Whether you’re in New York or LA, these are the best ways to escape the searing heat of summer in the city and extend your weekends into Monday.
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City break: Belmond Charleston Place, SC
Located in Charleston’s historic district, this outpost of luxury brand Belmond exudes summer charm. The saltwater rooftop infinity pool offers the perfect place to cool down on a hot afternoon. A personalised, thoughtfully curated itinerary means you can see the very best of the Holy City in just a few short days, exploring its booming bar and restaurant scene and the best of Museum Mile.
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City break: Four Seasons Montreal, Canada
In the heart of Montreal’s Golden Square Mile, the Four Seasons offers everything you’d expect from a hotel brand that is a byword for perfection. Stylish rooms come replete with soaring city views, while sundowners can be taken on the fabulous third-floor terrace. Custom food tours give guests the chance to sample the very best cuisine Montreal has to offer, especially at Atwater and Jean-Talon markets.
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Relax/retreat: Twin Farms, Barnard, VT
Set on 300 acres of spectacular Vermont countryside, Twin Farms’ inclusive approach means your every need is catered to on-site. That means sumptuous breakfasts, picnic lunches, and a farm-to-table dinner served every evening after cocktails and canapés on your private porch. Add canoeing on Copper Pond, hikes on trails through unspoiled woodland, and adrenaline-fueled mountain bike rides, and you’ve got no excuse not to extend your weekend.
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Relax/retreat: Chatham Bars Inn, Cape Cod, MA
The most quintessential of Cape Cod experiences, Chatham Bars Inn has a unique New England charm. The gorgeous rooms overlook the Atlantic, with stunning sunrises and seal colonies lounging on sandbars. Charter a private boat to secluded beaches, then on Monday when everyone else heads back to work take a special fishing trip with an in-house captain.
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City break: Pendry Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
A long weekend at Pendry Baltimore epitomises a relaxing city break. The restored early 20th-century hotel overlooks Baltimore’s historic Recreation Pier: a stay here is about lounging on the vast harbor-side pool deck and exploring the surrounding Fell’s Point neighbourhood. Be sure to make time to eat at the Pendry’s chophouse and sample locally made rye whisky in The Cannon Room.
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Relax/retreat: White Elephant, Nantucket, MA
The White Elephant is nothing short of a Nantucket institution. The resort sits alongside the famous harbor, with amenities that demand you stay more than just a couple of nights. Rent bikes and cycle around the picturesque island, take a swim off Children’s Beach and spend Monday lunchtime sampling freshly caught local seafood at Brant Point Grill.
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Relax/retreat: Montage Palmetto Bluff, Bluffton, SC
Famed for its Southern hospitality, Montage Palmetto Bluff sits on the banks of the May River amongst some of the most beautiful countryside found on the east coast. Spend time exploring the two on-site nature preserves, play a round of golf on the hotel’s Jack Nicklaus Signature Course, and take a dip in the spa-side pool. Dine at The Canoe Club, with a river-to-table concept that brings May River ingredients to the fore.
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Staycation: The Mark Hotel, New York, NY
The lavish Mark on the Upper East Side is the ideal way to escape the bustle of the city without having to leave. Sip on a cocktail at The Mark Bar then dine at The Mark Restaurant by Jean Georges - or, you can sample the famed chef’s cuisine while out and about. Order a catered picnic basket to take when hiring bikes or bring it on The Mark’s sailboat while spending a leisurely afternoon floating down the East River.
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City break: Montage Deer Valley, Deer Valley, UT
Cool off in the mountains of Park City with a long weekend at Montage’s beautiful Deer Valley resort. The rooms invite relaxation with their elegance, and outside, you’ll find even more to help you recuperate from everyday stresses. Complimentary mountain yoga, personalized adventures to Canyonlands or Yellowstone, and a spa featuring nature-based ingredients provide the ultimate wellness experience.
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Relax/retreat: Belmond El Encanto, Santa Barbara, CA
Dating back to 1918, El Encanto sits high above Santa Barbara, set in lush gardens with sweeping views of the ocean and valley below. The pool demands you spend a full day lounging and swimming, while the first-rate wine list prioritises the best local tipples. The Bellini brunch is the ultimate way to spend a summer Sunday, made all the better by spending an extra night in one of the hotel’s superb suites.
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Relax/retreat: Ojai Valley Inn, Ojai Valley, CA
The award-winning Ojai Valley Inn is a spa resort designed to ensure immediate relaxation. The Mediterranean-inspired rooms and suites all feature luxurious private terraces, but the packed events program - wine tastings, cooking classes, and geocaching hikes to name a few - really sets the resort apart. Grab a private poolside cabana or take time to work out the kinks with a massage and wellness package at the in-house spa.
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Relax/retreat: One & Only, Palmilla, Cabo, Mexico
Known for the best VIP’ing for Quintessentially members on the West Coast, One & Only, Palmilla is the ultimate summer retreat. Set on the Baja peninsula, it offers an array of wellness retreats for the ultimate antidote. Yoga, meditation, and therapeutic spa experiences provide perfect R&R for a long weekend. The pool offers gorgeous views of the Sea of Cortez, while adventurous weekenders can take surfing lessons or hire a private yacht.
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Relax/retreat: Rancho Valencia, San Diego, CA
An all-suite resort set among olive groves and lush gardens, Rancho Valencia has garnered a reputation as one of the very best luxury destinations on the West Coast since opening in 1989. The on-site tennis courts are a must-visit on a summer’s afternoon, with the chance to grab a cooling cocktail or refreshing tequila in The Pony Room afterward.
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Relax/retreat: Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, CA
Post Ranch Inn remains one of the most iconic escapes on the West Coast. With 39 rooms and one private home, it takes its cue from its dramatic setting, featuring private balconies that look out across the churning Pacific or into the soaring, tree-covered mountains. The Post Gallery and Sculpture Garden showcases the work of local artists, giving the property a cultural edge alongside its well-earned status as a relaxation destination.
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Staycation: Malibu Beach Inn, Los Angeles, CA
Located on famed Billionaire’s Beach, Malibu Beach Inn is the perfect spot for those who don’t want to leave LA but are still in need of a long weekend break. Pull up a seat at Carbon Beach Club for locally sourced ingredients and cocktails as the sun slips into the Pacific. Or simply lie back on a sun lounger on your private terrace after taking a soothing soak in the ocean.
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