As the pandemic continues to affect the way we live, hoteliers and travelers alike are innovating and transforming the way we can travel. For some, that means staying local, but for those who can get farther afield safely, the hotel buyout is the latest travel trend. Offering safety, privacy, and optimal social distancing, buying out an entire hotel for your nearest and dearest presents an ideal way to experience luxury travel with all the trimmings. Ranging in size from dozens (or hundreds) of rooms to just a handful, luxury hotels that offer buyouts usually come with perks like private pools and beaches, personal chefs and butlers, and spas and restaurants all to yourself. Here are the top luxury hotel buyouts to book for your next vacation.
This charming motel-turned chic Palm Springs hideaway can be bought out at standard room rates (plus a $5,000 event fee) to make your desert dreams come true. There are nine color-themed rooms and suites with hand-painted tiles, rattan furniture, original murals, and vintage posters, as well as two extra-special rooms with details like a Parisian elevator-turned-canopy bed and a custom Christian LaCroix wallpaper and ceiling mural. Loll the day away at the 1960s-era restored tiled pool by famous pool designer Maurice Libbot that’s surrounded by fringed umbrellas and striped cabanas, or gather around the fire pit, relax on rattan swings, and even try to get a hole-in-one at the secret three-hole putting green. Oh, and be sure to ask about the “Magic Menu” for fun add-ons.
Ideal for weekend getaways from New York City, this new charmer in the Hudson Valley has eleven rooms that are perfect for small group takeovers. In the middle of the restaurant- and shop-filled Warren Street, the hotel is spread across three carefully restructured historic buildings—an 1800s-era carriage house, a Georgian mansion, and a Greek revival building—and features original architecture melded with detailed work done by local craftspeople, celebrating the world of makers. Each of the rooms is distinct, with bohemian decor that draws from the belle epoque, art deco, and mid-century modern periods. Expect your guests to fight over who gets to sleep in the four maker studios, which are each inspired by a different creative: the Architect, the Artist, the Writer, and the Gardner. The hotel also has a European-style café, a full-service restaurant inside a glass conservatory, a sexy cocktail lounge, a library with books selected by New York City’s Strand Book Store, and Hudson’s first hotel pool.
Really get away from it all (read: no Wi-Fi!) at this hotel perched atop a glacier in Denali—you even have to take a helicopter just to get there. Up to ten people can take over the five-bedroom chalet (from $35,000 per couple for three nights) and experience Denali like never before. All gear, two adventure guides, a concierge, a personal chef preparing gourmet meals with premium wine pairings, guided glacier adventures, snowshoe treks, gourmet picnics inside an igloo, exploring an ice cave, and the helicopter transport to and from the chalet are included in the buyout package. Guests will enjoy the five acres of scenic private property with dramatic vistas of the Alaska Range and might even get to see the spectacular Northern Lights. Add on flight-seeing tours and other adventures.
The latest from chic lifestyle hotel brand Life House, this Nantucket property brings the company's aesthetic to Cape Cod and New England for the first time. Located inside a restored Coastal Federal-style mansion built in the 1830s by Captain Robert Calder, who lived there and ran it as an inn, the hotel celebrates the area’s legacy, with local art, vintage artifacts, and details like raffia writing desks. A buyout (from $3,000 per night in low season) includes all 14 rooms, which have Le Labo bath products, Marshall speakers, and Revival luxury linens; a lush garden terrace with daybed loungers and fire pit; cozy living area with fireplace, and a kitchen stocked with grab and go delights.
This iconic Santa Fe hotel is celebrating its 30th anniversary this fall with a range of special experiences, including offering a full buyout of the property (from $30,000 for two nights). The package includes 30 of the hotel's deluxe rooms and suites, a private tequila tasting at the Anasazi Restaurant’s Tequila Table, and add-ons like private meals from Executive Chef de Cuisine Julio Cabrera. Rooms feature gas-lit traditional adobe kiva fireplaces, hardwood floors, and Southwestern style textiles. There is also a state-of-the-art fitness center and spa room.
