Spend your tax refund on these ultimate Spring Break vacation destinations

Tax Day is April 15th and hopefully everyone will be receiving a nice refund soon. If you’re looking for a tropical getaway or even something local to enjoy your earnings, we have highlighted some wonderful options for you. Whether you are doing a baecation, college spring break or family vacay, you will find something for all of your travel desires below.

Baros’ Easter Holiday Offer is the perfect excuse for you and your loved one to escape and detach from the stresses of daily life and enjoy the resort’s multiple fine dining options and unique excursions.

The package for two includes:

  • 15% discount on your stay
  • Complimentary return speed boat transfer from Male International Airport
  • Daily breakfast at Lime Restaurant
  • One romantic in-villa breakfast during the stay
  • Welcome platter of fruits and chocolates
  • Early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability

Restrictions: This offer is only valid for stays between April 1–30, 2019 and requires a minimum stay of three nights.

Nestled in the serene Lake Eve and in proximity to Universal Studios and other theme park attractions, the world-class and family-friendly Fountains Resort in Orlando is the ultimate family getaway for the Spring Season. With onsite attractions such as the Bluegreen Wakoola Springs, a 75,000-square foot tropical oasis featuring a massive zero-entry pool, two twisting waterslides, children’s pool, interactive water fountains and hot tubs.

For the month of March, the resort will be hosting cozy, fireside storytelling with smores and arts & crafts every Sunday and Wednesday. For Easter, a massive Easter Egg Hunt will take place at the Wakoola Springs along with tie-dying and face painting.

Families can find repose in this cozy, 1 or 2-bedroom villa emulating all the comforts of a home situated in the Waterpark Capital of the world. Wisconsin Dells is home to over 20 indoor and outdoor waterparks and the Bluegreen Odyssey Dells is conveniently located next door to one of the most reputable ones — Mt. Olympus Water & Theme Park.

Featuring both indoor and outdoor parks with over 37 waterslides, 9 go-kart tracks, 7 roller coasters, 10 kiddie rides, 3 lazy rivers, 2 wave pools, whirlpools and more, the kids are sure to be entertained. In honor of Spring, there will be weekly fireside chats with smores.

With a serene view of Table Rock lake from the picturesque Infinity pool, The Cliffs™ at Long Creek is unique to the Bluegreen Vacations resort family with its array of luxurious accommodations tailored towards families and integrating with nature. From cruising along the tranquil lake in boats to fishing and indulging in family picnics, this multifaceted resort is the ideal getaway for any nature and adventure-loving family.

For Easter, the resort will host some festive activities such as pot-decorating, Easter egg canvas painting, bunny bingo and of course an on-property Easter Egg hHunt to uncover the Bluegreen Easter egg for a chance to win a special prize.

Situated along the Intracoastal Waterway in Myrtle Beach just minutes from the surf, Harbour Lights™ is ideal to immerse yourself in the lovely southern culture of this historic, seaside destination. Find repose in a charming villa, perfect for family stays and adventuring along the Grand Strand — the local name for the 60+ miles of beach that stretch from Myrtle Beach to Charleston.

Bask under the southern sun at the infinity-edge pool while the kids run free at the mushroom fountains and kiddie pools or take an afternoon biking adventure along the winding pathways along the lakes. Just in time for Easter, the resort offers a range of activities for the kids and hosts a massive Easter Egg Hunt with a whopping 5,000 eggs to hunt for!

Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas

With the Natural Wonders package from Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, thrill-seeking families are invited on a guests-only excursion, soaring above the Grand Canyon via private helicopter and landing at a private site 3,500 feet below the West Rim in the Valley of Fire. The experience also includes a complimentary picnic lunch, souvenir photo, and two-nights’ accommodations in a One-Bedroom Suite.

Instead of the popular getaways to Hilton Head, Savannah or Charleston, Montage Palmetto Bluff is theideal Southern vacation alternative located in Bluffton, SC! Filled with endless activities such as horseback riding, playing in the elaborate tree houses on property, and seeing some of the local May River dolphins, Montage Palmetto Bluff is the destination to visit!

