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Rest, relaxation await at 5 getaways

By Lynn O’Rourke Hayes, FamilyTravel.com
Published: April 13, 2024, 5:32am

Relax and reset on your next getaway. Here are five destinations to consider.

JW Marriott Camelback Inn & Spa

(Scottsdale, Ariz.)

Soak up the vitamin D and treat yourself to all that this luxury resort has to offer. Rich in history, (the lobby still showcases handmade adobe bricks that were crafted on the property in the 1930s) and nestled at the base of Paradise Valley’s Mummy Mountain, the Scottsdale-area resort is well situated for relaxation and exploration. Spa lovers will have their spirits revived in the 32,000 square foot sanctuary, where indigenous plants and minerals, desert honey and hot stones are utilized to enhance the experience. Stay in private, pueblo-style casitas, hang at the heated, Jackrabbit Pool complex, hike in the nearby mountain preserve or play golf on the resort’s courses.

For more: www.camelbackinn.com

Glamping adventure

(Baja California, Mexico)

With time on an island and in the mountains of Baja California, Mexico, this eight-day glamping adventure delivers visitors into the heart of nature. In La Paz, take in the cultural and architectural landmarks of Baja’s capital. Water lovers will be eager to swim, snorkel, and kayak in search of tropical fish, sea turtles, manta rays, dolphins, whale sharks and bird species on Isla Espiritu Santo. It’s a National Marine Park and part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Sea of Cortez. Your adventure will conclude at the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve with scenic hikes and a stay in a luxury tent camp run by a ranching family.

For more: https://www.adventure-life.com

Embassy Suites Aruba Hilton

(Aruba, Caribbean)

Take the easy street in your search for sunny days by booking the Fun in the Sun Family Package. Expect spacious suites, most of which feature private balconies with stunning views of the island. The 330-all-suite property provides separate living and sleeping areas plus kitchenettes, providing plenty of space to stretch out. The package includes a welcome amenity for the whole family, made-to-order breakfast, afternoon drinks and snacks and a family sailing excursion — lunch included.

Also of note is a sweeping pool facing the ocean, easy beach access and a separate pool and outdoor playground just for the kids. Complimentary bike rentals make it easy to explore.

For more: www.hilton.com


(Joshua Tree National Park, Calif.)

You’ll find a recent addition to the AutoCamp family on 25 acres in the heart of Joshua Tree National Park. Expect the best elements of camping and luxury, combined to create a glamping experience in a remarkable setting. Stay in modern Airstream suites and luxurious tents with boutique-style amenities and midcentury modern design.

The project was designed for minimal impact on the environment, incorporating low water use, native plantings, xeriscaping to minimize irrigation, on-site water treatment, a heavy reliance on solar power and dark sky-compliant lighting to preserve the clear view of stars. AutoCamp welcomes family members of all ages.

For more: www.autocamp.com

Ritz Carlton, Grande Lakes

(Orlando, Fla.)

Catch a glimpse of Old Florida and the abundant wildlife that make the Headwaters of the Florida Everglades their home. Shingle Creek, just minutes from the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes, is a world away from the Italian palazzo-inspired resort. Nestle into a kayak or canoe for a leisurely two-hour paddle during which your guide will point out the resident native species and share the region’s history. Expect ibis, barred owls and bald eagles y. For contrast, spend the following days at the pool, in the 40,000-square-foot spa, on the golf course or at nearby theme and water parks.

For more: https://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/florida/orlando