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6 Getaways for Grown-up Tastes

Article by Jeff Ficker

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 seasonal outdoor ice rink in the winter.  Wind down with après-ski libations next to the fire in The Great Room.

Ideal for: Siblings and spouses

A chairlift glides above a snowy mountain.

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. From your home base at The Ritz-Carlton, New Orleans, 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

Colorful clouds behind a large building with three steeples

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 or cycle through old-growth redwood forest in Big Basin, California’s oldest state park, where some trails lead to the Pacific Ocean.  

Ideal for: A mother-daughter excursion

A woman tends to a vineyard on a foggy mountain.

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