Finally, we’re springing forward to April. Bring on the warmer weather and the later evenings. Best of all, it means summer is inching closer. Read below to find out where you should visit and stay next month.
With its lush terrain and idyllic provincial Portuguese hamlets peppered across its four islands, Madeira is a Portuguese archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean that deserves your attention.
Why visit in April? In April, the town of Ponto do Sol hosts the Regional Sugar Cane Fair, which celebrates the eponymous crop, from cakes to drinks to stations where you can cut sugarcane first-hand.
Where to Stay: Part of the hospitality group Savoy Signature, when here, spend the night at sea-facing, design-forward boutique stay, the Saccharum Hotel.
Elect to base yourself around Fasano, which conveniently puts you an arm’s length away from Alberobello — a UNESCO Heritage Site due to its abundance of Trulli-style buildings — and Martina Franca — the immediate area’s largest town, which is flush with historical piazzas and charming cafes.
Why visit in April? If you want to travel to Italy sans crowds but with decent weather — amicable sweater weather, to be exact — head to the country’s idyllic southern region of Puglia in April.
Where to stay: Part of upmarket villa rental company The Thinking Traveller, when spending your vacation in this paradisal location, opt to stay at Villa Eterea: a contemporary home perched atop a sea-facing hill in the town of Selva di Fasano, ten minutes away from the shops & restaurants of its parent city, Fasano.
Washington D.C., USA
The USA’s capital city is far more than current-day politics: Superlative Smithsonian museums, the Washington Monument, and Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, are just a taste of the numerous attractions you can find here. Our official guide to Washington D.C. is sure to direct you to the best boutique hotels, eateries, watering holes, and must-see spots while visiting the District of Columbia.
Why visit in April? April commemorates the National Cherry Blossom Festival, where over 3,700 cherry blossom trees bloom throughout the earlier part of the month.
Where to stay: Ideally located on Dupont Circle, steps away from the Washington Monument, Yours Truly DC is a design-forward boutique stay. Its stylish communal lobby space boasts unique furnishings: a wood-carved hand-shaped chair, an orange velvet couch, and a full-length gold-framed antique mirror make this space feel like the living room of an artist’s home.
Located 20 minutes outside Phoenix, Scottsdale is the cooler (but still just as hot — pun intended) neighboring city that imbues a chic desert getaway. Old Town Scottsdale is where visitors will find a slew of upscale boutiques, restaurants, and cocktail lounges prepared for a night out on the town.
Why visit in April? Before the weather gets boiling hot, April offers prime temperatures for visitors to soak up some rays and get a pre-summer tan.
Where to stay: Nestled within the picturesque landscape of Camelback Mountain, Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, a Gurney’s Resort & Spa is a luxe mountain desert escape with private mountainside villas kitted out in natural-hued design, backdropped by sweeping views of Arizona’s Paradise Valley.
With lush tropical greenery lined by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, Antigua is an island oasis. Exploring the melange of idyllic beaches, including Shirley Heights, Half Moon Bay, and Carlisle Bay, will surely get travelers into the summer spirit.
Why visit in April? Antigua Sailing Week — one of the world’s most prestigious yacht racing events — commences the final week of April.
Where to stay: Situated on the southwestern shore of the island of Antigua Carlisle Bay Resort, a member of Leading Hotels of the World, is a true tropical paradise. Beach-inspired interiors permeate spacious guestrooms: white-washed wood walls, pale-blue accented furnishings, and expansive windows allow for sweeping views of the palm-fringed beach.
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