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The Robb Report 100 Resorts: United States & Canada

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ARIZONA

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

BRITSH COLUMBIA

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Four Seasons Resort Whistler

Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort

CALIFORNIA

Calistoga Ranch, an Auberge Resort

The Grand Del Mar

Meadowood

Montage Laguna Beach

Post Ranch Inn

COLORADO

The Little Nell

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

FLORIDA

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

GEORGIA

The Cloister at Sea Island

HAWAII

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

St. Regis Princeville Resort

MONTANA

The Ranch at Rock Creek

SOUTH CAROLINA

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, a Montage Resort

UTAH

Amangiri

Montage Deer Valley

VERMONT

Twin Farms

WYOMING

Amangani

 

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Scottsdale, Arizona

The rugged Sonora Desert frames this family-friendly resort that features 210 adobe-style suites and casitas, three restaurants, three swimming pools, a full-service spa, and plenty of outdoor activities. Golfers enjoy privileges at the nearby Troon North Golf Club’s two world-class courses. ($280–$6,000) www.fourseasons.com

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort

Tofino, British Columbia

Ride horses through old-growth forests, fish for king salmon in Clayoquot Sound, or kayak in Warren Bay before retiring to one of 20 luxury tents outfitted with antique dressers and hand-woven rugs. Vancouver Island’s most exclusive wilderness experience. (Three-night packages from $4,270 per person) www.wildretreat.com

Four Seasons Resort Whistler

Whistler, British Columbia

The most prestigious address at North America’s largest ski resort, with 273 chalet-style rooms, an in-house ski concierge, and hot springs–style whirlpools. Golfers enjoy access to private Jack Nicklaus– and Arnold Palmer–designed courses. ($220–$4,100) www.fourseasons.com

Nimmo Bay Wilderness Resort

Port McNeill, British Columbia

Accessible only by air or water, this nine-cabin heli-fly-fishing lodge offers access to 50,000 square miles of terrain that includes 50 rivers and streams. The lodge’s location, on the edge of the Great Bear Rainforest, also affords opportunities for bear watching, rock climbing, and kayaking. (From $1,395 per person; heli-adventures from $2,400 per person) www.nimmobay.com

Calistoga Ranch, an Auberge Resort

Calistoga, California

Designed to resemble a vintner’s estate, this 157-acre retreat boasts an organic restaurant, a spa with mineral soaking pools, and its own wine label. Nature takes a starring role in the 50 cottages, with outdoor living areas and floor-to-ceiling windows. ($720–$4,550) www.calistogaranch.com

The Grand Del Mar

San Diego, California

A sprawling estate with 249 rooms and a Tom Fazio–designed golf course in the hills of North County. Chef William Bradley, of the resort’s Addison restaurant, was named Robb Report’s 2014 New Culinary Master. ($395–$6,000) www.thegranddelmar.com

Meadowood

St. Helena, California

A classic wine-country resort with 85 accommodations, including five cozy clapboard cottages, set amid 250 forested acres. In addition to the fare at chef Christopher Kostow’s Michelin three-star restaurant, guests enjoy a nine-hole golf course, championship croquet lawns, seven tennis courts, two swimming pools, and a spa. ($600–$3,800) www.meadowood.com

Montage Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach, California

This 248-room California Craftsman–style resort sits above four sandy beaches dotted with tide pools. Its direct access to the shoreline, as well as exceptional amenities that include the Studio restaurant and Spa Montage, help set the 11-year-old resort apart along a ritzy stretch of Southern California coast. ($595–$6,500) www.montagelagunabeach.com

Post Ranch Inn

Big Sur, California

Perched atop a steep cliff high above the Pacific Ocean, this Northern California retreat features 40 earthen studios, ocean-view suites, and tree-house accommodations. The nine-course tasting menu at the Sierra Mar restaurant is a must. ($675–$2,485) www.postranchinn.com

The Little Nell

Aspen, Colorado

Within steps of the Silver Queen gondola, Aspen Mountain’s only ski-in/ski-out resort caters equally to downhill enthusiasts and those who simply prefer the après-ski scene. The 92-room property’s Element 47 restaurant offers one of the best dining experiences to be had at high elevation. ($390–$7,010) www.thelittlenell.com

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

Beaver Creek, Colorado

A recent renovation brings a sophisticated new style to this grand Rocky Mountain resort’s public spaces and 180 rooms. After a day of skiing, enjoy craft cocktails and cigars at the indoor/outdoor lounge and seasonal cuisine at Colorado’s only Wolfgang Puck–helmed restaurant. ($340–$1,800) www.ritzcarlton.com

The Ritz-Carlton, Naples

Naples, Florida

Long a favorite for family vacations, couples’ retreats, and high-society functions, this South Florida resort is better than ever after a 2013 renovation that saw the redesign of all 450 rooms. Footpaths lead from adult and family pool areas to a spectacular white-sand beach. ($400–$5,900) www.ritzcarlton.com