The resort is also offering a “Home for Spring Break” package (available until April 30), as well as exciting and traditional Easter programming including buffets, egg hunts, and more. This April, the resort will expand its current outdoor offerings to include special sessions such as fishing with the Conservancy located on property, taking in the spring birding migration or learning about a wildlife presentation with experts.

Settled above the turquoise waters of Kapalua Bay in Maui, Montage Kapalua Bay is the perfect place for families to visit for a fun-filled Hawaiian vacation. Just in time for spring break, parents will love the $150 daily resort credit and $60 breakfast credit accompanying the Discover Maui package, designed to allow families to make the most of their Hawaiian destination this spring!

Teenagers will love the entertainment at traditional Polynesian luaus featuring dances, crafts and exciting fire performances or the thrilling adventures of ziplining over Maui, as well as, horseback riding, whale watching, sunset catamaran ridesor taking in the stunning aerial sights of Hawaii with a helicopter tour — all activities that the daily resort credit goes towards to make an unforgettable spring break experience for families of all ages.

Nestled between Key West Harbor and Mallory Square, where historic Duval Street begins the old town experience is Ocean Key Resort & Spa, a luxurious oceanfront property located in the heart of Key West. Overlooking the pristine waters where the Gulf of Mexico meets the Atlantic Ocean, Ocean Key Resort & Spa embodies the charm, energy and eclectic vibe of Key West, while offering the perfect balance of excitement, relaxation and luxury with 100 deluxe rooms and suites, warms breezes and breathtaking views that inspire and energize.

The resort features Hot Tin Roof, a AAA Four-Diamond Award restaurant; Sunset Pier, a lively outdoor bar offering waterfront dining and libations; and the resort’s luxurious spa, SpaTerre.

Located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, this resort is perfect for a spring break getaway with the family. As a property that offers a multitude of activities, including four on-site pools, full-service spa, access to the nearby Cabana Beach Club, specials at the legendary TPC Sawgrass course (next to the resort), a variety of on-site dining options, and more, everyone in the family is sure to be pleased.

For families looking for some city exploration during their spring break vacation, we recommend a stay at the New York Hilton Midtown. Located in the heart of Manhattan, this hotel allows families to have easy access to the best that the Big Apple has to offer, including Broadway shows, Central Park, Radio City, Rockefeller Center, amazing shopping, and incredible restaurants.

Nestled in the San Jacinto Mountains in the heart of Palm Springs California, Korakia Pensione is truly a dream. Dubbed as one of the sexiest hotels in America, Korakia Pensione offers a unique and relaxing getaway from day to day reality all while giving guests the opportunity to disconnect from the chaos with a unique escape with TV-free suites and carefully curated amenities/activities.

The mod-meets-1920s style Moroccan & Mediterranean villa is a kid-free haven perfect for those looking to find refuge from the dessert’s chaos while balancing the city’s infamous indulgences with a dose of wellness.

Located in Laguna Beach, Hotel Joaquin is refuge for the world traveler who revels in living off the beaten path, the adventurers who embrace the beauty of nature, and the lovers of life who appreciate the finest attention to detail. Having opened a few months ago, this California Dream resort is a combination of the The Surf Lodge meets St.Barths.

Guests have access to a private beach paired with an all-access pass to the Adventure Garage — home to surfboards, hiking and diving gear, beach toys and playful outdoor accessories.

A Bahamian tropical oasis considered to be one of the region’s best kept secrets offering guests stylish accommodation and private access to two beaches, giving the sense that they are on their own private island.

The Cove’s unspoiled and secluded location provides a tranquil stay with local flair, offering access to some of the area’s best attractions including Leon Levy Preserve (the first national park on Eleuthera), the prominent fishing village of Spanish Wells, Glass Window Bridge (often referred to as the “narrowest place on Earth” with views of the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other), Queen’s Bath (natural tide pools heated by the sun), and the famed Harbour Island, replete with pink sand beaches and some of the Bahamas’ best restaurants and shopping.

