Let’s face it. Sometimes you don’t just want a break from it all, you need one. Lucky for you, there are plenty of ways to relax and recharge on Cape Cod and the Islands. Here’s your guide to some of the best places around to truly indulge.

STAY
Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club - An award-winning resort set on 429 acres with a historic mansion and spacious villas that overlook Cape Cod Bay. The resort offers a private beach, 18-hole Nicklaus Design golf course, tennis, spa, pools, water sports, on-site restaurants and a beach bar with killer views.

Chatham Bars Inn - This grand beachfront resort features a spa, private beach with cabanas, tennis, gym, croquet, fine dining and a beachfront grill and pool. Rooms in the restored 1914 main house have ocean views; private cottages feature saunas and fireplaces. The inn also has its own fleet of boats that can be chartered for cruises, fishing trips and wildlife adventures.

Wequassett Resort & Golf Club - This five-star, 120-room resort set on 27 acres is a golfer’s paradise. It includes an 18-hole championship golf course, fine dining, beaches, tennis courts, pools, boat charters and a nautical-themed children’s activity center with a splash park, pirate playground and outdoor amphitheater. Country-chic rooms include patios with views and fire pits, and there is both fine and casual alfresco dining.

Brass Key Guesthouse - Nine historic buildings (some dating from 1790) surround impeccably manicured grounds and a terraced courtyard at this adults-only guesthouse. One block from Provincetown’s shops and restaurants, the elegant inn offers breakfast, evening wine and cheese, an infinity-edge pool and the hip Shipwreck Lounge.

Inn at Cape Cod - This 1820 nine-room mansion has been lovingly restored, creating the perfect retreat from the hustle of daily life. Enjoy nearby attractions, the bountiful multi-course breakfast, and sipping coffee or wine on the charming outdoor porches.

Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn - This contemporary bed and breakfast, just a short walk to the beach, is a restored 1870s sea captain’s house that offers posh mini-bars, sitting areas and fireplaces, and breakfast served in your room. Other perks include an outdoor pool and beach gear.

Sea Crest Beach Hotel - Situated on the soft white sands of Old Silver Beach, this hotel offers 250 nautically-themed rooms. Along with an oceanview dining room, there’s a private beach with cabanas, inddor & outdoor saltwater pools, and a poolside bar.

Dan’l Webster Inn & Spa - A romantic Colonial inn with a spa, fireside tavern, outdoor pool and lush gardens, the Dan’l Webster is a classic. The refined rooms feature canopy or four-poster beds, en suite bathrooms and fireplaces, as well as whirlpool tubs and balconies.

Lands End Inn - Perched on a hill overlooking Provincetown Harbor, Lands End Inn features 18 lavishly decorated, themed rooms (they range from Moroccan to Victorian style). There’s a shared lounge with a fireplace, a solarium with views of the ocean and beautiful gardens.

New Seabury Villas - An oceanfront community on 1,500 acres of land bordering Nantucket Sound; beautifully appointed Sea Quarters Condos are located near the championship Dunes Golf Course, while coastal-inspired Poppy Cottages offer access to the private beach and pool. New Seabury also has a gym, tennis courts and waterfront restaurants.

Wauwinet - This sophisticated inn features breathtaking views and luxury amenities (including complimentary bikes for exploring). Bordering the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, it’s surrounded by Nantucket’s natural beauty. TOPPER’S, their award-winning restaurant, is the place to enjoy sunsets over the water.

The Nantucket Hotel & Resort - This stately Nantucket hotel in a newly restored 1891 building features comfortable rooms, suites and cottages. There is a spa, kids’ activities, heated pools and a restaurant where live music often accompanies the contemporary cuisine.

Winnetu Oceanside Resort - Overlooking Martha’s Vineyard’s South Beach, this resort offers plush accommodations. The resort also has outdoor pools, a gym and tennis club, yoga, kids’ activities, a water shuttle and waterside dining.

The Richard - As its regal name suggests, this swanky Vineyard retreat in downtown Edgartown is—quite literally—fit for a king. Handsome décor adorns the 16 stately rooms and luxe lounges.

DINE
Ocean House - Catch outstanding ocean views from the wall to wall windows at this upscale restaurant, where standbys like lobster, scallops and shrimp share the menu with steaks and Asian-inspired dishes.

The Pheasant - Housed in a historic farmhouse, the creative menu at this picturesque farm-to-table eatery places an emphasis on classic New England flavors and seasonally driven ingredients.

Fanizzi’s - This oceanfront restaurant is a local favorite in Provincetown, serving Italian entrees, seafood and American fare, along with 180-degree views through its three walls of windows.

Belfry Inn & Bistro - A 1901 church converted into a romantic restaurant and inn, the Belfry provides fresh takes on classic dishes like filet mignon, Cornish game hen and red snapper, with a backdrop of live piano music.

Twenty-Eight Atlantic - Eight-foot windows frame the panoramic views of Pleasant Bay from Wequassett Resort’s acclaimed restaurant, which features a distinctive menu celebrating native and seasonal ingredients.

Captain Linnell House - Classic dishes like Wellfleet oysters, escargot, duck and prime rib are just a few highlights from the menu at this intimate dining experience, housed in a historic mansion.

STARS - Chatham Bars Inn’s signature restaurant offers a farm-to-table approach to modern cuisine (using ingredients sourced from their own farm). The restaurant has stellar ocean views, a carefully curated wine list and seasonally inspired cuisine.

INDULGE
Beach Plum Spa - Beach Plum (located inside the Cape Codder Resort, Dan’l Webster Inn and John Carver Inn) uses all organic products and Ayurvedic techniques; services include everything from massage and facials toa Cranberry Spa Pedicure.

Beach House Spa at Ocean Edge - Inspired by the Cape’s natural elements—the Beach House offers massage, nails, waxing and facials in a space with a beachy vibe. The signature Beach House Massage will give both your mind and body a much-needed vacation.

Solstice Day Spa - In the heart of Hyannis, Solstice is your day spa go-to, offering a variety of services and other upkeep essentials like hair, lashes and tanning.

Shui Spa at the Crowne Pointe Historic Inn - Provincetown’s upscale full-service spa features Kiehl’s skin care products in its facials, massages and bodywork. They also offer nail services, reiki chakra alignment and reflexology.