Travel restrictions are finally easing, giving us ample time to make travel plans this Easter weekend and experience more blue skies rather than holiday blues.
And although many of us aren't anticipating the idea of travelling just yet, The Sybarite have carefully collated all of the world's most luxury, Easter travel locations, offering a sweet escape.
From oysters in Dazzling Dubrovnik, to Easter-egg hunting in the depths of paradise, Maldives. See where our luxury, handpicked experiences take you this Easter.
STEP INTO SPRING AT GRANTLEY HALL – YORKSHIRE, UK
Couples looking for a staycation escape this Easter bank holiday – sans children- should check into the beautiful and stately Grantley Hall – a hidden gem in the postcard perfect Yorkshire Dales - for some seriously sumptuous cuisine and restorative spa treatments. The hotel has launched their ‘Step Into
Spring’ package which includes: - 1x night in a beautiful, Deluxe Room - Decadent two-course lunch at Fletchers (pan British- European cuisine) and dinner at EightyEight (a vibrant fusion of Yorkshire produce and Far Eastern flavours) - Access to the tranquil oasis of the Three Graces Spa and the ELITE gym. For the former, The Three Graces Spa is home to an 18-metre indoor swimming pool, indoor-to-outdoor hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room and snow room, serene relaxation room, outdoor terrace, and Spa Lounge - 1x specialist treatment at the ELITE gym (choice between Chyrotherapy treatment, EMS session, or Medistream) - Starts from £739 per room
FAMILY CLIFF-TOP ESCAPE AT VILA VITA PARC – ALGARVE, PORTUGAL
VILA VITA PARC is a gorgeous cliff top resort in The Algarve that is family friendly without comprising on style, space or quality, accommodating children from six months to teenagers with an exciting array of inspiring age appropriate activities and a diverse range of land and water-based sports and the VITAL Teen Wellness Programme, designed to educate teenagers aged between 13 and 18.
With an abundance of outdoor activities on offer, there are great experiences to enjoy family bonding time together including boat excursions, surf or paddle-boarding lessons, horseback riding, day trips to Zoomarine & Parque Aventura. In addition, for those looking to learn a new skill with their families you can enjoy sailing courses at Armacao Beach Club, private art classes, Portuguese tile making and bread making on a day trip to Herdade Dos Grous.
When it comes to refuelling, guests can choose from one of the resort’s 11 seasonal restaurants, ranging from casual beachside dining and rustic, regional Portuguese plates to one-of- a-kind gastro-creations at the two Michelin-starred Ocean restaurant and clean Japanese cuisine at Mizu. There are also 7 pools and also a free shuttle from the hotel to Armação de Pêra beach (2km). URL: https://vilavitaparc.com/en/welcome
Elegant Resorts Package: Stay 7 nights in two Deluxe Garden View Rooms on a bed and breakfast basis from £4,665 per family of four. The price includes a 10% rate reduction on parent’s room and 25% rate reduction on children’s room saving up to £935 per family. It also includes economy flights, private car transfers & UK lounge passes. Valid until 24 June 22 & 28 Aug – 31 Oct 22. Book 45 days in advance.
To book, please contact Elegant Resorts Reservations on 01244 897271 or visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk Rates: Doubles start from £330EUR per person inc buffet breakfast
A CUTURAL GETAWAY AT THE ELYSIUM HOTEL – CYPRUS
Located in the historical heartland of ancient Paphos and a short stroll from the UNESCO protected Tombs of the Kings (dating back to 300BC), families staying can enjoy abundant cultural experiences from their doorstep, as well as lush, landscaped gardens that reach a private beach, and unparalleled ocean views. The Elysium also offers a sumptuous collection of gourmet eateries, which use local produce including vegetables from the hotel’s garden.
Exciting destination experiences to enjoy this Easter include: • Hiring a private yacht for the day and sail along the turquoise coastline, discovering hidden beaches and secluded coves • Exploring the foothills of Mount Olympus on foot or bike, taking in the island’s woodlands, mountain villages, waterfalls, and coastal paths • Visiting the UNESCO protected Tombs of the Kings (dating back to 300BC), which are a short stroll from the hotel • Sea kayaking tour of the island, uncovering secret beaches and the dramatic coastline, as well as a decadent beach picnic
URL: https://www.elysium-hotel.com/en Elegant Resorts Package: Stay 7 nights in a Family Cyprian Maisonette with Garden on a bed and breakfast basis from £3,895 per family of four. The price includes economy flights, private car transfers & UK lounge passes.
