The Official HAP Guide on Where to Visit in May.
West Coast, New Zealand
New Zealand reopens for international travel on May 1st, and there’s no better time to visit. Head to the South Island to explore the remote, underrated Glacier Country and discover why the West Coast is the best coast of New Zealand.
Where We Like to Stay in West Coast, New Zealand:
Stay in a treehouse at Rainforest and appreciate the lush surroundings while soaking in your private hot tub amidst a forest canopy in the Southern Alps.
Tuscany is in full bloom in May, with blue skies and sunny days perfect for truffle-hunting in the countryside (it’s black truffle season), or exploring the cobblestone streets of charming borgos while they remain blissfully devoid of summer tourists who will arrive in throngs come peak season.
Where We Like to Stay in Tuscany, Italy:
Stay in the Fiesole Hills at Il Salviatino, a stylish 15th-century villa overlooking the sparkling city of Florence.
Big Sky, Montana
Enjoy Montana’s pristine wilderness after the skiers have departed Big Sky Resort and before summer visitors inundate Yellowstone National Park. May is the peak month for fly-fishing, and flowing rivers and blooming wildflowers enhance the beauty of Big Sky Country.
Where We Like to Stay in Big Sky, Montana:
Stay at Montage Big Sky, the area’s newest luxe resort.
Atlas Mountains, Morocco
Morocco reopened its borders to international travelers in February, and late spring is a spectacular time to explore the beauty of the Atlas Mountains, before it becomes too hot to hike later in the season.
Where We Like to Stay in Atlas Mountains, Morocco:
Stay at the majestic Kasbah du Toubkal, a luxury eco-lodge perched on a hilltop with sweeping panoramic views of the High Atlas mountains and surrounding valleys of mystical Morocco.
After years of intermittent lockdowns, it’s time to cross destinations off your bucket list and travelers hoping to trek Machu Picchu should plan trips for the start of the dry season in May — when the mountains are lush after the rains and before the summer tourists descend on the trails.
Where We Like to Stay in Cusco, Peru:
Stay at the historic Hotel del Parque, an elegant landmark boasting gorgeous courtyards in the heart of downtown Cusco, Peru.