8. Twin Farms, Vermont, USA
Snuggled amid 300 acres of bucolic Vermont countryside, about a three-hour drive from Boston, Twin Farms is one of the best luxury all-inclusive resorts in the USA. This is the home-away-from-home of your wildest country-estate fantasies. Whimsical art from the owner’s private collection adorns the 1795-era main house, where crackling fires, and picture-book views greet guests.
Personal service is taken to a whole new level here, and the pampering spa treatments and exquisite culinary creations maintain the resort’s high standards.
Created by esteemed architects and designers, the 20 uniquely decorated accommodations range from cozy guest rooms to log cabins, multi-level Scandinavian-style cottages, and mid-century hideaways. Fireplaces, antiques, custom art, and stone hot tubs add to the homey feel in many, and all have beautiful views of the surrounding countryside.
All meals are included in the rates, and the culinary creations emphasize healthy, fresh flavors with customized personal menus and a farm-to-table focus. The lemon souffle pancakes with Vermont strawberries are breakfast favorites.
Activities change with the season here. In the warmer months, you can hike and bike among the forests and flower-flecked meadows, play tennis, fly fish, swim, or paddle upon tranquil ponds. The incredible display of fall colors in Vermont make it one of the best seasons to visit. In winter, you can skate, snowshoe, and ski on the resort’s private groomed trails and slopes.
If you can bear to leave the resort, you can tour a working farm, shop for antiques, visit nearby artisans and historical sites, or take one of the resort’s BMW sedans for a spin. A fully equipped gym is also on-site.
Guests must be 16 years or older, except during the resort’s two annual family weeks, and dogs are welcome in some of the cabins for a fee.