Picking a place to stay in New Jersey isn’t always easy. The state’s Atlantic shoreline alone stretches out for more than 200km (130mi). Its interior, meanwhile, encompasses acres of pine forests and mountain ranges. To make the decision easier for you, we’ve rounded up a list of the top resorts to book in New Jersey, whether you want to be by the beach or surrounded by nature. What’s more, they’re all bookable with Culture Trip.
This 43-floor New Jersey resort cost hundreds of millions of dollars to build, and it shows. Located in the Marina District of Atlantic City, this hotel is home to a two-story spa and five heated pools. Guests can also make use of all the facilities at the connected Borgata Hotel, with its casino and multiple eateries. Rooms, meanwhile, come with elegant extras like chaise longues. Opt for a Vista room and you’ll get panoramic views of the Clam Thoroughfare.
Caesars is another one of Atlantic City’s giga-resorts. There are more than 1,000 rooms and the endless list of facilities includes eight eateries, five bars, a rooftop pool, a theatre and one of Atlantic City’s largest casinos. The decor is something to write home about, too. The whole place is inspired by Ancient Rome, so you’ll see everything from giant chariot sculptures to murals of Julius Caesar’s head as you walk around the place.
Set amongst the Kittatinny Mountains in the northwest of New Jersey, Grand Cascades is a retreat of a resort. Days here are made up of relaxation sessions in the tropical biosphere pool complex – with its waterfalls, underground aquarium and rock features – and treatments in the spa. Evenings, meanwhile, revolve around tours of the wine cellar and regionally-inspired meals in view of the sunset in the Crystal Tavern.
This New Jersey resort is set on the beachfront of Seven Mile Island on the Jersey Shore and many of the rooms have balconies or terraces that look out over the ocean. The hotel is filled with relaxation spaces: there are loungers and parasols on the beach itself, and an outdoor pool with chaises and cabanas. Then there’s The Sandbar Village – a beach club with firepits, plump sofas and a cocktail menu that features drinks with names like Melon Mermaid.
A boardwalk is all that separates Wave Resort from the beach in the Long Branch area of Jersey Shore. You can look out over the Atlantic from the floor-to-ceiling windows of some of the rooms, from the outdoor pool and its lounger-topped sun deck, and from the patios of the 100 Ocean and Branch Cantina restaurants. The former eatery has a raw bar and serves steaks on chopping blocks and the latter lays on Mexican food and offers build-your-own margaritas.
Port-O-Call is one of the most distinctive resorts in New Jersey: it’s eight stories tall and painted baby-shower pink. The decor inside is more muted: sea greens and sandy beiges reflect the hotel’s setting, across the boardwalk from the beach in Ocean City. The hub of the hotel is the sea-view pool and its sun terrace, followed closely by the Adelene restaurant that’s open for filling breakfasts – think biscuits and gravy with home fries – and lunch.
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Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.