Like butterflies shedding their cocoons, we’re finally ready to travel, socialize, and relax. If you are looking for a short-term staycation for some much-needed R & R, here are some of our favorite spots to consider:
The Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, DC – Nominated Best of Potomac 2021 and 2022
Long the go-to hotel for celebrities and international VIPs, the Four Seasons Hotel in DC straddles Georgetown on one side and downtown DC on the other. Its amenities include a heated, saltwater pool, a three-tiered fitness center, a sumptuous spa, (utilized by visitors and locals as well), and a four-star restaurant: Chef Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak. Ask about the Festive Sweet Suite Staycation Package!
The Inn at Perry Cabin
The Inn is a top-rated retreat located in St. Michaels on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Activities include tennis, golf, and swimming. Guests can enjoy a fitness center, a unique spa, and Stars, its top-rated restaurant. In addition, the Inn’s new Skipjack offers a group sail across the Chesapeake Bay ideal for sunset cocktails and unforgettable views.
The Salamander Resort & Spa
Located in Virginia's wine country, Salamander’s guests can participate in countless outdoor activities on its 340 acres including golf, lawn games, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis, horseback riding and even ziplining. Its Forbes Five-Star spa even includes a couple’s suite. Dining facilities include the popular Harrimans Virginia Piedmont Grill, the Gold Cup Wine Bar and Market Salamander.
Playa Largo Resort and Spa
Why travel to the Bahamas when you can get the same tropical vibe in Florida at the Playa Largo Resort and Spa? Special touches include meals served on a private beach, snorkeling and countless other aquatic adventures. Four onsite restaurants, and its celebrated Ocean Spa and Lounge are a few of the many amenities Playa Largo offers guests.
H20 Suites Hotel
Ready for a staycation at a resort that caters to individuals 25 and over? Then consider H20 Suites Hotel in Key West. Amenities at this luxury retreat include a rooftop pool and nearby bar, a great spa, and a wet bar and private balcony in your suite. An always-ready concierge will help you plan nearby adventures by land or sea.
Calling itself Key West’s “best-kept secret”, the Southernmost Beach Resort offers countless amenities on its six acres which include four bars, three heated pools, two beaches, a private tanning pier with ocean access, fitness center, spa, and an amazing oceanfront restaurant. Other resort activities include live music, daily activities, and concierge-booked excursions and tours.
The Hammocks at Marathon
The Hammocks at Marathon, located in Marathon Key, Florida, is a timeshare property that is part of the Blue Green Vacations Club. Accommodations feature studios or one- or two-bedroom suites. Vacationers can enjoy pools, a tiki bar, and a grill overlooking the onsite marina. Kayaks, jet skis, and a fishing boat are available for rent.
Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun
Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun is an adults-only hotel designed for a restful and enchanting vacation. The Health and Wellness Pavilion area consists of a spa, gym, beauty salon and barbershop. The resort’s guests can enjoy a rich variety of restaurants and pubs that offer Mexican, Italian, Asian and informal meals cooked on the grill.
Sensira Resort and Spa Riviera Maya
Welcome to Sensira, an all-inclusive resort for every age that overlooks a semi-private beach. Included in its price are all its restaurants and bars, beach lounge chairs, non-motorized water sports, entertainment, the kids’ club, baby club, mini-golf, zip line, and water parks. Weddings and meetings are welcome.
Hotel Xcaret Mexico
Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, Hotel Xcaret Mexico is a relaxed Five-Diamond, all-inclusive resort. Access to several nearby amusement parks is complimentary, as are meals and drinks served in 10 restaurants and 8 bars. Additional amenities include a spa, multiple outdoor pools, three gyms, tennis courts and a kids’ club.
Papagayo Beach Hotel and Resort
The Papagayo Resort is the first of its kind on the island of Curaçao. Opened in 2013 it consists of a modern hotel along with private villas ranging from two to five bedrooms. Overlooking the glittering Jan Thiel Bay, the resort offers endless dining options in restaurants and bars including the Kyoto Sushi and Grill located in the main hotel.
Having earned a Forbes Four-Star rating by Forbes Travel Guide, Half Moon Resort in Jamaica boasts two beautiful beaches outside of Montego Bay. Friendly to families, couples and singles alike, this sprawling resort has it all: a huge spa, three restaurants, multiple pools, a large gym, free tennis courts, great golf, and a kids' club.
Secrets Wild Orchid
Secrets Wild Orchid Montego Bay is an adults-only Jamaican resort, which takes its inspiration from the Ethiopian roots of Jamaica’s African ancestors. It offers a diverse array of activities. An added perk is that guests have free access to Secrets St. James right next door and Preferred Club guests have access to Breathless Montego Bay Resort & Spa.
Finally, for enjoyable nearby destinations plan visit to two of the Best of Potomac sites: Lone Oak Brewery in Olney, Md. for “great brews and historic views (https://loneoakbrewingco.com) and Rocklands Farm Winery. located in the historical Agricultural Reserve of Montgomery County in Poolesville (https://www.rocklandsfarmmd.com).