If winter has left your feeling sluggish, pasty, and uninspired, you're not alone. As yet another snowstorm hits the East Coast, we can hear the cries of desperation reverberating on New York City skyscrapers. This shouldn't come as a surprise—we've been conditioned all our lives to expect a warm weather escape around this time of year. First, when our parents would haul the whole family to the nearest Club Med for some sun, fun, and relaxation. Then, when our college besties convinced us that spring break in Daytona Beach was definitely a great idea. (Spoiler: It's not.)
But in our 30s, spring break is merely a vague possibility—one that requires voluntary planning and a few days off work. More importantly, the logistics can be nightmarish if you try to avoid the crowds of children on school break or the swarms of college spring-breakers. But one thing's for sure: We all deserve a break from the cold, the stresses of everyday life, and the long nights at the office—whether it's only for three days or for a full three weeks. If yet another winter snowstorm is too much to handle, we rounded-up our favorite destinations to escape the cold ASAP.
Seafire Resort + Spa, Cayman Islands
Named one of Travel + Leisure's best new hotels in the world for 2017, the Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa is guaranteed to impress. Think of it as your traditional tropical resort, elevated. Between paddle board yoga, movies under the stars, and multiple dining options, you'll come out on the other side of your vacation relaxed and well-fed.
Seafire Resort + Spa | Seven Mile Beach, Grand Cayman, The Cayman Islands
Artist Residence, Cornwall
Not all spring break vacations must include a margarita and a beach. If a tropical destination isn't your speed, try an artistic escape on the picturesque British shore. Take a long relaxing bath, explore the sleepy coastal town, or nosh on fish and chips and lager.
Artist Residence | 20 Chapel Street, Penzance, Cornwall, UK
Casa Cuixmala, Mexico
For a truly out-of-the-ordinary experience, head to Casa Cuixmala, a Moorish-style villa set on the deserted beach of a private nature preserve on Mexico's west coast. Watch animals grazing in the distance, soak up the sun by the checkered pool overlooking the ocean, or take a tour of the lush gardens of this eco-luxury resort. Spring breakers need not apply.
Casa Cuixmala | Carretera Melaque-Puerto Vallarta Km. 46, La Huerta, Jalisco, Mexico
Plan Your Escape
Quirk Hotel, Virginia
If a faraway escape is not in the realm of possibility, a quick escape to Richmond, Virginia, could be all you really need—and the Quirk Hotel is the perfect place to do so. Browse current exhibitions at the Quirk gallery, bike around historic Richmond, or eat your way through the neighborhood's vibrant culinary scene.
Quirk Hotel | 201 W Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia
Robertson Small, South Africa
If you're itching for a long-haul escape, look no further than South Africa's Robertson Small hotel. Recently redesigned by MyDomaine favorite Sophie Ashby, this small five-star property is meticulously outfitted. Explore the small country town sprinkled with Victorian architecture, tour the neighboring wineries, or book a hot stone massage in the hotel's wellness room.
The Robertson Small Hotel | 58 Van Reenen Street, Robertson, South Africa
86 Cannon, Charleston
Charleston's newest charming boutique hotel is ideal for a short springtime escape. Bike around the historic Charleston district, eat your way through some of the South's best restaurants, and resist the almost-guaranteed urge to relocate to South Carolina.
86 Cannon | 86 Cannon Street, Charleston, South Carolina
Hotel Esencia, Tulum
Originally built as a private residence for an Italian duchess, this intimate hacienda-style hotel offers ultimate relaxation and privacy. Read a book in one of the shaded beach chairs, book a treatment at their organic spa, or take a dip in your private plunge pool. We bet you'll never want to leave.
Hotel Esencia | Carretera Cancún – Tulum KM 26 Xpu-Ha, Quintana Roo 77750 Mexico
Next up: five gorgeous spring break destinations that will fuel your wanderlust.