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It’s not too late to book a last-minute weekend getaway for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend. If you move quickly, there are luxurious spots with space available – and who doesn’t want to kick the summer off right? In fact, if you play this situation the right way, you may find that instead of a three-day getaway, you can stretch it to six days! So choose wisely. Here’s our list of the best luxury travel destinations to book for this Memorial Day weekend to kick the summer off in style, including Fiji, California and more.

7 best luxury travel destinations for Memorial Day weekend

It’s hard to believe we are approaching the kickoff of summer with Memorial Day Weekend. But here it is yet again and we need to start the summer right with a fabulous getaway. There are so many great luxury properties to start your (hopefully) amazing summer with and we think these will be extra special. 

1. Wailea Beach Resort, Maui, Hawaii

Feel like taking a trip? Olakino is an adults-only wellness sanctuary spanning 22 acres at the closest proximity to the ocean’s edge in all of Maui. You probably were interested in the minute we said adults-only but this personalized service from Po’e Mālamas (translated as ‘one who takes care’) features elevated wellness and culinary offerings, all included in a private poolside setting.

Best Memorial Day luxury travel destinations for a long weekend to start the summer

The best Memorial Day luxury travel destinations for a long weekend to start the summer. Maui, Hawaii.

From poolside acupuncture and floating yoga to aquatic sound baths and Ayurveda tea ceremonies, you will be truly relaxed the whole time. Add in a health-forward F&B menu , a few wellness shots and Hawaiian shave ice and you’ll stay relaxed for the rest of the year! Here are more details on pricing and day passes. 

2. Hotel Zelos, San Francisco, CA

Want to get away, but not quite as far as Hawaii? Check out this boutique, high-design hotel located in downtown San Francisco.

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This hotel features luxury accommodations and incredible cuisine.

3. W Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ

Want to get away with some friends and indulge?

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W Scottsdale has multiple packages specifically made for groups. This hotel takes luxury to a whole new level.  

4. VOMO Island Fiji

Looking for an epic adventure? Situated in the Mamanuca Islands, VOMO Island Fiji is a private island getaway spread across 255-acres.

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In addition to perfect beaches you can partake in oh so many water-based activities (Ocean Play), perfect for families, adventure-seekers, and marine-enthusiasts:

  • Scuba Diving: as a PADI 5-star gold palm dive resort, guests can arrive at VOMO with no previous experience and leave with a full PADI scuba diving certification!
  • Snorkeling: Spot Manta Ray snorkeling in the Yasawa Islands (available from May – October).
  • Fliteboard: Get your heart pumping with the newest toy in watersports, the Fliteboard! Take a lesson with VOMO’s private instructor, Jo, and experience the ocean in a brand new way.  
  • Fishing: To experience the thrills of big game or sport fishing, you need only venture a little further from the resort to the outer reefs, where large schools of tuna cloud the top of untouched seamounts and blue marlin cruise the deep water off the edge.
  • Surfing: VOMO offers transfer service to iconic surf destinations, Cloudbreak and Swimming Pools.
  • You can even tag along with VOMO’s Marine Biologist, Laisenia (Lai) Rokoua, who leads a variety of activities such as coral planting to nearby reefs, species identification, and coastal clean-ups.  

5. The Palmetto, Charleston, SC

There is nothing like a long weekend in the South and why not spend it at Charleston, SC’s new luxury boutique hotel, The Palmetto? It is near all the great restaurants and has the perfect blend of history and modern aesthetics. The 45-room hotel includes the standard Deluxe and suite-style Premium King, some of which open onto balconies overlooking the lively East Bay, Faber and Cumberland Streets.

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Also available is the Penthouse suite, with floor-to-ceiling windows revealing panoramic views of the city’s skyline, plus a 500 square-foot balcony. When you aren’t taking in the view pamper yourself with luxe Bamford bath products.  And be sure to grab a drink at The Lobby Bar (open to both guests and the public.) 

 6. Triple Creek Ranch, Montana

Bring out your inner Yellowstone character (well, actually maybe not) at this mountain retreat was named of the best hotels in the world. The sanctuary, surrounded by four million acres of National Forest in the Bitterroot Mountains, is celebrating its 30th year in business.

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Stay in one of the 25 luxury log cabins some of which have alfresco hot tubs. You will have some of the most incredible meals thanks to Executive Chef Jacob Leatherman and take advantage of Triple Creek’s award winning wine cellar. In addition to just soaking up all the tranquility, guests can go horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, mountain biking, shooting, archery, and many other outdoor pursuits. You will also get a kick out of The Ranch’s Logging Camp which pays tribute to Lewis & Clark, who made a stop here during their heyday. 

7. Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows , Santa Monica, CA

And had to include another California property as this one is a real gem. Situated on five acres on the bluff north of the Santa Monica pier overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the five-star luxury Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows offers the perfect holiday weekend escape for a family.

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You can take advantage of the kickoff of summer programming on the property including the Miramar Beach Club, Poolside Cinema and the option to take a ride along Santa Monica’s 22-mile coastline with complimentary beach cruisers. 

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That’s our take on the best Memorial Day luxury travel destinations that would be perfect for a last-minute weekend getaway for the holiday, including Fiji, California, and more. Have fun out there, and happy summer, dear reader!

Meredith Lepore

Meredith Lepore is a travel and luxury writer and editor whose work has appeared in Travel + Leisure,, Marie Claire, Self and more. She’s visited many top hotels and restaurants (although she’s still waiting on that private jet ride, which she insists would help her get over her fear of flying.) Her personal definition of luxury is Doritos and The Gilmore Girls, plus the occasional meal at Per Se. Meredith resides in New York City with her Yorkie, Otis; her preferred home décor vibe channels Valley of the Dolls.