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15 of the most luxurious hotels in the United States, from a private island to a celebrity retreat

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Peninsula Chicago

Peninsula Chicago, located on Chicago's famous Magnificent Mile, has a wonderful spa.

The Peninsula Chicago

Book Peninsula Chicago

Location:

Chicago, Illinois

Typical starting/peak prices:

$399/$720

Best for:

Families, couples, groups of friends, business travelers

On-site amenities:

Multiple restaurants, rooftop lounge, spa, fitness center, pool, event venues

Pros:

Peninsula Chicago is known for top-end service, luxurious accommodations, and location, location, location — it's totally walkable and takes over some of the priciest real estate in town.

Cons:

A few critical reviewers note an experience that didn't equal others they've had at Peninsula properties elsewhere around the world, such as in Asia.

The Peninsula Chicago is a famous five-star property located on the Magnificent Mile, in the heart of the city's premier shopping district. The 339-guest room hotel features three restaurants, a rooftop lounge, and a world-class spa.

Entry-level guest rooms face south over Superior Street and are some of the most spacious in town, with rich wood and cream leather that accents high-end furnishings. The Superior rooms are bright and airy with sophisticated decor in muted earth tones and signature blues.

The indoor pool, located on the 19th floor, offers stunning views of Lake Michigan and the city through 20-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, while the sumptuous spa takes over the 19th and 20th floors.

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The Setai Miami Beach

The pools at Setai Miami

The Setai Miami Beach

Book The Setai Miami Beach

Location:

Miami, Florida

Typical starting/peak prices:

$500/$994

Best for:

Couples, business travelers, families

On-site amenities:

Multiple pools heated to varying temperatures, gym, spa, several restaurants, full beach service

Pros:

The hotel is gorgeous but understated with an open lobby, tranquil central courtyard, three well-appointed pools, and an excellent private beach. Every room is a suite.

Cons:

Rooms in the main Art Deco building don't face the ocean. For that, you'll have to book in the tower, which starts at $1,100 per night.

The Setai is one of South Beach's most polished jewels, with an east meets west aesthetic that merges thoughtful Zen-like design inspired by purposeful Feng Shui practices with classic Miami Art Deco architecture.

The all-suite hotel is often booked by celebrities and posh-minded travelers seeking a private and pampering experience. Standard Art Deco rooms are spacious with separate sitting areas, indulgent rain showers, and deep soaking tubs in the middle of Studio and One Bedroom City Suites. A separate gleaming tower houses contemporary one, two, and three-bedroom oceanfront apartment-style suites with terraces and kitchens.

Three sleek pools are heated to varying degrees year-round, while excellent on-site dining includes a lavish Friday night show with fire dancers and acrobatic performers while guests tuck into Asian fare and cocktails. The Valmont Spa offers remarkable treatments inspired by Swiss medicine and practices.

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The Plaza New York

New York City's famous Plaza hotel has stood sentry for well over a century on Central Park South.

The Plaza New York

Book The Plaza New York

Location:

New York City, New York

Typical starting/peak prices:

$529/$748

Best for:

Families, couples, groups of friends, business travelers

On-site amenities:

Multiple restaurants, Guerlain spa, shops, Warren Tricomi salon

Pros:

The Plaza is one of the most famous properties on our list; it's steeped in more than 100 years of history. Fine dining and the Guerlain spa are among the standouts under the roof of this supremely walkable property, where even the entry-level rooms are impressive and large.

Cons:

In some instances, guest rooms are a bit dark and staffers have been known to not always be so friendly.

Eloise, the story of the glamorous little girl who lives at the Plaza Hotel, is just one of many stories that contribute to the lore and reputation of one of New York City's most famous hotels.

Since its debut more than a century ago in 1907, the Plaza Hotel has hosted just about every celebrity and dignitary you can imagine within its walls on Central Park South.

Entry-level rooms span 475 square feet, which is generous for a hotel room anywhere, but especially so in Manhattan where most standard rooms barely push 200 square feet. They also include comfortable sitting areas and a bathroom finished with inlaid stone mosaics in floral motifs. Bathroom details also include 24-carat gold plated faucets and accessories, and hand-crafted marble vanities.

The hotel features multiple restaurants, an adjacent upscale food court and market, and the lavish Guerlain spa.

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The Chanler at Cliff Walk

The Chanler is the only hotel on Newport's famous Cliff Walk.

