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The Ultimate Father's Day Travel Guide



This Father's Day, show dad how much he means to you and give him the vacation of a lifetime. Whether that be a staycation or destination trip, he'll feel extra appreciated this year with options including high-energy activities in Key West or a luxurious spa day in Chicago. Check out some hotels and activities below to book for dad that will definitely give you the 'child of the year' award.



Ultimate Fishing Charter at The Marker Key West Harbor Resort


Steps away from warm, clear Florida Keys water, The Marker Key West Harbor Resort offers some of Florida’s best water activities, such as snorkeling, fishing and boating. The resort also offers overnight packages, including the Ultimate Fishing Charter, which includes a full day of fishing in the island’s sparkling waters. After a day’s work, feast upon your fresh-caught fare, which can be delectably prepared at The Marker’s poolside restaurant, Starboard. Every dad who orders the hotel's "Burger & a Bourbon" special can enter a raffle for a special cask bottle of Bulleit Bourbon. Dads who would rather stay on dry land can partake in birdwatching from their private balcony or bar hop along Duval Street, just a short walk from the hotel.



Luxury Yachting Experience at The Elser Hotel & Residences


Only at The Elser Hotel & Residences can you experience an unparalleled luxury yachting and hotel experience in partnership with Spectre Sea. Guests who book this experience, which starts at $5,000, receive luxe overnight suite accommodations at The Elser Hotel, curated culinary experiences by the hotel’s executive chef, a four-hour private charter on one of Spectre Sea’s deluxe vessels and more. Imagine staying overnight in a three-bedroom luxury apartment with every amenity imaginable while overlooking Biscayne Bay and the vibrant Miami skyline. Just moments away, your private chartered vessel awaits, where your captain can whisk you away on a sunset cruise or an excursion up the coast. Your experience is complete with a curated dinner and champagne breakfast in bed. Bookings must be made directly through the hotel.



Urban Escape at The Gabriel Miami


Celebrate Father’s Day in style at The Gabriel Miami, a 129-room lifestyle hotel in Downtown Miami offering spacious rooms and suites with views of Biscayne Bay. The hotel is the perfect destination for dads interested in art, culture or even a night out at the club. The hotel is just minutes from some of the city’s most iconic cultural institutions, including the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science and Pérez Art Museum Miami. For dads looking to party, The Gabriel Miami is also conveniently located near some of Miami’s hottest nightclubs, including Space and E11even.



Oceanfront Oasis at The Gabriel South Beach


Looking for the ultimate Father’s Day beach getaway? Look no further than The Gabriel South Beach, a luxurious oceanfront hotel in the heart of Miami Beach. With stunning views, top-notch amenities and an unbeatable location directly across from Lummus Park, The Gabriel South Beach is the perfect place to celebrate dad. After a fun day of thrilling water sports soaking up the sun on the beach, retreat to your stylish and comfortable guest room, complete with all the amenities needed for a relaxing stay. From plush bedding and high-end toiletries to flatscreen TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi, The Gabriel South Beach has everything you need to make dad's South Beach Father’s Day getaway unforgettable.



South of Fifth Strolling at The Balfour Hotel


Formerly known as The Lord Balfour Hotel, The Balfour Hotel is a historic art deco property with 82 guest rooms and suites spread out over two buildings connected by an enchanting courtyard. An elevated plunge pool with an underwater window provides the perfect Instagram shot of swimmers behind the glass wall. This Father’s Day, take dad on a stroll through the South of Fifth neighborhood to the South Pointe Pier to admire the ocean views, and wave goodbye to the cruise ships and cargo boats as they sail away. After a day in the sun, treat dad to an in-room spa treatment by K’Alma Spa massage therapists.



The Foodie Dad’s Dream at THesis Hotel


Landing on the New York Times’ “36 Hours in Miami” guide, THesis Hotel Miami is centrally located in Coral Gables, just steps from the University of Miami campus and a short drive to the iconic Biltmore Hotel, which features an 18-hole, par-71 championship golf course - nothing screams Father’s Day like a round of golf! For the foodie dad, THesis features two on-site restaurants, Mamey and Orno, led by Food & Wine’s “Best New Chef of 2020” and James Beard nominee Niven Patel. Both restaurants provide a true farm-to-table experience using locally sourced ingredients from Chef Patel’s very own farm, Rancho Patel. The menus offer a wide range of culinary creations, including the Wagyu Denver Steak ($58), Whole Grilled Branzino ($48) and Duroc Bone-In Pork Chop ($38). Order the hotel’s exclusive hazy IPA, “The Forager,” crafted in partnership with Tripping Animals Brewery.



Boat Day & A Sumptuous Italian Meal at Kimpton Shorebreak Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort


Located in the heart of the Yachting Capital of the World, the Kimpton Shorebreak Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort is the ultimate place to celebrate Father’s Day. Just steps from the ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, the family-friendly resort provides the perfect setting to spend the day on the water, either fishing or lounging on a boat. Prefer to stay dry? The resort is minutes from the city’s burgeoning downtown, which offers endless opportunities for celebration, including sophisticated shops, historical attractions, restaurants and entertainment venues. If you plan to stay at Shorebreak Fort Lauderdale, make sure to book the Dad Bods Only package that includes a sumptuous meal from the hotel’s onsite coastal Italian restaurant, La Fuga. Dads can indulge in one entree or pasta from the menu, one dessert of their choice and one glass of wine or beer.



Adventurous Beach Getaway at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort


Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is an outdoor recreation mecca – and a prime destination to celebrate Father’s Day. Tucked between the bay and the beach of the Emerald Coast, the resort offers a variety of activities, including zip-lining, ropes courses, nature trails, kayaking, paddle boarding, tennis, golf, fishing, bonfires, bike riding, a floating water park, WaveRunners and much more! The property provides adventure and relaxation for all ages and has over 1,000 vacation rentals, including condominiums, villas, homes and townhomes in more than 70 charming neighborhoods stretching across 2,400 acres.



Stay in Luxury at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago


Celebrate Father’s Day in luxury at The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, set within the landmark Water Tower Place on the Magnificent Mile. Steps from the city’s most iconic sites, including Navy Pier, the Art Institute, Millennium Park and 360 Chicago, The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago offers Dad the best of the Windy City at his fingertips. Head to the Chicago Riverwalk and glide along the river with kayak rentals and boat tours, catch a Cubs game at Wrigley Field or take a luxurious boating adventure on Lake Michigan. Along the lake, the city’s urban beaches are the perfect places to soak up the sun, partake in water sports and enjoy unmatched views of the skyline. After a day of exploration, The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago awaits for some much-needed R&R.


By ML Staff. Images courtesy of each mentioned property on this story

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