Google searches for “where to travel this fall” have skyrocketed this past week, and along with the current uptick in U.S. travel, it looks like we can expect a busy autumn season ahead.
Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya - Riviera Maya, Mexico
Nestled along the sparkling Caribbean beachfront of Riviera Maya, Mexico, Andaz Mayakoba is surrounded by nature and spread out over 590 acres of breathtaking oceanfront, preserved mangroves and tranquil lagoons. Guests can take advantage of the resort’s open, barrier-free design and many amenities including luxury accommodations with Mayan-inspired décor, an oceanfront pool, expansive white sand beach, nature trails, multiple outdoor dining venues, spa, luxurious rooms with Mayan-inspired décor and more. In celebration of Dia de los Muertos this November, guests at Andaz Mayakoba can enjoy Chef Miguel Gomez’s award-winning pan de muerto, a traditional sweet bread cooked throughout the country to celebrate the holiday.
Atlantis Paradise Island - Paradise Island, The Bahamas
Atlantis Paradise Island, the iconic oceanside resort, offers an exciting vacation for any type of traveler, from luxury accommodations in The Cove and Michelin star chefs at NOBU and Olives to the family-friendly Aquaventure waterpark with 11 swimming pools and nine waterslides. The resort is also home to the world’s largest open-air marine habitat, where over 50,000 marine animals from 250 species make their home in natural ocean-fed environments.
From November 19th through 25th, Atlantis will host the 11th annual Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis college basketball tournament. Guests are invited to watch as college athletes from Butler, Brigham Young, Dayton, Kansas, NC State, USC, Tennessee, Wisconsin and more fight for the championship. Fans can also cheer on their favorite team at the ultimate Tailgate party, featuring all-you-can-eat and drink delights, a beer garden, live streaming of all tournament games and live DJ on the Outdoor Patio of the Imperial Arena.
Regent Phu Quoc – Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Regent Phu Quoc, the new ultra-luxury resort on Long Beach in Vietnam’s idyllic island Phu Quoc, is a serene resort featuring 176 suites and 126 villas elegantly designed to create sanctuary-like spaces. With aqua-cycle trikes for guests to pedal along the resort’s private beach, an interactive playground featuring imagination zones for kids and cooking classes to practice using local ingredients, this resort offers immersive experiences for guests to create unforgettable memories.
November is a sunny and dry season in Vietnam, making it an ideal time to visit and a perfect time to enjoy the resort’s new catamaran experience. Aboard Serenity, guests will be able to explore otherwise unreachable parts of the island including 28 islands, 99 mountains and 20 beaches that are part of the protected UNESCO natural park. Its arrival will make Regent Phu Quoc the only resort on the island with a catamaran, offering unparalleled experiences to guests, from sunset cruises to private dining on the water.
Asia – Remote Lands
Luxury tour operator Remote Lands recently announced the launch of its Aman Jet Expedition which will take guests on a transformative journey through the spiritual heart of Asia to Nepal, Bhutan, India and Sri Lanka. In November Remote Lands will launch a journey from Vietnam to Thailand, together with the signature Aman Jet Expedition, spanning four countries in Southeast Asia. In just one journey, travelers will explore a wonder of the world at Angkor Wat, wander the quiet streets of the ancient capital of Luang Prabang, and lounge on some of the finest beaches in Indochina — all in the comfort of luxe Aman resorts at every destination. Guests will travel by private Airbus A318 Elite and each couple will have a private driver, vehicle, and guide.
CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa (Carefree, AZ)
Nestled high in the Sonoran Desert and right outside of Scottsdale, CIVANA Wellness Resort & Spa, provides every traveler with a cozy and inviting wellness experience that empowers them to stay happy and checkout changed, to leave with more than when they arrived. Tucked among 20+ acres of succulent-studded Sonoran Desert, CIVANA invites guests to awaken a new sense of spirit as they reconnect and reinvigorate their senses in a place of incredible natural beauty that shines most in fall, with personalized wellness experiences, and award-winning hospitality. CIVANA offers a path to a happier, healthier you through inspiring human connections, daily sweat and meditation, curated personal growth and discovery content, outdoor adventures, access to world renowned wellness guides and healers, comfortable accommodations, a world-class spa, delicious food and drinks, ample time to relax and recharge and much more.
