Let’s face it: A lot of luxury hotel experience and escapes are tailored to the tastes of women. Cue the romantic dinners, shopping excursions and sweetly scented spa treatments. After all, the members of the fairer sex do hold the power of the purse, driving most family travel and other purchasing decisions. But for a change, here are three indulgent experiences that were created with men in mind.
Warwick Hotel New York
A historic spot in the heart of Manhattan that was built by William Randolph Hearst in 1926, Warwick has hosted celebrities like Irving Berlin, Elvis Presley and The Beatles. When it’s time to make your grand appearance at the storied property, become a connoisseur of fine libations at the same time with the Whiskey Please! The Sophisticated Gentleman’s Package. Upon check-in for a two-night stay, you and one guest will be graced with an in-room selection of whiskey, receive a set of engraved tumblers perfect for imbibing and get car service for a night on the town. If you’d like to share the experience with more friends, check out the other male-centric package that includes accommodations for up to four in the 977-square-foot Randolph Suite. This deal also comes with a private whiskey tasting and small bite food pairings with spirits educator Allen Katz.
If you prefer Scotch and that iconic game created by the Scots — golf — as the centerpieces of your vacation, then we suggest packing your bags for Pinehurst, North Carolina. With nine courses and a history that includes hosting the 1951 Ryder Cup and the 2014 U.S. Open and the U.S. Women’s Open, the name “Pinehurst” is synonymous with a day on the greens. To roam the same fairways as Phil and Tiger right now, try the Acura Golf Escape, which comes with a two-night stay at the property (our pick: Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Carolina Hotel at Pinehurst Resort), three rounds of golf, cart fee, daily breakfast and dinner, $200 resort gift card and significant discounts on other goodies.
Langham Place, Fifth Avenue
As is sometimes the case with the NBA’s mid-season spectacle, the 2015 All-Star Game coincides with Valentine’s Day. If your feelings for LeBron and Carmelo run a bit deeper than mere infatuation, this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended property’s For the Love of the Game offer is the perfect play. Less than a mile from Madison Square Garden, site of the February 15 game (don’t worry, the concierge can help you score tickets), the Langham’s location is a slam dunk, and the package’s promises of a couple’s massage at the spa and daily breakfast at Measure Lounge are winners, too. But the best part of the weekend may be Party with the Pros, an exclusive February 12 cocktail soiree with yet-to-be-named hoops stars.