The Cloister at Sea Island

Sea Island, Georgia

Originally designed in 1928 by the Palm Beach architect Addison Mizner, this 175-room Spanish Revival resort offers seven restaurants and a 65,000-square-foot spa, as well as access to Sea Island’s three championship golf courses and five miles of private beach. ($395–$3,005) www.seaisland.com

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka‘upulehu

Big Island, Hawaii

An expansive and secluded resort with a Jack Nicklaus–designed golf course, seven pools, an open-air spa, and 243 bungalow-style rooms that blend with the surrounding sand and volcanic rock. One of the world’s top tropical escapes for families. ($545–$15,045) www.fourseasons.com

Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

Maui, Hawaii

This 380-room resort is favored by Hollywood A-listers for its setting on an unmatched strip of the famed Wailea Beach, its Wolfgang Puck restaurant, and its large spa with outdoor hale treatment rooms. Reserve a private cabana at the adults-only Serenity Pool. ($530–$16,500) www.fourseasons.com

St. Regis Princeville Resort

Kauai, Hawaii

Set on Kauai’s fabled North Shore, this 251-room beach-and-golf resort completed an extensive renovation in 2009. Rooms and public areas look out over Hanalei Bay, where guests can try stand-up paddleboarding and surfing. ($1,200–$7,550) www.stregis.com

The Ranch at Rock Creek

Philipsburg, Montana

The United States’ premier dude ranch accommodates as many as 95 guests in luxury tents, private homes, and the nine-room Granite Lodge. By day, guests go horseback riding and fly-fishing on 6,000-plus private acres; at night, they unwind in the Silver Dollar Saloon. (From $850 per person, all inclusive) www.theranchatrockcreek.com

The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, a Montage Resort

Bluffton, South Carolina

A 20,000-acre former plantation on the banks of the May River with just 50 cottages and 30 private residences. A $100 million expansion led by Montage will almost quadruple its size; visit now, while the resort is still accessible to only a relative few. ($395–$2,500) montagehotels.com

Amangiri

Canyon Point, Utah

Adrian Zecha’s penchant for creating extraordinary resorts in out-of-the-way places is unrivaled. Amangiri—an off-the-grid hideaway nestled in the canyons of a 600-acre private reserve in Utah—might be the Amanresorts founder’s most impressive achievement to date. Opened in 2009 after more than a decade of construction, the 34-suite desert retreat is bound completely by nature, its clay-colored walls and serene swimming pools blending unobtrusively with the surrounding sandstone formations. Stone-and-concrete accommodations forgo elaborate decoration so as not to detract from the dramatic views, which are enjoyed through floor-to-ceiling glass doors and from cozy outdoor terraces with fireplaces. Following a climb on one of Amangiri’s via ferrata courses or a hike to nearby Ulrike’s Cave, guests can unwind in the 25,000-square-foot spa (where a flotation pool is filled with imported Dead Sea salts) and dine alfresco on the restaurant’s terrace amid towering plateaus and sprawling scrubland. ($1,100–$8,000) www.amanresorts.com —Jimmy Im

Montage Deer Valley

Park City, Utah

A refined mountain lodge set on the slopes of Deer Valley Resort, with ski-in/ski-out access to three high-speed chairlifts. The 154 rooms and 66 suites afford Wasatch and Uinta mountain views and are accompanied by four restaurants, a bowling alley, and Utah’s largest spa. ($250–$10,000) www.montagedeervalley.com

Twin Farms

Barnard, Vermont

“Winter is not a season,” Sinclair Lewis once said. “It’s an occupation.” New England winters can indeed seem an endless chore, but at Twin Farms—a country retreat set on the Nobel Prize–winning author’s former Vermont estate—even the most extreme weather can be a welcome reprieve. Spanning 300 acres of ponds (sometimes frozen), forests (often leafless), and meadows (occasionally blanketed with snow), the resort offers activities ranging from fishing and canoeing in the summer to skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. Twenty rooms, suites, and cottages are adorned with a combination of American folk art and antique furnishings, while original works by Jasper Johns, Milton Avery, and other luminaries decorate the 18th-century Main House. Guests gather at the house nightly for cocktails followed by a multicourse dinner showcasing such farm-fresh cuisine as juniper-berry duck breast with roasted-pumpkin risotto. A pub, a Japanese furo, and a small spa prove equally comforting—regardless of the conditions outside. ($1,450–$3,750, all inclusive) www.twinfarms.com  —Jackie Caradonio

Amangani

Jackson, Wyoming

Amanresorts’ first U.S. property is situated atop East Gros Ventre Butte and features 40 suites with rustic decor and panoramic views of the Grand Tetons. Guests can ski at Jackson Hole during winter months and fly-fish and bird-watch in the Snake River Valley in summer. ($875–$8,000) www.amanresorts.com

 

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