You’ve got extended family to agree to watch the kids. Now comes the challenging part – planning where you’ll go on your vacation. Why lift a finger when you do enough of that in your day-to-day?
I’ve put together this exceptional list of 10 all-inclusive couples’ resorts in the United States. You won’t even need a passport to enjoy the vacation of your dreams, so sit back, relax, and get ready to book.
In a dreamy corner of Austin is the Lake Austin Spa Resort, an idyllic spot where world-class spa experiences are standard.
An award-winning resort situated on a beautiful lake with mountain greenery surrounding you all around, Lake Austin Spa Resort offers experiences for reconnecting as a couple.
The activities calendar is always populated with fun outings like restorative yoga classes, martial arts training, miles-long hikes, arts and crafts, cooking classes, fitness classes, guest speaking, lake activities, and nature experiences.
The mainstay here is the spa, where you and your sweetie can receive treatments like massages, enhancements, foot therapies, body treatments, myofascial and aquatic releases, and energy work.
While you could experience Austin’s culinary charms outside the resort, I recommend setting aside several meals for Lake Austin’s offerings.
The resort is all about The Nurturing Table philosophy, which favors local, balanced, nutritious ingredients.
The Aster Café serves unlimited non-alcoholic beverages. The lunch menu is expansive, with salads, shareables, flatbreads, paninis, and quiches available.
Try the resort’s incredible petit gateau for dessert or sample the rotating flavor menu for the sorbet and soft-serve.
The Dining Room serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Its breakfast menu is full of hearty offerings like overnight ancient grains, vegan pancakes, avocado toast, smoothies, and eggs.
For dinner, don’t miss meals like blackened salmon served with pepitas and warm black bean hummus or short ribs with crème fraiche, eggplant barigoule, and peanut romesco.
The accommodations are tranquil, earthy, and breathtaking, with plush bedding, elegant draperies, and lake or garden views. Some larger rooms and cottages even offer hot tubs for turning on the romance.
No matter which room you select, a stay at the Lake Austin Spa Resort includes complimentary beverages (water, lemonade, coffee, and tea), unlimited fresh juices and smoothies, access to lake equipment and watersports equipment, cocktail and culinary classes, poolside cabanas, an indoor heated lap pool, and two outdoor pools.
You also gain access to the fitness facilities, lakeside beach area with hammocks and swings, relaxation areas, gardens, whirlpools, saunas, and steam rooms.
St. Simons Island, Georgia
When you arrive at The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island, you’ll feel like you’ve taken an exotic vacation to a far-off corner of the world.
Surrounded by miles of trees and greenery and gorgeous, natural bodies of water, it’s unsurprising that the resort’s tagline is “where nature is luxury.”
The enveloping wilderness is 11,000 acres. It’s untamed and untouched by man, so you can drink in its unyielding natural beauty.
This wilderness is the ideal backdrop for hiking, truck adventures, birding, fishing, day trips, and beach adventures.
You can plan the above activities with your sweetie or seek guided activities and packages.
The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island follows a special culinary approach incorporating local, fresh-caught seafood and sustainable ingredients from nearby artisans and farmers.
The resort even has its own garden where you can pick herbs, fruits, vegetables, and crops.
Six cottages are available for guests, and each offers its own slice of Georgia history. You can rent individual rooms, entire cottages, or even the whole island if needed.
The cottages are Cedar House, River Lodge, Helen House, Michael Cottage, Hunting Lodge, and Tom House.
The amenities vary by cottage but include spacious bathrooms, generous living space, and unrivaled views.
The Miraval name is one of the premium resorts in the US, with its Tucson location especially beloved for couples and vacationers eager for a break.
The resort is in the Sonoran desert on the Santa Catalina Mountains and promises clear, sunny weather for 350 days a year.
Build a custom journey for two by completing the Miraval’s Intention Inspiration Quiz. Once the resort understands what you’re chasing from your exclusive vacation, they’ll recommend a customized itinerary with activities sure to rekindle the romance between you and your sweetie.
