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Vacation inspiration: where to go in April

On the hunt for the best cheap flights in April? Or looking for the countries with the best weather? Here's our pick of the best places to go and the best cheap flight deals in April to make your decision easier:

Sri Lanka

Why you should go in April: April is one of the cheaper months to visit Sri Lanka, according to our clever Best Time to Book data

Cost from UAE to Sri Lanka: From around Dh928 per person

What to do there

The beauty of Sri Lanka is that it despite its small size, the weather is always great somewhere on the island. If the east is having a monsoon, the west is enjoying a dry season and vice versa. In April the weather will be best on the eastern side of the island, which experiences its dry season from around April to September. If you’re looking for a laid-back holiday where you won’t have to feel guilty for spending all day lounging on the beach (with an occasional dip in the water, maybe) Sri Lanka’s the place to go.

There are dozens of beach hut hotels and hostels along almost every stretch of beach, and places such as Arugum Bay attract the “cool” crowd who usually come for the surfing. There’s also quite a few five-star resorts which are popular with honeymooners and those who like the finer things in life.

Where to stay

If you want to be right on the beachfront, book a room at the Ocean Vibes hotel in Arugum Bay. The huts are basic but have ceiling fans and mosquito nets (an essential in Sri Lanka) and private bathrooms. Rooms cost from around Dh140 a night in April. If you want more bells and whistles, book into the five-star Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort which sits in a massive 42-acre coconut plantation. It has swimming pools, bars, restaurants, spa, gym, kids’ club and private beach access. Double rooms cost from around Dh750 per night in April.

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The best places to go in April: Sri Lanka
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Muscat, Oman

Why you should go in April: The weather is great in Muscat in April and you barely have to travel a few hours to reach it

Cost from UAE to Muscat, Oman: From around Dh442 per person

What to do there

If you’re only going to Muscat for a long weekend try to coincide the visit with a concert at the stunning Royal Opera House Muscat, which has hosted Andrea Bocelli, Yo Yo Ma and Placido Domingo since opening in 2011. The season runs from around September to May and you’ll need to book in advance. Check the schedule here.

Other things to do in Oman’s capital include a visit to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, once of the most impressive in the country, and an evening stroll through the bustling Mutrah Souk where you can buy delicious Arabic coffee and Omani Frankincense. **For more inspiration, check out our article on Top attractions and things to do in Muscat.

Where to stay

One of the most luxurious hotels in Muscat is The Chedi Muscat, and if you’re only staying for a few nights, you might be able to justify the price tag. It has the city’s largest spa, three swimming pools, a private beach, six restaurants, and much more. Rooms are not cheap though and start at around Dh1,500 per night. A cheaper but still pleasant option is the Sheraton Oman Hotel in the city center, where rooms cost from around Dh495 per night.

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Best places to go in April: Muscat, Oman
Best places to go in April: Muscat, Oman

Manila, Philippines

Why you should go in April: April is one of the cheapest months to fly from the UAE to Manila, according to our number crunching

Cost from UAE to Manila: From around Dh1,043 per person

What to do there

Whether you’re hoping to explore the best of the Philippine islands or traveling to Manila for a city break, there’s plenty to keep you busy. It has some excellent street markets which are more fun, in our opinion, than the dozens of malls in the city. Two of the best are the Baclaran Market and the San Andres fruit market.

For some peace and quiet, head to one of the city’s many old Catholic churches. The Philippines is the fifth largest Catholic country and there’s plenty of churches to prove it. One of the most popular is the San Augustin Church which has some stunning ceiling frescoes and hanging crystal chandeliers. Other things to do in the city include picnicking in Rizal Park, watching the sunset in Manila Bay and taking the kids to Manila Ocean Park.

Read more: Top 15 fun attractions and things to do in Manila

Where to stay

There’s a huge selection of cheap hotels in Manila but not all of them are likely to appeal to every sort of tourist. For a safe and clean option consider the Manila Hotel. It’s right next to Rizal Park, the Manila Planetarium and the Quirino Grandstand. It offers a lot for the money, with a gym, pools, and a business center.

If you’d like a more unique hotel, opt for The Henry Hotel Manila which is slightly out of the city center but well worth the short taxi ride. Its 34 rooms are split over five 1940s two-story houses and expertly decorated by Eric Paras. It’s in a fun little neighborhood with plenty of independent cafes, restaurants and shops nearby. If your budget is even bigger and you like familiar names, book in at the Sofitel Manila which is close to the huge SM Mall of Asia and has a great position on Manila Bay.

To see more Manila hotels, read our article on the best hotels in the city to suit every budget.

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

Why you should go in April: Great weather and plenty to do outdoors

Cost from UAE to Dubrovnik, Croatia: From around Dh1,747 per person

What to do there

There’s so much to do in this relatively unexplored city, especially for history, food and nature lovers. A cable car ride up Mount Srd will give you a great view of the city and you’ll see why it became such a popular place to trade on the Silk Route. The 1900s war had a great effect on this country but parts of it remained largely untouched because of the Old Town walls, which still stand today. There’s lots of little alleys in here as well as a few main streets. But to discover the best shops and restaurants head up the stairs off to one side and you’ll likely discover a hidden gem.

Fans of Games of Thrones will already know that Dubrovnik is King’s Landing, and you can see the “Red Keep and other tidbits on a Game of Thrones tour. There are lots of beaches, gardens and churches and cathedrals to explore, and cost of entry is usually a fraction of the cost of other European capital attractions.

Where to stay

The very pretty Boutique Hotel Kazbek is a 10 minute drive to Dubrovnik’s Old Town (taxis are easy) in a Unesco World Heritage Site. Uvala Lapad Bay is also close by and you can pick up basic supplies and enjoy a pleasant meal here. Rooms (which start at around Dh430 per night in April) are very nicely furnished with some Victorian-esque features! Hotel Lapad is also nearby and has an outdoor swimming pool and basic rooms, which cost from around Dh292 per night in April.

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Best places to visit in April: Dubrovnik, Croatia
Best places to go in April: Dubrovnik, Croatia

 

*Published February 2019. Any prices are lowest estimated prices only at the time of publication and are subject to change and/or availability.

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