The Eastwind Hotel & Bar is a great glamping site and overall great destination for spring break travel plans. Please see below some of the new outdoor activities taking place this spring:

  • Into the Woods Retreat: Available for groups, this retreat will incorporate a variety of activities to enjoy the outdoors including accommodations in the Lushna cabins (glamping cabins), guided hikes, learning the art of “holzhausen” (art of stacking woodin beautiful piles), cooking a meal over the campfire, survival course in the woods and more.
  • Saturday Night Outdoor Dinners: Saturday evening dinners at Eastwind have been incredibly successful. Meals are home-cooked by Eastwind’s owners and the menu changes each week. For the summer, dishes will mainly be BBQ or cooked over an open fire and communal tables will be situated under twinkling lights for guests to enjoy outdoor scenery.
  • Friday Night BBQ: A casual weekly BBQ on the Eastwind lawn open to both guests and the public.
  • Foraging: Guests of Eastwind can sign up to go on guided foraging walks this spring. Learn about local vegetation and pick some herbs or flowers that you can even bring back to the hotel and the bartender will incorporate into your very own cocktail.
  • Live on the Lawn Performances: Enjoy live music performances on select Saturday evenings. Open to guests and locals.
  • Yoga: Wake up with yoga Saturday mornings at 9am on the Eastwind lawn.

The city’s first boutique property is celebrating its 20th anniversary this May with an array of offerings, including an over-the-top Penthouse Package. Founded in 1999, the hotel offers a luxurious respite in the heart of Manhattan’s bustling Theater District.

The package includes a 2-night stay in the hotel’s sophisticated Triplex Penthouse; a three-level, 2,000-square-foot design-driven suite which includes 500-square-feet of patio space and an in-room sauna; as well as

  • VIP transfers to-and-from the airport
  • Early check-in and late check-out
  • Choice of a 20-year-old bottle of Dom Perignon or a 20-year-old scotch and over-the-top celebration cake in room upon arrival
  • Guided private tour of the Diamond District with a gifted platinum jewelry item
  • Private helicopter tour of Manhattan
  • Personal training session for two (or two personal training sessions) with TMPL Gym trainer
  • Private dinner for two in the Glass Pavilion (pending availability)
  • Exclusive gift bag upon departure

20th Anniversary Special

Guests receive 20% off stays 2-nights or more, as well as a complimentary bottle of prosecco when they book May 1–31 and stay May 1, 2019 — March 31, 2020. With a booking, travelers can enjoy daily continental buffet breakfast at Serafina (for up to two guests), Wine & Cheese Hour Monday — Saturday from 5–6:30 p.m. in LeGrande Lounge, full access to TMPL Fitness by David Barton and unlimited use of the hotel’s onsite 24-Hour fitness center, two vouchers per day for a medium drip coffee or tea at Goldfinch coffee bar, 20% off beverages at LeGrande Lounge, high-speed wireless, and local phone calls. Guests must use the promo code 20TH to book.

It’s officially patio and festival season in Atlanta, and there’s no better home base than the new Hotel Clermont for enjoying all the city has to offer. Opened in June 2018, the hotel is one of very few boutique hotels in the city and has a history dating back to the 1920s C so if you want a true ATL experience, this is your spot. Whether you’re traveling in for the Piedmont Park Jazz Festival in May, a concert at the Tabernacle or State Farm Arena, or just to explore the city C Hotel Clermont is centrally located in the colorful Poncey-Highland neighborhood, just steps from Ponce City Market, ample shops & nightlife destinations, and the BeltLine C Atlanta’s former railway corridor that’s now a popular urban trail connecting neighborhoods.

Not to mention everything located in the hotel itself C don’t miss its award-winning French-American bistro, Tiny Lou’s, the rambling rooftop bar featuring the city’s best skyline views, or the Clermont Lounge C the South’s oldest strip club beloved by many a celebrity (including Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro and the late Anthony Bourdain). It’s located in Hotel Clermont’s basement and operated under independent ownership C and truly an experience you can only find in ATL. Book your stay here.

