"Daycations" Are the Hottest Travel Trend

Who says you have to spend the night to enjoy the perks?

Updated 01/17/19
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It’s no secret that vacations are awesome. But between work, family, and social events, it can be difficult to find the time to sneak away—even for just a weekend. Which is why we’re so obsessed with the latest travel trend, daycations. The concept is pretty simple. It’s when hotels give folks the chance to utilize the amenities without reserving a room for the night.

Much to our delight, properties across the country are jumping on the bandwagon. You might even find a daycation in your neck of the woods.

01 of 07

Marriott Marquis Houston

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The Parkview Terrace at the Marriott Marquis Houston is home not only to the lone Texas-shaped lazy river in the world, but also to an infinity pool, spa, and fitness center. It also offers epic views of the city skyline. And a day pass to this adult playground is $50.

02 of 07

Hotel Nia

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Bay Area business trip? Carve a few hours out of your hectic schedule for some well-deserved leisure at Hotel Nia, an Autograph Collection property in Menlo Park, California. The Cabana Package (available Thursday through Sunday) includes access to a guest room and swanky poolside bungalow plus a $50 food and beverage credit.

03 of 07

The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

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After a weekend of quad-torching hikes and scenic adventure, soothe sore muscles at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe. You can enjoy all the pampering perks—namely the sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, and heated outdoor piscine—for $75. Maybe even book a deep-tissue massage? Sure, it’ll cost extra, but you’re worth it!

04 of 07

InterContinental Minneapolis

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Long layover? Snag a $45 spa pass to the InterContinental Minneapolis–St. Paul Airport. Break a sweat on the elliptical and unwind at the thermal pool. Didn’t pack the proper attire to take a dip? There’s swimwear for sale. Feeling jetlagged? Day-use rooms are 50 percent off the best available rate.

05 of 07

The Wigwam

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A fun-filled daycation awaits at The Wigwam in Litchfield Park, Arizona. This Southwestern retreat boasts a plethora of top-notch amenities. Pay just $30 for use of everything from the 25-foot tower water slides and hot tubs to bocce and Ping-Pong. It doesn’t get better than that!

06 of 07

W Fort Lauderdale

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Planning a bachelorette in South Florida? Add purchasing WET Deck passes to your to-do list. These $25 golden tickets grant nonguests entry to the rooftop piscine at the W Fort Lauderdale along with a lounger and towel. You’ll be sipping specialty cocktails and catching some rays with pals in no time.

07 of 07

JW Marriott Chicago

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Want to treat your bridesmaids to an afternoon of relaxation? Or perhaps your New Year’s resolution was to practice more self-care. Either way, the 20,000-square-foot wellness sanctuary at JW Marriott Chicago is the move. A mere $30 buys you access to the pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, sauna, hammam, and spa.

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