Charlotte Luxury Travel Tips – Spa, Dining & Boutique Hotel

By: Jamie Wigginton & Carly Redgers

The south means many things to many people. Some may conjure images of farm life and comfort. Others feel hospitality and see rolling hillsides. For Charlotte, NC southern life can mean luxury. Whether it is dining out or relaxing at top rated spas, Charlotte is quickly becoming the go to place for the intriguing opulence we all, look for in our lives.

Where to Stay

Hotel Sierra: If you’re looking for affordable luxury in Charlotte, book your stay at Hotel Sierra. Lighting up the Hotel skyline of Charlotte, the hotel is conveniently located adjacent to the Time Warner Cable Arena and perfectly poised with urban energy amid the walkable streets of the city. Following a “no-is-never-an-answer” service, Hotel Sierra boasts sleek new amenities, free wi-fi, a computer lab with printers, free breakfast and an all-suite accommodation ~ perfect for business travelers and guests staying longer than a weekend. Enjoy lounging by the rooftop pool, keep up with your cardio in the hotel gym or let the friendly bartender serve your favorite cocktail at H Bar.


A day on vacation should start nowhere else than a day at the spa. The Ballantyne Hotel’s spa allows you to roll out of bed and do just that. The warm weather will call for their summer feature treatment with a whole milk soak and citrus grass salt scrub—an easy way to start your day in absolute bliss. Or try Charlotte’s Ritz-Carlton’s spa where you can leave all stress behind you at their 13,000 square ft. luxury spa. Complimentary upgrades are also available to guests!


If you’re looking for a meal away from your average steak house, Basil Thai Restaurant is where you want to discover it. While you will find your Thai food staples here, you will not be disappointed in the unique presentation and flavor. However, if you want to dive in to the southern culture you can only find it at Charlotte’s own highly rated, Halycon Flavors from the Earth Restaurant. This will be an experience found in few areas of life. Halycon follows all the rage of local cuisine and seasonal growth, as the food is literally from their farm to your table.

What to do

For speed seekers & Ricky Bobby fans, no trip to Charlotte is complete without visiting the  Nascar Hall of Fame. The Hall is fueled with more than 50 interactive experiences like tire-changing stations, realistic race simulators & a broadcast booth. If you want to slow things down, hop on a kayak and head on down the Catawba River.

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