All work and no play make Jack a dull boy, but all work and no travel leaves everyone super bummed. As the summer inches to a close and kids get back to school, Labor Day weekend becomes one of our last chances to enjoy a tropical, adventurous, or peaceful getaway. Three-day weekends don’t grow on trees, after all, so if we have the chance to make the best of them, we should do whatever we can.
And the other thing that makes Labor Day so great and convenient? Deals. It’s one of the best holidays for spontaneous travelers, because the end of the season means great bargains. So, if it’s a last-minute family jaunt or a romantic couple’s retreat that you’re looking for, we have some great ideas. (Just remember to be safe, pack plenty of masks, and follow all health protocols wherever you go.)
Welcome to Miami
The Balfour Hotel, Miami Beach
Whomever coined the phrase “the place to be” was probably talking about The Balfour Hotel, because this place is as Miami as it gets. For a Labor Day getaway, rates here start at $209, and the selfies alone will make it worth every penny. Worried about leaving your four-legged family member at home? Don’t worry—there’s a deal for that, too.
The Gabriel Miami
Spa day, anyone? Or, in this case, three spa days, anyone? Make the Dermanova Med Spa and Salon the centerpiece of several days of wellness and pampering, while also enjoying the style and sophistication of The Gabriel Miami. Guests can even burn some calories walking to the many must-visit landmarks and attractions. And the stay won’t burn the wallet too much, with rates starting at $209 and discounts available for two- and three-night stays.
Kimpton Palomar South Beach
Rosé lovers rejoice! Kimpton Palomar South Beach has the theme of the year for a small group getaway, as the Tour de Rosé experience covers everything from the room to complimentary bottles. And the cherry (or grape skin) on top is a rosé tasting for two at Osteria Morini, a very popular spot with a rosé-inspired cocktail that we hear is a must-try.
The Shelbourne South Beach
If it’s A-list energy and old school vibes you’re seeking, The Shelbourne South Beach checks so many boxes. Landmark? Yes. Playground for celebrities? Indeed. An endless summer? That’s the deal, friends. Guests will enjoy as much as 50 percent off rates, as well as food and beverage credits and even complimentary valet parking. All you need to do is remember to set your alarm for Saturday morning yoga.
THēsis Hotel Miami
In need of a boost of creativity? Guests will find that and more at the modern, community focused THēsis Hotel Miami. If a workation is your goal, there might not be a better spot in South Florida, but there’s fun to be had, too—just head to the rooftop bar for a sunset cocktail. Book three or more days and enjoy up to 15 percent off best available rates.
Take the Keys
The Marker Key West Harbor Resort
When it comes to a Key West getaway, few places offer the complete experience like The Marker Key West Harbor Resort. Three saltwater pools, an open-air restaurant, and beautiful tropical surroundings that make this property feel like the only place in town.
Best of all, it’s just a quick walk to the popular hot spots like Duval Street and Mallory Square. You’ll need a hearty breakfast to kick off the day, and the Bed and Breakfast deal handles that for a dollar a day, on top of rate discounts up to 20 percent.
Gone to Carolina
Bolt Farm Treehouse, Oconee County, South Carolina
For those looking to slow it down for the sake of appreciating every moment, head to Walhalla, AKA the “Garden of the Gods.” Specifically, check out the Bolt Farm Majestic Treehouse, one of the coolest vacation rentals in the entire U.S. Tucked into the forest, this escape will allow guests to refresh and recharge, while enjoying the little things, and it’s not far from the town’s trademark antique stores and gift shops.
Just one caveat, though: take all the selfies and treehouse pics you want, but there’s no internet, so you might need to wait until you’re home to post them for your jealous friends.
Somewhere Out There
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas
We’ve been banging the drums for the U.S. Virgin Islands for months, what with the glory of St. Croix’s culinary scene and all-things-romantic in St. John, but where’s the love for St. Thomas? Right here! If you’re looking to go big while leaving the passports at home, this iconic Caribbean property is ready to wow people all over again, showing off over $100 million in renovations.
And if it’s a truly special occasion—or you simply feel like splurging—plan a voyage on the resort’s luxury 60-ft sailing vessel, Lady Lynsey II, which offers everything from snorkeling to sunset champagne toasts.
Tabacón Thermal Resort and Spa, Costa Rica
When it’s time to really get away—like, so far off the grid you can’t remember your own phone number—you don’t have to go too far. Head to Arenal in Costa Rica and you’ll find one of our favorite unique resorts in the world: Tabacón Thermal Resort and Spa. The thermal rivers alone are reason enough to bump this destination to the top of your list, but travelers seeking ultimate rest and relaxation will head right to the spa.
The Namaste in Nature experience offers guests a variety of perks, from daily breakfast to a generous spa credit, but the unlimited access to natural hot springs and Shangri-La Gardens will help everyone forget about all their problems, even if for just three days.