East Coast Resorts

Plan a luxury vacation at these high-end East Coast resorts.

By: Jennifer Plum Auvil
Plan a luxury vacation at a high-end resort on the East Coast. These top resorts offer lush accommodations, stellar service and activities like golf and horseback-riding on the beach.
Located high in Vermont’s Green Mountains, the Castle Hill Resort & Spa is a year-round resort that welcomes guests for skiing, hiking and plenty of pampering. The resort has just 10 rooms with every desirable amenity as well as hotel accommodations catering to families and business travelers next door. Beyond the Castle rooms is charming Okemo village with classic Vermont charm including spectacular skiing, covered bridges, country fairs and festivals and artisans’ shops.
Sip a fine Bordeaux paired with a fancy feast or laze the day away the spa at the Mirbeau Inn & Spa, a romantic French-inspired country estate found in New York’s Finger Lakes wine region. There’s a first-rate restaurant, yoga classes and French-inspired gardens and ponds, complete with a replica of the Monet bridge. When you’ve had enough bathing, sipping and dining, retire to your chateau-style room with its cozy fireplace and deep soaking tub.
Experience the best of Lowcountry comfort at this romantic resort on the banks of South Carolina’s May River, just a short drive from Savannah and Hilton Head. Choose from activities including golfing at a signature Jack Nickalus course, a soothing bath in a private outside soaking tub at the spa, and summer games like croquet and bocce during the warmer months. Accommodations are spread out in private cottages and homes, many of which feature separate bedrooms, screened-in porches and fireplaces.
With 5 miles of private beach located off of Georgia’s southeastern coast, The Cloister at Sea Island has beckoned posh travelers since 1928. The staff pampers guests with 24-hour butler service, clay-shooting lessons and private golf lessons with master players. Then there’s the beach club with 3 pools, plush air-conditioned cabanas, a sailing school and horseback rides along the unspoiled sandy shores.
Little Palm Island is a hidden treasure on a tiny private island accessible only by private boat or airplane. Accommodations are spread out in bungalows scattered across the island with suites exuding a rustic elegance and rich Polynesian flair, with whirlpool tubs, bamboo-fenced outdoor shower and no televisions or phones. There are plenty of activities to fill the day, but lounging on the white-sand beach seems to be the most popular choice.

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