We compiled a list of ten gorgeous hotels throughout the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean, to suit all of your Covid-era particularities, peculiarities, and peccadilloes.
You Just Want to Chill in an Infinity Pool
Las Ventanas al Paraíso, San Jose del Cabo, Mexico
There are eight stunning pools — including one with smooth curves and sea views, and another with tunnels and a lazy river. The serene landscape, a mix of striking desert, ocean, and Sea of Cortez, is romantic enough on its own, but the resort also has an entire department devoted to creating romantic experiences for guests. The unique restaurant experience has floating pathways and dining booths sunken into a reflecting pool and glittering with lantern light. Read more on Fathom.
You Want to Get Busy ... in Nature
Bishop's Lodge, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Auberge Resorts Collection transformed a historic chapel and 19th-century spiritual retreat brimming with Southwestern design heritage into a collection of 100 guest rooms, suites, casitas, and a 12-room stone-and-wood bunkhouse overlooking the Tesuque Valley. A quick ride into town, it’s also surrounded by hundreds of private acres next to the million-plus acres of Santa Fe National Forest, giving guests easy access to city culture as well as outdoor adventure. A fresh menu of incredible views, dining options, and activities make it a destination in itself. Some options include fresco painting classes, Native American art experiences, ancient healing arts, culinary journeys, and horseback rides with cowboy cookouts under the stars.
You Want to Have Sex Somewhere Far, Far Away From Your Children
The Green O, Greenough, Montana
That we've loved The Resort at Paws Up forever makes their new, adults-only hotel nestled within 37,000 acres of untouched Montana gorgeousness make The Green O an easy entry onto our YES PLEASE list. A dozen cabins — "Haus" is their term for them — are configured in four categories — Green, Light, Round, and Tree — all designed to blend into the surrounding pines. The food is local; the cooking is over a live first. When it's warm out, you'll spend days along 100 miles of trails — on a bike, horseback, or an easy walk; take in 100-mile views of the Swan Range and Garnet Mountains from a hot air balloon; and fly fish, canoe, swim, and tube along the Blackfoot River. You can much of that on snow in the winter, including more on skis and skates.
You Have to Take the Kids With You
La Samanna, A Belmond Hotel, St. Martin
The ultimate please-everyone-Caribbean hotel could make even the most finicky traveler happy, even the restless toddler. A nonstop flight from most major East Coast cities and the easiest 10-minute airport transfer imaginable are all that separate you from this tropical garden with an ocean beach, two pools, a tennis center, lots of family-friendly activities, and a breakfast buffet teeming with homemade French pastries. Read more on Fathom.
You Want an Affordable Stay Not Too Far from LA
Hotel June Malibu, Malibu, California
Malibu is not a town known for affordable hotels (or affordable anything, really), which makes Proper Hospitality's new entry even more welcome. The iconic Point Dume motor lodge along Pacific Coast Highway has been refurbished into simple bungalows that are crisp and airy, each with a private patio, Casper beds, and robes custom-made from deadstock African textiles. Vintage B&W photos of Malibu's surf-bum past by Wayne Wilcox (another local icon) hang amid vintage surfboards. Also new are a heated pool and deck.
You Want a Resort as Sustainable as Your Relationship
Paradero Todos Santos, Todos Santos, Mexico
Though a virgin beach is just down the road, the hotel is located here to direct travelers’ attention to the distinct ecosystems of the area, which, in addition to beaches, includes incredible 200-year-old cacti, the Sierra de Laguna Mountains, an oasis of 5,000 palm trees, and fertile farmland. The small property of 35 bohemian suites offers suspended hammocks (they call them "star nets"), soaking tubs, garden nooks, indoor/outdoor showers, half-moon shaped pool, and a communal living area with billowing curtain walls, long dining tables, and floor cushions strewn in front of the wood-burning fire. Read more on Fathom.
You Just Want to Lie by the Pool and Play Wordle Alone
Punta Caliza, Isla Holbox, Mexico
The sandy island north of the sun-drenched Yucatán Peninsula takes a little work to get to, but you will be rewarded with polished, eco-chic minimalism, and peace and quiet. Walking around the property barefoot feels right, from the warm concrete floors in the room to the cedar–planked lobby. A shallow triangular pool anchoring the property is surrounded by thatched-roofed huts that contain the guest rooms, each with its own private plunge that connects to the main pool — so you can swim right up to your room. Read more on Fathom.
You Want a Quick Fling Before Going Your Separate Ways
TWA Hotel, Queens, New York
The only airport hotel at New York's JFK International Airport also happens to be stylish, fun, and funky – just what you need to shake up your do-everything-from-home doldrums. Get cozy with a few rounds of cocktails in the cockpit of a (grounded) 116-foot passenger jet named Connie; wander around the retro-futuristic, Saarinen-designed terminal; watch take-offs and landings from the rooftop pool; and spend the rest of your layover in the clean, Mid-century furnished rooms — each one a '60s-era time capsule.
You Want to Consciously Uncouple Somewhere Consciously Fabulous
The Colony, Palm Beach, Florida
There's no shortage of drama between the pink walls of this exclusive address, inventively refreshed from chinoiserie to amenities to souvenirs. Well-heeled snowbirds nosh on seafood towers and Manhattan gossip, hit the beach, dress up for dinner parties, and retire to colorful suites, pied-à-terres, and penthouses dolled up in jewel-toned paint, lush fabrics, cane furnishings, and floral motifs. It's the kind of place where you can really go out with a bang — and a beach butler.
You Decided Not to Get a Divorce
San Ysidro Ranch, Montecito, California
The cottages are a splurge of a lifetime and the amenities are out of this world. Yellow finches and hummingbirds dart in and out of the lush rose gardens, lemon trees hang heavy with fragrant fruit, towering pine trees in the background give way to tiny water lilies below. Spend time rekindling the romance in a private hot tub and outdoor shower, taking in the impeccable landscaping and decor. Recommit to each other with shared custom stationery emblazoned with your names. Read more on Fathom.