After eight years of serving as the Nation’s First in Command, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be bidding us farewell (cue the tears). After years of having traveled all over the globe giving speeches, creating policies and kissing babies, The Obamas will need to ease back into civilian life – and what better way to do so than with a vacation! These luxury destinations offer five star service, amenities, and activities fit for POTUS and FLOTUS.
Already a popular resort destination for celebrities like Lupita N’Yongo and Naya Rivera, the private Sanctuary Cap Cana by AlSol, could be a peaceful haven for The Obamas come November. The resorts’ Castle Island Suite is a secluded beach front paradise complete with three indoor plunge pools and its own small private island with scenic views of the sea. This two-level, two-bedroom suite includes a master bedroom with king size bed and secondary bedroom with two double beds, living room, dining room, powder room, and furnished terrace with the optional service of a personal butler. POTUS and FLOTUS can enjoy the all-inclusive property’s themed restaurants and Dominican delicacies, signature tropical cocktails, and tranquility spa.
Zemi Beach House, the luxury boutique resort on the East End of Anguilla, is the perfect escape for some R&R to one of the world’s best beaches – Shoal Bay East. The signature Zemi Suite features superb ocean views from the highest floor, with a 1,475-square-foot private furnished rooftop terrace with plunge pool, large living room, fully equipped kitchen and guest bathroom. FLOTUS can relax in the Zemi Thai House Spa with a traditional Taino Bathing Ritual, while POTUS sips and savors some of the most exclusive rums in the world with a curated rhum flight in the Rhum Room.
What do you need after eight years as leader of the free world? Sleep! That’s why POTUS and FLOTUS would love a quick getaway to Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. The Well & Being Spa offers a distinctive Sleep Programming treatment that features therapeutic “Adult Naps” in a So Sound Lounger and Acoustic Resonance Room to promote deep, meditative sleep. The program also includes melodic reflexology, harmonized acupuncture and signature Sweet Dreams Aromatherapy Wrap to improve guests’ alertness, mental clarity, muscle relaxation and circulation while reducing stress and anxiety. Take-home aromatherapy infused sleep patches are available post-treatment, to aid in nightly sleeping routines. Just what they’ll need to melt the stress away.
Established in 1927, the historic Hilton Chicago lives up to its nickname, “Midwest White House,” as it has housed every president from Harry Truman to George W. Bush in its two-story, 5,000 sq. ft. Conrad Suite. The suite features dark parquet floors, a Carrara Gold marble fireplace, and each of the three bedrooms have their own bathrooms along with freestanding bathtubs, private dressing rooms and nightcap bar. As President Obama held eight press conferences at the hotel during his election season, the Conrad Suite is the perfect place for him and Michelle to continue the hotel’s tradition.
The iconic Conrad Miami offers a private-access Executive Bayview Residence, boasting 1,400 square-feet of luxurious living space with breathtaking, 180-degree views of Biscayne Bay. The top-floor two-bedroom suite includes a full-sized kitchen and two marble bathrooms equipped with deep soaking bathtubs and glass enclosed showers. During their stay, POTUS and FLOTUS can unwind with a selection of body treatments at the sky high Spa at Conrad Miami, including the new Hydrotherapy Bath, relax by the rooftop pool, enjoy a round of tennis on the courts (the only rooftop courts in Brickell), dine in the exclusive Wine Room at Atrio featuring fine cuisine from around the world, and sip cocktails at the Bar at LvL 25 while enjoying unrivaled views of the Miami cityscape and Biscayne Bay.
POTUS and FLOTUS never have to leave their stylish retreat in the Penthouse suite at the oceanfront W South Beach. Located on the 20th floor overlooking the azure waters of the Atlantic Ocean, the two-bedroom suite boasts nearly 3,000 square-feet of living space, and includes soaring nine foot ceilings, full kitchen, washer & dryer, multiple private, oversized glass balconies, private rooftop pool, Japanese plunge pool, outdoor grill with BBQ, chaise loungers and private dining area. The Penthouse suite is managed by a dedicated W Insider providing the utmost in VIP Concierge service, including appointments at Bliss Spa, private poolside and beachfront cabanas, dining reservations at The Dutch and MR CHOW, and off-site adventures of guests’ choice. The bonus? It’s sure to score cool points with Sasha and Malia!
If POTUS and FLOTUS are looking for something a bit more secluded and laid back, without sacrificing luxe, then Geneva on the Lake will be right up their alley. Geneva On The Lake is an elegant, four-season, wine country villa and resort just beyond the shore of Seneca Lake in the heart of the Finger Lakes. This AAA 4-diamond property sits on 10 beautiful acres of formal gardens, a terrace and classical sculptures with a fine-dining restaurant, 70-foot swimming pool and lakeside boat house, and guest suites superbly furnished with Stickley furniture.
After years of political jet setting, POTUS & FLOTUS need some of their favorite destinations to come to them. Mirbeau Inn & Spa is a luxury Spa Resort combining the amenities of a boutique country inn, world-class spa and nationally acclaimed fine dining, all with the elegant comforts and residential feel of a wine country estate. The Inn and Spa consists of six buildings clustered around beautifully landscaped ponds and impressionist gardens. The exterior architecture, interior décor and landscape design are reminiscent of an Old World French Country Estate. The Inn includes 34 guest rooms, 18 located on two residential floors set over the 14,000 square-foot, world-class spa, with the remainder of the rooms located in four romantic cottages. All guest rooms feature a cozy fireplace and over-sized bathrooms equipped with walk-in showers, soaking tubs and double sinks.
Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo features a 1,100 sq. ft. terrace for POTUS and FLOTUS to lounge and unwind on while taking in 180-degree views of Monaco, its “Golden Square,” Casino gardens and the Mediterranean Sea. With its ivy patina, honey-colored parquet floors, spacious living room, large bedroom, walk-in closet and voluminous marble and gold bathroom, the sumptuous 1,600 sq. ft. penthouse embodies a haute couture atmosphere made for luxe relaxation. If I were them, I’d leave the kids at home for this getaway.