Welcome to our first feature of the new series: Top 8 Mancations. We’ll cover the best hotels for different guys’ needs. Yes, girls’ getaways are — well — girly and fun, but guys deserve some quality time to let loose as well.
First up: Husbands who need a break.
Don’t get us wrong, we’re not encouraging men to jump on a plane after every tiff, but don’t we all need a breather sometimes? These hotels accommodate those husbands who are looking for some alone time, party time (appropriate partying, of course), zen time, and more. Hey guys, escape here for some much needed rejuvenation.
Treat Yourself: The James New York
Haven’t been away in a while? If you’ve got some extra dollars to spare, now’s the time to put it to good use. This 114-room SoHo boutique, with a stunning rooftop bar and pool, nightly wine and cheese, restaurant by David Burke, and a hotel art curator, embodies the hip, creative neighborhood it inhabits. Its bright, minimalist rooms are full of thoughtful details to make you feel at home. Treat yourself to luxury, trend, and a happening New York neighborhood for a good dose of relaxation.
Chow Down: Los Angeles
LA may be known for its frequent celeb sightings, but while you’re drooling over Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson, don’t forget to drool over the top restaurants right at your fingertips. Gordon Ramsey at The London, CUT at the Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills, and One Pico at Shutters On The Beach are only a few of the top rated dining experiences you can take advantage of while you’re in the city of the stars.
Get Bronze: The Setai, Miami
Located on the northern side of South Beach at 20th Street, the Setai’s stretch of beachfront is considerably removed from the crowds. Teak lounge chairs in slate-colored cushions are spread a civilized distance from one another, though any one of the many beach attendants will gladly heave the lounger to the sunny — or shady — spot of your choice. In addition to the standard cocktail and snack services, the Setai also offers free spritzes of Evian water, iPods (to borrow), and fashion magazines.
Perfect Your Swing: Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas, Hawaii
If you golf, go all out for this trip. Next to two golf courses, including the Prince, Golf Digest’s No. 1 Hawaii course, Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas is the place to stay for golf-lovers. wo well-regarded courses are adjacent to the Westin Princeville. The first, the Prince, has breathtaking views along Princeville’s cliffs. The second, Makai, a 27-hole monster, was renovated in 2009. The Prince Golf Course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. 18 holes, 7,309 yards, par 72, on 390 acres. The golf carts are equipped with GPS systems. The 13-acre practice facility has a 1,200-square-foot putting green and an additional 1,200-square-foot chipping green. PGA-pro private lessons are available.
Party On: Encore at Wynn Las Vegas
This gigantic luxury hotel is focused on great food, gambling, elaborate (and enormous) rooms, and parties throughout the week and weekend. Opened in December 2008, the 2,034-room Encore is about pure opulence; not surreal, family-friendly showmanship. Its giant rooms one-up even the Wynn’s (Encore’s sister next door) and include such snazzy features as bedside curtain control, beautiful design, and an enormous bathroom. The rooms stand toe-to-toe with the Palazzo’s and THEhotel’s as the best in Vegas.
Sweat It Out: Canyon Ranch Miami
This luxurious 70,000 square-foot spa and fitness center will keep you burning calories while having fun. The gym’s rock-climbing wall is a distinctive feature, and floor-to-ceiling windows offer ocean views from dozens of cardio machines. Every day, some 40 free fitness classes are offered throughout the property, from Sunrise Yoga to Beach Conditioning.
Get Zen: The St. Regis San Francisco
The 9,000-square-foot Remede Spa boasts beautiful facilities, an extensive service menu, and a serene 24-hour indoor pool complete with poolside drink and food service. For just $15 a day, all hotel guests can use the whirlpools, steam rooms, and saunas, plus relaxation rooms that serve chocolate truffles and champagne.
Take the Pooch: Hotel Marlowe, Boston
The 9,000-square-foot Remede Spa boasts beautiful facilities, an extensive service menu, and a serene 24-hour indoor pool complete with poolside drink and food service. For just $15 a day, all hotel guests can use the whirlpools, steam rooms, and saunas, plus relaxation rooms that serve chocolate truffles and champagne.The enthusiastically pet-friendly Hotel Marlowe, a playful Cambridge property with quality service, an array of free perks, and a “discovery” theme, loves all pets — and we mean all. It has even hosted a penguin and a sloth. More conventional four-legged guests can use the dog bowls with food and water outside the entrance, and their owners can order treats for their beloved pals from room service. Pets stay free of charge, and after five visits they receive a lunchbox full of goodies. The staff orders extra-special pet treats, such as a pet birthday cakes, from their “preferred dog treat shop” Polka Dog Bakery.
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