The Chanler at Cliff Rock

Book The Chanler at Cliff Walk

Location:

Newport, Rhode Island

Typical starting/peak prices:

$535/$1,475

Best for:

Couples, families

On-site amenities:

Multiple restaurants and bar, hot tub, welcome amenity upon arrival, free Wi-Fi, free valet parking, free bike rentals, town car, in-room dining and spa services

Pros:

This is the only hotel on Newport's famous and stunning Cliff Walk, surrounded by incredible Gilded Age mansions. The opulence inside is pure Newport.

Cons:

The dark, dramatic rooms won't be a fit for travelers who prefer a contemporary style.

The Chanler at Cliff Walk is pure Newport, housed in an iconic Gilded Age mansion. It's also the only hotel to be located along Newport's Cliff Walk, a 3.5-mile oceanfront path lined with other historic mansions. It's one of Rhode Island's most popular attractions and staying here gives you a front-row seat and a pass from having to secure parking, which is nearly impossible during summer and other peak travel periods.

Inside, the 19th-century mansion is over the top elegant, with 20 guest rooms and villas dripping in period style. Rich custom linens feature alongside thick drapes and regal upholstery, all inspired by the city's heritage. Opulent chandeliers, fireplaces, and furniture round out each accommodation. Some also feature jetted tubs, ocean views, and private patios.

There are several options for upscale dining as well as a more casual cafe, plus in-room dining and spa services offered.

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Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is a posh property in the heart of Beverly Hills.

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Book Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

Location:

Beverly Hills, California

Typical starting/peak prices:

$542/$687

Best for:

Couples, families, business travelers, solo travelers

On-site amenities:

Jean-Georges Beverly Hills restaurant and bar, lobby lounge, La Prairie Spa, rooftop pool deck, Kevin B salon, fitness center

Pros:

In addition to its ultra-high-rent location, top-end service, pool deck, and spa, this property offers a major draw for foodies with chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten at the helm of F&B.

Cons:

This is an urban hotel situated at a busy intersection, which will be an advantage to those who want to be in the middle of it all, but a drawback for anyone seeking a peaceful retreat.

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is a splashy urban hotel located in the heart of Beverly Hills, at the intersection of some of the city's poshest boulevards.

The property has 119 rooms and 51 suites with interior design by Pierre-Yves Rochon, top-end technology, floor-to-ceiling windows, and private balconies. Guest rooms start at 537 square feet with a 110 square-foot terrace, lounge areas, espresso machines,

Bluetooth

-enabled speakers, and luxurious bathroom amenities.

Indulge in Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills' signature restaurant, Jean-Georges Beverly Hills (from three-Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten), which offers an eight-course tasting menu.

Atop the hotel is the alfresco Rooftop by JG, with 360-degree views of Los Angeles, and a rooftop pool deck that is the biggest of its kind in Beverly Hills with cabanas, a lounge area with panoramic views as well as a swimming pool and jacuzzi.

The on-site spa by La Prairie Spa offers ultra-luxurious treatments amid 5,000 square feet.

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Miraval Arizona Resort & Spa

Wellness shines at Miraval Arizona.

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Location:

Tucson, Arizona

Typical starting/peak price:

$609/$1,049

Best for:

Couples, spa and wellness enthusiasts

On-site amenities:

Spa services, pool, fitness and wellness classes, tennis, golf, hiking on scenic Camelback Mountain

Pros:

Meals and activities are all-inclusive offering added value, especially considering the exceptional quality of the food.

Cons:

Though it offers strong value, the price alone might be a barrier to entry for many

Located on 400 acres outside Tucson in the shadow of the Santa Catalina Mountains,

Miraval

is a world-renowned destination spa resort prioritizing wellness.

The Life in Balance Spa, which we have visited and recommend without hesitation, features a myriad of services including Ayurveda, energy work, traditional massage, and acupuncture.

Suites are large and lavish and some come with hot tubs, walk-in showers, fireplaces, dining areas, and private patios. There are also zen touches such as a

meditation

pillow from an organic pillow menu, a Tibetan singing bowl, mindful coloring books, a community journal, and an essential oil diffuser, available on request. For true indulgence, the Solace Retreat is tailor-made for spa-like relaxation, with its own outdoor patio with a private hot tub, a celestial rain shower, and a lounge area with a fire pit. Other touches include an aromatherapy diffuser, fluffy cotton bathrobes, an indoor soaking tub, a sitting area, plus views of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

The resort is a digital, device-free space, where guests are asked to unplug at check-in and place their phones and devices in a special "sleeping bag" to center themselves.

