April is fast approaching, meaning spring is in full effect. And in true HAP style, we want you to live your best travel life. Here are our suggestions on where to visit next month.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
The most beautiful time to go to The Netherlands is April —tulip season. When here, drive 30 minutes away to Keukenhof, a botanical garden with endless colorful tulips. While in Amsterdam itself, learn about the city’s past at the informative Rijksmuseum and poignant Anne Frank House. Whether you’re looking for vintage clothes or high-end couture, the city’s trendiest neighborhood to shop is the ‘De 9 Straatjes’ or the ‘9 streets.’ Temp-wise, it’s pure “sweater weather.”
Where we like to stay in Amsterdam:
Post up at Pulitzer Amsterdam: a sophisticated boutique hotel comprising 25 canal houses. Grab a drink at their swanky watering hole, Pulitzer’s Bar. Book the Antique Collector’s Suite because accommodations are that much cooler when equipped with furniture, art, and objects that tell centuries-old stories.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Those looking to mingle and celebrate should head to warm Rio de Janeiro for Rio Carnival (April 20-30). Beach it up at Copacabana and Ipanema. Rio’s iconic Sugarloaf Mountain, its views, and “Christ the Redeemer” statue are all worth visiting.
Where we like to stay in Rio de Janeiro:
Spend the night in style at Janeiro Hotel: a contemporary, 53-key boutique outpost in upscale Rio neighborhood, Leblon.
Coachella Valley, California
Concert and culture enthusiasts — especially those who love the show’s headliners like Billie Eilish, Megan Thee Stallion, and Jamie XX — should head to the iconic Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, taking place on the two weekends within April 15-24.
Where we like to stay in Coachella Valley:
Stay at The Sands Hotel & Spa in nearby Indian Wells: a former 1950s motel transformed into a boutique hotel sporting lots of pinks, eye-catching Moroccan styles, and nods from Palm Springs’ famous retro-age tennis & racquet clubs.
Skeleton Coast, Namibia
This southern African nation is trending, specifically, the Skeleton Coast, where desolate desert borders shimmering sea. Here you’ll witness lions, hyenas, elephants (they sometimes play in the waves), and several shipwrecks abandoned on the beach.
Where we like to stay when visiting Namibia’s Skeleton Coast:
For an inimitable stay, look to spend Namibia nights at Shipwreck Lodge. It’s unique as they come — cabins that look like wrecked ships, built on dunes in the middle of Skeleton Coast National Park.
This non-touristy southern Italian town is known for cave dwellings, dramatic landscapes, and historic houses. History lovers should check out the Castle of Bernalda.
Where we like to stay in Bernalda:
Opt to channel regal energy at Palazzo Margherita: a 19th-century palazzo turned nine-room boutique hotel. Expect spacious dwelling quarters, ornate reception parlors, plus a charming courtyard leading out to a private swimming pool and verdant garden tract.
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