Summer is fast approaching, and we’re all going into vacation mode, looking for ways to take advantage of those longer, warmer days, extended holiday weekends, or—among the luckiest of us—flexible Summer Friday policies at work. We’ve uncovered a crop of new hotels in warm-weather destinations that are sure to inspire your next long-weekend getaway, whether you're looking for an urban oasis or a sandy retreat.
If it's a beach escape you're after, consider heading to Honolulu, Hawaii, where one of the latest arrivals to Waikiki is the 112-room Surfjack Hotel (from $269), which has a hip, local feel and is a short walk from popular Kahanamoku Beach. Hang out at the hotel's outdoor pool bar, where music events and movie nights take place throughout the year. One of the biggest draws: dinner at Mahina & Sun’s restaurant, created by celebrated local chef Ed Kenney. Back on the mainland in Dana Point, California, the 400 guest rooms and suites at the recently renovated Monarch Beach Resort (from $395), formerly known as a St. Regis, all have private balconies facing the Pacific Ocean. In addition to refreshed rooms and a new spa, there are five new dining concepts, including AVEO Table + Bar, which serves fresh Mediterranean fare (snapper ceviche; West Coast oysters on the half shell). Looking to perfect your wave-riding skills? The resort has its own staff of Surf Hosts who will kit you up with a board and arrange a lesson.
For those of us who prefer a lively social scene, few U.S. cities beat Miami, where the stylish, art-focused EAST, Miami (from $259) just opened. The hotel, part of the Hong Kong-based Swire Collection, collaborated with notable artists such as Miami-based Alexander Mijares and Beijing native Guo Zilong to decorate the 352 rooms with one-of-a-kind sculptures, paintings, and photographs. The property’s Latin American-inspired Quinto La Huella restaurant, the first outpost of a famous beachside restaurant in Jose Ignacio, Uruguay, will be a major draw for guests and locals alike; for something simpler, head to the rooftop terrace for tapas and city skyline views.
If a historic stay sounds appealing, the forthcoming Greydon House (from $600) in Nantucket, Massachusetts, opens in early July as a 20-room retreat housed inside an 1850s Greek Revival building. Led by design firm Roman and Williams, the hotel blends contemporary design with historic Nantucket: Think brass lighting fixtures, whaling artifacts, and murals illustrating stories of the island’s past. And as of last month, the hotel is now taking reservations for its July opening. Back on the Left Coast, another property steeped in history is the White House (from $209) in Napa, housed in a mansion built in 1886. Led by international design firm The Gettys Group, all 17 rooms have relaxation in mind, with a cool color palette of blue, green, and white. Downtown Napa, with its world-class shopping, wine tasting, and fine dining, is just three blocks away, but don’t miss the hotel’s breakfast—a lavish spread with freshly baked pastries such as blueberry almond scones.
Check out our full list of new properties for your next long weekend getaway here.