Fix up, look sharp
With winter behind us yet summer just that little bit too far away, there’s no better time to treat yourself to an escape than spring. Whether you’re planning a cool city break, a relaxing getaway to the country or even the long-haul trip of your dreams, we’ve rounded up where to visit this April.
SOAK UP THE SUN IN BARCELONA
Whether for a weekend or more, there’s plenty to explore in Barcelona. Savour Michelin-starred tapas, wander along the famous La Rambla and gaze at Gaudí’s jaw-dropping Sagrada Família, all in endless sunshine. For the best view of the city (and your most-liked Insta snap), Parc Güell is a must-visit.
With its own rooftop pool and spa, you can enjoy not only a five-star stay at Hotel Arts Barcelona but a luxury shopping experience to match at La Roca Village with a private shuttle – the perfect way to round off your trip.
VISIT THE FASHION CAPITAL OF MILAN
Forget Fashion Week; April is an ideal time to enjoy Milan without the crowds. Nestled in the heart of the fashion and design quarter of the city, the new ME Milan Il Duca is a beautiful base from which to discover everything it has to offer.
Art lovers should catch an exhibition at the Fondazione Prada, where you’ll find Bar Luce, the café with an interior designed by film director Wes Anderson that looks just like one of his film sets – it’s the spot to relax with a coffee. Don’t leave the region without lapping up luxury labels on the world-famous Via Monte Napoleone, or tasting your way through the three-floor food market Eataly, while a visit to Fidenza Village, just an hour from the city centre, is a must for all fashion lovers.
ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY IN IRELAND
For when you really need to recharge your batteries, Kildare’s natural beauty is unparalleled. Set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, you’ll experience a sense of tranquillity, history and luxury like no other at the Ballyfin hotel. The Downton Abbey-like estate, where Kim and Kanye once honeymooned, is home to 600 acres of woodland and where archery, shooting and a whole host of outdoor activities are at your fingertips.
When you’ve filled your lungs with fresh mountain air, get your fashion fix at Kildare Village, where 100 boutiques of leading brands await you in an authentic village-style setting just a 45-minute drive away.
CREATE YOUR FAIRY TALE IN SHANGHAI
Going long-haul? Discover a fusion of old meets new and East meets West with a whirlwind trip to China’s crown jewel. You’ll find ancient temples next to towering skyscrapers, designer boutiques juxtaposed with tiny bookshops, and classical gardens situated among sleek restaurants and art galleries. Not dissimilar to the beautiful Japanese cherry blossom, the peach blossom festival takes place in early April – the perfect backdrop for your holiday snaps.
To complete your visit, don’t forget to leave room in your suitcase for luxury ‘souvenirs’ – a visit to Shanghai Village is essential.
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