April is a great month for quick spring weekend getaways, spa retreats and longer trips. You will find some great deals because it is shoulder season in many popular vacation spots such as Hawaii, Florida and Southern California which offer warm spring weather, gourmet restaurants and scenic views. If you have time for a longer trip, visit a tropical island where you can unwind on sandy beaches with ocean views.
»Miramar Boutique Hotel, Corsica
[Miramar Boutique Hotel]
Guests are invited to relax in Miramar Boutique Hotel at one of southern Corsica’s most attractive seaside destinations, the Gulf of Valinco in Propriano. The cozy Mediterranean décor includes charming whitewashed walls, beautiful Italian terracotta tiles, and grandiose arched ceilings.
Guests can pamper their palettes with Corsican and Mediterranean inspired cuisine at the elegant La Deck restaurant, relax by the pool side, or sunbathe at one of the many beaches surrounding the hotel. Miramar Boutique Hotel has 21 rooms and 5 suites, all of which provide guests with an incomparable view of the sea.
Route de la Corniche, 20110 Propriano Corse, +33 4 95 76 06 13 (website)
»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 (website)
»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).
»Sun Siyam Iru Fushi
Soft sand. Cerulean waters. Sun Siyam Iru Fushi is a breathtaking Maldivian resort settled on 52 acres of island perfection – one that is surrounded with hidden coves, groves of palm trees, and a turquoise lagoon. Alluring its guests with more than its surroundings, the resort has an array of accommodations for different types of travelers, from water villas and beach villas to hidden retreats.
Guests can indulge with a wellness treatment at the on-resort spa or partake in one of the many excursions, which include fishing, snorkeling, or going on a dolphin cruise. Sun Siyam Iru Fushi is a place of tradition, wonder, and indulgence for guests to revel in.
Noonu Atoll - Republic of Maldives, +960 656 0591 (website)
Martinhal Sagres is a contemporary and stylish resort in Portugal’s Algarve Coast that combines the modernity and chicness of today with the natural elements of the indigenous landscape that encompasses it. Blending effortlessly into its surroundings, Martinhal is located within a protected natural park – flanked by land and the sea.
Guests can swim on the beach, hike and explore the surrounding nature, or relax in one of 37 sophisticated rooms at the hotel – including two duplex beach suites. Hotel facilities include a spa, swimming pool, various sports, and activities such as windsurfing, kitesurfing, kayaking, surfing, body boarding, golf, fitness classes, jeep safari, horse riding, and golf.
Martinhal Sagres Beach Family Resort Hotel, Quinta do Martinhal, Apartado 54, 8650-908 Sagres – Portugal, 351 282 240 200 (website)
»Le Meridien Lav, Croatia
[Le Meridien Lav]
Le Méridien Lav, Split is a 5-star hotel situated on the immaculate beaches of the Dalmatian Sea Coast. Right along the coastline of the Adriatic Sea, Split allows its guests to indulge themselves in absolutely everything.
It is a place where the beauty of Croatia can be seen in one panoramic view.
Crystal clear waters, white sparkling sand – with such a beautiful backdrop, guests may never want to leave the hotel, which has its own infinity pool alongside the hotel’s private beach.
Even guests with the most peculiar palette will devour the culinary concoctions on offer, which feature modern Mediterranean cuisine and Croatian flavors.
Grljevacka, 2A, Podstrana, Split, 21312, Croatia, 385 21 500 500 (website)
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In the 1900s, the three properties that comprised La Maltese were historical mansions in Santorini Island. Meticulously renovated while retaining their original charm and style, La Maltese Caldera Santorini are now lavish properties and villas for guests to luxuriate in during their vacation in Greece.
Perched 250 meters above the Santorini caldera is the La Maltese boutique hotel, which faces the beautiful Santorini caldera. The hotel boasts a serene atmosphere that guests revel in. It is filled with the enchantment of a forgotten era, and guests will fondly remember their Greece vacation filled with food, fun, and laughter.
