Having survived the first quarter of the year intact, it’s now time for a well-earned Easter holiday. If you’re hunting for a last-minute Easter break and haven’t found what you’re looking for in our Easter staycation guide of UK options, widen your search field. Here, we round up some of the most appealing ways to spend the long weekend and beyond, from Swiss skiing to a Maldivian private island.
Last Minute Luxury Easter Breaks
TUNISIA: The Residence Tunis
It might be the smallest country in Africa, but with its gorgeous Mediterranean weather, 3000 year-old relics and beautiful beaches, it sure packs a powerful punch. An hour and a half from the ancient city of Tunis on its own private stretch of beach you’ll find The Residence Tunis, where young guests can enjoy beach camel rides and tuck into local delicacies. From there, you can explore the dramatic ruins of Carthage, the historic Medina of Tunis, which is one of eight UNESCO Heritage Sights.
BOOK: A Tunis Little Explorers Package includes a half day trip to Carthage and Sidi Bou Said, a camel ride and complimentary access to the kid’s club. Prices start from 140 Euros (approx. £126) per child. Prices includes 2 adults to accompany on the half day excursion including car rent and English-speaking guide. Rooms at The Residence Tunis start from 140 Euros (approx. £126) per room per night on a B&B basis. One child under 12 stays free inclusive of breakfast when sharing a room with their parents. cenizaro.com
CRETE: Domes of Elounda
If you’re searching for a family-friendly holiday this Easter, the Domes of Elounda’s Kids Club will appeal, providing a host of workshops and entertainment for young guests, built solely with natural materials. For adults there is a new wellness offering in The Core, with a picturesque yoga pavilion with sea views. A running route through the resort’s natural park of pine and olive trees will offer guests the chance to turn their holiday into a health retreat. The new Core Square will also offer bespoke pop-ups, an outdoor cinema and VR zone, home to an i-museum.
BOOK: A family suit with sea view with 1 bedroom and Jacuzzi starts at €357 per room , per day, including breakfast (free upgrade to half board for minimum five nights stay) | domesofelounda.com
TENERIFE: The Ritz-Carlton, Abama
If you want a family-friendly short-haul break, grab some sunshine at the Ritz-Carlton, Abama, where the whole family can enjoy the botanical grounds, stargaze on the beach or swing a golf club on the 18-hole golf course. Foodie family paradise, there are 10 restaurants to choose from, including Michelin-starred cuisine at Martin Berastegui’s M.B.
BOOK: Starting at 350 Euros + tax per night for a Citadel Double Deluxe Room including buffet breakfast in Restaurant La Veranda and complimentary access to Ritz Kids | ritzcarlton.com
PORTUGAL: The Magnolia Hotel, Algarve
The Easter Family Escape package at The Magnolia Hotel offers children free accommodation and meals with any accommodation booking of a family friendly cottage. The cottages sit in beautiful, secluded surroundings amongst pine trees for some quality family time. On 17 Easter from midday there will be an Easter party and movie screening the hotel cinema for all guests to get involved with.
BOOK: Family Cottages are available from €216/£188 per night on a B&B basis and kids stay and eat for free | themagnoliahotelqdl.com
SWITZERLAND: Mon Izba Chalet, Verbier
Located in the sought after Sonalon area of Verbier, Chalet Mon Izba enjoys an elevated position while remaining close to the village’s shops, bars and restaurants. With space for 10 adults and two children in five en-suite bedrooms set over five floors linked by a lift and staircase, there’s plenty of room for a large Easter party on the slopes. Want some egg-stra special? Leo Trippi can arrange indulgent Easter meals (with a Michelin starred chef flown in), a mountainside Easter egg hunt for children, or anything else as requested.
HOW? Mon Izba is available to reserve through Leo Trippi from CHF 59,450 for Easter (14th – 21st April or 21st – 28th April) fully-serviced | 0203 004 8750 | leotrippi.com
SWITZERLAND: The Chedi Andermatt
Another delightful Swiss option can be found at The Chedi Andermatt, where you can enjoy the last of the season’s snow on the Gemsstock mountain this Easter, which is ideal for advanced skiers. The hotel’s ‘ski butler’ will carry your skis and have warm slippers and a hot chocolate waiting for you on your return, something we can’t believe we’ve gone this long without, to be honest.
BOOK: Availability in a Deluxe Suite over Easter weekend starts from around CHF1,000 per night on a B&B basis | thechediandermatt.com
SARDINIA: Chia Laguna Resort
How does a family trip to Sardinia this Easter sound? Located in Domus Maria in southern Sardinia, Chia Laguna Resort comprises four hotels, Hotel Village, Hotel Laguna, Hotel Spazio Oasi an the new Hotel Baia. If you’re travelling with the kids in two, opt for one of the 300 cottage style rooms over two levels of Chia Village, set in landscaped gardens around four swimming pools. Get out and explore the island and say ‘yes’ every time you’re offered a seadas (a Sardinian cheese and honey pastry).