For further information, please contact Elegant Resorts Reservations on 01244 897271 or visit their website www.elegantresorts.co.uk
EASTER AMONG THE TULIPS AT THE DYLAN AMSTERDAM – HOLLAND
Families can combine a city break to Amsterdam with an unforgettable Easter weekend of alfresco fun on the canals surrounding The Dylan. The famous Dutch city is an idyllic location, with its postcard-perfect city centre that’s a maze of canals flanked by historic town houses and cobblestone streets filled with a variety of colourful, independent shops, cafes, and restaurants. During Spring, the city bursts to life with beautiful tulips, colourful market stalls, and sunshine.
The Dylan will be serving up a celebratory, ‘Easter Brunch’ over the Bank Holiday weekend at the hotel’s Bar Brasserie OCCO, which offers a chic and casual setting. To extend the festivities for families, The Dylan will also be organising an Easter Egg hunt for families with young ones - scattering chocolates around the hotel’s secluded garden.
The city of Amsterdam has much to offer during the Spring season. One of the best ways to experience Amsterdam’s beauty is from the water; sit back and enjoy the sunshine whilst cruising along the city’s stunning canals. The city’s Museumplein comes alive every third Sunday of the month for Museum Market, decked out with colourful stalls for all kinds of locally made goods, food stands, and live music. As an alternative to sightseeing in the city, make a day of it and head off to the beach at Zandvoort and Bloemdaal; take a picnic and spend a leisurely day on the paved cycle paths in the wind-sheltered dunes with a chance to spot rabbits, deer, and cows. With a green oasis on Amsterdam’s doorstep, and just a short trip from the city centre, is the Amstel River Countryside; make sure to visit the 12th-Century village of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, which boasts ancient monuments, churches, and windmills. For something low-key, head to a beautiful hidden gem – the Zomerbloempluktuin just outside the city, along the Amstel River - a delightful little picking garden displaying over 25K daffodils and tulips in 45 different hues. A fun outdoorsy activity that the whole family can enjoy.
Rates: doubles from 350EUR per night including breakfast
A sweet break in Zurich at the Baur au Lac hotel
A perfect Easter weekend away for those with a sweet-tooth, Baur au Lac has launched a new ‘Sweet Timeout’ offer for guests to indulge in this Easter. The ‘Sweet Timeout’ chocoholic offer encompasses Swiss chocolate highlights from Switzerland’s most famous chocolatiers “Lindt & Sprüngli” and Baur au Lac’s very own 1844 chocolate. There is no better place to enjoy this delicacy than Switzerland, long considered to be the world’s finest producer of chocolate. Guests can enjoy a chauffeur-driven return transfer to the recently opened Lindt Home of Chocolate, an interactive museum that features the world’s largest 500 m2 Lindt chocolate shop for Easter egg shopping and a spectacular chocolate fountain. Private tours are also provided for travellers wanting to learn about the celebrated Swiss cultural and taste multiple sweet samples; as well as chocolate-cooking classes; and a behind-the-scenes visit to Baur au Lac’s refined patisserie. ‘Sweet Timeout’ package price starts from CHF 1,400 (approx. £1120) and includes: • An overnight stay in a Deluxe Double Room for 2 persons • A sweet welcome surprise with Baur au Lac’s in-house created “1844” chocolate • A behind the scenes tour of Baur au Lac’s in-house patisserie • Admission to the Lindt Home of Chocolate Museum and a private “Choco Deluxe” tour • Return transfer from the Baur au Lac to Lindt Home of Chocolate in Kilchberg • À la carte breakfast
Over the Easter weekend, Baur au Lac will be hosting a children’s’ Easter Egg Hunt within its beautiful private park as well as Easter-themed afternoon teas in the grand Hall. Since its opening in 1844, Baur au Lac has been run by the Baur-Kracht family, now in its sixth generation.
Renowned for its impeccable service, luxurious rooms and suites and award-winning culinary creations, the iconic grand-dame hotel provides guests with an unforgettable Zurich experience. Rates: Baur au Lac has rooms available from CHF 695 per night, based on two adults sharing a Deluxe Double room on a room-only basis.
A family Easter ski holiday at Airelles Val d’Isère, France
This Easter, spend quality time with your loved ones at Airelles Val d’Isère, the popular ski resort’s most recent ski-in/ski-out luxury property with an exceptional central setting at the base of the slopes. This spacious landmark hotel offers 41 ornate rooms and suites that are perfectly sized for a family ski trip. This family friendly hotel provides younger guests with a large kids’ kingdom based on Merlin and the enchanted forest.
