No matter the occasion – Father’s Day, his birthday, or just because – there’s never a bad time to pack your bags for a trip with Dad. Whether he’s a surfer, a skier, a golfer, or a nature lover, we’ve rounded up some of the top travel experiences for different types of fathers.
FOR THE SURFER
Kaimana Beach Hotel | Oahu, Hawaii (pictured)
Surf-loving dads and families can hang ten at everyone’s favorite Instagrammable hotel on Waikiki, which recently launched a “Surf and Shoot” experience where guests can team up with surf legends Kai Sallas and Tommy Pierucki to shape their own custom board and learn how to surf Hawaii’s famous breaks and capture amazing content. Guests will work personally with ISA World Longboard Champion Kai Sallas to shape and design their own longboard, picking everything from board model to color. Kai will even write a personalized message on the board, which will be shipped to the guest’s home following a private surf lesson – an added Father’s Day gift for dad to enjoy at home! For an added cost, all the action can be captured by legendary surf photographer Tommy Pierucki, whose photos have appeared on the cover of the world’s top surf magazines as well as in promotional content for brands like Roxy, Quicksilver and RVCA. The experience includes five-day accommodations in an ocean view suite.
Price: $6,999 | How to Book: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission Pacific Hotel + The Seabird Resort | Oceanside, California
With North County's surf culture running through every vein, new hotels Mission Pacific Hotel and The Seabird Resort are the go-to destinations for surf in Oceanside. Dads can easily bump into and rub elbows with professional and prolific surfers or get out on the waves themselves. For the true surfer who is beyond a beginner lesson and knows their way around a board, Mission Pacific’s surf concierge Ryan Gregg is available to help navigate the O’side breaks, learn more about surf culture and help fine-tune skills. For beginners, Ryan will coordinate private surf sessions with North County Surf Academy and opportunity to surf alongside professional surfer and third-generation Oceanside resident, Duran Barr.
FOR THE GOLFER
Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita | Mexico
Take advantage of exclusive access to two of the world’s most renowned private golf courses at Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita a beloved resort nestled on Mexico’s Pacific coast. Breathtaking views are complemented by pristine course conditions – and Tail of the Whale offers a bucket list opportunity to play the world’s only natural island green. The Jack Nicklaus-designed Punta Mita Pacifico Golf Course course offers views across the Sierra Madre Mountains, Bahía de Banderas and the Pacific and is appropriate for dad’s of all experience levels. Plan ahead to play the famed “Tail of the Whale” – the world’s only natural island green can only be played at low tide. Although this hole is not officially part of the game, Tail of the Whale is a bucket list experience and an exciting challenge for dad to test his long shots.
FOR THE NATURE LOVER
Rancho Santana | Nicaragua
Rancho Santana, affectionately referred to as “The Ranch,” is a sprawling, sustainable private resort located on 2,700 acres of Nicaragua’s pristine Emerald Coast. An adventurer’s paradise, dads at The Ranch can surf Central America’s premier breaks, horseback ride along crashing waves, sandboard down coastal dunes, hike and mountain bike across 21-miles of freshly carved trails without ever having to leave the property. The Ranch also features five beaches, three pools, four restaurants, the 6,000 sf treetop oasis The Spa in El Bosque, hilltop yoga pavilion, 80-acre farm, 2-acre garden, horse stables, a grocery store, sea turtle sanctuary, complimentary kids club and more.
Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina | Oahu, HI
Four Seasons Resort Oahu provides a perfect home base for outdoor adventure in Oahu from land to sea. Adventure enthusiasts can set off on the Ka’aumoana Canoe Snorkel Sail where they’ll have the chance to spot humpback whales, dolphins or Hawaiian green sea turtles; take an exhilarating UTV tour deep into the Ka'a'awa Valley, catching a glimpse of famous movie sites, the sweeping Pacific Ocean and its secret, secluded trails; or embark on a hike to the Ma'ili Pillbox through the #FSWayfinders program.
Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa | Cedar Creek, Texas
Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa is an expansive escape near Austin’s Hill Country, tucked away on 405 lush acres along the banks of Lower Colorado River. The AAA Four Diamond resort is an ideal setting for exploration, relaxation, and connecting with nature, perfect for outdoor-lovers. This Father’s Day, dads and families can tee off at the newly redesigned Lost Pines Golf Club, and partake in recreational activities including archery, fishing and horseback trail riding at the Renegade Trailhead, and exploring the adjoining 1,100-acre McKinney Roughs Nature Park next door offering kayaking, rafting, hiking and birding. Guests can indulge in the eight diverse restaurants and bars including the upcoming Maude’s Bar & Terrace and the reimagined Maverick’s.
