Spring Travel Inspiration: Rome in bloom
Posted: 20 February 2017
If the summer is just that little bit too far away to offer the luxury travel break you need, rest assured that spring boasts an inviting array of options across the globe. Whether you’re seeking sunnier climes, family-focused fun or a captivating city break, our expert Travel Consultants have sprung into action and compiled a list of their favourite destinations for earlier in the year.
You’ve probably heard that Dubai is arguably the most definitive ‘all year round destination’, but our discerning clients often require a more in depth insight when planning their luxury holiday to the Middle East. Increasingly, Dubai is becoming the preferred choice for families, as Dubai boasts an unrivalled selection of activities for all ages. Spring is the ideal time for families to enjoy Dubai’s incredible facilities as the temperatures are warm, but far more comfortable than the sizzling heat of an Arabian summer. It is no exaggeration to suggest there is an activity for every interest on offer in Dubai, but for families, the legendary water parks, theme parks and newly opened Legoland are sure to entertain even the most inexhaustible young traveller.
The romantic reputation of the Maldives makes it synonymous with wedding season, but that’s not to say it is off limits for early birds or springtime honeymooners. There is no denying the Maldives is a lusciously luxurious destination and many people mistakenly believe its beguiling beauty comes with a hefty price tag, however spring savers can enjoy the appealing allure of this most arresting archipelago for even better value than before. Why not take a look at our early booking offers for the Maldives to ensure you experience paradise at its most rewarding?
Thailand’s dazzling culture and delicious cuisine have enraptured travellers for centuries, but there is one essential aspect to consider before escaping to the East – the climate. In general terms, Thailand’s climate is best described as tropical but there are three distinct periods throughout the year that may affect travel plans. Thailand’s dry season falls between March and May, after which heavy rainfall is widespread until November, when temperatures are much cooler overall. Therefore, to experience ‘The Land of Smiles’ at its best, we recommend booking your luxury beach holiday, twin centre or wildlife experience earlier in the year. Thailand is a beautifully satisfying destination, whether you’re seeking cultural insight or a relaxing, authentic spa experience.
It is something of a secret in elite travel circles that Hollywood’s A-Listers often swap LA for Los Cabos at this time of year, to enjoy some downtime during award season. Los Cabos is home to one of our featured luxury resorts One&Only Palmilla, a prestigiously private resort promising utterly exquisite relaxation and dining experiences. Los Cabos is the ideal destination for a tranquil retreat style luxury beach holiday, which is perfect for a much needed pick-me-up at the start of a new year. Meanwhile, further south on the Yucatán peninsula lies Riviera Maya – Mexico’s go-to setting for romance and relaxation. With temperatures in the thirties from February onwards, and a seducively slow pace of life to enjoy, Riviera Maya is the perfect destination for a luxury spring holiday, with flavoursome food, pristine private beaches and warm, welcoming hospitality the model anecdote to the humdrum every day.
The evergreen charm of the Caribbean remains in full bloom in spring and you can enjoy a vibrant array of inviting islands, depending upon your luxury travel desires. We recommend visiting the Caribbean’s quieter islands during spring, avoiding the crowds and experiencing the understated luxury of the Caribbean’s hidden gems. Starting with Anguilla, where seclusion and sultry scenery reigns supreme, there is a treasure trove of five-star luxury to be uncovered on this small but mighty island. In many ways, Anguilla represents the classic Caribbean; tropical flowers, turquoise-coloured waters and laid-back charm make it a wonderful setting for springtime sophistication. If a private island escape is more to your taste, the British Virgin Islands boasts some of the Caribbean’s most exclusive addresses. Here, sailing is the order of the day with an ambience of adventure to savour as you explore uninhabited cays and mini-kingdoms from the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea. Finally, for blissful beach life, it has to be Turks and Caicos. Mile upon mile of powder-soft white sand and sunsets that defy explanation, Turks and Caicos are an immaculate paradise.