Room rates also include a nightly credit, all meals, and more than 200 classes and activities ranging from outback hiking and biking to challenge courses.

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Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

Four Seasons Orlando is located in a secluded and private lakeside area within Walt Disney World Resort.

Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

Book Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort

Category:

Luxury

Location:

Orlando, Florida

Typical starting/peak prices:

$755/$1,295

Best for:

Families, couples, groups of friends

On-site amenities:

Multiple restaurants, family pool, adults-only pool, lazy river, golf and sports club, kids club, Disney concierge, spa, tennis, transportation to theme parks

Pros:

Put simply, this might be the most luxurious way to do Disney, period. It's located inside Walt Disney World Resort and fully connected to it through offerings like a character brunch, a Disney concierge, and transportation to theme parks.

Cons:

Some pandemic-related modifications have felt disruptive.

For some travelers, the ultimate bucket-list vacation involves Disney. Make it happen in ultimate luxury with a visit to Four Seasons Orlando, located in a secluded, residential setting within Walt Disney World Resort.

This lakeside property is dotted with gardens and pools and is a haven for family members of all ages. You don't have to be a Disney fan to love it here, but it doesn't hurt.

Guests can access its on-site character breakfast, The Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy & His Pals, offered at Ravello restaurant, and take advantage of included transportation to Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park, and Disney's Hollywood Studios. A Disney Planning Center on the lobby level serves as a full-service Disney concierge to assist guests with all needs including theme park tickets, tours, and dining reservations.

The resort is designed with specific areas that appeal to different age ranges for multigenerational travel. Teens can hang in the lazy river or water slides, or play water volleyball at The Cove section of the river. Not-yet-swimmers can splash away in the Splash Zone. The Explorer family pool is ideal for all ages, and there's also a peaceful adults-only pool surrounded by palm trees and cabanas, as well as an 18-hole golf course, three tennis courts, and a spa.

Even the smallest room is a generous 500 square feet with a marble bath and chic furnishings in a neutral palette. While this is a Disney paradise, it definitely does not look it with the typical Mickey Mouse imagery strewn about.

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Montage Laguna Beach

Dramatic views of stunning Laguna Beach wow from the first glimpse.

Montage Laguna Beach

Book Montage Laguna Beach

Location:

Laguna Beach, California

Typical starting/peak prices:

$888/$1,300

Best for:

Families, business travelers, couples, groups of friends

On-site amenities:

3 pools, spa, dining options including Studio Restaurant

Pros:

Accommodations are ultra-luxurious, with attentive service throughout the property. The spa is one of the best in the entire region.

Cons:

The pandemic created some inconsistency among the service, especially when weighed against the price point.

Montage Laguna Beach

is situated on a bluff atop the Pacific within the vibrant arts community of Laguna Beach. The craftsman-style resort offers 250 rooms (and 23 privately owned Montage Residences) on 30 acres of oceanfront real estate.

The showstopper in the massive 20,000-square-foot Spa Montage with incredible pampering treatments. There is also the destination-dining restaurant Studio Restaurant, 3 pools, direct beach access, a fine art collection, and other luxurious amenities.

Rooms start at a generous 500 square feet and come with separate sitting areas with sofas, and marble bathrooms with deep soaking tubs and separate showers.

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Hotel Wailea

Hotel Wailea's adults-only vibe is a boon for couples, and the sweeping views exude intimacy and romance.

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Book Hotel Wailea

Location:

Wailea, Maui, Hawaii

Typical starting/peak prices:

$899/$1,199

Best for:

Couples

On-site amenities:

Pool, hot tub, cabanas, dining at The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea, cocktail lounge, valet or self-parking services, Tesla Model X house vehicles

Pros:

Hotel Wailea is the ultimate for romance, with an intimate feeling set apart from the crowds in an adults-only environment.

Cons:

Hotel Wailea is not located directly on the beach, but will shuttle you there. This might disappoint you given the high price and if you planned to spontaneously step out onto the sand.