Grace Bay Club | Providenciales, Turks & Caicos
Venture to the world-famous Grace Bay Beach, which TripAdvisor repeatedly names the Most Beautiful Beach in the World. The powdery-soft sand is perfect for lounging out in the sun, while the striking blue waters are excellent for a refreshing dip. Guests can enjoy a scenic stroll along the shore, snorkeling, kayaking, boat rides, and more. Grace Bay Club, which stands for timeless luxury in the Caribbean, sits on Grace Bay Beach and boasts endless sunset views. This Father’s Day, families can devote the day to sustainability with Grace Bay Club’s new partnership with non-profit Turks and Caicos Coral Reef Fund (TCRF) and volunteer their vacation time to support coral reefs in half- or full-day eco-expeditions. Guests will be taught how to clean the coral structures, help fragment more corals, or outplant previously fragged colonies at in-situ nursey sites where TCRF is actively restoring adversely affected species of coral or visit TCRF’s oceanfront lab where they will help with water quality analysis and coral feeding at the lab’s state-of-the-art aquaria system.
Full-Day Coral Restoration Eco-Expedition Experience starts at $2,420 per group
Half-Day Oceanfront Lab Eco-Expedition Experience starts at $750 per group
FOR THE SKIER
Sierra Nevada Resort | Mammoth Lakes, California
About: Mammoth’s newest resort opened this past November with 179 fireplace suites and chalets and 10 light-filled cabins set to open this summer. Originally a preferred getaway for Hollywood elite in the 1960s, the newly restored resort now features a sommelier-led wine bar, contemporary dining concept, an inviting lobby and more. Situated minutes away from California's highest chairlift-serviced peak, snow loving dads can enjoy one of North America's longest natural ski seasons, which is anticipated to last until August this year. Sierra Nevada Resort offers complimentary shuttle pick up and drop off to Mammoth's best lifts every 15 minutes directly from the property.
FOR THE LUXURY LOVER
Watch-making and Whisky in Scotland
This Father's Day, Rusacks St Andrews offers a first-of-its-kind watch-building workshop with local artisan watchmakers Kartel at the hotel's restaurant and rooftop bar, 18, complete with an outdoor putting rooftop! There, Dad can build his own bespoke timepiece alongside experts at Kartel, from choosing his ideal components, assembling, and adding an engraved message. The intimate four-person session is accompanied by canapés from Executive Chef Derek Johnstone and a whisky tasting with local award-winning Kingsbarns Distillery. Book here. Package starts at GBP190 (about USD237).
For those wishing to rest their heads at the iconic hotel, an overnight stay package option includes breakfast and a watch-building experience at the Kartel store in St Andrews. Exclusively for Rusacks guests, they will receive a complimentary watch strap and engraving!
Golf & Beach Getaway in Mexico:
For a relaxing all inclusive trip look no further than Velas Resorts in Mexico. At Grand Velas Riviera Nayarit, dads can opt for a 3-night stay to get a complimentary upgrade to the next suite category, tequila tasting experience, an 80-minute Golf Ball Massage, access to the resort’s renowned hydrotherapy , 10% discount on golf, and more. At Casa Velas, an adults only retreat in Puerto Vallarta, the golf loving dad is also sure to be pleased. Included in the Father’s Day golf package is round trip transportation from the hotel to Marina and Vista Vallarta golf courses, 1 complimentary golf round at the Marina Vallarta or Vista Vallarta golf course, complimentary golf cart, 20% discount on driving range practice, upgrade in golf rental equipment, and a harmony massage and water ceremony for 2 at the resort’s ABJA spa. For dads looking to visit Los Cabos, the award winning SE Spa at Grand Velas Los Cabos will be offering a Gentleman’s Facial along with the spa’s famous water ceremony. At Mar del Cabo, dad’s dine free for every group of 4 or more.
