From an outdoor adventure in Iceland to off-the-grid relaxation in Nicaragua, a spring getaway is often just the remedy for late-winter gloom, whether it’s a romantic break or a family holiday. Now is the best time to book, as many of Indagare’s preferred properties book months in advance. We know these destinations first-hand and how to orchestrate the perfect getaway.
Contact Indagare to book a spring break trip. Our travel specialists can match you with the right destination and hotels, plan great meals and activities and arrange behind-the-scenes access.
Amarla, Cartagena. Photo by Phoebe Maria Montague-Warr
Preserved by ancient fortifications built by the Spanish, Cartagena is a stunning time capsule on the shores of the Caribbean Sea. World-class music, film and literature festivals (Nobel Prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez kept a home here), talented chefs and chic hotels and shops are luring those in search of springtime seaside culture.
An aerial view of Kasiiya Papagayo in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Photo by Brooke Day, Courtesy Kasiiya Papayago
The spirit of Costa Rica is best captured by its mantra “Pura Vida.” Directly translated, it means “pure life,” but in daily use it’s normally an expression of satisfaction or thanks, and is often heard as a greeting and farewell. Whether you are looking for surfing, adventure, beach relaxation, giving back or family time, Costa Rica has it all. The luxurious, family-friendly Four Seasons recently renovated its rooms and restaurants; while the Andaz remains a tried-and-true favorite for a spectacular beach at a lower price point. The adults-only Nayara Springs offers immersion into the jungle without sacrificing creature comforts, and Kasiiya Papagayo is an intimate, secluded eco-retreat on 123 private acres of dry tropical forest.
Richard Branson’s private island in the British Virgin Islands offers a sense of seclusion unrivaled by anywhere else in the Caribbean and an island’s worth of staff at your service. The island is normally reserved for exclusive takeovers, with the exception of dedicated “Celebration Weeks.” Contact Indagare for more details.
With Michelin-starred restaurants, nine World Heritage sites, some of the world’s most beautiful Gothic and modernist architecture and more than two miles of beaches in one European city, Spain’s Barcelona is like a cross between L.A. and Paris. This charming Mediterranean port city offers visitors a mix of history, fashion, relaxed rhythms and a vibrant, creative energy. Here you can walk from a palm-lined beach to the Barri Gòtic neighborhood and onward to an Art Nouveau–era avenue, all in the course of an afternoon.
Turks & Caicos is one of the Caribbean’s most appealing destinations because of its crystalline waters, powdery beaches and multiple direct flights from the U.S. each day. Travelers looking to recline at a private island paradise will adore the tranquility of COMO Parrot Cay, while design mavens will love the sleek style of Amanyara. And for those who want to be in the heart of Grace Bay, the beachfront Grace Bay Club is sophisticated and sprawling with endless amenities for adults and children alike.
Courtesy Zero George in Charleston
One of America’s earliest cities, Charleston remains among its most elegant with live oaks lining cobblestoned streets, which are still plied by horse-drawn carriages. Charleston encompasses the best of two disparate but equally engaging cultures: the aged hush of cobblestoned European hamlets and the welcoming hospitality of the American South with an exciting culinary scene (and great springtime weather) to boot.
The Dominican Republic’s Spanish influence adds a distinctive flavor to its culture that differentiates it from the rest of the Caribbean. Along with tall coconut palm trees and freshly caught seafood on offer, guests can enjoy spirited merengue music and excellent hand-rolled cigars. With luxurious resorts from the sleek and secluded Amanera to family-friendly compound Casa de Campo to the chic hideaway Playa Grande, there is a divine property for every traveler.
View of Île de la Cité and the Seine river in Paris. Courtesy Paul DuFour
Long touted as the world’s most beautiful city, Paris, with its elegant architecture, sophisticated shopping and charming l’art de vivre, simply enchants. Visitors can spend days marveling at the masterpieces at The Louvre , wandering the cobblestoned streets of Montmarte or peaceful Tuileries gardens, savoring exquisite cuisine and retreating in style to the city’s most glamorous hotels.
Snorkeling in Harbour Island. Courtesy Bahama House
Also known as “Briland” to vacationers and locals, the Bahamas’ Harbour Island is located 220 miles southeast of Miami. Only a fisherman’s cast north of Eleuthera, the charming island is known for its three-mile pink sand beach, pastel British-colonial cottages enveloped in bougainvillea and easy, laid-back pace.
