Vacationing at a top-notch resort is the perfect way to unwind and pamper yourself, and you don’t necessary have to venture far from home to find one. Some of the world’s best and most relaxing resortscan be found in the U.S. and Canada, from The Cloisters at Sea Island in Georgia to the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in Banff National Pak. Enjoy spa services, fine dining, and a range of outdoor recreational activities in some of the most beautiful parts of North America.
If you’re planning a relaxing getaway, keep in mind these world-class hotels — all located in stunning coastal, country and mountainside locations — whether it’s for one night or a full week. Here, below to view our top picks in the U.S. and Canada for a stress-relieving getaway.
What do you think is the most relaxing resort in the country? Share your thoughts in the comments. The following are 10 of the most relaxing resorts in the U.S. and Canada.
10. Sundance Resort, Provo, Utah
Whether you’re heading to Utah for the Sundance Film Festival or to hit the slopes, find peace, quiet and affordable luxury at the Sundance Resort. Known for being more quiet and restful than most large Utah ski lodges, the resort features rustic mountain-style rooms, spa, dining, endless outdoor activities and cultural events like author readings and art exhibitions. One visitor raves: “Lots of privacy and beautiful scenery. This place is a MUST visit to get away and relax.” Rooms start at $159/night.
9. Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Scottsdale, Arizona
Arizona’s Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is truly that: A desert sanctuary for rest, relaxation and peace. Enjoy privacy in mountain and spa casitas, and enjoy gourmet dining by “Iron Chef” winner Beau MacMillan. Guests can unwind at the spa, meditation garden, watsu pool and infinity pool, or log walks around the secluded 53-acre grounds in Paradise Valley, located just outside Scottsdale. Rated the #1 resort in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards. Rooms available from $279/night.
8. The Cloister, Sea Island, Georgia
This award-winning five-star hotel on Georgia’s secluded Sea Island is a luxurious Southern oasis surrounded by beaches, golfing, and natural beauty. The Cloister Spa was rated five stars by Forbes and named one of the top 10 luxury spas in the world by Fodors.com, while the Georgian Room also receives rave reviews for fine dining. The resort’s many outdoor activities include fishing, horseback riding, nature tours, boat tours, shooting, kayaking and archery classes. It has been rated one of the world’s best hotels five years running by Travel + Leisure. For true decadence and total privacy, enjoy a stay in one of the resort’s ocean villas. Rooms start at $295/night in the off-season.
7. The Lodge at Pebble Beach, California
If you’re planning a trip to San Francisco, head south down the Pacific Coast Highway for a weekend enjoying the beautiful beaches and small-town feel of Pebble Beach. A relaxing and luxurious stay at The Lodge at Pebble Beach offers visitors stellar service, ocean views, top-notch golf courses, Beach & Tennis Club, spa and fine dining. Ranked by US News one of the best hotels of 2013, and voted #1 out of 109 Monterey hotels. Garden-view rooms start at $715/night.
6. Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay, Lanai City, Hawaii
Ideally located on the edge of a red-lava cliff and bordering a marine preserve, the Four Seasons Resort Lana’i at Manele Bay is one of Hawaii’s most luxurious resorts, renowned for its seclusion and peacefulness. Visitors have called this five-star hotel “tranquil and inspiring,” “THE place to go to relax,” and “an absolutely superb spot to simply relax.” Make sure to enjoy the spa, whirlpools, private beach and luaus. Rooms start at $458/night.
5. Sonora Resort, Sonora Island, British Columbia
This luxury wilderness resort and eco-travel destination, located on a tranquil island off the British Columbia coast, is a haven of sustainable tourism. With luxurious rooms, the Island Current Spa, and miles of untouched forests and coastlines to explore, Sonora Resort offers a true getaway from a hectic urban lifestyle. Outdoor activities include fly fishing, bear watching, hiking, kayaking and helicopter tours. In 2011, the resort was voted the #1 Luxury Hotel in Canada by Trip Advisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards. Single rooms start at $445/night, including all meals and amenities.
4. Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee
This country oasis, located in the foothills of Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains, is a whole lot more than the name might suggest — Blackberry Farm is a five-star resort consistently ranked one of the best in the country. The resort has the feel of an intimate countryside bed and breakfast with the amenities of a top-notch luxury hotel, including a spa, private yoga classes, organic haute cuisine, carriage rides, and convertibles that guests can rent to explore the surrounding country roads. Deluxe rooms start at $895/night.
3. Inn at Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, South Carolina
A cluster of cottages on the South Carolina coast between Charleston and Savannah, The Inn at Plametto Bluff has an old-world charm and luxury that has made it consistently one of the top-ranked resorts in the country. This luxurious Carolina Lowcountry resort features golf courses, a full-service spa, fine dining and private village houses in the waterside forest. Rated a rare five stars on TripAdvisor, one reviewer described the resort as “a quiet, relaxing setting with outstanding service and amenities.” Private cottages start at $595/night.
2. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Louise, Alberta
With the incredible natural beauty of Banff National Park and an aqua-clear glacial lake as its backdrop, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a luxury resort with endless opportunities to enjoy the stress-relieving benefits of spending time in nature. In addition to being consistently ranked one of the top 10 in the country and one of the world’s best hotels, the resort has earned the AAA Four Diamond Award.
Guests can enjoy winter sports, summer outdoor activities, a spa and health club, eight restaurants, and more. King rooms start at $458/night.
1. Auberge du Soleil, Napa, California
Enjoy a weekend of rest, relaxation and wine tasting in Northern California with a tranquil getaway at Napa’s Auberge du Soleil Resort, nestled within rolling hills and miles of vineyards. Conde Nast Traveler readers ranked Auberge the #1 Hotel in Northern California last year, while Travel + Leisure named the hotel the fifth-best in the country in 2010. Guests can enjoy the hotel’s seclusion and luxury while unwinding at the spa and fitness center, pool and cabanas, private yoga pavilion, and restaurants serving Wine Country cuisine. Large rooms with private terrace start at $950/night.