After the year we’ve had, moms deserve a break. For most of us, a roadside motel without cable sounds like a dream if it comes with a few solid hours of uninterrupted sleep. But if you’re looking for a getaway that offers a little more, look no further. From solo escapes to spots where you can bring the babes and still indulge in some me-time, read on to discover our top picks when it comes to hotels and resorts with perks just perfect for mom.
The Meritage Resort & Vista Collina | Napa, CA
Located in the beautiful secluded hills of Napa Valley, The Meritage Resort and Spa and its sister property, Vista Collina Resort blend world-class luxury with exceptional hospitality for a resort experience, the perfect getaway for all mothers. Amenities include: Food & Wine Village with a locally sourced artisanal market, nine on-site tasting rooms, a spacious community lawn for picnics and outdoor gatherings and more. The crown jewel of the resorts is their award-winning spa Spa Terra, featuring curated services and experiences in the heart of wine country. The unique spa is positioned underground in the Estate Cave, a 22,000-square-foot enclave with stunning copper and stone water walls.
Hotel del Coronado | Coronado, CA
If old-world California style with laid-back, luxury accommodations and unique activity offerings sound like your thing, then look no further than the iconic Hotel del Coronado, located in Southern California just off the coast of San Diego. With a spa that knows what a mom needs and a Sunday brunch that some say is the best in the country (can you say gourmet bloody mary bar?), the Del is the perfect escape for a solo artist or a mom with kids in tow.
1500 Orange Ave
Suncadia Resort | Cle Elum, WA
Just 80 miles from Seattle, moms looking for a unique wellness weekend can start with a power session of relaxation at Glade Springs Spa, daily sunrise yoga, chef's demo cooking and nutrition classes, and inspired fitness classes led by celebrity coach KaisaFit while taking in the view of sunny Cascade Mountains. Be sure you books some time for a salt soak.
3600 Suncadia Tr.
Cle Elum, WA
Aston Kaanapali Shores | Maui, Hawaii
Moms will capture moments of R&R at this sprawling oceanfront resort in one of Hawaii’s most unspoiled locales. Situated on 10 acres of tropical landscape with multiple pools, the property grounds immerse guests in the quintessential Hawaiian experience. Moms will enjoy the comforts of home including a full kitchen, washer/dryer and private lanai alongside convenient resort amenities, such as grocery delivery, concierge, room service and massages and facials at onsite Puamana Day Spa.
Moms will also have the opportunity to engage with the local culture during weekly workshops and classes from Hawaiian lei making to hula and ukulele classes. The resort recently introduced PlacePass, a new vacation-planning platform, enabling moms to conveniently book over 200,000 experiences that interest them most with top local tour operators. Moms will love activities such as a private photography portrait session, private Reiki session, private surf lessons and more.
Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach | Oahu
Located steps from the beach in the center of Waikiki, ‘Alohilani offers a balance of energy and relaxation in a lively urban setting. The hotel is fresh off a $125 million transformation by award-winning design firm, Rockwell Group. Standout amenities include two restaurants from internationally acclaimed Iron Chef Morimoto, an open-air lobby with a captivating two-story Oceanarium and a vibrant pool deck overlooking Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head.
Moms can indulge in a new sustainable food and cocktail happy hour series centered around locally sourced products that coincide with Earth’s elements. Dishes include goat cheese samosas featuring local chevre from Maui Surfing Goat Dairy, Oahu kampachi ceviche, bacon-wrapped spicy Kauai shrimp and more.
Canyon Ranch | Tucson, AZ
Moms who prefer to recharge their batteries by paying a little TLC to themselves—through fitness, healthy gourmet meals, spa, and meditation—can pack their bags for an escape to the Tuscon Canyon Ranch retreat. This desert oasis is a getaway that goes beyond health and beauty, offering a state of well-being, a place to decompress and focus on yourself.