The activities calendar changes throughout the year, but a sampling of what you might experience includes outback hikes, mountain biking, trail running, outdoor floating meditation, morning stretches, yoga, power cycling, water fitness, slacklining, archery, dancing, workshops and speeches, art walks, oil infusions, and spiritual drumming.
Miraval Arizona has a unique approach to dining, favoring mindful eating where you slow down and pay attention to what you consume. It’s about appreciating how it tastes and feels. You can eat in your room, poolside, or at the resort’s restaurants.
Some culinary experiences are hands-on, so you can generate new skills you’ll take home, while others are hands-off if you’d rather the chefs take care of the cooking for you.
The Cactus Flower Restaurant with Catalina Mountain views is an exclusive, high-class spot. You can also enjoy the casual, grab-and-go fare at the Palm Court Café or some evening libations at the Coyote Moon Bar & Lounge.
FYI, this resort doesn’t serve alcohol at any of its restaurants.
Get cozy in a gorgeous room, suite, retreat, or villa. The retreats are studio-sized options with an indoor-to-outdoor shower, mini fridge, spa bath with a free-standing soaking tub, built-in bedroom desk, private outdoor patio, outdoor seating, and a fire feature and hot tub.
Other retreats offer laundry and powder rooms, a walk-in closet, a reflection pool, and floor-to-ceiling retractable glass doors.
4. Twin Farms
The sublime Twin Farms in Barnard is in prime Vermont countryside on 300 acres. The privacy and exclusivity of the lodgings, with 20 suites and cottages in all, will make you and your special someone feel like you’ve entered a land all your own.
Would you like to add some adventure to your life? Twin Farms has indoor and outdoor activities available all year long.
You can plan a bike ride for two, a bee tour, axe-throwing, archery, garden visits, canoeing, picnics, outdoor hiking, lawn games, pickleball, tennis, paddleboarding, and kayaking in the spring, summer, and fall.
Plan to try fat-tire biking, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, ice skating, and ice fishing in the winter. Privately guided activities are available year-round.
Would you rather relax on your getaway? Twin Farms prioritizes well-being with activities like yoga, fitness, and its spa, the Bridge House Spa.
The menu includes anti-aging facial therapy, infrared facials, rapid renewal eye treatments, repairing hair and scalp treatments, and massages.
Inclusive dining is the philosophy at Twin Farms. The main Dining Room features a sizable, inviting fireplace and vaulted beam ceilings.
Morgan LaCroix is the lead sommelier and wine director at the resort, and Twin Farms also has its own wine cellar with 15,000 bottles of vino.
You can also dine at Twiggs, a more informal outdoor/indoor restaurant with a custom, revolving menu.
How does sleeping in a treehouse sound? It’s a possibility at Twin Farms!
So is sleeping in an elegant, airy cottage or even the Farmhouse at Copper Hill. This lodging option has four suites, a library, a lounge, and private entrances.
Your in-room amenities include a fireplace, housekeeping twice a day, a writing table, a reading area, satellite TV, a king-sized bed, complimentary nightly handmade confections, complimentary same-day laundry, a complimentary fridge full of snacks and drinks, and a bathroom with a separate dressing area and separate shower and tub.
Try an inclusive vacation experience you and your honey will never forget at Vista Verde Guest Ranch. The experiences here are catered toward romance (with a family vacation package available, too, if you wish to come back with the kids).
The all-inclusive romance package allows you to roll dining and activities into an affordable package.
So what kinds of activities can you and your partner participate in? They vary by season but include archery, snowboarding, downhill skiing, fat biking, fly fishing, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, paddleboarding, sleigh rides, tubing, skiing, snowmobiling, yoga, and snowshoeing.
Chef Jonathon Gillespie leads the culinary experiences at Vista Verde as the food and beverage director.
For breakfast, you might experience meals like honey-wheat pancakes with caramelized apples, eggs benedict, breakfast burritos, homemade bread, and fresh fruits and berries.
Lunch could include grill-cooked shrimp, steak kabobs, salads, and grilled portabellas and burgers. Dinner is a starring attraction here and includes multi-course meals served with wine.
