The Best Places To Go in February
Craving a getaway but not quite sure where to go? We've got you covered. From a luxury oasis in the desert to an under-the-radar Caribbean island that celebrities love, here are ten wanderlust-worthy vacation ideas to put on your radar for February.
The quiet, under-the-radar Caribbean island is a favorite of A-listers and politicians alike—namely Meryl Streep, Justin Trudeau, and Beyonce—all of whom are drawn to its empty beaches, stunning volcanic landscape, and laid-back attitude. Compared to neighboring St. Kitts, Nevis is decidedly low-key: you’ll find the most “buzz” at Sunshine’s, a thatched-roof bar on Pinney’s Beach, where locals and visitors toss back cold Caribs and “killer bees” (the restaurant’s signature rum punch.)
Montreal in February certainly isn’t for the faint of heart—but those that don’t mind bundling up and embracing the bitter cold will discover a city with plenty to offer. During the first two weekends of the month, families should flock to Fetes Des Neiges, Montreal’s annual “Snow Festival” in Parc Jean-Drapeau, where ice-sculpted playgrounds create a dreamy winter wonderland. This year also marks the 20th annual Montreal en Lumiere(or “Festival of Lights”), a city-wide arts festival which kicks off on February 21. You’ll want to settle in somewhere cozy after a day of exploring, so book a room at Hotel Le St.-James, a historic property on the cobblestone streets of Old Montreal.
While there’s certainly something to be said for visiting Venice in the summer, the city is arguably at its most festive in February. The Carnival of Venice, which takes place during the first two weeks of the month, is a storied tradition that dates back to the 12th century, bringing together locals and visitors for masquerade balls, dancing in Piazza San Marco, and costumes that put Halloween to shame. Book a room at Baglioni Hotel Luna and the property will do all the planning for you—from helping guests choose a costume at the famed Atelier Flavia to arranging an evening at one of three authentic Venetian Masquerade experiences on property.
Located on Africa’s east coast, Zanzibar—known as “Spice Island” thanks to its primary export—is a fantastic option for those in search of both history and natural beauty. The archipelago of small islands is a unique mix of cultures, with influence coming from the Middle East, Africa, and the Portuguese. And though the climate is near perfect year-round, February is a particularly idyllic time to visit, when diving conditions are at their best. Among the most luxurious accommodations in the area? andBeyond’s Mnemba Island, a private enclave with just 10 beachfront bungalows.
New Orleans, Louisiana
If you've always wanted to do Mardis Gras in New Orleans but fear the chaos of Fat Tuesday, book your trip in February. This year, Mardi Gras technically begins on March 5—which means festive parades and celebrations will take place throughout the entire month of February. (The full schedule can be found here.) Check the hip Ace Hotel in the Warehouse District or Windsor Court in the French Quarter. While you’re in town, don’t miss iconic spots like Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop (one of the oldest bars in the country) and Commander’s Palace in the Garden District (home to the infamous “25 cent martini” brunch.)
Unlike the unbearably hot summer months, February in Abu Dhabi is quite mild. Pay a visit to the startlingly beautiful Shiekh Zayed Grand Mosque, an architectural marvel that has chandeliers encrusted with millions of Swarovski crystals and can hold upwards of 41,000 worshippers at
Galle, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka has experienced a major tourism boom of late, establishing itself as a must-visit destination for luxury travelers. And the city that tops everyone’s list? Galle. A UNESCO World Heritage Site with balmy climates, rich history, and one of the country’s top hotels (Amangalla), Galle is ideal for those in search of an off-the-beaten-path trip that’s also safe and accessible. (It’s just a
Though Singapore has a well-deserved reputation for its oppressively hot climate, in February the temperatures and humidity are quite mild (by Singapore standards). A few can’t-miss things to do while you’re in town: the lush Singapore Botanic Gardens, late night eats at Chomp Chomp Hawker Center (an authentic open-air food court), a visit to The National Gallery (which houses Southeast Asia’s largest collection of modern art), shopping at the fantastically curated boutique Edit Lifestyle. You’ll also want to toss back a Singapore Sling or two. The country’s national drink was invented in 1915 at Raffles, which is closed for renovations until the second half of the year, but you’ll find it on bar menus all over the city. For accommodations, check out The St. Regis Singapore, The Fullerton Bay Hotel, and Capella Singapore.
The sunny seaside city has officially made its post-Hurricane Irma comeback—and Naples is arguably better now than ever. In February, the area will play host to the 40th Annual Naples National Art Festival, which lures some of the country’s top artists to Cambier
Park City, Utah
Avid skiers should consider heading to Park City in February, just after the holidays and post-Sundance rush. The former silver mining town has managed to maintain its intimate ski village feel—even though it now boasts the country’s largest ski resort. Flights are easy to come by since Park City is just a 35-minute drive from Salt Lake City International Airport, and the area caters to pretty much everyone: couples, families, groups of friends, and even non-skiers. Traditionalists will feel at home at the legendary Stein Eriksen Lodge or Montage Deer Valley (which is decidedly more modern.) For those who prefer something smaller and boutique, there’s the charming Washington School House, located a block from Main Street.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
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