9 Places for Spring Break 2017
No plans for Spring Break 2017? We’ve got you covered with these 9 awesome vacation spots. Hellooo beach time and sunshine!
Zemi Beach House, Anguilla
When this luxe beach retreat opened on a six-acre stretch along Anguilla’s East End, it instantly became one of the Caribbean's hottest new hotels—and it tops our list for spring break 2017. Guestrooms have a contemporary coastal design (think: blonde wood, soft neutrals, and spot-on ocean views) and mod cons like wireless Bluetooth sound systems as well as motion-sensor climate control. But the real showstopper is the spa: located inside a 300-year-old Thai house, it features a meditation garden, yoga deck, vitality pool, and the island’s only hammam. We love the Grapefruit & Rosemary Muscle Melt massage finished off with papaya and argan oil.
Calistoga Ranch, California
If you're looking to escape the city for some one-on-one with nature, Calistoga Ranch’s 157 acres in Cali’s gorgeous wine country makes an ideal last minute vacation. Hike or bike the scenic trails around a canyon, through lanes of 60-foot mossy oaks and by the on-site vineyard. Then rest those muscles in your cedar-shingled cottage (complete with floor-to-ceiling windows, large terraces with fireplaces, and outdoor rain showers) hidden in the trees. Or, hit the spa to unwind in the soaking pool, mineral bath, or mud tub.
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Zero George Street, Charleston
Zero George Street oozes Southern hospitality. The insta-perfect hotel is housed within five historic 19th-century buildings and has wide verandas for sipping tea and a courtyard embellished with cast-iron statues. The interiors are just as charming, with white shuttered windows, elegant dark wood furniture, and a spa-like color palette of pale sage and cream. Don’t miss one of the hotel’s famous southern cooking classes, taught on the kitchen’s Lacanche French enamel cooking range.
Belle Mont Farm, St. Kitts
Ditch the island kitch for this swanky stay in St. Kitts. At Belle Mont Farm, the focus is all on sustainable, organic living (but we’re not talking, no-frills, eco-lodging). A crop of West Indies-style villas dot the property’s 400 tropical acres and feature over-the-top amenities like wraparound terraces with romantic open-air soaking tubs and infinity pools, walk-in closets, full gourmet kitchens, plus projector screens, iPads, and hundreds of movies to choose from for a late-night show (the property even provides the popcorn). You’ll also find organic, farm-to-table dishes at the hotel's standout Kitchen restaurant—and if you hook the fresh catch of the day, the chefs will cook it up for the night’s ceviche or bouillabaisse.
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There’s no better place to feel the heat than in Miami. Take a quick trip to The Confidante, a gorgeous Art Deco landmark with bright, playful interiors by Martin Brudnizki. The guestrooms are done up in seafoam-green and tangerine colors, with Jonathan Adler bath amenities, gourmet minibars and balconies with ocean views. Spend your time under the sun, either on the beach, or at the two sceney pools, where DJs and live bands play tunes while you take a dip. There’s also a retro 1950s-style hair salon from Miami-based Junior & Hatter, a serene spa, a speakeasy-inspired cocktail lounge, and a brasserie by celeb chef Michelle Bernstein (we recommend you order the whole Florida snapper with recado verde and potato puree).
This Music City newcomer is already making waves, thanks to its Nashville-inspired design and cooler-than-thou vibe. Inside, you'll find rustic-chic touches like sliding barn doors, brushed-brass bathroom fixtures and brown leather accents, and at night, locals crowd the rooftop bar for Southern craft beers and sweeping city views. When hunger strikes, the hotel's Marsh House, run by celeb chef John Besh, serves mouthwatering seafood and southern classics.
Papaya Playa Project, Tulum
You'd have to be living under a rock not to have heard of Tulum. The low-key Mexican oasis is all about the chill vibes—and the eco-friendly Papaya Playa Project perfectly embodies this ethos. Set on 13 acres of jungle, the resort has a clutch of open-air bungalows, with balconies and hammocks for taking in the water views, and a bi-level, thatched-roof beach club. Sign up for an early morning yoga class, kick back with a traditional temazcal steam bath, or book a holistic Mayan treatment from a resident shaman.
ARIA Resort & Casino, Vegas
Sin City is always a safe bet for a last minute vacation. We’d put our money down at ARIA, a high-tech hotel on the strip that features 16 restaurants, eight bars, clubs and lounges, three pools and a 150,000-square-foot casino. With so many dining options, it’s hard to decide which to try first, but the Jean Georges Steakhouse is a clear winner (follow up the meal with a tipple at GOLD Boutique Club). Besides eating, drinking and other obvious pastimes (ahem, gambling and tanning by the pool), we recommend catching an acrobatics show or relaxing in the spa’s Shio salt room and heated Ganbanyoku beds.
Ace, New Orleans
When an Ace Hotel opens in town, you know it's only a matter of time before the cool crowd descends. Housed in a 1928 Art Deco building, the NOLA outpost is totally what you'd expect of the brand, from the custom-made, retro-inspired furnishings to the one-of-a-kind matelassé quilts. There’s even a vintage photo booth in the shabby-chic lobby and full-sized SMEG refrigerators in the guestrooms. For entertainment—an essential in NOLA—guests and locals gather to listen to live bands at the two-story music venue, take in the views at the rooftop pool and garden, and dig into Creole-inspired dishes at Josephine Estelle.
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