There’s no need to bid farewell to summer just yet. The long Labor Day weekend is a great excuse to take one last leisurely trip before the kids settle in at school and you head back to your desk for the winter slog. Here are 10 destinations that will keep the good times rolling.
Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star 45 Park Lane equates with luxurious tranquility. This London stunner is getting back to its roots by reinforcing its dedication to the arts. Always at the fore of exclusivity, 45 Park Lane’s latest in its art series is an exhibition of works by contemporary artist Bruce McLean, which includes some never-before-seen pieces. “Bruce McLean at Bar 45” runs through September 15. While you’re there, check out Cut, Wolfgang Puck’s European-dining debut that plates gallery-worthy dishes in its own right.
The Four-Star Condado Vanderbilt Hotel is an ideal place in Puerto Rico to celebrate a day (or several) of rest. Just in time for the long Labor Day weekend, the hotel is offering two great deals that will pave your way to relaxation. The Suite Summer deal offers a 20 percent discount on one spa treatment, a $50 dining credit at Ola and butler service for a three-day minimum stay. The Summer Getaway package offers American breakfast for two per day and a 15 percent discount on spa treatments.
Wine and romance go hand in hand at Keswick Hall and Golf Club, a Five-Star Charlottesville getaway where you can take one last summer break with your sweetie and tour Virginia’s vino country. Keswick Hall’s Winery Tour package includes luxury accommodations, a three-vineyard tour with a wine expert and round-trip transportation from the resort. After your tour, settle in for a treatment at the spa or a romantic dinner for two at the hotel’s Four-Star restaurant, Fossett’s.
Where is it written that Labor Day can’t be used for a guys or gals weekend? The Dominican Republic’s Casa de Campo Resort Villas doesn’t think the passage exists, so it’s gone ahead with a couple of specials that prove perfect for quick group getaways. The Pay 2 and Stay 3 Nights deal is a straightforward winner for the traveler looking to bask in the Caribbean sun for as long as possible. The Unlimited Golf offer speaks to anyone who’d like to use his clubs on three of the most picturesque courses Pete Dye has ever designed.
A three-day weekend may not be long enough for a European escape, but you can still get the next best thing at Four-Star Hotel Granduca. This Houston hideaway’s Italian influences show in everything from the décor to the hospitality. Choose your own Labor Day adventure with the hotel’s special Reconnect packages. The Reconnect with Your Beloved deal offers complimentary prosecco, romantic meals, Maserati transportation and more. The Reconnect with Your Family package includes a family movie night with snacks, a museum outing and other goodies.
The Magic Kingdom isn’t the only worthy attraction in Orlando. The Orlando World Center Marriott is home to 10 PokéStops, which will get you one step closer to glory in your social media circles. The resort’s Catch ’Em All Escape features laser show/pool view accommodations, two Pikachu cocktails, complimentary parking and a $25 daily resort credit. If Squirtle and Charmander aren’t your thing, you can still enjoy a $50 daily resort credit on stays booked by September 6.
Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe, tucked away in the mountains of Santa Fe, has just the thing for your end-of-summer blues. The Four-Star oasis’ Suite Summer promotion basically pays you to pamper yourself. With any suite stay through October 31, you’ll receive a $200 credit for resort services. Indulge in some bodywork at the spa, take an adventure excursion or simply enjoy a meal at Terra Restaurant. Relax, it’s on the house.
Four-Star The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas sure knows how to throw a party, and it’s going to keep its next one going throughout the long weekend. A mainstay of the Las Vegas social scene, The Cosmopolitan pumps up the volume with four days of DJs at the Marquee Dayclub, from Cedric Gervais (Sept. 2) to Tritonal (Sept. 5). The fun starts at 11 a.m. each day, leaving plenty of time for you to try your luck at the hotel’s casino or soothe your dance-weary feet at the spa with a massage.
New York City
Drift away from your responsibilities with the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Conrad New York’s Sailing package. After a restful night in your deluxe suite, grab a gourmet breakfast from Atrio Wine Bar & Restaurant before heading to the docks. The hotel has partnered with North Cove Marina, ensuring an unforgettable two-hour private sailing tour of Manhattan, which ends with a picnic lunch and a complimentary bottle of Moët & Chandon champagne.
The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort may have played host to celebrities like Marilyn Monroe in the past, but this holiday weekend, the focus is on family. The resort, only 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix, has everything you need to keep the whole group happy and engaged. There’s the Splash Cinema “Dive In” movies, glow-in-the-dark mini-golf, live music and more. We recommend everyone taking a turn on the 92-foot waterslide at the poolside barbecue on Labor Day.