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6 Spectacular Destinations to Experience Spring in Full Bloom

Article by Katarina Kovacevic 03.16.2017

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.

Man pulls a red rickshaw along a leafy street while a woman in a kimono takes in the view

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.

Martini glass with three pink cherry blossoms submerged in the clear liquid

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.

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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.

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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.

Dining tables with umbrellas overlooking the ocean

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.

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Plan Your Stay in These Destinations


  • Washington, D.C.

    Location Washington, D.C.

    Experience One of the city’s most majestic luxury hotels, steeped in history.

    • Surrounded by tree-lined streets in downtown D.C.
    • A relaxing respite from the city's energy
    • Unparalleled Club Level accommodations
  • Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

    Location Washington D.C.

    Experience The most historic luxury hotel in Georgetown

    • Renovated factory building from 1932
    • One of only 3 AAA Five-Diamond D.C. hotels
    • Modern amenities set in a historical ambiance
  • New York, Central Park

    Location Midtown Manhattan

    Experience Sweeping Central Park views from your hotel room

    • Travel + Leisure's 2016 World's Best
    • Steps away from Central Park
    • Just one block from the famed 5th Avenue
  • New York, Battery Park

    Location Lower Manhattan

    Experience One of the “Top 52 Places to Go” by NY Times.

    • Walk to lower Manhattan landmarks
    • Panoramic views of the Statute of Liberty
    • NYC’s only luxury hotel on the waterfront
  • Kyoto

    Location Kyoto, Japan

    Experience A modern take on time-honored Japanese traditions.

    • Nestled on the banks of the Kamogawa
    • 180-degree Higashiyama mountain views
    • The most spacious guestrooms in Kyoto
  • Abama

    Location Tenerife, Spain

    Experience A beachside retreat where sea, land and resort blend seamlessly.

    • Overlooks the brilliantly blue Atlantic
    • 13 restaurants and bars to experience
    • A 72-par, Dave Thomas golf course
  • Reynolds, Lake Oconee

    Location Lake Oconee, Georgia

    Experience Enjoy fishing, waterskiing, jet skiing, paddle boarding & more

    • 75 miles from Atlanta on 30 acres of shoreline
    • Lakeside cottages, championship golf, locally inspired cuisine
    • Recently renovated infinity pool and spa