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When only the best will do, the U.S. offers many hotels sure to meet and exceed the highest of standards. Staying in one of these luxurious American retreats can make for the ultimate place to return to after a day of exploring, and sometimes hotels like these can be the destination in and of themselves. No matter what you’re looking for, from the dreamy tropics of Hawaii to the Rockies, a city getaway, and beyond, there’s sure to be a hotel for you on this list.
The Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is often ranked at the top of luxury resorts in Hawaii, and it beats out many in the continental U.S. too. Popular with couples and families alike, it offers three gorgeous saltwater pools. The adults-only Serenity Pool is particularly impressive with its infinity edge, bubble loungers, underwater music, and six lavish cabanas that have flat-screen TVs and Wi-Fi. There’s a fabulous spa, activities like SUP yoga, a canoe program, three restaurants, and three bars. All rooms feature large outdoor patios or balconies, 65″ or larger flat-screen TVs, in-room tablets, and comfy beds with 300-thread-count linens and fluffy down comforters.
The internationally acclaimed Amangani sits atop a 7,000-foot butte in the heart of Jackson Hole. Guests can enjoy everything from swimming in the heated outdoor infinity pool with unobstructed mountain views to horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking. Afterward, head to the spa to unwind with a pampering treatment and enjoy local ranch fare at The Grill. The generously sized rooms feature many upscale details like cowhide chairs, king-size platform beds, and deep tubs for soaking while enjoying the views. You’ll love opening the sliding doors, which lead to a private deck boasting sweeping vistas of the Snake River and Teton mountain ranges, some of the best hotel views you’ll find in the United States.
The Langham offers some of the best hotel views in Chicago of the magnificent Mile, Chicago River, and Lake Michigan. All can be enjoyed right from your room’s floor-to-ceiling windows. All rooms are chic and very spacious, with a Zen-like feel that extends to the marble bathrooms, complete with soaking tubs. There are numerous facilities on-site, including a spa with treatments offering the benefits of traditional Chinese medicine, an indoor pool, and a well-equipped fitness center. Enjoy delicious dining on the Mediterranean fare at Travelle and inventive cocktails at the mid-century modern lounge that overlooks the river.
For a blissful retreat, it’s hard to beat L’Auberge de Sedona, a top luxurious spa resort in Sedona surrounded by the magnificent beauty of the red rocks. Its spa is nestled in a forest, with a menu of unique treatments and the classics like deep tissue massage. Guests can also take advantage of yoga classes, stargazing, a wine bar, and an elegant French-influenced restaurant at the creekside. Accommodation is provided in cozy upscale cottages with wood-burning fireplaces and outdoor cedar showers, set along the banks of picturesque Oak Creek.
Located at the base of Vail Mountain and one of the best Rocky Mountain resorts in Colorado, Grand Hyatt Vail offers a luxurious place to stay no matter the season. Enjoy miles and miles of hiking and biking trails during the warmer months and skiing and snowboarding, with easy ski-in/ski-out access, when snow blankets the landscape. The hotel includes a lavish spa, a creekside saltwater infinity pool, two hot tubs, a gym, and multiple dining options focused on Colorado-inspired dishes. Rooms have modern amenities like flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, coffeemakers, and mini-fridges. If you need more space, consider a one- or two-bedroom suite. Possible upgrades include gas fireplaces, balconies, mountains, and free-standing soaking tubs.
Known for its visual appeal and exceptional service, Faena Hotel overlooks the Atlantic. It includes a South American-inspired spa with beauty and wellness services, one of the best hotel pools in Miami, and a fitness center where you can work out with an ocean view and enjoy both indoor and outdoor classes. There are several dining options, including Asian and international fare at Pao and casual bites at Veranda with a pool and ocean view. Rooms are art deco style and come with Carrara marble bathrooms, robes and slippers, free Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs.
Providing unmatched luxury among Montana’s unspoiled wilderness, The Resort at Paws Up is spread over 37,000 acres on an authentic working cattle ranch. Guests of this spectacular wilderness resort in Montana can enjoy a wide array of activities that are all included in the rates, such as horseback riding and world-class fly fishing for cutthroat trout. In-room spa treatments are ideal for soothing sore muscles afterward, while accommodation is in everything from upscale safari-style tents to large private homes.
