Summer is the best time to travel, with hotels offering all sorts of ways to take advantage of unique locations and local pastimes. These seven hotels and resorts around the map will help you make the most of the season.
Whether you prefer to sleep under the stars and wake up to a stunning sunrise, feast on a boho-themed candlelit dinner on the beach, watch a movie alfresco from the comfort of floating pool couches or partake in cooking classes that feature the resort’s top recipes from the past 20 years, you’ll be sure to make some lasting summertime memories at this sundrenched property.
To mark the occasion in style, book the 20th Anniversary Jubilee package over Fourth of July weekend. It includes daily breakfast, airport transfers and, most importantly, tickets to a five-course dinner complete with wine pairings and a spectacular fireworks show at the meal’s conclusion.
Watch Hill Inn
You won’t need a reminder that you’re at a chic coastal retreat when staying at this boutique Rhode Island resort, but you’ll get it (and then some) when you check into the new Lilly Pulitzer Suite. Of course, the spacious accommodation is decked out in bright, beachy décor by the iconic designer, from the bedspread and throws to pillows and bar accessories.
Book a stay in the fresh unit and you’ll also get a Lilly Pulitzer beach tote that you can take with you on a jaunt to the coast on a stylish Lilly Pulitzer x Martone bike.
Book the Romance Package and you’ll get a private two-hour boat ride on the Landwehr Canal in a convertible Bellini water limousine with a gourmet picnic lunch. Also included in the promotion: a candlelit dinner at the hotel’s acclaimed restaurant Fischers Fritz, breakfast, airport transfers and two nights in a sumptuous Executive Suite.
The Heathman Hotel
The Provenance Hotels group is putting its touch on this newly acquired hotel, a Four-Star historic property in downtown Portland. Beyond the typical amenities, the 1920s hotel will also deliver your preferred pillow options and books of faith (Bible, Torah, Koran and more) upon request.
Reserve a room here and you’ll also have access to a secret private door that leads to the adjacent Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. Check the venue’s website for a complete summer roster that includes a Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds show (June 21), a Lyle Lovett concert (July 17) and a performance by Idina Menzel (August 23).
Paradisus by Meliá
School may be out for summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t learn a new trick or two, which is particularly true when staying at a Paradisus by Melia all-inclusive resort. The luxury brand’s new Life Enriching Experiences gives you the chance to acquire new skills while vacationing.
For example, Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Perla has launched a series of new experiences that cover everything from tango (dance lessons) to tannins (wine tastings). The adults-only playground just 45 minutes from Cancun International Airport also has an eco-friendly class on the beach, where you can learn about the property’s massive conservation efforts.
Loews Regency New York Hotel
Located just a few blocks from Central Park, this stately stalwart takes full advantage of its Upper East Side location. The latest efforts from the Four-Star hotel find it teaming up with Fit Tours NYC, a company that gives fitness-focused sightseeing tours throughout New York City’s iconic green space.
Choose from a 5K trek through the park, a sunrise yoga walk, a Sunday walk-stretch-run and more. Both morning and evening tours are available for a scenic sweat session over the next few months.
The Dolder Grand
Dramatically set on a hillside overlooking Zurich, this Four-Star historic treasure feels both like a city and countryside escape. Take advantage of this unique duality with the Grand Tour of Dolder Package.
You’ll enjoy a two-night stay with breakfast, a welcome summer-themed drink, a three-course dinner at Saltz Restaurant (eat on the garden terrace, if you can), a picnic basket lunch plus a countryside tour in one of the hotel’s luxury house cars.