The world is beckoning you to explore this April, and we’ve got a whole host of holiday ideas that'll have you daydreaming about the sunshine in no time.

So, if you're itching for a holiday away somewhere sunny this spring, stick with us and find out where’s hot in April.

  • Barbados (28°C)
  • Mauritius (25°C)
  • Australia (26°C)
  • Thailand (29°C)
  • British Virgin Islands (26°C)
  • United States (26°C)

Is long haul the best option for a hot holiday in April?

While you can find some warm weather in Europe come April, if you're looking for somewhere really hot your best option will be to venture further afield.

April is a perfect time to visit the Caribbean, when it's quieter than the peak season and still offers lovely warm weather. If you really want to keep your flying time short, though, the Canary Islands are one of the hottest places in Europe during Easter, while the Costa del Sol offers plenty of daily sunshine. 

1. Island living in Barbados

April temperature: 28°C

Season: Dry season

Flight time from UK: 8 hours and 25 minutes

Time difference: GMT -4

At 28°C, we’re starting off the list with a scorcher.

Barbados is one of our top destinations in the month of April. Its Caribbean weather and atmosphere is a cure for the spring shower blues that you’ll leave behind in the UK. With April sitting just toward the end of the peak season, it's an ideal time to visit, with beautiful weather and fewer crowds.

With a host of relaxing luxury hotels, crystal waters and some of the tastiest food in the Caribbean, Barbados has so much going for it for an April escape. Of course, during April you'll also want to make the most of the dry weather at the soft sand beaches on the west side of the island.

For some ideas on where to stay in the Caribbean this April, take a look at these posts:

The Best Luxury Family Resorts in the Caribbean

The Top 4 Adult-Only All-Inclusive Resorts in the Caribbean

2. Rest and relaxation in Mauritius

April temperature: 25°C

Season: End of summer

Flight time from UK: 12 hours

Time difference: GMT +4

Mauritius is an island in the Indian Ocean off the coast of the African continent, with beautiful hilly landscapes, cascading waterfalls, white sand beaches and turquoise waters. The temperature stays at an average of 25°C in April and, as summer is coming to an end, the rainfall begins to tail off.

One of the benefits about visiting this beautiful country in April is that for snorkelling, scuba diving and deep sea game-fishing, visibility is at it’s best due to calmer seas. 

So much of the coastline in Mauritius is untouched, leaving it as a pure paradise with plenty of opportunities to unwind. The island is also spectacular for outdoor activities; take a two-hour hike and climb up Le Pouce to see the capital St Louis from all perspectives or see the country on a Jeep safari through the stunning rainforests.

Mauritius is the perfect destination for a luxurious, relaxing holiday with lots of 5-star resorts that focus on health and wellbeing. One of these is the Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita with it’s private, secluded setting. Each of the residences on the property have private gardens and pools for you to enjoy.

3. Eco-friendly stargazing in Western Australia

April temperature: 26°C

Season: Autumn

Flight time from UK: To Perth on the west coast is around 18 and a half hours.

Time difference: GMT +8

Now for something a little different, but no less spectacular.

Do you want to get away from it all, feel one with nature and enjoy quiet time by the ocean?

We suggest venturing down under to western Australia. The weather here in April is hot during the day with endless amounts to see and do. One of the amazing things about this side of the world is the wild open landscapes and the native wildlife such as kangaroos.

To see the best of the wilderness, you’ll want to head to the outback visiting places like Exmouth, Ningaloo Reef and the Cape Range National Park. From here you can swim with whale sharks from late March through to July, stargaze under the twinkling sky with no light pollution and explore through the winding gorges in the Australian bush. 

This remote western Australia location is best experienced by fully immersing yourself. Stay at the eco-friendly Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef where you'll have the best of both worlds - the glinting ocean in front of you and the wilderness behind you. At Sal Salis, you’ll have the opportunity to stay in off-the-grid luxury tents on an all-inclusive basis, with activities, food and drinks being unlimited. 

See our full guide to things to do in Western Australia.

