The Landing Resort & Spa
South Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe (California)
With elegant chalet decor and a host of amenities, Landing Resort & Spa offers a luxurious stay in front of a private beach on Lake Tahoe and close to Heavenly Village and Stateline casinos. Its 77 elegant rooms have fireplaces, mini-fridges, Keurig coffee machines, private balconies or patios (some with views of the lake), and luxurious bathrooms with heated floors and toilet seats. A restaurant serves Greek and California food and has a beautiful patio overlooking the lake, although there are reports of slow service. For a dose of pampering, guests can head to the on-site spa, which has a sauna and steam room, and there is also an outdoor pool with a hot tub. The fees are expensive, however,
The St. Regis San Francisco
SoMa, San Francisco
Built in 2005, St. Regis offers the best in modern luxury:
- Highly attentive and personalized service includes 24-hour butlers.
- The relaxation rooms at Remede Spa serve chocolate and champagne truffles.
- Restaurant Love the hotel is a remarkable destination in its own right.
- The rooms and suites match the city’s best for space, superior technology, and amenities.
Its artistic surroundings, Soma, modern glass building, and impressive contemporary art collection lack the Nob Hill great ladies’ historic grandeur. Still, in essence, it stands shoulder to shoulder, or above, its hilltop competitors.
Four Seasons Resort Rancho Encantado Santa Fe
Santa Fe, New Mexico
The 5-pearl, 65-room Encantado is in a secluded location, just a few miles north of Santa Fe, with the Sangre de Cristo Mountains’ great views. Large, luxurious rooms are decorated in a modern Southwestern style, with concrete and wooden floors, Native American-style rugs, and a warm brown and orange color scheme, as well as high-end extras such as underfloor heating, combustion wood-burning fireplaces, and private patios. The fine dining at Terra restaurant is rated highly, and the resort also features a seasonal outdoor pool, hot tub, luxury spa, and even free rental of a Mercedes Benz for the day.
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay, California
The romantic 261 rooms Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay serves the name Ritz-Carlton as well, which offers impressive rooms, a lavish spa, and beautiful views of the bay. Perched on a cliff overlooking the Pacific, the hotel has excellent outdoor facilities, including bonfires facing the sea and a well-maintained 18-hole golf course. The rooms are spacious and elegant, yet simple, with beautiful marble bathrooms and picturesque shutters covering the windows. Firepit rooms come with – you guessed it – cozy outdoor campfires overlooking the rocky coastline.
Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas
The Strip, Las Vegas
A new breed of luxury Las Vegas, with 392 elegant rooms and some of Vegas’ best service, Mandarin Oriental is a peaceful retreat on the flashy Strip. The hotel lacks the excess that many people come to Las Vegas for (including a casino), opting for a more restrained approach: a beautiful spa, two fine dining restaurants, a quiet pool, meeting space, and the rarest of Las Vegas presents – serenity. But the convenient City Center location means easy access to all the excess you want.