Honeymoon Destinations in April
Where to go on Honeymoon in April
By Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons
April is a fabulous month for a wedding. There’s a spring in everyone’s step as the days get longer and the promise of summer is in the air. The UK is back on everyone’s radar at this time of year and the Mediterranean is warming up nicely. And of course there’s a myriad of exciting long haul options including the Seychelles where Prince William and Kate Middleton honeymooned after their wedding in April 2011.
Just remember about the Easter holidays which are sure to inflate prices. In 2017, Easter Sunday falls early on 16 April. In 2018 it will fall on 1 April.
Mediterranean Honeymoons in April
This is a wonderful time to be in the Mediterranean as you can expect long sunny days, uncrowded resorts and rested locals gearing up for the summer season. Hillsides will be carpeted in wild flowers and beaches will be empty, though you may have to stick to the heated hotel pool as the sea may be a bit chilly for swimming.
Turkey is a great honeymoon choice and far enough south to ensure temperatures in the low 20s and 9 hours of daily sunshine (compared with 13°C and 5 hours of sunshine in London). Combine a few nights in the fascinating city of Istanbul with a lovely boutique hideaway on the coast, such as the Mandarin Boutique Hotel, a romantic adults-only hideaway with just 8 rooms set in remote countryside. It’s well-priced and boasts four-poster beds and Jacuzzis for two.
In Italy you will have the resorts to yourselves, as the locals wait until August for their summer break. For the best beaches head to the island of Sardinia and fabulous hotels like Forte Village, renowned for its top quality sports and thalasso spa, or the charming and friendly Hotel Relais Villa del Golfo.
Sicily is a wonderful island to explore – with volcanoes, well-preserved antiquities and rugged countryside – but it also has some romantic hotels that are ideal for honeymooners. The best include The Ashbee in a spectacular location overlooking Taormina and Villa Athena in the Valley of the Temples. See more hotels and villas in Sicily and the latest special offers.
For old-school glamour without the crowds, head to the Amalfi Coast or the Italian island of Capri. Bag a deal at a top hotel and let all that island charm wash over you. I recommend the Capri Palace Hotel & Spa.
Puglia in the south of Italy will be warming up nicely in April. It’s a great destination for touring historic sites and lazing on uncrowded beaches. Stay at the five-star Borgo Egnazia Hotel which has 63 rooms and suites – some with private pools – set in 49 acres of olive groves. Equally stylish is Masseria Torre Maizza which has 26 rooms, an Aveda spa, cookery school and private beach club.
If you love the great outdoors, take advantage of the mild temperatures with an easy cycling tour of Italy – a great way to discover quiet backroads and, after a day’s gentle pedalling, indulge in delicious food and wine.
The French island of Corsica is unfairly overlooked by honeymooners. In fact, it has beautiful beaches, wonderful restaurants and rugged countryside where you can take long romantic walks. It has a lovely collection of hotels and – even better – some beautifully restored villas for two with private pools. For example, take a look at Moulin des Calanques, a romantic one-bedroom restored mill house with its own private rock pool under a waterfall. See more ideas in Corsica.
The Adriatic coast of Croatia has dozens of pristine islands where you’ll find classy hotels, great food and glamorous boat trips. Best places to stay for honeymooners include Hotel Podstine which looks down on the waterfront just outside funky Hvar Town, and Hotel More in Dubrovnik which has just 35 rooms gazing across to the Elaphiti Islands.
Few Greek islands are more romantic than Santorini (20°C temperatures, 8 hours of sunshine), a black volcanic caldera with stunning white-cube boutique hotels carved into sheer rock faces. My favourite places to stay include Hotel Grace and these hideaway houses for two.
Although it’s not strictly in the Med, the Algarve offers fine weather in April with 20°C temperatures and 8 hours of daily sunshine. The region has many gorgeous hotels for honeymooners such as Vila Vita Parc in Porches and the contemporary-styled ANANTARA Vilamoura.
More Short Haul Honeymoons in April
If you want guaranteed high temperatures, you will need to travel just a little further. It’s five hours flying time to Egypt, where the weather will be stunning. I recommend a few days in Cairo (29°C temperatures and 9 hours of sunshine) combined with a Nile cruise. Check out these honeymoon ideas in Egypt.
Morocco is a little nearer – less than four hours flying time from London – but still offers guaranteed sunshine with hot days and pleasantly cool evenings – not too oppressive for sightseeing or trekking in the Atlas Mountains. Marrakech has temperatures of 24°C and 9 hours of daily sunshine. Check out the very stylish maison mk or head to Sir Richard Branson’s romantic Kasbah Tamadot.
You could fly west to sun-baked Madeira and stay in a historic country house (quinta), a great choice if you enjoy fine dining and gorgeous walks. Find out more about honeymoons in Madeira.
