6 Stunning Resorts Perfect For A Luxury Vacation
Life can be stressful, and sometimes the best way to deal with problems is to break out of the routine and get away from it all. Fortunately, there are many places offering high-end accommodations and recreational experiences in gorgeous environments. In no particular order, here are some lavish hotels providing guests with fun and relaxation.
#1 in our overview is Tetherow Resort in Bend, Oregon, which encompasses a hotel and vacation homes for rent, both of which offer dog-friendly options for those who travel with their furry friends. Other notable amenities include an event pavilion, a heated outdoor pool, and three distinct restaurants. Guests can pick between getting burgers, beers, and other pub fare at The Row, dining on pheasant and elk at Solomon’s, or keeping it simple with a sandwich and a smoothie at The Cafe.
Fitness options include yoga instruction and various other group classes, an array of exercise machines, a row of TRX bands for low-impact suspension training, and golf. Guests who enjoy hitting the links can choose between an environmentally-sustainable 18-hole course that can be explored in minuscule detail online, and an indoor center that allows players to hone their skills regardless of the weather.
Next up, at #2, is The Phoenix Resort, located off the coast of Belize in a small town called San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye. Activities for visitors include swimming in either of two heated saline pools, chilling at the bar, practicing yoga with a trained instructor, and enjoying a rejuvenating facial or therapeutic massage at the spa. There's also a kid's club onsite called The Phoenix Nest.
The Phoenix offers guests a wealth of different water activities. These include sunbathing on the sandbar, feeding tarpons, swimming with sharks and stingrays, fishing in the Atlantic Ocean, and exploring the Barrier Reef. Guests can also tour the ruins of Mayan temples on the mainland of Belize.
Our #3 is Streamsong Resort in Bowling Green, Florida, where guests can attend a business conference or a wedding, or simply unwind in a warm, pastoral setting. Activities include boarding a boat for guided bass fishing, shooting clay pigeons with shotguns, or getting pampered at the spa, which has whirlpools, a sauna, a steam room, and a grotto. There's also a site for archery, where guests can loose arrows from powerful recurve bows. Even visitors not into recreation can enjoy vistas of lagoons, lakes, and grassy hills.
Some of Streamsong's most notable amenities are for golfers. The coastal geography supplies the links with some unique features, and one of the courses is built on land that had previously been used for phosphate strip mining, which yields a highly-variable topography that contributes to the complexity of play. The courses also reportedly have smooth putting because the greens are surfaced with a finely-textured variety of grass called Ultradwarf Bermudagrass, branded commercially as Mach 1.
At #4 we have the Bahia Resort Hotel, which has been in operation since 1953 in San Diego's Mission Bay. This family-oriented vacation spot has beachfront cottages, studios with panoramic views, and suites that face the bay, so guests can enjoy privacy while soaking up rays. Additionally, there's a private beach, gardens, and a pair of sternwheeler boats for partying on the water.
Culinary options include California cuisine at Cafe Bahia, cocktails at the Tangier Bar, and quick bites like wraps and coffee at the Grab 'N Go, which is housed in a gleaming Airstream trailer. The surrounding area includes SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, Legoland, places for kayaking and paddleboarding, the Old Town Trolley, and Belmont Park, which features the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster and other rides. Guests can also stay on the grounds and just relax under an umbrella.
#5 on the list is Deerhurst Resort. This hotel is located in Huntsville, the largest town in the Muskoka Region of Ontario, Canada, 133 miles north of Toronto. Notable events in Deerhurst's history include hosting the 2010 G8 summit and having had singer Shania Twain as a frequent performer before she was famous. Its amenities include two beach areas, hiking trails, treetop trekking, and the Eclipse Art Gallery.
Deerhurst also has a bar, a steakhouse, and spa services. Facilities with kid-friendly activities include rock climbing walls, an escape-the-room mystery game in a spooky cabin, an arcade, and a small petting zoo; there are also all-ages ATV tours. Nearby are the idyllic Arrowhead Provincial Park and the historic section of Huntsville. The Muskoka Heritage Place, meanwhile, features an old-fashioned village, a museum, and an antiquated railway.
Finally, for #6 we find Elmhirst’s Resort, situated 93 miles northeast of Toronto in Keene, Ontario on the north shore of Rice Lake. Guests stay at lakeside cottages that include decks and barbecues. There are also multiple locations for holding wedding ceremonies and receptions, plus some offbeat recreational venues like a barnyard and a maze.
Guests looking to cut loose can experience tastings at a wine cellar, beers at the pub, or foot massages, acupuncture, and Chinese-style tui na massage at the spa. Those who want to stay active can take yoga classes, play tennis, go carp fishing, or use free weights and treadmills at the gym. In addition, there's a paddock where guests are able to ride horses or ponies, volunteer as cowhands, and take a wagon drawn by a team of Clydesdales.