Spring is here at last! We moved our clocks forward an hour, and the evenings leave plenty of daylight for us to bask and play in whatever way we choose.
With the change of seasons, there’s so many ways to celebrate the earth’s renewal and the very exciting debut of tank tops and flip flops (or well, in Miami we’ve been wearing them all year, but I digress).
Whether you’re looking to toast to the season with a garden-inspired libation, plan a 5-star spring getaway, or book an aquatic adventure, read on to see how you can take advantage of this beautiful time of year with visits to these Diamond PR properties.
Imbibe with Garden-to-Glass Cocktails in Miami Beach
Let’s start by saying ‘cheers’ to spring with a seasonally-inspired cocktail at Essensia Restaurant & Lounge, the farm-to-table mainstay atThe Palms Hotel & Spa. Signature Chef Julie Frans just released her Miami-inspired Spring menu, and with it, a new cocktail menu featuring “conscious cocktails” — each made with fresh herbs or seasonal fruit from the on-site organic chef’s garden, plus organic or craft spirits. As a stand-out on the new cocktail list, the “Hot & Bothered” margarita is the puts a fresh Miami kick on this classic libation. Hand-crafted with Cimarrón tequila, Solerno Blood Orange liqueur, and fresh guava and lime juices, the cocktail offers a hint of Sriracha instead of chiles for some spice. Since spring weather beckons us to linger on rooftops and patios or anywhere with a sunny breeze, enjoy your conscious cocktail on the Essensia terrace, surrounded by swaying palm trees and colorful blooms.
Stay at a 5-star 15th Century Italian Villa
Originally built as a humble farmhouse then refurbished by some of Florence’s elite families over the years, Il Salviatino is a luxurious Renaissance villa set within the sloping hills of Fiesole, yet only a stone’s throw away from Florrence. This stunning property reopens every year in the Spring, so mark your calendar for April 6th! Surrounded by a lush private park, the hotel was built in the 15th century and for centuries was used as a cultural gathering place for artists, performers, and intellectuals. Now a 45-room luxury hotel offering some of the best views of the Tuscan capital, Il Salviatino’s unique atmosphere make it an alluring retreat for the most discerning of travelers. What better way to ring in springtime than with a 5-star stay in the majestic Greenhouse Suites, which offer direct access to the villa’s Italian gardens?
Snorkel with Whale Sharks in Cancun
Ready for a daring dive in the Mexican-Caribbean to start the season off right? Fulfill a once-in-a-lifetime bucket list adventure this Spring by taking a dip with whale sharks – the biggest (and most friendly) fish in the world! Starting every May, guests staying at sister properties CasaMagna Marriott Cancun Resort and JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa can embark by boat to snorkel alongside these magnificent gentle giants where the Caribbean Sea meets the Gulf of Mexico. Though they measure up to 40 feet long and weigh in at 15 tons, whale sharks feed exclusively on plankton and are totally harmless to humans. Added perk: guests at the Cancun Marriott Resorts can check out a GoPro HER04 for the day to capture unbelievable underwater photo opps.
Julia landed in the Miami by way of Washington, DC, after trading politics for paradise and the pursuit of Cuban coffee. Fueled by Florida sunshine, Julia bikes, boats and rollerblades her way to new experiences, and is loving life with her funny feline sidekick, Zooey.