By Angel Valdes
Forget navigating travel restrictions. We believe a great escape can be found just a few hours away, be it for the upcoming Spring Break or wherever life is taking you.
Jump to a Vacation Theme and discover a unique destination pulled from our curated collection of the world’s best boutique hotels where you’re guaranteed an intimate, unique, and luxury experience: the home away from home to help your family reconnect.
Don’t worry, all of our top picks are boutique hotels adhering to strict regulations as detailed by the CDC.
Come March, temperatures are dropping and snow is still piling throughout the north. A Winter retreat means breathtaking mountain landscapes and adventures for all ages.
A five-star hotel in the central U.S. not to be missed, The Nell’s 92 modern rooms feature gas log fireplaces, balconies, unique floor plans, gorgeous views, and complimentary in-room eats. Find everything you need at their full-service property boasting multiple dining options, a Spa, Boutique, and on-site health center.
The adventurer of your crew will appreciate that The Nell is the only ski-in/ski-out hotel at the base of the Ajax. Visit the Expert Ski Concierge dedicated to managing all the associated details from reservations to hidden powder recommendations. Book a snowshoe tour and venture through Aspen’s fir forests to wonder at the gorgeous terrain, or take a complimentary road bike out for a spin.
Don’t forget to relax:
Enjoy the hotel’s heated pools and hot tubs surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens. At the end of the day cribs and toddler beds can be brought up to the room along with board games, toys, and children’s books to name a few. One of your nights be sure to book a babysitter through the concierge to enjoy an intimate dinner with your partner, because it’s your vacation too.
Room Recommendation for a family of 4 to 6:
The Superior 2-bedroom apartment. Designed with your family’s comfort in mind, it comes equipped with a full kitchen, two bathrooms, and a dining area for the whole family to gather around.
Overlook the Catskill Mountains from one of Eastwind’s 26 rustic and exceptionally unique rooms. For the family craving an urban detox without sacrificing comfort, consider this upscale camping alternative in the chilly northeast.
Don’t let the remote location fool you. There is no shortage of activities in the Catskills. Take a scenic hike through one of the many mountain trails, visit an animal farm or sanctuary with the kiddos, take riding lessons at the nearby equestrian center, spend the afternoon fly fishing and paddling, or take a scenic drive through IN-32.
Room Recommendation for a family of 4:
The Suite. Gather around a fire-pit, make smores, and swap stories under the hotel provided wool blankets. After a long hike, enjoy sauna access and a hot shower from your en-suite bathroom, stepping into a living room with birds eye or panoramic views, Persian rugs, and crackling fireplaces. Did we mention they’re pet friendly?
You and your loved ones are lacking some serious vitamin D. For the northerners with several months of cold to go, or the southerners craving a unique and sunny experience, look no further than our top picks for a luxury retreat soaking up Sun and Sea.
L’Auberge has a motto: Stay Safe, Start Living. Situated in the heart of Southern California, it’s the warmest spot on the west coast you’re likely to find in March with temperatures in the high 60’s. The best part: with a year-round heated pool overlooking the gorgeous pacific, how warm it is won’t always matter.
Go for a run along the coast, or enjoy some sunrise yoga on the beach before the kids get up. Then, take them to catch their (first?) wave with surfboard lessons from the locals. Race down the coast with a complimentary electric cruiser or take it slow with a beach picnic and a game of volleyball.
Explore San Diego:
Whether you have a young hiker eager to explore the nature preserve or a teenage shopaholic wanting to explore the coastal villages with their attractive Old Hollywood vibe, you’re sure to find something to make everyone happy at L’Auberge. Especially after you’re able to squeeze in an afternoon at the spa.
Room recommendation for a family of 6:
The Pacific Suite. Lounge on the private balcony, come together in the dining room and enjoy a windy night by the electric fireplace.
A beachfront 5-star hotel focused on sustainability with a “seedlings” kids club dedicated to offering in-person, socially distanced, collaborative activities to their young residents. For those heading East, this is our top pick for Sun and Sea.
A full-service wait-staff delivering food right to your cabana while the young ones make dream catchers with other live children in the seedlings program. Get a full-body massage at the Bamford Wellness Spa, voted Florida’s Best by the 2020 World Spa Awards, while the kids partake in a Science Show directed by the 1 Hotel South Beach staff.
The staycation [stay + vacation] draw:
Jet ski, paddle board, or parasail, and did we mention there’s a waitstaff on the beach too? With 7 dining options on premises, a golf course nearby, and a pool sized hot tub for our late night relaxers 1 Hotel South Beach proves you don’t have to travel south of the border for a great beachfront resort experience.
An Eco-Friendly Stay:
A one-of-a-kind hotel designed using reclaimed materials with organic cotton mattresses in every room, energy efficient systems in place, and farm-to-table gatherings in the kitchen. Just another reason to feel good for your getaway.
Room Recommendation for a family of 4 to 6:
The 2 Bedroom Suite featuring an in-room tablet with daily periodicals, an in-room filtration system, and a clean design that allows the blue of the sea from your private balcony to take center stage.
For a vacation that’s all about the Arts, read on for beach and sport luxury holiday alternatives that even your fickle teens will love.
For a laid-back boho retreat with a focus on community, consider driving just 2 hours north of LA to the coastal town of Santa Barbara, California. The Goodland aims to bring creativity and inspiration to their guests every day. Though their special daily programming has been suspended due to COVID, there’s still “private” good times ahead for you and your family at this Boutique Hotel. Relax and unwind from the comfort of your room with a complimentary evening social hour. Then, pick up an easy dinner at The Outpost after a dip in the pool, open with limited availability.
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Explore Santa Barbara:
During the day, hike and bike your way through the scenic vistas offered by the Santa Ynez mountains (but not before taking advantage of the morning coffee service!) Kayak from the wharf to the harbor or set sail for some whale watching. Stroll the scenic streets lined with some of the most beautiful, unique, and locally owned boutique shops that guarantee an entire sensory experience. The beautiful adobe architecture and Spanish influenced artistry will compel you to leave no stone unturned during your time exploring sunny Santa Barbara.
Room Recommendation for a family of 4:
Courtyard Patio Double Room. Turn on the record player, slide open the patio doors and have a battle game showdown with the whole family.
Natural beauty meets the urban art scene at this historical jazz club to hotel conversion in young, hip, and thriving Austin, Texas. Don’t worry about the little things. The line is all about the finer things like: complimentary breakfast, parking, coffee, and in-room wellness amenities.
To start, take your family up for the standard spring-time dip in The Line’s salt water infinity pool overlooking the lake and Congress avenue bridge. In case the kids were wondering, yes, the pool bar has tacos. Explore all that historic Austin has to offer with bikes from the hotel (complimentary, of course), or rent a couple of canoes at the lake. Don’t forget to grab the signature Matcha latte from The Alfred coffee bar in the lobby.
Of the 6 hotels on this list, the Line is by far the most pet friendly. With no fees, no shortage of pet friendly parks, restaurants, treats, and hotel amenities, your pet is sure to be as pampered as your teens will feel cool and cultured.
Hotel Recommendation for a family of 4:
Wind down in the apartment suite where you’ll be greeted by vintage books, a functioning record player, and a curated collection of vinyls. Visit the vinyl shop on the property to find all the aids you’ll need to give your kids a proper introduction to the best music (in your opinion).
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