Another option is to honeymoon in a European city. April in Paris is so perfect, they wrote a song about it. Arrive in style on First Class Eurostar and stay in a stylish boutique hotel such as the Lancaster just off the Champs-Elysées, or the beautiful Relais Christine hidden away on the Left Bank.
Or how about combining the Italian cities of Florence, Rome and Siena. And of course there is Venice which is wonderful in April and has a wide range of hotels – some magnificent, others not so great. It’s worth booking dinner at the legendary Danieli even if you don’t stay there. I particularly like the five-star deluxe Ca’ Sagrado, which has just 42 rooms and overlooks the Grand Canal.
Or make tracks to Andalucia to tour three of Spain’s greatest cities. Stay at the Hospes Las Casas Del Rey de Baeza in Seville, the chic Hospes Palacio del Bailio in Cordoba and the charming Hospes Palacio de los Patos in Granada. You can expect temperatures of 23°C temperatures and 8 hours of daily sunshine.
America and the Caribbean
Many honeymooners love the idea of a road trip across America – perhaps with a few luxuries thrown in. The most popular itinerary is a classic California fly-drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles: 10 nights costs from just £1,925 per person, including flights and car hire. If you want to discover the Wild West, head to Grand Canyon and the Rockies. American Sky has some budget-level California honeymoons – try this 15-day Self Drive the West road trip.
Miami promises 27°C temperatures and 10 hours of sunshine in April, plus beaches, chic bars, shopping and dreamy sunsets. Stay in fashionable South Beach, then spend a few days in the Keys or on the Gulf Coast. Best hotels include the South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island and Cheeca Lodge on Islamorada.
In the Caribbean the weather is superb with temperatures of around 30°C with 8 hours of daily sunshine, and once Easter passes you are in low season, so prices drop dramatically. You can also in the get married in the Caribbean – Tropical Sky has a dedicated team of specialists who can find exclusive deals including free wedding packages.
Mexico is great for resort hotels and none are more exciting than the new Hard Rock Hotels. If you like combine fun and partying with grown-up relaxation, head to Playa del Carmen (32°C temperatures, 8 hours of sunshine) and the adults-only Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya – Heaven. In nearby Cancun you’ll find the Hard Rock Hotel Cancún in a spectacular beach location.
Sandals is the market leader in adults-only all-inclusive resorts, and you can even get married for free at Sandals Barbados. On tiny Grenada, the recently-opened Sandals LaSource Grenada Resort & Spa is set on a stunning beach and has an emphasis on wellness.
For culture, beach and romance it’s hard to beat Cuba. Try the adult-only Royalton Cayo Santa Maria or the five-star Paradisus Rio del Oro which even offers complimentary scuba diving. See the latest special offers.
For a cool, stylish Caribbean hideaway, I love Laluna on Grenada which combines Italian and Balinese style on a perfect beach.
Jamaica is a beautiful and fascinating island with much more to offer than beaches (although the beaches are pretty good). There is a superb range of hotels but you should certainly consider the small stylish and cosy Jamaica Inn – it’s one of the island’s best.
St Kitts is another island with plenty going on beyond the beach. You can zip-wire through the rainforest, visit sugar plantations and lime with the locals in casual beach bars. Stay at the colonial-style Ottley’s Plantation Inn or the chic Belle Mont Farm. In April there’s also a chance to see leatherback turtles nesting.
Beach bums should consider the small coral island of Anguilla which boasts beautiful powder white sands, superb hotels and charming local restaurants. Best places to stay include Cap Juluca, the Four Seasons (I like the rooftop suites with private pools) and CuisinArt which has an excellent spa.
You can experience the thrill and romance of sailing on a tall ship exploring the small ports of the Caribbean with Star Clippers. Or set sail on one of the new generation of small intimate luxury cruise lines such as SeaDream Yacht Club and Seabourn, where you’ll be spoilt rotten. Details from The Luxury Cruise Company.
Costa Rica is a great destination for adventurous, outdoors types. Stay in luxury eco lodges, trek in the rainforest, see wildlife, surf beaches, cloud forests and volcanoes. If you’re on a tight budget, this 11-night Value Costa Rica trip costs from £1,250 per person including flights.
Nearby Guatemala and Belize allow you to combine adventure with beach: see lakes and mountains, explore jungle-clad Mayan ruins, trek through the forest, then kick back at dreamy Caribbean beaches. This brilliant twin-centre honeymoon combines stays at Francis Ford Coppola’s La Lancha Lodge and Mata Chica Beach Resort on Ambergris Caye.
Africa and the Indian Ocean
In the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles will be enjoying 30°C temperatures, 8 hours of sunshine, low rainfall, calm seas and good underwater visibility. These islands are incredibly well geared up for honeymooners with romantic packages and a sophisticated set-up for weddings too if you want to tie the knot there. For barefoot luxury in the Seychelles, try Denis Private Island. On more of a budget, look at Coco de Mer and Black Parrot Suites on Praslin Island.
