This summer has been an especially extended one, particularly if you live in the Southwest where triple-digit temperatures are the norm for five months straight. As the summertime warmth wanes we are suddenly, almost instinctually, drawn to relaxation and cooler climates.
Labor Day is here just in time to provide us with the perfect opportunity to fly away from it all and indulge in a truly luxurious getaway – even if it’s just for a long weekend.
While visions of Saint-Tropez beaches may be dancing around your head, there are numerous long weekend opportunities that deliver ample rest, relaxation, and outstanding views right here in North America. If you’re still undecided about where to jet off to this Labor Day, give these 5 vacation destinations a chance to meet your luxury vacation desires.
One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos, Mexico
Classified as a “Super Luxury” oceanfront resort, One&Only is situated on the Sea of Cortez and is absolutely bliss defined. A contemporary marriage of old world and modern Mexican style and sophistication, One&Only delivers on all its promises to be exactly what high-end vacationers are looking for. The One&Only has been making an impression and winning countless awards over the last few years both for its exclusivity and complete luxury at every turn.
Swim the jewel-toned waters of Pelican Beach or in one of their two infinity pools, swing your wrenches on the 27-hole golf course, explore the waters through kayaking, surfing, or whale watching, and of course, indulge in round-the-clock butler service and five gourmet restaurants. For those interested in therapeutic services, One&Only has thirteen private spa treatment villas, hot and cold rock pools, a yoga garden, and an artist-in-residence Art Lab.
Sonnenalp Resort of Vail, Vail, CO
Indulge in an extravagant European-style Labor Day retreat at one of Condé Nast Traveler’s 10 Best Resorts in the U.S. at Sonnenalp Resort. Ranked as one of the top resorts in Colorado as well, Sonnenalp has been winning over guests for decades with their world-class resort offerings.
Golfers will love the 7,100-yard course of the Sonnenalp Golf Club, especially at the height of the extended playing season. Tennis courts, hot air ballooning, and horseback riding are right at your fingertips, and Vail, Colorado is never short on exciting outdoor activities. The Sonnenlap Spa knows that mind and body rejuvenation are a necessity, and their spa services include massage packages, an oxygen bar, wet lounges, an indoor and outdoor heated tranquility pool, a full-service Spa Café, and Relaxation Cove.
Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa, Sedona, AZ
Sedona, Arizona has long been a premier destination for renewal and relaxation, and the Enchantment Resort and Mii Amo Spa have these vacation musts down to a science. Starting with the stunning 70-acre landscape which beckons you to breathe deeply and enjoy the view, the Enchantment Resort has the amenities you crave on a long weekend away.
With golfing, horseback riding, and tennis on hand, there is always something for the active vacationer to enjoy. Of course, the 70 acres of pristine Sedona landscape are calling you to explore them on foot or by bike. For those seeking to reconnect with their spirit, Enchantment Resort’s signature experiences await. Refocus your energies with guided meditation, morning rituals, a meditation walk, a vortex walk and lecture, and chanting.
The Mii Amo Spa, a part of the Enchantment Resort, offers private suite packages and retreats designed to take guests on a journey of rejuvenation and enlightenment. Touching on all aspects of healing, Mii Amo has curated retreats that make will make a long weekend feel gloriously transformative.
The Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach, CA
Central California’s Pebble Beach has long been a preferred destination for those who crave the best of everything, and the Inn at Spanish Bay is a fabulous way to soak up the California sunshine while indulging in first-rate amenities and experiences. With views of wonderfully tall Monterey pines, endless golfing greens, and the Pacific shore, the Inn at Spanish Bay is the perfect location to wash away all your stress and enjoy an active or relaxing long weekend.
Known for its Scottish-style golf links and unparalleled hospitality services, the Inn at Spanish Bay is a dream come true destination for a short but luxurious stay. Snuggle up to a roaring fire or on your private patio, get active at the private Beach & Tennis Club, and head over to the 22,000-square-foot full-service salon and spa. In addition to the five world-class restaurants at the Inn, visitors flock to the Stave Wine Cellar for wine tastings and of course, to purchase their favorite bottles.
The Setai, Miami Beach, FL
Tropical gardens, glistening pools, and the excitement of Miami Beach are the perfect way to spend a long weekend away. The oceanfront Setai resort brings elegance and Asian traditions to the heart of the vivacious South Beach community. The Setai has three pools, a private spa, private beach access, and everything you desire in a personalized hotel experience.
The Spa at The Setai features 4 private spa suites and guests can partake in Pacific Rim-styled relaxation rituals that soothe the soul both in and out of their private rooms.
When in Miami, it is never a bad idea to indulge in some after-hours partying, and The Setai serves as a luxurious escape from the bustling Miami nightlife while still being in the center of it all.