This Spring Break: Disconnect to Reconnect

This Spring Break: Disconnect to Reconnect

As wellness is at the forefront of travel, hotels and resorts around the U.S. envision this year’s spring break to focus on ways to enhance well-being by encouraging guests to take the time to disconnect from the world in order to reconnect with yourself, and friends and family alike.

From nature-forward destinations and wellness initiatives to unique adventures and outdoor experiences, below are idyllic destinations to help travelers find themselves and enjoy a getaway with loved ones in the present time away from the hustle and bustle of this thing we call life.

Hāna-Maui Resort| Hana, Hawaii (pictured)

About:  Nestled along the famed “road to Hāna,” Hāna-Maui Resort is a secluded luxury oasis featuring 72 thoughtfully positioned guest rooms, suites, bungalows and family residences, all with full or partial ocean views, among access to a variety of immersive adventure and cultural experiences. Its amenity suite includes Hāna Ranch Restaurant—featuring uniquely Hawaiian ingredients supplied by local farms and ranches—a wellness center, yoga pavilion, ocean-view spa and two pools.

Disconnect to Reconnect: With limited Wi-Fi and in-room TVs making for little-to-no technological distractions, Hana-Maui Resort is the ideal destination to disconnect and reconnect with loved ones. Guests of the resort can fully immerse themselves in “old Hawaii” and the secluded town of Hana, known for its raw beauty, wild rainforests and coastal charm, while experiencing unique adventures and cultural experiences from helicopter tours to lava tube exploration, surfing and hiking in addition to tours of the local tropical fruit farm, Ono Organic Farms, and more. After a day’s worth of adventuring, guests can reset at the resort’s spa and experience the essence of traditional Hawaiian healing modalities with a menu of comforting signature services and a variety of amenities designed to holistically disconnect, relax and enjoy in a tranquil, tropical setting.

In addition, the lush, 66-acre oceanfront Hawaiian retreat recently debuted its Plane to Paradise package, featuring convenient access to/from Hana via a private, 10-Seat Cessna aircraft inclusive of sights of dramatic sea cliffs, plunging waterfalls, rainforest and magnificent arches and caves. Cutting travel time from 2.5 hours to just 14 minutes, the Plane to Paradise  transports guests to this far-flung paradise and one of the most isolated destinations within the state.

Park Hyatt Aviara | Carlsbad, CA

Park Hyatt Aviara is an iconic resort situated along the Pacific on more than 200 lush acres just off of Batiquitos Lagoon. The Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond luxury resort is an ideal family-friendly getaway, located just minutes from Legoland on vast acreage with plenty of outdoor activities from golf to tennis and more. The resort recently unveiled an enhanced look following a $50+ million property-wide transformation, refreshing all public spaces, guestrooms and suites and function/social spaces while introducing a plethora of family-friendly amenities such as a Topgolf Swing Suite and new pool concepts.

  • Topgolf Swing Suite – just off the lobby, this immersive social experience offers guests of all ages access to a premier lounge while enjoying casual fare, refreshing beverages and lively music with a large screen and a selection of virtual games, as well as a billiards table.
  • Pools, cabanas, and waterslide – completely renovated adult pool with new private cabanas and a second family pool with a waterslide tower and tide pool splashpad.

Programming: The resort has expanded its experiential programming through a new partnership with Adventure IO. AIO, the proprietary technology platform offering adventure experiences led by professional athletes, brand ambassadors, and local experts, is curating one-of-a-kind adventures hosted by some of their top professional athletes and guides, including wakeboarding legend Shawn Watson and lululemon™ surfing ambassador Chris Clark

  • Watson will host private wakesurfing and wakeboarding experiences for a select number of guests on nearby Carlsbad Lagoon, complete with all the latest gear from the world’s leading wake brand, Liquid Force.
  • Clark’s adventure offers guests a one-of-a-kind opportunity to design and hand-shape their own custom surfboard in his mobile shaping studio, set up on the PHA grounds.
  • Other adventures include private surfing instruction on Moonlight Beach, e-bike tours of the quaint towns along the Pacific Coast Highway, and a coastal tide pool excursion where the entire family will get an insider’s view of California marine life.

Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort l Kauai, HI

About: Boasting unparalleled views of the mountains and ocean, as well as a breathtaking location on the Garden Island, Sheraton Kauai Coconut Beach Resort provides easy access to a number of Kapaa's biggest hot spots, such as Smith's Tropical Paradise and Wailua Falls. Relax in a resort with a beautiful, beachfront location and guest rooms featuring complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi, mini-refrigerators, and private lanais. Guests are welcome to experience new heights of relaxation in the infinity-edge pool, with separate sides for children and adults, surrounded by an oceanfront bar, lounge chairs and fire pits.

