The weather is warmer and the sun is staying out later. That means vacation planning is likely nearing the top of your to-do list. This year, you want something a little different for you and your family to enjoy during the break, so why not try a villa vacation? If you’re traveling with a group of family members and/or friends, villas are an ideal option because everyone can stay together. Plus, you can enjoy all the comforts of home while also having access to amenities such as swimming pools, spas, golf courses, on-site restaurants and housekeeping. Definitely a win-win.

Hobnob in Hawaii

Perhaps one of the most popular summer vacation destinations, Hawaii is known for its idyllic landscapes of awe-inspiring waterfalls, tropical forests, iconic beaches and breathtaking cliffs. Plus, there are ample opportunities to see the incredible wildlife the islands have to offer. Go snorkeling, diving or take a submarine.

Located directly on the picturesque Ka’anapali Beach in West Maui, The Westin Nanea Ocean Villas, Ka'anapali offers a stay like no other.  Enjoy luxurious one-, two- and three-bedroom villas while also having all the comforts of home. Take advantage of fully equipped kitchens to make your family members their favorite breakfast before everyone heads out to explore the island. There are plenty of amenities, too, such as daily housekeeping and a number of outdoor pools, plus you can take a fresh flower lei class at the cultural center. With top attractions and shops within walking distance, you are sure to have an amazing time on the island.

If you’ll be visiting Oahu, Marriott's Ko Olina Beach Club is the place to stay. Located just half an hour from the excitement of Honolulu, the secluded resort is in a private community and offers plenty of pampering amenities. You can choose from a selection of villas including one-bedrooms and even a two-bedroom penthouse for the best view of the turquoise lagoon just outside. Full kitchens, washer and dryers, master suites, a fitness center and spa, multiple on-site restaurants and three outdoor pools make this just the perfect oasis.

Be Amazed in Mexico

Bordering the Caribbean Sea, Cancun is a top destination known for its beaches, high-end resorts and exciting nightlife. While here, you can swim with dolphins, gaze in wonder at all the sea turtles and scuba dive to explore the underwater museum. While you’re soaking up the sun and venturing around the island, The Westin Resort & Spa, Cancun is the perfect beach retreat. Schedule a day to pamper yourself at the spa, which offers couple’s massages, body scrubs, salon services and more. When you need a break from the beach, the resort features several outdoor pool areas where you can laze in a cabana and enjoy life at a much slower pace. Bring your friends and family along for the trip and stay in a two-bedroom villa that has all the bells and whistles you’d expect on your vacation.

On the other side of the country, Los Cabos is on the southern tip of Mexico’s Baja California Sur. It’s well-known for luxurious beachfront properties and championship golf courses, and there is no shortage of outdoor activities to enjoy while you’re here. Walk on the adventurous side of life and zip line across the canyon, go snorkeling, sailing or test your kayaking and paddleboarding skills. Standing tall on the shoreline of the Sea of Cortez,  The Westin Los Cabos Resort Villas & Spa offers the best place to enjoy your well-deserved and long-awaited vacation. Designed to embrace the Mexican culture while also providing a warm, relaxing atmosphere, the villas feel like home but offer plenty more. You can enjoy access to a private beach, spend a day or two at the spa, hit up the expansive fitness studio, lounge by the pool and savor a margarita at the swim-up bar.

Fall for Florida

When you think of a Florida vacation, Orlando probably is the first place that comes to mind. There’s no shortage of fun, thrilling and unique attractions for anyone and everyone you’ll be traveling with during your trip. Escape into the world of theme parks, with Disney World®, Universal Orlando™ and a plethora of top water parks just waiting for you to come visit.

No matter if you’re traveling with a huge group or only you and your significant other, Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas, Lake Buena Vista/Orlando has the ideal retreat for you. With one- and two-bedroom villas boasting kitchenettes or full kitchens, private balconies and washers and dryers, you’ll feel like you’re at home even while you’re away. Stay as long as you like and enjoy being at a Walt Disney World Good Neighbor® resort where all the action of the city is only steps away.

On the southeast coast, Fort Lauderdale sits supreme as a main attraction for the state. With sweeping beaches, upscale dining and shopping, intriguing museums and luxury hotels, the city offers something for everyone. You can take an airboat tour of the Everglades, jet ski, dive, fish or just enjoy the famous Floridian sun from the beach. Marriott's BeachPlace Towers is just steps from the beach and offers one- and two-bedroom villas with separate living areas, full kitchens, luxurious bedding, a washer and dryer, plus access to countless amenities including a fitness center and three outdoor pools. Live life a little more elegantly during your vacation here.

Destined for the Desert

If you’re craving the heat, consider a desert for your next vacation. Palm Desert, California offers a great location near Palm Springs and is known for its exclusive country clubs, fine dining, golf courses, designer boutiques and art galleries. A trip here will transport you into the lap of luxury, so be ready to be pampered during your stay at Marriott's Shadow Ridge I-The Villages. Choose a one- or two-bedroom villa and bring the whole family along to enjoy four outdoor pools including one for children, a fully equipped fitness center, 18 holes of golf, plus family and children’s activities such as mini-golf and a movie theater.

If Arizona is calling your name, Scottsdale is your desert oasis. Savor world-class cuisine, go on a winery tour, visit the Desert Botanical Garden or embrace adventure by off-roading across the landscape. When you’re ready to relax, unwind at The Westin Kierland Villas, Scottsdale. Drink in views of the picturesque desert landscape from the privacy of your balcony and experience total relaxation in a one- or two-bedroom villa. Be the vacation chef in a fully equipped kitchen or kitchenette, and pack light knowing you’ll have your own washer and dryer to use the whole time you’re away. Test your golf skills on the three different nine-hole courses and experience bliss during your family vacation.

Marvel at Mountains and Lakes

If you’re wanting to be entranced by nature, look no further than Lake Tahoe. Offering a tranquil yet cosmopolitan atmosphere, you can take a gondola ride up the Sierra Nevada mountains for a view like no other. When the mood strikes, you can also play on the lake. With 75 miles of shoreline to explore, you can kayak, jet ski, paddleboard, parasail, hike or even ride horses. The possibilities are endless. And when it comes time to relax, you can sink into a luxurious villa at Marriott's Timber Lodge. Offering one, two and three bedrooms, your villa will come with stylish décor, a kitchenette, sofa bed, fireplace and oversized tub. You can swim a few laps in the outdoor pool or take the kiddos for some fun at the splash pad. Bring the family along with sights and adventure they won’t soon forget.

Park City, Utah is another destination offering mountain views and lake excursions. Visiting this city is like taking a step back in time, with Main Street showcasing buildings from the early 19th century when silver mining hit its peak in the area. Today, Park City has become a popular attraction nature lovers. Fly fishing and rafting in rivers and lakes, horseback riding, hot air ballooning and mountain biking are just a few of the adventures you can treat your friends and family to during this year’s vacation. Amplify your trip with a villa at Marriott's MountainSide, where you’ll gain access to deluxe amenities, full kitchens, fireplaces, soaking tubs, and your own washer and dryer. The whole family can enjoy the outdoor pool and watch a movie in the Silver King Theater while taking a break from all the excitement of Park City.

Ready to plan your villa vacation? Explore a new destination and have the trip of a lifetime when you book accommodations, flights and rental cars with Vacations by Marriott.