Stress Free Road Trip in Norway:
This Father’s Day, dads can make extraordinary a reality with a personalized journey arranged with sustainable luxury travel curator Up Norway. Up Norway takes care of all the planning, details, and logistics so a traveler’s journey is worry-free. Plus, a highlight of travel with Up Norway is the personalized Digital Travel Guide with 24-hour chat service. The digital itinerary also keeps everything organized and allows travelers to move from one stop to the next seamlessly. A journey ideal for dads this time of year is the World's Northernmost Road Trip. The once-in-a-lifetime road trip above the Arctic Circle includes spectacular stops on the way through the rugged coastal and moonlike mountain landscape. Adventurous activities include crab fishing, cruising along the fjords, sea safari to the infamous Jøkelfjord Glacier, and more.
Fashion Makeover for Dads in Rome:
Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese invites dads to revamp their style by creating a custom wardrobe with the help of Italian fashion influencer, menswear consultant, and model Giorgio Giangiulio. Giangiulio accompanies guests to luxury boutiques around Rome to build a new wardrobe with high quality pieces to last a lifetime. During the fashion experience, Giangiulio will share the key elements to a classic Italian wardrobe and offer styling tricks that create an enviably nonchalant look. Guests will enjoy accommodations in one of Sofitel Rome Villa Borghese’s luxury suites with views overlooking the Eternal City and St. Peter’s Basilica. For the active dad, Sofitel Rome can arrange a running tour with ArcheoRunning where guests can dive into hidden gems all over the city.
Coastal City Trip in Croatia:
For the ultimate coastal getaway, dads can escape to the ancient port city of Dubrovnik. The city is known for its rich history and culture, stunning architecture, and picturesque landscapes. For accommodations, travelers can look no further than the historic Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik. With rooms and suites in an original 1913 royal villa and sleek contemporary wing, the hotel offers a spectacular seaside setting overlooking both the Adriatic and the ancient Old Town, combined with flawless service and an illustrious history of royal and celebrity guests. Highlights of a stay at Hotel Excelsior include an easy walk into the historic Old Town, luxurious spa treatments at the world class spa, and ideal activities nearby such as the Dubrovnik Cable Cars and Lokrum hiking trails.
Wellness & Nature Getaway in Argentina:
At SB Winemaker’s House & Spa Suites, located in the renowned wine region of Mendoza, dads can indulge in a relaxing retreat filled with wine based experiences in the emblematic location. Activities include vino therapeutic spa treatments, horseback riding, hiking, and even a luxury wine safari via seaplane. The wine safaris are the only of its kind in Latin America and allow for high-end wines to meet imposing nature. Naturally, all activities are paired with prized Susana Balbo wine.
Adventurous Beach Getaway at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is an outdoor recreation mecca – and a prime destination to celebrate Father’s Day. Tucked between the bay and the beach of the Emerald Coast, the resort offers a variety of activities, including zip-lining, ropes courses, nature trails, kayaking, paddleboarding, tennis, golf, fishing, bonfires, bike riding, a floating water park, WaveRunners and much more! The property provides adventure and relaxation for all ages and has over 1,000 vacation rentals, including condominiums, villas, homes and townhomes in more than 70 charming neighborhoods stretching across 2,400 acres.
Ultimate Fishing Charter at The Marker Key West Harbor Resort
Steps away from warm, clear Florida Keys water, The Marker Key West Harbor Resort offers some of Florida’s best water activities, such as snorkeling, fishing and boating. The resort also offers overnight packages, including the Ultimate Fishing Charter, which includes a full day of fishing in the island’s sparkling waters. After a day’s work, feast upon your fresh-caught fare, which can be delectably prepared at The Marker’s poolside restaurant, Starboard. Dads who would rather stay on dry land can partake in birdwatching from their private balcony or bar hop along Duval Street, just a short walk from the hotel.
Luxury Yachting Experience at The Elser Hotel & Residences
Only at The Elser Hotel & Residences can you experience an unparalleled luxury yachting and hotel experience in partnership with Spectre Sea. Guests who book this experience, which starts at $5,000, receive luxe overnight suite accommodations at The Elser Hotel, curated culinary experiences by the hotel’s executive chef, a four-hour private charter on one of Spectre Sea’s deluxe vessels and more. Imagine staying overnight in a three-bedroom luxury apartment with every amenity imaginable while overlooking Biscayne Bay and the vibrant Miami skyline. Just moments away, your private chartered vessel awaits, where your captain can whisk you away on a sunset cruise or an excursion up the coast. Your experience is complete with a curated dinner and champagne breakfast in bed. Bookings must be made through the hotel.