Hotel Wailea is Hawaii's only Relais & Chateaux property, a brand renowned for elegant luxury. The hotel encompasses over 15 exclusive-feeling private acres overlooking the beach, with stunning views from every vantage point.

There are 72 impressive one-bedroom suites, each with a chic residential feel and lanais facing the ocean. Tesla Model X vehicles serve as house shuttles to punctuate the air of luxury that permeates the place. The Restaurant at Hotel Wailea is a destination in itself, offering Chef Zach Sato's cuisine with panoramic ocean views.

The adults-only vibe is a boon for couples, and the hotel's sweeping views exude intimacy and romance. Though you should know that Hotel Wailea is not located directly on the beach, however, it is a very short shuttle ride away.

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Castle Hot Springs

The recently revamped Castle Hot Springs dates back to the late 1800s when it was a favorite among America's titans of industry.

Castle Hot Springs

Book Castle Hot Springs

Location:

Morristown, Arizona

Typical starting/peak prices:

$1,500/$2,100

Best for:

Couples, families, groups of friends

On-site amenities:

Resort pool, hot springs pools, farm, yoga, spa treatments in creekside cabanas, Arizona's first-ever

Via Ferrata

cable climbing course

Pros:

This recently overhauled resort drips with history. It's all about wellness through local, natural means such as an on-site farm operation and hot springs. Meals are included with your overnight stay.

Cons:

While most reviews are overwhelmingly positive, a couple of critics noted spotty service compared with their expectation for the price point.

Castle Hot Springs is Arizona's first luxury resort, originally founded in 1896 as a holistic wellness retreat. Set against the silhouette of the Bradshaw Mountains (50 miles outside of Phoenix) the resort is like an oasis in the Sonoran Desert.

The 1,100-acre property, which underwent a major overhaul prior to re-debuting in 2019, is a 34-room resort that was once the chosen wellness retreat of choice for America's titans of industry like the Vanderbilts, Roosevelts, and Astors. The property has ancient hot springs and a digital detox philosophy ideal for those seeking a mental and physical reboot.

All guest suites (think bungalows, cottages, and cabins) feature outdoor stone tubs plumbed with hot springs water. Telescopes outside lodgings allow for nighttime stargazing.

Activities include guided hikes through the mountains, horseback riding along craggy desert trails, and tours of the one-acre greenhouse and farm, which produce more than 500 varieties of fruits, vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Three daily farm-to-table meals are included with the cost of the overnight stay.

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The Resort at Paws Up

The Resort at Paws Up offers luxury and adventure across 37,000 acres of Montana wilderness.

The Resort at Paws Up

Book The Resort at Paws Up

Location:

Greenough, Montana

Typical starting/peak prices:

$1,530/$2,032

Best for:

Families, couples, groups of friends

On-site amenities:

Multiple restaurants, the Montana Spa, an extensive outdoor activities list

Pros:

Luxury and adventure travel don't always overlap, but this is the place you can find such an intersection. It's packed with amenities and the activity list is endless.

Cons:

Some critical reviews note spotty service or lapses in luxury — things they'd consider forgivable at a lower price point.

The Resort at Paws Up combines all-out luxury with adventure set against a 37,000-acre ranch property. Yes, you read that right: It comprises about 60 square miles of Montana wilderness.

Situated along 10 miles of the Blackfoot River, Paws Up offers more than 100 miles of designated hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, and ATV trails. Its activity list includes more than 50 options for fly-fishing, cattle drives, archery, snowmobiling, ice-skating, and more.

Accommodations come in the form of 28 luxury homes offered year-round and 36 glamping tents with seasonal availability. Each is individually decorated with a Western-chic vibe and artwork hand-selected by the owners.

Paws Up's owners also opened an adults-only resort, The Green O, on the 37,000-acre property. It will offer 12 luxurious freestanding glass-walled units and a central Social Haus restaurant.

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San Ysidro Ranch

The Kennedys honeymooned at San Ysidro Ranch, considered one of the world's most romantic hotels.

San Ysidro Ranch

Book San Ysidro Ranch

Location:

Montecito, California

Typical starting/peak prices:

$1,595/$2,595

Best for:

Couples

On-site amenities:

Multiple dining options including The Stonehouse in a 19th-century citrus packing house, salon, spa, 12,000-bottle wine cellar, pool, in-room spa services, 17 miles of hiking trails

Pros:

Far from a luxurious but generic affair, this iconic and unique property is steeped in history and romance. It's ultra-private and intimate, with just 38 guest cottages.

