The term “spring break” is synonymous with uncomfortably crowded (and let’s be honest, a little debaucherous) pool parties, drinking ridiculous amounts of margaritas, and all inclusive resorts in tourist traps like Cancun. But it doesn’t have to be. For those looking for an alternative to the spring break madness, there are plenty of great warm-weather spots to help you forget you ever had the winter blues. These five international destinations—offering everything from fine dining to body boarding—are the perfect way to spend an “adult spring break.”
Stay: The Redbury South Beach
Eat/drink: Hyde Beach Kitchen + Cocktails
Do: Aside from chilling at the sprawling open air space that is the new Hyde Beach, there are plenty of beachside activities to take part in to make you feel like you’re on spring break. Check out the volleyball courts or take a dip in the ocean. And when you’re worn out from all that running around, escape to Ciel Spa.
Stay: Memmo Baleeria
Do: This sleepy, yet stunningly beautiful village is the southwestern most tip of Europe. With that comes incredible nature for hiking or walking, and cliffside spots to catch the sunset. Plus, it boasts some of the best surfing and body boarding on the continent with undiscovered beaches at every turn.
Las Vegas, NV
Stay: SLS Las Vegas
Eat/drink: Bazaar Meat by José Andrés
Do: We didn’t say we were against pool parties, we just like ours with incredible bottle service and beautifully designed art deco surroundings. Vegas pool party season kicks off in late April when Foxtail Pool Club opens to the public, with members of The CODE gaining exclusive pre-sale access to all our events. And when you need a break from the heat, the 30,000 square foot casino at SLS Las Vegas is the perfect antidote, as is a signature cocktail from Monkey Bar to cool down.
New York, NY
Stay: Martha Washington Hotel (soon to be The Redbury New York)
Do: For those with urban inclinations, New York is the perfect destination to visit, especially now with its unseasonably warm weather. The list of things to do in the Big Apple is endless, but we like to start at The High Line, taking in the city’s skyline and innovative architecture. Then, a walk through Central Park on a sunny day is a must. And no NY visit is complete without delving into the food and nightlife scenes, starting at Marta restaurant led by Chef Nick Anderer.
Ko Samui, Thailand
Stay: Lanna Samui
Eat/drink: Dining on the Rocks
Do: Diving is big on the island, so if you’ve ever wanted to channel your inner Jacques Cousteau, this is the place. It’s also perfect to do absolutely nothing and just enjoy the delicious fresh food, friendly locals, and incredible affordable Thai massages (you can get an hour-long massage for about $5!) If you tire of that, head to the pristine beaches, temple exploration, or adventures with elephants.