Not only have we tracked down all those places which still have availability for Easter, we’ve also unearthed those with great offers and activities for families over the Easter holidays. So if you’re still looking for your spring escape, look no further!
A fresh and funky family hotel opened last year in the centre of Lisbon, and we were very taken with its charms when we visited (with toddler in tow). Expect large studios and apartments, caring staff, a friendly and well-equipped kids’ club complete with climbing wall, even a vintage BMW for the kids to play on!
OFFER: take advantage of all Lisbon has to offer families with their 3-night package, including a Lisbon Card giving free access to transport, museums and attractions
This former farm now encapsulates the new breed of micro-resort where you get heaps of facilities and activities for children and parents alike (from playgrounds to ball pits, kids’ club to trampolines, even a petting farm). Two nights of babysitting, food baskets on arrival and more are included in the rate. There are 7 self-catering apartments (for 4-12) and 3 heated swimming pools to choose from.
There’s something about a sojourn by the sea which is delightful at any time of year. Especially so if you’re lucky enough to be staying at this maritime-chic seafront hotel on the Fal estuary, which has dedicated family rooms, rock pools along the adjacent beach (they lend you buckets and spades), and a play room filled with toys.
ACTIVITY: an Easter egg hunt and an Easter bonnet-making competition, plus movie nights
Perched on a hillside with long views, a pool, a play park and pets, this welcoming farmhouse-villa (with 5 apartments and a casita) makes the ideal base for Easter. The vibe is akin to staying at a friend’s house (with staff!), and your kids will get stuck in to the dressing-up boxes, books and toys. Parents may wish to know that wine and beer are readily available, too…
ACTIVITY: the menagerie of animals includes rabbits, and thus springtime baby bunnies for maximum cuteness overload! Other activities include consuming chocolate bunnies and face painting
A blissful island eco-resort with villas wrapped around trees or suspended above water, Song Saa redefines the term barefoot luxury as also being family-friendly. The pioneering Australian owners have set up a marine reserve around the islands, and there are imaginative activities such as educational treasure hunts. Wherever possible, driftwood and recycled timber have been deployed.
OFFER: a 10% discount if booking 30+ days prior to stay, or stay 4 nights and pay for 3 only
ACTIVITY: an Easter programme including decorating coconuts for the annual Easter coconut roll, a local community connection initiative, a movie night, Sunday brunch, tree planting, and a jungle waterfall hike
Surrounded by forest, pastures, olive groves and tranquility, this rustic family hotel delivers an informal house party feel. Families stay in simple and spacious bedrooms, and the all-inclusive rates include meals and drinks (there’s a kids high tea followed by a separate adults’ dinner daily). The kids will be in their element with a heated pool, soft play, sandpits, bikes, trampolines and a woodland playspace.
ACTIVITY: an Easter egg hunt in the maze, themed art/cookery classes, and a torchlit procession in the village
Right on the southern tip of the island, in a conservation area featuring wildlife and coral reefs, this small lodge is perfect for a blissful back-to-nature family holiday. There are family villas, and you’re right on the beach (plus there’s a pool). Boat trips and dolphin-spotting tours can be arranged, and there’s an on-site dive school too.
Choose either a spacious 2-bedroom suite in the 19th-century chateau or a self-catering cottage in the former stables; both options give you access to parkland and woodland (complete with den), plus a playground, a gypsy caravan and croquet. There are bikes, books and toys to borrow, and fun dinners are served 6 nights a week.
EXCLUSIVE OFFER: a 25% discount
ACTIVITY: Easter egg hunts in 3 acres of parkland, with a free egg per child
Although a sophisticated proposition, this gorgeous country estate on the fertile slopes of Mt Etna also offers much for families. There’s a mini-playground, delicious food, orchards for hide and seek, and terraces to run along, plus an (unheated) infinity pool. Movie nights can be arranged for small fry while parents dine à deux.
OFFER: a 30% discount in Suites and Dependences (until 12 April); Easter Sunday lunch for all
This is the ultimate villa for a special family holiday. Relax in the lap of luxury with charming staff, lush tropical gardens, inside-outside pavilions, a beautiful pool, and chic interiors in all 4 bedrooms. You even get a chauffeured car for the duration of your stay!
OFFER: stay 6+ nights for 2 nights of free babysitting and a tropical Easter egg hunt