With exquisite pools, California sunshine, and high-end shopping, Los Angeles is the ultimate dynamic spring time destination (or stay-cation!). Mr. C Beverly Hills truly embodies quintessential L.A. and is the perfect place for a spring getaway to indulge in the city’s lap of luxury.

Founded by fourth generation Cipriani brothers in 2011, the property combines the glamour of its Italian heritage with the sophistication of Los Angeles to create a luxurious “new world-meets-old world” experience. Located minutes from the heart of Beverly Hills, Mr. C offers a serene escape from the city where guests can lounge on plush daybeds on the yacht-inspired pool deck.

This Paris hotel’s family programming allows children to learn and immerse themselves in the Parisian art culture. From customized art tours, guitar lessons, and more, which makes this the perfect family spring break adventure.

  • Family Friendly Cultural + Art Experiences: Le Royal Monceau is home to the first and only hotel Art Concierge in Paris — Julie Eugène. Through her role, she is able to curate customized art and cultural experiences for guests — including personalized activities and tours for children and families. Highlights include a private guitar lesson at the hotel where children can learn how to play a melody of their choice, to customized art tours around the city tailored to a specific age range, interest or passion point. The offerings immerse children in the city’s art and culture, allowing them to learn through experience where they may even discover a new passion of their own.
  • Parisian Movie Night-In — Enjoy the nostalgic pastime of a family movie night in at the hotel’s private theater, Katara Cinema. Families can pick their film of choice and sit back and relax while enjoying movie treats curated by Pierre Hermé Paris.
  • Baby Pampering at the Spa: Infants have long been ignored at the spa but Le Royal Monceau — Raffles Paris has introduced a new offering that pampers the hotel’s littlest guests — the Baby Spa Thalasso Therapy Bath treatment. Designed for newborns of up to 2-months old, the treatment replicates the experience of being inside the womb placing the infant in a therapeutic bath where they are rocked under a warm water jet by a trained nurse. After, both baby and mother receive a gentle massage together, calming the nervous system and leaving the baby to feel at complete ease. (Treatment: 1 hour; 290 €).
  • Surprise + Delight Welcome Pack — Children staying at Le Royal Monceau are welcomed with a special welcome pack with a coloring book from Le Royal Monceau.
  • Family Offer Package: Families staying at Le Royal Monceau can book the Family Offer Package which includes: 50% off second room, complimentary additional bed for children under 12; breakfast buffet at La Cuisine for two adults and two children; Children welcome pack; access to My Blend by Clarins Spa swimming pool and fitness room; Free wifi; package starts at ‎1800 €.

Situated in the heart of New Orleans’ Central Business District, NOPSI Hotel — once known as the city’s utility company and transit operator — is gearing up for Spring with an “official launch” of “rooftop season” with an exciting event, April 28th, at the hotel’s shimmering rooftop pool and bar named, Above the Grid. NOPSI Hotel invites guests to embrace the return of the South’s warm weather alongside a one-of-a kind celebration in the Big Easy — featuring live entertainment, signature handmade cocktails and delectable fare.

In addition, we are excited to share that the hotel is pleased to recently appoint Neal Swidler as the hotel’s new executive chef — a longtime New Orleans chef, Swidler draws from an impressive career spanning more than 20 years of executive-level experience at some of the most acclaimed kitchens in the area, joining NOPSI Hotel from his most recent appointment at Broussard’s Restaurant, where he functioned as executive chef.

Perfectly poised at the center of downtown New Orleans in the historic Central Business District, The Eliza Jane is just two blocks from the French Quarter, and near signature attractions such as The Outlet Collection at the Riverwalk, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the award-winning National WWII Museum. The Eliza Jane is a thoughtful blend of elegance, combined with just the right mix of fancy and funky.

