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These U.S. Resorts Are All About Relaxation

For a serene, blissful escape from the real world, check out the most tranquil and luxurious resorts in the U.S.

Doesn’t a blissful escape full of rest and relaxation sound good right about now?

Lucky for you, the United States is home to some seriously serene and luxurious resorts. And much like the U.S. itself, these top-notch resorts are also incredibly diverse. From gorgeous views of the Smoky Mountains to the rocky cliffs of Malibu, you’ll find a little bit of something for everyone.

These resorts boast incredible scenery, luxe spas, gourmet cuisine, and unparalleled hospitality. Get back to nature with kayaking and horseback riding on the beach, hit the slopes in Aspen from right outside your room, or indulge with a private pool. These hotels truly offer once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

So pack your bags, and don’t forget your swimsuit. These are the best, most tranquil resorts in the U.S. that will give you the pampering and relaxation that you deserve.

River’s End – Jenner, California

River's End in Jenner, California
River’s End

In a small coastal town, River’s End overlooks the Russian River where it meets the Pacific. As you can guess, it’s surrounded by natural beauty. The area is also full of rejuvenating spas, tastings in wine country, and adventurous activities like kayaking.

We now live in a world that makes it difficult to fully relax, thanks to smartphones, Wi-Fi, social media, and more. To completely unwind and let the pressures of the real world go, River’s End offers Luxe Unplugged lodging. With it, there are no outside distractions: no phones, no cell service, no Wi-Fi, and no cable TV. This way, you can fully rest and relax in your cabin featuring a cozy fireplace and a private deck with soothing ocean views.

The Little Nell – Aspen, Colorado

The Little Nell in Aspen, Colorado
The Little Nell

Aspen is plenty luxurious on its own, but The Little Nell is probably the most luxurious resort out of them all. After all, it’s Aspen’s only five-star hotel.

You’ll find heated marble floors, cozy gas fireplaces, soaking tubs, complimentary mini-bar snacks, flat screens, and 24-hour in-room dining. You don’t even have to unpack your own bags — they offer packing and unpacking services. The Little Nell’s ski concierge is waiting outside your door, ready to warm your boots, arrange lessons, and fill you up with fresh pastries.

Enchantment Resort – Sedona, Arizona

Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona
Enchantment Resort

At the Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona, you’ll find an experience like none other. Nestled at the base of Boynton Canyon, the resort encompasses 70 acres set against Sedona’s famous red rocks.

Rooms are truly exquisite, with high-end decor and lavish furnishings that draw inspiration from the surrounding iconic landscapes. All rooms feature a private deck surrounded by Boynton Canyon, and some suites even have their own private pools.

You can spend all of your time relaxing poolside or at the spa, but Enchantment Resort also boasts hiking and mountain biking, an 18-hole championship golf course, and other outdoor adventures.

Lake Placid Lodge – Lake Placid, New York

Lake Placid Lodge in Lake Placid, New York
Lake Placid Lodge

Called the “Jewel of the Adirondacks,” this luxurious hotel is actually Lake Placid’s only waterfront hotel. It’s been dubbed one of the top resorts in the Northeast by Condé Nast. And, if it looks a little familiar, that’s because HBO’s award-winning show Succession filmed its second season here.

From private rooms in the main lodge to private cabins, you’ll find the perfect combination of rustic elegance and modern convenience. Take in the pristine beauty of the Adirondacks, or head out for boating or hiking. You can leave all your devices at the front desk to fully disconnect and unwind, too.

Blackberry Farm – Walland, Tennessee

Blackberry Farm Resort in Walland, Tennessee
Blackberry Farm

Don’t be fooled by the name — Blackberry Farm is actually a five-star resort in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. As a member of Relais & Châteaux, an association of individually owned luxury hotels and restaurants, you can expect the very best here.

According to the resort, the “accommodations offer a haven of carefree comfort.” Rooms, cottages, and full homes offer intimate charm, luxurious elegance, and sweeping views. Spend your time dining on renowned gourmet cuisine, enjoying the spa, going for carriage rides, or relaxing with private yoga classes.

The Cloister at Sea Island – Sea Island, Georgia

The Spa at Sea Island, Georgia
Sea Island

Tucked away on a private island, The Cloister is full of elegant and exquisite southern charm. The resort sits on 50 lush acres, surrounded by five miles of private coastline, the river, and saltwater marshes.

Relax in the luxurious spa, lounge by the pool, or dine at one of the multiple restaurants. Or, if you’re hankering for some fresh outdoor air, go kayaking, horseback riding on the sand, play a round of golf, or experience falconry first-hand.

Nobu Ryokan Malibu – Malibu, California

Nobu Ryokan Malibu resort in California
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Nobu Hotels blends modern luxury with minimal Japanese tradition into what they call a lifestyle hotel. And while they have multiple locations, the Malibu resort feels like the crowning jewel. Traditional Japanese minimalism and serenity meet the California coast at this resort.

You’ll find teak soaking tubs, serene outdoor patios, lush gardens, and unforgettable views of the Pacific Ocean. It’s definitely an intimate oasis here, too — the property only features 16 one-of-a-kind guest rooms and suites.

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