If your New Year’s resolutions include taking more time out to relax, we’ve found luxe spots to help you do just that. From a Caribbean hideaway to a cozy mountain inn, these resorts will help you start 2018 rested and rejuvenated.
Marigot Bay Resort and Marina by Capella
Marigot Bay, St. Lucia
Soak up the sun at this recently renovated retreat on St. Lucia’s Marigot Bay—one of the island’s most beautiful resorts. Suites include private balconies and, in most, private hot tubs, and each guest enjoys the services of their own personal assistant, who can arrange for private activities like couples massage lessons or cocktail-making classes. Unwind with Auriga Spa’s signature treatments inspired by the four phases of the moon, then head to the Rum Cave to savor regional spirits and cigars while watching mega yachts dock in the marina.
Lake Placid Lodge
Lake Placid, New York
The only hotel located directly on Lake Placid, rooms at this rustic resort are filled with art and antiques. Start your day with the buttermilk pancakes at Artisans, one of the area’s best restaurants, before exploring the Adirondacks with activities arranged by the hotel, including snowshoeing, tobogganing and ice fishing. Be sure to visit the town’s Olympic complex where the 1980 games were held (and where you can try your hand at bobsledding) then return to the lodge for the nightly bonfire lakeside, where hot chocolate and s’mores are served. Guest rooms include deep soaking tubs and wood-burning fireplaces, and beds handcrafted by local artisans.
São Lourenço do Barrocal
Housed in a recently-restored 19th century farmhouse in Portugal’s wild Alentejo region, this hotel, winery and spa offers the ultimate country vacation. A thriving wine-making business is at the heart of the estate. Tour the facilities and then enjoy a private tasting or a picnic among the vines. Activities like horseback riding and hot air balloon rides provide plenty of ways to take in the scenery, while the hotel’s restaurant makes the most of the region’s produce with a seasonal, farm-to-table menu. Guest rooms inspired by local farm villages feature vaulted ceilings, crafted wood furnishings and terracotta brick floors. In the warmer months, book a cottage with a private outdoor terrace, ideal for sipping the estate’s wines as you gaze out at the star-filled night sky.
From about $200/night
Woodstock Inn & Resort
If your idea of perfection is a cozy inn, you’ll find it at this getaway in the Green Mountains that combines the charm of a bed and breakfast with upscale resort details like wood-burning fireplaces and handcrafted bedframes in guest rooms. Nooks and crannies tucked throughout the property provide plenty of spots for curling up with a good book, while the charming town of Woodstock offers a collection of well-curated boutiques, art galleries and country stores. Four restaurants featuring farm-to-table fare and an eco-friendly spa complete the laid-back experience.
Since opening in 1923, this storied Moroccan property has been visited by dignitaries and movie stars alike; toast your arrival with a cocktail in the Churchill Bar, named for one of the hotel’s most famous guests. Guest rooms are decorated with the Arabesque tiling and traditional textiles one associates with Morocco, and many overlook the palm-laden gardens and Italian marble pool, where a decadent seafood-focused brunch (with oysters, lobster, salmon and more) is served on Sundays. Set aside an afternoon to enjoy the spa, and sample treatments like the Onguent d’Argan massage with a nourishing balm of argan oil and monoï butter, then take a dip in the indoor pool.
Text by Leigh Crandall