L’Auberge de Sedona – Sedona, AZ
Perfectly nestled under a canopy of sycamore trees within Sedona’s majestic Red Rock country, L’Auberge de Sedona offers travelers breathtaking scenery that feeds the soul. Meandering between stoic rock and accompanied by nature’s soundtrack of babbling brooks and chirping birds, the wondrous place welcomes guests to become one with nature and heal from the inside out. L’Auberge’s private sanctuary, the Creekhouse, is the ultimate space for guests looking for an exclusive fall getaway. Located along the banks of Oak Creek, the intimate space redefines leisure stays as it exudes the feel of a private Sedona estate. The hideaway, coupled with the resort’s luxe spa – L’Apothecary Spa – allows for a transformative and unforgettable experience. This fall season, travelers can book a stay at any of the resort’s cottages and receive up to $300 in resort credit with its Autumn Possibilities package.
Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort– Phoenix, AZ
Acclaimed as the grandest hotel of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, remains one of the most beloved resorts in the world for its Frank Lloyd Wright and Albert Chase McArthur architectural pedigree, intuitive facilities and storied history. The resort, set near the base of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve creates a magical backdrop for unmatched and unforgettable experiences. Boasting 701 contemporary guestrooms inclusive of 36 suites, 28 standalone luxury cottages and 54 villas, the resort is bound to be a perfect match for fall travelers looking to explore the most populous city in Arizona.
Travelers are welcomed to the magnetic meeting of fire and merriment, heady flavors and sultry aromas at Renata’s Hearth, notable for its fine-dine menu and mezcal, or to decompress at the transformative Tierra Luna Spa and relax post-treatment at Sol Gardenwith its cold plunge pool, hot tub and plush chaises – all while immersing in a tranquil desert hideaway.
The Lodge at Sonoma (Sonoma, CA)
Travelers who visit the quaint town of Sonoma during autumn will be fully immersed in the natural beauty of wine country’s famed harvest season, as the vineyards turn from green to gold to red, providing fall foliage that rivals New England. With the region’s bountiful harvests of autumn vegetables and wine grapes, guests can partake in tastings of world-class Sonoma wines at nearby wineries and indulge in fresh flavors from the city’s prominent farm-to-table culinary scene at the resort’s acclaimed restaurant, Wit & Wisdom, Chef Michael Mina’s renowned wine country outpost.
The Lodge at Sonoma offers cozy, rustic-chic accommodations and has debuted recent upgrades, including a brand-new spa boasting locally inspired treatments, plus their signature wine tasting experience on bikes, ‘Pedal for Pinot,’ and much more.
This fall the resort will debut“Women in Wine Country” series, which will be a Thursday afternoon/early evening social lobby experience held 2x/month during wine country’s famed harvest season starting in September. The series will come to life through Thursday evening “fireside chats” - hosted by featured female guests - collectively bringing together both esteemed locals and curious travelers to partake in an evening of connection and creativity in an inviting, social atmosphere.
Carneros Resort and Spa (Napa Valley)
The picturesque wine region of Carneros, a crossroads between Northern California’s two famed wine countries, offers the perfect fall getaway and allows travelers to experience the best of harvest season with warm weather, alfresco dining and access to the hundreds of world-class wineries and charming downtowns of Napa Valley and Sonoma County.
An ideal home base for friends, couples, and families, Carneros Resort and Spa features 100 cottages, suites, and luxurious, private homes. The property is a quintessential Napa Valley destination itself with three on-site dining destinations, a renovated spa, and two pools – the family-friendly Otto’s pool and adults-only Hilltop pool.
