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From Romance To Family-Friendly: 5 Vacation Destinations For Your Next Luxury Getaway

published on January 10, 2023 by

Whether you’re in the mood for a romantic couples’ getaway or an all-ages family trip, it’s time to plan that over-the-top vacation you’ve been dreaming about. As always, RedWeek is here to inspire (and offer prices on great luxury resorts that won’t use up your entire travel budget!). 

Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico

The Destination: Located just north of Puerto Vallarta on the beautiful Banderas Bay, Nuevo Vallarta is a Mexican vacation destination that your whole family will love. The resorts here are as glamorous as can be, with easy beach access, restorative wellness options, fine dining and more. But luxury travel isn’t just about the shiny stuff. Nuevo Vallarta is also a place for experiential luxury, whether you’re getting an exclusive tour of a lush rainforest or setting sail on a private yacht to the secluded Marieta Islands just off the coast. 

The Can’t-Miss Luxurious Experience: The Grand Luxxe at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta is home to two of the region’s most renowned golf courses, including the 18-hole Norman Signature Course. With a layout that winds around the Ameca River, the views of the Sierra Madres are as spectacular as the course is challenging.  

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The Resort: The AAA 5 Diamond Grand Luxxe at Vidanta Nuevo Vallarta is a place that your entire crew might want to move into permanently. Located by the Wave Pool, the Kid’s Club for ages 5-12 offers an array of daily activities, as well as weekly theme nights (Pirate Nights, Pajama Parties and more) where parents can drop off the little ones and enjoy an evening out.  

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

The Destination: If the Caribbean is calling you in 2023, the tropical paradise known as Grand Cayman awaits. The largest of the three Cayman islands is a destination with a wealth of postcard-ready beaches, upscale shopping options, rich culture and amazing wildlife; if you visit with kids, don’t miss Stingray City, a series of shallow sandbars where you can swim with friendly stingrays! Grand Cayman is also perfect for a winter escape, with temperatures that stay in that ideal mid-70s to low-80s zone throughout the season. 

The Can’t-Miss Luxurious Experience: Grand Cayman has a reputation as the art capital of the Caribbean. Get started on a cultural deep dive at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands, where you’ll find an impressive collection of Caymanian and international masterpieces. 

The Resort: The super-penthouse suites at Marriott’s Grand Resort offer all the comforts of home — with the added bonus of unobstructed views of the Caribbean Sea. 

Aspen, Colorado

The Destination: If sun and sand aren’t what you had in mind for your 2023 luxury vacation, Aspen provides an excellent alternative. Set in the heart of Colorado’s majestic Rocky Mountains, this destination is where the international jet set come to play in the snow. The skiing and snowboarding are unparalleled — and so is the dining scene. Throughout Aspen’s glittering downtown, you’ll find an array of diverse eateries helmed by some of the best chefs in the world. 

The Can’t-Miss Luxurious Experience: We don’t think of luxury when we think of consignment stores. But things are different in Aspen. The upscale Little Bird boutique features an unbelievable selection of vintage buried treasure. 

Check out RedWeek’s Aspen travel guide

The Resort: Located right at the base of Aspen Highlands Ski Area, the Ritz-Carlton Club, Aspen Highlands boasts all the luxurious amenities you expect from the Ritz-Carlton brand, including spacious suites, an attention-to-detail staff, slope-side heated pools and much more. 

Scottsdale, Arizona

The Destination: Located less than a half-hour from Phoenix, Scottsdale is an easily accessible playground for all ages in the scenic Sonoran Desert. This is a destination filled with great golf courses, fantastic spa options and alluring cuisine, all wrapped up in a laid-back-but-luxurious package. It’s also a good spot if you’re traveling with kids, with plenty of family friendly attractions and activities, including the amazing Butterfly Wonderland, home to thousands of free-flying butterflies. 

The Can’t-Miss Luxurious Experience: See the Sonoran Desert from an elevated perspective. In Scottsdale, there are many hot air balloon outfitters who can take you above it all for breathtaking rides into the clouds — up to 5,000 feet above the ground. 

Check out RedWeek’s Scottsdale travel guide. 

The Resort: Spanning 10 acres of extraordinary Sonoran Desert landscape, the Westin Kierland Villas offer guests rest and relaxation in a luxurious setting. Golfers take note: the 27-hole course is one of Scottsdale’s best links experiences.

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