Beyond Cabo: Seven Chic Spring Break Destinations to Book Now

Because spring break doesn’t have to mean a cheap motel and crowded beach.

4th of July

There’s a way to do spring break with cheap beer and crowded beaches, and then there is a chic way to do spring break. From a foodie tour of Tulum to a luxe, African safari retreat, these breathtaking destinations around the globe will upgrade your spring break like no other. Spend a few days away from the insanity of your daily life and unwind in a beautiful place, indulge in great food and wine, immerse yourself in another region’s culture, or soak up the sun on the beaches of Vietnam or Thailand. You can still dance, drink, and have a wild time like the spring breaks of your youth, but this time around the experience will be a little less debaucherous and a lot more elevated. Here, some of the most intriguing places to escape to this spring.

Hoi An, Vietnam

Those looking for beautiful beaches and majestic landscapes will not be disappointed by Vietnam. Stay at the newly renovated Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai, open as of December 2016, and enjoy the hotel’s own private stretch of Ha My Beach. Nearby, get your culture fix at the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Hue’s imperial city, the temple sanctuary of My Son and the village of Hoi An. Foodies will want to try out The Nam Hai Cooking Academy, where Chef Tran Van Sen will teach you how to make authentic Vietnamese cuisine.

Aspen, Colorado

Photo: Courtesy of The Gant Aspen

If you didn’t get enough skiing in this year, it’s not too late. Head to Aspen for one last ski of the season and enjoy better weather and less crowds. (What’s not to like about that?) Stay at The Gant, A Destination Hotel, which is perfect if you are traveling with a group and conveniently located in downtown Aspen. It’s a short walk to the slopes as well the city’s most beloved restaurants, like Matsuhisa and Ajax Tavern at The Little Nell, and the stunning Aspen Art Museum.

Kruger Park, South Africa

Photo: Courtesy of Singita Lebombo Lodge

If it’s a luxurious adventure you’re looking for this spring, head to South Africa’s Lebombo Mountains for a week of game drives (during which you’ll spot rhinos, lions, and elephants), unparalleled stargazing, and more. Stay at Singita Lebombo Lodge, one of South Africa’s most modern safari lodges, and enjoy the rustic surroundings while you enjoy the comforts of the luxury property, including the spa, a top notch culinary program, and spacious swimming pools.

Phuket, Thailand

Photo: Courtesy of Amanpuri

Looking for a wellness immersion to reset your mind and body (and maybe start getting ready for bikini season)? Pack your bags and jet to Phuket, Thailand for a few days of cleansing at Amanpuri, Aman’s first-ever hotel situated on the shores of Andaman Sea. If you can, get there in April as May marks the beginning of the rainy season. Try one of the hotel’s three to 14-night individual wellness immersions programs, where you’ll work with nutrition experts on a personalized diet, do therapy sessions with movement specialists and treatments at the Aman Spa, and more.

Lake Como, Italy

Lake Como is open for the season and it always makes for a perfect couples retreat, whether it’s a babymoon, honeymoon, or just a weekend away with your partner. The ever alluring Grand Hotel Tremezzo has just announced a new addition to the hotel, the neighboring Villa Sola Cabiati, that you’ll be sure to want to check out. The historic villa, dating back to the 1700’s, was home to one of Lombardy’s most noble families and currently houses a wildly impressive art collection. Live like royalty and book out the whole villa or reserve it for a private party while you’re there. It’ll certainly be one of your most grand vacations ever.

Tulum, Mexico

Photo: Courtesy of Colibri Boutique Hotels

Tulum might be old news at this point, but thanks to Noma’s René Redzepi, it’s Mexico’s hottest destination right now. The Copenhagen-based chef has set up shop in Tulum for his latest pop-up restaurant, running April 1st to May 28th. The $600-per-person dinner tickets are sold out, but you can still go on your own culinary adventure in Tulum. If you want to be where the action is, stay at one of Noma’s partner hotels, Hotel La Zebra and Hotel Mi Amor. Sample the region’s incredible ingredients that have inspired Redzepi’s Mexican pop-up, like the local clams and Yucatan lime, and visit his favorite restaurants like Nectar (by Robert Solis). Finish off your food tour of Mexico at Hartwood, another spot beloved by gastronomes from around the globe.

Tokyo, Japan

Photo: Courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Tokyo

Spring in Tokyo means cherry blossom season. (And, a lesser known phenomenon, the wisteria is also in full bloom at the magical Wisteria Tunnel at Kawachi Fuji Gardens in Kitakyushu outside of Tokyo.) Go, stay at the Mandarin Oriental (hands down, it’s one of the city’s best hotels), indulge in a spa treatment or two, and then make your way to Nakameguro to feast on Japan’s culinary delights and do some serious shopping, and stroll along the canals to see some of the city’s most beautiful cherry blossom trees in full bloom.

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Bella Hadid jetted off to Jamaica, where she captioned this picture, “I need you out in Jamaica relaaaxxin..”


Another image from Hadid’s Jamaica vacation looked like an ode to Beyonce’s now famous pregnancy announcement, complete with flowers and gauzy curtains.


Victoria’s Secret Angel Sara Sampaio opted for snow over sun, hitting the Yellowstone Club ski resort in Montana.


Alessandra Ambrosio took in the Maldives sunset wearing a flowing sundress from her own collaboration with Revolve.


Always good for a bikini picture, Emily Ratajkowski took a break from her Italian getaway to snap a pic.


Lexi Boling took in her surroundings, stepping out towards the water while vacationing in Brazil.


Imaan Hammam snaped a selfie while on an trip to Africa, along with Doutzen Kroes, for Save the Elephants.


Hanne Gaby Odiele went exploring while island-hopping with husband John Swiatek.


Putting her camera experience to good work, Jacquelyn Jablonski gave her best model face while lounging in St. Lucia.


Donning a sporty bikini, Adwoa Aboah hit the beach of Tulum with a pal.


On set for Victoria’s Secret in Miami, Stella Maxwell struck a pose in her lace lingerie set.


Also partaking in the on-set hijinks: Elsa Hosk, who used Miami palm trees as her backdrop.


Josephine Skriver hit the pool in Las Vegas, taking it easy after Taylor Hill’s 21st birthday bash.


Skriver recruited Lais Ribeiro and Jasmine Tookes to take part in one of Vegas’s famous daytime pool parties.


Romee Strijd, Jasmine Tookes, Taylor Hill, and Lais Ribeiro joined together for a group picture in Las Vegas.


Even Romee Strijd, in town for best friend Taylor Hill’s birthday, is not immune to a picture of the Las Vegas fountain.


Joan Smalls took in the sights of Goa, India, using one of the local flowers as the ultimate Instagram prop.