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Best Destination Resort (2021)

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Sometimes a hotel is simply a place to lay your head at night, and sometimes it's a destination in its own right. Each of these U.S. resorts, chosen by a panel of 10Best travel experts, is totally travel-worthy, complete with plush accommodations, world-class dining, relaxing spa treatments and a host of indoor and outdoor activities – a complete vacation in a single package. 

  • The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort

    The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort
    Solvang, CA

    Guests can experience the Old West’s majesty and romance at California’s Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort. This one-of-a-kind resort, located in the renowned Santa Barbara wine country, is set on a 10,000-acre working cattle ranch and offers amenities such as tennis, golf, horseback riding, fishing on a private lake, and fitness center and spa. All guest rooms, suites, and cottages are decorated in authentic Western-style and come with wood-burning fireplaces but no televisions or telephones. Come back to a simpler time and bring your taste for adventure.
    Photo courtesy of The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort

  • Hidden Pond

    Hidden Pond
    Kennebunkport, Maine

    Hidden Pond, a resort nestled amid 60 acres of birch groves and balsam fir trees on the southern coast of Maine, invites guests to kick off their shoes and relax by the pool, the fireplace or an al fresco bar. Travelers who just can't stay still can go stand-up paddleboarding on Goose Rocks Beach, chat with the resort gardener, take a mixology class or hop on a shuttle into Kennebunkport for further exploration.
    Photo courtesy of Hidden Pond

  • Acqualina Resort & Residences

    Acqualina Resort & Residences
    Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.

    Located on the Florida Riviera, this award-winning Miami resort's setting resembles an all-inclusive villa, with a vast tropical beachfront and luxurious extras like fresh fruit and homemade biscotti delivered to the rooms, a marine biology-based children's program and heavenly spa access. Lavish accommodations boast stunning views, while three pools add to the appeal.
    Photo courtesy of Acqualina Resort & Residences

  • Garden of the Gods Resort

    Garden of the Gods Resort
    Colorado Springs, CO

    Seeing Garden of the Gods Resort for the first time is an experience guests will never forget. Overlooking the National Park in Colorado Springs, the resort provides luxurious accommodations, with rooms and suites including private balconies or patios overlooking impressive mountain vistas. Exciting experiences such as falconry, ziplining, mountain biking, rock climbing, and paintballing are available for the more adventurous. For those seeking a more relaxing vacation, they can enjoy pools, golf, tennis, and a world-class spa.
    Photo courtesy of Garden of the Gods Resort and Club

  • Primland

    Primland
    Meadows of Dan, Va.

    Located on 12,000 acres of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, Primland is a luxury retreat for every type of traveler. Active types can participate in disc golf, geocaching, horseback riding, hunting, hunting, fishing, mountain biking or paddle boarding (to name a few), while those who prefer to sit back and relax can do so at the full service spa. The resort also houses an Observatory Dome with a Celestron CGE Pro 1400 series telescope, where guests can explore the night sky.
    Photo courtesy of Primland, Auberge Resorts Collection

  • Omni Mount Washington Resort

    Omni Mount Washington Resort
    Bretton Woods, N.H.

    In any season, there's a lot to do at this historic resort in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, which first opened in 1902. Golf, tennis, horseback riding, hiking, canopy tours, fly fishing and rock climbing or snow skiing, and sleigh rides - any time is a great time to enjoy this destination landmark with 269 guestrooms and suites.
    Photo courtesy of Omni Mount Washington Resort

  • Montage Palmetto Bluff

    Montage Palmetto Bluff
    Bluffton, SC

    Montage Palmetto Bluff is part of a 20,000-acre community between Hilton Head Island and Savannah. Accommodations range from rooms and suites to four-bedroom freestanding homes. The resort features a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course, spa, a shooting club, freshwater and saltwater fishing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding.
    Photo courtesy of Philip Rozenski // Getty Images

  • French Lick Resort

    French Lick Resort
    French Lick, Ind.

    The mineral springs around French Lick have attracted guests for almost two centuries. A $600 million investment combined two historic resorts with three golf courses, two spas, a casino, a kids’ activity center, hiking, biking, and horse trails on 3,200 acres.
    Photo courtesy of Historic Hotels of America

  • Barnsley Resort

    Barnsley Resort
    Adairsville, Ga.

    Just an hour from Chattanooga and Atlanta, Barnsley Resort is a historic North Georgian estate filled with Southern charm. Golf, horseback riding, archery, ax throwing, tennis, hiking, biking, and other outdoor activities appeal to those wanting to connect with nature or be inspired by history. Exceptional cuisine, a relaxing spa, cozy accommodations, shops, and more add to the appeal that draws guests back over and over again.
    Photo courtesy of Barnsley Resort

  • Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

    Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
    Big Island

    Praised by architects for its understated design, the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel was the first destination resort on Hawaii’s Big Island. With 252 rooms on eight floors and private balconies overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the resort pampers its guests with water and beach activities, golf, fitness, shopping, and programs for children.
    Photo courtesy of Historic Hotels Worldwide

The top 10 winners in the category Best Destination Resort are as follows:
  1. The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort - Solvang, CA
  2. Hidden Pond - Kennebunkport, Maine
  3. Acqualina Resort & Residences - Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.
  4. Garden of the Gods Resort - Colorado Springs, CO
  5. Primland - Meadows of Dan, Va.
  6. Omni Mount Washington Resort - Bretton Woods, N.H.
  7. Montage Palmetto Bluff - Bluffton, SC
  8. French Lick Resort - French Lick, Ind.
  9. Barnsley Resort - Adairsville, Ga.
  10. Mauna Kea Beach Hotel - Big Island

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning resorts!

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