Urban Escape at The Gabriel Miami
Celebrate Father’s Day in style at The Gabriel Miami, a 129-key lifestyle hotel in Downtown Miami offering spacious rooms and suites with views of Biscayne Bay. The hotel is the perfect destination for dads who love cultural offerings. It’s just minutes from some of the city’s most iconic cultural institutions, including the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science and Pérez Art Museum Miami. For dads looking to party, The Gabriel Miami is also conveniently located near some of Miami’s hottest nightclubs, including Space and E11even.
Oceanfront Oasis at The Gabriel South Beach
Looking for the ultimate Father’s Day getaway? Look no further than The Gabriel South Beach, a luxurious oceanfront hotel in the heart of Miami Beach. With stunning views, top-notch amenities and an unbeatable location directly across from South Beach, The Gabriel South Beach is the perfect place to celebrate. Treat Dad to a fun day of thrilling water sports like riding Jet Skis or parasailing. Then, retreat to your stylish and comfortable guest room, complete with all the amenities you need for a relaxing stay. From plush bedding and high-end toiletries to flatscreen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi, The Gabriel South Beach has everything you need to make your Father’s Day getaway unforgettable.
Boat Day at Kimpton Shorebreak Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
Located in the heart of the Yachting Capital of the World, the Kimpton Shorebreak Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort is the ultimate place to celebrate Father’s Day. Just steps from the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, the family-friendly resort provides the perfect setting to spend the day on the water, either fishing or lounging on a boat. And for dads who can’t get enough fun in the sun, the resort boasts two crystalline pools: a courtyard pool providing a secluded getaway and a rooftop pool with breathtaking views of the tranquil waterways. Prefer to stay dry? The resort is minutes from the city’s burgeoning downtown, which offers endless opportunities for celebration, including sophisticated shops, historical attractions, restaurants and entertainment venues. Make sure to finish the night with a toast to Dad at the hotel’s on-site restaurant, La Fuga, which offers a diverse menu of modern coastal Italian cuisine by Chef Michael Mayer.
South of Fifth Strolling at The Balfour Hotel
Formerly known as The Lord Balfour Hotel, The Balfour Hotel is a historic art deco property with 82 guest rooms and suites spread out over two buildings connected by an enchanting courtyard. An elevated plunge pool with an underwater window provides the perfect Instagram shot of swimmers behind the glass wall. This Father’s Day, take Dad on a stroll through the South of Fifth neighborhood and end at the South Pointe Pier to admire the ocean views and cruise ships and cargo boats as they sail away. Guests can also treat Dad to an in-room spa treatment by K’Alma Spa massage therapists.
The Foodie Dad’s Dream at THesis Hotel
Landing on the New York Times’ “36 Hours in Miami” guide, THesis Hotel Miami is centrally located in Coral Gables, just steps from the UM campus and a short drive to the iconic Biltmore Hotel, which features an 18-hole, par-71 championship golf course. And nothing screams Father’s Day like a round of golf! For the foodie dad, THesis features two on-site restaurants, Mamey and Orno, led by Food & Wine’s “Best New Chef of 2020” and James Beard nominee Niven Patel. Both restaurants provide a true farm-to-table experience using locally sourced ingredients from Chef Patel’s very own farm, Rancho Patel. The menus offer a wide range of culinary creations, including the Wagyu Denver Steak ($58), Whole Grilled Branzino ($48) and Duroc Bone-In Pork Chop ($38). Order the hotel’s exclusive hazy IPA, “The Forager,” crafted in partnership with Tripping Animals Brewery.
Stay in Luxury at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago
Celebrate Father’s Day in luxury at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, set within the landmark Water Tower Place on the Magnificent Mile. Steps from the city’s most iconic sites, including Navy Pier, the Art Institute, Millennium Park and 360 Chicago, The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago offers Dad the best of the Windy City at his fingertips. Head to the Chicago Riverwalk and glide along the river with kayak rentals and boat tours, catch a Cubs game at Wrigley Field or take a luxurious boating adventure on Lake Michigan. Along the lake, the city’s urban beaches are the perfect places to soak up the sun, partake in water sports and enjoy unmatched views of the skyline. After a day of exploration, The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago awaits for some much-needed R&R.