Spring Break Hotels

When you’re in college, Spring Break is the ultimate in week-long partying (for us it was, at least). Those seven days or so are reserved for drinking, sun tanning, dancing, and you know, um, making out. But sometimes, things can get really raunchy — think Girls Gone Wild, but without Joe Francis and his camera crew breathing uncomfortably down your neck. If you wanna hit the hottest parties this coming Spring, you’re going to need to book now — and these four spots are perfect for stripping down, boozing hard, and getting your freak on.

Swim with Sexy Bodies (and possibly bodily fluids) at the Sunday Rehab Pool Party at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino – Las Vegas, NV

Throngs of young people hit the Hard Rock Hotel's Sunday Rehab Pool Party each week in Las Vegas.

This fabled party draws hotel guests, other Vegas visitors and even locals — so be weary of the long lines to get in — yes, even if you are staying at the Hard Rock. Luckily, guests enter free (via wristbands) — but otherwise ladies pay a $50 cover fee while the men shell out $100. But everyone has to wait in line. Stare in amazement (or participate) as hundreds of toned, tanned bodies splash, dance and get seriously rowdy to tunes spun by world-famous DJs including Paul Oakenfold and Bad Boy Bill. Thousands attempt to hit the noon-till-eight affair for the “sexy girls” and “hot bodies” visitors have cited, and rightfully so — the party’s been dubbed so scandalous that it even has its own TruTV reality show.

Check out more scandalous situations after the jump!

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Ah, Spring Break: Those booze-fueled glory days you spent partying in Cancun, Panama City, and Lake Powell feel like they were just yesterday. Unfortunately, it’s a lot harder to convince yourself (and those around you) that someone beyond the age of 22 should still be hitting the beaches with throngs of college kids. Luckily, there are plenty of places for the mature, modern man to take a spring break of his own without feeling like a seventh-year senior. These party spots offer more than just shooter girls and wet t-shirt contests.

Palm Springs, California

The Swim Club Pool at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club; Palm Springs, CA

Not so long ago, Palm Springs was a sleepy desert town that catered to geriatrics. Then a little festival called Coachella was born and the scene hasn’t been the same since. The cool kids flocking from L.A. on the weekends have supported the rise of an awesome nightlife scene in a town that caters to everyone from dirty hipster to rock god.

Hotels to Check Out: Just like at its sister properties, the parties at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club are the stuff of legends. The two pools host music events each weekend (usually with well-known DJs), and rooms are decked out with amenities like turntables and iPod docks.


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Swim-up bar at the Barcelo Bavaro Palace, a popular spring break resort in the Dominican Republic.

Swim-up bar at the Barcelo Bavaro Palace, a popular spring break resort in the Dominican Republic.

Planning a college spring break trip is serious business. You have to find a resort with a great beach, free-flowing booze, a party atmosphere, and fun activities — all for as little money as possible, on behalf of a group of friends of varying levels of responsibility (and solvency). We’ve been there. And we’re here to hold your hand every step of the way. (Or at least, most of the way — once you’re fighting a hangover after a night of downing flaming Bob Marley shots, you’re on your own.)

Five things you should know before you book:

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Pool at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa

Main pool at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort And Spa, one of Hawaii's kid-friendliest resorts

If you’ve got school-age children, right now you’re likely bracing for a week of no school, no scheduled activities, and the kind of cold, wet weather that keeps kids indoors and bouncing off the walls. You’ll get through it, of course, but odds are the experience will leave you dreaming about a better — and warmer – way to spend the next school holiday. (That’s right — Spring Break is just about 90 days away.) To help with the planning, we pulled together this list of some of our favorite family- and kid-friendly resorts.

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Question: Lisa from North Carolina
Hi I need a little help.  I am trying to decide where to take my children on spring break, which will be the last week in March.

Their ages are 5 and 3.  I would like to go to a luxury family beach resort that caters to children.  I would love it to have a great kids club and baby sitting or nanny service.  All inclusive would be nice but I don’t want to compromise luxury.  Since I will be traveling with small children, the flight shouldn’t be more than 3 hours. I live in North Carolina.  I was thinking something in the Caribbean or maybe Florida.  I would also like to able to do more than beach related stuff, just because I get bored with the sand and water after a few days.  I hope you can help.

Just one of the private villas at Half Moon, Jamaica

Just one of the private villas at Half Moon, Jamaica

Answer: Will Begeny, Oyster’s Senior Editor
Lisa, you’re in luck. In truth, there are a lot of options–check out this page if you’d like to do a little more browsing–but to help you out, I’ve narrowed down a list of hotels that fit your criteria. (Also, as I’m sure you know, very few resorts in the U.S. welcome kids younger than four into their kids’ clubs. As such, Miami’s Trump International, Aqualina, Fisher Island, and Fairmont Turnberry are not on this list.)

Option 1: Jamaica

I’ve recommended the regal old Half Moon resort before, and I don’t suspect this will be the last time. Put simply, the place is amazing. Among its perks: two miles of gentle beachfront, incredible dining (opt for the all-inclusive plan), sincere service, its own dolphin habitat, horse stables, a golf course, full-time nannies, a brand new playground, a kids’ club, on-site shopping center, and so many thoughtful little extras—like beach toys for the kids. Also, if you upgrade to the private cottages, you get your own private pool and a private chef who can make just about anything to satisfy a picky eater.

Option 2: Bahamas

A beachfront Disneyland, the 4,000-room Atlantis is hard to beat (at least on paper)—an exceptional water park, a famous casino, three incredible beaches, 11 otherworldly pools, and 21 superb restaurants… but that’s just the tip of the ice berg. This place has a faux-archaeological dig, an aquarium, a model-car building and racing studio, a dolphin habitat, designer shopping boutiques, a pottery studio, and more. And that’s all on-site. Want more? Just take a 10-minute cab or a Nassau water taxi ride to downtown Nassau attractions like the Straw Market, Pompey Museum of Slavery & Emancipation, and Pirates of Nassau.

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