Disconnect to Reconnect: Take advantage of the breathtaking views through a bicycle ride on the resort’s incredible new oceanfront bike path which connects to the town of Kapa’s. The “Experience Kauai Bicycle Package” will allow the whole family to engage in the beauty of Hawaiian nature and encourage quality time through a re-invigorating gourmet picnic. Other picnic packages are also available, including the “Keiki Picnic Party”, “Sweet Sundown” Picnic, Coconut Beach “Meat” in Paradise Picnic, and the “Romance in Kauai” Picnic Package. Other notable family amenities include its fabulous kid’s splash pads built into the resort’s brand-new infinity edge pool, nearby family activities which include Kauai Backcountry Adventures, Kilohana Plantation, Kipu Ranch Adventures, and finally, Limahuli Garden and Preserve.

The Lodge at Kukui’ula | Kauai, Hawaii 

About: Located inside the South Shore’s first 1,010-acre luxury resort and residential development, Kukui’ula, The Lodge offers vacation home style accommodations ideal for spring break and extended stays featuring expansive, full-service kitchens, multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, private outdoor lanais and spacious living areas. All units have private access and The Lodge’s expansive property makes it easy for guests to explore in the open-air while partaking in the adventures offered throughout property like sail canoeing, golf, biking and more.

Disconnect to Reconnect: In addition to The Lodge’s adventurous programming, Spa and Wellness Manager Sienna Creasy offers out-of-the-box wellness and fitness experiences at signature spa and fitness center Hi’ilani at Kukui’ula. From Aqua Boot Camps and Family Fitness Classes to Full Moon Yoga sessions and Reggaelates, Kukui’ula has brought a whole new sense of wellness to members and guests, making fitness fun, diverse and invigorating while spending time with loved ones in a productive way.

Suncadia Resort | Cle Elum, Washington 

About: Located 80 miles east of Seattle on the sunny side of the Cascade Mountains, the 6,400-acre Suncadia Resort, features guest suites and penthouses, a variety of upscale rental homes, several dining options, LEED Silver-Certified spa, two championship golf courses – Prospector and Rope Rider - swim and fitness center and conference facility.

Disconnect to Reconnect: As Washington’s premier all-seasons mountain destination, Suncadia offers unlimited recreational activities throughout the year in its nature-oriented setting and wide open spaces, including hiking, biking, fishing, river floating, axe throwing and horseback riding. Guests can connect with nature and discover their inner adventure in order to reconnect with themselves and family and friends alike.

Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos | East Cape, Los Cabos, MX

About: Just 45 minutes from Los Cabos International Airport (SJD) and a world away from the Cabo crowds, Four Seasons Resort Los Cabos features 141 guest rooms including 23 suites; world-class dining options including world-renowned estiatorio Milos; multiple retail experiences; a sports complex and fitness center; six expansive pools; Oasis Spa and Wellness Centre; a teen center and Kids for All Seasons program; multiple unique indoor/outdoor celebration spaces; and a collection of whole ownership Private Villas and Private Residences for sale.  Four Seasons Los Cabos is the first resort to open within the thousand-acre (400 hectare) exclusive resort community of Costa Palmas, which offers Four Seasons guests and residents a Robert Trent Jones II designed 18-hole golf course and 18-acres (7 hectares) of organic farm and orchards.

Disconnect to Reconnect: Explore the East Cape and experience the Four Seasons Resort’s adventures from a Santiago Waterfall Hike to an Off-Road Adventure through the dunes. Following a day of recreational experiences, seek solace and serenity to discover optimal wellbeing at Oasis Spa, where treatments are rooted in the healing energy of the desert, mountains and ocean to sooth and revive. Tata Harper retreat in June 2022 (more to come). Discover the latest services here.

Malibu Beach Inn | Malibu, California 

About: Located off the iconic Pacific Coast Highway lies  Malibu Beach Inn, a five-star boutique hotel where the Pacific Ocean meets California’s most quintessential seaside haven. Positioned along a strip of coastline famously nicknamed Billionaire’s Beach, the lavish hotel offers panoramic ocean views and refined, coastal inspired design in all 47 well-appointed guestrooms. The property is also home to Carbon Beach Club (CBC) and its oceanfront terrace, where guests can indulge in locally sourced and seasonal California cuisine while enjoying the views of Malibu’s most recognizable landmark, the Malibu Pier.

