The holidays are right around the corner and that can mean stress and chaos. Why not skip the pandemonium and escape LA this year? We rounded up five zen-like sanctuaries perfect for a holiday retreat.
Located inside the AAA Four Diamond awarded Moon Palace Cancun, The Grand offers a boutique experience within a remarkable and expansive world-class resort. The property boasts more than 1,300 guest rooms, a contemporary lobby, five swim-up bars, a gorgeous beach club, nine outdoor swimming pools, and 17 food and beverage outlets. The paradise destination also has countless activities for children from a water park to a gymnasium to a bowling alley. In addition, The Grand features a wide variety of cuisine throughout the property from Lebanese to Italian to Peruvian to Caribbean with Palace Resorts being the first and only luxury, all inclusive chain to offer Certified Angus Beef at it’s properties—truly elevating the experience for guests. This holiday season The Moon Palace is featuring some A-list entertainment, including The Backstreet Boys who are bringing their “Large Than Life” Tour to the locale on December 29. Carretera Cancun-Chetumal Km. 340, Riviera Maya, Cancun, QROO, Mexico
Nestled on the Big Island of Hawaii, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is the perfect sanctuary to escape the hectic LA holiday chaos. The zen paradise provides the perfect setting to sip handcrafted cocktails on white sand beaches while enjoying endless ocean views. The property features 252 newly renovated guestrooms, 10 suites, and a recently redesigned fine dining outlet, Manta Restaurant. The luxurious resort boasts a remarkable collection of Asian and Pacific art curated by Laurance S. Rockefeller and is perfect for the golfing Angeleno—you can find the Big Island’s first-ever golf course at this picturesque property. 62-100 Mauna Kea Beach Dr., Kohala Coast, Hawaii, 808-882-7222
The Ojai Valley Inn is the perfect escape for Angelenos looking to stay local this holiday season. Just a 90-minute drive north of Los Angeles, the resort has everything you need to find your zen before the New Year—a 31,000 square-foot luxury spa, an 18-hole golf course, fine dining, and stunning views of unspoiled natural beauty. The sanctuary also features four heated swimming pools, whirlpools, and a full service tennis court. 905 Country Club Rd., Ojai, 855-591-1802
The W Punta de Mita is perfect getaway this holiday season if surfing and the “best of the beach” is your thing. The resort is an indigenous-inspired escape located on Mexico’s Riviera Nayarit. The sanctuary has 119 guest villas with surf-inspired art,artisanal Mexican tiled floors, and other unique design touches. The property has an AWAY Spa, WAVE Surf Shop and WET Deck—everything you need to detox and retox. If you want to step it up this holiday season, book their Extreme WOW Suite. It is a 3,626 square-foot, two-bedroom palace, complete with ﬂoor-to-ceiling glass windows and a giant dining room table. Km 8.5 Carretera Punta de Mita, Desarrollo Costa Banderas, Punta de Mita, Nay., Mexico