5 Award-Winning U.S. Resorts That Promote Rest & Relaxation

There are many types of travelers and vacations to experience, from city explorers to epicureans and thrill seekers to soul-searchers on a pilgrimage.  Whatever trip you plan, we know your vacation will likely fall into one of two categories while traveling solo.

Culture Warrior: Those who want to maximize their time and see everything, from points of interest and museums to off-the-beaten-path local life.

Relaxation Maximizer: Those who prefer a laid-back vacation with access to premier amenities and top-notch service from day to night.

While there are plenty of ways to seek adventure throughout the country, and we encourage you to do so, sometimes you need proper downtime and full-on de-stressing.  To help you achieve that, we’ve rounded up five award-winning U.S. resorts promoting R&R so you can easily plan your next trip and indulge in some “me” time.

Enchantment Resort | Sedona, Arizona

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This top-rated and best-known resort in Sedona, Enchantment Resort, is truly one of a kind, built in the center of the infamous red rocks for which this part of Arizona is known.  Enjoy panoramic views of Boynton Canyon while partaking in the many wellness offerings.

The resort is about 20 minutes from downtown Sedona, so you’ll feel separated from all the hustle and bustle while still being close to restaurants, shops, and plenty of sights if you venture out.

Those with no intention of leaving the resort property once there will find plenty of ways to fill their time during their stay. The resort offers amenities for almost all personalities, including guided hikes, biking trails, tennis and pickleball, golf, lawn games, luxurious spa services, well-being activities, and even private wine-paired dinners.

The resort features two on-site restaurants offering fine dining and a casual vibe, in addition to a grab-and-go market so that you never have to step foot outside of the resort unless desired.

Accommodations include pool suites and studios with in-room fireplaces. If you decide to extend an invite, there’s also the perfect room for two or group suites that sleep up to 10 – all with Southwestern-style decor and a private deck or patio overlooking the Canyon.  You’re sure to find the best fit for you, no matter your group size.

Old Edwards Inn & Spa | Highlands, North Carolina

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If the west side of the U.S. isn’t your thing, look no further than the charming mountain town of Highlands, North Carolina. Highlands, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is quaint, calm, and inviting for those looking to escape the city and relax in the mountain air.

Old Edwards Inn and Spa is a luxurious European-style resort offering spectacular accommodations and amenities. Each room, from cottages, suites, and cabins, is well-appointed with unique decor making every visit different than the time before. With its prime downtown location, you’re never too far from a local event if the mood to see live music, visit an art gallery, or go shopping should strike.

You’ll find various restaurants and dining experiences on-site, from farm-to-table to the more casual spa cafe, allowing you to rest easy knowing that everything you need is at your fingertips.

The St. Regis Aspen Resort | Aspen, Colorado

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Nestled in one of the most popular ski towns in the world, The St. Regis in Aspen attracts more than just ski connoisseurs. Known as the twin town of St. Moritz,  Switzerland, it is the ultimate winter getaway if being surrounded by snow and gorgeous mountain views is for you.

The luxury resort offers the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation.  Its location in the heart of Aspen makes it easy to enjoy nearby cultural activities, dining, shopping, and entertainment. If staying close to home is more appealing, the outdoor heated swimming pool is open year-round, and three outdoor hot tubs are also available for warming up with stunning views.  And the Rocky Mountain Vibes Massage is a signature spa treatment intended to ease tension and promote circulation for those seeking a bit more pampering.  Beyond the lovely resort amenities, you’ll also find fun winter activities only steps away, such as snowmobiling, ice skating, and even sleigh rides.

With mountain view suites, in-room fireplaces, and balcony options for your accommodations, you’ll feel like you’re in a Hallmark Holiday movie when visiting in the winter.

Lake Austin Spa Resort | Austin, Texas

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This beautiful Texas Hill Country resort, only 20 miles from downtown Austin, offers all-inclusive packages to the only lakeside destination spa resort in Texas.  Ranked by Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards as the #3 destination spa in the country, this resort delights guests with every detail and welcomes you with genuine southern hospitality.

Situated directly on Lake Austin, the resort offers a “true sanctuary for rest, renewal, and reinvention” and refers to its destination as “where wellness meets the water.”  Only 40 rooms are available for overnight stays, with each room containing elegant decor, custom furnishings, and fabrics, all with an elevated southern touch.  One of the most luxurious rooms is the Lady Bird Johnson Suite, named after their favorite resort guest.

The resort amenities for an all-inclusive stay include a scenic Luxe Water Taxi, locally-sourced gourmet meals, all lake activities, spa and fitness facility access, and even pet-friendly services for canines, among many other offerings.  With a large number of resort offers & packages, you’re sure to find the vacation that matches your mood.

The Breakers | Palm Beach, Florida

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This famous Palm Beach destination, founded in 1896, prides itself on being “the original home of R&R.” Considered one of America’s most iconic resorts, this Italian Renaissance-style hotel is a blend of old and new. Historic architecture and intricate paintings along the ceilings of the main floor and lobby maintain the beauty of times past, while the modernized accommodations for guests offer “unapologetic luxury.”

The Breakers isn’t your typical sunshine state vacation. Having hosted well-known figures throughout history, including U.S. Presidents and European Nobility, you’ll feel distinguished as soon as you turn onto the grounds – and you might even see a prominent person or two during your stay.

You can spend the day relaxing and soaking up the sun by visiting four pools, five whirlpool spas, and the private beach with watersport activities at the ready.  If you’re dreaming of a little more action away from the surf and sand, play a round of golf with two on-site courses to explore, hit the tennis courts, or head to the fitness facilities with outdoor classes and equipment.  Wrap up your day with a visit to the indoor/outdoor spa for facials, massages, and more.

And like any true R&R destination, the resort has plenty of dining options available as soon as you step out of your room. The hardest part may be choosing one of their acclaimed restaurants, and whether you’re seeking luxury or a more laid-back coastal vibe, you won’t be disappointed.  If staying in is your preference, in-room dining is just a call away.

These are only five award-winning resort destinations throughout the U.S. that promote rest and relaxation. There are many more to explore across the country, and we encourage you to find one that best suits your style and needs.  While adventure is always exciting, sometimes you need a place to unwind, de-stress, and re-energize.

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