The 28-acre luxury resort announced a new lineup of sustainable programming in time for harvest season such as a hands-on harvest package at nearby green winery Cuvaison Estate Winesavailable from September 23-25, a firsthand look at the art ofbeekeeping and its eco-friendly benefits at the onsite apiary, plus sustainable food and wine offerings. More details can be found here and photos are available here (credit: Carneros Resort and Spa).
The Beverly Hilton - Beverly Hills, CA
Nestled at the crossroads of the famed Wilshire and Santa Monica Boulevards, the hotel offers panoramic views of the city skyline and the sweeping hills, and combines the distinctive spirit of California leisure with quintessential Hollywood glamour. While fall in LA is more of an endless summer, The Beverly Hilton capitalizes on the Golden state’s warm temperatures and sunny skies in the fall months – continually offering their ‘Summer Like a Star’ program– with brand new culinary and cocktail offerings and reimagined accommodations. Guests can fully embrace the spirit of an endless California summer while enjoying the vibrant scenery of the Aqua Star Pool – enlivened with colorful pool floats fromFUNBOY and charming new umbrellas from Business & Pleasure. The Beverly Hilton is within walking distance from LA's celebrated shopping districts of Century City and Rodeo Drive, as well as a short distance from outdoor adventures such as famous hikes through the Santa Monica Mountains or picturesque coastlines and pristine beaches.
Hotel Clio, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Denver Cherry Creek (Denver, CO)
Hotel Clio is nestled in the heart of Denver’s affluent Cherry Creek North, the uniquely walkable shopping and dining district perfect for a cozy fall getaway. A luxury urban oasis, Hotel Clio boasts stunning new interiors and chic guestrooms, plus weekly epicurean moments to include private ceviche-making classes and tequila tastings at TORO Latin Kitchen and Bar, the hotel’s signature culinary concept by acclaimed local chef and restaurateur Richard Sandoval. The hotel boasts a number of partnerships with local wellness businesses and art galleries to provide guests with the ultimate immersive, luxury experience in Cherry Creek.
The Hythe, A Luxury Collection Resort, Vail (Vail, CO)
While Vail is often known as a skier’s paradise, the autumn offers just as memorable an escape with crisp air, changing leaves and outdoor adventure around every corner. Nestled at the base of Vail Mountain, The Hythe is a luxury destination that boasts 344 rooms, 22 suites, 16 luxurious residences, four dining venues and rejuvenating treatments at Well & Being Spa. The property offers immersive excursions for every type of fall traveler, including mountain biking with professional Shawn Neer, horseback riding through Vail’s stunning landscape with a private picnic for two, and a 10th Mountain Whiskey and Spirit tasting at a cozy tasting room in Vail Village overlooking Gore Creek.
The Galt House Hotel (Louisville, KY)
In the heart of the famous bourbon capital, the hotel is the city’s beloved grand-dame property and Louisville's only waterfront hotel - situated along the Ohio River and at the beginning of the famous Urban Bourbon Trail, and just steps away from famed Bourbon Distilleries. The hotel offers the perfect destination for guests to step outside their door and find themselves right in the beating heart of the best of Louisville. With the turn of the season and temperatures dropping, nothing is more cozy than a bourbon cocktail. People start ditching the summer seltzers this season, instead opting for libations that evoke that warm and fuzzy feeling. What better way to stay cozy this fall than a bourbon cocktail by the fire, and no better place to experience the coziness of the season than Louisville KY, Bourbon Capital of the World.
