Best Destination Hotels

Destination Hotels & Resorts became part of the Two Roads Hospitality family in 2016. Each of the... READ MORE
Destination Hotels & Resorts became part of the Two Roads Hospitality family in 2016. Each of the brand's nearly 40 desert resorts, oceanfront villas and ski lodges evokes the geography of a particular region of the U.S. or Mexico through decor: L'Auberge Del Mar overlooks California's dramatic seaside landscape, while Stowe Mountain Lodge's 18-hole golf course, ski-in/ski-out access and inviting Hourglass bar offer cozy retreats from Stowe, Vermont's winterscapes. Regardless of location, Destination properties emphasize relaxation and recreation (often in the form of spas and golf courses), and every property contains conference facilities. Plus, members of the brand's Destination Delivers loyalty program receive extra perks like free room upgrades or late checkout at select properties. The following Destination Hotels hold spots on our Best Hotels in the USA and Best Hotels in Mexico rankings.

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    Villa Del Sol Resort Zihuatanejo, A Destination Hotel
    Zihuatanejo
    #2 in Best Destination Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 840 reviewsTripAdvisor (840)

    Guests describe the staff at this Destination Hotels outpost as friendly and the property as beautiful. Located on the shores of the Pacific Ocean less than 10 miles northwest of Ixtapa-Zihuatenejo International Airport, this intimate resort houses upscale guest rooms and suites with canopied beds and, in some accommodations, private plunge pools. Although the decor appears simple – with crisp white linens and rustic wooden accents – all rooms feature balconies or terraces along with luxury amenities like flat-screen TVs, DVD players and free pastries and coffee delivery each morning. Villa Del Sol Resort Zihuatanejo invites visitors to partake in activities like cooking lessons, zip lining, kayaking, hiking and sailing. If you prefer a more low-key getaway, previous guests highly recommend you reserve a treatment at the on-site spa or simply plan to lounge by one of the resort's three pools. No matter how you spend your day, start your evening with a plate of fresh fish at La Villa restaurant or head to La Marea for Mexican cuisine. If you consider yourself a foodie, you'll want to sign up for an organic cooking class, which includes a visit to a local market. Tequila and ceviche tastings are also available between 4 and 11 p.m. daily.

    Zihuatanejo
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 840 reviewsTripAdvisor (840)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
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    The Lodge at Spruce Peak
    Stowe, VT
    #3 in Best Destination Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3233 reviewsTripAdvisor (3233)
    Free WiFi

    As its name implies, this lodge rests at the base of Stowe Mountain. So naturally, guests rave about the awe-inspiring views of the area's glistening lakes and towering peaks. Another major asset: The gondola to the slopes of Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak is just steps away from the hotel's door. Amenities are tailored to powder-hounds – there's even a ski and snowboard valet – but non-skiers can appreciate the stone-encased fireplaces, the heated outdoor pool and the exceptional in-house eateries. Guests also praise the treatments offered at The Spa and Wellness Center, many of which are inspired by American Indian traditions. What's more, the resort is pet-friendly, inviting four-legged friends weighing up to 100 pounds. Previous visitors also ensure a restful nights' sleep in the well-appointed accommodations, which come with sleek flat-screen TVs, sumptuous goose-down feather beds and marble bathrooms with bathtubs. Though there is a $40 daily resort fee at this lodge, guests say the customer service team made their stay worth it. 

    Stowe, VT
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3233 reviewsTripAdvisor (3233)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    L'Auberge de Sedona Resort & Spa
    Sedona, AZ
    #4 in Best Destination Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4023 reviewsTripAdvisor (4023)
    Free Breakfast
    Free WiFi

    Sitting in central Sedona, Arizona, less than a mile north of the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, the L'Auberge de Sedona Resort & Spa offers guests a peaceful getaway without sacrificing an in-town location. Recent visitors praised the resort's relaxed setting along the banks of Oak Creek and describe the lodge's guest rooms  complete with contemporary furnishings and high-tech amenities  as cozy. The resort also contains individual cabins with private porches or patios, as well as fireplaces for those who need a little extra room. No matter which type of accommodation you choose, you'll be treated to luxurious Italian linens, Illy coffee makers, complimentary high-speed internet access and L'OCCITANE bath products. Travelers also give kudos to L'Auberge's customer service, saying that everyone  from the spa therapists to the waiters at the Cress on Oak Creek restaurant  was extremely friendly. Don't miss the opportunity to experience the property's indoor/outdoor wine bar either. Just beware that everything here, from the parking fee to the service charge, is quite expensive. 

