Where To Travel In May
With spring in full swing, it’s time to break out that travel bucket list and experience something new. From Derby Day parties and larger-than-life performances to wellness weekends and artistic experiences, May promises plenty of memorable moments. Check out Forbes Travel Guide’s curated list:
Experience Vegas-style entertainment in the California desert when the CIRCOVIA Dreamcast Cirque Style Extravaganza comes to Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage on May 10 and 11.
Witness larger-than-life feats of strength, daredevil motorcyclists and unbelievable high-wire acts, all imagined by former Cirque du Soleil performer and Dreamcast founder Misha Matorin.
Before settling into the Forbes Travel Guide Recommended resort’s 2,034-seat theater, partake in a show-stopping prelude of prime cuts and sublime wines in the romantic ambiance of The Steakhouse at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage.
As the world eagerly awaits Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s first child, there’s another regal birth to celebrate in the British capital: Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday on May 24.
Knightsbridge’s Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Milestone Hotel & Residences (which appropriately occupies three Victorian-era townhouses) is honoring the monarch’s legacy with a Victorian Celebration package.
Available through June 9, the offer includes a two-night stay; a three-course, wine-paired dinner; a royal-themed afternoon tea; and two tickets to Kensington Palace where, starting May 24, you can see two exhibitions about the celebrated queen (“Victoria: Woman & Crown” and “Victoria: A Royal Childhood”) in the place where she was born.
The culinary stars align in Magic City this month with the first edition of Haute Cuisine Bal Harbour.
From May 8 through 11, the exclusive enclave will play host to themed dinners, cooking classes and cocktail receptions with six renowned European toques, including acclaimed French chef Thierry Drapeau (of his eponymous Loire Valley restaurant) and MasterChef Holland judge Alain Caron.
Between bites, rest up at Five-Star The St. Regis Bal Harbour Resort, where on the final night of the four-day fest, you’ll enjoy a formal gala on the gorgeous Ocean Terrace, followed by a collaborative dinner presented by all six chefs.
Can’t make it to Louisville for the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 4? You can still don your finest hat and most dapper bow tie at Four-Star The Ritz-Carlton, Denver for its Derby Day festivities.
Stop by early on race day for a Derby-inspired brunch of hot brown Benedict and mint julep French toast before ponying up to the bar for bourbon flights, champagne specials and a best-dressed contest that evening.
The restored Sagamore Pendry Baltimore is a stylish spot for Inner Harbor views, succulent steaks at the Andrew Carmellini-helmed Rec Pier Chop House and, on May 3 and 4, one-of-a-kind portrait sessions.
For just two days, Detroit-based creative Eileen Lee and her traveling studio Aura Aura will take up residency at the Recreation Pier hotel. Snag a reservation to have your photo taken with a unique instant film (no longer in production) that, when developed, will reveal a colorful cloud of bio-magnetic, vibrational energy, colloquially known as your aura.
In addition to your picture, you’ll receive a personalized interpretation of your aura’s hue, a color guide informational card and a keepsake box to safely store your unique work of art.
Master the art of doing absolutely nothing at Hidden Pond, a rustic-chic hideaway on Maine’s southern coast. Opening for the season on May 3, the 60-acre property offers endless ways to unwind, including rides on complimentary bikes, yoga sessions, mixology classes and guided hikes through the nearby Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.
Make the most of your secluded stay with the resort’s Spring is the New Summer offer. You’ll receive 20 percent off your room rate and a daily $25 credit to put toward a tantalizing treatment at The Tree Spa or on farm-to-fork fare at Earth restaurant.
Still, the sweetest touch might just be the fresh-brewed coffee and basket of pastries left outside your door each morning.
Opt for a rejuvenating retreat this spring with the Kohler Well-Being Experience in idyllic eastern Wisconsin. From May 3 through 5, attend an action-packed weekend of workouts, expert-led seminars — nutrition author and former co-host of ABC’s The Chew Daphne Oz and celebrity trainer Anna Kaiser will both host classes — and wellness workshops for a fun and fresh perspective on self-care.
Between yoga flows and brunches, cozy up at Five-Star The American Club, where luxe Kohler bathroom fixtures come standard. We bet you’ll appreciate those massage-jet shower heads after your high-intensity Shred415 workout.—Sarah Chanin