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Honeymoon Destinations in April

Where to go on Honeymoon in April 2021

Jane Anderson, Honeymoon expertBy 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. In 2021, April will be more popular than ever as many couples have delayed their wedding plans because of the coronavirus. The Mediterranean is wonderful at this time of year and there are many exciting long haul options.

Just remember about the Easter holidays which are sure to inflate prices. In 2021, Easter Sunday falls on 4 April.

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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.

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). If you fancy somewhere quiet, head to 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.

Cyprus is a long way south with 24ºC temperatures and 9 hours of sun, along with hills carpeted in wild flowers and not so many other tourists. At this time of year you’ll find tempting offers at luxury hotels such as the Annabelle and the Elysium Resort Hotel.

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 the charming and friendly Hotel Relais Villa del Golfo.

For old-school Italian glamour without the crowds, head to the Amalfi Coast or the 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.

If you love the great outdoors, take advantage of the mild temperatures on one of these walking and cycling honeymoons for foodies. It’s a wonderful way to discover quiet back roads and, after a day’s gentle walking or pedalling, indulge in delicious food and wine.

The French island of Corsica tends to be unfairly overlooked by honeymooners. In fact, it has beautiful beaches, wonderful restaurants and rugged countryside where you can take long romantic walks amongst the spring flowers. Check out this collection of Romantic Retreats which includes hotels, villas and apartments.

Few Greek islands are more romantic than Santorini (20°C temperatures, 8 hours of sun), 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.

Egypt, Morocco, Madeira

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 – just three hours flying time from the UK. Marrakech has temperatures of 24°C with 9 hours of sun, perfect for sightseeing. If you’re on a budget, try this 7-night Morocco Honeymoon which includes a riad in Marrakech, hot air balloon flight, a luxury desert camp and a stay in the Atlas Mountains. For five-star treatment, stay at Sir Richard Branson’s Kasbah Tamadot.

You could fly four hours west to Madeira (19ºC, 6 hours of sun) 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.

European cities

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 chic 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. Expect temperatures of 23°C and 8 hours of sun.

Caribbean

In the Caribbean the weather will be superb (30°C, 8 hours of sun) and once Easter passes you are in low season, so prices drop dramatically. 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 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.

North America

Many honeymooners love the idea of a road trip across America – I always suggest they chat with Exsus who are experts at adding that extra touch of style and glamour (such as driving a Mustang Convertible). Their most popular itinerary is a classic California fly-drive from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Or get behind the wheel to explore Las Vegas and Southern California including a stay in glamorous Palm Springs.

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 budget, this 12-day Costa Rica Highlights Honeymoon is hard to beat.

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. Or indulge at the exquisite Four Seasons Resort Seychelles.

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.

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.

Africa

In South Africa it’s the end of the hot season: explore Cape Town (22°C temperatures, 7 hours of sun) before heading to the Winelands. This 12-night Luxury Cape and Coast honeymoon is a great option, or push the boat out for the Ultimate Cape Town, Winelands and Kruger private tour. If you want to stay somewhere very special in the Winelands, take a look at Sir Richard Branson’s Mont Rochelle.

In Namibia it’s the start of the dry season with temperatures around 25ºC with 9 hours of sun. 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. Choose between a self-drive honeymoon and a classic fly-in honeymoon.

Botswana is transitioning from the green season (occasional rain showers) into the popular dry season. The swollen waters of the Okavango Delta will be absolutely gorgeous. If you want real adventure, head to the Kalahari Desert.

See my pick of the best safari honeymoon lodges in Africa.

Asia

India is packed with natural and man-made wonders: it’s a country guaranteed to amaze and enchant you. Check into buzzing Mumbai (33°C, 10 hours of sun) before enjoying the gilded world of the Maharajas’ Express, one of the world’s greatest luxury train journeys.

Sri Lanka is a hot spot for honeymoons (and weddings) and although weather patterns vary, April should be reasonably dry and not too humid. In Colombo you can expect 32°C and 8 hours of sun.

If you are drawn to Asia, Vietnam is a good choice for April. This two-week Vietnam in Style private tour will take you to Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh City and the idyllic islands of Con Dao.

How about travelling between Bangkok and Singapore on the Eastern & Oriental Express, a four-day luxury train journey that is the height of colonial-style opulence, with lots of fascinating side trips.

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 and 5 hours of sun. Find out more about honeymoons in Japan.

South America

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 swim with wild dolphins and relax on some of the world’s best beaches. Look forward to 27°C and 6 hours of sunshine in Rio.

On the way to Brazil you’ll find the Cape Verde islands, an Atlantic archipelago with a fascinating cocktail of African, Brazilian and Portuguese influences. It’s a great value destination with sandy beaches and dramatic landscapes, and six-hour direct flights from the UK. Expect 10 hours of sunshine and 25ºC in April. See the latest offers.

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.

More long haul ideas

This is a good time of year to fly down under. In Australia, you can enjoy the views on board The Ghan which runs across the Outback between Adelaide and Darwin with excursions including wine tasting in the Barossa Valley.

Tahiti is a South Pacific paradise 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.

>> Also see my pick of the best honeymoon destinations over Easter.

>> See our sister site 101 Holidays for more expert ideas of where to go holiday in April, and where is hot in April in Europe.

Last updated: 26 March 2020

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