Forget stereotypical escapades to the nearest neighboring city—these destination hotspots hinge on total and complete luxury. Wholly unique, and sometimes suitable for up to 200 friends, here are the hotel suits decked out for only the finest guests, and the accompanying not-so-typical activities definitely worth exploring.
From natural wonders and chic cities to historic landmarks and over-the-top entertainment venues, tourism in the U.S.A. has surged (and continued to surge) for decades. Whether the name of the game is education or recreation, attractions across the region continually draw travelers from every corner of the globe. Originally taking off during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, by 1850, tourism in the United States was looked upon as both a cultural activity, as well as a completely viable industry. Major cities such as New York, Chicago, Boston and San Francisco attracted various visitors by the 1890's. So much so, that by 1915, cities were significantly shifting their landscapes according to how Americans perceived interests and organized their itineraries.
While during the nineteenth century, tourism was only available to the upper and middle classes, the arrival of the automobile opened up traveling for leisure to the masses. The development of hotels with leisure complexes became popular during the 1930's, with commercial air travel not far behind.
Today, the industry still booms. A key source of income for major U.S. cities, tourism stimulates local economies, and benefits services such as: airlines, cruises, taxis, resorts, amusement parks and casinos. By far, the most popular destinations for travelers—both local as well as international visitors—are: New York, Las Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C., Las Vegas, San Francisco, Hawaii, Arizona (the Grand Canyon specifically), Florida and New Orleans. While those and many other destinations are included in the following list, there’s something to be said about luxury hotels and VIP activities amping up a certain location’s overall appeal.
10 Kamehameha Suite, Honua Kai Resort & Spa, Maui, Hawaii: $2,999 Per Night
Oceanfront and equipped with six rooms, the Kamehameha Suite features everything from Viking appliances to flat screen televisions. There are three huge bathrooms, as well as a 3,200-square-foot lanai (dubbed the largest on Maui), which offers views of the surrounding West Maui Mountains and the Pacific.
Road to Hana and Heli Flight Tour: $373
Head for the clouds during this luxury tour! Board a sleek limo, stop along hotspots such as the Hawaiian village of Ke’anae, the Hana Tropical Gardens and stunning waterfalls worth swimming in. Then, catch a scenic flight back along the island’s incredible coastline.
Total Trip Cost: $3,372
9 Casa Five, Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, Paradise Valley, Arizona: $3,500 Per Night
Situated directly within the desert, this epic retreat is anything but sandy. Accommodation at the Casa comes equipped with panoramic views of neighboring scenery, not to mention five bedrooms, five-and-a-half baths, and a hot-tub-fire-pit combo. Further perks include an outdoor pool, private tennis courts and a personal chauffeur and chef, who will escort you around and cook exactly what your heart desires.
Sanctuary Spa: $295
Head for an ultimate day at the spa. Sanctuary Spa features Asian-inspired treatments, exhilarating fitness classes, award-winning cuisine and scenery ideal for unwinding. A ‘Reishi Face & Body Duo’ combines a 90-minute body treatment with a 60-minute facial. Rich in immune-boosting phyto-nutrients, ripe anti-oxidant berries and omega 3 & 6 (to increase circulation), this scrub and mask treatment will replenish and revive.
Total Trip Cost: $3,795
8 Provocateur Suite, Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas: $5,000 Per Night
Featuring two master suites (mirrored ceilings included), an interactive video wall that lowers shades, dims lights and showcases ‘erotic themes’ across the headboard, this suite lives up to it’s 'Provocateur' name. Offering a private balcony, plunge pool and shower equipped with naked silhouettes that react and sway with your every movement, this luxurious suite is as swanky as it is sexy.
Cirque du Soleil, Insider Access VIP Experience: $249
Head out for a night at the circus! These VIP passes not only include the show, but feature a full backstage tour, your own private entrance, and plenty of take-away gifts.
Total Trip Cost: $5,249
7 Brisa Villa, the Grand Del Mar, San Diego: $6,000 Per Night
Resembling a European-like bungalow, this suite features an art media room, decked out with custom leather recliners and insulated walls for incomparable sound. Also included is an elevator, personal golf cart, climate-controlled patio and two-car garage. Floor-to-ceiling windows are retractable, while accents such as marble columns and stenciled ceilings add graceful details.
Flagship Cruise: $70 Per Person
Join family and friends for a dinner cruise featuring fine dining, good music and spectacular night-time views of San Diego’s skyline. Receive champagne from the get-go, then enjoy music, dancing and a three-course meal, all while cruising the area’s open waters.