8600 E Rockcliff Rd.
Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa | Austin, TX
From the long porches with rocking chairs overlooking the golf course to the rolling hills that surround the property, a weekend here, at what marketing manager Rashida Wright calls "the front porch of hill country," is perfect for a mom getaway. Opt to spend a day at the spa, which has 20 treatment rooms, a sauna and a rooftop pool, or have the concierge set up transport to Fredericksburg (Texas wine country) for the day. Guests can play a round of golf and then come back and enjoy the fire pits on Lady Bird lawn.
Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort - Hot Springs, AR
After undergoing a major renovation, Oaklawn opened its luxe casino and resort in May 2021. With amenities like the Astral Spa, fine dining spots like The Bugler (which overlooks the racetrack), a casino for gambling fun, views of Hot Springs and Valley of the Vapors and an outdoor pool make this a perfect spot for a girl's weekend! It's also very close to downtown Hot Springs and the historic Bathhouse Row, as well as shopping, hiking and more! If you want to eat somewhere besides the resort, there are plenty of spots to choose from, including Hotel Hale and Superior Bathhouse Brewery, which are located in two of the historic bathhouses!
Surety Hotel | Des Moines, Iowa
Designated as one of the best new hotels by Travel + Leisure, the Surety Hotel, located in Des Moines’ burgeoning downtown district, offers moms an escape from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding urban area and onto its newly reopened courtyard. The 2,220-square-foot calming outdoor space serves as the perfect venue for moms looking to take a moment for themselves, relax and imbibe on signature cocktails or specially curated whiskey flights. Moms can also enjoy Executive Chef Marque Collins’ locally-inspired menu that is thoughtfully prepared to showcase the flavor of the wood grill in the hotel’s flagship restaurant, The Mulberry Street Tavern.
Moms looking for a night away from the kids are welcome to participate in Blues and Wine nights, where they can enjoy discounts on select wines, or take in a peaceful yoga class during the Saturday Yoga Series in the Solarium. The Surety Hotel is the perfect place moms can give themselves a self-imposed timeout to enjoy some deserved peace and quiet, and an amazing night's rest.
The Talbott, a JdV by Hyatt Hotel | Chicago, IL
Treat yourself at the Talbott! The hotel is just steps away from Chicago's Magnificent Mile where you can shop 'til you drop. Be sure to book some time at the Dita Day Spa and brunch at 20 East, the Talbott’s signature restaurant. It really makes for the perfect downtown adventure.
20 E Delaware Pl.
Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa | Teton Village, WY
Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa is a combination of rustic and luxe, which means mom can get pampered and still have an adventure on her getaway. The quintessential alpine ski lodge is abundant in the classic Western spirit of Jackson Hole and, since it’s nestled near two of America’s most celebrated national parks—Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park, it serves as a perfect jumping-off point to an ultimate outdoor experience: skiing, biking, hiking, kayaking, and more.
In the evenings, take a dip in the 22-person rooftop hot tub and dine at Spur, the resort's 140-seat restaurant which serves up mountain cuisine—simple, homestyle meals made with seasonal, organic ingredients. Book a package at the SpaTerre. It offers unique packages that combine classic Thai and Indonesian spa treatments with local natural elements: spring water, salts, herbs, and mud. It’s the perfect way to unwind after biking down the mountain or paddling through the river in a kayak.
3385 Cody Lane
Teton Village, WY
photo: Teton Mountain Lodge & Spa
Loews Minneapolis Hotel | Minneapolis, MN
Located right in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, you can upgrade mom’s stay with a treatment at Embury Spa. Candlelight massages, soothing body wraps and all the classic spa amenities (including blow dries, waxing and even makeup application). Once you've fully relaxed, you can check out all that the neighborhood has to offer, like the Mary Tyler Moore statue.
601 N 1st Ave.
JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa | Orlando, FL
Situated right outside Disney World, the AAA 4 diamond rated JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa has everything moms need for a trip to the parks with a luxury twist, including a 10,000 square foot spa with treatments unique to the resort, like a forest therapy massage, a hydra-fusion facial using JetPeel technology (the only of its kind in Central Florida!), and meditation manicures using devices backed by Deepak Chopra.
