Lake view from Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como

Where to travel in April

With comfortable temperatures and fewer crowds, April is a great month to travel to some of the world’s top destinations. Here’s where you should visit for a cultural city trip, or a relaxing beach break

Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como boat jetty

Lake Como

Drive just one hour north of Milan and you’ll find yourself in the beautiful Lake Como. Here, winding paths and attractive villages sit comfortably against a backdrop of snow-capped Alps. Located on the waterfront, Mandarin Oriental Lago di Como offers a luxurious retreat for visitors seeking a little springtime sunshine. The best way to travel is by boat so take to the water and visit the iconic towns of Menaggio, Varenna or Bellagio, where you’ll find cobbled streets, wonderful views and exquisite buildings such as Villa Carlotta – home to a stunning botanical garden filled with rhododendrons in bloom. Or, perhaps spend the day in Como and gaze in wonder at the intricate interior of the gothic Como Cathedral in the Piazza Duomo. Just a short walk away, art meets history and gourmet cuisine at the Michelin-starred restaurant I Tigli in Theoria – try one of its tasting menus and dine on dishes that include Mazara del Vallo red prawns.

Emirgan Park Tulip Festival


Spring is a beautiful time to visit Istanbul, as millions of tulips bloom in the city’s parks and gardens. The annual Tulip Festival in April celebrates the colourful occasion – head to Emirgan Park near the newly opened Mandarin Oriental Bosphorus, Istanbul to see the sacred flower in all its hues. After breakfasting at the hotel, step aboard a private yacht to cruise the Bosphorus strait that separates the European and Asian sides of this magnificent city. Or alternatively take to the sky with a visit to the mediaeval Galata Tower – once the city’s tallest building – to survey the city. To dine on the finest Turkish food, visit seafood restaurant Azur Yeniköy. Situated in the heart of Bosphorus, here diners can feast on bountiful fish dishes such as aubergine and seafood gratin and fresh clams in white wine.

Infinity pool at Oberoi Lombok


If you can't wait for the summer months to enjoy warm temperatures, Lombok in Indonesia is a great destination for some early April sun. Mandarin Oriental has joined forces with Oberoi Hotels to bring you even more luxury resorts across the globe, so book a stay at The Oberoi Beach Resort Lombok and enjoy a relaxing holiday right on the shores of Medana Beach. Bali’s unspoiled neighbour, the blissful paradise of Lombok offers coral reefs teeming with spectacular marine life, divine beaches and the majestic Mount Rinjani – a 3,726m-high active volcano. Spend the morning on a snorkelling trip to the Gili Islands accompanied by an expert guide, where you’ll swim alongside giant sea turtles. Or, for those who prefer to stay on land, enjoy a specially curated seven-course meal from the hotel on the candlelit beach with sunset views of Bali in the distance.

Pool and sea view at Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum


With sublime views of the emerald Aegean coastline, Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum is a luxury retreat on the Bodrum Peninsula. Situated on the site of the ancient Greek city of Halicarnassus and the Tomb of Mausolus – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – majestic Bodrum is now one of Turkey’s most popular seaside destinations offering visitors sublime seafood, sensational views and vibrant bars and restaurants. For those wishing to discover its history, Bodrum Amphitheatre and the Castle of St Peter, which now houses the Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology, are a must. In Bodrum Town you’ll find myriad alleyways and charming cottages as well as the magical Kocadon Restaurant, which serves Turkish dishes in a romantic candlelit courtyard lined with palm trees. Spend a beautiful spring day at sea and ask your hotel concierge to book a traditional Turkish gulet tour. Of course, you could always take time out for a little TLC instead with the Aegean Calm treatment at the Spa. An expert therapist will create a bespoke treatment schedule based on your body’s holistic needs, including a 60-minute traditional hammam, body massage and facial treatment.

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