For many, traveling to a new destination means packing in as many things as possible into the daylight hours. To those folks, we say, there's a lot more to be accomplished after the sun sets too. At least that's what many hotels are thinking these days. In fact, accommodations around the world have started to offer nighttime-specific amenities and experiences to keep the adventure going long after dark. Here, we pulled together some of those amazing late-night offerings.
Viceroy Riviera Maya‘s pool butlers set the scene for an incredibly sensual evening for you and your sweetheart. Aromatherapy, candles, lanterns, music, food, drink, and a few more special touches turn private pools into romantic oases under the stars. The whole shebang can be set up as late as 9:30 p.m, but go ahead and enjoy the experience late into the evening. Bonus: plush robes and towels are also included.
The Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco offers an even more romantic way to take in the breathtaking Tuscan countryside. Guests can gallop into the sunset on horseback, ending their journey with an exploration of a medieval villa. Seasoned riders can opt for the expert equestrian tour, which goes deep into the countryside and includes the option of stopping at a local osteria or farmhouse to taste local delicacies. Either way, you’ll enjoy the scenery of rolling green hills, forest paths, vineyards, and historic villas — all of which become more magical by moonlight.
This isn’t your typical football tailgate. In honor of Santa Fe Opera’s 60th anniversary, Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi introduced a package that helps guests obtain highly sought-after opera tickets, arranges exclusive behind-the-scene activities with opera members, and coordinates a gourmet picnic complete with candles and wine glasses.
Several properties offer this enchanting and educational experience, but two in particular stand out. First up is L’Auberge de Sedona, which takes advantage of its expansive starlit sky by offering a tour with expert astronomer Dennis Young. Participants will have the chance to gaze up at the stunning starry spread through two massive telescopes. Then there’s the Bitter End Yacht Club in the British Virgin Islands, which provides a weekly stargazing cruise plus private beach dinner.
Located on 60,000 scenic desert acres, Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson offers a bi-weekly outdoor barbecue under the stars. Guests walk down to the ranch’s Cottonwood Grove, where they’ll be met with soaring cottonwood trees, an old-fashioned chuck wagon bar, wood-burning stove, and mesquite grill. Live music adds to atmosphere, so boogie into the night before taking a seat fireside with an expert astronomer.
Those looking for the ultimate way to view the shining Turks and Caicos stars should opt for moonbathing at The Palms. Taking R&R to the next level, the experience welcomes guests to relax on lounge chairs on Grace Bay Beach while receiving mini spa treatments and post-dinner cocktails.
It’s called the City That Never Sleeps, so why not take advantage of all that New York City has to offer after dark? Start at The Muse, which presents a package that does just that. The offering includes luxury accommodations, round-trip transportation from the hotel in a limousine with an mixologist, and VIP entry at venues like Bathtub Gin, The Skylark, and The Back Room.
Some folks read and watch television before hitting the hay, others cap off their day with a round of golf. Located on 1,100 acres of tropical rainforest, Los Suenos Marriott Ocean & Golf Resort illuminates its 18-hole La Iguana Golf Course with multi-colored lights so that groups can enjoy a late-night game. Talk about a real hole-in-one feature.
W Retreat & Spa on Vieques Island features monthly complimentary glow-in-the-dark yoga classes. In other words, guests can perfect their mountain pose in the dark during an electrifying Strala yoga session. Body paint, fluorescent black lights, glow bands, and other perks are also offered.
Solage Calistoga has created a spa experience that invites couples to privately connect under a blanket of stars. With the bathhouse to themselves, lovebirds can intimately soak in the healing geo-thermal pools and mineral-rich mud therapy areas before making a toast with two glasses of sparkling wine and dessert.
Paradisus Playa del Carmen La Esmeralda and The Reserve at Paradisus Punta Cana both offer special slumber parties in the Kids Zone. The nighttime festivities, which include themed games and dance contests prepared by supervisors, give grown-ups the chance to unwind on their own. Little ones should BYO pajamas for the bash, too.
In addition to a whole host of top-notch amenities, The Royal Hideaway Playacar in Playa del Carmen houses a beautiful spa that offers full-service treatments like moonlight massages. What to expect: couples arrive at the beach through a candlelit path before enjoying an outdoor 80-minute rub down. Then, top off the tender evening with a bottle of sparkling wine by the sea.
Each evening, the staff at The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa invites guests to partake in a ritual toast with local whiskey (Copper City Bourbon) around the fire pits, followed by some s’mores. The gathering, including the shot of booze, pays tribute to the campfires that symbolized a place of light, safety, and hospitality for travelers in territorial Arizona. And since all ages are welcome, non-alcoholic beverages like Sarsaparilla and root beer are served up, too.
The Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh is shaking up your nightcap routine for the better. Choose from an extensive menu of spirits and have a proper tasting experience awaiting in your room. The treat also includes a decorative silver platter that’s covered in linen and topped with glassware, a tumbler of whiskey and water, and an ice bucket with tongs.
Night Snorkeling at The Cotton House
Mustique, a stunning 1,400-acre private island, offers an extensive range of PADI scuba diving courses, including night lessons. Additionally, the island offers nighttime snorkeling for all visitors. Those staying at The Cotton House, the island’s charming 18-room boutique hotel, can have the evening activities specially arranged.
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman also offers a similar experience, in which guests are equipped with snorkeling gear and a flashlight before being sent out to explore the marine life come nightfall.
Guided Night Hike at Omni Bedford Springs Resort
Guests at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort will have the opportunity to test out the rather unique night hike. Before heading out onto the trail, guides blindfold participants, place a safety rope in their right hand, and instruct them to place their left hand on the shoulder of the person in front of them. During the trek, participants will examine their night vision and heightened sensory awareness.