For Travel Tuesday, Pursuitist’s award-winning travel editor Christopher Parr visited Live at 4 CBS and shared the Best Spring Break Destinations.
It’s Travel Tuesday. Let’s escape to a sunny destination and recharge your soul until summer.
Today, we’re going to share three warm weather destinations, where affluent travelers avoid the college students (and crowded pools and parties).
First up is sunny San Antonio, Texas. Remember the Alamo. San Antonio offers a rich history, fantastic architecture and wonderful food. We love the San Antonio Riverwalk, which is a 15 miles long pedestrian path lined by bars, shops, restaurants, and museums.
There are two hotel destinations we recommend, the best of the best in San Antonio.
First, the new Hotel Emma. It was a 19th-century brewhouse, that has been completely renovated and is now a 150-room luxury boutique. Very hip, very chic. Hotel Emma stands out among travelers for its cool culture. Visitors marvel at the refined industrial elements featured throughout – particularly in the lobby – and are equally impressed with the quality of the accommodations. Guests report rooms to be exceptionally styled and comfortable, thanks to amenities like 48-inch flat-screen TVs, beds with Frette linens and luxury bathrobes.
The second property is the classic St. Anthony, A Luxury Collection Hotel. This is a stunning hotel with a rich history, which opened in 1909. A few years ago, the property went through a multi-million dollar restoration — and the property completely shines. Less than three blocks north of the San Antonio River Walk, this National Historic Landmark mixes 20th-century architecture with modern style and amenities.
For a Southern Escape…
For another unconventional destination, I recommend Savannah, George. Similar to San Antonio, it has a rich history. The Historic District has cobblestone squares and parks, horse-drawn carriages and amazing architecture. Great food, charming boutiques — and plenty of ghost tours to visit the haunted side of Savannah.
We recommend the amazing new Perry Lane Hotel, a 167-room Luxury Collection–member property in the heart of the Historic District. This chic new hotel also features a rooftop pool and bar with breathtaking views of the city, while the in-house coffee bar, bar, and restaurant are all top of the line.
For a more classic and romantic destination, we recommend the Mansion on Forsyth Park. It’s a Victorian mansion in the heart of Savannah. The in-house restaurant, 700 Drayton Restaurant, serves southern fare, while Casimir’s Lounge features a rooftop patio and live music.
For Sunny Florida Beaches…
Exceptional service, the sun, the sand — and so many amazing hotels and resorts along Florida’s Atlantic Coast.
The Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island is one of my favorite beach front resorts. This island resort is right on the Atlantic and offers private balconies with oceans views. This secluded North Florida resort is the perfect place for families to reconnect and for couples to retreat. The stunning and carefree oceanfront property is 5.4 miles from Fort Clinch State Park and 5.9 miles from the Amelia Island Museum of History.
A little farther down the Florida coast, visit West Palm Beach – which is a bit more active. Exquisite shops, fine dining, Broadway-quality shows, a world-renowned art museum and more.
Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach is our one of our recommended properties. Located right on the beach, with plenty of pools, and an award-winning spa — you’ll relax in the lap of luxury.
Lastly, The Breakers, one of the most famous properties in West Palm Beach. This property is huge, located on 140 acres. Half mile of private beach access and four waterfront pools. This legendary large oceanfront resort (still owned by Flagler’s family!) has an irresistible charm and storied history, which manages to blend in seamlessly with its full range of modern amenities.
If you’re a golfing fanatic, this is the place to be. The Breakers has a golf academy where you train with a golf pro one one one. The property has has two amazing golf courses.
These are our favorite luxury options for a Spring Break getaway.
Christopher Parr, is the Editor and Chief Content Creator for Pursuitist, and a contributing writer to USA Today, Business Insider — and the on-air host of Travel Tuesday on Live at 4 CBS. He is an award-winning luxury marketing veteran, writer, a frequent speaker at luxury and interactive marketing conferences and a pioneer in web publishing. USA Today has named him one of the “Top 10 Luxury Travel Bloggers” — and Madison Magazine honored him as one of the “Top 20 Most Influential People in Madison.”