired hotel, this lush property makes you feel like time stands still by the sea. We recommend lunching at Toppers, Wauwinet ‘s AAA Five Diamond award-winning restaurant, and then lounging on the spacious lawn overlooking Nantucket’s Harbor. Later, if you are feeling romantic, walk down the dock to their private beach for a breathtaking view of Nantucket’s amazing sunset!
Now that Summer is here, they’re offering specials for both their guest rooms and their private cottages. Book soon or you’ll miss your chance to attend daily port and cheese hour and there won’t be any appointments at the spa.
Reserve your seaside retreat at wauwinet.com and on Instagram @wauwinet. Bookings start at $240 a night.
Located a stone’s throw from the Utah and Arizona state line, this amazing resort is all about stark, minimal, modernist luxury. The resort’s architecture embraces the terrain it coexists with, focusing on only what is necessary and allowing guests to get in touch with the desert landscape surrounding them. The amazing pool and adventurous excursions offered by the resort are only the beginning of the experiences one can have in Amangiri (daily yoga and guided hikes are included in your stay). Their spa is known for their extensive menu that blends Navajo wellness traditions with classic spa favorites.
Begin your journey to life-changing stillness and nature at aman.com/resorts/amangiri and on Instagram @amangiri. Room reservations start at $3680 a night.
Bonus.) Commodore Perry Estate
I know I only promised you five getaways but what is an ice cream sundae without sprinkles? Enter, the Commodore Perry Estate: A beautiful Italian Renaissance style mansion, updated with a little southern charm, and situated on 10 acres of land outside of Austin, Texas. Enveloped by beautiful gardens and insistent on comprehensive vacation curation, the Estate offers a myriad of unique experiences for every type of guest. So, whether you’re checking in for their uber-exclusive “A Majestic Weekend” getaway or just want to relax and read by their beautiful pool, a serene glamour will surround you. But make sure to get your relaxing done by sundown because Downtown Austin and the vibrant 6th Street nightlife are only 15 minutes away.
Southern living begins at aubergeresorts.com/commodoreperry/ and on instagram @commodoreperryauberge. Room reservations start at $539 a night.
Okay! That’s all I’ve got for now. Let me know which spot is your favorite or if I left something major off this list! I can’t wait to hear from all of you!