Moms can also reserve a chic daybed or cabana at one of the resort’s two pools, or visit one of the resort’s seven onsite restaurants and bars, including the swanky steak and seafood restaurant with over 1,300 bottles of wine, Sear + Sea, and the newly opened, Asian-inspired rooftop lounge, illume, boasting panoramic views of the nightly Disney fireworks for a picture-perfect way to end the day.
Wylder Hotel Tilghman Island | Tilghman Island, MD
Treat yourself (and other moms you know) to a stay in an iconic hotel that features 54 newly designed guest rooms that give off a chill seaside cottage vibe, but offer plenty of modern amenities for a relaxing stay. The Wylder Hotel Tilghman Island is situated on nine acres of waterfront property and has all sorts of on-site activities: paddle boarding, sailing, bike rides, bocce ball and more.
Swim in the saltwater swimming pool, dine at Tickler’s Crab Shack & Restaurant or stop off at the seaside wood-fired sauna for some luxe downtime. You can even bring your dog!
21551 Chesapeake House Drive
Tilghman Island, MD
Gansevoort Meatpacking | New York, NY
If a spectacular weekend in the city or a city staycation is what you want, the Gansevoort Meatpacking delivers. Savor the 360-degree views of Manhattan and the Hudson River, dine at American eatery The Chester, and wander down to the High Line Park. After a night on the town, treat yourself to well-deserved downtime at Exhale Spa.
18 9th Ave.
New York, NY
The Ritz-Carlton | Fort Lauderdale, FL
Any mom will love spending time in Fort Lauderdale’s only full-service beachfront spa, which resides on the seventh floor, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. There are 11 treatment rooms, Jacuzzis on the tropical pool deck, and splurge treatments like the Cleansing Ceremony or the Biodynamic Facial. Choose among several packages, including the mom-favorite Spa-Cation Package.
Wander in and out of the boutiques that line Las Olas Boulevard before heading back to dinner with ocean views at Burlock Coast, the hotel’s restaurant that offers modern-coastal fare prepared with locally sourced ingredients.
1 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Kimpton Cardinal | Winston-Salem, NC
Be a kid again with a weekend of play at Kimpton Cardinal in Winston-Salem. You’ll get brunch for two (or solo if desired) and cocktails to kick off the weekend, a relax and rejuvenate in-room spa treatment with fresh flowers and best of all—free reign to play in the Adult Recreation Room, where you can slide, bowl and dribble to your heart’s content. Soak in the mix of history and modern amenities, with the combo of Art Deco architecture and vibrant artwork that adorns the walls. You’ll also enjoy the hotel’s proximity to the Downtown Arts District, Old Salem Museum & Gardens and, best of all, Krispy Kreme headquarters.
51 East Fourth St.
St. Regis Atlanta | Atlanta, GA
Located in Atlanta's swankiest neighborhood, this Buckhead hotel offers pedestrian proximity to luxury shopping and world-class dining for moms on the move, and a beautiful spa, on-site fine dining, and terraced city patios (complete with a pool, service, and luxury cabanas) for the mom who's happy to stay put. This splurge-worthy stay includes a guest butler service, just in case you need something done, STAT.
88 West Paces Ferry Rd.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya
Located about 25 minutes away from the Cancun airport and five minutes away from downtown Playa del Carmen, with only 30% of the 206 acres developed, the Grand Velas gives off a remote vibe that feels far away from everyday life The beach is a short walk away from two of the three properties; if you stay in the Grand Class, you'll have an oceanfront view; if you stay in the Ambassador, you'll enjoy views of both the infinity pool and the ocean. If you stay in Zen, you'll be surrounded by the jungle, and you'll feel far away from it all. The suites are huge, each one no less than 1,000 square feet (perfect for a group of moms to share); they all have balconies, deep soaking tubs, Molton Brown products and of course, fully-stocked minibars. Some even offer private plunge pools. Daily activities include dance classes, beach volleyball, cooking classes, bike rides, sessions with a personal trainer, outdoor yoga and more.
