The mercury is rising, the sun is shining and there’s a feeling of reincarnation as the buds of spring burst forth from March to May.
We’ve selected the gorgeous-est spots around the world that provide unparalleled inspiration to pack up and jet off for a rejuvenating break.
Along with the gorgeous-est wardrobe for each location, as curated by Lisa Haynes.
Thatch Caye, Belize
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Perfectly located on the Belize Barrier Reef, Thatch Caye is an exceptionally beautiful stay that is only accessible by boat. With just 12 cabanas located on the private island 9 miles from the mainland, seclusion is everything here.
This bare-foot casual spot is Belize personified. From the laid-back friendliness of the staff to the breathtaking traditional thatched cabins – furnished in a fabulously rustic aesthetic – melting away into a thoroughly relaxed state won’t be a worry. The only difficulty will be choosing between a quirky, palm-shaded cabana or exciting over-water bungalow.
With a natural saltwater pool and piers for yoga and fitness, this exemplary resort offers everything you could need from a mid-year getaway, and with scuba and snorkelling excursions not far away, there’s something for every taste in this tiny corner of paradise.
Ma’in Hot Springs, Jordan
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Ma’in Hot Springs Hotel and Spa emerges as a lush green oasis in the dramatic, rocky landscapes of western Jordan. Those looking for a relaxing and replenishing break need look no further. Ma’in’s beautiful swimming pool is fed by a hot spring waterfall that cascades down the jagged cliff face, filling it with warm water that is rich in potassium, magnesium and calcium for super soft skin.
In the hotel’s spa, opt for any one of the fabulous treatments from its tantalising menu, including mud wraps, hydro-jet baths and showers, underwater massages, mud facials, electrotherapy and cosmetology treatments. The hotel is also just a short drive from the banks of the Dead Sea for your fill of salty, floating fun and mud masks. This awesome spot is pure paradise within the desert.
Springtime in Venice is simply perfect. The weather is ideal for exploring the narrow alleyways and hopping over bridges or taking to the canals to admire the views that are like nowhere else on earth. A trip to the ‘floating city’ would not be complete without a stay at Aman.
This Renaissance palace is floor to ceiling luxury. Contemporary furnishings complement authentic silk wall coverings, chandeliers, wood panelling, chinoiserie and painted ceilings, and most suites offer unparalleled views over the Grand Canal. For the ultimate in luxury, book into the Alcova Tiepolo suite with its mesmerisingly intricate, gold-touched plasterwork and ceiling fresco.
Shipwreck Lodge, Namibia
The heat of summer is starting to peter out during this time in Namibia and the brief season of rain has cooled the sunbaked sands that surround this boutique bolthole for miles around.
The shipwreck-shaped chalets are nestled between the dunes with a view of the Atlantic Ocean, where the Benguela current provides guests with a refreshing breeze. The 10 chic cabins are inspired by the famous shipwrecks that pepper the Skeleton coast, and all come with gorgeous bohemian furnishings and wood-burning stoves. Falling asleep to the crackle under starlight is something everybody must experience once in their lives.
The Lodge also offers excursions to the surf, desert or nearby rivers, where, in this almost untouched landscape you might spot hyena, elephants and even desert lions. This extraordinary stay among the world’s most untamed wilderness is totally unique, totally secluded and totally unforgettable.
The Ritz, Paris
Was there ever a more iconic hotel, anywhere else in the world? This sumptuous abode in one of the French capital’s most exclusive addresses has been a favourite with the fashionable elite for 120 years. Steeped in fascinating history, The Ritz was home to Coco Chanel for the last years of her extraordinary life.
The refinement of the French art meets the elegance of Belle Époque décor here at The Ritz, and its palatial suites in muted-pastel tones are eternally on-trend, and the perfect base from which to explore the city.
Springtime in Paris is the best time to visit too. The temperature is pleasantly on the rise and the throngs of summer tourists have yet to descend. Parks are in bloom, flotillas of river cruises take to the water and the atmosphere is filled with joie de vivre.