We love getting pampered as much as the next person, but there's something special about jetting off to a luxury resort where you can explore new locales and acquire new experiences all while feeling like you're right at home. Of course, creating a distinct, place-specific atmosphere is no easy feat. As such, when we find such impeccable luxury resorts that also happen to feel as cozy as a bed and breakfast, we have to share them.
With the 12 luxury resorts we're highlighting below, you'll get the quaint coziness and the luxe privacy of an inn, the chic design of a boutique hotel, the top-notch service and amenities you'd expect from a grand hotel, and the travel adventures of a unique location, Whether you're just fighting a serious bout of wanderlust and need to take a mental vacation at your desk or you're planning an escape sometime soon, you'll be adding all of these luxury resorts to your travel bucket list. Scroll through for happy trails and sweet daydreams ahead.
The SoCal Oasis: Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa
The Destination: Rancho Santa Fe in San Diego, California
The Property Vibes: With acres of gardens, trails, olive groves, casitas, and plenty of indoor and outdoor fireplaces on the property, you'll feel right at home (or better). Wrap yourself up in blankets, and enjoy craft cocktails or wellness smoothies on the croquet lawn, spa pool, or even by your own backyard fire pit and hot tub.
Only at Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa: Hot air balloons, huge private lodgings, a one-of-a-kind spa, and incredible tennis facilities all make this Spanish-inspired resort an inimitable oasis. Every detail is designed to indulge, from the morning orange juice delivery to the Natura Bisse bath products and the nightly vanilla lip balm they leave on your pillow.
The Design-Savvy Outdoor Adventure: Fogo Island Inn
The Destination: Newfoundland, Canada
The Property Vibes: Imagine if a cool modern art gallery collaborated with an avant-garde spacecraft architect and they tapped a sweet grandmother with an eye for comfortable knits and florals for the interiors. Actually, don't image it, just look at this hotel. Perched on stilts overlooking the ocean, it is a unique structure.
Only at Fogo Island Inn: The Inn's architecture is bold, whimsical, and distinctive of the locale. And these sentiments extend beyond the aesthetics as well, with all locally sourced ingredients, location-specific activities based on their seven seasons, and homey opportunities like walking the hotel dogs Make and Break. You'll find us perusing the library or the art gallery, iceberg watching, or stargazing from the rooftop sauna.
The Stylish Tropical Getaway: Hotel Esencia
The Destination: Playa Del Carmen in Quintana Roo, Mexico
The Property Vibes: Hotel Esencia is the beach hideout of your dreams. Nestled between Tulum and Playa del Carmen in the Mayan Riviera, the private villas and guest rooms feature on-trend designs while remaining true to the tropical setting where sprawling beaches and enchanting mangroves abound.
Only at Hotel Esencia: Where to begin? From the impeccable design to the unique spa menu and gorgeous, secluded natural landscape, this boutique resort has all the perks and amenities of a big hotel without making you feel like you're just another guest on a giant property. Oh, and the main building on the property is the former mansion of an Italian duchess, which undoubtedly sets the scene for you to feel like modern-day royalty.
A New England Hideaway: Twin Farms
The Destination: Barnard, Vermont
The Property Vibes: Tucked away in the property's 300 acres of meadows and woodlands, you'll want to cozy up and hunker down in one of the whimsical, retro-inspired, and distinctive cottages. This charming, adults-only inn feels quaint and cozy, but it also offers all the luxe amenities you'd expect from a high-end resort, making Twin Farms the perfect getaway for anyone who prefers total privacy, traditional interiors (paired with an original David Hockney painting, of course), and homey vibes.
Only at Twin Farms: With a customized daily menu created by renowned chefs, even just dining at this resort will be a reawakening experience. There's also an extensive spa list, as well as plenty of outdoor activities, and it makes for a perfect writer's retreat—there's something fun and cozy for everyone. We're personally dreaming of enjoying a book with a nice glass of wine by the sitting areas with wood-burning fireplaces. It is "steeped in romance and folklore."
A Ski Retreat: Washington School House Hotel
The Destination: Park City, Utah
The Property Vibes: This is a winter wonderland, whether you choose to ski or snowboard or sip hot cocoa by the fire. The traditional interiors with a modern, stylish twist make the elegant comfort of this 12-room boutique hotel a unique mountain accommodation. So if you'd like to venture away from the classic chalet vibes on your next ski trip, this is your place.
Only at Washington Schoolhouse Hotel: You'll also wake up to a French press coffee delivery each morning, which makes it even more difficult to leave the down-feathered bed piled in white Pratesi linens. Once you muster up the motivation, go for a dip in the heated pool and spa terraced into the mountainside behind the hotel or book a dinner with the private chef. There are also charming boutiques and restaurants lining Main Street just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the property.
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The Wine Country Retreat: Farmhouse Inn
The Destination: Sonoma, California
The Property Vibes: Nestled in a lush small town swarming with wineries and rolling hills, you'll feel like you just stepped inside Meryl Streep's endlessly stylish home in It's Complicated. From the vaulted ceilings to the neutral materials in lush, cozy fabrics, this inn has romance and comfort written all over it.
The Stylish Sanctuary: Robertson Small Hotel
The Destination: Robertson, Western Cape, South Africa
The Property Vibes: Just outside of Cape Town in the town of Robertson, this chic boutique hotel is full of understated soul and low-key luxury. It has a serious sense of place, and it was recently renovated by Studio Ashby, an über-cool design firm based in London.
Only at The Robertson Small Hotel: With only 10 rooms, each with a unique design and charm, you'll enjoy unbelievable service amid sprawling gardens, on-site gourmet eateries, and views of scenic mountain ranges. It's also located in a great wine-producing agricultural region, so get ready for a killer wine menu to pair with your five-star meals.
An Art House Mountain Stay: The Little Nell
The Destination: Aspen, Colorado
The Property Vibes: Though pretty much everything at this resort is one of a kind and top-of-the-line, we're most excited about the world-renowned abstract art adorning all the guest room walls. Of course, all the outdoor adventures are pretty hard to beat too.
The English Countryside Estate: Soho Farmhouse
The Destination: Oxfordshire, United Kingdon
The Property Vibes: Soho House meets Downton Abbey at this farmhouse resort, where luxury has never been cooler. The idyllic property is sprinkled with stylishly converted A-frame farmhouses, featuring several dining experiences, social venues, and private accommodations.
Only at Soho Farmhouse: There's an ice room for bath-soaking detoxifications, mud therapy, and an indoor-outdoor pool that leads from a rustic, high-ceiling shed out into the serene lawns. The clubhouse feel also allows for plenty of socializing and networking, which makes it a unique resort.
The Beach Vacation: Vila Monte Farmhouse
The Destination: Algarve, Portugal
The Property Vibes: Half preppy, half hip European, this farmhouse-like hotel is the beach resort you've been dreaming of. Think Malibu meets Morocco meets Connecticut. It boasts bright white interiors and idyllic grounds to soak in when you're not at the pool or beach.
The South Asian Haven: Amantaka
The Destination: Luang Prabang, Laos
The Property Vibes: The beautiful, approachable, and cozy designs inspired by local surroundings that are both natural and historic make this South Asian resort a special destination.
Only at Amantaka: Go on cultural excursions to local temples, take a private Mekong river cruise at dusk, or stay on the property to luxuriate in holistic wellness treatments before soaking in the scenic views and sunshine by the serene pool.
Which luxury resorts are making your travel bucket list? Compare notes in the comments below.