It's coming up on Father's Day, and once again, we're here to make your gift-giving experience go as smoothly as possible. How, you ask? By providing a range of perfect hotel experiences to suit all dad types!
From smoking lounges to motorcycles to "sports" manicures (if you want to make a spa treatment guy-friendly, then that prefix is compulsory), we've rounded up six hotels with the best man-centric activities.
--ASchechter, Hotel Chatter
<strong>Sea Island, Ga.</strong> Though it's home to three championship golf courses, a shooting school and one of the best father-and-son fishing getaway spots, The Cloister at Sea Island off the coast of southern Georgia has one other man-centric feature that helps it stand out from the rest of the resorts: a Smoking Lounge. The wood-paneled room helped win the hotel a coveted spot on T+L's "World's Best Resorts" in 2006, and provides the ultimate man-cation hangout spot, with cozy leather armchairs, a fireplace, and an on-site Cigar Sommelier to help dad pick out his smoke of choice. <em>Photo: Courtesy Sea Island</em>
<strong>Miami, Fla.</strong> You may be thinking your dad isn't the sit-and-be-pampered type, but once he takes a peek inside Lapis, The Fontainebleau's gorgeous ocean-facing spa, he'll probably change his tune. In addition to a full menu of treatments, as well as features like a "rain tunnel" and the Wii-inspired Trazer 2 workout gizmo, Lapis is also offering Father's Day specials like the Weekend Warrior's Rehab and Buff Manicure (deep sports massage with head rocks, Lapis soak, and manicure, $171) for the entire month of June. Alternatively, a 20% discount will be applied to any 50- or 80-minute spa service on Father's Day only. <em>Photo: Courtesy Fontainebleau </em>
<strong>Aruba</strong> On the other hand, if dad prefers two wheels to four, you should consider booking him a long weekend at Westin Aruba, who has partnered up with the local Big Twin Aruba Harley-Davidson Dealership to offer guests 20% discounts on motorcycle rentals, and—for true Harley-Davidson aficionados—10% on all apparel, accessories and memorabilia bought at the dealership. The Hog Island Special package includes an ocean view room plus $150 food and beverage credit, for rates starting at $199/night, with a five-night minimum. <em>Photo: Courtesy Westin Aruba</em>
<strong>Los Angeles, Calif.</strong> The theme of this year's Rodeo Drive Concours D'Elegance (essentially a dad-approved vintage car parade held every June in one of LA's most upscale neighborhoods) is "The British Are Coming!", and suitably, Thompson Beverly Hills has lined up four different Dad's Getaway packages, each offering one night in a suite, two gin martinis, and one of the following car rental options: Audi A5 convertible ($449/night), Mercedes S550 ($649/night), Porsche Panamera PS ($999/night) or a Bentley Continental GTC ($2,399/night). The last one comes with a Penthouse Suite. So, if you want to make dad really happy... <em>Photo: Courtesy Thompson</em>
<strong>Atlantic City, N.J.</strong> Being in Atlantic City, the Borgata Hotel & Casino offers plenty of male-centric activities to keep dads busy on (and off) the boardwalk. But when they're not lining up outside of Mur.Mur, or trying their luck at the blackjack table, the hotel offers a pretty rad male-only barbershop, where guys can go and take care of guy-ish things like beard trims, a straight-razor shave with hot towel treatment, facial massage, color rinse, manicures, pedicures, and—of course—regular old haircuts. The fun part is the man cave amenities, like the billiards table and wide-screen sports-broadcasting TV. <em>Photo: Courtesy Borgata </em>
<strong>Baltimore, Md.</strong> At Four Seasons Baltimore's Wit & Wisdom restaurant, chef Michael Mina has been experimenting with new menu items like a Maryland crab BLT sandwich, Maine Lobster Pop Pie, and a handcrafted cocktail list. The newest promotion, only available on Father's Day, is a three-course beer pairing menu, featuring oyster shooters and Piedmont Ridge Hay smoked Ribeye. The best part? Little ones will have their own special root beer pairing kids menu, featuring items like roasted chicken with a root beer BBQ sauce and a root beer float. So dad can get drunk while the kiddies get buzzed up on sugar—sounds like a perfect Father's Day to us! <em>Photo: Courtesy Four Seasons Baltimore</em>
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