Three amazing places to rest your weary head
The hotel industry is ever changing, keeping up with fashion trends and travelers’ needs and desires. In the world of luxury hotel properties, everything is kicked up a notch as guests are willing to pay a bit extra to indulge in an incredible vacation experience. Several new and exciting luxury hotel openings are creating a buzz this year, sparking some serious champagne wishes and caviar dreams in the Twist universe!
Sheldon Chalet, Denali National Park, Alaska, USA
Venture into the wild in high style at the Sheldon Chalet, in one of America’s most incredible National Parks. The longtime dream of Don and Roberta Sheldon, homesteaders who claimed the land in the mid-50s, this five bedroom property is nestled on five private acres within Denali National Park. Perfect for experiencing the northern lights, heli-skiing, snowshoeing and hosting feasts of the finest Alaskan seafood, this property is designed for ultimate seclusion and adventure. Imagine helicoptering to a high alpine picnic, or trekking on an ancient glacier.
This is the stuff that travel dreams are made of. The chalet is perched 6,000 feet above the wilderness and overlooks some of the most dramatic vistas in the Alaska Range. Be ready to fly, as it is only accessible by air from Anchorage or Talkeetna. This property is truly spectacular, and is the only private land in the national park.
Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa, Pacific City, Oregon
The new luxury Headlands Coastal Lodge & Spa brings luxurious touches to the already breathtaking gorgeousness of the rugged Oregon Coast. Opened in January 2018, the Lodge is comprised of 33 king and two-queen rooms, as well as 18 cottages with full kitchens and up to three bedrooms, perfect for families. The guest rooms and cottages are oceanfront, and have views of the Pacific Ocean and iconic Haystack Rock, with private balconies to get even closer to the sand, surf and fresh ocean air. Headlands is also dog-friendly resort, providing custom dog beds and amenities for fur-babies big and small.
Guests are encouraged to ‘Head Out or Stay In‘. Adventure coaches are on hand to help you plan your stay and make the most of your coastal getaway time. Or snuggle up by the fire with a glass of excellent Oregon wine and fresh Northwest coastal cuisine, with ingredients sourced from the ocean, local farms, and the resort’s own herb garden. The Tidepools Spa invites guests to get their wellness on outdoors with a bracing jog on the beach, or inside riding one of the gym’s Peloton bikes. Or just relax with a massage, breathe in that salty air, drink in the epic beauty of the Oregon Coast.
JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort, Florida
For those ready for an adult-exclusive escape, the Lanai Tower at the new JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort is a luxurious choice. This Florida resort, located along the sparkling Gulf of Mexico on three miles of private, pristine white sand beach, is newly renovated with the addition of a Balinese-inspired sections with 94-rooms.
The tower features an exclusive rooftop pool, a deluxe gourmet rooftop restaurant, and a 12,000 square foot indoor entertainment center. The Balinese-style spa, with its elegant, laid back setting, features a mineral tub overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, salon services and a Spa Shop. The resort also provides premium outdoor activities, including a guided Wave Runner Tour through the Ten Thousand Islands, a Sailing and Shelling Tour to uninhabited islands, world-class golf at the Rookery and Hammock Bay championship courses, and more.
After enjoying outdoor activities and some relaxing spa treatments, guests can lounge on the sand in a private chickee hut or unwind in one of the secluded poolside cabanas. Evenings feature stunning views of Floridian sunsets during the nightly fire-dancer celebrations at Quinn’s on the Beach, and sipping a rum-based cocktail at Kane Tiki Bar & Grill.
Photo credits: Sheldon Chalet, Headlands Lodge, JW Marriot Resort
Claudia Laroye is a travel writer and editor based in Vancouver, Canada. An avid and curious traveler, Claudia has written about family, adventure, and luxury experiences for local and national publications since 2010. Claudia is the Contributing Editor of Twist Travel Magazine, and has written for WestJet Magazine, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, Travelzoo, Westworld, Family Fun Canada, and Dreamscapes magazine. She is the founder of family travel site The Travelling Mom. You can find her on Instagram at @thetravellingmom.
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