Yep, it’s that time of year again, Sloanies. The world truly is the Sloanie’s oyster when it comes to spring break vacation options, but here are some of our top picks for spring break fun and frolics. Bon voyage!
A short flight from London with all the buzz of a long-haul getaway, Marrakech is a serious Sloanie hotspot in the warmer months. Rent out a beautiful riad (that’s a townhouse arranged around a central courtyard and a pool to you and me), sip mint tea on sun-drenched rooftop terraces and luxuriate in the splendour of the Yves Saint Laurent gardens. And with a trend for folksy prints and bold colour blocking, vibrant Morocco is hot right now in more reasons than one.
Greece has always been a go-to country for the well-heeled and well-connected, and the island of Santorini is the sparkling jewel in its crown. This is pure picture-postcard Greece, complete with sugar-cube houses set into the mountainside, cobbled streets and bright blue domed churches, and it’s no wonder this little island has more than its share of celebs checked in at any one time in the warmer months. Jean Paul Gaultier loves the little town of Oia in Santorini, and the island was a favourite getaway for Gianni Versace too. Brangelina reportedly have a home on Santorini, and the Kardashians love to shop till they drop here.
Lewa Downs, Kenya
A true luxury safari destination, the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy is where Wills proposed to Kate with Lady Diana’s sapphire encrusted engagement ring, and the nature reserve is owned by a close friend of the Windsors. Having spent much of his gap year in Kenya and Tanzania, Africa has always been close to William’s heart, and this right royal endorsement has only done great things for the profile of this 62,000 acre reserve at the foot of Mount Kenya. Lewa Downs has plenty of accommodation options from rustic safari lodges to luxury lodges to sleep whole gangs of friends on vaycay. Sloanies like to go fishing, horseriding and lion tracking when they visit Lewa.
Staycations are also increasingly popular for young Sloanies who are all traveled-out or off to college and keen to stick around on home turf for spring break to catch up with friends. Spending that holiday allowance on trips to Daylesford for lunch and a bit of organic food shopping, the odd spa day and a local music festival are all very popular ways to get that holiday feeling without having to deal with the jetlag.
So where are you off to on your spring break? Give us your top tips when you comment below, and we’ll tweet our favorite ones.