Where to travel in March
With March bringing spring to the Northern Hemisphere, it’s the chance to enjoy the quieter charms of Europe and some of the best weather at lower latitudes. It's also the last month to enjoy Swedish Lapland's ICEHOTEL.
While the likes of Canada are only just starting to warm up, Arizona and Las Vegas, for instance, enjoy some of their best weather. It’s a similar story in the Caribbean and the Maldives. For the latter, March is the last month before the rainy season begins. But, for some great deals, look to Bermuda’s white-sand beaches; there’s good spring weather and pre-peak prices.
Central America, while beginning to get hotter and more humid, is also still pleasant to explore – Mexico’s Kukulkan festival is a highlight. South America is also starting to come into its own, with further festivities to be had in Peru’s Cusco and its jubilant Semana Santa Holy Week.
It’s an Easter celebration shared by Andalucia’s ancient Moorish cities – temperate March is a great time to visit southern Spain. In turn, India delights with colourful Holi merriment, just remember to book well in advance. And, not to be outdone by its bigger brother, Sri Lanka’s beaches and ancient cities welcome with fine weather and all the usual smiles. However, if you look to the north of the Subcontinent, the lowlands of the Himalayas, particularly in Nepal, are pleasant to trek through, while the higher passes are still cold and shrouded in snow.
In North Africa, it’s one of the best times to visit Morocco’s imperial cities, perhaps combining them with the country’s pretty beaches. And, if you’re looking Down Under, it’s an ideal time to visit Western Australia, especially Margaret River’s wineries. It’s also the start of the whale shark season in Ningaloo Reef – look to late March and April for the best chances.
With its mesmerising sculptures and thrilling excursions, a stay at Sweden's original ICEHOTEL is a truly unique experience. This classic short break includes a night in an Ice Room with two nights in warm accommodation.
This fly-drive itinerary brings you right among some of the USA's most spectacular wilderness, from the Wild-West grandeur of Monument Valley to the world-wonder beauty of the Grand Canyon.
Offering idyllic islands, scenic splendour and cultural encounters, this best-of-both tour shows off both Sri Lanka and the Maldives at their absolute finest. Enjoy the sparkle of the Indian Ocean and stroll past giant-sized recumbent Buddhas in this tailor-made journey.
One fact about Elbow Beach is perhaps more illuminating than anything else we can say about it: it's a Mandarin Oriental. And like Mandarin hotels all over the world, it's a first-class resort with exemplary service and all the amenities the discerning leisure traveller could ask for.
This 10-day tailor-made tour is the perfect introduction to the Yucatán's colonial and Mayan heritage, combining stays in beautifully converted haciendas with a two-night stay at one of the most luxurious resorts on the Mayan Riviera.