Five Resorts for a Relaxation Vacation

Are you in the mood for a relaxing vacation where the beds are comfortable, the food is delicious, and the amenities are amazing? All you need to do is check out our list of the top five relaxing resorts and get packing!

1- Solage Calistoga: Napa Valley, California

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A visit to this Napa Valley luxury resort is as good as it gets. View the vineyards from above when you soar through the crisp mountain air in a hot air balloon and then take a specialty wine-tasting tour customized to your own tastes.

Incredible resort amenities at Solage Calistoga include complimentary bike rentals and fitness classes, nightly turndown service featuring signature mint water and lavender chocolates, and even a specialty pet program so you can bring your four-legged family member along.

Guests rave about the specialty Mudslide treatment at The Bathhouse, which features geo-thermal pools and mineral-rich mud therapy. After your spa treatment, treat yourself to a decadent meal and extensive wine offerings at Solbar, their Michelin-rated restaurant. Yes, this truly is as good as it gets.

2- Alderbrook Resort & Spa: Union, Washington

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If to you, relaxing means hiking, kayaking, and fishing for your own dinner, then a trip to Alderbrook is a must. Set among the fir trees near Olympic National Park, this waterfront property gives you all the glacier-carved fjord adventures you could ever ask for. Bring your own boat, rent one, enjoy a day on a Pleiades Sailboat, or cruise on Lady Alderbrook. Afterward, dine on pristine wild salmon, crab, and oysters to your belly’s content.

The resort even offers fine arts and writing classes, a Top 25 Northwest golf course, Ultimate Gamers’ Hideaway, and geocaching adventures! This truly is a place fit for the whole family.

3- Tranquility Bay Beachfront Hotel & Resort: Marathon, Florida


If you’re looking for a tropical getaway, Tranquility Bay is the place to go. In the heart of the Florida Keys, you’ll be able to sink into the white sands and turquoise waters right outside the door of your own beach house overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

Relaxing resort activities include taking yoga therapeutics classes on a paddleboard to help you achieve “Mental Balance Through Natural Balance,” ordering the Honey Sesame Body Glow treatment at the private spa, snorkeling over the only living coral reef in North America, and diving to mysterious shipwrecks.

As the sun evolves into a deep orange glow, dine on the freshest fish, tropical fruits, and local vegetables year round. You’ll be saying “Ahhhhh” throughout your entire stay here!

4- Blackberry Farm: Walland, Tennessee

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Located on a romantic site in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains sits one of America’s most celebrated luxury hotels. Accommodations are intimate, elegant, and a haven for carefree comfort. Attention to detail is meticulous, including feather beds and linens, covered porches with rocking chairs, wood-burning fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages in your very own well-stocked pantry.

Spend the days bird watching, meandering the scenic byways, or obtaining deep healing with an endurance run through the surrounding woods. If you’re bringing the family, enroll the kids in Camp Blackberry where they will enjoy exploring the farm, cooking lessons, creating art, and riding on horseback through the idyllic countryside.

On land originally cultivated by the Appalachians and Cherokees, the finest produce is still grown. For everything from wildflower honey to foraged morel mushrooms and artisan cheeses from East Friesian sheep, the chefs depend on the farmland for the nightly menu at the two-time James Beard Award Winning Restaurant, The Barn at Blackberry Farm.

5- Amangiri: Canyon Point, Utah


It doesn’t get any more peaceful than this. Between the expansive desert scenery in every direction and the uninterrupted starry skies above, relaxation abounds in this wonderfully lonely retreat.

If you want to explore some of the earth’s most precious scenery which includes sandstone arches, narrow slot canyons, vermillion cliffs, and winding rivers, they abound here and nowhere else in the world. When your muscles ache from rugged exploration, the spa “aims to reflect the healing traditions of the Navajo through the four elements of earth, wind, fire, and water.” To end the day, take a dip in your private lap pool right outside your door. We insist.

With all these outstanding options, there’s no need to look any further. Whether it’s for a whole week or just a weekend, you’ll arrive back home feeling rested, relaxed, and ready for anything.

Submitted by Layer Cake Wines fan, Megan Rothey