    Sedona, AZ
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 4023 reviewsTripAdvisor (4023)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Breakfast
    Free WiFi
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    The Woodmark Hotel and Still Spa
    Kirkland, WA
    #5 in Best Destination Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1266 reviewsTripAdvisor (1266)
    Free WiFi

    Nestled in the über-upscale suburb of Kirkland (guests here share vistas with Bill Gates' mansion), The Woodmark Hotel and Still Spa feels more like an exclusive resort than a hotel. Basic amenities include complimentary "Raid the Pantry" late-night snacks, cozy in-room chenille throws, flat-screen TVs and Molton Brown toiletries. And then there's the Still Spa, which features unique and luxurious treatments inspired by the Pacific Northwest. Recent travelers were also really impressed with their dinner at the Bin on the Lake restaurant and the stellar service staff throughout the Destination Hotel. The Beach Cafe is another waterfront dining option that guests love for its fresh fish selection. However, visitors were disappointed that you had to pay an additional nightly amenity fee. You'll find The Woodmark Hotel & Spa about 10 miles northeast of Seattle on a picturesque lakefront, and guests can enjoy the natural beauty of the area on complimentary bikes or kayaks. 

    Kirkland, WA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1266 reviewsTripAdvisor (1266)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Cliff House Maine
    Ogunquit, ME
    #6 in Best Destination Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 860 reviewsTripAdvisor (860)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Described by previous guests as a "spectacular" and "luxurious" retreat with amazing views, the Cliff House Maine reopened in 2016 after an extensive $40 million renovation. The hotel is situated on 70 acres, about 15 miles south of Kennebunkport, Maine, and overlooks the ocean.The property's 132 rooms and suites are decorated in a nautical theme, with a white, navy, yellow and cream color scheme. All accommodations have private terraces boasting ocean views, LCD flat-screen TVs, clothing steamers and in-room wine coolers. If you're looking to indulge in some pampering, Cliff House's spa offers a bevy of services and treatments, including massages, body wraps, facials and more. There's also an indoor and outdoor pool, and a fitness center. On-site eateries include Nubb's Lobster Shack, Tidemark Terrace and the Tiller Restaurant. Recent visitors were pleased with the quality of food at the Tiller Restaurant, but some said it was a little pricey.

    Ogunquit, ME
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 860 reviewsTripAdvisor (860)
    4.5-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    L'Auberge Del Mar, A Destination Hotel
    Del Mar, CA
    #7 in Best Destination Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1171 reviewsTripAdvisor (1171)
    Free WiFi

    At the center of the Del Mar Village north of San Diego, L'Auberge Del Mar offers lavish comforts in a relaxed setting. Recent guests say that the friendly staff  particularly behind the front desk – were always eager to lend a hand. With plush beds and a light color palette, the rooms exude a quaint rather than ritzy atmosphere, according to visitors. The property also encourages visitors to take advantage of the treatments offered at Spa L'Auberge and the fresh seafood served at both KITCHEN 1540 and Coastline. But travelers say L'Auberge's best asset is its proximity to the beach  just a short downhill walk. And the hotel's location also places guests near boutique shops, golf courses and Del Mar Racing track. Though there are hefty resort and parking fees at this hotel, other amenities like a fitness center, business center and complimentary shuttle service make staying here worthwile. 

    Del Mar, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1171 reviewsTripAdvisor (1171)
    5.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Carmel Valley Ranch
    Carmel, CA
    #8 in Best Destination Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1505 reviewsTripAdvisor (1505)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Guests gush over the gorgeous landscapes (spanning across 500 acres) that surround the Carmel Valley Ranch, not to mention the stunning golf course, the massive fitness center and the sensual Spa Aiyana. But back to the great outdoors: While here, don't miss the chance to roam the ranch's wide lavender fields to learn about beekeeping. Guests recommend eating at the Valley Kitchen for fresh, locally sourced dishes and outstanding customer service, or head to the River Ranch Café for a more casual vibe. And then there are the suites, where you can spread out in anywhere from 650 to 1,200 square feet of space, which all include 42-inch flat-screens with Blu-ray players, Travertine fireplaces and free wireless internet.