Disconnect to Reconnect: The wellness journey at Malibu Beach Inn begins upon arrival with a nutritious spread from CBC restaurant delivered to your room. Come morning, greet the day with a 45-minute session of guided meditation combined with sound or energy healing with a guru from The Mindry, a local Malibu meditation studio. When the time comes to return home, continue your journey with a complimentary bottle of CURE VITA-CE anti-aging serum. Guests can choose from the below experiences:

  • Energy Healing and Guided Meditation

This meditation session uses healing energy to promote more balance and harmony within you. Experience how energy can create shifts and allow emotions to surface or blocks to present themselves. Start to access your own innate wellbeing, so that even after you go home, your inner landscape has changed.

  • Guided Meditation with Sound Element 

Allow yourself to be guided into the beauty and richness of this present moment, and begin to find a sense of ease within yourself, no matter where you are. This grounding meditation journey is sealed with a short singing bowl sound immersion in order to uplift your personal vibration and bathe you in a feeling of calm.

Punta Mita | Rivera Nayarit, MX

About: Punta Mita is an ultra-luxurious, 1,500-acre resort and residential community that lies on a private peninsula surrounded by 9.5 miles of beaches and lush tropical flora, with a variety of residential offerings, residential beach clubs and estate lots, as well as Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita and The St. Regis Resort Punta Mita. Two spectacular Jack Nicklaus Signature courses provide extraordinary ocean views and world-class play, alongside water sports such as surfing, sea kayaking, scuba diving, yacht excursions and more.

Disconnect to Reconnect: With Punta Mita being a world-class surfing destination that continues to evolve to create a one-of-a-kind escape experience, El Surf Clubblends luxury with surfing, wellness and nature. Through its colorful design with rattan chairs and exotic lanterns, El Surf Club exudes the essence of barefoot luxury. Almost like a feeling of Tulum meets Punta Mita, the environment allows for guests to escape their everyday lives into a paradise of seclusion and relaxation, where they can recenter themselves and reconnect with nature to build inner peace.

Mayakoba | Riviera Maya, Mexico

About: Mayakoba is a 620-acre destination in the Riviera Maya surrounded by the natural beauty of lagoons, jungle, tranquil waters and a sugar sand beach. Four meaningfully placed luxury hotels can be found within Mayakoba — Andaz, Banyan Tree, Fairmont and Rosewood — each with distinct personalities and amenities, perfectly complementing one another. The destination is carefully designed to enhance the beauty of the native landscape, and praises its connection to nature, culinary excellence, notion of wellbeing, cultural & sports activities and a variety of accommodations.

Disconnect to Reconnect: Mayakoba as a destination was designed with sustainability at the forefront by a passionate team of architects, biologists, geologists and engineers who continue to protect life and beauty on the property by maintaining its ecosystem of endemic species, featuring more than 300 types of birds and native wildlife – it’s the perfect place to tune out and immerse yourself in nature and other wellness experiences. Resort specific programming to help guests disconnect includes:

  • At Banyan Tree Mayakoba – This property continues to roll out $50M in renovations, with the newest offerings as of January 2022 including the launch of its Wellbeing Sanctuary program. The perfect stay for those who want to renew themselves, connect with their inner self and start the new year with rejuvenation and wellness, guests who book the Wellbeing Sanctuary Pool villas will enjoy a slew of new amenities and wellness activities included, as well as exercise guidance.
  • At Rosewood Mayakoba – This property continues to be a leader in the wellness landscape with the introduction of its Alchemy of Sleep experience.Designed to improve quality of sleep and boost energy levels, the Alchemy of Sleep wellness retreat includes personalized experiences such as a Sleep Aromatherapy treatment curated by its Ayurveda practitioner, among a variety of additional practices from nutrition to movement and mindfulness that addressed together can improve the quality of sleep. More details here. *Minimum three-night stay. The property’s recently completed $20M renovation also included the introduction of eight dedicated Wellness Suites.

Tanque Verde Ranch | Tucson, AZ

About: One of America’s old-time cattle and guest ranches dating back 150 years. This ultimate dude ranch offers miles of horse trails, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, pickleball and Jeep adventures. Amenities include tennis courts among the towering saguaro and ocotillo, swimming pools and 150 horses for lessons and sunset rides.

Disconnect to Reconnect: There is something about the outside of a horse that’s good for the inside of a person. Tanque Verde Ranch is the perfect place not only for thrill-seeking adventures but also can parlay that experience with intimate spa treatments to fully unwind. And what could be more peaceful than star gazing upon the clear desert sky just after coming off a sunset horseback cruise?