The holiday season is here, and you deserve a break. Whether you’re looking for a new place to work remotely, a family-friendly getaway or a festive celebration, the right hotel can get you out of your daily grind and offer a refreshing reset. From the shores of SoCal to other locales in the U.S., here are some fun options for spending your holidays away from home.
VEA Newport Beach — Newport Beach
This resort/spa does it all. Cabana reservations, fitness and yoga classes, pools, views and more are all a part of VEA Newport Beach. Another reason the VEA is a prime location is because it goes all out for the holidays. VEA will host a special Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 23, a Christmas tree lighting on Nov. 30, a holiday-themed bar throughout the month of December, a Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner at its restaurant and lounge, a New Year’s Eve party and a New Year’s Day brunch.
Hotel del Coronado — San Diego
If you want to have some winter-time fun in balmy San Diego, Hotel del Coronado is the place to be. This historic resort will offer beachside igloos, ice skating and other winter activities. This year’s theme is “A Twenties Holiday Affair.” Festive decorations, live music and a holiday-themed lounge and dining will bring the Roaring ‘20s to life.
Manchester Grand Hyatt — San Diego
If you really want to embrace this time of the year, the Manchester Grand Hyatt of San Diego turns into a winter wonderland, has holiday-themed food and drinks, decorated lounge and dining halls and cozy areas from which to take in sweeping views.
MacArthur Place — Sonoma
To soak in luxury, check out MacArthur Place Hotel and Spa, located in the heart of California wine country. On top of the spa and winery tours, you can celebrate the hotel’s “12 Nights of Marvel.” Every Friday and Saturday, a new activity will take place, such as a Christmas tree lighting, chocolate tasting, candle-lit sculptures and gift wrapping.
Carmel Valley Ranch — Carmel
If you want the feeling of truly getting away from it all, this 500-acre ranch delivers. The wide-open space of Carmel Valley Ranch offers plenty of opportunities to keep the whole family active and satiated: a fitness and spa center, a golf course, pools, unique dining options and craft workshops. To help families get into the holiday spirit, the hotel will hold an oak tree lighting on Nov. 24, wreath-making and winter-themed bath-and-body workshops in December and, on Dec. 24, a special reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” and caroling.
Art of Living Retreat Center — Boone, N.C.
Need peace during the hectic holiday season? At the Art of Living Retreat Center, you can be one with nature doing outdoor activities, having spa treatments, practicing yoga and taking meditation classes in an effort to better your well-being. Celebrate World Ayurveda Day on Nov. 11 with Shankara Ayurveda Wellness as staff equips you with tools to improve health and wellness. Also during the month of November, the Blue Ridge Mountains light up nature with an array of colors, adding more tranquility to your stay.
NoMo SoHo — New York, N.Y.
Absorb in the fashion, art and culture of New York City’s SoHo district at the NoMo SoHo. As the tallest building in the neighborhood, it will give you expansive views of the city from your floor-to-ceiling hotel room windows. The best time to stay at this hotel is during November for its Thanksgiving festivities. The hotel will open up its penthouse to groups for a private Thanksgiving meal and awe-inspiring views of the city.
The Opus — Westchester, N.Y.
Another New York option is The Opus. Enjoy the calmness of the White Plains with fine dining, spas, pools, community and event areas, golf courses and the Hudson Valley. In November and December, guests can enjoy winter wonderland days, light shows, a holiday train show, holiday market, a winter concert and more.
PacWhale Eco-Adventures — Maui, Hawaii
You can never go wrong having a tropical holiday. At the PacWhale Eco-Adventures, not only will you soak up the sun — you’ll have plenty of opportunities to snorkel, swim with turtles, watch for whales and dolphins, go sailing during sunset and explore the beauty of Maui. Holiday festivities include a Ma’alaea Christmas dinner cruise and a New Year’s Eve cocktail cruise.
Andaz West Hollywood — West Hollywood
Located on the famous Sunset Boulevard, the Andaz of West Hollywood is a great location to enjoy a warm winter. The city in the hills has great views and shops that are all in walking distance from the hotel. Some special features at the Andaz are the chic on-site dining, a beautiful rooftop area and the Guitar Hero experience.
Luke Perez is an editorial intern at L.A. Parent and a student at Azusa Pacific University, where he serves as an editor for the school newspaper.