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Best Places to Spend Thanksgiving Without Your Family

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Sure, Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for all you have. But if bickering about family drama, politics or seeing your second cousins once-removed’s brother isn’t your cup of tea, a last-minute escape is a great way to spend the holiday. Instead, skip to so you don’t need to be around when the family fights over whose holiday sweater is the most festive or which one of your aunt’s stuffing taste better. Be thankful for all that is in your life, from a distance, and take a Turkey Day escape at one of these beautiful locations.

Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort & Spa, Bermuda

Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort & Spa, Bermuda

Instead of sitting around the table with family this Thanksgiving, come sit, relax and enjoy spectacular sunsets from your own private balcony at Newstead Belmont Hills Golf Resort & Spa overlooking beautiful Hamilton Harbour in Bermuda. Nestled into one of the island’s most exclusive locales, the property features 60 spacious waterfront abodes, each boasting newly upgraded interiors blending sophisticated elegance with modern comfort. Replace the stress of family dysfunction with the resort’s “Thanksgiving Get Away” package and book a minimum three-night stay anytime between Tuesday, November 20 – Sunday, November 25, 2018. With rates starting at $383/night for a deluxe room, $456/night for a one-bedroom suite and $560/night for a two-bedroom suite, the package includes (1) 60-minute message at The Newstead Spa, a round of golf at the resort’s beautiful 18-hole golf course, complimentary shuttle service to/from the airport and water shuttle to the city of Hamilton. And instead of bickering all evening with your family, the package is completed with a Thanksgiving dinner for two at Beau Rivage, the resort’s fine dining French restaurant. To book, call 866-706-7801 or visit www.newsteadbelmonthills.com.

Grand Residences Riviera Cancun, Puerto Morelos

Grand Residences Riviera Cancun, Puerto Morelos

Visit the luxurious tropical paradise of Grand Residences Riviera Cancun and take time to pause, reconsider, relax, start over and discover how beautiful it is to be alive. Be thankful for the life you live in a stunning resort in the heart of the Riviera Maya with beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea and luxurious amenities. The resort allows guests to forget all their cares in a variety of spa offerings one moment and then indulge in decadent cuisine at Flor de Canela –  one of the resort’s onsite gourmet restaurants. Explore the vast wealth of natural wonders and interesting remains of the ancient Mayan civilization and take part in an array of amenity and activity offerings including: cooking class, Spanish lessons and Zumba. Take advantage of the resort’s current “Unbeatable Deal” and get up 42% off rates, making your last-minute travel that much more feasible. Packages include: all-inclusive, bed and breakfast and room-only.

Cayo Espanto, Belize

Cayo Espanto, Belize

The private island resort is located three miles off the coast of Belize and offers barefoot luxury in the form of a number of private beaches. Enjoy a number of seaside activities including exploring the world’s second largest barrier-reef system and visiting one or all five of the Mayan ruins housed in mainland Belize. The luxury island beach resort is home to seven villas total with each hosting their own private dock area, allowing for tranquil fishing, snorkeling and a peacefully uninterrupted amount of relaxation throughout each guests’ stay. On the four-acre island, surrounded by the beautiful Belizean waters, guests can experience pampered relaxation, privacy and service and discovered paradise. The attentive staff cater your stay from accommodations, dining, activities and spa services to your personal taste and make sure that while you are overlooking the beautiful blue of the ocean, the last thing on your mind is your family’s large dinner back home. Book now on their website to plan the perfect escape to Belize paradise. 

Sage Lodge, Montana

Sage Lodge, Montana

Located less than 35 minutes away from Yellowstone National Park, escape your family alongside the banks of the Yellowstone River at Sage Lodge. Set on over 1,200 acres of rural landscape, the newly-opened lodge features a robust roster of year-round programming with on-site amenities including: a private casting pond, hiking and biking trails, expansive views of the Paradise Valley and over a mile of Yellowstone River access. The property features 50 guestrooms including a 34-room Lodge and four standalone Ranch Houses which can be booked as part of their Thanksgiving Ranch House Retreat package. If you are looking for a group getaway (8-16 guests) with close friends who also need a break from their family, the package includes: Thanksgiving dinner for eight, keepsake growler, welcome basket, daily continental breakfast, and more. With four guestrooms, full kitchen, living room and direct access to a private casting pond and scenic views of the majestic Emigrant Peak and Yellowstone River, guests can also adventure out and go snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, animal tracking, and more.

Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine

Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine

The Abadía Retuerta estate is a two-hour drive or train ride from Madrid in the heart of Spanish wine country. Set on 1,730 fertile acres in the heart of Spain’s Duero wine region, your stay at Abadia Retuerta LeDomaine is inclusive of: 24-hour butler service, a welcome bottle of their award-winning wine and activities like biking through the vineyards.  You can also explore by horseback, tour the winery, take a helicopter ride to view the ancient landscape and horseback riding on the estate, tours of the winery, and even see a falconry display. Relax at the award-winining Santuario LeDomaine Wellness & Spa inclusive of their ground-breaking Spa Sommelier concept, where the guest’s personalized treatment program is based on a blind tasting of Abadía Retuerta wines. Spend a weekend away from your family and let chef Marc Segarra and his team prepare a 10-course Michelin-star take on the traditional American Thanksgiving menu. In the Refectorio, the abbey’s original dining hall with a vaulted Gothic ceiling and a 17th-century fresco, Vinoteca is home to haute cuisine and seasonal tapas. The dinner is the highlight of a Thanksgiving Package for two that also includes accommodations for one night, a welcome bottle of Pago Negralada from Abadía Retuerta winery, and la carte breakfast. Rates start at about $860 (750 euros). For further information and reservations: www.ledomaine.esreservations@ledomaine.es; Tel. +34 98 368 0368.

