If you’re thinking that it’s time to start a new Thanksgiving tradition—one that involves fun-in-the-sun relaxation rather than stuck-in-the-kitchen stress—perhaps a last-minute getaway to an island or coastal resort is the solution. Your options range from warm-weather states such as Florida, Hawaii, and California to nearby islands in the Caribbean and coastal Mexico—the only stress here is choosing the right deal.
Among the enticing options for giving thanks while creating new holiday memories: an over-the-top penthouse stay in Hawaii, tempting room-rate discounts, and multi-course Thanksgiving feasts.
Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa
A family of four, two couples, or four friends who are thinking big—and we mean huge—can enjoy an authentic Hawaiian Thanksgiving on Maui with plenty of Aloha-friendly perks. The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa, located on Kaanapali Beach and offering access to amenities that include award-winning restaurants, expert-led stargazing, wildlife tours, cultural classes, and so much more, has come up with the ultimate Thanksgiving package.
The Offer: Four nights in either the sky-high Presidential Suite or the beachfront Palace Suite when booking a for Nov. 23-27, 2022. Also included are four VIP tickets to Drums of the Pacific Luau, oceanside dining for four people in ‘Ohana Tent with s’mores and firepit, post-Thanksgiving dinner cocktails in Speakeasy on the Lahaina Tower Rooftop with a private Tour of the Stars experience, an exclusive pass for “Black Friday at Hyatt Maui” (which includes a complimentary breakfast for four at Swan Court with Bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas), two daybeds (full-day complimentary rental with Happy Hour cocktail prices available all day long at ‘Umalu and Grotto Bar), a 50-minute massage for all four people, a complimentary upgrade to Regency Club, four roundtrip airport shuttle transfers, a private wildlife tour for four, and tickets for four people for a snorkeling/sailing excursion.
The experience starts at $20,000. To book, call the resort’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Krystle Alcain, at (808) 667-4932.
Southernmost Beach Resort, Key West
Key West is known for its combination of historic southern charm and festive ambience, and it’s easy to enjoy both while giving thanks at Southernmost Beach Resort, which features sleek contemporary design with classic coastal details, ocean views, and luxurious amenities—an ideal setting for relaxing and reconnecting. You’ll enjoy three palm-fringed pools with private cabanas, a signature restaurant, oceanfront rooms, and a beach with sunset views, along with easy access to Key West’s historic Old Town.
The Offer: The resort’s Give Thanks in Key West package includes up to 30 percent off November stays and complimentary daily breakfast. Rates start at $439 per night.
Rancho Pescadero, Todos Santos, Mexico
For something truly new, head to Rancho Pescadero, the 103-room luxury resort set amid botanical gardens that opens this month in Todos Santos, Mexico, located less than an hour from Los Cabos. Rancho Pescadero’s ethnobotanical culinary program invites travelers to savor flavors gathered from the earth, the ocean, and the spirit of Mexico, all while relaxing amid the beauty of nine interconnected gardens spanning 30 beachfront acres.
The Offer: Now through Nov. 30, travelers can take advantage of 20 percent off best available rates, 15 percent off spa services, complimentary discovery activities such as Sunrise Yoga or Meditation, the Rancho Margarita/Mezcalita Class, Apothecary Workshops, and the use of bikes, surf boards, yoga, and fishing equipment. Rates start at $676 per night.
Caerula Mar Club, Bahamas
Seeking an unspoiled oasis to give thanks? Caerula Mar Club, the boutique resort on sleepy South Andros in the Bahamas featured on the HGTV show Renovation Island, features just five private villas and 18 luxurious suites. As a guest, you’ll enjoy three on-site dining options and a stunning stretch of beach lapped by the calm turquoise Caribbean.
Thanksgiving dinner at the resort will be prepared by Caerula Mar’s stellar executive chef, Carlos Alvarez—and there will be a picnic basket of turkey sandwiches to enjoy for beachfront picnic lunch on Friday.
The Offer: Book a Thanksgiving stay of four nights or more to receive 10 percent off accommodations plus a $100 resort to be use on dining, drinks, or excursions. Also, Makers Air is offering 10 percent off flights from Fort Lauderdale to/from Congo Town, South Andros, exclusively for Caerula guests.
To claim the offer at Caerula Mar, call 1(800)790-6845 or email [email protected]. Rates start at $535 per night. For Makers Air flights, email [email protected] with mention of promo code “CMGUEST” or call +1(954) 771-0330.
Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort
Set on six oceanfront acres near colorful Willemstad, Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort blends the best of the Dutch island’s old Amsterdam charm and sun-drenched warmth with family-friendly amenities that include a newly renovated pool, a kids club, and a concierge that can set up snorkeling, catamaran trips, aquafari experiences, swimming with dolphins, diving, and more.
The Offer: Receive a 20 percent discount on room rates for a stay of four nights (starting at $223 per night) with the resort’s Holiday Savings & Seasonal Packages.
If the idea of hopping on a plane to celebrate Thanksgiving with a Hawaiian twist in the heart of Honolulu sounds not-so-crazy, Prince Waikiki offers a contemporary oceanfront setting overlooking a postcard-worthy marina and some of the island’s best sunset views.