Enjoy sun-filled lunches on the newly opened LOULOU Val d’Isère terrace before children can enjoy time at Airelles’ Winter Camp located in a custom-built space inspired by Merlin the Wizard with walls adorned with colourful murals of animals strolling through mystical forests. Inside the hotel Guerlain spa there is a dedicated area for children including a pool modelled on the Lascaux Caves, complete with play area, designed by l’Atelier Kikapami who created several sets for the Harry Potter films.
Suitable for children from aged four through to teens, Airelles Val d’Isère promises an exciting programme of indoor and outdoor activities throughout the Easter holidays. The younger ones will enjoy getting stuck into baking, arts and crafts, face painting, sledging and snowman building, whilst teenagers can try their hand at the latest alpine craze of Moon Biking or tackling a high rope course at altitude. After all that exhilaration, older children will also enjoy kicking back and watching a movie in the private cinema room or a spot of gaming with new friends on the arcade-style machines or numerous games consoles. Easter-specific Winter Camp activities include egg-painting and an Easter egg-hunt within the hotel.
At Easter, the hotel lobby will be home to a large Guerlain Beehive-shaped 170cm tall chocolate statue, and special-easter themed food will be available at LOULOU’s extravagant buffet. All guests will be welcomed by personalised Airelles Easter eggs in their bedrooms.
Rates: Airelles Val d’Isère start from €700 for a Premier room including Bed & Breakfast and a unique alpine experience.
Scott Dunn package: Scott Dunn offers a 7-night family-ski holiday at Airelles Val d’Isère for £10,755 based on two adults and two children sharing a Junior Suite on a half board basis. Price includes return British Airways flights and private transfers.
Oysters for Easter in Dazzling Dubrovnik with Adriatic Luxury Hotels
Located just steps from the UNESCO Old City of Dubrovnik, Hotel Excelsior has hosted a myriad of royal and celebrity guests for Easter over the years. With its three restaurants serving local delicacies there’s ample choice for celebratory meals together, whilst the hotel’s concierge can also arrange tours to neighbouring wine regions and the oyster farms of Ston.
Stay 4 nights in two Classic Odak Rooms at Hotel Excelsior in Dubrovnik on a bed and breakfast basis from £3,145 per family of four with Elegant Resorts. The price includes economy flights, private transfers and UK lounge passes based on 13 Apr 22 departure. Based on 2 adults and 2 children For further information, please contact Elegant Resorts Reservations on 01244 897271 or visit our website www.elegantresorts.co.uk
Gold speckled eggs and luxury Lake Como La Dolce Vita with Grand Hotel Tremezzo
Experience a traditional Italian Easter experience with a special easter welcome – think Easter egg turndowns every evening, a mega easter egg on arrival and obligatory easter egg hunt in the lush gardens with Bobo the Bear – the hotel mascot. For an added luxurious touch, guests can sample a very special easter surprise – Chef Osvaldo Presazzi’s pastry team have created a dark chocolate egg with a Marchesi gold leaf designed on it – in homage to the maestro of Italian cuisine Gualtiero Marchesi. Grand Hotel Tremezzo remains as the only hotel restaurant Gualtiero Marchesi in the world. In celebration of the arrival of Easter, Grand Hotel Tremezzo has created a special Easter Escape: • Two nights in your preferred room type in double occupancy • Easter surprise in the room upon arrival • Breakfast every day served at La Terrazza, for a breathtaking awakening • Easter lunch for two people (4 courses with wine pairing) at La Terrazza restaurant overlooking the blue of Lake Como. From € 850/night (+ vat) for two people in a park view prestige room For bookings: from 14th to 19th April, minimum 2 nights. www.grandhoteltremezzo.com Tour operator packages also available
Activity-filled Easter holidays at PGA CATALUNYA GOLF AND WELLNESS, Spain
Active adventures set in nature are the recipe for a healthy and happy Easter break at PGA Catalunya Golf and Wellness. Nearby Girona Airport has just re-opened for the season and return flights with Ryanair are available from £70 over Easter, offering quick getaways within easy reach of the wild Costa Brava beaches, culture-laden Girona, unspoilt countryside and mountains. Serving up clean lines surrounded by over 1,300 acres of landscaped lawns and Mediterranean forest, Catalonia‘s healthiest retreat, PGA Catalunya, is ideal for families looking to reconnect with nature and embrace a little adventure.
This Easter, children from 3 - 12 years old are invited to join a broad programme of expertly-run sports, games, challenges and crafts including tennis, basketball, baseball and target practice as well as taking on photo puzzles and discovering Spanish board games. Facilities include Nico's Kid's Club, a dedicated children's pool, tennis and padel courts and a football field which hosts the multisport camp. As you'd expect from a resort with two world-class golf courses, an excellent Junior Easter Golf Camp runs for 5 days from 11 - 15 €250 per child) which introduces budding golfers to a range of essential starter skills.