    Carmel, CA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1505 reviewsTripAdvisor (1505)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    La Cantera Resort & Spa, A Destination Hotel
    San Antonio, TX
    #9 in Best Destination Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3470 reviewsTripAdvisor (3470)
    Free Parking

    Situated in Texas Hill Country, approximately 17 miles north of San Antonio, the rustic yet luxurious La Cantera Resort & Spa is beloved by guests for the sheer amount of space it occupies. Spread out across 550 acres, the resort boasts two 18-hole golf courses, several restaurants, five pools, a fitness center, tennis courts and a spa that spans 25,000 square feet. That list doesn't even include the kids amenities, which range from a supervised Kids Club Camp to an on-site arcade. Aside from its bevy of amenities, La Cantera also wins praise for its accommodations, which range from 395 to 1,698 square feet. Rooms are outfitted with Keurig coffee makers, minifridges, bottled water, complimentary Wi-Fi access, and in select accommodations, balconies (a perk worth the inflated room rate, according to reviewers). Keep in mind: The hotel charges a daily $32 resort fee that covers resort activities, self-parking, bottled water and shuttle service within a 3-mile radius of the property, among other amenities.

    San Antonio, TX
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 3470 reviewsTripAdvisor (3470)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
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    Inn and Spa at Loretto
    Santa Fe, NM
    #10 in Best Destination Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1866 reviewsTripAdvisor (1866)
    Free WiFi

    The Inn and Spa at Loretto (managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts) is just a short walk from major attractions (including the Plaza and St. Francis Cathedral), but you'll still want to reserve some time to explore the hotel. Guests enjoy the rooms, which put a modern spin on Southwest decor with bright red hues and beige accents, as well as flat-screen TVs and deluxe bath products. Some rooms even feature private balconies overlooking the city (though you'll have to be willing to pay extra for the views). While here, you won't want to pass up the opportunity to relax at the Spa at Loretto, which infuses Native American healing techniques into its treatments. And as the day draws to a close, recent guests strongly suggest spending dinnertime at Luminaria, which offers an innovative take on Santa Fe cuisine, before grabbing cocktails in The Living Room lounge. While most travelers enjoyed the hotel's setting and proximity to Santa Fe's top sights, many were disappointed with the pricey room rates and extra fees, and said the rooms could stand to be updated.

    Santa Fe, NM
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 1866 reviewsTripAdvisor (1866)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Suncadia Resort, A Destination Hotel
    Cle Elum, WA
    #11 in Best Destination Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2179 reviewsTripAdvisor (2179)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    About 80 miles southeast of Seattle in picturesque Cle Elum, Washington, Suncadia Resort caters to travelers who want some recreational activities along with their rest and relaxation. Visitors can opt to stay in the Inn or the Lodge, but take note that the 18-room Inn has a more intimate and personal feel than the 254-room Lodge. The two options share amenities, however, which include the playground, Frisbee golf and regular golf courses, a large pool area, a well-equipped fitness center and the Swiftwater Cellars winery. Guests can also indulge in the on-site spa or participate in seasonal events like Winterfest and the Harvest Festival. The picturesque atmosphere was a high point for many visitors. On the other hand, some say the property was understaffed during their visit (but noted that the Suncadia staff members they encountered were friendly and accommodating).

    Cle Elum, WA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2179 reviewsTripAdvisor (2179)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Sunriver Resort, A Destination Hotel
    Sunriver, OR
    #12 in Best Destination Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2495 reviewsTripAdvisor (2495)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Surrounded by Deschutes National Forest, the Sunriver Resort caters to the leisure traveler who enjoys the outdoors. Through the concierge, visitors can schedule anything from horseback riding to rafting and rock climbing to mountain biking. Plus, Sunriver boasts an astounding 63 holes of golf. In the winter, hotel guests can take the complimentary shuttle to the base of Mount Bachelor for prime skiing terrain. After a long day of activity, travelers savor their time in the Sage Springs Club & Spa and their meals at any of the six eateries. When they finally retire to their rooms, guests also appreciate the space and cleanliness they find.

