The Easter Holidays are almost upon us! To help you decide where to go, our Kids Collection Editor, Nadine, has chosen the best family friendly places which offer something eggstra for Easter.
Country Kids, Languedoc, France
New on i-escape are these lovely family apartments for 4-12, which offer award-winning childcare and endless activities on 30-acres of a former farm. This April, you and your family can get a E300 discount when staying self-catering for a week; this still includes unlimited use of the creche, Big Kids programme, daily kids afternoon tea and 2 nights a week babysitting.
Hotel Martinhal, Algarve, Portugal
April is a great time to discover the Algarve: the Costa Vicentina Natural Park is carpeted with flowers, the weather is often perfect, and the air eucalypt-scented. The four-night family Easter special offered at this excellent designer family resort includes an hour’s tennis and a 3-course meal daily, plus a family Easter Egg hunt – and there’s also the heated pool, babysitters, playgrounds, kids portions, child-friendly eateries…
Anassa, near Polis, Cyprus
Superlative childcare, a luxury spa and a wealth of activities make this beachside resort the ultimate holiday spot for frazzled parents. There are a great range of rooms to choose, four restaurants (with kids meals) and an all-ages kids club with heaps of toys and games plus playground and all manner of watersports. There’s also plenty of Easter inspired family fun from whole family Easter egg hunts to traditional Cypriot egg painting. Book by the end of March for a 20% early bird discount on Studio Suites.
Borgo Santo Pietro, near Siena, Italy
This elegant country retreat successfully marries style and substance, and is also ideal for families with acres of grounds, a playground, trampoline and courts for any number of ball games. The excellent Easter package includes an Egg Treasure Hunt involving Champagne and soft drinks, followed by a 5-course gourmet Sunday lunch for parents while kids enjoy an art lesson and pizza-making class. Rates start at E1350 for 2 (3 night minimum).
The Olive Press, Crete, Greece
If you’re holidaying with another family, want to bring the grandparents, or need some space from your own brood, this three-suite villa will suit. There are idyllic secluded gardens, a big pool with a shallow end (though not heated until May) and sandy beaches nearby. This year Greek Easter falls on the same dates as in Western Europe; look out for traditional processions, lamb feasts and fireworks. Stay at this super villa during April and get a 25% discount (full non-refundable payment).
Le Castel, Normandy, France
This 19th-century chateau runs all-inclusive family holidays with organised activities during school vacations, and is perfect for children with a woodland den, sandpit, croquet, bikes and swings to play on. This Easter, stay in one of their four lovely family suites for 3, 4 or 7 nights; there’ll be an egg hunt in the grounds with a Bucksfizz breakfast thoughtfully provided for the adults. Prices start at £700 for 3 nights (childcare is extra)
Memmo Baleeira, Algarve, Portugal
Right on Europe’s most westerly point is this airy and sleek hotel, close to stunning beaches and with great family facilities including a trampoline, heated indoor pool, games room, playground, bouncy castle and interconnecting rooms, plus surf school! Over Easter weekend 2 children under 12 are free if staying in a Memmo Suite, the kids club is operational, there’s the option of a boat trip and family fishing, and the kids menu is just E8 per child.
Villa Cervarolo, Puglia, Italy
A restored farmhouse with striking contemporary makeover built around four trulli (dry stone huts with conical roofs endemic to this part of the country), which works brilliantly for a family who likes to holiday in style. There’s a stunning pool, three bedrooms, a bathtub, outside BBQ and full kitchen. Even better: there’s 10% off bookings in April (7 night minimum)
Song Saa, Koh Rong, Cambodia
For a once-in-a-lifetime barefoot luxury family holiday, head to this enchanting all-villa eco-resort on an unspoiled archipelago. For kids there are warm, shallow seas, swimming lessons, treasure hunts and tailored snorkelling tours of the reef. Over Easter there’s pancake making, egg painting and an egg hunt, a hot cross bun cooking class and an outdoor movie night, there’s a special Easter Sunday lunch too. And through April stay 4 nights and pay for only 3.
Europa House Apartments, Little Venice, London
London is a great place for an eggciting family adventure and this collection of stylish two-bedroom family-friendly apartments in a quiet residential area makes an excellent base. You get well-equipped kitchens, a toy cupboard for kids to help themselves to and a special Kids Directory listing local parks and playgrounds as well as a Top Ten Fun Things to Do in London. Over Easter you’ll also receive l’artisan du chocolat eggs and cinema tickets to the Everyman cinema for all the family. Rates start from £315 per night (3 night minimum).