Cons:

The flip side of "historic" is that some details may seem dated and in need of a revamp.

For a major dose of romance, consider this sprawling resort where John and Jackie Kennedy honeymooned. As a result, it's been called one of the most romantic places in the world. Guests may even book the Kennedy Cottage where the couple stayed, a two-bedroom, two-bath, 2,000-square-foot pied-a-terre.

The 500-acre San Ysidro Ranch is located in uber-chichi Montecito within the Santa Barbara region, with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and the Channel Islands.

There are just 38 intimate cottages, each decorated with antiques, stone fireplaces, oak floors, and come with an expansive private deck, many with indoor-outdoor rain showers, sunken hot tubs, heated floors, and private gardens.

Work with the on-site team to create customized itineraries including sunset sailing, private yoga, sound meditation sessions, horseback riding, and wine tastings.

While the price is exceptionally high, so is the value as the rate includes meals, too. Order the $250 caviar, the $90 bone-in steak, or the $96 lobster cioppino. It is all included except alcohol.

In July 2021, the property opened a new outdoor spa patio and pool bar, as well as a new lower bar back patio deck, bocce ball court, and professional golf putting course. For an additional fee and with advanced reservations, San Ysidro Ranch guests may reserve a golf experience at the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course at the exclusive members-only Montecito Club.

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Four Seasons Resort Lanai and Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort

Four Seasons Resort Lanai and Sensei Lanai sprawl over the Hawaiian island of Lanai, about 10 miles from Maui as the crow flies.

Four Seasons

Book

Four Seasons Resort Lanai

and

Sensei Lanai

Location:

Lanai, Hawaii

Typical starting/peak prices:

$1,700/$2,585

Best for:

Families (Four Seasons Resort Lanai only), couples, business travelers, groups of friends, solo travelers (Sensei Lanai)

On-site amenities:

Stunning pools, gardens, wellness offerings, a wide array of activities (including archery and shooting range), F&B from famed chef Nobu Matsuhisa

Pros:

The natural beauty (not to mention natural social distancing) on Lanai is unrivaled. It's certainly among the most beautiful natural environments in the U.S. The service is also impeccable and accommodations are ultra-luxurious with unparalleled wellness offerings, especially at Sensei where it is the focus. Airfare from Honolulu on Lanai Air is always included with Sensei Lanai.

Cons:

While families are warmly welcomed at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai (there is an excellent kids club after all), children are not permitted at Sensei Lanai. (This will be an advantage for some and a drawback for others).

I'm a seen-it-all luxury travel writer, but I rarely walk into a Four Seasons that doesn't wow me. This one is especially a standout, even among the brand's impeccable portfolio.

The secluded 90,000-acre paradise on Lanai (not far from the island of Maui) offers a wide array of outdoor activities such as archery, private horseback rides, diving, and fishing adventures upon the resort's private fleet. There are also luxe accommodations at the beachfront Four Seasons Resort Lanai or the sister wellness destination, Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort.

The Four Seasons Resort Lanai has 213 guest rooms in an array of low-rise buildings along the coastline for a residential vibe. There are multiple outdoor restaurants, including Nobu Lanai; Four Seasons' Kids for All Seasons kids' club; a beach and pool with seating areas tucked among tropical gardens; luxury boutiques; and an array of included classes and events.

For more of an exclusive, adults-only vibe, the sister resort, Sensei Lanai, A Four Seasons Resort, is an adults-only wellness destination spread on 24 acres. The 96-room resort is anchored by a great hall and sweeping outdoor gardens meant for connecting with nature.

Sensei by Nobu offers Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's classics as well as selections that incorporate Sensei's nutritional philosophy created in partnership with Sensei's co-founder Dr. David Agus.

The outdoor facilities include a 24-hour fitness facility, movement studios, a yoga pavilion and outdoor yoga spaces, an 18-hole putting course, onsen baths for private relaxation, an oasis pool with lap lanes, and gardens with lush flora as well as sculpture and art.

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Amangiri

Utah's Amangiri has long been a destination popular among A-list celebrities.