An upscale boutique hotel that opened in July in Santa Barbara wine country, the Winston is inside the city’s historic Old Mill Clock Tower. The 14 rooms—many with exposed wooden beams—and public spaces are outfitted with pieces collected from around the world, bold colors, interesting textures, and contrasting patterns, giving them an eclectic, bohemian feel. Buyouts start from $5,000 per night and include breakfast delivered to your room and an honor bar stocked with local wines and snacks, making it the perfect girlfriend getaway.
A stunning new retreat in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, the Studio Tack-designed property and its 125 chic rooms can be bought out (starting at $102,000 per night) for a lakefront getaway. Buyouts include spa treatments at the wellness center by British skincare expert Alexandra Soveral, all meals at either the seasonal Rose Tavern restaurant or the poolside Sand Bar for casual fare, boat excursions, hikes, yoga classes, and access to the pool and hot tub. To get there even faster, book the seaplane straight from New York City’s East River to the lake.
For a luxe city escape, this stunning hotel-in-the-sky that opened in 2019 in the center of Philly can be all yours (or buy out just one floor). Four Seasons Philadelphia occupies the top 12 floors of the new Norman Foster-designed 60-story Comcast Technology Center, making it the highest hotel in North America. Aside from plush rooms with epic views, you'll have access to the 57th floor's crystal-themed spa and an indoor infinity pool that will have you feeling like you're swimming in the clouds. Plus, you can dine at Jean-Georges Philadelphia and Vernick Fish, by James Beard award-winning chef Greg Vernick, and have a drink at JG Skyhigh on the 60th floor.
For those who want a dash of European style, this Leading Hotels of the World member hotel in the heart of the Berkshires was built in 1893 and modeled after an Italian palazzo. Decked out with marble, Tiffany stained glass, and original molding, the mansion has 19 rooms, an outdoor heated pool, fitness room, bicycles, paddleboards, kayaks, tennis court, and spa services. Buyouts, which start at $24,000 per night, include exclusive use of property, custom menus by Forbes Five-Star Chef Jeffrey Thompson, daily breakfast, champagne upon arrival, and soft drinks.
For the ultimate Telluride ski vacation, take over this mountain getaway’s 18 deluxe residences that range from one to five bedrooms (from $20,500 per night) and enjoy detailed, personalized service from the attentive staff. Start the morning with a locally sourced organic breakfast hamper placed in each residence (which also have full kitchens that can come with private chefs upon request). Enjoy in-residence ski and book fittings and after hitting the slopes, check out the private pool and gym. Guests can also hire private guides for a backcountry ski or snowmobile journey, or go all out with a heliski adventure. Private charter flights can also be arranged.
While this luxe Waikiki hotel already provides plenty of privacy—each suite is already on its own floor and there are only nine of them—a full buyout (from $45,000 per night) makes an ideal Hawaiian getaway. Each suite has two or three bedrooms, four bathrooms, personal elevator entry, a state-of-the-art kitchen, dry sauna, and a Jacuzzi-clad balcony overlooking Waikiki Beach. The ultra-private experience also includes access to contactless personal styling through the hotel’s partnership with Neiman Marcus, butler service, and personal use of the hotel’s fleet of luxury vehicles.
Imagine you and up to 20 of your besties hanging out 1,000 rescued wild mustangs, and you’ll have an idea of what a buyout (starting at $26,000 per night) of this eco-reserve retreat in northern Nevada would be like. Mustang Monument is spread over 900 square miles of wilderness and includes 10 homestead safari-style cottages and outdoor activities like ATV rides, rappelling, and archery, as well as horseback riding, horse-drawn wagon rides, sunrise horse feedings, and wild mustang safari adventures. Best of all, proceeds from every stay directly benefit Saving America’s Mustangs organization.
Hit up this swanky resort in the Florida Keys with up to 270 friends. For a buyout starting at just $135,000 per night, you can take over the property’s 12 island acres, 1,000 feet of waterfront shoreline, and all of its amenities. You’ll have access to 135 private bungalows—each outfitted with a bougainvillea-laden veranda, alfresco soaking tub, and outdoor garden shower—as well as three restaurants, two bars, two pools and Jacuzzis, a fitness center with Peloton equipment, cruiser bicycles, paddleboards, and kayaks. Not enough? Add on seaplane excursions, sunset cruises, and spa treatments.