Lovango Resort and Beach Club
The U.S. Virgin Islands’ newest resort, located on a 118-acre private island, is the first new-build resort in USVI in the last 30 years. Just 10 minutes away on the ferry to St. John and 20-mins away to St. Thomas, this property offers luxury treehouses and glamping tents with incredible views of the Caribbean and the stunning national park that surrounds it. Opening for its second season on December 20th, Lovango will now add new Glamping Tents Duo to their accommodation options to cater to larger groups. The Glamping Tent Duo has one king bed in each accommodation plus one rollaway. The luxury yet rustic interior design details of the hotel were orchestrated by interior designer Michael Kramer, who has also designed other renowned properties including The Surf Lodge and Gurney’s Montauk. Lovango is designed with sustainability in mind. As a fully sustainable resort, it is powered by wind and solar energy and employs a desalination system to convert seawater to potable water for drinking, bathing, cooking and more. As for entertainment, Lovango provides the only full-service European-style beach club in the USVI, oceanfront dining and activities ranging from hiking to snorkeling.
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino
Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino is a year-round resort where recreational facilities are abundant and include a ZoiA Spa with fitness center, tennis courts, Camp Hyatt for kids, a lively Hyatt Regency Casino and a 3-level pool complex complete with a two-story waterslide. Hyatt Regency Aruba has recently added Trankilo, an adults-only pool, as well as ten outdoor private cabanas. Guests can also choose from nine delectable food and beverage options, including the resort’s signature restaurant Ruinas del Mar.
Why November: Visit Aruba in November to enjoy Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa and Casino’s Elite Experience offer. Travelers who book this experience will enjoy daily Regency Club access, take in views of the breathtaking island from a daily beachfront palapa, plus one day at a pool cabana or beach tent. To end the night off guests can participate in a three-course dinner for two, and then try their luck at the slots with a $100 casino credit. The perks of Regency Club services include expedited check-in, a dedicated concierge team to book activities and excursions and much more.
The Elms Hotel & Spa - Excelsior Springs, Missouri
Located just outside of Kansas City in Excelsior Springs, MO, The Elms Hotel and Spa is surrounded by 46 mineral water springs with five different varieties of water, each with unique healing properties. For this reason, The Elms has been a sanctuary for travelers looking to leave feeling rejuvenated and refreshed since 1888. The Elms Hotel and Spa is equipped with a 28,000-square-foot spa space and 11,000 square feet of meeting and event space. On-property dining options include Three Owls, serving balanced dishes crafted from locally sourced ingredients and The Tavern, serving pub fare and salty snacks alongside hand-crafted cocktails and local beer.
Why November: November marks the beginning of Christmas in Excelsior Springs. November 15th kicks off a series of holiday events and attractions featuring a tree lighting festival, parade, visits with Santa, gift and craft making, tours, shopping and parties, all surrounded by twinkling Christmas lights hosted by the Downtown Excelsior Partnership, Inc. Christmas Committee, Excelsior Springs Chamber of Commerce and Excelsior Springs Parks & Recreation.
Pacific Whale Foundation and Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa - Maui
Pacific Whale Foundation (PWF) is a nonprofit marine-based research, education and conservation organization. Their wholly-owned social enterprise, PacWhale Eco-Adventures, brings visitors up close to Maui’s wildlife on their snorkeling tours. Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa provides guests at the famed Ka’anapali Beach with a true Hawaiian experience. After recently undergoing a multimillion-dollar guestroom and lobby renovation, visitors can enjoy award-winning Asian cuisine, expert-led stargazing and more in tropical paradise.
Why November: November marks the beginning of whale watching season, making it the perfect time for visitors to join an official Whalewatch tour with PacWhale Eco-Adventures. Departing from Lahaina and Ma’alaea, guests can set sail through the local harbors for a two-hour tour to witness the island’s whale population swimming beside them. Certified Marine Naturalists lead each tour where they help visitors understand every whale behavior and characteristic from whale songs to mating rituals. Whalewatch tours occur daily from 6:30 AM, 9 AM, 11:30 AM, and 2 PM with an additional departure time of 4:30 PM at Ma’alaea.