Getting away to a lodge room or cabin means stealing a slice of the perfect Colorado life for yourself and your sweetie. Experience the history of this dude ranch in the Elk River Valley as you enjoy a space that’s equal parts elegant and rustic.
The luxury cabins for two include a hot tub, wood-burning stove, living room with a twin daybed, one king sized mattress in the bedroom, two decks, and one-and-a-half bathrooms in 906 square feet.
The available facilities are a swimming pool, an outdoor arena for horseback riding, an indoor riding arena, a Great Room with a fireplace and sitting spaces, and the Adventure Center for gearing up for a day of excitement and activities.
Tropical wonder awaits you at Bungalows Key Largo, an all-inclusive vacay only for adults.
Your stay includes wine and beer tastings, premium alcoholic beverages, selected beer and wine, poolside refreshments, unlimited dining at five resort restaurants, and welcome refreshments and drinks.
An all-inclusive stay allows you to take advantage of activities and amenities like cruiser bikes, recreational games, Peloton bikes, group yoga classes, snorkel gear, water trikes, stand-up paddleboard equipment, kayaks, beachside and poolside cabanas, Jacuzzis, the Sunset Pool and Zen Pool, and Tranquility Beach and Coconut Beach.
Further, enjoy in-town transportation within five miles of the resort, nightly turndown service, daily housekeeping, a concierge, bell staff, valet parking, and 24-hour guest services.
What kinds of activities can you fill your time with during your stay at Bungalows?
Yoga classes occur daily on Tranquility Beach. You can also check the event calendar for fun, like acoustic and calypso musical performances, trivia, dancing, holiday celebrations, karaoke, and so much more.
Ride the waves as the resort overlooks 1,000 feet of shore. You might see manatees as you and your sweetheart go kayaking or paddleboarding in the perfect Florida ocean.
You can also ride in a floating tiki boat, use fitness facilities, go boating (with romantic sunset cruises available), rent a private charter, snorkel or dive, ride a seaplane, fish, or swim with the dolphins.
The Zen Garden Spa requires a prior appointment but includes services like facials, sea scrubs, massages, mineral soaks, and aromatherapy.
Unforgettable dining experiences are available at six restaurants: Fish Tales with outdoor seating, fine dining at Bogie & Bacall’s, libations at Hemingway Bar, seafood at the outdoor Sea Senor, tropical vibes at the Sunset Tiki Bar, and the encapsulating Living Room. You can also request in-room dining.
Retire to a luxury bungalow after the sun sets with a pristine garden or ocean view. A waterfront room includes amenities such as a private porch with seating, a private veranda with an outdoor shower and soaking tub, a queen or king-sized bed, a flat-screen TV, a bathroom with a rain shower and indoor spa, and a sitting area across 900 square feet.
Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
Fair Hills Resort is a wonderful place to fall in love with each other all over again. The resort was created by three brothers in 1906. Today, it’s an exemplary place for couples or families.
The activity schedule will keep you and your sweetie on your toes with morning walks, fishing, swimming, water aerobics, golf, yoga, softball, Pilates, cooking classes, and beach days.
You can also sign up for a lesson for two, learning the ins and outs of swimming, golf, sailing, tennis, or water skiing. The available classes instruct you on yoga, cycling, and water aerobics.
Enjoy three meals a day at Fair Hills Resort prepared by Chef Ryan. The shaped pancakes for breakfast are always a big hit, but you can also nosh on French toast, breakfast meats, eggs, cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit, and toast.
You can fill your plate at the varied salad bar for lunch or enjoy a cold or hot entrée or soup with dessert. Picnic lunches occur twice per week, so don’t miss out.
Then, for dinner, sit down to a full-service, three-course meal such as prime rib, steak, or Minnesota walleye.
The elegant cabins across the resort regale you with daily maid service, a full closet, a bathroom, a king or queen-sized bed, and a kitchen in some of the units.
Castle Hot Springs is a desert paradise located between Scottsdale and Phoenix but as far removed from the metro area as you can imagine. The Bradshaw Mountains surrounding you with their thermal waters will renew your mind, body, and soul.
