Tricked by the fleeting moments of fool’s spring followed by the inevitable downpours and cold spells, April is one of those months that makes me long to escape for some reliable sunshine. From relaxing on balmy beaches to springtime activities in sunny cities, here are top five sunny destinations to avoid the April showers:
Abu Dhabi Sunny Destinations
Abu Dhabi is hot and dry year-round, but cooler temperatures in Spring make it more manageable for exploring.
Visit Saadiyat Island home to the iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi. This museum boasts exquisite works of historical, cultural, and sociological significance that are sure to impress any art-lover. Let your heart and mind be opened at Manarat Al Saadiyat (the place of enlightenment) or relax in the sun at the luxurious Saadiyat Beach Club.
Those looking for a slow stroll can walk along the Abu Dhabi Corniche and enjoy beautiful city views, clean beaches, and turquoise waters.
Adrenaline seekers can head out into the surrounding desert for a day of Dune Bashing, or Sand Boarding. Meanwhile, car enthusiasts can’t visit Abu Dhabi without a trip to Yas Island to see the famous Ferrari World, and the iconic Yas Marina Circuit.
For dinner, enjoy exquisite Japanese dining in a stunning setting at Zuma, or sumptuous steaks at Butcher and Still. Ask to see the secret room behind the fridge door for an exclusive after-dinner tipple. Ushna is best for incredible Indian dishes.
After dinner, sip cocktails at Relax @ 12, and enjoy rooftop views of the city, or dance the night away at Sax Club in Le Royal Meridien.
Stay at the Qasr Al Sarab 90 minutes outside of the city and enjoy striking desert views and an oasis-style swimming pool.
Bahamas Sunny Destinations
April is one of the best times to visit the archipelago of The Bahamas, where visitors can enjoy ample sunshine and warm oceans, just before the hurricane season. From tranquil beaches and scuba diving spots to energetic towns and historical landmarks, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Sunny destinations
Paradise Island is exactly what it promises. With white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, luxury retreats, and the famous Atlantis, this really is an island paradise. While away the afternoon in the sun at Cable Beach or visit the Aquaventure Atlantis water park.
Try your luck at Atlantis Casino or book a treatment at the Mandara Spa.
An island Paradise!
For something more sophisticated, dine at The Poop Deck where fabulous fish dishes are served alongside ocean views.
Nassau is the place for nightlife, and the Tiki Bikini Hut is a beach-lovers favourite. Sip coconut cocktails to the sounds of Samba and Caribbean steel drum at this chilled out spot.
Book your stay at the Rosewood Baha Mar in Nassau where opulent rooms and amenities, and the relaxed beachfront environment make this the perfect choice.
Marrakech Sunny destinations
Framed by the Atlas Mountains and the Sahara Desert, Marrakech is a magnificent city.
Cast your eyes skyward to the Koutoubia Mosque, the city’s tallest building, or marvel at the ruins of El Badii Palace. Bahia Palace is much better kept, and a splendid landmark of impressive historical architecture.
The Djemaa El Fna at the entrance to the medina transforms into an entertainment square after dark. Witness the acrobat troupes and local musical groups for a magical Moroccan experience.
Spring colours in Marrakech!
Escape the city with a stroll through the Majorelle Gardens, and visit the museum dedicated to the life of fashion legacy of Yves Saint Laurent. Or head out of the city for the day for a hot air balloon ride, looking out over the Atlas Mountains, and the infinite desert.
Taste your way through the Jemaa el-Fna stalls, where the smoky scent of barbequed meats will make your mouth water. Take lunch at Nomad and enjoy rooftop views over the bustling medina. sunny destinations
Enjoy a nightcap on the rooftop bar Dar Anika or go underground at Baromètre and enjoy cocktails as cool as the atmosphere.
Stay at the Riad Kniza, where lavish interiors, amazing food options and a prime location make it a perfect choice. For the ultimate experience book a night at La Mamounia.
Santiago de Chile
April in the Southern Hemisphere brings blazing autumn colours and the final breath of warm breezes. sunny destination
Spend time in the city’s Plaza de Armas and admire the Gothic Architecture of the Catedral Metropolitana. Visit the Palacio de La Moneda, one of Chile’s most famous buildings and the official seat of government. Within the palace, the Centro Cultural art gallery and cultural space host a range of changing exhibitions. Sunny Destinations
Visit Santiago before it gets too Chile!
Watch sunset over Santiago at the top of the Sky Costanera in the heart of the city or enjoy the Autumnal beauty in the Cerro Santa Lucia Park.
Animal lovers must also make a visit to the Chilean National Zoo.
Meanwhile, wine connoisseurs can head out of the city on a wine tour during this peak vine picking season. Sample your way through Mercado Central and Feria Municipal La Vega, and enjoy sumptuous seafood, Chilean wines, and an array of tasty treats.
Dine at 99 Restaurante, one of the best in Santiago where a casual, rustic setting meets high-end dishes showcasing Chilean ingredients. Head to Providencia where you will find Selvado Restaurante serving exquisite Peruvian food in a stunning setting.
Head to Azotea Matilde after dinner for a rooftop tipple overlooking the city, or dive into the fun of the evening at La Piojera, Santiago’s most popular dive bar.
Book a room at The Aubrey and enjoy this serene boutique oasis, with traditional décor and an outdoor pool in the heart of the bohemian Bellavista district.
Seville Sunny Destinations
Springtime in Seville is the epitome of Spanish idyll, with blossoming parks, beaming sunshine, and the occurrence of its annual fair, the Feria de Abril.
Witness the spectacle of the centuries-old tradition of bullfighting in the Plaza de Toros and be wowed by the skill of the world’s top matadors. The week-long fiesta hosts over 1,000 individual marquees (casetas) to explore, each run by local charities and businesses. Join the locals, who dance and drink in the casetas until the small hours of the morning!
Step back in time with a wander through Triana, the city’s former Gypsy quarter, and admire the vibrant tile mosaics and colourful blossoms. sunny destinations
When festivities leave you hungry, dip into one of the many fantastic tapas bars in Triana, or head to Eslava on Plaza San Lorenzo, and indulge in their award-winning dishes and excellent wines.
The idyl of Seville in springtime!
Catch a Flamenco Show after dinner in Triana, or bar hop like the locals through the Calle Betis strip.
Book your stay at the Casa del Poeta hotel. Hidden down a small alley in Santa Cruz and boasting cathedral views from its pretty roof terrace, this discreet luxury hotel is the perfect choice.
Whether you are in the mood for a sunny city break or a much-needed beach holiday, each of these destinations promises to be sunny in April. Wherever you decide to go, pack your sunscreen, leave your raincoat at home, and enjoy your trip!