April is a great month for quick spring weekend getaways, spa retreats and longer trips. Southern California offers warm spring weather, gourmet restaurants and scenic views. Arizona is popular for golf and spa getaways - the days are warm and sunny, perfect for playing outdoors. You will find some great deals because it is shoulder season in many popular vacation spots such as Hawaii, Florida and New York. If you have time for a longer trip, visit a tropical island or explore the restaurants and cultural attraction of an Asian city.
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»The Westin Langkawi
A scenic beachfront getaway in Malaysia, the Westin Langkawi Resort and Spa is popular with couples and families. The resort has 202 rooms and suites, many with scenic ocean views. Recently renovated rooms are decorated with neutral tones, stylish furnishings and the signature Westin Heavenly Bed. Ask for one of the Premium Rooms to have the best views of Andaman Sea. Each Premium category room has a private balcony where you can relax surrounded by fresh ocean air. A walk-in Heavenly Shower is separated from the bedroom by an elegant glass wall. Families looking for more room have a choice of suites and villas. Suites all feature private terraces with garden and ocean views.
One-Bedroom and Premium Villas each have a private infinity pool and a large terrace for family dinners under the stars. The Premium Villas have a private pool with a Jacuzzi. Guests have access to a variety of water sports, including kayaking, sailing, scuba diving and snorkeling. There is plenty to explore and the tour desk can help you plan your activities. Options include nature tours, culture tours, waterfall exploration, jungle trekking and mountain biking. There is also bird watching, eagle feeding or elephant riding. The spa offers a selection of massages, wraps, baths, facials and many other treatments. The spa features pure white decor accented with dark tropical woods and fresh green palm fronds. Each treatment is customized to your needs. Each spa visit begins with a signature welcome. Room rates at the resort start at MYR 712 per night.
»Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando
At the Royal Pacific Resort at Universal Orlando you can get a taste of the tropics without leaving mainland USA. The resort features a bamboo forest entrance, a tropical lotus lagoon, beautiful outdoor gardens and colorful sunsets. There is plenty to do for families who like to try a variety of activities. Relax by the lagoon-style pool with a sand beach, play volleyball, work out in the fitness center, visit Universal Orlando and enjoy South Pacific-inspired entertainment at the resort. Learn the hula dance, and watch knife twirlers and fire dancers at Wantilan Luau on Fridays and Saturdays.
Kids can play in the Royal Bali interactive children's water play area. The Mariner's Club offers supervised children's activities. The property offers 1,000 guest rooms and 54 suites that overlook the swimming pool and the tropical gardens. Dining choices abound - there are five restaurants and lounges to choose from, including celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse's new Emeril's Tchoup Chop. Room rates start at $219 per night (407-503-3000, loewshotels.com).
»Inn on the Alameda
Inn on the Alameda is an affordable getaway located in Santa Fe. You'll be able to enjoy the quiet residential neighborhood, surrounded by art galleries, museums, fine restaurants, and boutique shops. The inn has two outdoor whirlpools, an exercise room and a library with books and games. Choose from 71 rooms and suites with classic southwestern decor, local artwork, handmade furnishing, and Adobe-style surroundings. Ask for one of the room with a private balcony.
In the mornings, sample fresh fruits, pastries and freshly-squeezed juices from the continental breakfast buffet, included in the room rate. A complimentary wine and cheese reception is also offered each afternoon. There are numerous restaurants to choose from in Santa Fe; the hotel can provide some recommendations based on what you are looking for. Browse more romantic trips. Room rates start from $159 (888-984-2121, 505-984-2121, innonthealameda.com).
»Deer Park Hotel in Sri Lanka
Escape to Sri Lanka for a few days of relaxation at Angsana Spa and explore Sri Lanka's UNESCO World Heritage Sites nearby. Deer Park Hotel is located next to ancient ruins dating back 2,500 years, wildlife parks and rural villages. Take a jeep safari through Minneriya-Giritale National Park and observe 160 species of birds and rare wildlife. The wellness center has five outdoor and four indoor pavilions where guests can sample a range of massage, body and beauty treatments.
The sports canter offers a fitness center, swimming pool with a waterfall, sauna, basketball, volleyball and squash. There are 77 cottages set in the jungle. Book one of the 61 cottages which feature open-air garden bathrooms, or splurge on the exclusive Deluxe Pool Suite which has its own private pool. Dine at two restaurants which serve healthy cuisine, including vegetarian and organic dishes. Rates start from US$ 110 per night; the Deluxe Pool Suite starts at US$550 per night (+9427 224 6272, website).
»Westin Miyako Kyoto
There are several great reasons to check into the Westin Miyako Kyoto - a rejuvenating spa, two swimming pools, an on-site mountain trail and the beautiful Japanese-style gardens. There are three distinct gardens where visitors can relax their body and spirit surrounded by tranquil sounds of waterfalls. The centerpiece of the Aoi-den Garden is a three-level, 15-meter waterfall originally created in 1933 by the landscape architect Jihei Ogawa.
The hotel's newest garden is called the Garden of Philosophy. It was designed by the sculptor Bukichi Inoue and features cool, clear water flowing from the Eastern Mountains. The gardens have been designated as Kyoto City Cultural Assets. The Trail and Wild Bird Sanctuary is a 40-minute walking trail looping around Mount Kacho, past a shrine, wild strawberry patch and a mountaintop observation lookout. Since there are over 50 different species of wild birds to see on the way, be sure to borrow complimentary binoculars from the hotel concierge. The property offers both traditional Japanese-style rooms and Western rooms. The Western rooms have Westin Heavenly Beds and scenic city or garden views. The traditional Japanese-style rooms are situated in a special guest house surrounded by gardens which you can admire through floor-to-ceiling windows. The rooms have a 40-inch flat screen LCD TV, Heavenly futon, legless chairs, a tokonoma alcove and a cedar tub in the bathroom. Room rates start at $150 USD per night (81)(75) 771 7111.
»BLUE Hotel in Sydney
Enjoy scenic views of Sydney Central Business and Shopping District, the harbor and Royal Botanical Gardens. BLUE Sydney - A Taj Hotel is located in the heart of a luxury marina and entertainment complex. There are 100 guest rooms, including 36 stunning Loft Rooms. Try the Superior Lunar Loft, a split level loft with a lounge area downstairs. Enjoy 24 hour room service, premium 250 thread-count cotton blend sheets and luxurious bathroom products. If you want to stay in shape while in Sydney, Australia, swim in the 17-meter indoor pool and work out at the hotel fitness center. The Wharf Woolloomooloo restaurant complex offers a choice of dining experiences and cuisines with stunning views across the marina to the city. Room rates at the hotel start at AUD 290 per night.