• Joey Amato

7 hotels for an epic Labor Day escape



The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas | St. Thomas, USVI: Following a $100-million renovation, The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas features an alluring blend of sea-inspired luxury and resort amenities, perfect for an end of summer retreat. Among the most stand out is the property’s fleet of luxury sailing catamarans – including the fun-filled JAMMIN’, intimate DAYDREAMER, and the property’s exclusive sailing catamaran, The Lady Lynsey II. These vessels offer a flurry of experiences like snorkeling tours, champagne sunset sails, and best of all The Island Tasting Experience affording guests the opportunity to immerse in one of the destination’s most treasured cultural experiences – food. This private charter allows guests to embark on a day of visual and culinary delights as they island-hop aboard a motor-powered catamaran, traveling to surprise locations throughout the USVI and enjoying a multi-course tasting menu highlighting elevated versions of local culinary staples. A new course, perfectly paired with craft cocktails is offered at each stop – offering the ultimate, immersive USVI foodie experience on the high seas.

Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa | Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands: Kimpton’s first luxury property and Caribbean hotel, Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa is a tropical haven for a well-deserved good-bye to summer escape. The design-centric property features three distinct culinary outlets, including a chef’s tasting bar, a locally influenced Mediterranean restaurant and a Mexican inspired taco joint right on the beach. Also noteworthy is the exceptional spa with the island’s first Hammam and a quartz sand table for treatments. Travelers looking to book a paradisical retreat for three or more nights, can enjoy the property’s Paradise Awaits promotion, which includes a $100 USD resort credit, plus complimentary full daily breakfast for two.

Hotel Theodore | Seattle, WA: Located in the heart of Downtown Seattle, Hotel Theodore is a boutique hotel that honors the city’s long tradition of makers, builders and doers – perfect for those seeking an urban escape this Labor Day. Part of the renowned Provenance Hotels collection, the property provides guests with an authentic Emerald City experience. A museum-curated collection of art and artifacts brings the innovative spirit of Seattle into the refined hotel, while playful amenities, and thoughtful programming reveal careful attention to the needs and desires of the modern traveler, delivering uniquely engaging, only-in-Seattle experiences. Families will absolutely love the property’s Adventure Together package – after a day of exploring Seattle's natural beauty, Hotel Theodore brings the adventure indoors with a kid-friendly camping experience inclusive of A special tot-sized children’s tent to set up in room and gourmet cookies and milk from local favorite, Macrina Bakery.

Kimpton Surfcomber | Miami Beach, FL: Miami Beach is an ideal year-round destination with beautiful art-deco buildings, lovely beaches and a refreshing culinary scene. With that said, one of the best time to be in Miami Beach is summer – the sun is shining over the destination, which comes alive with great events, programming and experiences. For instance, Kimpton Surfcomber Hotel, one of the area’s chicest and newly renovated boutique properties, is rolling out its ‘Summer at Surf’ program. With the aim of enhancing guests’ and locals’ Miami Beach summer experience, the program features a phenomenal line-up of complimentary activities, experiences, events, and amenities. The property’s signature restaurant, The Social Club, known best for its phenomenal brunch, will also be turning up the volume with weekend brunch DJ sets headlined by DJ UZO. As an added bonus, after every weekend, DJ UZO uploads the set to a Surfcomber SoundCloud playlist, so guests can relive the fun back home. Last but not least, guests will also be privy to Miami’s first-ever Cigar Beach Club experience, HUMO, hosted every Friday at the property’s High Tide Beach Bar & Grill in partnership with Espanola Cigar Lounge. Guests will enjoy Latin vibes, expertly crafted cocktails, music, and most important of all the best cigars and spirits pairings.

Hotel Effie | South Walton, FL: The latest addition to the beautiful area of South Walton on the Florida Panhandle, Hotel Effie is the place to be this summer. In addition to the 250 guest rooms and suites, a luxury spa and four culinary concepts by Chef Hugh Acheson, Hotel Effie is home to Ara Pool + Lounge, the only hotel rooftop pool and lounge on the Emerald Coast. The open-air space provides cabanas, relaxing loungers and interactive outdoor games. This Labor Day weekend, guests can enjoy morning rooftop yoga, a Jazz Brunch, and live DJ sets by the pool.

JW Marriott Tampa Water Street | Tampa, FL: The luxurious JW Marriott Tampa Water Street is the ideal location to spend a relaxing, waterfront Labor Day weekend. This summer, the property launched a special Family by JW Celebrate the Summer Package, giving guests a chance to book two connecting rooms where children can enjoy kid-sized robes, plush slippers, along with an in-room kids’ corner tent. A $50 hotel credit, complimentary breakfast for children, late check-out (2:00 p.m.) and a curated turndown amenity are also included in this package. To top things off, guests will receive special discounts to top family-friendly destination attractions, ranging from the Florida Aquarium to the Pirate Water Taxi, among many others.



Sheraton New Orleans Hotel | New Orleans, LA: The Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, located in NOLA’s famed French Quarter, provides the perfect home base for families wanting to squeeze in one last family adventure before fall. This Labor Day, guests can snag a second guestroom at 50% off through the property’s enticing Family Package, along with free breakfast for kids under 12 with the purchase of an adult entrée. Additionally, the Crescent City offers a wide variety of activities and special events on Labor Day weekend that appeal to all kinds of families, including splashing around Cool Zoo at Audubon Zoo’s kids’ water area, enjoying free events (outdoor art markets, museum free admission days, etc.), visiting different parks throughout the city (i.e. The Fly and Crescent Park), and much more.