The Best Destinations for Springtime
Beach bums should consider Exuma, a collection of 365 individual islands that are all part of the Bahamas. Great Exuma and Little Exuma are characterized by their laid-back allure, while The Exuma Cays are a favorite of jetsetters and A-listers. No matter where you are in this idyllic archipelago, sapphire waters and untouched coastlines are aplenty. Don’t miss an excursion to swim with pigs or a feed the iguanas! When it comes to lodging, you can do no better than Lumina Point or Sandals Emerald Bay.
Spring in Osaka is synonymous with sakura, aka cherry blossoms, and hanami, also known as the “cherry blossom festival,” is a time-honored Japanese tradition. The annual celebration draws people from near and far who come to appreciate the beauty of these pink blooms. Indulge in seasonal sake, brewed tea, and wagashi (sweets). Plan a picnic at Nishinomaru Japanese Garden in Osaka Castle Park.
Few places are more romantic than Santorini with its volcanic cliffs, white-washed houses, blue-domed churches, and spectacular sunsets. Spring is a great time to visit this legendary Greek isle as you can expect sunny days, a lack of crowds, cheaper airfare, wildflower-swathed hillsides, and lower room rates at upmarket properties like Grace Santorini. Sure, it may be a bit chilly to take a dip in the sea, but a heated infinity pool with picture-perfect panoramas more than makes up for it.
Recreation and relaxation—Jamaica has the best of both. Trek through the rainforest, explore the famous cascades of Dunn’s River Falls, or kick back with a Red Stripe or rum punch on the beach. Savor jerk chicken, curry goat, ackee, and saltfish (cod) at local eateries. To avoid spring breakers, book at upscale, couples-oriented resorts such as Half Moon or Sunset at the Palms.
Napa Valley, California
Napa Valley is among the most romantic honeymoon spots in America, and spring is prime time to visit this vino-centric locale. Temps are in the mid-60s, plus it’s easier to score reservations at top restaurants, wineries, and hotels. Even the most discerning travelers will be delighted by the refined ambiance and five-star service at Las Alcobas Napa Valley. Calistoga Motor Lodge and Spa is a roadside motel turned retro-chic retreat with VW camper-inspired rooms and throwback amenities.
Expect sunny skies, low rainfall, and calm waters in the Seychelles. If seclusion and sophistication are what you’re after, live out your castaway fantasy at the new Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island. It offers privacy and freedom to roam the unspoiled stretches of white sand. Not surprisingly, this luxe respite made our list of the most anticipated lodging debuts for 2018.
Is there anything more romantic than spring in Paris? Walk along the River Seine. Spend a leisurely afternoon in the flower-filled parks. Watch the wooden boats sail around the pond at Jardin du Luxembourg. Explore the magnificent gardens of Versailles. Share a bottle of vino at sidewalk cafes along the Champs-Élysées. Treat yourself (and your better half) to a few nights at Hôtel Barrière Le Fouquet’s or Hotel Plaza Athénée.
Bodrum is a wonderful honeymoon choice for spring. If you fancy somewhere serene and scenic, head to Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay, a cliffside hideaway overlooking the Aegean Sea with complimentary breakfast, yoga, and an infinity pool. Bonus: It’s a short drive to storied attractions such as Bodrum Castle and the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus.