Election season is in full swing, and some weary citizens are pining for an election detox. Thankfully, politically savvy resorts have begun to offer election-themed travel packages to help you escape the constant coverage. From Florida to D.C. and the Caribbean, these resorts offer a hiatus from the season’s stresses with presidential pampering minus the politics.
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Salamander Resort & Spa: Middleburg, VA
Politicos have long traveled beyond the Washington, D.C. Beltway to decompress in the storied village of Middleburg, Virginia, which is just one hour away in Northern Virginia. Over 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jackie Kennedy would spend White House weekends in the historic town.
Middleburg’s Salamander Resort & Spa is offering two packages to ease your election worries. The “Commander in Sleep” package, available now through Inauguration day, includes a 2-night stay in a Dressage Suite, “Nonpartisan Nightcaps” for two at Gold Cup Wine Bar, 50-minute wellness massages for two in the Salamander Spa, and complimentary non-delivery of morning newspapers. The resort’s “First Ladies Getaway” package includes a 2-night stay in a double queen room, a crushed cabernet 80-minute spa treatment for two guests, choice of stress burner yoga or happy hour yoga classes, and chilled wine in your room upon arrival. Both packages are offered now through Presidential Inauguration Day, 2017.
Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate: Orlando, FL
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Golfers can elect the presidential treatment at Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate, which features 2 championship Greg Norman-designed golf courses and the world headquarters of the David Leadbetter Golf Academy. The resort is offering a “Presidential Stay & Play” package through December 31, 2016, including an optional upgrade to the Presidential Suite; 18-holes of championship golf daily; complimentary golf cart usage, rental clubs and range balls; a $45 beverage cart or Piper’s Grill dining credit; daily breakfast, and a VIP welcome amenity including a bucket of Presidente Beer and Left & Right Wings.
Not a golfer? The resort property also features the full-service Mokara spa, three heated outdoor pools, private poolside cabanas, an 850-foot winding lazy river, and a 350-foot corkscrew waterslide.
Harbour Village Beach Club: Bonaire
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Harbour Village Beach Club invites those who have had enough of the nonstop campaign coverage to “Elect to Escape.” Known as the “Caribbean’s best kept secret,” Bonaire is a quiet escape, with no traffic lights or high rises, a protected marine park, and a flamingo population that rivals the human one.
Election-weary citizens will enjoy 4-night luxury accommodations in a one-bedroom beachfront suite, a wine and cheese platter upon arrival, two 60-minute massages at the resort spa, a torchlit “toes in the sand” dinner on the beach, and best of all? A private boat charter to the uninhabited island of Klein Bonaire for a day of ultimate relaxation and “off-the-grid” isolation with no WiFi, TV or smartphones in sight.
Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort: Amelia Island, FL
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The Amelia Island Plantation Resort has a storied presidential history. In the 1980s, President Ford once played in a member-guest tournament at the property, which boasts 54 holes of championship golf.
The 1,350-acre resort lies between the sparkling Atlantic Ocean and serene salt marsh and is offering an election escape through December 31, 2016, with its “Running Mates” package. Guests revel in oceanfront accommodations, an in-room build-your-own martini bar upon arrival, a complimentary sleeve of golf balls, and unlimited rounds of golf on Ocean Links or Oak Marsh golf courses. Beach and nature lovers will also enjoy their stay on Amelia Island, which boasts more than 13 miles of beaches and countless acres of nature preserves. In the evening, head to historic downtown Fernandina, where you can stroll the harborfront and admire the well-preserved Southern Victorian architecture.