Instead of Cancun...
Go to Mexico City
Looking to avoid the touristy beach towns of Mexico? Consider visiting its cosmopolitan capital, an oasis of art, shopping, gastronomy and culture. Mexico City is home to some of the best restaurants in the world, including Lardo, the second restaurant from Rosetta’s Elena Reygadas, and chef Gabriela Cámara’s Contramar, which serves what may be the best seafood in town. In the tony Polanco neighborhood you'll find the single largest upscale department store in Latin America, El Palacio de Hierro. With Polanco being such a major shopping destination, you can score deals on flights and hotels and then take advantage of the low peso to stock up on swanky goods at Palacio before heading home. In the same neighborhood, Las Alcobas offers a design-centric, luxury urban hotel experience.
Lardo, Agustín Melgar 6, Condesa, 06140 Mexico City. +52 (55) 5211-7731; lardo.mx
Contramar, Durango 200, Colonia Roma, 06700 Mexico City. +52 (55) 5514-9217; contramar.com.mx
El Palacio de Hierro, Av. Moliere 222, Polanco, 11570 Mexico City. +52 (55) 5229-3185; elpalaciodehierro.com
Las Alcobas, Av. Presidente Masaryk 390, Polanco, 11560 Mexico City. +52 (55) 3300-3900; lasalcobas.com
Instead of the Bahamas...
Go to Anguilla
An under-the-radar playground for luxe travelers, the tiny eel-shaped island of Anguilla has some of the finest cuisine in the Caribbean. But it's perhaps best known for its 33 powdery white sand beaches, high-end resorts and exclusive private villas for rent. Cue Zemi Beach House in Shoal Bay East, offering beachfront accommodations with ocean views, a rum tasting room, an infinity pool with an underwater window facing the ocean, and authentic Taíno healing treatments at the spa. If villa rental is more your speed, book at Altamer, located in Shoal Bay West, which offers ultramodern beachfront villas — great for families and large groups of friends.
Zemi Beach House, Shoal Bay East, Shoal Bay Village, Anguilla. +1 264-584-0001; zemibeach.com
Altamer, Shoal Bay West, Shoal Bay Village, Anguilla. +1 786-223-8565; altamer.com
Instead of Nashville...
Go to Lexington
As the “front porch to the South,” Lexington, Kentucky, is a lesser-known spring getaway beyond the more typical and crowded Southern cities. Spring is an exciting time to visit, with the Keeneland Race Course Derby qualifying races beginning in April. The “Horse Capital of the World” also offers a Horse Country program with tours of championship thoroughbred farms (including American Pharoah’s!). You can check out the numerous bourbon distilleries, but should leave time for the city’s plethora of locally owned restaurants, the doughnut trail, new craft beer "brewgrass trail," museum exhibits and street art tours. For overnights, book a stay at the art-focused 21c Museum Hotel Lexington or upscale Gratz Park Inn.
21c Museum Hotel Lexington, 167 W. Main St., Lexington, KY 40507. +1 859-899-6800; 21cmuseumhotels.com
Gratz Park Inn, 120 W. Second St., Lexington, KY 40507. +1 859-231-1777; gratzparkinn.com
Instead of Miami...
Go to St. Augustine
If you’re looking for a springtime getaway filled with history, romance and luxury, you’ll fall in love with the charming city of St. Augustine. Every site in St. Augustine has a story, from the famed Fountain of Youth to the Castillo de San Marcos fortress. For an immersive historical experience, book a stay at The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens, a set of nine buildings repurposed from historic homes dating back to 1790. History buffs, culture aficionados and artists alike will swoon over the museum-quality decor from Kenneth Dow’s collection of antiques on display throughout the inn. After a day of exploring, unwind with a custom-made cocktail from the hotel’s Well Bar while stargazing by the property’s fire pits or garden.
Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, 11 Magnolia Ave., St. Augustine, FL 32084. +1 904-829-3168
Castillo de San Marcos, 1 S. Castillo Dr., St. Augustine, FL 32084. +1 904-829-6506; nps.gov
The Collector, 149 Cordova St., St. Augustine, FL 32084. +1 904-257-8994; thecollectorinn.com
Instead of Jamaica...
Go to St. Kitts
For a culinary-focused vacation to the Caribbean, look no further than St. Kitts. Belle Mont Farm, an organic farm, hotel and restaurant on Kittitian Hill, invites travelers to embark on a journey to discover a meaningful connection with food, nature and themselves. Wake up to views of the sea in the secluded guesthouses and farmhouses, which come complete with private infinity pools and open verandas with alfresco bathrooms. You can even partake in the Culinary Academy, an educational food journey that invites you to forage with farmers and chefs while learning about the many varieties of fruits and vegetables. Following a day of harvesting, prepare a true farm-to-table feast alongside executive chef Christophe Letard. Belle Mont Farm provides excursions for adventure enthusiasts, including mountain biking to UNESCO site Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, guided hiking tours up Mount Liamuiga volcano, tennis and golf lessons, and beach activities.
Belle Mont Farm, The Village Kittitian Hill, Basseterre, St. Kitts. +1 869-465-7388; bellemontfarm.com
Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park, St. Kitts. 869-465-2609; brimstonehillfortress.org
Instead of Vegas...
Go to Red Rock Canyon
Okay, so you'll technically still be in Vegas, but the Strip this is not. Once known only for its casinos, all-you-can-eat buffets and nightlife, Las Vegas is — believe it or not — emerging as the next city for wellness travel, becoming a hot destination for spa junkies. Leading in wellness-conscious offerings is Red Rock Spa by Well & Being, which fuses fitness and wellness with indulgent experiences. Try Lancer Skincare treatments, once available exclusively to Dr. Harold Lancer’s celebrity clientele like Kim Kardashian, Beyoncé and Victoria Beckham, and fitness classes like vertical wall yoga, TRX and one called Permission to Chill. There's even violin meditation, acupuncture and cupping. Who knew there was such a thing as a healthy, healing and holistic Las Vegas experience?
Red Rock Spa, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89135. +1 702-797-7878; rr-spa.com