The options are limited, but they're out there: luxe all-inclusive resorts in the U.S. where adults can catch up on some serious “us” time. Be they exclusively adults-only or family-friendly with some seriously sophisticated perks, these six places are America's best stays for adults.
Travaasa Austin, TX
You need only head 30 minutes outside Austin to reach the adults-only nature retreat of your dreams. At Travaasa Austin, the ethereal Balcones Canyonlands sets the backdrop for sessions in yoga, reiki, and life coaching—though it's the more active, heart-pumping pursuits that might speak to us most. Days start at 6 a.m. and follow full-on itineraries that might include hatchet throwing, mechanical bull riding, hikes to nearby lakes, or cooking demos in between your zen time. After a few cool-down laps in the infinity pool, refuel with upscale healthy dishes like chilled potato leek soup and miso trout with ginger sauce from executive chef Benjamin Baker.
Lodge at Woodloch, Hawley, PA
Seeking a low-key respite from city living? Flee to the Poconos, less than three hours from NYC, for the Lodge at Woodloch. This adults-only getaway is as charming as it is rustic: think farm-to-table meals, indulgent spa treatments, and hours spent lounging on the porch overlooking the lake, by the tranquil pool, or curled up with a favorite book (picked from the property’s library) next to the stone fireplace. If you're visiting the lodge in the summer or fall, don't miss the two-mile hike to Bushkill Falls, which passes eight individual falls that are linked by wooden bridges and observation decks.
Dunton Hot Springs, Dolores, CO
The Old West meets rough-luxe at this Colorado Rockies resort, where 12 old-school log cabins have been tricked out with crystal chandeliers, leather armchairs, and antiques. The resort is set in a revitalized 19th-century mining town, which still sports a dance hall and old-fashioned saloon--the perfect spot for a cocktail after horseback riding or fly-fishing (or snowshoeing and dog sledding, depending on the season) in the mountains and long soaks in the site’s natural hot springs.
Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN
Every serious foodie's must-hit list includes this 4,200-acre all-inclusive culinary estate outside Knoxville, famous for its heirloom garden, demo kitchen, and two-time James Beard Award-winning seasonal restaurant, The Barn. While booze isn’t included in the rate, everything else is, including on-property guided nature hikes, decadent massages at the spa, and cheese and wine tastings at the Farmstead, in addition to three stellar daily meals that use ingredients from the gardens. After an alfresco dinner overlooking the Smokies, head back to your cottage for a porch-side glass of red hand-picked from the farm’s 180,000-bottle cellar (or an ale from the onsite craft brewery).
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Miraval Resort & Spa, Tucson, AZ
The stark Sonoran landscape surrounding this 400-acre pioneering desert spa resort sets the stage for treatments aimed at healing the body and spirit. The relaunched spa features six tents surrounded by Palo Verde trees and offers a unique menu of massage services that might incorporate gravity or work the digestive system. But this isn’t your average detox: the food portions are unlimited, alcohol is served, and—maybe our favorite feature—tipping is not accepted, so you can downward dog and sip your smoothie without worry. After an afternoon of Pilates or horse grooming (said to ease fear and frustration), retreat to your casita-style room for a dip in your soaking tub.
Ranch at Rock Creek, Philipsburg, MT
Love the great outdoors, but picky over how much you want to “rough it”? At Montana’s Ranch at Rock Creek, you have your pick of rooms in the main Granite Lodge, the 19th-century barn, or more intimate outlying houses and glamping cabins. Whatever your preference, all accommodations are done up with Western-style motifs like rocking chairs, woven textiles in warm desert hues of red and orange, and Birch canopy beds. As tempting as it might be to sleep in, you might find yourself rising (as ranchers do) with the sun for activities like archery, guided hikes to spot and photograph wildlife, and weekly rodeos. When night falls, guests saddle up to the bar (literally) at the Silver Dollar Saloon for a pre-dinner pick-me-up before feasting on hearty platters like bison burgers and cast-iron fried chicken.