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6 Adult Family Vacation Ideas

Article by Jeff Ficker 10.20.2016

Sometimes, a family vacation can be better suited as an adults-only getaway, with activities and destinations tailored to sophisticated tastes. Whether you’re overdue to reconnect with far-flung siblings or celebrating a milestone accomplishment or event, your options abound — including these six suggestions that offer opportunities to share experiences and make new memories.

1. Miami Nice: A Spa-and-Shopping Weekend
Its beaches are legendary, of course, but Miami has additional tricks up its sleeve. Fine art aficionados flock to Art Basel, creatives gather in the Design District and the fashion-forward peruse the Bal Harbour Shops. No matter how luxe the environs, an afternoon strolling about with stylish stilettos can take its toll, so reinvigorate with a Sole Reviver foot massage and Body Balancer treatment at The Ritz-Carlton Spa, South Beach.

Ideal for: A sisterly getaway

Woman walking along the road in Miami, Florida
Photographed by Blasius Erlinger

2. Mountain Pleasures: Skis and Snow in Colorado

Guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch can hit the slopes with ease thanks to unparalleled ski-in, ski-out access on Beaver Creek Mountain and ski valets. For those who prefer blades over skis, the nearby village of Beaver Creek offers a year-round outdoor ice rink.  Wind down with elevated libations and a selection from the humidor at Bachelors Lounge, the Vail Valley’s only cigar lounge.

Ideal for: Siblings and spouses

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3. High Spirits: Explore New Orleans’ Vibrant Character

The French Quarter is suffused with New Orleans spirit and history, home to jazz haunts, grand Southern Creole restaurants and architectural marvels from the antebellum and beaux-arts periods. Stroll down the streets and enjoy a locally inspired cocktail — the Sazerac, Ramos Gin Fizz and Vieux Carré were all invented in New Orleans. Hop on the red streetcar line to City Park and the New Orleans Museum of Art.

Ideal for: Quality time with parents

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4. Aguas Frescas: Big Adventures in Cancun, Mexico

Strap on the snorkel and scuba gear — the cerulean waters around Cancun are laden with visual treasures, including the more than 500 permanent life-size statues scattered and permanently fixed to more than 4,500 square feet of seabed at the Museo Subacuático de Arte. Explore the flooded caves at Sistema Dos Ojos, sprawl on the brilliant white beach of The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun or venture to higher ground to explore Mayan ruins at Coba or Chichen-Itza.

Ideal for: A band of adventurous brothers 

Coba Mayan Ruins in Mexico Yucatan

5. Grape Escape: Relax in Northern California

The Santa Cruz Mountains region near The Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay is dotted with more than 70 wineries offering samples of everything from pinots and merlots to chardonnays and cabernets. Those who prefer trails to tasting rooms can hike through old-growth redwood forest in California’s oldest state park, or bicycle through Big Basin to the Pacific Ocean.  

Ideal for: A mother-daughter excursion

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Photographed by Erin Kunkel

6. Sun and Fun: Golf and Hike in the Arizona Desert

The Sonoran Desert climate inspires a slew of outdoor adventures. Trailheads beckon at the base of the rugged Tortolita Mountains north of Tucson. For those who prefer to traverse flatter terrain, 27 tour-quality holes designed by Jack Nicklaus meander amid a symphony of saguaros at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain. After a day of hiking or golf, sample the selection of Arizona craft beers and margaritas at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain.

Ideal for: Father-son bonding

Golf greens and fairways with mountains in the background

Plan Your Stay in These Destinations


  • South Beach

    Location Miami Beach, Florida

    Experience Miami Beach’s most well-known, vibrant community.

    • A landmark hotel since 1953
    • Allure Magazine’s Best Day Spa in Miami
    • Steps from Ocean Drive and Lincoln Road
  • Bachelor Gulch

    Location Beaver Creek, Colorado

    Experience An escape to the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

    • Unparalleled ski-in, ski-out access
    • Exceptional Residential and Penthouse Suites
    • World-class spa with seasonal treatments
  • New Orleans

    Location New Orleans, Louisiana

    Experience Enjoy a Celebration of the Senses.

    • Explore the iconic French Quarter steps away
    • Enjoy jazz in our Davenport Lounge
    • Relax in the Maison Orleans Club
  • Cancun

    Location Cancun, Mexico

    Experience A luxurious retreat along Mexico’s Mayan coastline.

    • AAA Five Diamond Awarded resort & restaurants
    • Ancient Mayan therapies at Kayantá Spa
    • Culinary Center & interactive cooking classes
  • Half Moon Bay

    Location Half Moon Bay, California

    Experience The tranquility of the California coast.

    • Outdoor fire pits overlook the Pacific
    • Dining with floor-to-ceiling ocean views
    • Legendary championship golf courses
  • Dove Mountain

    Location Marana, Arizona

    Experience A luxury wellness resort that heals through eco-holistic remedies.

    • World-class hiking and mountain biking
    • Spa therapies honed by ancient remedies
    • #1 Spa in Arizona by readers of Condé Nast 
  • Bali, Ubud, Mandapa

    Location Bali, Indonesia

    Experience A sanctuary set among rolling hills, a river and rice terrace.

    • Discover hidden templates and lush forests
    • Romantic, private dining experiences
    • Wellness programs for mind, body and soul
  • Reynolds, Lake Oconee

    Location Lake Oconee, Georgia

    Experience Enjoy fishing, waterskiing, jet skiing, paddle boarding & more

    • 75 miles from Atlanta on 30 acres of shoreline
    • Lakeside cottages, championship golf, locally inspired cuisine
    • Recently renovated infinity pool and spa
  • San Juan

    Location San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Experience A resort offering a peaceful retreat near Old San Juan.

    • Eight beachfront acres in Isla Verde
    • El Yunque Rainforest inspired spa therapies
    • Al fresco dining with local flavors