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Best Destination Resort (2020)

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  • Acqualina Resort & Spa

    Acqualina Resort & Spa
    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 & Spa

  • 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 Preferred Hotels & Resorts

  • 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

  • Salamander Resort & Spa

    Salamander Resort & Spa
    Middleburg, Va.

    This 340-acre resort in Virginia Wine Country offers guests easy access to the town of Middleburg, with onsite amenities like an equestrian center, nature trails, a spa, tennis and golf facilities, swimming pool and a cooking studio. Guests will fine more than 50 wineries within an hour's drive.
    Photo courtesy of Salamander Resort & Spa

  • Ocean House

    Ocean House
    Watch Hill, R.I.

    Set atop a bluff overlooking the sea in Watch Hill, Ocean House offers an iconic New England seaside experience, complete with a full-service spa, Forbes Five Star-rated restaurant, a private beach with butler service, croquet lawn and squash courts. Daily resort activities include classes at the Center for Wine & Culinary Arts, movie screenings, sports clinics, morning fitness programs and guided tours of the resort property.
    Photo courtesy of Ocean House

  • Brewery Gulch Inn

    Brewery Gulch Inn
    Mendocino, Calif.

    Brewery Gulch Inn sits on a bluff overlooking the dramatic Mendocino coast. Built from salvaged redwood, the Arts and Crafts style resort offers guests included meals made from locally-sourced, organic ingredients, an enormous great room with a glass and steel fireplace and guest rooms with ocean views and gas fireplaces.
    Photo courtesy of Brewery Gulch Inn

  • Grand Hotel

    Grand Hotel
    Mackinac Island, Mich.

    Guests at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island might find themselves on rocking chairs on the world's longest porch overlooking the Straits of Mackinac. This historic hotel opened in 1887 to cater to summer vacationers from Chicago Montreal and Detroit. Room rates are inclusive of three daily meals.
    Photo courtesy of Grand Hotel

  • Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina

    Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
    Ko Olina, Hawaii

    Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, a five-star beach resort on Oahu's western coast, features 371 guest rooms, a Ted Robinson-designed golf course, full-service day spa, Hawaii's only deep-draft marina, tennis center, swimming pools and a beach where guests can go stand-up paddleboarding or take an outrigger canoe ride.
    Photo courtesy of Christian Horan / Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina

  • C Lazy U Ranch

    C Lazy U Ranch
    Granby, Colo.

    The traditions of the American West are alive and well at C Lazy U Ranch in Colorado. This luxury guest ranch offers 43 rooms of varying sizes, including three bedroom cabins ideal for families. Visitors to this four seasons property can go horseback riding, practice cattle pushing, hike, mountain bike, cross country ski or go snowshoeing between hearty, family-style meals.
    Photo courtesy of C Lazy U Ranch

  • The Broadmoor

    The Broadmoor
    Colorado Springs

    The history of The Broadmoor – an iconic hotel in Colorado Springs – dates back to 1918 when it welcomed its first guests. John D. Rockefeller was the hotel's first celebrity guest, staying the night of June 1, 1918. Today, the 5,000-acre resort offers a full-service spa, three golf courses and a stellar hotel restaurant, The Penrose Room.
    Photo courtesy of The Broadmoor

  • Acqualina Resort & Spa
  • Primland
  • Hidden Pond
  • Salamander Resort & Spa
  • Ocean House
  • Brewery Gulch Inn
  • Grand Hotel
  • Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
  • C Lazy U Ranch
  • The Broadmoor

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 10 U.S. resorts 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 top 10 winners in the category Best Destination Resort are as follows:

  1. Acqualina Resort & Spa - Sunny Isles Beach, Fla.
  2. Primland - Meadows of Dan, Va.
  3. Hidden Pond - Kennebunkport, Maine
  4. Salamander Resort & Spa - Middleburg, Va.
  5. Ocean House - Watch Hill, R.I.
  6. Brewery Gulch Inn - Mendocino, Calif.
  7. Grand Hotel - Mackinac Island, Mich.
  8. Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina - Ko Olina, Hawaii
  9. C Lazy U Ranch - Granby, Colo.
  10. The Broadmoor - Colorado Springs

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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