From upscale city getaways to luxurious tropical trips, here are last minute President’s Day weekend vacation ideas that will inspire you to hop on a plane or get in the car this weekend. Whether you’re dreaming of balmy weather in an oceanfront resort or imagining yourself sipping on a cocktail at a swanky rooftop bar, these must-visit spots are the ultimate places to visit this President’s Day weekend.
JW Marriott Chicago: Nothing will make you feel Presidential than living large at the Lincoln Suite at the JW Marriott Chicago, which has all the amenities and space of a downtown condo. At 2,000 square feet, the grand suite has hosted countless high profile guests including the Dalia Lama, 12 different owners of NFL teams, Coach Quinville of the Chicago Blackhawks, Sean Penn and more. The downtown urban hotel is in the heart of some of Chicago’s greatest architecture, and the Lincoln Suite offers views of Rookery Building and down LaSalle Street.
While you might not want to leave this luxurious abode during your stay, if you decide to venture out into the Windy City, a few places to visit are Navy Pier, Millennium Park, and Shedd Aquarium. Plus, there are numerous top restaurants and swanky bars around the loop, making it a premiere metropolitan destination to visit for President’s Day weekend.
Las Hadas Golf Resort & Marina: If you’re looking for a family-friendly President’s Day weekend getaway, then this picture-perfect resort in Manzanillo is something that the whole family can enjoy. From an award-winning 18-hole championship golf course to four delicious restaurants, a designated kid’s club and swim-up pool bar, this beautiful resort will keep you active and on-the-go all weekend long. This architectural gem, offering a unique Arabian style in the Mexican Pacific Riviera, features 232 spacious guest rooms with private terraces or balconies and ocean views. Not to mention, rates start at just $130 per night.
The Kahala Hotel & Resort: As a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, set on a private beach in one of Oahu’s most upscale residential neighborhoods, The Kahala Hotel & Resort is a noble retreat just 10 minutes from the bustling Waikiki. Oahu’s lodging of choice for an endless lineup of royals, presidents and celebrities (it has been dubbed the Ka-hollywood), the property has discreet pampering and service down to an art form. With visits from almost every president since Lyndon B. Johnson, guests can expect to have every desire met at this presidential property, making it an ideal getaway spot for President’s Day weekend. Since Oahu is renowned for outdoor adventures (like scuba-diving, snorkeling, hiking, and parasailing), you won’t have a shortage of fun-filled activities to do during your visit.
The Knickerbocker: If the idea of a luxurious weekend in the Big Apple sounds ideal for you, then head to The Knickerbocker in New York City. This upscale property enviably is situated on the southeast corner of 42nd Street, overlooking Times Square between Broadway and Bryant Park. The property, a NYC landmark, was a bustling hotel back in the 20’s, closed during prohibition, and reopened as a hotel in February of 2015. The hotel partnered with Gabellini Sheppard Associates to redesign the hotel, fusing its rich history with modern day functionality and contemporary design, creating an urban sanctuary for travelers and local clientele. Aside from its standout design and décor, the hotel is also known for its outstanding concierge and customer service. The hotel also has one of the most well-known rooftops in the city, St. Cloud. When visiting NYC, a few must-see spots are The Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Central Park, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
W Fort Lauderdale: For those of you who want to escape the snow and head to sunnier weather, come experience W Fort Lauderdale’s $55 million restyle and book the hotel’s New Year, New W package, including complimentary wheels (valet parking), two sip cocktail tickets and $25 daily resort credit. Lounging along an exclusive stretch of sugar-sand coastline, the ultra-chic W Fort Lauderdale is fresh from a glamorous top to bottom restyle. Get away and play in the hotel’s marine-inspired guestrooms with views of the Atlantic Ocean, experience evening Happenings in the Living Room, nosh at the new SUSHI Bar or take a dip at the stylishly signature WET Deck. Rates start at just $303/night.
Westin Playa Bonita: This beautiful oasis in Panama provides a luxury resort experience for families looking for an under-the-radar getaway. Avoid the throng of tourists this President’s Day weekend when you book a quick trip to Panama City, one of Latin America’s most lively and progressive cities. With your choice of rainforest excursions, cosmopolitan city adventures and historic landmarks like the Panama Canal, all organized by the resort, there’s more time for exploring and relaxing. Families who book the family package receive 50% off their second room and kids under 12 eat free with the purchase of an adult entree.
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