This one-of-a-kind boutique hotel is built within nine historic warehouses that stand distinct on the outside but have been united inside to create sizable guest accommodations in addition to a 2,000 square-foot open-air interior courtyard. New Orleans is known for its fun times and is the ideal spring break destination. The Eliza Jane allows spring breakers to enjoy some peace and quiet in the midst of all the craziness and fun, bound to make it a great and balanced vacation for guests.

Newport Beach has often been considered a sleepy seaside town known for its frozen banana stands and cult TV shows — remember Arrested Development and The OC? But, Newport Beach is quickly becoming an under the radar destination to escape the hectic pace of Los Angeles. In the last year alone, Newport Beach has seen an influx of development with projects like Lido House (opened in April), Nobu (opened about a year ago), and Malibu Farm (opened last fall) turning the coastal community into a highly regarded food, wine and travel destination.

This year, Newport Beach will celebrate the 20th Newport Beach Film Festival. Destinations like Balboa Bay Resort, Newport Beach’s only waterfront resort, are helping to change the scenery of Newport. Recently renovated, the property is an ideal base to explore the surrounding town of Newport Beach, via electric Duffy boat or by paddle-board, all accessible to guests at the property.

It’s waterfront restaurant, A&O Kitchen + Bar also added to Newport’s ‘cool factor’. The restaurant’s California Distilled menu features and celebrates 100% California made spirits and house made cordials from local producers.

The 153-room hotel anchors the $400 million Downtown Palm Springs revitalization project and is the first full-scale hotel built in the area in decades and is the perfect stop for any Spring break plans since Palm Springs is the musical festival destination. The urban oasis embodies a sunny mix of minimalist, modern-desert urbanity with contemporary design, sculptural geometry and modernist forms. The hotel features the city’s first and only rooftop pool, two restaurants and two lounges, and idyllic views of the San Jacinto Mountains.

The remarkable and eco-luxurious Pikaia Lodge, found in the Galapagos Islands is designed for the environmentally conscious, physically active and adventurous traveler, who seeks close contact with wildlife and the unique natural wonders of the Galapagos, while receiving the highest level of comfort and service.

Located in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island and perched between two inactive volcano craters with incredible uninterrupted views, Pikaia Lodge iscompletely carbon neutral and constructed from recycled materials. The 14 contemporary and elegantly designed suites sit 450 meters above sea level, boasting a stretch of 31 acres of land in the heart of a private wild giant tortoise reserve — the property’s owners planted 12,000 trees to foster this animal sanctuary!

The Pikaia Lodge grounds are perfect for hiking, running or even cycling using one of the lodge´s mountain bikes. Guests can also enjoy active, quality guided land and marine day programs in small groups and the chance to explore neighboring islands, secluded white sand beaches and fascinating wildlife sites of the Galapagos National Park on board their 105-foot luxury yacht.

In addition to spacious and quiet accommodations, an outstanding spa utilizing local ingredients in treatments, a lounge and pool, guests can enjoy world-class cuisine at The Evolution restaurant, which serves dishes inspired by a unique fusion of Ecuadorian and international flavors.

Located in the heart of Charleston’s Historic District, the award-winning King Charles Inn is a perfect getaway option for travelers looking to relax and refresh. With the King Charles Inn Sea Charleston Adventure package, guests are invited to experience Charleston by speed boat on a fully-narrated 13-mile tour through the Charleston Harbor.

Highlights of the tour include the Battery, USS Yorktown, Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, South Carolina Aquarium, and a variety of wildlife that call the Charleston Harbor home. After an adventure-packed day out on the water, guests can enjoy the royal treatment at the hotel’s café, The Brew, enjoying Pimm’s cup, a cocktail incorporating gin and ginger ale, topped with cucumbers and lemon.



Tony Bowles is one of the youngest sought journalists in the media world. He focuses on lifestyle, travel, entertainment, food, and more! Based in New York City

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Tony Bowles, Contributing Columnist

Tony Bowles is one of the youngest sought journalists in the media world. He focuses on lifestyle, travel, entertainment, food, and more! Based in New York City