It's that dreaded time of year again, when receipts come out of the shoebox and numbers have to be crunched. It can be a painful experience, but tax time might come with one silver lining: refunds. If you were fortunate enough to get some of your hard earned cash back from the government this year, why not splurge on a fun and fabulous hotel stay? We rounded up our picks of seven hotels we think are worth the splurge for everyone from families to beach lovers to hardcore partiers. April 15th only comes once a year (thankfully), but vacation memories last a lifetime.
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For Spa Bliss
Parrot Cay and COMO Shambhala Retreat in Turks and Caicos has one of the best spas in the world. It includes an infinity-edge pool (separate from the resort’s public pool), whirlpools, steam rooms, and yoga and Pilates studios. Ayurveda treatments and gorgeous views of the sparkling Caribbean Sea combine Eastern healing and tropical landscapes. Amp up the luxury with 24-hour butler service in a two-room villa.
For Family Fun
For families with little ones that don’t want to pick between fast access to Disney’s theme parks and loads of outdoor water activities for kids, it’s hard to beat Reunion Resort in Orlando. One-bedroom condo-style units, or eight bedroom private homes, are equipped with full kitchens and furnished patios that overlook the golf course. Outside, kids can wear themselves out in 11 swimming pools, a lazy river, and a five-acre water park. It’s a 15-minute drive to Walt Disney World.
For Shopping and Celebrity Sightings
Located across the street from iconic Rodeo Drive, the Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills Hotel is a glamorous and convenient choice for guests who want to walk to Louis Vuitton in the morning, have a swim and lunch by the pool, and get a diamond facial in the afternoon. CUT by Wolfgang Puck is a known hot spot for celebrities. Contemporary rooms have pool and city views from furnished balconies — plus plenty of room for storing shopping bags.
For Couples Only
For couples seeking quiet and romance, it doesn’t get much better than Jade Mountain Resort in St. Lucia. Kids (and TVs) aren’t allowed at this off-the-beaten path resort that includes 29 expansive suites — called “sanctuaries” — with private infinity-edge pools and epic views of Jade Mountain. Butler service, 24-hour room service, and a gourmet restaurant that serves organic fare round out the luxe features.
For a Tropical Beach Vacation
A Hawaiian beach vacation is at the top of many bucket lists and we can’t think of a better option than the Grand Wailea Resort Hotel and Spa. Wailea is a resort development that includes two miles of sandy beach, an open-air mall, and four professional golf courses. Back at the hotel, guests sleep in huge rooms with plantation-design style; most have balconies overlooking the water. The Wailea Canyon Activity Pool complex includes waterslides, a swim-up bar, and a water elevator. Couples will appreciate the adults-only pool and relaxing spa.
For All-Inclusive Fun
The Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort is one of the crown jewels in Cancun’s collection of all-inclusive properties. Swimming with dolphins, a surf simulator, quiet beach, golf course, and 20 restaurants are just some of the amenities on offer for guests. Rooms are more than just places to sleep between activities — contemporary style and spa tubs keep things luxe, as do iPod docks and Lavazza coffeemakers.
For a Party
If you’re looking to really blow off tax-induced steam, book a flight to Las Vegas for the non-stop parties inside the casino, nightclubs, and artificial beach pools at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Iconic rock-and-roll paraphernalia, like Keith Richard’s guitar and amazing restaurants like Nobu, draw celebrity clientele. After all, this is the casino where Ben Affleck was caught counting cards. Guests can take pole dancing classes on-site or throw back tequila shots at Pink Taco.