Imerovigli 84700, Santorini Island, Cyclades Islands, Greece, +30 22860 24701 (website)
»Hotel Metropole in Monte Carlo
The historic Hotel Metropole dates back to 1886 and has hosted many celebrity guests, including Claudia Schiffer, Britney Spears and Sting. It is located just steps away from Monte-Carlo's legendary Grand Casino. Relax next to the seawater swimming pool which has a spacious sun deck and its own bar and restaurant. The bar and lounge area offers a bird's eye view of the Grand Prix circuit.
The gardens comprise over 30 species representing more than 3,000 varieties of plants. Take a romantic walk through the beautiful historic grounds.
The luxury spa by Espa offers 8 treatments rooms and 2 VIP Suites. Choose from many signature therapies, saunas and steam baths.
There are 141 rooms and suites. Ask for one of the rooms that have been completely refurbished.
If you decide to splurge on a Junior Suite or Suite, ask for one with a private terrace facing the sea for best views. The luxury Penthouse Suite has the best views in the house. The terrace can accommodate a party of up to 50 guests.
The restaurants serve contemporary Mediterranean cuisine and Japanese dishes. Yoshi is a Michelin-starred restaurant by chef Joel Robuchon.
Rates at the hotel start at 450 Euro per night.
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»Hotel Be Angkor in Cambodia
The Hotel Be Angkor in Siem Reap, Cambodia is an upscale hotel with excellent service, stunning rooms, and beautiful terraces. You can select among several deluxe rooms, including the Saffron or the Terrace Suite in Bamboo or Sepia with panoramic views of the Old Market, both of which feature a king size bed, rainfall shower, and internet access. There is also a villa close to the hotel that has its own walled gardens, open-air terraces, and water features.
Although they are not on site, you have access to the gym and swimming pool at a nearby hotel during your stay and you can arrange babysitting for the chance to explore the city without your children. You can book a package that includes daily breakfast as well as meals in the surrounding area. Stepping outside of the hotel leaves you in The Passage, part of Siem Reap’s Old Market Area, where you can browse art or relax with a cocktail or glass of wine. Rooms start at $74 per night (website).
»San Alfonso del Mar in Chile
If you want to swim in the world's largest pool, head to
San Alfonso del Mar in Chile. This pool is the size of 6,000 standard pools and feels like a lake, complete with sailing, water skiing and kayaking. A sandy shore is just steps from the pool. The saltwater lagoon color is bright blue, making you feel like you've arrived in the Caribbean.
Each resort building has access to a private bay lined with palm trees.
Nearly all rooms at San Alfonso del Mar face the ocean which means that you get to enjoy spectacular views. Choose from two- to five-bedroom apartments at the hotel. The duplex penthouses are the most luxurious, offering huge balconies and open-air Jacuzzis.
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»Park Shore Waikiki
[Park Shore Waikiki]
Park Shore Waikiki is set on the famous Waikiki beach and is a mere hop away from Hawaii’s popular shopping, entertainment, and dining hub. Guests can gaze out on to the beauty of Hawaii from their modern accommodation, each fitted with a private balcony and boasting an amazing view.
Room are replete with amenities such as an interactive television system, coffee maker, mini-fridge, and Wi-Fi. Guests will spend most of their time at the poolside chilling on a lounge chair and overlooking the Waikiki Beach. Other excursions include yoga and fitness classes at Kapiolani Park or a trip to the Honolulu Zoo.
2586 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815, 808-923-0411 (website)
»Musha Cay: The Islands of Copperfield Bay
A private island, a lavish resort, and the surrounding beauty of Musha Cay and the Islands of Copperfield Bay, can be rented for you and 24 guests of your choice, ensuring that you have a true private island experience. Unobtrusive and secluded, Musha Cay is hidden amongst the out-islands of the Exumas and is filled with over 700 acres of lush natural beauty. Sparkling blue waters surround the island, and guests can lounge on the beach, take a Jet Ski ride, snorkel, or just do nothing at all – which is all a person needs to replenish sometimes. Musha Cay has a giant state-of-the-art outdoor movie theater called Dave’s Drive-In; guests can relax on comfortable chaise lounges and dig their toes in the warm sand as they enjoy a movie experience like never before. (website)
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»Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge
Guests will enjoy their vacation at Punta Caracol Acqua Lodge, a tranquil resort above a coral reed on the coastline of Bocas Del Toro. Accommodations in the form of palm-thatched cabanas hovering over the clear waters of the Caribbean Sea are resplendent with true native style.