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji

Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji

With direct overnight flights from the West Coast now available all year, Fiji is the perfect place for American travelers looking to escape the cold, and their family this holiday season. On one of the most untouched island destinations in the world with year-round temperatures resting in the 80s, Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort is nestled in breathtaking natural surroundings perfect for unparalleled adventure and eco-luxury accommodations. The resort offers something for everyone including world-class scuba diving, Fijian healing spa treatments, yoga, rainforest and waterfall hikes, kayaking, fishing, guided excursions and more. This Thanksgiving, the resort invites all guests to experience a family-style lunch accompanied by festive games and activities, to be enjoyed with the resort’s 200 staff and their families. Furthermore, in the season’s spirit of giving back, the resort will donate $1,000 to the Savusavu Community Foundation for every six-night stay during the entire month of November. Six-night packages for the month of November start from FJ$9020 (around $4,500) all-inclusive for a family of 4 with free diving or spa treatments. Package available for booking here: https://www.fijiresort.com/fiji-holiday-packages/celebrate-thanksgiving-in-fiji-2018/.

Kentucky Castle, Kentucky

Kentucky Castle, Kentucky

Why spend Thanksgiving at a family members house when you can instead spend in a stunning medieval-style stone castle completely enclosed by a stone wall with turrets on a 50-acre estate – a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel experience. Located in Versailles, KY, the former castle which was built in the 1960s, recently underwent six months and nearly a million dollars in renovations transforming it into modern castle experience. Part of a 55-acre estate which includes a farm that produces nearly all of the food for their restaurant, the 14-bedroom boutique hotel is just a short drive from top Bourbon distilleries and horse farms. Amenities at the castle include: farm to table on-site restaurant and bar, library, gardens with outdoor seating, swimming pool, tennis court, basketball court, complimentary WIFI and parking while the it is also home to a concert series celebrating renown Bluegrass artists and their music. Book your stay here.

Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, St. Barthélemy

Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, St. Barthélemy

Forgo the food coma and oversized sweaters this Thanksgiving, pack your swimsuit and book a flight to the warm and sun-filled island of St. Barths to stay at the recently reopened boutique hotel, Le Barthelemy Hotel & Spa. The award-winning luxury oceanfront hotel offers beach yoga, stand up paddle boarding, snorkeling, kite-surfing, a renowned spa and more. For travelers that absolutely cannot miss their favorite holiday to cook, Le Barthelemy’s chef offers hands-on cooking classes and demonstrations, but for those who are more laissez-fare in the kitchen, relax and enjoy seaside island-inspired and French dining alfresco, under the stars at the hotel’s esteemed restaurant Aux Amis. With interiors reflect the sea and natural beauty of its spectacular St. Barth’s setting and invisible drop-down screens easily transform outdoor terraces into private enclaves, choose between guestrooms, suites or one of their beachfront villas: Villa Aqua or Villa Bleu.

Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa, France

Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa, France

Book a luxurious trip and spend the Thanksgiving holiday amongst the Champagne vineyards at Royal Champagne Hotel & Spa in Champillon. The newly debuted resort brings the first-ever luxury wellness destination to the region and travelers can cozy up in their 16,000 sq. foot wellness center, enjoy the hamman, Biologique Reserche spa treatments and relax in a chaise lounge that line the heated indoor swimming pool, while sipping on crisp champagne overlooking the rolling hills. Quiet and nestled among the vine-striped hills in the quaint town of Epernay the hotel’s Michelin-starred chef creates innovative gastronomy using locally derived ingredients for truly special meal experiences. Come for the bubbles, stay in one of their rooms or the Josephine Suite and activities like: sommelier champagne tasting, electric bike tours, vineyard excursions, hot air ballooning and more.

Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City

Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City

Surrounded by the charm of Quebec City, the Auberge Saint-Antoine hotel’s warm and cozy ambiance creates an inviting setting for two to give thanks this season. A proud member of the Relais & Châteaux association, the family-owned hotel with 95 rooms and suites, each with its own unique history, invites relaxation and provides all the comforts of home, abroad. Guests stroll the cobble-stoned streets of Old Quebec by foot or on a horse-drawn carriage, explore local merchants on the St. Lawrence River, or visit the city’s annual German Christmas Market just steps from the hotel, opening November 23, 2017. Their Thanksgiving Package (rates for two begin at $703 for two nights) includes a special homemade three-course meal at the hotel’s famed farm-to-table restaurant Chez Muffy, daily breakfast, welcome cocktails, screenings of the National Football League’s Thanksgiving games and more. Book your stay in one of their rooms or suites here.     

 

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Jarone Ashkenazi

Following being published on Fast Company as well as Wired Innovations Insights, Jarone expanded his writing portfolio to cover luxury travel, goods, unique experiences along with restaurants and lifestyle articles for numerous websites. From luxury hotels, all-inclusive resorts and VIP experiences, Jarone has written about exclusive properties only offered to the discerning traveler and consumer. Jarone is a native to Los Angeles and spends his free time traveling, playing sports and is always up for an adventure.

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Following being published on Fast Company as well as Wired Innovations Insights, Jarone expanded his writing portfolio to cover luxury travel, goods, unique experiences along with restaurants and lifestyle articles for numerous websites. From luxury hotels, all-inclusive resorts and VIP experiences, Jarone has written about exclusive properties only offered to the discerning traveler and consumer. Jarone is a native to Los Angeles and spends his free time traveling, playing sports and is always up for an adventure.

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