Spring is nearly here, but why wait for warmer weather to cross some travel goals off your bucket list? From stylish shows and Texas-sized rodeos to an exclusive escape halfway around the world, these five destinations prove that chilly climes are no reason to stay indoors this March.
Whether you prefer sparkling ocean views or lush tropical surroundings, Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The St. Regis Bali Resort delivers. In honor of the property’s 10th anniversary, all 41 of its luxurious villas have undergone a stylish renovation led by Malaysian design firm ZDR to feature a warmer, more residential feel — think wood paneling, plush carpets and extra-techy touches.
Even with these sumptuous upgrades, one signature offering stays the same: the storied St. Regis Butler Service. Experience it all this month through the getaway’s A Taste of Luxury package, a promotion that grants you a complimentary fourth night, daily breakfast, late checkout and more.
Bluffton, South Carolina
Get active this spring without sacrificing scenic views during the Palmetto Bluff Marathon on March 4. Enjoy an intense (but incredible) jaunt through Four-Star Montage Palmetto Bluff, taking in the waterfront vistas and Spanish-moss-draped roadways of this Boston Marathon qualifier. If you’re not quite ready for that kind of challenge, opt for the equally breathtaking half-marathon or 10K race.
All race proceeds benefit the Palmetto Bluff Conservancy, but the best reward may be Montage Palmetto Bluff’s Run the Bluff offer, a deal that includes upscale accommodations, discounted race registration, a SparkRunner personal coaching session and a 75-minute pedicure at the Four-Star spa.
Rock out in Music City as The Rolling Stones’ first traveling showcase, “Exhibitionism,” makes its final stateside stop. Debuting at the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum on March 29, the exhibit features more than 500 pieces of memorabilia (including vintage guitars, album art and band members’ personal diaries), 190 original Stones-inspired works of art and an entire gallery dedicated to the band’s style.
When you’ve perused displays to your satisfaction, head for Four-Star Hutton Hotel, an eco-friendly and stylish stay just seven minutes from the museum.
Panama City Beach
What better way to celebrate spring’s March 20 arrival than with a beachside garden party? Situated steps from the Gulf Coast’s sandy shores, Unwined is a food fest taking place at Aaron Bessant Park on March 23 and 24. Sample signature sips and Southern bites while listening to live music from Birmingham-based soul band St. Paul & the Broken Bones.
Between the festivities, rest your head at Four-Star The Pearl Hotel, a sumptuous, European-inspired property situated 15 minutes away on Rosemary Beach.
Everything’s bigger in Texas, and the annual Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is no exception. The largest exhibition of its kind in the world, the event attracts more than 2.5 million annual visitors with concerts, carnivals and contests lasting more than two weeks.
Enjoy this year’s historic show without giving up any creature comforts thanks to Four-Star The Houstonian Hotel, Club and Spa’s Rodeo Houstonian Style package. Available on weekends throughout the festival (through March 18), this special includes two Texas-themed cocktails, a $50 Uber gift card for the ride to NRG Stadium, a complimentary boot shine and a few country-tinged surprises.