Five Over-the-Top US Resorts
Photos courtesy of the respective resorts
Everyone likes to splurge occasionally on vacation. And if it is a special event like a 50th birthday or ten-year anniversary, maybe that calls for even more extravagance. To that end, here are a few resorts that definitely won't be used in the same sentence as "inexpensive" or "discount" that offer great amenities, spectacular service, and the utmost privacy.
The Ranch at Rock Creek — Philipsburg, Montana
Accommodation Rates: $800-$1350 per person per night
The Ranch at Rock Creek does Western adventure right — horseback riding is just one experience they offer. First of all, they have four different types of lodging with Canvas Cabins, Luxury Homes, the Historic Barn, and the Granite Lodge Suites. These are all-inclusive accommodations that not only include food, but all drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. You also receive two daily guided activities including all gear and equipment. They have full amenities including pool, fitness center, etc. But they also have options like an onsite four lane bowling center and a private movie theater!
The Point — Saranac Lake, New York
Accommodation Rates: $1750-$3550 per night
In the middle of the Adirondack Mountains lies the Point Resort. In this grand expanse of wilderness, the resort states the intent to “marry luxury to nature.” Originally built by William Avery Rockefeller, the "luxury" part is certainly a given. There are 11 different guestrooms, each with its own style and price. The packages are all-inclusive here, but sold by the room (double occupancy) and not by the person. All of your meals, booze, and activities are included. Water and nature activities dominate in the summer and winter sports like skiing in the colder months are the norm. Lake Placid is close by so you can go and try your hand at bobsled and luge should you be so inclined.
Twin Farms — Barnard, Vermont
Accommodation Rates: $1700-$3300 per night
Vermont’s only luxury, five-star resort, Twin Farms is 300 acres of pristine peace and quiet. Originally owned by Nobel prize-winning author Sinclair Lewis, the accommodations have grown to 20 with ten cottages, four rooms in the farmhouse, two suites in the lodge, and four rooms in the main house. This is also an all-inclusive resort so all meals, activities and amenities are included (spa treatments are extra). Each room includes a stocked mini-refrigerator and fireplace. The resort is open year round so fans of snow sports can take advantage of the legendary Green Mountain State winters.
Amangiri — Canyon Point, Utah
Accommodation Rates: $2,200 and up per night
Sanskrit for "peaceful mountain," Amangiri sits on 600 rugged acres in Southern Utah. Views of the Grand Staircase are aplenty and nature is at its finest here. This resort also included full board, guided hikes, trip planning, and group yoga and strengthening classes. There is an onsite spa and fitness center. The accommodations are varied with 13 Desert View Suites, 14 Mesa View Suites, one Terrace Suite, two Mesa Pool Suites, two Desert Pool Suites, the Girijaala Suite and the Amangiri Suite. For those who truly fall in love with the area, the resort is working on selling 36 private villas.
Beach Village at the Del — San Diego, California
Accommodation Rates: $1,179 and up per night
San Diego's oceanfront vibe is even nicer when you are staying at Beach Village at the Del. The resort consists of 78 oceanfront cottages and villas, and on top of its own personalized paradise, all the amenities of Hotel del Coronado, one of the premier hotels in the country, are included. These are not all-inclusive packages here so although you get breakfast in the mornings, you are on your own for the rest of the day. Alcohol is also your responsibility. The dining options are plentiful with no less than eight places that you can grab a bite. Some are casual and some are a little more formal.
So make your next big day a big deal by staying in one of these fabulous resorts. There are so many reasons to treat yourself to a special getaway. As the millennials love to say: YOLO.
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