Travelers can find a new way to get active this Thanksgiving with the Valley Isle Road Runners’ annual Turkey Trot. Participants can visit Harold Rice Memorial Park on November 24 and join the 8-mile marathon through the park from 7-11:30 AM. Unlike other marathons, winners of the Turkey Trot are chosen by whoever was the closest to guessing their completion and not by who crosses the finish line first. Participants are also encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item that will be donated to the Maui Food Bank. Travelers can stay at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa to celebrate Thanksgiving in true Hawaiian fashion. Guests can spend the holiday enjoying Asian cuisine with a view of the Pacific and the resort’s waterfalls or by witnessing a traditional Hawaiian luau at Drums of the Pacific Luau.
Hôtel Barrière Le Carl Gustaf - Saint Barthélemy
Hôtel Barrière Le Carl Gustaf creates an ambiance of well-being and relaxation amid tropical elegance on the island of St. Barth. Designed and decorated by French interior designers Gilles & Boissier, it is the only hotel on the island with panoramic views of the port of Gustavia and offers 21 luxurious rooms, suites and bungalows. The property is also home to Villa Diane which has five bedrooms, two private terraces and an infinity pool.
Why November: The annual Saint Barth Gourmet Festival returns to the island from November 8-13 for its ninth year. This international Caribbean cooking festival welcomes 11 local chefs to prepare a multi-course meal that showcases local flavors and talents throughout the week. Guests can continue experiencing the island’s dishes when they check into Hôtel Barrière Le Carl Gustaf and take a seat at Fouquet’s Saint-Barth created by three-star Michelin chef Pierre Gagnaire or Shellona Restaurant located on the idyllic Shell Beach.
Andaz San Diego
Originally opened in 1913 for the World’s Fair celebrating the completion of the Panama Canal, Andaz San Diego is less than a mile away from the San Diego Convention Center and surrounded by vibrant nightlife. Guests staying at this hip California hotel can enjoy meals at The Rooftop by STK, parties by the rooftop pool, and enjoy views of downtown as they work out at the rooftop fitness center.
Why November: The 2022 Wonderfront Music and Arts Festival will be held in San Diego from November 18th through 20th and will feature performances from artists including Zac Brown Band, Kings of Leon, Gwen Stefani and more. Just a short 5-minute walk from the Seaport Village where the festival will take place, Andaz San Diego is the perfect place for travelers attending the festival to stay.
Red Savannah - South Africa
South Africa is often described as “a world in one country” thanks to the number of windswept deserts, mountains covered in vineyards and vibrant cities. The country is home to multiple game reserves that hold a variety of animals such as hippos, giraffes and zebras. The colonial-influenced Western Cape holds classic Georgian and Victorian architecture as well as Cape Dutch and the Garden Route.
Why November: November marks the end of whale watching season at Walker Bay on Grootbos Garden Lodge. Families who wish to spot a Southern Right whale before the end of the year can find them as a part of Red Savannah’s South African Family Holiday. This 13-day trip allows visitors to experience the natural beauty of the region where they can meet several animals that will delight travelers of every age. Alongside whale watching, highlights of the trip include seeing penguins in Cape Town, horseback riding in Grootbos and going on a big game safari on Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. Red Savannah hosts a number of additional itineraries in South Africa that can be found here.
Andaz West Hollywood - West Hollywood, Los Angeles
Andaz West Hollywood places visitors in one of the most walkable cities in the U.S. Sitting on Sunset Boulevard, their rooms provide guests with a view of both the famous street and Hollywood Hills, and they’ve just completed a half-a-million dollar renovation to their rooftop pool. This iconic rock ‘n’ roll hotel brings musical history, celebrity, and style together along the streets of Los Angeles.
Why November: The Arboretum will shine beginning on November 11 thanks to their annual Lightscape display. Lightscape is creating a showcase of lights, art and music this year that’s bigger than ever before thanks to new installations along an expanded trail with seasonal favorites including the Winter Cathedral and a reimagined fire garden. The evening lights experience will run every night from 5:30-8:45 PM until January 8, 2023. Located just 40 minutes away is Andaz West Hollywood where guests can find spectacular views of the Hollywood Hills and Sunset Boulevard, weekly rooftop music and the highest rooftop pool in Los Angeles.