Serene Escapes to Avoid Spring Break Crowds

Serene Escapes to Avoid Spring Break Crowds

Spring is right around the corner (even Punxsutawney Phil is predicting an early arrival!) and all of the usual suspects will soon be flooded with family travelers and spring break partiers (here's to looking at you, Florida and Cancun). Though, what about adult travelers who want to enjoy a springtime trip but avoid the crazy college crowds and overrun family locations? There are still plenty of exciting options to discover.

These upscale options for a serene escape range from an adult-only resort in a remote southern region of Costa Rica, to wine country in Napa Valley and beyond.

Spring brings lush flora, fauna and active wildlife to the trendy destination of Costa Rica. Opt for a spring stay in the less-discovered region of Ojochal. Here, Hotel Three Sixty (pictured) is about as serene and relaxing as they come. This adult-only, boutique hotel is aptly named for its 360-degree views of the rainforest, with toucans, macaws and monkeys routinely swinging by to say hello. Take in panoramic views of the South Pacific Ocean from the hotel’s infinity pool, find zen at the outdoor yoga deck, or opt for a unique treatment at the nature-inspired Jungle Spa. For a double dose of wildlife, take a day trip to explore Corcovado National Park which is home to hundreds of wildlife species not found anywhere else on the planet. With 12 intimate villas offering luxurious accommodations, this hidden gem in the heart of Ojochal is the perfect spot for a laid-back and nature-filled spring trip.

Spring in Bloom at Barnsley Resort | Adairsville, GA

Just an hour outside of Atlanta and tucked away in the foothills of Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, lies Barnsley Resort, the ultimate Spring escape. The 3,000-acre resort serves as the ultimate retreat to unplug, find balance, and reconnect both with loved ones and nature, particularly in spring when the boxwood gardens are in full bloom. With an intimate 142 guest rooms, this resort-meets-playground offers rejuvenating treatments from the spa, and memorable outdoor activities such as sporting clays, axe throwing, archery, horseback riding, golfing and more. When hunger strikes, the resort is home to three exceptional on-site restaurants ranging from fine dining at the recently refreshed 19th-century farmhouse-turned-restaurant, Rice House, to Southern comfort food at Woodlands Grill and al fresco dining at the Beer Garden. Barnsley Resort offers everything that adults need to stay entertained for days.

Bucket List Spring Adventures | Bonaire

When one thinks of the Caribbean for spring break, Aruba, Barbados and St. Lucia may come to mind, though Bonaire is the Caribbean's hidden gem for adventure seekers ready to explore paradise and head off the beaten path. The breezy island is known as a water sport hot spot for everything from its epic shore scuba diving and snorkeling to its ideal conditions for windsurfing or wing foil. But, for those who prefer to be on land, worry not, as there are many activities to enjoy above ground including the unique sport of Landsailing, powered by Bonaire's signature tradewinds. Active visitors can really test their comfort zone by exploring the depths of wet and dry caves, cliff jumping and hiking at Washington Slagbaai National Park, or even golf on a completely natural desert course (where wild goats and donkeys have right of way). Check off a bunch of adventures from your bucket list in Bonaire, a sustainable and adventurous choice offering untouched, cacti-clad nature for miles and a completely protected coastline to preserve the underwater world it is known for. Post adventure, Bonaire's food scene is on point, serving up unique local dishes like iguana soup or a lionfish burger on the beach! For those who seek thrills and the beauty of nature without the spring break crowds, Bonaire is the ideal fit for exploring.

Cheers to Spring at The Meritage Resort and Spa | Napa Valley, CA

Let’s face it… no trip is complete without a glass of wine (or two) in hand. Located among the sprawling vineyards of Napa Valley, The Meritage Resort and Spa is the perfect destination to plan your next adult-only vacay. Guests will find elevated dining options, a six-lane bowling alley/sports lounge, a locally sourced artisanal market, a relaxing full-service adult-only pool and Spa Terra, nested in a 22,000-square-foot Napa Estate Cave. At the center of the Wine Country resort is The Village, featuring a lush lawn, encircled by tasting rooms that spotlight the best the Valley has to offer. For those looking to explore beyond the resort, Napa Valley is home to luxury shopping, countless vineyards, the Napa Valley Wine Train, unique culinary experiences and countless exciting activities, such as; hot air balloon rides, bike tours, kayaking on the Napa River, hiking, golfing, and more.

Authentic Italy at Renaissance Tuscany Il Coccio Resort & Spa | Tuscany, Italy

Anyone looking to avoid the crowds this spring should consider visiting the opulent Renaissance Tuscany Il Coccio Resort & Spa in one of the most unexplored areas of Italy. Nestled on the hill of an expansive 60-hectare estate, Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa overlooks the mountainous Serchio Valley and offers guests a luxurious and tranquil place to call home during their stay. Relax and unwind, then get in on the classic Italian fun with a pasta-making workshop with the chef. The hotel provides the ingredients, aprons, chefs hat and wine, guests bring the good times. For a dose of nature and additional awe-inspiring views, partake in the three-hour guided hike of the Cinque Borghi (Five Villages) to trek through the rolling hills of Tuscany and the boutique towns.