Amangiri

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Location:

Canyon Point, Utah

Typical starting/peak prices:

$1,931/$3,500

Best for:

Couples, families

On-site amenities:

Amangiri restaurant, 25,000-square-foot Aman Spa, national park tours, private air tours, Camp Sakira

Pros:

Amangiri is surrounded by unparalleled natural beauty and privacy. The design and service are otherworldly. This is the place for adventurers and nature lovers, or to feel like a celebrity.

Cons:

For the over-the-top price point, guests expect flawless service, yet critical reviews note instances when delivery slipped compared to their expectation, such as failing to address a guest individually by the correct name.

When the Kardashians and the Real Housewives want to splash out on a domestic vacation, it's likely at this famous Aman property in Utah. Set on 600 acres in a protected valley, Amangiri (meaning "peaceful mountain") is known for its sweeping views over towering mesas and dramatically stratified rock facing Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.

The resort is built around a stunning swimming pool defined by a jaw-dropping stone escarpment. The main pavilion houses its dining room, living room, library, gallery, private dining room, and cellar. The Desert Lounge is an open-air living room perfect for sundowners or stargazing after dark.

From the pavilion, two wings of accommodations lead into the desert. In all, there are 34 suites, many with private swimming pools and roof terraces. Suites are large, with clean lines and natural materials, reflecting the surrounding Utah desert. Think white stone floors, concrete walls, natural timbers, and blackened steel finishings. Each suite has a fireplace and an outdoor lounge area.

New for 2021, the resort introduced the Cave Peak Stairway, an installation that rises 400 feet above the ground, for outrageous views. Thrill-seekers can climb the 120 steps — a dramatically vertical ascent with just open air below —leading from the resort's existing Cave Peak Via Ferrata Trail for an unforgettable panorama (and pics) from the top.

A short hike or drive from Amangiri, Camp Sakira is a cluster of 10 canvas-topped pavilions centered around a shared lounge. Each has a private plunge pool.

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Little Palm Island Resort & Spa

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is the only private island resort in the U.S.

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa

Book Little Palm Island Resort & Spa

Location:

Little Torch Key, Florida

Typical starting/peak prices:

$2,290/$2,490

Best for:

Couples

On-site amenities:

The Dining Room indoor-outdoor restaurant, SpaTerre, fitness center, pool

Pros:

This is the only domestic private island resort, and the vibe is remote, relaxing, and ultra-romantic.

Cons:

That pricey nightly room rate is subject to a 12.5-percent resort fee, which does include indulgences such as yacht transfers.

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa is the only private island resort in the U.S. Located off the Florida Keys coastline, the adults-only Little Palm Island is a 4.5-acre property only accessible by boat or seaplane, for a totally remote and isolated vibe.

The island is never inhabited by more than 60 guests at any given time, though various species of birds, Key deer, and other natural wildlife keep the humans company.

Sumptuous accommodations are in thatched-roof bungalows amid secret-feeling pathways that lead to swaying hammocks and chaise lounges. Bungalows begin at 550 square feet with vaulted ceilings, ocean views, and outdoor showers or tubs.

SpaTerre offers treatments that incorporate ancient spa traditions like Balinese techniques and Thai body rituals. Outdoor activities include paddleboarding, kayaking, and Hobie Cats.

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FAQ: Luxury hotels

Is it safe to stay in a hotel?

While hotels do provide opportunities for face-to-face interactions with staff and other guests in common spaces like check-in desks, lobbies, and dining venues,

experts say guests who exercise proper precautions

can stay safely in hotels.

No travel is completely risk-free and we recommend following CDC current guidelines as well as all applicable local protocols at the time of travel.

What's the best luxury hotel in the U.S. for couples?

John and Jackie Kennedy were among the famous honeymooners at

San Ysidro Ranch

, an iconic and historic California destination known for romance.

Another unforgettable option: As the only private island resort in the U.S.,

Little Palm Island Resort & Spa

is an ultra-romantic destination for couples. The remote, adults-only vibe makes it ideal for a honeymoon.

What's the best luxury hotel in the U.S. for families?

Many hotels on our list are ideal for families, but

Four Seasons Orlando

stands out for its incredible access to Disney: It's situated right in Walt Disney World Resort, with transportation to theme parks and a dedicated Disney concierge — not to mention a five-acre water park on site including a lazy river.

What is the most luxurious hotel in the world?

Dubai's outrageously opulent

Burj Al Arab

has often been described as the world's most luxurious hotel. At the time of its opening in 1999, it was touted as the first seven-star hotel on the planet.

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