April in Arizona
Imagine Arizona and you might picture vast desert land and sizzling temperatures, but The Grand Canyon State has much more to offer than first impressions suggest. April is the ideal time to explore Arizona as the typical temperature is an amiable 29 C; a welcome break from the cooler climate of home. Scottsdale is one of the best destinations to uncover the definitive Arizona experience. The charming city is a captivating blend of contemporary culture and old world values. Travellers are often allured by the traditional style of Old Town Scottsdale where everything from Native American art to Cowboy couture is celebrated.
One of Scottsdale’s biggest appeals is the ‘neighbourhood’ design of the Downtown district that makes each area easily accessible on foot and a great place to while away the hours. The Arts District boasts nearly 100 galleries and museums, whilst the Fashion District is a shopper’s seventh heaven! Scottsdale has many entertainment, epicurean and adventure-based experiences guaranteed to enrich any luxury American holiday.
The Scottsdale Culinary Festival is the city’s signature event and draws over 40,000 visitors each year. Whilst the main attraction is, of course, the appetising array of international and local cuisine, the event incorporates many aspects of the traditional American county fair and everyone is sure to find something which appeals. No matter what you’re craving, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival is sure to please your palette. The Culinary Experience Tent is an excellent starting point for a fully satisfying festival day, as celebrity chefs perform show cooking demonstrations; Arizona winemakers host seminars, and leading experts from the culinary world come together to share their insights and inspirations. If you’d rather delight in a liquid lunch, the stylish Skyy Bar is home to creative vodka-infused creations whilst at the at the Southwest Festival of Beers there are over 250 beers waiting to be sampled. If you’d rather enjoy the sunshine with a superior spirit cocktail, head to the Campari Cocktail Deck or seek out fine wines at the luxurious Wine Garden. Younger guests are also well catered for at the Family Zone where face painting, bouncy castles, carnival game, a magician and more are sure to make it a day to remember. Great food, family fun and sunshine; The Scottsdale Culinary Festival is the ideal April adventure.
Elegant Resorts has three featured hotels in Scottsdale, each with their own luxurious assets to complement any Arizona escape. Fairmont Scottsdale Princess offers an array of outdoor activities and enjoys an enviable location at the base of the mighty McDowell Mountains. Children can enjoy the fun at the Trailblazers family adventure centre whilst golf lovers can get into the swing of things at either one of the hotel’s two impressive championship courses.
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is the perfect choice for those seeking an inspired luxury holiday. Located in the shaded foothills of Pinnacle Peak, the hotel boasts a stunning spa complex that uses products inspired by the spirit of the desert, plus most suites feature telescopes for star gazing. Finally, The Phoenician is one of Scottsdale’s best kept secrets; a self-contained oasis of luxury and style situated at the base of Camelback Mountain. With a spa, children’s club and 27-hole championship course on site, there is sure to be something for everyone.
Sail your way to a Caribbean Adventure
Far from the April showers of home and in contrast to the dry desert highlights of Arizona, the Caribbean also makes an ideal destination for the Easter period, especially during the month of April. With the Christmas crowds departed, the weather is at its best in spring, with comfortable temperatures, less humidity, and hurricane season still safely in the distance. It is also one of the best months for spotting majestic Humpback Whales, who make their annual migration through the British Virgin Islands’ waters, as they journey down from Canada along the Atlantic Coast in search of a warmer climate.
For a dream Caribbean escape, make Barbados your starting point. Spend your days relaxing in a private villa, soaking in the rays in complete peace and quiet from our own private poolside – preferably with cocktail in hand! To enjoy the best of Barbados’ platinum sands, Elegant Resorts features a number of exquisite villas with direct beach access, including Westhaven, set in its own beautifully kept gardens overlooking the renowned Gibbs Beach, and The Dream, a bright and modern property just steps away from the sands of St James.
After a relaxing stay in your villa, taking to the sea is the best way to explore the surrounding islands. Keep an eye out for the awe-inspiring Humpback Whales from the deck of your private yacht, as you embark on your own personal cruise around the British Virgin Islands. These tiny, idyllic Caribbean gems are an unspoiled paradise, and there is no finer way to discover all of their hidden wonders than aboard a luxury vessel. Pacific Wave is an ideal option for those looking to truly make the most of their yachting experience, offering a friendly crew, including an award-winning chef and PADI Dive Masters, ensuring a fun and care-free ocean escapade. A member of the Virgin Limited Edition collection, Richard Branson’s private island, Necker Island, will make you the envy of the whole Caribbean.
Whether you’d rather enjoy appetising delights in Arizona or cruise the Caribbean this April, our expert Travel Consultants can help you decide the perfect destination for your springtime travels. To discuss your luxury Scottsdale stay, or to book a beautiful Caribbean villa, please call 01244 897 512.