Total Trip Cost: $6,070
6 Penthouse, The Fairmont San Francisco Hotel, San Francisco: $15,000 Per Night
Here’s a penthouse totaling 6,000 square feet. Spanning the entire eighth floor of an already elegant hotel, the suite resembles something recreated from a Disney movie. Think a billiards lounge, two-story circular library, secret hallways and a gold leaf painted dome. Furnishings include a dining room table that can seat up to 60 guests, marble baths and bay views. Also part of the package: a 24/7 butler, chef, personal trainer, masseuse and chauffer.
Alcatraz Tour: $99 Per Person
Board a private luxury vehicle and head around Alcatraz with a personal guide in tow. Gain the perspective of actual guards and inmates, hear just how those on-island lived and explore the island at your own accord.
Total Trip Cost: $15,099
5 Presidential Suite, Hotel Bel-Air, Los Angeles: $15,750 Per Night
This incredible suite offers French doors that lead to a 4,500-square-foot Spanish courtyard, private pool, Jacuzzi and outdoor fireplace. Guests can partake in the chef’s kitchen (featuring a private entrance for staff), a grand piano, large dining room and fully stocked bar. Also included: his-and-hers showers, and soaking tubs with built-in televisions.
Malibu Wine Tasting Tour: $5,950
Board a helicopter and head for the 1,000-acre private wineries of Malibu. Tour the surrounding vineyards, then partake in a personal wine tasting. Takeaways include a special bottle of vino from the vintner.
Total Trip Cost: $21,700
4 Presidential Suite, The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia: $25,000 Per Night
This incredible spread can actually accommodate up to 200 people. Located along the hills of West Virginia’s Allegheny Mountains, this luxury suite has seen A-listers and royalty alike catch some shuteye. Host to folks like President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Princess Grace of Monaco, the suite includes over 5,000 square feet of space, seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms. Also featured: a grand piano, private patio, formal dining room and three fireplaces.
Golf the Greenbrier Resort: $245
The Old White TPC, the first 18-hole golf course at The Greenbrier, has been drawing golfers since it’s opening in 1914. Named fro the well-known Old White Hotel, which stood on the gorund from 1858 to 1922, President Woodrow Wilson was one of the first guys to hit this green. Featuring stunning fairways and perfectly manicured greens, the course is both challenging and historic.
Total Trip Cost: $25,240
3 Hardwood Suite, Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas: $25,000 Per Night
Stretching two-floors of over 10,000 square feet, this suite combines perks perfect for sports fans. Featuring an indoor basketball court, locker room and scoreboard, tuckered-out players can simply pull their Murphy beds directly onto the court to sleep their scores away.
Gamble the night away ($ unknown)
Head down to the 95,000-square-foot casino and play everything from the loosest slots to the classic table games. From plush lounge seating to sleek bars and award-winning restaurants, this venue promises non-stop action.
Total Trip Cost: $25,000 (+ gambling money)
2 Royal Plaza Suite, The Plaza Hotel, New York City: $30,000 Per Night
Featuring Fifth Avenue views and over 4,490 square feet of space, this suite was inspired by Louis XV’s royal court. Included in the room are four bathrooms, an in-suite gym, full library, and three marble fireplaces. Also featured are 24k gold-plated fixtures, that collectively glamorize the suite’s impressive layout.
Carriage Ride through Central Park: $100 Per Person
Enjoy a classic excursion through stunning Central Park. Board a historic carriage, greet your galloping (ok, trotting) steed, and spend the day taking in the scenic pathways of this esteemed park.
Total Trip Cost: $30,100
1 Ty Warner Penthouse, Four Seasons Hotel, New York: $45,000 Per Night
Designed by famed architects I.M Pei and Peter Marino, this 4,300-square-foot suite encompasses the entire 52nd floor of the Four Seasons Hotel. Included in the rate: incredible panoramic views of Manhattan’s surrounding skyline, both through every room’s windows, as well as any of the four glass balconies. Add in details of the décor, such as a four-foot chandelier, 22k gold fabrics, a Chinese Onyx-clad master bath, and an indoor-outdoor Zen garden (with a floor-to-ceiling waterfall).
Dinner at Masa: $400 Per Person
Offering just 26 seats, this elegant Japanese restaurant sits centrally within the Time Warner Center. There are no menus, yet diners will spend about two hours reveling in an unmatched omakase experience.
Total Trip Cost: $40,400