There’s eye candy galore at the Colony Palms — and not just the social set found relaxing around the pool. Interior designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard recently refreshed the look of the clubby Purple Palm Restaurant and Bar; intricate patterns and dark crimson hues enliven the space, once a speakeasy in the hotel’s first heyday. New chef Greg Stillman’s menu skews toward flavorful Mediterranean cuisine paired with potent modern cocktails using house-made mixers. The boutique property is close to Palm Springs’ thriving Uptown Design District and all of the city’s recreational options, although lazing by the hotel’s pool can certainly occupy an entire day.
572 N. Indian, Canyon Palm Springs, Calif. 800-557-2187, colonypalmshotel.com
2. Spa heaven: Two Bunch Palms Spa Resort
Celebrating its 75th anni in 2015, the 77-acre Two Bunch Palms Spa Resort is in the midst of an upgrade. New owners include producer Donald Kushner and the team behind the redo of the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. The hot mineral water-fed grotto is the same; Essense, the renovated restaurant, now takes in wide desert views. Rooms are warmly contempo: updates include slate floors and artisan-made furnishings. The famed mud bath (memorably captured in “The Player”) is just one of the soothing treatments on the spa menu. A solar array will transform the spa into a carbon neutral resort, the first of its kind in North America.
67425 Two Bunch Palms Trail Desert Hot Springs, Calif. 760-329-8791, twobunchpalms.com
3. Spa sleepover: Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa
Approximately one hour from Santa Fe and two hours from Albuquerque’s soundstages, Ojo Caliente is a favorite of on-location talent and production execs (“The Breaking Bad” team made many pilgrimages here). The attraction: natural geothermal mineral hot springs in a stunning natural setting. New guest rooms and suites offer privacy and comfort, all set against a sandstone rock formation revered by Native Americans. Private soaking pools (each with its own kiva fireplace) are recent additions; a calming soak here will erase most of modern life’s cares. Also on property: a charming roadhouse-style eatery, spa, outdoor mud pool and 11 sulphur-free mineral water pools.
50 Los Banos Dr., Ojo Caliente, N.M. 800-222-9162, ojospa.com
4. Wine country respite: Silverado Resort and Spa
Set on 1,200 well-tended acres at the gateway to Napa Valley, the Silverado Resort and Spa is owned by lead NBC golf analyst and former pro golfer Johnny Miller. Rooms (many in mid-century style casitas) have been remade with a nod to luxury but without losing the resort’s residential vibe. Golf, spa and winery visits are Silverado’s main attractions now enhanced (through March 1) by a pop-up residency — aptly named Ad Lib — from chef Thomas Keller and his French Laundry team. The restaurateur is presenting his take on country club classics like tableside-prepared Caesar salad, shrimp cocktail and beef Wellington served in the resort’s clubby dining room.
Rooms at this five-bedroom gated hideaway within Napa’s Stag’s Leap District (known for its cabernet sauvignon) are named for poets. Whether reclusive Emily Dickinson would have been happy here is anyone’s guess but suites couldn’t be more private, all with vineyard views, deluxe Italian bedding, fireplaces, sunken tubs and outdoor showers. The inhouse concierge service can arrange everything; tour owner Cliff Lede’s winery or just hang out on the balcony and enjoy one of Napa’s most stunning perches. Room stays come with a three-course breakfast; Yountville’s many restaurants are close.
The Carlyle is for those who want to stay in the heart of the showbiz mix, even on holiday. Barry Diller and Brad Grey have residences here; George and Amal Clooney are among the recent high-profile guests. Located on Gotham’s Upper East Side is a bygone world of impeccable service and glossy Art Deco splendor. Nightly perfs at the Cafe Carlyle are starry: Woody Allen’s there on Mondays; a revolving cast (such as Rita Wilson making her debut with Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw cheering her on) fills out other nights. Bemelmans Bar features cocktails with sidecars — imminently classic, just like the storied hotel.
35 E. 76th St., New York 212-744-1600, rosewoodhotels.com
7. Urban refuge: Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park
Shopping is the thing while staying at the Mandarin Oriental. Across from Harvey Nichols and a stone’s throw from TopShop, COS, Harrod’s and Paris sweetshop La Duree, the hotel’s Knightsbridge location is central to the primo shopping district. An added bonus: leafy and green Hyde Park is just out the back door. Recover from London walks at the hotel’s spa (the signature Oriental Harmony massage is the antidote to jet lag) or swim in the underground steel-lined pool. New this year: the Rosebery, a flowery tearoom and champagne bar overlooking Knightsbridge’s action that feels a century away.
66 Knightsbridge, London +44 (0) 20 7235 2000 mandarinoriental.com/London
8. Golfer’s dream: St. Andrews Old Course Hotel Golf Resort & Spa
Preview the 144th British Open’s links from the St. Andrews Old Course hotel, which sits next to the seventh fairway. Tee times to play the revered course are booked months in advance; enter a lottery for a chance to walk on or book one of the hotel’s select packages. (There are 10 other courses nearby just in case.) The Old Course Hotel’s expansive Kohler Waters spa (Kohler renovated the entire property) welcomes tired duffers after a round, or for those who don’t play, it’s a sophisticated retreat in the ancient town, home to St. Andrews U. and its striking stone architecture. The hotel’s Road Hole bar presents more than 300 kinds of scotch — one bottle (and then some) from every distillery in Scotland.
Old Station Road, St. Andrews, Scotland +44 (0) 1334 474371, oldcoursehotel.co.uk
9. Exclusive enclave: Montage Kapalua Bay
The views across to Molokai are reason alone to stay at Kapalua on Maui’s western side. Opened in June, the Montage Kapalua takes full advantage of the vistas from its perch above Kapalua Bay, an ideal cove for snorkeling and swimming in sheltered clear waters. The 50 luxe apartment-sized suites conveniently come with kitchens. Diversions are endless from treatments at the lovely spa to hula and yoga classes to ocean sports like kayaking and paddle boarding. The more adventurous can zip-line nearby.
One Bay Drive, Lahaina, Hawaii 808-662-6600, montagehotels.com/kapaluabay
10. Island retreat: Lumeria Maui
A restored plantation estate is the home of the Lumeria Maui, located in Maui’s lush Up Country. Individuals and groups are welcome to the center’s ongoing series of yoga retreats and workshops. (“Wild’s” Cheryl Strayed is scheduled for a March writing and mindfulness retreat.) While all of Maui’s beachy activities are close, Lumeria promises the opportunity to reconnect with oneself and perhaps the cosmos. Daily yoga classes are held outside in the sunken garden. There are several meditation rooms; menus feature organic ingredients from local farms.
1813 Baldwin Ave., Makawao, Hawaii 808-579-8877, lumeriamaui.com