Sometimes, you want to escape the grind. Get out of the urban center. Break free from the crowds. Some of the best retreats can be found outside of city limits, with a myriad of subtle luxury features in these off the beaten path destinations. Pure seclusion, relaxation and spa bliss epitomize these boutique hotels all across the country that are a little slice of nirvana close to home.
Amangiri - Canyon Point, UT
Translating to “peaceful mountain,” Amangiri is located close to Lake Powell in the southwest region of the USA also known as the Four Corners, where the states of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona meet. Boasting one of the most dramatic landscapes in the USA with deep canyons and towering plateaus, the region has been home for centuries to the native Navajo and Hopi tribes yet is sparsely populated and presents the raw landscape for which the American Southwest has become famous.
1 Kayenta Road, Canyon Point, Utah. 84741. 435-675-3999. http://www.amanresorts.com/amangiri/
Whiteface Lodge - Lake Placid, NY
This intimate, 5,800-square-foot mountain spa hideaway blends the rustic beauty of its setting with a classic Zen ambiance. Whether you seek the quiet comfort of a restful weekend in the Adirondacks or the exhilarating activities that have made Lake Placid such a beloved family getaway, the resort offers plentiful amenities that include a Canoe Club, game room, bowling alley and cross country skiing.
7 Whiteface Inn Lane. Lake Placid, NY 12946. 800-903-4045. http://www.thewhitefacelodge.com/
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain - Paradise Valley, AZ
The Sanctuary on is a luxury boutique hideaway with dramatic mountain and spa casitas offering spectacular views of Paradise Valley. Sanctuary Spa, an intimate retreat, offers Asian-inspired treatments along with a relaxing meditation garden, movement studio and fitness center. Along with Scottsdale shopping and golf, guests enjoy the infinity pool, tennis and hiking in the shadows of Camelback Mountain.
5700 East McDonald Drive. Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. 480-948-2100. http://www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com
Fisher Island Club - Fisher Island, FL
A world-class private island sheltered from bustling Miami, Fisher Island’s distinguished members enjoy staying in the lovely Vanderbilt Mansion. It’s charming ocean side private Beach Club and other intimate restaurants, its superb Mediterranean-inspired Tennis Center, its lovely circa 1925 cottages and guest suites, its elaborate deep-sea water marinas, stunning championship golf course and spectacular Spa International complete with private marina and ferry to shuttle you from the mainland.
1 Fisher Island Drive, Fisher Island, Florida 33109. (305) 535-6000. http://www.fisherislandclub.com/
Homestead Inn - Thomas Henkelmann - Greenwich, CT
Thomas Henkelmann is a globally acclaimed classical French Chef who opened an East Coast countryside retreat. With 18 chambers to retire to, it’s the perfect place to relax and forget your worries. And you better believe the food is amazing, just do your best not to leave 10 pounds heavier.
420 Field Point Road. Greenwich, CT 06830. 203-869-7500. http://www.homesteadinn.com/