This year, April showers bring a whole lot more than just the hope of May flowers. Shake off winter and welcome spring with an amazing trip to the Caribbean, Thailand or even Chicago. Whether you want to see a jazz legend, relax at the beach or travel out of your way to view some art, here are five places that add a little more reason for you to get up and go.
Get ready for a weekend of jazz with the Grammy Award-winning guitarist Earl Klugh as he rocks Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star The Broadmoor this month. For 13 years, Klugh has hosted a “Weekend of Jazz” at the 3,000-acre estate in Colorado Springs. This April 7 through 9, he will be joined by fellow musician Sergio Mendes, the jazz-funk group Tower of Power, vocalist Morgan James and more.
Book the three-night package special, which includes classic accommodations, tickets to Thursday, Friday and Saturday’s shows, as well as entrance to the after-parties and a VIP artist experience.
Celebrate Songkran, the Thai New Year, with Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star property that proves the height of Siamese luxury. The vibrant festival runs from April 11 to 17 (though actual Songkran is April 13 to 15), and includes music, dancing, food and a lot of water throwing, which is part of the traditional festivities.
Reserve a stay any day during that time period and, once there, you’ll be greeted with an extravagant buffet breakfast (and, hopefully, a few towels for drying off). Next, take your complimentary Songkran survival kit (scented water, a water gun and a handy waterproof bag) and have a blast with everyone else.
It’s not every day you get to dive into the world of an artist, especially a painter as esteemed as Vincent Van Gogh. Peek behind the dramatic brush strokes at the Art Institute of Chicago’s “Van Gogh’s Bedrooms” (ends May 10), a show that features three of the artist’s room paintings as well as details on how they were made and the meaning behind the images.
Enhance your visit with a stay at the Jazz Age-themed The Gwen, A Luxury Collection Hotel, where it has put together an inclusive package that consists of VIP museum tickets, Van Gogh-inspired cocktails, breakfast in bed and a unique turndown amenity for each guest.
Fans of artist Karen Mok can hear the diva live as she showcases her guzheng playing skills and songbird voice during her Macau stop on her Regardez World Tour on April 16 at Studio City Hotel Macau.
But why stop there? Make a vacation out of it by booking a room at the newly opened hotel. The exquisite new property makes it easy to accomplish it all with a sweet-sounding package that comes with a one-night stay in a Premier King Suite, two concert tickets, entertainment vouchers and access to the Golden Reel, the hotel’s dizzying 426-feet-high, figure-eight Ferris wheel.
It’s not quite hot enough to hit the beach on most U.S. coasts, so heading to the Turks and Caicos or the Dominican Republic is a great idea for those looking for some sun right now. Thankfully, with Gansevoort’s Island Hopping package, you get double the dose of island life — if for just a few action-packed days.
The glorious promotion (ends on April 17) includes three nights at Gansevoort Dominican Republic and another four evenings at Gansevoort Turks + Caicos. At those two breathtaking addresses, you’ll receive round-trip airport transfers, daily breakfast, welcome cocktails, two three-course lunches and much more.
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