Discover The Most Relaxing Resort Experiences Across the U.S.

There’s nothing like the reinvigorating feeling that comes with taking a step back, taking a deep breath in, and simply taking a rest. Whether it’s scrolling on social media or watching your favorite movies where the main character learns about “dolce far niente” in a foreign escape, relaxation seems a lot more complicated than it has to be. Believe it or not, you don’t have to quit your job, fly to a different country, and leave behind everything you know to have an Eat, Pray, Love experience. Adding calm above the calamity, and a sense of refreshed renewal is a resort experience along the coast—specifically with your name on it.

At Independent Collection Hotels & Resorts, little imagination is needed to dream about crystal waters, a sense of nonstop liveliness, and endless possibilities for relaxation. From an array of coastal adventures to leisurely resting spots, we’re here to help you discover the most relaxing resort experiences across the U.S., so you can rest easy without the hassle of a complicated itinerary. If you’ve been craving a place to find your free-spirited sense of adventure while living your main character moment, look no further than these premier resorts. You’re dolce far niente experience awaits.

Parrot Key Hotel & Villas

Speaking of main characters, there’s nothing like stepping into your dream of being a carefree islander in the Florida Keys. A tropical treat for all the senses, Parrot Key Hotel & Villas is one of Florida’s top resort destinations, offering every visitor an experience that will do more than just offer a relaxing space to unwind. Inspired by the islands around, Parrot Key Hotel & Villas is an oceanside oasis that fuses together tropical dining, island-inspired accommodations, thrilling water adventures, and a vibrant buzz to both invigorate and relax all who visit.

As the southernmost point of Florida, Key West is a prime location filled with pristine, white sands and glimmering pools of water to help beat the heat. In a world that is constantly on the go, Key West is an invitation to slow down and take in the sights and sounds that lay like a movie screen in front of you.

Thankfully, there’s no need to press pause here as you spend your time relaxing with a slow-paced visit to Parrot Key’s spa partner, Ocean Wellness Spa & Salon, or spend an exciting day filled with water sports, beach games, and an awe-inspiring dolphin-watching excursion. At Parrot Key, every waterfront adventure is meant to fuel you with a greater love for the water and the thrill of trying something new. 

As you go paddle boarding, jet skiing, snorkeling, or golfing, you’ll be left feeling energized and ready for the next adventure, without having to travel far. For those who spend their days dreaming of crystal waters and endless coastline walks, Parrot Key offers a complimentary shuttle to Smathers Beach so you can live out your dream of living on the coast, even if it’s just for a short getaway.

Whether you’re traveling alone on a self-care retreat or traveling with family for quality time together, Parrot Key is a sanctuary for parties of all sizes, with rooms, suites, and villas to choose from. Each guest room features a porch that overlooks either lush, tropical gardens or striking views of the Gulf of Mexico. Providing some of the largest guest rooms among Key West waterfront hotels, each room is thoughtfully designed with an island-aesthetic touch and decorated with premium furnishings and inspiring artwork, poised to paint a picture of true relaxation.

Looking to truly pamper yourself? Elevate your stay by choosing one of the lavish suites and villas offered. Perfect for groups or families, suites offer an expansive, bi-level space with a living room, master bath, soaking tub, and private balcony to take in the cool island breeze and views. Villas on the other hand offer a white-sand terrace, a porch with salt canal views, and added privacy between shared spaces for up to eight people. All three options are fitted with plush bedding, so you can go from seaside siesta to waterfront dreaming at any time of the day.

After you’ve worked up an appetite, indulge your palate with a taste of the Caribbean at The Grove Kitchen & Bar. You can kick start your morning with a refreshing mimosa paired with breakfast tacos, and fuel up after the beach with savory bites and fresh ceviche for dinner. Featuring an expansive menu filled with delectable seafood and craft cocktails, every item packs a punch of true, island flavor.

The Sanctuary Beach Resort

From island flair to a Pacific escape, head to The Sanctuary Beach Resort to relax in the beauty of Monterey Bay. Set along 19 miles of shoreline, your eyes will be met with a revitalizing sight as Monterey Bay’s stunning sand dunes meet the splash of breaking waves. From local wineries to Big Sur hikes, The Sanctuary is surrounded by a world of West Coast treasures to discover.

