$150. That’ll get you a nice dinner in a big city. Or maybe a shiny new pair of patent-leather shoes. Or, if you play your cards right, an overnight stay in lavish bliss.
We’re talking spa treatments and hot tubs, breakfast-in-bed and truffles on the pillow. By expanding your horizons past the standard luxury vacation fare (you know: Maui, Aspen, Malibu), you’ll discover a whole new world of opulence—all for less than $150 per night. So read on for the best ways to score an unforgettable getaway without breaking the bank. And for more decadent travel options, check out The 15 Best Under-the-Radar American Escapes.
Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort; Hilton Head, South Carolina
For an easy reprieve from the biting winter winds, head to sunny South Carolina and book a stay at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort. There, you’ll find three four-star rated (by the experts at Golf Digest) golf greens, a state-of-the-art spa, two outdoor pools (one splash, one regular), and a whole lot of tropical verdure. Best of all, you’ll be mere steps away from an endless cascade of sugar-sand beachfront. And for some great travel tips, here are the 30 Airport Secrets Only Insiders Know.
Sea Crest Beach Hotel; North Falmouth, Massachusetts
Valentine’s Day may be all said and done, but romance is still in the air. The Sea Crest Beach Hotel, right off Cape Cod’s stunning Old Silver Beach, offers up a “winter romance package” through April Fool’s Day. In addition to an oceanfront view, you’ll get a bottle of Champagne (yes, the good stuff), decadent truffles, and an all-inclusive breakfast for two. Our recommendation? Fellas, take the breakfast in bed. She’ll love the romance. And if you’re a man looking for ways to bring your A-game, learn the 50 Ways to Be A (Much) More Romantic Man.
Sunriver Resort; Bend, Oregon
Get a load of the great outdoors by snagging a two-bedroom cabin at the Sunriver Resort. Located just outside of Bend, you’ll be no more than a 20-minute drive away from Mount Bachelor, which features 101 trails and, as of this writing, 75 inches of packed fresh powder. During the summer months, you’ll have access a nature reserve, horseback riding trails, and four golf courses. (Two are privately reserved for hotel guests.) Or, if the outdoors simply aren’t your thing, you can stay inside and make the most of a rock climbing wall and an indoor-surfing center.
Jekyll Island Club Resort; Jekyll Island, Georgia
From $129/night; jekyllclub.com
The Jekyll Island Club Resort, one of the Historic Hotels of America (as officially designated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation), is the place to go if you want a seriously serene escape. Located on—and named for—one of Georgia’s pristine Golden Isles, the resort is far enough removed from mainland hustle and bustle you’ll be hard-pressed to think about about anything other than kicking back and relaxing. For more great escapes, here are the 10 Best Winter Weekend Escapes.
The Monaco; Salt Lake City, Utah
Every sumptuously done-up room at The Monaco comes replete with a yoga mat. That should give you an idea of the place’s mien—one of equal parts luxury and tranquility. The hotel itself is located right in the middle of downtown Salt Lake City, so you’ll be no more than a stone’s throw away from the bustling theater district and its vibrant wining and dining scene. Then, when you’re tuckered out from urban adventuring, nine ski resorts—including Brighton, Deer Valley, Snowbird, and the crown jewel of west coast powder, Alta—are all a short drive away.
Bavarian Inn Lodge; Frankenmuth, Michigan
If you have kids in tow, drag them to the Bavarian Inn Lodge, a quaint resort in equally quaint Frankenmuth, Michigan. The hotel is known for a robust arcade, a Wonka-esque mini-golf course, and an indoor waterpark, which features a set of thrilling waterslides. The slides start indoors, then twist and turn outside of the building before correcting course and depositing riders back into the comfort of a heated indoor pool.
Princess Royale Oceanfront Hotel; Ocean City, Maryland
From $89/night; princessroyale.com
Kick back on a poolside balcony or lounge under a swaying palm tree, all while noshing on buttery lobster rolls and fresh-made kettle cooked chips. Once you’ve had your fill, pay a visit to the umbrella-covered beachside cabana for a potent, similarly umbrella-covered mojito or margarita. Yes, The Princess Royale is waterfront R&R at its finest.
White Point Beach Resort; White Point, Nova Scotia
From $119/night; whitepoint.com
Visiting the achingly scenic White Point Beach Resort is like walking into a postcard—if that postcard were brimming with activity. Book in the winter for some cold weather lobstering, or wait until summer to try your hand—or feet, rather—at some of Atlantic-side Canada’s best surfing.
Surfsand Resort; Cannon Beach, Oregon
From $129/night; surfsand.com
For $25, Surfsand Resort will give you all the accoutrements necessary to build a roaring, sky-high bonfire—which you can build and stoke right on their private beach. Then, when you’re done sating your s’mores fix, head to their fully decked out spa. There, you can choose from 21 different massages, ranging from your standard couples massage to an aroma-filled, five-sense-sating “chakra balancing” one.
The Peppermill; Reno, Nevada
From $102/night; peppermillreno.com
Start your day with a workout at the state-of-the-art fitness center. Relax your muscles at the caldarium (pictured). Hit the craps or poker tables (if that’s your thing). Grab a cocktail at the Terrace Lounge, then wolf down a filet mignon at Bimini Steakhouse before heading to the in-house Edge nightclub for an evening of partying into the wee hours. Talk about luxury. And if you are planning on hitting the gambling floor, learn The Single Best Way to Double Your Money in a Casino.
With additional reporting by Becca Glasser-Baker
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