Each cabana is fitted with a king-sized bed, lounge chairs, a hammock, and stairs that lead directly into the sea – everything necessary for a getaway. Popular activities include excursions to local Indian villages, exploring isolated beached, boat trips with local fishermen, hikes into the adjacent rainforest, or taking the shuttle into Bocas town.
Punta Caracol, Bocas del Toro Island, República De Panama, +507 757-9410 (website)
»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).
»LUX Grand Gaube, Mauritius
Guests from all over the world visit Lux* Grand Gaube to experience Mauritius in luxury and style. Situated in a beautiful, calm fishing village on the north coast, the hotel boasts rooms, suites, and villas all facing the inviting ocean; inside, the accommodation is decked in indulgence that combines tradition and modernity.
The hotel has five pools for guests to cool off in and an amazing spa, the LUX* Me Spa, where they can relax. In the areas surrounding the hotel, guests can affiliate themselves with the rice culture of Mauritius in the bustling marketing place or the buzzing bar.
Grand Gaube, Mauritius, 230 204 9191 (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.
Mukul Resort is located on Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast. The resort has so many ways to enjoy one’s self and lose track of time: biking through the forest, unwinding at the spa, relaxing on the white sands of the nearby beach… the opportunities are endless.
Guests who enjoy a round of golf will never experience anything like what Mukul Resort offers: a setting between a lush rainforest and the oceanfront, the 18-hole course offers golf at its finest. There are 37 choices of accommodation at the resort; furnished and decorated by Nicaraguan artisans, each room is occupied with indigenous artifacts such as sugarcane headboards, teak tables, and rum barrel staves – all of which add to the charm and manner of Mukul Resort.
KM 10 Carretera Tola-Las Salinas, Guacalito de la Isla, Nicaragua, 505-2563-7100 (website)
»The Covent Garden Hotel London
The Covent Garden Hotel is located in the London theater district, near the Royal Opera House and Soho. The hotel is a part of the Firmdale Hotel group which runs a collection of small chic hotels, great for vacation and business stays. The property has a drawing room with wood paneling and a stone fireplace which leads into a library with a fireplace and a bar. If you are planning a party, you can rent one of the hotel's three private rooms, or a 54-person THX Screening Room. There is a workout room and a spa which offers a range of relaxing treatments.
There are 58 bedrooms and suites, some with views over the city rooftops. The rooms are individually decorated and have luxury bathrooms. Guests can dine at the Brasserie Max, a popular restaurant for pre and post theatre diners. The restaurant, which is open all day, serves Modern British cuisine and offers a selection of wines, champagnes and cocktails. In addition, there is 24 hour room service.
In addition to people watching at the Brasserie Max, on a Saturday you can join the Weekend Film Club and enjoy a three course dinner followed by a screening of a film of the week (from £ 30).
The hotel is situated near 21 theaters, numerous restaurants, bars and clubs. Double rooms start at £ 195 plus tax. The hotel is approximately one hour by taxi from Heathrow Airport and about 1.5 hours from Gatwick (+44-20-7806-1000, website).
»Lux Belle Mare, Mauritius
[Lux Belle Mare]
Lux Belle Mare is tucked away in the tropical gardens of Mauritius, where sand glimmers under the sun, water sparkles at a distance, and coconut palms sway in the breeze. Located near the quaint village of Belle Mare, the Lux* is on one of the finest beaches in Mauritius.