The Sanctuary offers the perfect balance between exhilaration and a serene oasis to help you find a sense of calm. Here, you can start your day with on-site activities like beach yoga, a hike on the dunes, or even a peaceful walk, enjoying the resort’s private beach access. To explore the greater beauty of Monterey, borrow one of The Sanctuary’s complimentary beach cruisers and immerse yourself in the picturesque setting around you. For a more thrilling adventure throughout the day, The Sanctuary’s Guest Excursion Team can help set you up for a whale-watching excursion, sure to leave you breathless.

Adding a soothing finish to the day’s thrills are the cottage-style accommodations that envelop guests with a relaxing coastal charm. Set up as bungalows on the beach, each room and suite offers private terraces and patios to take in the captivating views of the Pacific. Complimenting the comforts of luxe bedding and sophisticated in-room amenities, are the gas fireplaces in each room to keep you warm throughout those breezy nights. The Sanctuary also prides itself on catering each stay to every guest’s needs, which is why the resort also offers ADA accessible rooms, and pet-friendly accommodations for those who want to relax alongside their furry friends.

Throughout your stay, don’t forget to visit Salt Wood Kitchen + Oysterette, The Sanctuary’s on-site seafood restaurant. The fresh-caught seafood and seasonal foods on the menu treat any palate to an array of coastal delicacies, while the beach-chic aesthetic allows you to fully immerse yourself in the liveliness of the space. From a tasty oyster bar to a live-fire kitchen, the artisan cuisine here is just the cherry on top of your beachside vacation in Monterey Bay.

Islander Resort

Learning to relax and slow the rush of everyday life feels like second nature at Islander Resort—a slice of paradise in the one and only, Islamorada, Florida. This waterfront haven is a host to tranquil accommodations, turquoise waters, and an endless tropical vibe to enlighten your connection to the world around you. Whether you embark on a retreat to Islamorada to catch your breath or are waiting to discover just how carefree you can be, Islander Resort can’t wait to introduce you and your curiosities to your inner islander.

The excitement of Islander Resort can be found in the one-of-a-kind excursions and experiences available to guests. As you step onto the plush sands of the coastline, experience the temptation to try one of the many water sports accessible from the dock, go on a guided charter tour, play with your pup in the dog park, take a dip in one of the pools, or explore the 7,500 square-foot Discovery Center museum.

After a day of adventuring outdoors, sink into deep relaxation and indulge in the oceanside rooms and suites, complemented by a wide range of resort amenities. Each room and suite is outfitted with expansive outdoor space, premium bedding, and designer furnishings to provide all your senses with a soothing stay. As you go to bed dreaming about tomorrow’s oceanside pleasures, you’ll wake up feeling renewed and ready to soak up that beautiful Florida sunshine.

Paired perfectly with that dose of Vitamin D are the premier dining options available at Islander Resort—touted as some of Islamorada’s best island cuisine. Enjoy fresh-caught seafood at Tides Beachside Bar & Grill, surprise your palate with a pier-to-plate dining experience at Elements Lounge & Restaurant, or enjoy savory light bites and a cold beer at The Oasis for a quick, beachside snack. No matter what you choose to eat, know that every dish is carefully crafted with ingredients that are anything but shy of flavor.

Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club

Bold, breathtaking, and beautiful—every deep breath at Cadillac Hotel & Beach Club is complemented by an effortless, laissez-faire attitude that invites even the most curious traveler to relish in the art of rest. Polished with Art Deco design touches and the feel of a European riviera, Cadillac is a balance between sophistication and an easygoing attitude so everyone can enjoy its relaxing amenities in style. Situated in the heart of Miami Beach, this cultural hub and resort is a refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city of Miami, while also providing just the right amount of vibrancy for some fun in the sun.