    Sunriver, OR
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2495 reviewsTripAdvisor (2495)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Wild Dunes Resort, A Destination Hotel
    Isle of Palms, SC
    #13 in Best Destination Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4244 reviewsTripAdvisor (4244)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Located about 15 miles northeast of Charleston on the Isle of Palms, the Wild Dunes Resort doesn't offer much in the way of sightseeing but it does boast two golf courses and wide range of spa and wellness services. Wild Dunes is also an enjoyable family spot. Kids can take tennis and golf lessons and partake in arts and crafts projects. Lodgers are also invited to board a vessel bound for Capers Island, with sightings of marsh wildlife along the way. When you're not out and about, retreat to your accomodations at either the Boardwalk Inn or the Village at Wild Dunes, which all feature coffee makers, flat-screen TVs and close proximity to the beach. Past guests had mostly praise for Wild Dunes Resort, citing everything from the comfortable rooms to the tasty on-site food as reasons for a return visit. Some travelers, however, said they encountered difficult front desk members and noted that staff as a whole could use some additional training.

    Isle of Palms, SC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 4244 reviewsTripAdvisor (4244)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Great Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    Motif Seattle, A Destination Hotel
    Seattle, WA
    #14 in Best Destination Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 573 reviewsTripAdvisor (573)
    Free WiFi

    The Motif Seattle receives mixed reviews from visitors. The handful of travelers who enjoyed their stays couldn't help but rave about it, citing the hotel's stellar staff, excellent rooms and well-equipped conference facilities as reasons to return. On the other hand, an equally large group of lodgers weren't as impressed, blaming faulty in-room amenities and outdated property facilities as nuisances. Still, everyone agreed that the location couldn't be better. The Motif Seattle is situated in the heart of downtown Seattle and is within close walking distance of numerous top attractions, including Pike Place Market, the Seattle Aquarium and the Seattle Art Museum. There are also plenty of shopping and dining options steps from the hotel, though some guests say the on-site Frolik Kitchen + Cocktails is worth a visit. Travelers will also find a fitness and business center on-site. Rooms, meanwhile, are equipped with flat-screen TVs, Keurig coffee makers, minifridges and high-speed wireless internet access. 

    Seattle, WA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 573 reviewsTripAdvisor (573)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi
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    Lansdowne Resort and Spa, A Destination Hotel
    Leesburg, VA
    #16 in Best Destination Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2111 reviewsTripAdvisor (2111)
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi

    Staying at this resort is like a vacation within a vacation, considering there's the tranquil Spa Minérale and a fitness center on the premises. But it's the outdoor activities that really win guests over: Lansdowne Resort and Spa offers everything from kid-friendly sports, such as foot golf and basketball facilities, to three golf courses and hiking and biking trails. The resort's four year-round dining venues and two seasonal eateries also received high praise from recent guests: They range from the sophisticated regional cuisine of Piedmont's Table to the casual bar-type fare served in Pub 46 Lounge. Plus, the 296 guest rooms and suites feature luxurious creature comforts, such as flat-screen TVs, cozy terry cloth bathrobes and lavish bath products. And about 5 miles away, visitors will find Leesburg Corner Premium Outlet's shops. The property also sits less than 20 miles from Leesburg, Virginia's wineries and roughly 35 miles northwest of Washington, D.C.

    Leesburg, VA
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 2111 reviewsTripAdvisor (2111)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free Parking
    Free WiFi
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    The Carolina Inn, A Destination Hotel
    Chapel Hill, NC
    #17 in Best Destination Hotels
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1429 reviewsTripAdvisor (1429)
    Free WiFi

    Standing in the heart of Chapel Hill and roughly 32 miles northwest of Raleigh, North Carolina, The Carolina Inn has welcomed guests since 1924 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It features a mixture of classic Southern charm and contemporary convenience: Guest rooms are outfitted with four-poster beds and antique artwork, as well as LCD flat-screen televisions, minifridges and complimentary Wi-Fi access. The Carolina Crossroads Restaurant and Bar's decor recalls the early 20th century South, while staff serves homestyle dishes with a modern twist. Guests say that the inn's Southern hospitality truly shines through the friendly customer service. The only downside guests noted about this hotel was that the rooms and bathrooms were on the smaller side.

    Chapel Hill, NC
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1429 reviewsTripAdvisor (1429)
    4.0-star Hotel Class
    Good Critic Rating
    Free WiFi