Memorial Day marks the unofficial beginning of summer. Why not skip the backyard grill outs and send up the holiday weekend in real celebratory style this year? Coast to coast, luxury hotels are hosting parties and packages galore to start the season right.
Mandarin Oriental Hotels
The luxury hotel brand is gearing up for warmer forecasts with different promotions at a number of its U.S. hotels. The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Washington D.C. hotel’s package, See Your Selfie in DC, includes selfie sticks, two 24-hour Big Bus passes and a survival kit with sunscreen, map and snacks. But if there’s one thing better than snapping patriotic photos as you zoom by monuments, it’s taking in a baseball game. When you book the Bed & Breakfast package at Four-Star Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta, you’ll not only have the chance to nosh on omelets and croissants from the comfort of your room, but you’ll find yourself a mere 20 minutes from Turner Field, where the Atlanta Braves will battle the Milwaukee Brewers (May 21 through 24) over the holiday weekend. And finally, with the More in Miami package, get a free third-night stay at the Five-Star Florida hotel, which means one more day of lounging on the white-sand beach and dining at the hotel’s Five-Star French-Asian restaurant Azul.
The St. Regis Monarch Beach
Summertime doesn’t get more idyllic than this, especially during Memorial Day weekend. This Five-Star oceanfront gem in Orange County will host a slew of events, from outdoor movie nights and fireside storytelling with s’mores to family croquet games and water balloon tosses. Groups that want to take added advantage of the seaside location can book the new Ocean Explorer package, which includes a whale-watching boat ride, a sand bucket and shovel upon check-in, and a stuffed sea monster toy.
Wynn Las Vegas
Where’s the party on Memorial Day weekend? Vegas, of course. And no one does it bigger and better than this Four-Star hotel. This year, top DJs will spin tracks all weekend long (day and night) at three different spots within Wynn: XS Nightclub (Zedd, David Guetta), Surrender Nightclub (Lil Jon, Diplo) and Encore Beach Club (Kaskade, Avicii). To get the full Sin City experience, head to Encore (in an eye-catching swimsuit, of course) during the day and to one of the nightclubs once the clock hits midnight. When you need to recoup the next day, head to the Five-Star spa for indulgent detoxifying treatment, such as the Chinese-inspired Good Luck Ritual.
Castle Hill Inn
The quintessential New England holiday can be yours at this historic Newport, Rhode Island. seaside retreat. Starting Memorial Day weekend, relax in an Adirondack chair on the inn’s lawn for spectacular views of Narragansett Bay. (Bonus: Nosh on top-tier food and cocktails alfresco while enjoying the vistas.) You can also take part in all-American activities such as clam bakes, beach bonfires and barbecues all summer long. One of the best seasonal perks of staying at the Four-Star hotel: the scenic water taxi ride that transports guests to Newport Harbor.
The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe
The Ultimate Summer Experience Package is no misnomer — up to six guests can revel in luxury in a three-bedroom residential suite with floor-to-ceiling windows offering panoramic views of the valley or mountains. On the docket: an in-residence cooking class and dinner, a private sunset cruise on Lake Tahoe, a guided hike and picnic, plus a Tahoe Star Tour that includes insight from a local astronomer, poetry and telescope viewing. The package runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day at the rustic-chic Four-Star resort.