Spring really shines in ‘The Golden State’. This is the time of year when Farmers’ Markets are at their most colourful, with picture-perfect produce coming into season and the variety of flavours are at their most fresh. For the quintessential taste of California, head to Santa Monica for surf and sunshine. Home to the famous Santa Monica Pier, this stunning seaside town boasts many eclectic influences, including Spanish, Asian, Mexican and Creole, so you’re guaranteed sumptuous cuisine, energising nightlife and rewardingly rich culture. In San Diego, the ambience is equally easy going, with all the attractions of a thriving city. In Balbao Park there are fifteen fascinating museums, live art performances and the renowned San Diego Zoo. Within the city itself, there is a continental cafe culture in addition to the California classics such as surf, a craft beer scene and perfect climate.
Sunshine and Sand in The Sunshine State
Where better for some bright spring sun than ‘The Sunshine State’ itself. For some travellers, Florida is just theme parks and cartoon characters, but there is much more to this substantial state than meets the eye. Naples is located on Florida’s ‘Paradise Coast’, where nearly a tenth of the land is protected by nature reserves. When you think of the all-American beach experience, Naples is probably what comes to mind – golden sands, an abundance of surf and all-day sunshine. Our featured luxury resorts in Naples are some of Flordia’s finest, so be sure not to miss out this spring. Staying with the theme of sand and sun, but with an altogether more unique twist, Scottsdale in Arizona is another of our favourite selections for spring. Known as ‘The West’s Most Western Town’, Scottsdale is a truly fascinating setting. Surrounded by arid mountains, but illustrated with a lush green canvas, Scottsdale sits in ‘The Valley of The Sun’ as a charismatic blend of American Indian Culture with Mexican influences and the traditional Wild West casting a warm shadow. Scottsdale typically enjoys 330 days of sun each year and visitors can enjoy almost as many activities during their stay. Sport, art, spas, adventure and family-centric activities are displayed in their plenty in this charming town.
For a short-haul city break, Italy spoils with possibility. From the romance of Rome to the cultural revere of Venice, fashionable Milan or Florence in full bloom, there is no shortage of delectable delights on offer in Italy. Spring is traditionally a quieter time for European travel, therefore you can explore Italy’s charming cities at leisure and free from the crowds. It goes without saying that Italy’s ageless allure is enhanced by its architecture, cuisine and culture, but guests visiting ‘The Capital of The World’ and its fellow cities can enjoy even more beauty when in Rome and beyond. Traditionally, Italy’s flower markets begin in spring and the appeal of floral aromas wafting through the stunning cities is utterly unforgettable, not to mention the bright blooms artistically contrasting against the ancient architecture for stunning effect.
In the height of summer, Portugal is pouring with international visitors seeking sun and stellar sporting, beach and family travel experiences. Spring, however, offers amiable temperatures without the throng. Whilst we’d always recommend a luxury villa stay for anyone seeking to avoid the summer rush, our superior selection of five-star luxury hotels on the Algarve is ideal for any time of year. The Algarve is synonymous with glorious golfing opportunities and spring is an ideal time to test your swing as the courses are generally quieter, but your round is unlikely to be interrupted by rain. The nearby island of Madeira is something of a hidden gem for European luxury travel. Warm all year round, this elusive island is home to picturesque fishing villages, rugged landscapes and quiet beaches. Madeira has recently made its mark on the adventure travel scene, as its natural architecture lends itself to biking and hiking trails, whilst canyoning and paragliding experiences are also increasingly popular. Finally, the Madeira Carnival Festivities event takes place each year from 22nd February to 1st March, which is a great way to experience the island at its liveliest whilst The Festa da Flor takes place for three weeks in May to celebrate colour and culture on the island.
For something more exotic this spring, without the effort of a long-haul flight, why not experience the vibrancy of the ‘Red City’? Marrakech is a wonderfully intoxicating setting to feel further away from the everyday than you actually are. Take a guided tour of the snaking souks, with their spices, gold and Aladdin’s Cave-style shops. To escape the hustle and bustle, walk the High Atlas Mountains in the company of Berbers or a guided camel trek for that more traditional feel. Marrakech is flavours, sights, sounds, tastes and textures in one lively, rich and utterly transfixing location. Even more temptingly, our luxury featured properties boast Marrackech’s most luxurious facilities, from decadent spas to hilltop pools, sublime suites and private maisons, so the opulence doesn’t have to be left behind in the bazaar.
If you’re ready to experience first-class service and luxury travel this spring, or for more information about any of these distinctive destinations, please call one of our expert travel consultants on 01244 897 505.