Whether you’re meeting your girlfriends for a spa weekend, planning a European jaunt with the family, or gathering the guys to gel, some of our favorite properties have everything you need to delight everyone on your guest list. From wellness retreats in California to late-night revelry spots in Cartagena, consider these destinations when you’re traveling with an entourage.
This coastal valley hideaway northeast of Los Angeles, Ojai Valley Inn is the perfect base for a weekend of bonding—with a bottle of wine or two. Throw a spa party at one of the resort’s penthouse spa suites accessible via private elevator. Or head to the newly opened Farmhouse for a pasta-making or wine-pairing class. Then invite pals to burn off the calories with a yoga and spin Fusion class, a full-body workout with cardio and flexibility built in. Or just stroll the glorious .220 acres.
Tiny travelers will be wowed by the palace-turned-hotel, while older relatives can stay immersed in history. Situated on a private island, the San Clemente Palace is just a shuttle-boat-ride away from Venice’s historic Piazza San Marco. After a day of exploring the canals, hang back at the hotel for a relaxing dip in the heated outdoor swimming pool while younger jetsetters enjoy Venetian mask painting.
Meads Bay, British West Indies
The Malliouhana luxe resort is back in action after a yearlong renovation following Hurricane Irma. Rent the two-bedroom beachfront villa with a private plunge pool for easy access to the sugar-white sand. During the day, relax in your private cabana overlooking the two-tiered infinity pool then head into the sea for kite surfing or a personalized sailing lessons. Looking to spend the day on the green? Anguilla’s stunning CuisinArt Golf Club, an 18-hole championship course designed by Greg Norman, is just a short drive away.
Check in to the two- or three-bedroom penthouse suite at the Hotel Arts and you’ll be calling your room’s private butler to extend your stay. Culture lovers can head out to stroll Las Ramblas, take in the Gaudi buildings, or grab a cocktail near the waterfront promenade, while beach lovers can stroll 300 feet from the hotel for a dip in the Mediterranean. For a nightcap, try an award-winning Negroni from the hotel’s P41 Bar & Coctelarium.
With direct flights from places like New York and Miami, the coastal city is not only a UNESCO World Heritage site, but also has some of the world’s best nightlife. If you’re looking to chill during the day and dance the night away, the Conrad Cartagena 268-room resort will help get the party started. During the sunlight hours, hang back at the hotel; with four swimming pools and the Karibana Beach club there’s plenty to do before dusk. Then enjoy a cocktail in the Conrad’s lobby bar with live music before the in-the-know concierge directs you to prime spots for a killer night on the town.
New Milton, England
Grab your siblings (and their kids) for the ultimate across-the-pond adventure. Sleep in the Yews, the resort’s largest treehouse suite, which fits up to four adults and eight children. The treehouse suite at the Chewton Glen Hotel & Spa provides a personal chef to cater to even the pickiest eater, while enthusiastic foodies can enroll in chef-caliber courses from the resort’s 12-station cookery school.