An iconic California beach resort on a high bluff overlooking the Pacific, The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel opened its doors in 1984 and has continued to impress ever since. A wide range of activities can be enjoyed, with everything from cooking classes to SUP and surfing available, while the luxurious spa is often named among the very best in the country, complete with steam rooms and saunas. There are a half-dozen restaurants, while the beautiful rooms include amenities like 42″ flat-screen TVs, private patios or balconies, and marble bathrooms. Some have outdoor fire pits too. If you book a suite, you’ll get your own personal assistant and preferred seating for dining too.
The Venetian Las Vegas is famous for its waterways, where guests can even ride through the “Grand Canal” on a Venetian gondola, just like its real-life counterpart in Venice, Italy. Part of the largest five-diamond hotel and resort complex and one of the world’s most extravagant casino resorts, there are countless luxuries to enjoy throughout the property, including outstanding dining options with multiple James Beard Award-winning chefs, one of the city’s most elegant casinos, and many international boutiques. It also hosts the world’s largest standard suites, all of which have soaking tubs, minibars, flat-screen TVs, and Wi-Fi. Splurge on an upgrade for a whirlpool tub or fireplace.
Enjoy a tranquil desert oasis with lots of luxury at the Andaz Scottsdale. This renowned resort enjoys the spectacular backdrop of Camelback Mountain and a long list of activities, from hiking and golfing to meditation, yoga, and sound healing. The Tesla house car drop-off service will take you to the city’s art galleries and other attractions. When it’s time to relax, enjoy the spa or one of the three gorgeous outdoor pools, some of the coolest hotel pools in Scottsdale. Accommodation is in bungalow-style rooms with private terraces and mountain or desert views, minibars, flat-screen TVs, and free Wi-Fi.
Set right across from Central Park and just a short walk from Fifth Avenue shopping, The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park is a classic with some of the best views in New York City. Guests not only enjoy a prime location but a spa with decadent treatments like diamond body scrubs and caviar facials, a 24-hour fitness center with high-end cardio and weight training equipment, and top-notch dining at Contour. There, you can dine on their menu focused on gourmet American fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The rooms and suites are very spacious for this city, and many come with views of the park. All have large marble bathrooms with sumptuous tubs for a soak after a long day on your feet.
An iconic luxe hotel in New Orleans west of the French Quarter, The Roosevelt New Orleans opened its doors in 1863. Besides its rich historic character, the highlight here is the rooftop pool and hot tub with cabanas and a bar for drinks and light bites. The property includes a huge, full-service spa, an Italian eatery, and a fitness center. The spacious rooms and suites come with 42″ flat-screen TVs, minibars, coffeemakers, and writing desks. Some come with bay windows, bathrooms with personal TVs, or clawfoot tubs. Book a suite for additional sleeping space with separate living rooms with pull-out couches.
Set on a hilltop along one of the most stunning stretches of the Northern California coastline, the Brewery Gulch Inn offers an intimate and luxurious stay in Mendocino with just ten rooms, all of which come with gas fireplaces, feather beds, and breathtaking ocean views. In-room spa treatments are available too. Rates include a generous made-to-order breakfast and evening wine and hors d’oeuvres too. Plus, a stay will put you just steps from the many shopping and dining options in the Victorian village.
One of the most romantic and luxurious stays on this list can be enjoyed at The Inn on Biltmore Estate, which will put you steps from what many feel is one of America’s true “castles.” You’ll have easy access to tours of the grand mansion while enjoying features like a day spa, heated outdoor pool, 24-hour concierge, and multiple restaurants. Rooms come with bathrobes and slippers, free bottled water, Keurig coffeemakers, wet bars, and high-end linens. Guests also enjoy complimentary shuttle service around the estate and into downtown Asheville.
One of the world’s most luxurious desert resorts, the Amangiri attracts many of the rich and famous. It enjoys a remote location in Utah’s Canyon Country, blending into the landscape. Look forward to watching amazing sunrises over the limestone formations, hikes with your own personal guide, horseback riding through red rocks, and pampering spa treatments. Menus are memorable, featuring organic ingredients, while accommodation is in sophisticated suites with private plunge pools and terraces that are ideal for gazing up at the brilliant night sky.