Courtesy Hawaii Tourism Authority, Photo by Tor Johnson
With wild terrain, active volcanoes, pristine beaches of red, black and white sands and a unique culture, Hawaii’s allure lies in its spectacular tropical landscapes and welcoming aloha spirit. Each of the five main islands—the Big Island, Maui, Lanai, Oahu and Kauai—offer countless adventures, beautiful vistas and pampering, five-star properties.
The 40,000-square-mile island located about midway between North America and Europe (surrounded by the Atlantic in the south and the Greenland Sea in the north), is an adventure traveler’s dream spring destination with activities like heli-skiing, surfing the Arctic Sea, fly-fishing, whale-watching and snowmobiling on offer.
While the scenic coastline of the Riviera Maya—one of the fastest-growing resort areas in Mexico—offers white sand beaches, turquoise seas and Maya ruins to explore, Los Cabos is generating plenty of buzz, with new luxury properties opening every season.
The pool at The Beverly Hills Hotel. Courtesy Beverly Hills Hotel
Los Angeles has always been a crucible for new ideas in the arts, design and lifestyle, and with one third of California’s population living in the metropolitan area’s 4,850 square miles (and speaking 220 languages, from Khmer to Russian), this sprawling, glamorous, change-obsessed place is something to behold.
Marrakech has it all: history, romance and atmosphere. It exudes a happening, hip vibe, but also has a sterling pedigree. The architecture is amazing, the gardens gorgeous, the shopping an ethnic extravaganza. Everywhere there is color and light with enough history to keep traditionalists happy. If you’re looking for an indulgent spring getaway in an exotic place, it doesn’t get any better.
St. Barth’s has a rhythm of its own that mixes French joie de vivre with a laid-back tropical ease. From world-class hotels to excellent restaurants and shopping, the island accomplishes something few others can – retaining its pristine, undeveloped shores while satisfying serious jet-setters that are happy with nothing less than the best. Despite devastation from Hurricane Irma, St. Barth’s has bounced back, with the re-openings of the chic Villa Marie, multiple lavish villas and beloved restaurants like Shellona and Maya’s.
Central America’s largest and least densely populated country, Nicaragua is broken up into three areas: the magnificent Pacific coast, the remote Central Region and the nearly deserted Atlantic coast. The moniker “the country of lakes and volcanoes,” is no exaggeration. In addition to the 28 volcanoes (6 of which are still active), 8 crater lakes and hundreds of beaches along 650 miles of untouched coastline, there are also vibrant colonial cities and tropical forests.
This laid-back Wyoming resort town has some of America’s most stunning landscapes, which draw dare-devil skiers in the winter and spring and nature enthusiasts in the summer. Jackson Hole is tucked into Wyoming’s national park system and is surrounded by thousands of acres of protected land, where elk, moose and buffalo roam at the of feet of majestic mountains, from which waterfalls thunder down. Couples will find peace at the sleek and remote Amangani, while families and serious skiers should stay at the base of the mountain at the sprawling Four Seasons.
Courtesy Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, Miami
Framed by the Florida Everglades to the west and Biscayne Bay to the east, Miami is a chic cultural destination comprised of several districts, suburbs and barrier islands, including the seven-square-mile Miami Beach. The dynamic city offers countless luxurious retreats, exciting culinary creations and an ever-evolving contemporary art and design scene.
Europe’s coolest country—young, fun, energetic and vibrant—is emerging into the spotlight. Boasting a rich, centuries-long history, extraordinary hospitality and a growing sector of high-end hotels, restaurants and shops, Portugal—whose name seems to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue—is just hitting its stride. The variety of landscapes, from beautiful preserved cities like Lisbon and Porto, to the dramatic coastline of the Algarve and the the lush vineyards and valleys alongside the Douro River, promise something for every spring traveler.
Quieter and less developed than many of its Caribbean neighbors, this tiny island in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is known for its natural beauty, including powdery white beaches, emerald-hued water and the Tobago Cays, an excellent snorkeling spot with an extensive coral reef.
Courtesy Santo Palato, Rome
Rome is a place where ancient history and contemporary life breezily coexist, where you can sip cocktails at a trendy bar while gazing upon a temple colonnade from the year 145 (that would be at Salotto 42, on Piazza della Pietra). The bustling, chaotic city continues to inspire today’s visitors precisely because of its many faces: historic, cultural, religious, culinary, contemporary.
St. Lucia’s mix of a colonial past with influences from African, Indian and Creole cultures has yielded a tapestry that is as lush and varied as its fabled rainforest. With pampering luxury resorts like Sugar Beach and Jade Mountain and a dramatic, mountainous landscape plus world-class diving and a rich arts culture, St. Lucia is an enchanting spring getaway that is accessible, but feels far-flung.