4. Family fun in Thailand

April temperature: 29°C

Season: Hot season

Flight time from UK: 11 hours and 30 minutes

Time difference: GMT +7

One of Asia’s most popular resort destinations, Phuket is Thailand’s largest island located off its southern coast in the Andaman Sea, renowned for its many superb beaches, rocky capes, mountains and forested hills.

Perfect for family holidays during Easter, resorts include the 5-star Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket. Here all ages will have plenty to do, including land and watersports, cooking classes and exploring the islands. Phuket is a great base for exploring the nearby islands and must-see attractions, including world-famous places like Phang Nga Bay and the Phi Phi Islands.

One of our favourite excursions is exploring Hong Island, one of the most beautiful islands along the Andaman coast. In the middle of this beautiful island lies a hidden lagoon. These majestic rocks rise dramatically out of the sea and are interspersed with mangroves and fascinating hidden caves. Get up close to the caves by a guided sea canoe and by long tail boat. 

For more island-hopping, take in the larger Phi Phi Don and the smaller Phi Phi Ley islands by speedboat. Phi Phi Ley was the setting for the Hollywood film 'The Beach', which was shot mainly at the picturesque Maya Bay. At Phi Phi Don discover the amazing limestone cliffs, long sandy beaches and the clear emerald water. 

5. Twin-centre bliss in the British Virgin Islands & Antigua

April temperature: 26°C

Season: Dry season

Flight time from UK: 8 hours and 15 minutes

Time difference: GMT +4

How does a holiday to two incredible Caribbean islands sound for Easter? 

With year-round sunshine, sparkling sea landscapes and luxurious hotels, there's so much to love about the Caribbean in April. For a true escape, look to the British Virgin Islands.

Take your first step into your holiday at Rosewood Little Dix Bay, an eco-conscious resort located on a stunning crescent beach in total tranquil surroundings. From here, you can head into the water with snorkelling gear or a kayak. If you’d like to visit some more remote beaches on the British Virgin Islands, then head out on the resort's boat drops and lounge with your family in peace and quiet.

One of the other incredible pastimes in the BVIs is sailing; take a full day out on the resort’s yacht (Vision) where you can dine al fresco, watch the glorious sunsets and experience the sea close up.  

Make your Caribbean trip even more magnificent by turning it into a twin-centre and visiting Antigua's ultra-luxurious and all-inclusive Jumby Bay Island. Enjoy movies under the stars as you sip on iced cocktails, explore the island with your complimentary bike and join the weekly white party with live DJ and Caribbean beach BBQ. 

6. Living it up in Miami 

April temperature: 26°C

Season: Spring

Flight time from UK: 9 hours and 20 minutes

Time difference: GMT -5

The best time to visit Miami is March to May when the temperatures hover around the mid 20’s and rainfall stays relatively low, giving you all the time in the world to soak up the heavenly beach vibes during an Easter break in April.

Miami is famed for it’s beautiful beach scenery, but there's more to Miami than just sun and sand. If you love to shop until you drop, head to the Bal Harbour, Aventura Mall, Lincoln Road and Brickell Centre and outlet mall at Sawgrass Mills.

Visit unique neighbourhoods such as Little Havana, the Design District, and the Street Art of Wynwood Walls for a taste of culture in the area; make sure you pick up a cortadito coffee and stop by the excellent Cuban restaurants in the city. Miami is the perfect place to be for evening entertainment from varied nightlife attractions to superb mouth-watering restaurants. 

The fun doesn’t stop there. We suggest heading outside the city for a day trip - take in the Everglades or view Miami from a seaplane. The other fantastic option, being so close to the water, is sailing a luxury yacht around the bay, soaking up the sun and drinking Pina Colada.

If you decide to stay in Miami, our Travel Experts suggest The Faena Hotel. Nestled right in the hustle and bustle of Miami Beach, the Faena is a unique and charming property with endless highlights including its own theatre, nightclub bars and the artistry that’s shown off in every room of the property. It’s also a wonderful place for people watching and relaxing during the day!

Can't get away during Easter? Find out where's hot in May for your next holiday.

If you'd like to hear more about any of our best April holiday destinations, contact us to speak to our Travel Specialists.

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