Your stay includes access to e-bikes, archery equipment, guided hikes, farm tours, meditation adventures, yoga, farm-to-table meals, mineral hot springs soaks, swimming pools, and housekeeping.
What would you like to do today? Perhaps you can explore the natural hot springs the resort is named after.
Castle Hot Springs activities also include yoga, e-biking, archery, tai chi, yoga, gardening, exploring Crater Canyon, sound baths, body scrubs, documentary viewing, meditation, and mixology courses.
Experience the best of farm-to-table dining at Castle Hot Springs. Harvest serves filling five-course meals, a culinary feast for the senses, while Bar 1896 is about more casual yet delish lunch and dinner fare.
Prioritize your well-being at the hot tub spa, which offers such restorative treatments as energy and water therapies, massages, facials, mineral scrubs, body wraps, and energy alignments.
Lodge in the Spring Bungalow or Sky View Cabin with breathtaking views and a cozy atmosphere.
Do you need more space? The Cottage is 1,200 square feet with a living room, wet bar, stone fireplace, two bathrooms, and three bedrooms.
9. Skytop Lodge
From the moment you pull up to the Skytop Lodge, you’ll be awed by its mammoth size and unparalleled natural beauty. Stepping inside this mansion-like resort only promises more wonders for you and your love.
The activities change by the season but include a verifiable treasure trove of indoor and outdoor excitement.
For instance, you can explore the Treetop Adventure Course if you’re daring enough, get up close and personal with a falcon, take a hike, play some golf, paddle on a kayak, swim in the large pool, play lawn games, or get competitive with paintball.
Get ready to sink your teeth into scrumptious meals you’ll dream about long after you depart the resort. Windsor has classic décor and traditional cuisine, Lakeview offers fine Italian dining and even finer views, and The Taproom has food and libations.
You can also enjoy locally-grown meals at Corner Roast, casual lunches on the links at Callaway’s, drool-worthy desserts at The Market, and drinks at the posh Library Lounge.
A room is waiting for you at The Inn, The Lodge, or The Cottages. The Lodge has 124 guest suites and four onsite restaurants.
The Inn is more exclusive, with 22 suites and rooms and two restaurants, and The Cottages are recommended for larger groups.
A room in The Inn includes a space that’s over 500 square feet with a king-sized bed, a gas fireplace, golf course views, and a balcony.
Lake Tahoe, California
Formerly known as the Resort at Squaw Creek, Everline Resort & Spa still promises the same unmatched luxury, simply with a new name.
Everline has no shortage of activities for two. You and your sweetie can rent a mountain bike to explore the stunning Lake Tahoe wilderness, go backpacking and hiking, play golf, take a nature walk, go swimming, or learn to fly fish in the summer.
Plan for swimming in the heated pool, ice skating, broomball, sledding, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing in the winter.
The fitness and spa facilities are top-notch, with The Spa at Everline an award-winning facility. Book you and your sweetie reflexology and cupping treatments or ask for a massage or facial, including couples’ services.
The Links at Everline Golf Course promise some of the best golf in California as you play in a tree-lined environment in the Olympic Valley.
I hope you brought your appetite, as you can dine at the seasonal Iron Road Noodle House, the poolside Oasis Grille for lunch or an early dinner, the Bearshine Café, or the breakfast spot Cascades Restaurant.
Sit down to a casual meal at Sandy’s Pub or enjoy the finest steaks in the area at Six Peaks Grille, with its staggeringly beautiful Olympic Valley views.
Retreat to a penthouse, deluxe room, or fireplace suite. The luxury fireplace suites (200 in all) include a coffeemaker, picture windows, a dining table, a resort kitchenette (with silverware, glassware, china, a dishwasher, microwave, two-burner stove, and mini fridge), a bedroom with a flat-screen LED TV, and a living room.
That space is replete with a sofa sleeper, LED flat-screen TV, and a gas fireplace for setting the mood. It’s a wondrous spot for relaxation.