BOOK: Wexas Travel is offering an early booking discount on 7 nights from £845 per person based on two sharing a Family Classic Cottage room in the Hotel Village on a half board basis. This also includes complimentary UK airport lounge access, return flights between the UK and Cagliari and private transfers from Cagliari airport to the hotel. Subject to availability. Book by 31 March 2019 | 0207 838 5892 | wexas.com
MALDIVES: Velaa Private Island
For something truly special this Easter, find your own private paradise on Velaa Private Island, which will be transforming itself as the Lion King takes over for a line-up of family fun. The island celebration for guests of all ages will include the Hakuna Matata Show nights, Island buggy safaris and outdoor cinema nights. In addition to the traditional Easter egg hunt (where a golden ostrich egg is the prize,) the Kid’s Club will host Jungle Glow Neon Parties, Flamingo pool parties and wacky pyjama parties. And for the adults there are personalised tasting menus at Aragu, the Maldives’ largest wine cellar, an indulgent spa and private dolphin watching cruises.
BOOK: Scott Dunn offers a 7-night stay on Velaa Private Island for travel in Easter 2019 from £14,500 per person. This is based on a family of four staying in a Beach Pool Villa on a B&B basis and includes international flights and seaplane transfers | 020 8682 5020 | scottdunn.com
IBIZA: Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay
Reopening its doors for the season on 17 April, head to the White Isle with all the family this Easter where Nobu Hotel Ibiza promises the ultimate playground for guests of all ages. Obiza Bay Kids Club welcomes children aged four to 14, with fancy dress party, John Frieda Salons braiding sessions, jewellery making, DJ workshops and sushi classes at Nobu all on the agenda.
BOOK: This Easter rates at Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay start from €375 (approx. £325) per room, with children staying in a separate interconnecting twin room with a saving of 50% off the second room rate. The hotel is a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World | nobuhotelibizabay.com
ITALY: Villa Caminata, Umbria
If you want a rustic Italian escape for all the family, head to Villa Caminata on the Umbrian estate of Tenuta di Murlo. The villa sleeps up to 12 people in three king-size double bedrooms and two twin bedrooms, all with en-suite, plus a second one-bedroom cottage means another couple can join the trip (and pitch in with the childcare, hello grandparents). The villa also allows access to the estate’s exclusive restaurant, Il Caldaro, the 18-hole championship Antognolla golf course, and seasonal activities on-site.
BOOK: Villa Caminata costs from €6,000 per week for 8 people, €6,500 per week for 10, and €7,000 per week for 12 people. Available for bookings between 8 – 29 April | murlo.com
MALDIVES: Niyama Private Islands
Two private islands make up this Maldivian retreat, one named ‘Play’, the other ‘Chill’. You can guess which one hosts the new Explorers Kids Club, which offers activities including jungle safaris, a climbing wall and a waterpark. As part of the resort’s sustainability initiatives, children can also be part of a programme designed to promote coral growth and preserve the surrounding reef for future generations.
BOOK: Carrier offers 7 nights from £11,160 per family based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing a Beach Villa including complimentary half board for adults and complimentary full board for children, return flights from London Heathrow via Dubai with Emirates, Fast Track Voyager service at London Heathrow and return seaplane transfers. Price based on departures 9 April 2019 | 0161 492 1358 | carrier.co.uk
NETHERLANDS: Pulitzer Amsterdam
Why not spend the Easter holidays exploring the Dutch capital, with the historic Pulitzer Amsterdam as your base? Located at the heart of the canal district, the hotel offers a dedicated Family Programme if you’re travelling with kids, with age-appropriate amenities and additional services such as babysitting, board games and baby products. This Easter young guests can get involved in the annual Easter egg hunt in the inner gardens on 21 April, with the finder of the golden egg winning a Banwood bicycle.
TURKEY: Caresse, Bodrum
Bodrum is booming for 2019, and Caresse is the perfect base for an Easter family adventure. The hotel’s concierge can arrange family cultural day trips from the hotel, including a visit to Bodrum’s historic town to explore the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. You can also make like James Bond with Caresse’s luxury yacht experience on board a yacht from the film Casino Royale.
BOOK: Stay at Caresse from €4725 euros for 7 nights in a one-bedroom suite with a sofa-bed, based on 2 adults and 2 children. Direct flights from the UK to Bodrum are available with Turkish Airlines, easyJet, Thomas Cook, Jet2, TUI and SunExpress | marriott.co.uk
MOROCCO: 12 day Family Adventure in Morocco
The perfect time to experience North Africa with all the family before it gets too hot, how about a fully-tailored adventure tour? The 12-day adventure begins in Marrakech, where guests will set off in vintage motorcycles with sidecars for an insider’s tour of the city. Next comes a hot air balloon flight over the Haouz Plain, walking tour of the medina and an evening food tour. Next up is Toubkal National Park, home to the highest mountain in North Africa, followed by an epic journey through the mountains and down to the Sahara Desert. Valley hikes, lunch in a local house with a family, and visits to Berber markets give an amazing insight into Moroccan rural life. There’s much, much more on the agenda before the route winds its way back to Marrakech.
BOOK: Pelorus offers this 12-day Family Adventure in Morocco from £25,000 based on a family of four travelling in two rooms throughout, excluding international flights and the optional helicopter flight return | 0203 848 5424 | pelorusx.com