Croc’s Resort & Casino is a four-pearl resort located on the northern end of Jaco Beach. The hotel’s 152 rooms are subtly stylish, and include mini-fridges, iPod docks, and flat-screen TVs, but some guests report outside rooms can suffer from nightclub noise and/or musty smells. True to its name, Croc’s showpiece is its casino, but the resort also includes a lagoon-shaped pool with arched wooden bridges, multiple restaurants and bars, a lovely spa, and a modern conference center. It offers little in the way of local character, but guests seeking an upscale resort with plenty of on-site entertainment will likely be satisfied. Travelers might want to compare rates and amenities with the nearby all-inclusive Best Western Jaco Beach, which is one of the area’s only other large resorts, but it’s less polished overall.
The 29-room Secret de Paris Hotel & Spa is an upscale boutique with Paris-themed interiors, located off the tourist trail — but on the outskirts of the Pigalle nightlife hub. Rooms are geared towards romancing couples, with adjustable mood lighting and tubs for two, but some might be a bit too cozy (read: small) even for the loved-up. Rates are what you’d expect for Paris, and you get plenty of extras for your euros (sauna, steam room), but for somewhere a little less gimmicky, try the similarly-priced Le Grey Hotel on the same road.
Located on Hollywood Boulevard, W Hollywood is in the center of the neighborhood’s party scene, and its bars and rooftop pool are popular local nightspots. This upscale hotel’s 305 guest rooms are sleek and modern, with minimalist decor — marble bathrooms add a touch of luxury. Amenities include flat-screen TVs, CD and DVD players, and iPod docks, but Wi-Fi comes with a fee. Some Suites add wet bars and private terraces. Many rooms have scenic views, and the rooftop pool has luxury cabanas to hang out in. Other features, such as Delphine restaurant, Bliss Spa, and a 24-hour fitness center, make the W Hollywood a popular choice, especially among those seeking a fun nightlife scene. Another option travelers could consider with a similar party vibe could be the Standard Hollywood.
A peaceful and beautiful resort, the Ocean Cliff Hotel Negril was designed to be a true escape for couples and small groups that want to relax, be pampered, and enjoy a quiet experience. For adults only, the intimate hotel (maximum 47 visitors) features individual cottages, all-inclusive packages for dining at the on-site restaurant and bar, a variety of spa services, and an incredible view of the Negril cliffs and Caribbean. The hotel’s gorgeous design and luxurious treatments make it a great upscale option for weddings, health and wellness retreats, and special events, as well as travelers that simply want to escape and unwind in a tropical setting.
The 177-room Hawks Cay Resort is an upscale, family-friendly property located in tiny Duck Key in the Florida Keys. A 2018 facelift brought an approachable upscale vibe and there’s a seemingly never-ending list of vacation amenities and activities, from a dolphin experience to a full spa to five swimming pools to paddleboarding on the manmade lagoon. Seven dining options are equally varied and high quality. Rooms and suites are contemporary coastal in design and have upscale amenities, outdoor spaces, glossy bathrooms. There’s also a selection of privately owned villas to rent with up to four bedrooms, full kitchens, and laundry facilities. It’s a two-hour drive to Miami International Airport, though many guests arrive by boat to the resort’s 85-slip marina. Note that there’s a daily resort fee and some of the activities cost extra. Couples seeking something a little bit cheaper may want to compare rates at Playa Largo Resort & Spa, Autograph Collection in Key Largo.
Paris Las Vegas is an upscale hotel and casino situated in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Its 2,916 spacious rooms have Baroque-inspired decor, plus iHome docks, large flat-screen TVs, and marble bathrooms. The huge property — including the casino — is meant to evoke an evening in Paris, complete with a massive Eiffel Tower that draws visitors from across Vegas. There are 14 restaurants that get positive reviews, including French, sushi, and Italian options. The huge pool has a laid-back vibe, and entertainment includes adult shows and live music. Other amenities include a spa, gym, and a shopping area with boutiques and cafes. Travelers wanting an on-Strip stay with a clubbier vibe and fun extras like a Flowrider surfing pool may want to check out Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino instead.
The 293-room NoMad Las Vegas is an upscale property along the Strip, situated on the upper floors of the old Monte Carlo Resort (the lower floors now belong to sister property, the Park MGM). Rooms and suites feature plush decor (think lots of velvet and dark wood), walk-in showers, and modern amenities such as free Wi-Fi and Smart TVs. Guests of the NoMad can access the facilities at the Park MGM, though the hotel has a few features uniquely its own. These include the NoMad Las Vegas pool, with Moroccan-inspired tiles, low seating, and weekend parties, plus the NoMad Bar, which offers snazzy drinks, live entertainment, and Sunday brunch. There’s also a restaurant, though it’s only open for dinner, and room service is available around the clock. Overall, it’s a great hotel within a hotel stay, though some past guests have complained of noise issues and the limited restaurant hours may be a downside for some. Also worth considering is The Cromwell Hotel Las Vegas, which offers similarly decorated rooms and more facilities at a lower price point.
Located along a lovely beach, the 40-room Sunset Key Cottages resort caters to the upscale traveler with elegant, homey cottages and high-end amenities. It is located on Sunset Key, a residential island off Key West, and is affiliated with the Margaritaville Key West Resort and Marina, with which it shares some features. The hotel itself has wonderful amenities, including a lovely zero-entry pool, a gorgeous (though somewhat rocky) beach with palm trees and clear, calm waters, and a pleasant spa. There is 24-hour free shuttle service to Key West, but the resort’s location, though idyllic and exclusive, might be somewhat inconvenient for travelers who want to be close to shops and restaurants. Couples seeking something a tad cheaper may want to compare rates at Le Mer Hotel and Dewey House at Southernmost Beach Resort.
Set on a sandy stretch of public beach in central Playa del Carmen, the upscale Thompson Beach House is a stylish property that primarily draws young couples and groups of friends. Its 27 rooms are spacious and chic, with mid-century decor, upscale amenities such as gourmet minibars and sateen-woven linens, and balconies — all with at least partial ocean views. C Grill, the hotel’s restaurant and beach lounge is a great spot for a bite or sunset drinks, while the pool offers plenty of space to relax, including serviced cabanas with daybeds and ceiling fans. Plus, guests staying at the Beach House have full access to sister property Thompson Playa del Carmen, located a couple of blocks away and featuring a swish rooftop pool, two rooftop restaurants that include Catch (of the NYC fame), and a hopping nightlife scene. Travelers wanting an affordable all-inclusive resort in the area should consider the Royal Hideaway Playacar, an adults-only luxury property along the beach.
Located right across the hopping Broadwalk from the beach, the 369-room, upscale Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort offers a fun, laid-back stay with multiple pools, a full entertainment program that includes great live bands nightly, and tons of on-site dining and drinking options. Rooms are contemporary and cute, with an ocean-inspired color palette, solid amenities, and balconies — most with at least partial ocean views. Families are well-catered to with an excellent kids’ club, a FlowRider Double surfing simulator, and family activities, but couples and groups of friends seeking some peace and quiet can head to the adults-only rooftop pool, complete with a bar offering happy hour and expansive ocean views. Travelers seeking something a tad more upscale may prefer The Diplomat Beach Resort Hollywood, Curio Collection by Hilton.