Looking to spend Saturday strolling the town? Or Sunday lounging by the sea? Some of the country's most upscale resorts are here to please—even for just a quick weekend. Located on direct flight routes, here are six destinations that you can fly to in less than three hours. And if you needed any added incentive, American Express offers 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or with American Express Travel*. Why wait?
Charleston, South Carolina — Southeast
When the mid century former Federal building turned into a luxury hotel after an eight-year renovation, even locals started showing up. Overlooking Marion Square, the 155-room property (complete with an on-site Lowcountry-themed spa) exudes Southern charm. After a day of finding shade under live oaks, grab a bite at the Dewberry’s rooftop Citrus Club. Or, order the Hopeless Wanderer (a cocktail with mezcal, ginger, and Campari) at the chic Living Room bar downstairs. In the morning, head back up to the eighth-floor wraparound terrace for some outdoor yoga before catching a flight out.
Nashville, Tennessee — Southeast
The trendy Thompson has become a mainstay of the Gulch, Nashville’s artsy neighborhood known for eclectic boutiques and hot restaurants. Before heading off to explore, grab breakfast at Killebrew, the hotel’s sleek coffee and sandwich shop. Or, take Monday off to catch the weekly vinyl night on the hotel’s rooftop, where rotating hosts bring records from their own collections. Traveling in a group? Book the Penthouse suite with a dedicated living and dining area and floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides.
Canyon Point, Utah — Southwest
Tucked in the middle of flat-topped mesa rock on 600 acres of the Colorado Plateau, the Amangiri is one of Aman’s newest hideaways. Splurge on the Amangiri suite, which comes with a private swimming pool and outdoor fire pit. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the hotel will help plan a dinner for six in the nearby 6,000-year-old cave. Or, staff will send you on a sunrise hot-air balloon ride that launches directly from the hotel grounds.
New Orleans, Louisiana — South
With a prime location, the legendary hotel—which opened as the Hotel Grunewald in 1893—is the ideal resting spot for exploring the Big Easy. Cool off in the Roosevelt’s rooftop pool after a walk in the French Quarter or before dinner at one of a handful of James Beard-nominated spots nearby. End the night with some Old-World glamour by stopping in for the namesake drink at the hotel’s wood-paneled Sazerac Bar.
Montecito, California — West Coast
The former site of the iconic Miramar By the Sea hotel re-opened this year as a Rosewood, while continuing to pay homage to the classic seaside retreat. Located on 16 acres, the property sits just 15 minutes from the Santa Barbara Municipal Airport airport, making it beyond convenient. Bringing the family? Stay in a freestanding beach bungalow with semi-private courtyards and terraces. During the day, unwind with some casual beachside fare and mid-day dessert at the ice cream shack, Scoop Shop. On cooler California nights, warm up with cocktails near the roof deck fireplace.
Paradise Island, The Bahamas — Tri-state
The ultra-luxe, 600-suite enclave at the Atlantis resort had a major makeover in late 2017. Sun worshippers can dream away the day in one of the Cove’s 20 sleek cabanas (with a dedicated butler), which sit alongside the property’s new 9,000-square-foot, adults-only pool. Or, head down for Bahamian-inspired seafood dishes at Fish, the resort’s world-class restaurant by celebrity chef José Andrés.
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