At Cadillac, there are plenty of ways to unwind and settle into a deep state of relaxation. If you or anyone in your crew is a yogi, daily vinyasa yoga classes are hosted at the pool to kickstart the morning with a refreshed state of mind. After your yoga session, head to the pool and retreat to a private cabana experience, including tasty bites and refreshing cocktails. If you can’t get enough of the water after your time at the pool, Cadillac has an entire block of beachfront access for you to enjoy. Here, you can spend an entire day on the water with water sports like snorkeling, jet skiing, and even parasailing for the full Miami Beach experience.

After priming your skin with a sunkissed glow, enjoy an air of serenity with luxe skin and body treatments at K’Alma Spa. Whether it’s a rejuvenating facial or a full body massage, you can enjoy your K’Alma Spa treatment at the spa itself, in a private cabana, or in the comfort of your room.

The rooms and suites at Cadillac shine with a unique brilliance, one only matched by views of the glimmering Biscayne Bay and Miami skyline outside your window. As you step inside, you’ll be crowned with the full royal treatment, made up of inviting ambient lighting, sleek decor, and thoughtfully curated amenities. Overlooking either ocean or city views, every guest is welcomed into a space where relaxation is not topped with guilt or worry, but with the assurance that rest is a state of being that is here to stay.

Out of all the adventures at Cadillac, one of the most thrilling is found in the culinary affair of dining options. Miami Beach is known for bringing together global influences so you can feel like you’ve traveled far and wide for the best cuisine, with the convenience of staying in one place. Cadillac’s on-site dining options are far from ordinary and provide a delightful range of flavors to suit everyone’s preferences. Bungalow by the Sea is a prime choice, offering local seafood, fresh juices, signature sandwiches, and oceanfront cocktails. For a taste of Italy’s best, head to Donna Mare—Cadillac’s own Italian trattoria and one of Miami Beach’s best locales for homemade pasta, wood-fired pizzas, and delectable grilled fish.

Sea Crest Beach Hotel

If you’ve spent your time imagining what a dreamy, Cape Cod getaway might look and feel like, look no further than a stay at Sea Crest Beach Hotel—an ethereal destination on the coast of Massachusetts. Standing tall as Upper Cape Cod’s only beachfront hotel, this Northeastern sanctuary is the perfect pick for those who want the charm of a quiet retreat and close proximity to scenic outdoor attractions.

Perfect for individuals or families to visit, Sea Crest Beach Hotel has private beach access so your little ones can build the sandcastle of their dreams, and you can take the idyllic walk on the beach you’ve romanticized up until this trip. Looking to add a little amusement to your downtime? Enjoy the many beach games or water sports rentals available on-site during the day, and round out your day with live music performances by the outdoor pool or boardwalk to de-stress with ease. 

Sea Crest’s convenient location also provides close proximity to Cape Cod National Seashore, Martha’s Vineyard, and Provincetown, for endless outdoor exploration and quaint, city center shopping.

Providing the perfect coastal escape, the rooms and suites at Sea Crest deliver a prized Cape Cod style, perfectly complemented by plush pillow-top beds and stunning resort views, some featuring a patio so you can revel in the beauty of an East Coast sunset. If you’re truly looking to fancy yourself, you can also book Sea Crest’s premier, three-bedroom cottage, offering guests full beach access, a private backyard and deck, and a fire pit to enjoy a cozy bonfire under the stars.

For a tasteful culinary experience, don’t miss out on the many Cape Cod dining options available on-site. Red’s Restaurant and Lounge offers visitors the opportunity to enjoy New England-style dishes on-site or poolside for a refreshing break. If you’ve spent too much time in the sun and need to cool off, enjoy the sweetness of an ice cream treat at The Scoop, Sea Crest’s seasonal ice cream shop.

A Relaxing Resort Experience Awaits

Sometimes relaxation looks like slowing down in some areas and reawakening your passions in others. Whether that means discovering new thrills on the water or spending all day in the comfort of a coastal-inspired room, relaxation is defined by you and your needs. From coast to coast, we hope you’ll choose to stay at Independent Collection Hotels & Resorts, where a deep breath of fresh, salty air and a taste of cooling, sweet treats await.