Guests can cool off in the pool or ocean by day and then dance under the stars all night. They can spend their time doing practically anything they’d like; activities on offer include a round of golf, spa treatments, yoga classes, bike rides, hiking, diving, fishing, or swimming with dolphins. The suites and villas are decorated with traditional Mauritian hospitality and necessary modern conveniences in mind.
Belle Mare, Mauritius, 230 402 2000 (website)
»H Hotel Dubai
[H Hotel Dubai]
The H Hotel Dubai is a luxury getaway with Arabesque architecture situated at the social and commercial center of Dubai. The property offers convenient access to the city's top tourist attractions and other places of interests.
You will have easy access to the Dubai Mall, the world's tallest building Burj Khalifa, Dubai Financial Center (DIFC), Exhibition Center, World Trade Center and the stunning Arabian Gulf. The 33-story tower houses 236 rooms, suites and apartments, including the exclusive club rooms dedicated to businessmen.
All guest accommodations are spacious, completely furnished with 5-star amenities and provide excellent views over the Sheikh Zayed Road, the Arabian Gulf and the city.
The Balinese-inspired Mandara Spa has steam chambers, saunas, whirlpools and relaxation lounges that provides guests with ultimate bliss in this luxurious metropolitan retreat. Quantum Health Club offers state-of-the-art fitness facilities.
You will find many great golf courses nearby, such as the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, an 18-hole, par-71, 6,857-yard golfer's paradise laid out over undulating terrains, attractive water hazards, well-groomed shrubberies and fairways tree-lined with dates and palms to lend a distinctive tropical atmosphere.
The palatial Al Massa Ballroom with magnificent royal designs is the perfect setting that can accommodate 500 to 800 guests for grand wedding receptions, gala dinners, fashion shows and other glamorous events. The pillar-less ballroom which has 13 business meeting rooms fully-equipped with sophisticated audio-visual technology is an ideal venue for corporate business functions and accommodates up to 120 persons.
Room rates start at 700 AED per night (+971 4 501 8888, >website).
»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.
»On The Rocks, Santorini
[On The Rocks]
Santorini, Greece is an amazing location; the emerald Aegean Sea, the intimate Caldera Basin, the bustling capital, Fira, and the Imerovigli, are just a small fragment of everything On The Rocks makes available to guests.
GLocated 200 meters above the Caldera Basin and carved into the natural igneous rock of Imerovigli, On The Rocks is a romantic 4-star boutique hotel that encapsulates the essence of Santorini Island.
Guests can bask in the legendary sunset over the Aegean Sea and peer over the rim of the world’s only inhabited volcano crater. A pool, spa, and contemporary accommodation add to the amazing Santorini experience at On The Rocks.
Imerovigli 84700, Santorini – Greece, +30 22860 23889 (website)
»Masseria San Domenico, Italy
Prior, the lighthouse of Masseria San Domenico was used as a watchtower by the Knights of Malta, but since 1996, the historic lighthouse has been restored and renovated into a 5 star luxury resort.
Guests can now indulge themselves at the boutique hotel fitted with first class facilities such as a magnificent outdoor free-form swimming pool. The hotel also has a private beach, spa, and gym, and it is situated near a golf course.
The hotel urges guests to explore the original architecture of Masseria San Domenico, which is surrounded by 60 hectares of olive trees and orchards.
Strada Proviciale, 90 - 72015 Savelletri di Fasano (Brindisi), Italy, +39 080 4827769 (website)
»Loft 523 in New Orleans
Loft 523 is a hip all-loft hotel located in the Central Business District, two blocks from the famous French Quarter. You will love the open feeling of the loft style rooms and won't have to deal with crowds since there are only 18 rooms. Guest accommodations are sleek with concrete floors and oversize bathroom areas. The bathtubs in the rooms are made by noted Italian manufacturer Agape and all resemble cappuccino cups. The beds have Frette linens, CD/DVD players and wireless internet access.
There is a bar as well as room service. Rates range from $139 to $199 per night (504-200-6523, website).
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