Editor’s Note: *Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, please be sure to exercise caution and consult CDC guidelines before planning any trips.*
As hotels and businesses cautiously begin to reopen their doors, adventurers around the world are eager to return to a life of travel, a decision that cannot be taken lightly. For the sensible traveler, certain qualities will surely make some destinations more appealing than others, with one particularly important aspect being the ability to keep a safe distance from others. Those aiming to return to the road sooner rather than later should search for private villas, rustic cabins, and plenty of wide open space to roam. For anyone in the early stages of planning, note that California is rife with glamorous resorts that perfectly fit the bill.
Perched along the edge of Palos Verdes Peninsula, this sprawling estate stands out as the only luxury resort on the Los Angeles coast, complete with eight restaurants, four pools, a 9-hole golf course, and a full-service spa. Those hoping to keep a comfortable distance from other guests may prefer one of the more private accommodations, ranging from a bungalow suite overlooking the ocean to the three-bedroom villa, a palatial space offering a courtyard, private outdoor hot tub, and full kitchen. While it may be difficult to leave such opulent quarters, be sure to take a stroll across the grounds. Terranea Resort consists of 102 acres of coastal land, with spectacular ocean views and sweeping cliffs to be found all throughout the property.
It’s no secret that stress levels are running at an all-time high right now, and what better way to soothe the soul than by immersing oneself in a steaming hot spring? While the naturally-occuring mineral pools at Wilbur Hot Springs have been lauded as a miracle cure for centuries, guests are free to embark on a wide array of other soothing activities during their stay, ranging from early morning yoga to a hot spring massage to a wildlife spotting expedition across the 1,600-acre nature preserve that engulfs the property. While there’s an abundance of activities to take part in around here, there’s no need to feel pressured – Wilbur Hot Springs’ philosophy is centered around total relaxation and personal harmony.
Once frequented by world-famous acts such as Marilyn Monroe and Joan Crawford, the Avalon’s palatial bungalows are currently available for those wishing to live like a movie star in the modern era. Guests are free to choose from a one bedroom or two bedroom model, with both options coming complete with a roaring fireplace, full kitchen, and private patio, while the property’s three distinct pools provide the perfect cure to a sweltering Palm Springs afternoon. After a long day roaming the resort’s 4.5 acres of perfectly-manicured gardens, be sure to head to Chi Chi for a refreshing cocktail paired with crisp Californian cuisine.
With over 500 acres of pristine coastal land to explore, San Ysidro Ranch takes social distancing to an entirely new level. The sprawling property has been a fixture of Santa Barbara County since the late 1800s, hosting esteemed guests ranging from Audrey Hepburn to Winston Churchill over the decades. Each of the ranch’s 41 villas come equipped with a full fireplace and patio, while the grandiose cottages are decked out with a rain shower, outdoor hot tub, and distinct antique furniture. Be sure to take advantage of the property’s many amenities – with a heated swimming pool, seventeen miles of hiking trails, and quick access to downtown Santa Barbara, there’s no shortage of adventures to be had at the ranch.
While this enchanting property has been serving Napa Valley’s finest guests since the 1860s, its mineral-rich hot springs have been a feature of the landscape for millennia, first emerging due to thermal geysers that developed underground millions of years ago. Visitors are free to immerse themselves in these soothing waters at the Mineral Pool, one of the largest pools in the state of California, or the Adult Pool, a more sophisticated option that’s perfectly suited for night swimming. After a long day out by the pool, guests can head back to their room to bask in the glow of the sunset with a glass of Cabernet in hand.