Need Some Alone Time? The Best Couples Retreats
Top 10 spots to sneak away, snuggle, and squeeze in a little together time.
The holidays can be hectic. Between shopping, work, and family engagements, it can be a stressful time, to say the least. So, this New Year, set aside some time with your honey for an escape-from-reality winter retreat. Whether you choose a ski chalet in the mountains, a beachfront cottage near the ocean, or some far off exotic locale, sometimes all you need is a few days away to rest, relax, and re-charge.
We scouted ten such spots that we think should be in your travel plans this season.
Lake Placid Lodge
Upstate, New York
Why we like it: This rustic yet luxurious retreat, nestled in the Adirondack Mountains, is just a five hour drive from New York City. That's why it's a favorite spot for celebrities like Bette Midler and Brittney Spears. Model Maggie Rizer even chose the lakeside locale for her wedding last year.
How much it'll cost you: Rooms start at $500.
For more info: Lakeplacidlodge.com
The White Barn Inn and Spa
Why we like it: 5-star restaurant, 4-star spa. You do the math. Plus, it's in Kennebunkport, the famed Bush family stomping grounds. A Maine landmark, its quaint waterfront cottages are perfect for cozy evenings in.
How much it'll cost you: Rooms start at $360.
For more info: Whitebarninn.com
Why we like it: Just a hop, skip, and a puddle jump from Cali, this "jewel of Maui" is situated on 40 acres on the island's Southwest shore. You can enjoy an array of couple's activities, from paddle surfing to beach yoga and even a 20-hands (yes, 20) massage.
How much it'll cost you: Rooms start at $399.
For more info: Grandwailea.com
Vista Verde Ranch
Why we like it: This luxury guest ranch, located just north of Steamboat Springs, boasts a cozy Colorado experience where couples can relax by a roaring fire or enjoy the view of the snow falling outside. Adventurers can hit the hills for sledding, sleigh rides, skiing, or snowshoeing, or stay inside and enjoy a toasty wine tasting or cooking class.
How much it'll cost you: All-inclusive 3 night packages start at $1,890/couple.
For more info: Vistaverde.com
The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort and Spa
Napa Valley, CA
Why we like it: Nestled in Sonoma Valley, this California wine country resort is less than an hour north of San Francisco and located among the country's finest wineries. If you need more reason to visit, enjoy their all-herbal spa and relax in the outdoor garden.
How much it'll cost you: Starting at $349 a night.
For more info: Thelodgeatsonoma.com
The Little Nell
Why we like it: You can literally ski right up to it (how's that for convenience?) Their "ski" concierge will assist in everything; including carrying your skis for you if you want to hit one of Aspen's other slopes. Unwind with yoga for skiers atop the mountain with the most breathtaking view.
How much it'll cost you: Around $2,000 for a weekend.
For more info: Thelittlenell.com
Why we like it: Located in Vermont's picturesque countryside, it's secluded enough to feel like a romantic getaway, yet you'll be doted on by staff (ratio of staff to guests is 2-1). Floor to ceiling windows in the cottages show off forest views and the area's lush, rolling hills.
How much it'll cost you: Rooms start at $1,300 a night.
For more info: Twinfarms.com
Why we like it: If you want to enjoy the Carolinas but avoid the party crowds, Wild Dunes is for you. Located in the Isle of Palms, enjoy a leisurely game of golf on an award-winning course or simply take a romantic beach stroll.
How much it'll cost you: Rooms start at $179.
For more info: Wilddunes.com
Why we like it: Tucked away at the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, CordeValle is an award-winning property that boasts an awe-inspiring natural landscape with the convenience and hospitality of a luxury resort.
How much it'll cost you: $1,300 for a two-night stay that includes meals.
For more info: Cordevalle.com
The St. Regis
Why we like it: The actual location for the movie Couples Retreat, it doesn't get more romantic than this Polynesian resort. With villas suspended over the ocean, private white sandy beaches, and top-notch amenities, it truly is an exotic traveler's paradise. But beware: You may not want to leave!
How much it'll cost you: Approx $1,240/night.
For more info: Starwoodhotels.com
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