6 Spectacular Destinations to Experience Spring in Full Bloom
From convenient jaunts to far-flung getaways, these romantic spots dazzle in spring, with idyllic weather and colorful, exquisitely scented flowers that embody the pleasures of the season.
1. Kyoto, Japan: Stroll Cherry Blossom-Lined Gardens and Canals
Kyoto in April is downright enchanting. In every corner of the city, trees fill with cloud-like poofs of pink and white cherry blossoms. Partake in the festivities on a private rickshaw ride along ancient streets with The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto. Donning a customary kimono, you’ll be swept to and from the city’s most notable markers — like Philosopher’s Path and Kiyamachi Street — on a traditional mode of transportation used in Japan since the 1800s.
2. Washington, D.C.: View Cherry Blossoms Along the Banks of the Potomac
Washington, D.C.’s cherry blossoms reach peak pinkness in early April. The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. celebrates the season with sakura room scent enhancements and tea experiences, plus special Japanese whisky flights, cocktails, and sushi menus. Book a guided evening bike ride; you’ll have the city to yourself and gain fresh perspective of beautifully lit, iconic landmarks like the Thomas Jefferson and Martin Luther King Jr. memorials. In Georgetown, the gardens Dumbarton Oaks offer a romantic sea of pink and white blossoms — and with fewer visitors.
3. New York City: Visit Central Park at Its Most Colorful
Central Park in spring is a true rebirth, a chorus of brilliant blooms like daffodils, tulips and magnolia. Take in the seasonal sights from a suite at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Central Park or stroll the park’s gardens and tree-lined paths. In May, the nearby Metropolitan Museum of Art opens its Roof Garden Bar and offers sweeping panoramas of the park and city skyline.
4. Southern Arizona: Revel in the Wildflowers of the Sonoran Desert
Each spring, the chefs at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain harvest fruit and flowers from the hundreds of saguaro cacti that dot its desert landscape, turning the caviar-like pulp into saguaro-inspired treats. A storied symbol of the American West, the saguaro’s pearly-white buds flourish from mid-March to late April. This is wildflower season in southern Arizona; a time when a painter’s palette of color — toasty gold, warm vermilion and cool cobalt — bloom along undulating hills and roadsides.
5. Tenerife, Spain: Bask in the Sun and Beauty of the Canary Islands
Known as the Island of Eternal Spring, Tenerife offers heavenly year-round temperatures and 43 miles of beaches lined by a lush landscape often compared to Maui or St. John. The Ritz-Carlton, Abama offers a secluded beach accessible only by funicular and puts natural wonders center stage with whale- and dolphin-watching excursions, bird’s-eye-view paragliding adventures and spa treatments featuring seasonal fruit and volcanic stone.
6. Lake Oconee, Georgia: Enjoy a Golf’s Great Experiences
The Masters Tournament tees off at Augusta National Golf Club April 6-9. The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee has fans covered with its Luxury Masters Week package for two — a five-night escape complete with an Executive Suite stay, tournament passes for Thursday and Saturday, and transportation to and from The Masters. Plus, guests will enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences like dinner-for-two on the resort’s putting green and custom TaylorMade club fittings.