Spring isn’t best appreciated amid the urban sprawl; when nature is bursting with new life, all signs point to the countryside. Whether it’s a blissful British weekend, a week in rural Provence or a truly adventurous Brazilian jaunt, we’ve got your ‘spring break’ covered.
No need to thank us; all you have to do is book*. Secure your accommodation through i-escape, then follow our recommendations for travel, and voila! It’s time to start packing.
A Bradford-on-Avon beauty – £125 per person (3 nights, 8-11 May 2015)
Bucolic Bradford on Avon is the south west’s new village du jour for restorative weekend breaks. Look out for the 13th-century main bridge and many independent boutiques, before strolling along the river path, past the ancient Tithe Barn and weeping willows, up to the pretty canal lock. Fancy a day trip? You’re just a 10-minute train journey from Bath.
Stay: at Timbrell’s Yard, a newly opened and very relaxing riverside hotel with delicious food by Tom Blake (formerly at River Cottage). Our exclusive 3-nights-for-2 offer makes a 3-night B&B stay in a Medium Double room just £125 per person, including taxes.
Perfection in Provence – £424.40 per person (5 nights, 17-22 May 2015)
In southern France’s famous Provence region you’ll find tumbling hills and vineyards, the picturesque villages of Vézénobres and Lussan, and many a marked trail leading to beautiful valley viewpoints. But don’t limit yourself to the pastures. As one of France’s best preserved medieval towns, spectacular Uzès invites lazy lunches in the shade of stone colonnades and many an hour spent shopping at the Place aux Herbes’ excellent market.
Stay: at La Maison d’Ulysse, a restored farmhouse with medieval-meets-millennium guest rooms and a peaceful setting in the tiny village of Baron. With 20% off 4+ night stays (full non-refundable pre-payment required), a 5-night B&B stay in the Baron Perché room comes to just £281 per person, including taxes.
Fly: from London Luton to Nîmes with Ryanair for £67 per person, departing Sunday 17 May and returning Friday 22 May.
From the Airport: You’ll need a car to make the most of the area, particularly as you’ll have to drive out for dinner most evenings. Car hire through Rhino starts from £152.80.
Make a break for Brazil – £2144.50 per person (10 nights, 11-21 May 2015)
Hidden in the mountainous state of Minas Gerais, the Reserva do Ibitipoca is a unique sustainability initiative where nature rules. Guided daily excursions on foot or horseback explore caves, valleys and natural wonders; botanists can admire wild orchids, bot and bromeliads, and a lucky few may see muriqui monkeys, wild boar, puma or wolves. Afterwards, sink into loungers by Engenho’s Waterfall to unwind with a frosty caipirinha, the sky bright with stars.
Stay: at one of Brazil’s best small hotels. Reserva do Ibitipoca’s private nature reserve holds an 18th-century farmhouse with exceptional food and a wonderful little spa (by far the best in the region!). Ten nights’ full-board in an Engenho Suite comes to £1707.50 per person (excluding 10% service charge).
Fly: from London Gatwick to Rio de Janeiro International (via Madrid) with Iberia for £437 per person, departing Sunday 10 May (overnight flight arriving Monday 11 May) and returning Thursday 21 May (overnight flight arriving Friday 22 May).
From the Airport: The hotel is offering free return road transfers from Rio (for stays of 5+ nights). Worth approximately BRL1600, this fab offer will save lots of money and hassle – making this remote hideaway a much more manageable getaway.
*Please note that only the accommodation may be booked through i-escape.com. The information on travel is provided as a service to you, and must be booked through other websites, as indicated. All prices and availability are correct at the time of publishing. The per person prices are based on 2 people in a double/twin room or an apartment for 2. Published on 22 April 2015.