Spring Break All Grown Up

March is upon us and Spring Break is all the talk (or hashtag for some). Given the harsh winter that we’ve survived, visions of warm beaches, blue waters and tropical libations by the pool are the perfect hiatus to get us over the hump into summer. As you pull that woolen cap over your head you may be kicking yourself for not having the forethought to plan such a getaway.  Then there are those who toyed with the idea of jetting for a few days to the well known destinations, but the mere hint of college revelers trampling your tranquility may have halted your planning altogether.  Don’t fret; we’ve got you covered.

The key to planning the perfect grown-up spring getaway is to deviate from the norm.  That means not only looking for those not so well known gems but getting the timing just right.

Don’t pack away your fantasies of warm Caribbean waters or Florida beaches just because everyone and their grandmother will be there. Ok, maybe not their grandmothers but it depends. Just broaden your horizons.  Instead of Cancun, think Antigua. Instead of the east coast of The Sunshine State, think the west coast, along the Gulf of Mexico.

Certainly, booking hotels in warm, highly desired tourist destinations in February and March not only prove to be crowded but usually what feels double the regular price.  The closer you get to Easter, the higher the premium.  This is because while Spring Break is notorious for  MTV series type debauchery, it is in fact one of the most traveled times for families.  Naturally, since children are out of school and somewhere in that time period Easter will fall.

For those looking for last minute, child free, jaunts without spending a mint, you are in luck.  This year Easter falls on the last Sunday of March thereby ending the official Spring/Easter break season. This is perfect timing for planning a few days away with your girls.

April, in most warm, popular destinations begins what is called the shoulder season.  Shoulder season for hotels and tourist destinations is the season between peak (high demand) and off season (low demand). In other words, hotels are more flexible in their pricing and you are not likely to trip over tots on the beach.   So, grab your BFTTs (Best Friends to Travel With) and check out these luxury travel finds. They would love to welcome you and some of your gal pals for a couple of days of R&R.

Ritz Carlton (Sarasota,FL)

Rejuvente You Package

Starting at $379 USD per night

•Overnight accommodations
•60-minute Spa Treatment
•Lunch for two, once per stay. (Can be enjoyed in the hotel restaurant, at The Golf Club Grille or with The Spa’s “Nourish” menu.)
•Two 18 hole rounds of golf at The Golf Club, including Caddie, golfcart, club storage and tax (on golf only)

Wild Dunes (Charleston, SC)

Escape the (March) Madness Ladies Getaway Package

Package starts at $494 per night and includes the following for three-night stays for four people March 1 – April 30, 2013:
• Nightly accommodations a two bedroom vacation condo rental
• A bottle of bubbly upon arrival
• Dinner one evening for four Sea Island Grill
• Mornings on the Marsh paddling experience led by a master naturalist for four to take in our scenic waterways by kayak
• One pampering pedicure for four
• One-day bike rentals for four to explore the island by our guests preferred mode of transportation
Even better, enjoy the shopping and nightlife in downtown Charleston, just minutes away!

Your March Madness escape awaits at Charleston’s Island Resort.  Call 888-778-1876 to book or for more details today! Reference promo code “EMMWD” to redeem special package.

Sugar Ridge (Antigua)

The SpaVenture package allows a pair of friends to stay in a Deluxe Twin bedded room with daily breakfast. Experience a choice of either a Rain Forest Canopy Tour, or a half-day kayaking tour through the mangroves or a one-day circumnavigation of the island by catamaran.
The SpaVenture package includes tickets for either of these trips as well as three-night accommodations, indulge yourself and your friend with two spa treatments each, an authentic Caribbean treatment, such as the Caribbean Therapy Body Treatment, which uses the healing touch and ingredients of the Caribbean to create inner calm and renew the body and senses as well as our signature treatment, Sugar Bliss, a 3.5 hour treatment designed to the individual.
Guests can also relax and benefit from Sugar Ridge’s range of activities from the complimentary yoga and pilates fitness classes or simply relax by the outdoor pools.

Do you have any great springtime travel finds? What are some of your Spring Break “best kept secrets? Let us know below. We promise not to tell…