A variety of outdoor experiences are designed to celebrate the unique and species-rich surroundings. Guided by in-house biologist Oriol Dalmau, a local specialist who is utterly dedicated to creating a micro-biosphere reserve at the resort, children can visit the prolific beehives housing over one million bees and gently track endemic birds, bugs and beasts.The surrounding forest reveals active adventures and promotes an affinity with nature with a thrilling zipwire route as well as walking paths, cycling and trekking trails. Hiking the ancient coastal path Cami de Ronda takes in sea cliffs, secret beaches and lively sea-side towns. Catalonia is on many a road-biker’s bucket list, but the whole family can safely cycle sections of the Vies Verdes, over 100km of scenic Greenway.
Celebrations culminate in A Great Egg Hunt on the 16th April with eggs hidden all over the resort... Deluxe double rooms from €269 Euros (£225) per night over the Easter period Easter sports and activities are €15 per activity. Cycle hire €15 per day.
Built at the behest of Morocco’s King Mohammed VI, the ‘medina within a medina’, Royal Mansour, is a standout luxury hotel consisting of 53 multi-floor riads. A combination of the hotel’s exceptional offerings, exquisite setting, spectacularly discreet service, and its award-winning concierge, a stay at Royal Mansour guarantees all the family a once-in-a-lifetime break. With an abundance of family-friendly activities on offer at the hotel including treasure hunts around the hotel, chocolate workshops with the hotel’s pastry chef and Arabic lessons at the kid’s club – Royal Mansour is the perfect destination for the ultimate family-bonding trip.
Just a stone’s throw away from the Medina, exploring this breath-taking country is made unforgettable. Families can enjoy desert camel rides, day trips to Terre D’Amanar attraction park, horse, and carriage tours of the Medina, sand-duning experience and so much more. On return to the hotel, The Kids Club Le Jardin de Lila is run by highly qualified nursery staff and caters to children between 4 to 10 years of age. Meanwhile, adults may unwind in the hotel’s exceptional spa which – amongst its myriad relaxing treatments – offers one of the best hammam experiences in the world. As well as enjoying an intimate Italian feast at SESAMO for parents looking for a child-free evening.
The hotel comes with an exceptionally exclusive and private aura, exemplified by a labyrinthine series of underground tunnels to each of the 53 riads that can be accessed only by staff, to ensure prompt and dedicated service. Each of the 53 riads offer luxe accommodation, all featuring a private plunge pool and terrace on the roof with views over the Medina or majestic Atlas Mountains.
Elegant Resorts Package: Stay 3 nights in a Privilege Riad at Royal Mansour Marrakech on a bed and breakfast basis from £8,655 per family of four with Elegant Resorts. The price includes economy flights, complimentary private car transfers & UK lounge passes. For further information, please contact Elegant Resorts Reservations on 01244 897271 or visit their website www.elegantresorts.co.uk
EASTER EGG-HUNTING IN PARADISE – JOALI, MALDIVES
A luxury Beach Villa. JOALI has also newly created its first two-bedroom water villa that is perfect for families, opened in October 2021. Unique and inspiring Maldivian experiences are available at the Kid’s Club with local storytellers amusing children with tales of castaway islands and creating adventures from identifying species of tropical fish and animals on the island. Face painting, pool float fun, local dance, kid’s yoga, and marine talks by JOALI’s resident Marine biologist are just a few examples of the fun to be had for younger generations at JOALI’s Kid’s Club.Tailor-made Easter egg treasure hunts are available for the whole family to participate in. Discover an uninhabited neighbouring island owned and conserved by JOALI on a desert island adventure and enjoy a luxurious family picnic. Slowing down the pace, go on a wildlife safari by boat, looking out for manta-rays, dolphins, and colourful marine life who may join along the way.
Family art classes with JOALI’s resident Art and Ceramic Teacher, Nataliya Kuleshova, are available to both create art and bond as a family unit. JOALI’s local Art Studio nurtures all art-lovers through its imaginative events and workshops, so that guests can experience art in a participative manner.
Inspiring Travel Company Price Package (Save 15% off accommodation rates - saving £3,760 per family): Price from £32,940 per family based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing a Luxury Water Villa with Pool for 7 nights including return economy flights from London Heathrow and shared seaplane flights. Price based on 10 April 2022 departure. www.inspiringtravelcompany.co.uk / 01244 434397
Rates: Joali Maldives has villas from $2,190 (approx. £1,806) per night based on two sharing a Beach Villa with Pool on a B&B basis.
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