Be sure to book a table at one of their award-winning upscale restaurants: Frida, Piaf or Cocina de Autor. One thing that should be on top of your list is a day at the award-winning Se Spa. This peaceful sanctuary has been awarded five stars by Forbes travel. Try one of their unique massages or treatments (the Sounds of the Soul is their newest offering), experience the eight-step hydrotherapy program and take a Water Journey in the sensory pool.
Victoria House Resort & Spa, | Belize
Located on Ambergris Caye, the largest of the Belizean Islands, this award-winning resort offers the perfect balance: a tranquil environment where guests can enjoy total relaxation, and a host of exciting adventures. Exploring easy to reach ancient Mayan temples, zip-lining over jungle canopies, and making unforgettable memories on a rainforest expedition or diving trip to the World Heritage coral reef are all possibilities.
Moms will especially enjoy the Blissfully Belize Package which includes luxury accommodations in either a Casita or Palmetto room, one-hour treatment for two at the spa, a bottle of Prosecco and a welcome “Belizean Colada” cocktail and more.
Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan | Grand Bahama Island
Situated on the sparkling coastline of Grand Bahama Island, Lighthouse Pointe is the leading all-inclusive resort at Grand Lucayan, overlooking a 7.5-acre white-sand beach and sprawling acres of pristine property. Guests of Lighthouse Pointe enjoy exceptional crowd free amenities, including access to its progressive fitness facilities, soothing body treatments at the 25,000 sq. ft. Senses Spa and 18-holes of championship golf at The Reef Course, acclaimed as one of the world’s “Top 100” golf courses.
Moms will love the property's 196 stylish guestrooms, four dining destinations, including Portobello’s, Pizzeria Capri, Aroma Café and Waves Bar & Grill, and presents visitors with easy access to a myriad of fresh air excursions, from biking along historic trails and birdwatching at the nearby Rand Nature Centre, to horseback riding along the sparkling shoreline or fishing in one of the world’s top sportfishing regions.
Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya | Riviera Maya, Mexico
Nestled along the Caribbean beachfront, this expansive resort brings the outdoors indoors for an authentic and eclectic escape. Upon their reopening last summer, the resort rolled out a variety of new wellness programming on a dedicated weekly wellness calendar including fitness classes, solo meditation experiences, DIY in-room spa workshops and more.
Moms interested in fitness have a number of classes to choose from each day including beach yoga and Pilates, guided Mayan meditation, stand-up paddleboard yoga, HIIT cardio, personal training sessions! There also is the property’s new Tequila University, an experience to learn the history of the spirit and have a tasting, “students” also receive a signed diploma after “graduating.” There are also more experiences from the property’s Cultural Curator, including a hammock weaving class, with a local artisan and a guacamole making class.
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino | Palm Beach, Aruba
With its recent renovations, Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino is the dream vacation for any mother for a getaway. Trankilo, the new adults-only pool makes for a relaxing day. There are 10 private pool cabanas each with a dedicated entrance and stairway into the sleek, tension edge adults-only pool designed to make guests feel as though they are floating on the water. Moms can also have fun at the resort’s casino that features 13 gaming tables, 221 slot machines, 19 video poker machines and casino bar.
The new wellness program “Rise and Shine” consists of various daily classes including aerial yoga, meditation, and Tai Chi. There are also full moon yoga classes every month at the Big Palapa that will help guests restore energy and celebrate the beauty of the full moon.
Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa | Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa is Kimpton’s first luxury property and Caribbean hotel. The property is located on Grand Cayman’s famed Seven Mile Beach. The design-centric property features three distinct culinary outlets, including a chef’s tasting bar, a locally influenced Mediterranean restaurant and a Mexican-inspired taco joint right on the beach.
Moms can head to the tranquil spa, providing the serene environment to recharge with a massage or a 2-hour rejuvenating treatment in the Hammam (the only one on the island and the tiles and team for installation were flown in from Turkey to ensure it was authentic).
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—Kate Loweth, Gabby Cullen & Shelley Massey