Tired of the cold weather and the snow? That’s why Vacation is revealing 10 of our favorite spring destinations for you and your significant other to heat things up! We admit there may be a couple chilly places on our list, but nothing is more important than spending quality time with the one you love during a relaxing vacay or unforgettable honeymoon. And in addition to giving you reasons to visit these fun spots in the spring, our team of expert travel agents included their recommendations on the best places to stay to help you turn up the heat on your ultimate getaway.
We couldn’t start off our list without adding Amsterdam. Best known for its Red-Light District, historic buildings and museums, this city is a popular destination for couples to consider visiting every spring. At the end of April, tourists can join locals in celebrating King’s Day (formerly Queen’s Day) -- the largest festival in the Netherlands. Take a romantic boat ride with your significant other through the city’s iconic canals. And be sure to see Keukenhof – home to the world’s largest flower garden – during the annual festival to be amazed by its Insta-worthy tulips. It’s only a 40-minute drive west of Amsterdam.
Vacation’s Travel Experts Recommend: Stay at the luxurious 5-star Conservatorium Hotel located near the city’s popular attractions, or book a room overlooking a canal at the Hotel De L’Europe, where they also offer a Keukenhof Package. Both places have amazing high-end amenities, including wellness spas.
Cabo San Lucas
While spring breakers head for Cancun, couples can relax in Cabo San Lucas for a beachside alternative. Beachgoers who enjoy golf should head to the tip of the Baja Peninsula to explore the area’s sandy shorelines, like Playa del Amor (Lover’s Beach), and to hit the greens on several championship golf courses. Whale-watching season carries through mid-April, and other outdoor activities include horseback riding, fishing, snorkeling or parasailing from high above. Cabo San Lucas is the ultimate beach getaway for couples.
Vacation’s Travel Experts Recommend: For a true beachfront vacation experience, stay at the Gran Velas Los Cabos, which features rooms with breathtaking views of where the Sea of Cortez and Pacific Ocean meet. Hands-down… it’s one of our favorites! However, Le Blanc Los Cabos and Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort are also perfect options for a couple’s vacay in Los Cabos.
Stargazing couples should travel to northern Norway, considered the top destination to see the Northern Lights from autumn to mid-April. Travel to Svalbard, the northernmost inhabited region in Europe, to experience 24-hour daylight between April and August. On the opposite end of the light spectrum, the city of Svalbard experiences “polar nights” – 24-hours of darkness between January and February, making the aurora borealis easily visible. Your stargazing experience in Norway will definitely be different from stargazing in your backyard.
Vacation’s Travel Experts Recommend: Go extreme experience and stay at the Kirkenes Snowhotel (KIrkenes, Norway), where overnight guests enjoy a locally-sourced, three-course dinner, pet reindeers and reside in accommodations that feature decorations and sculptures made from ice and snow. And at the Sorrisniva Igloo Hotel (Alta, Norway), couples can stay in an igloo or sleep under the stars in a lavvo – a teepee-like tent. The impressive panoramic views, on-site sauna and the snowmobile safari are just a few fun amenities.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t add the City of Light to our list. Everyone dreams of springtime in Paris, right? It is one of the most romantic cities in the world. From a proposal atop the Eiffel Tower to an intimate picnic along the River Seine to a stroll to smell the spring flowers blooming in the Jardin du Luxembourg at Luxembourg Palace…. Paris and romance have become synonymous. Customize your perfect romantic getaway to include a tour to see the city’s historic landmarks and museums, experience an authentic French meal at a romantic, Michelin-starred restaurant and book a reservation at Aux Trois Mailletz, where famous jazz artists like Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday have performed. A Vacation travel agent can help you arrange a romantic vacay you both won’t soon forget.
Vacation’s Expert Recommendations: Even though couples may not spend most of their time in their hotel room when visiting Paris, we recommend splurging a little and staying at the newly renovated Hotel Lutetia, scheduled to reopen this spring with a new luxurious Art Deco decor. Another option is the 5-star Peninsula Paris, located just steps away from high-end shopping along the Champ Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe.
When planning a romantic getaway to this Caribbean island, Vacation’s travel experts recommend staying at the Belle Mont Farm. Located on Kittitian Hill, this luxury resort is surrounded by 400 acres of lush rainforests and pristine beaches. On-site amenities and perks include Irie Fields, a Par 71, 18-hole golf course that embraces its natural landscape with fresh fruit. And the Mango Walk Wellness Centre offers private wellness experiences like custom body scrubs produced from locally sourced herbs. St. Kitts’ pristine beaches and its scenic railway make this a perfect island getaway spend some quality time with the one you love.
Vacation’s Travel Experts Recommend: If you want to maximize your time alone, we recommend the Nisbet Plantation – the Caribbean’s only historic plantation on a beach that features the ultimate private accommodations. It’s also a prime spot for a destination wedding or honeymoon.
