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Easter is fast approaching, but don’t panic if you haven’t sorted out your next family break. The hip hideaways experts at i-escape.com/kids have rounded up fantastic places which still have availability over the school holidays. Whether you fancy a chocoholic city jaunt to Belgium, a dose of early sunshine in the Med or a blast of British springtime fun, you’ve still got time to book yourself the perfect Easter escape.
Below are a few highlights; find the full list of Easter availability for families here.
Style with a sweet tooth at Made in Louise, Brussels, Belgium
Families with a love for chocolate should head to the European cocoa capital, Brussels, for an urban Easter escape. City bases don’t come much prettier than Made in Louise, a newly renovated hotel in a beautiful turn-of-the-century building, with elegant rooms and a homely vibe that makes kids feel more than welcome. Executive Rooms have extra beds for little ones, and breakfast is brimming with options for all ages; baby cots and high chairs are on offer, too. It’s an easy tram ride from the hotel to the Grand Place, where you can marvel at enticing emporiums of delicately constructed chocolate (it is Easter, after all!).
A 4-night stay over Easter weekend (departing 3 April 2015) costs from £550, based on a family of 4 sharing an Executive Room on a B&B basis.
Agrotourism at Eleonas, Crete, Greece
For an early dose of sunshine head to Crete this Easter. It’s home to the wonderful Eleonas - a fantastic bolthole for families seeking rural tranquility, set on an olive estate in the island’s south. There are baby cots and sofabeds in each of the 20 cottages and apartments, plus horse riding, biking, and farm animals to feed. Enjoy the lovely pool, eat at the excellent local tavernas, take cooking lessons, visit the archaeological sites of Phaestos and Gortys, and even have a go at milking the goats and making cheese.
A 7-night stay costs from £756 over the Easter period (28 March - 12 April), based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing a Family Apartment. This includes breakfast.
Coastal bliss at Hotel Tresanton, Cornwall, UK
Perched on the seafront in idyllic St Mawes, Hotel Tresanton is famed hotelier Olga Polizzi’s slice of Cornish heaven. Despite the fact it packs elegance by the bucketful, with beautifully styled rooms, Farrow & Ball walls and incredible food, it’s extremely family-friendly, too. Kids will love the well-stocked games room, the small garden and the Wendy house, and there are rock pools just a toddle away. The hotel will be running a daily kids’ club with Easter-themed activities throughout the Easter break, as well as an egg hunt on Easter Sunday.
Stays over the Easter period (28 March - 12 April) cost from £490 per night, based on 4 people sharing a Rock Cottage Family Suite on a B&B basis. A 2-night minimum stay applies.
Childcare on tap at Country Kids, Languedoc, France
Country Kids is a family-holiday paradise with 7 luxury apartments, set on a former farm in the Languedoc. This place isn’t cheap, but award-winning childcare, food baskets on arrival, free afternoon teas and countless activities (not to mention Friday lie-ins for parents!) mean it’s well worth the price. Kids will be in their element climbing trees, bouncing on trampolines, hunting for treasure, hiding in the woods and going on tractor rides, while parents can sit back and relax knowing their little ones are being well cared for. There’s also plenty of entertainment on offer for grown-ups, including facials, massages, tennis, canoeing and yoga.
A 7-night break in Chestnut House from 28 March - 3 April costs £2,500, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing on a self-catering basis. This includes unlimited use of the crèche, a kids’ programme, babysitting on 2 nights, morning animal-feeding sessions, a welcome hamper, afternoon tea (daily), a Friday-morning kids’ breakfast party, outdoor activities, daily housekeeping and WiFi. Book with i-escape and you’ll also get a bottle of champagne on arrival, 2 free spa treatments and an extra night of babysitting!
Fairytale castle in the Tuscan hills at Castello di Tornano, Chianti, Italy
This fortified hamlet, set atop a wooded hill, is perfect for little princes and princesses in search of an enchanting Easter escape. It’s the country home of the Selvolini family, who have transformed the ancient buildings into a collection of rooms and apartments that are ideal for families. There are historic touches around every corner, and kids will adore the genuine castle feel. The restaurant’s food (prepared using ingredients found on the estate) is sublime, and there’s masses to do: horse riding, tennis, cycling, Italian cooking lessons for all ages... We guarantee you won’t be bored!
Castello di Tornano’s 3-night Easter package costs from £370 and is valid throughout the holiday period (28 March - 12 April). This is based on a family of 4 sharing a Standard Apartment on a self-catering basis and includes a family dinner during stay, a 30-minute horse riding lesson for one child, a pasta and tiramisu cookery lesson for the whole family, and a walking tour of the vineyards.