In the Maldives you can expect 32°C temperatures and 9 hours of sunshine, though humidity will be high. You can get some good deals if you go all-inclusive. One of the most popular destinations for honeymooners is the four-star Kuredu Island Resort where 7 nights all-inclusive cost from £1,539 per person including flights. It has 3km of white sand beaches, two pools, four restaurants, fabulous diving and snorkelling and a range of beautiful villas and bungalows.
If you want all-out luxury, check out NIYAMA Maldives which has 87 studios and pavilions – most with a private pool – dotted across two gorgeous islands, plus an underwater nightclub and a chance to spend a night at sea with your own butler and private chef in a traditional sail boat.
In South Africa it’s the end of the hot season: after doing Cape Town (22°C temperatures, 7 hours of sunshine), the wine route and a safari you could arrange a nice relaxing break on an Indian Ocean beach.
In Namibia it’s the start of the dry season with temperatures of around 25ºC with 9 hours of sunshine. You’ll be awe-struck by the wild desolate beauty of this country, where you can take a hot air balloon ride over vast swathes of desert, visit the Skeleton Coast, track the endangered Black Rhino, climb the world’s tallest sand dunes and gaze up at velvety night skies. Stay at intimate lodges and tented camps, such as the Wolwedans Dune Camp and Ongava Tented Camp.
April is a great month to visit Botswana where the skies are clear, the countryside is lush and temperatures are just right (28°C temperatures, 8 hours of sunshine). The camps of the Okavango Delta are among the most romantic in Africa – I recommend Pom Pom Camp and Selinda Camp. For the ultimate in luxury take a look at Zarafa Camp.
Madagascar – one of the big up-and-coming honeymoon destinations right now – is ideal in April with 25°C temperatures and 7 hours of sunshine. The rainy season has just ended and the forests will be sparkling, and the beaches pearly white. Try this 11-night honeymoon in Madagascar which features some of the country’s highlights.
See my pick of the best safari honeymoon lodges in Africa.
Other Long Haul Honeymoons in April
India is packed with natural and man-made wonders: it’s a country guaranteed to amaze and enchant you. Check into The Taj Mahal Palace in buzzing Mumbai (33°C temperatures, 10 hours of sunshine) before retiring to the spectacular Oberoi UdaiVilas on the banks of Lake Pichola then chilling at Leela Goa with its 1,000ft of powder white sand beaches. See this website for more honeymoon ideas in India.
Sri Lanka is another hot spot for overseas weddings and although weather patterns vary, April should be reasonably dry and not too humid. In Colombo you can expect 32°C temperatures and 8 hours of sunshine.
South America is also a great choice for a honeymoon in April. In Brazil it’s turtle hatching season in the North-East, where you can also swim with wild dolphins and relax on some of the world’s best beaches. Look forward to 27°C temperatures and 6 hours of sunshine in Rio.
In Argentina summer is over and all the vacationing Argentines have gone back to work, making it a good time to visit with lower prices. It’s cooler as autumn kicks in but still pleasant and great for sightseeing.
If you want to head to Asia, Vietnam is a good choice for April. This classic Ultimate Vietnam trip is one of the most popular for honeymooners, taking in Ho Chi Minh City, Hoi An, Hue, Hanoi, the Mekong Delta and Halong Bay. It includes a stay at the colonial Sofitel Legend Metropole and a night on a luxurious junk.
It’s also a good month to visit Japan – where you can discover dazzling high-tech cities, traditional ryokan inns, hot springs, mountains and beaches. In Tokyo you can expect 20°C temperatures, 5 hours of sunshine. Find out more about honeymoons in Japan.
This is a good time to fly down under. You’ll find a great selection of self-drive honeymoons in New Zealand. Just imagine – you could be heli-hiking on glaciers, kayaking with dolphins, horse riding through the bush and bathing in natural hot springs. The most popular choice with honeymooners is this 23-day Grand New Zealand itinerary, from just £2,189 pp (excluding flights).
Moving on to The Cook Islands in the Pacific, it’s the start of the dry season but high season rates don’t kick in until later in the year. Rarotonga has some fabulous honeymoon hideaways and don’t miss a trip to the incredible Aitutaki atoll.
Tahiti is another South Pacific paradise, this one with a French twist. You can take a cruise around the 200 gorgeous islands and atolls, or stay on The Brando, a sensational private island. Resort hotels include the Four Seasons Bora Bora and St Regis Bora Bora.
UK Honeymoons in April
We all know that you can’t rely on April weather. It could be glorious sunshine and unseasonably warm or bracing and damp. But if you’re prepared for either, there are plenty of uplifting honeymoon choices.
Cornwall and Devon are coming back to life in April, a great time for a five-star blowout when rates are still low and the crowds haven’t flocked in. Try the stylish Cary Arms in Devon, or Gwel an Mor on the north coast of Cornwall which has luxury lodges with private hot tubs, a spa, heated indoor swimming pool and ocean view restaurant.
Last updated: 22 February 2017