For couples seeking a tropical and exotic getaway, we recommend a spring visit to the Caribbean island of St. Lucia. Be sure to spend time at the most romantic spot on the island – Soufriere Bay. The island’s idyllic white sand beaches and Pitons provides couples stunning landscape views you won’t find anywhere else in the Caribbean. In May, experience the St. Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, where music artists perform on different venues located around the island, showcasing a variety of music genres, such as calypso, reggae, soca, steel pan, American R&B, European jazz and French-Caribbean zouk. And painters, wood carvers, jewelry makers, poets and quadrille dancers are just some of the local talent also featured at this 8-day festival.
Vacation’s Travel Experts Recommend: Split your stay between the Rodney Bay area to enjoy dining on Lucian specialties like crab back and salt fish at the marina, and the south end of the island, where the majestic Pitons are located. The Ti Kaye Resort & Spa, the new Harbor Club in Rodney Bay, the iconic Jade Mountain Resort, Viceroy Sugar Beach (our favorite beach), Anse Chastanet Resort and the Capella Marigot Bay Resort & Marina are highly recommended. Let us help you choose a resort that best fits your interests.
Here in the U.S., we know about the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC, but consider a romantic trip to Tokyo to see more than 1,000 cherry blossom trees spring to life in Ueno Park. Join locals as they converge to celebrate the trees in full bloom with parties and romantic picnics. And there’s no shortage of ways to keep couples immersed in Japanese culture, including a visit to the city’s numerous museums, monuments and attractions.
Vacation’s Travel Experts Recommend: Grand Hyatt Tokyo – features 10 dining options – is connected to Roppongi Hills which houses 200 shops and restaurants, a cinema, art museum and an observatory. The hotel is a three-minute walk from the subway to explore the city. And the Imperial Hotel Tokyo is the epitome of more than 120 years of elegance from awarding-winning cuisine to highly personalized service that couples will bask in for the ultimate spring vacay.
Looking to whisk your sweetheart off to a relaxing vacay near a winery? Consider a visit to Florence, home to some of the most exquisite art and architecture of the Italian Renaissance. Avoid the large summer crowds by visiting in the spring, which offers beautiful weather to explore historic churches and monuments, get a taste of authentic Italian cuisine, or hop on a Vespa for a romantic ride through the Tuscan countryside, home to some of Italy’s top wineries.
Vacation’s Travel Experts Recommend: If you’re interested in spending time right in the middle of Florence, stay at the Hotel Savoy. Outside of the city, Impruneta offers affordable private villas near a winery and an olive grove. Or drive 70-miles south to be pampered at the 11th century monastery turned luxe Castel Monastero Resort & Spa, where the Diamond Rose Couple Ritual treatment is a must.
Uco Valley, Argentina
Welcome to the best-kept secret in Argentina's Uco Valley! For couples looking for a South American adventure with a side of culture, we suggest a stay at the Casa de Uco Vineyards & Wine Resort. Located across from a 790-acre estate and vineyard, the property's "Adventure & Wine" program caters to those craving a relaxing spring getaway that includes parcel tasting through the vineyards with a sommelier and chef, a winery visit, a cocktail class, tapas-style dinners paired with signature wines, horseback riding and free time to explore the beauty of Mendoza, Argentina. With the majestic Andes mountain as your backdrop, you have the option to relax in the outdoor infinity pool in the middle of the resort's lagoon or participate in a sunrise yoga class to soak in your surroundings.
Vacation’s Travel Expert Recommend: Stay in the luxe accommodations of the Park Hyatt Mendoza Hotel Casino & Spa. In addition to testing your luck in the casino, the hotel features activities and excursions to keep guests busy, such as skiing, golfing, a “Masters of Food & Wine” program, two mountain tours, winery tours, rafting, horseback riding and paragliding.
Whitsunday Islands, Australia
These 74 islands off the coast of Queensland, Australia offer incredible sites, including the 4-mile long Whitehaven Beach, one of the most famous white-sanded beaches, where you can find the perfect secluded spot along its amazing shoreline. Couples can’t snorkel or dive in Heart Reef because of its protected status, but they can get a bird’s-eye view of it from a helicopter or seaplane. Create the perfect romantic atmosphere with a multi-day sailboat excursion that couples with the opportunity to also go snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef. Don’t worry about the details… Let a Vacation travel agent plan your stress-free spring getaway now!
Vacation’s Travel Experts Recommend: Stay at Qualia, a small, stylish resort for the ultimate beachfront resort experience. Surrounded by a lush tropical rainforest, this resort features a luxury spa and private pools. Another option is One&Only Hayman Island, a private resort right on the reef. Splurge on a balcony room overlooking the sea for a sweet couple’s vacay!
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