The Offer: With Prince Waikiki’s 4th Night Free offer, book three nights and the next one is complimentary (rates start at $370 per night with the deal over Thanksgiving). The resort’s 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar will serve a Thanksgiving Brunch Buffet featuring a wide variety breakfast favorites and lunch-oriented fare on Nov. 24 and a Thanksgiving Dinner menu from Nov. 24-27 with served courses that include holiday classics such as roast turkey with gravy, cornbread with sausage and chestnut stuffing, cranberry sauce, and mashed potatoes, alongside island-inspired fare such as steamed crab legs, poke, sashimi, sushi rolls, and bread pudding.
JW Marriott Cancun Resort and Spa
Need a holiday escape the whole family will love? You can head south of the border to JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa to celebrate Thanksgiving amid Mexico’s abundant sunshine. The resort offers plenty of activities for kids, yummy cocktails for parents, and serene beach views to guarantee a happy holiday.
The Offer: Valid now until Jan. 31, 2023, families can book the Family Fun offer for stays of 5 nights or more and receive a daily $100 USD resort credit, free breakfast for two children aged 12 and under, and daily internet access. The offer also guarantees connecting rooms (second room already included in the price), so the whole family can have space to enjoy their vacation. Thanksgiving rates start at $609 per night.
Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts, Florida
Enjoying the holidays at Ponte Vedra Beach Resorts, which is comprised of Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, a historic property dating to 1928, and The Lodge & Club, which features oceanfront views from bespoke suites with in-room fireplaces, means indulging in annual festivities that include a Thanksgiving feast, a Turkey Trot Holiday 5K, and more activities that are fun for the entire family.
The Offer: Thanksgiving rates start at $499 per night. Festivities at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club will include a Family Pumpkin Carving station ahead of the resort’s Thanksgiving feasts: a Thanksgiving Day Buffet at The Historic Inn and signature fine-dining restaurant Seahorse Grille’s Plated Thanksgiving Dinner. At The Lodge & Club, guests can enjoy a Thanksgiving Brunch from 11am-3pm with culinary action stations featuring breakfast favorites and holiday classics ($78 per adult, $22 per child ages 3-11, and complimentary for children 3 and under). At signature fine-dining restaurant, Sea View Grille, families and friends can gather for a Thanksgiving Dinner Feast from 5-8pm, featuring holiday classics served family-style ($35 per person for à la carte orders).
Eau Palm Beach Resort and Spa, Florida
Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa , a five-star oasis great for couples or families, is an idyllic spot for an oceanfront Thanksgiving getaway that includes several options for enjoying your Thanksgiving meal: an exclusive private dinner, a buffet celebration in the grand ballroom, or four-course dinner menus in two of the resort’s restaurants.
The Offer: Rates over Thanksgiving start at about $1,050 per night with the 4th Night Free offer. The resort’s Thanksgiving Cabana Dinner is a private 5-course plated meal served in the oceanfront cabanas and including a Champagne toast and personal butler service. Reservations are available from 6:30-8:00pm and the price is $350 for adults and $65 for children 5-12 years old.
The second dining option is the “Eau Does Giving” Thanksgiving buffet in the grand ballroom featuring traditional Thanksgiving favorites and desserts from in-house pastry chef, Keith Wallace ($155 for adults and $55 for kid 11 and under). Restaurants Polpo Palm Beach and Angle will also be offering 4-course prix-fixe Thanksgiving dinner menus ($140 per person).
Shutters on the Beach, California
One of Santa Monica’s iconic beachfront resorts, Shutters on the Beach is a scenic spot to celebrate Thanksgiving Southern-California-style, either as a convenient, leave-the-cooking-to-a-trained-chef option for area residents, or a quick escape for anyone craving L.A. sunshine.
The Offer: Rates over the Thanksgiving period start around $691 per night with a 20 percent discount for a stay of four nights. The hotel’s restaurant, 1 Pico, will serve a three-course menu that highlights Thanksgiving classics—with a twist from Executive Chef Sean Michael Runyon. Featuring vegan options and festive cocktails, the Thanksgiving menu, here, is priced at $125 per person.
Aruba Marriott Resort and Stellaris Casino
Holiday family fun awaits this Thanksgiving at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, where giving thanks under the sun begins with a lavish oceanfront dinner and continues with cookie-making class for kids and other holiday-inspired activities to kick off the season. Plus, you can relax under a palapa on the beach, take a dip in the resort’s pools, or enjoy an exhilarating UTV tour across Aruba’s arid landscape as you trade traditional turkey for tropical fun.
The Offer: Thanksgiving week room rates start at $655 per night. On Thursday, Nov. 24, the Aruba Marriott will host Thanksgiving dinner featuring live entertainment, specialty cocktails and unlimited prosecco at La Vista, the resort’s al fresco dining experience featuring spectacular ocean views.
Aqua Mania Adventures, St. Maarten
A Thanksgiving dinner at sea? If the idea floats your boat head to the Dutch island of St. Maarten and celebrate by setting sail on Aqua Mania Adventures’ Tango catamaran for the evening to enjoy a traditional dinner and open bar while sailing the island’s coastline at sunset.
The Offer: Thanksgiving dinner will be served buffet-style with options ranging from classic turkey and mashed potatoes to more Caribbean-inspired dishes, such as rice and peas and Johnny cakes. After dinner, continue to indulge in tropical cocktails and desserts while watching the sun set over Simpson Bay and dancing the night away to island tunes onboard under the stars. Prices start at $95 per person.