We’re on the cusp of summer, which means it’s time to break out the barbecue grills and baseball gloves. Or, maybe this year, you’d like to mix things up with a Memorial Day (May 28) getaway that doesn’t involve lifting a single finger.
Whether you’re looking for a weeklong retreat the whole family can enjoy or a quiet weekend tailored especially for two, these luxurious lodgings offer up some sensational ways to help you start your summer in style.
Savor a serene start to your summer with a Memorial Day getaway to this recently renovated 88-room gem.
Situated along Bermuda’s longest private pink-sand beach, this Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star resort provides you with the gift of extra time to explore the island’s underground caves, cobblestone streets and brightly colored buildings when you take advantage of its More Rosewood offer: when you stay six nights, you’ll receive the seventh night free.
With that extra time, you’ll have more than enough opportunities to appreciate the new Conservatory Bar and Lounge, stop by the redesigned Island Brasserie, see the re-conceptualized Golf Club and experience the revitalized Sense Spa, a space with pampering treatments, a sprawling yoga and tai chi lawn and Instagrammable reflecting pool.
Round Hill Hotel and Villas
This Memorial Day, skip the mundane cookout and opt instead for an escape to this Forbes Travel Guide Recommended Montego Bay hideaway. Kick-start your summer with the resort’s Family Time offer — have your brood stay in one of the property’s sumptuous villas for seven nights or more and enjoy two gratis evenings as well as a full dinner catered for your crew by the dedicated villa staff.
Fill your sun-drenched days by participating in watersports (from snorkeling to windsurfing), exploring the sea in a glass-bottomed boat, playing tennis or simply lounging on the beach doing absolutely nothing.
Book your getaway, starting May 27, and receive breakfast for two each morning as well as a $50 daily resort credit to use however you choose. We suggest putting the extra cash toward a nature-infused treatment at the hotel’s tree-house-inspired Four-Star Auberge Spa — a dip in the alfresco heated mineral pool is enough to send you to a new state of vacation-induced bliss.
The stylish Lilly Pulitzer suite — complete with pops of color, a full kitchen and spectacular ocean views — provides just the perch from which to explore the quaint seaside town.
Take the inn’s house Mercedes, borrow a bike or simply stroll down to Watch Hill’s main drag, which includes chic souvenir shops, the historic “flying horse” carousel (one of the oldest in the country) and abundant eateries.
With regards to the latter, you’ll want to make sure to stop by the storied Olympia Tea Room and St. Clair Annex. Get yourself a scoop of the restaurant’s housemade ice cream in flavors like coffee Oreo before strolling back to your charming cottage for an afternoon nap.
Perched atop a cliff overlooking the Pacific, this Four-Star golf resort already features an unparalleled locale, but the property’s Lost Weekend package really heats things up by providing you with plush accommodations and a private terrace complete with a fire pit and cozy Adirondack chairs, perfect for taking in a spectacular ocean sunset.
During your stay, you’ll also receive rose petal turndown service, a s’mores kit for two and a bottle of Beauregard Vineyard’s signature Lost Weekend red wine from the nearby Santa Cruz Mountains to toast your magical Memorial Day.
Inn on Biltmore Estate
Savor the season’s warming days (and nights) with an artistic escape to this historic Asheville mansion during the debut of “Chihuly at Biltmore.” Officially unveiling on May 17, the display marks both the first art exhibition to take place on the ground’s historic gardens and the first outdoor showing of Dale Chihuly’s works in North Carolina.
Explore the stellar showcase during daylight hours, alongside the property’s meticulously maintained flowerbeds, or experience the landmark display when it illuminates after sundown during Chihuly Nights at Biltmore. Taking place Thursday through Sunday evenings from May 17 until October 7, the after-hours event features live music, a wine bar and the spectacular sculptures dramatically lit against the night sky.
When your eyes (and feet) need a rest, simply head back to your recently renovated room at the Four-Star inn and drift off to sleep, dreaming of the farm-to-fork fare and the flurry of outdoor activities you’ll partake in the next day.
The Hotel Hershey
Enjoy a sweet start to summer with a Memorial Day getaway to this historic Four-Star hotel in central Pennsylvania. Home to the world-famous chocolate brand and a theme park dedicated to its lip-smacking legacy, this property offers a delicious deal to help the whole family celebrate with a smile.
Book the Two-Day Stay and Play Package to receive two nights of plush accommodations, daily breakfast and 30 percent off two-day passes to the widely popular Hersheypark, which includes admission to Hershey Gardens, The Hershey Story’s Museum and The Boardwalk at Hersheypark.
Kids of all ages can look forward to two new additions to the storied attraction this year when The Boardwalk waterpark opens for the season on May 26. The hydro-magnetic Breaker’s Edge water coaster can take your whole crew for a spin while the Whitecap Racer, the longest mat racing slide in the world, will surely get everyone’s adrenaline pumping.