While Easter may be a fun festival filled with chocolate eggs and lots of family time, it’s also a great time of year to travel. If you are uncertain about how to avoid the seasonal rush and are simply looking for a chilled out place to rest and rejuvenate, choose from one of the following exciting Easter getaways.
Stay on a Remote Island
Run away to an enchanted beach island where you can feel the sand between your toes. The Seychelles is an absolutely stunning destination and the type of tropical island paradise that dreams are made of. The Desroches Island is one of the most remote corners of the archipelago and one of the most gorgeous Easter getaways to soak up the sun. Remote and unspoiled, the island is just six kilometres long and 1.5 kilometres wide, framed by secluded white sand beaches, idyllic coconut palms and the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean. Prince William and Kate Middleton stayed at this exquisite luxury resort before tying the knot. If it’s good enough for royalty, then we suppose we could handle it too.
Go on a Safari Trip
Another great way to avoid the crowds is by going on safari. Singita’s Pamushana Lodge in Zimbabwe is located inside one of the most fascinating game reserves in southern Africa and among the best Easter getaways where you’ll only have the animals for company. The somewhat isolated location has seen a range of endangered species call this location home, including the black and white rhino and the rare Lichtenstein’s hartebeest. The Singita means ‘place of miracles,’ and when you’re trying to see the wildlife from the Swarovski spotting scope in your suite or sipping a cocktail aboard a sunset cruise, you will see how it really lives up to its name. With just the sounds of the authentic African wilderness to keep you awake at night, this is truly blissful solitude.
Get a Private Guide
Sometimes it’s not so much about where you are but how you choose to visit a place. Hiring a private guide for your very own tailor-made tour is a perfect way to avoid the Easter rush and see all of your chosen sights as well as some hidden treasures. The Ca’ Maria Adele is an intimate design hotel situated in a tranquil and romantic corner of Venice. The area is far from the crowds and populated by beautiful art galleries. It’s a lovely place to rest your head after a day wandering the city. Walks of Italy offer exclusive, five-star tours of Venice to cater to all tastes. Foodies will love the visit to the traditional Rialto markets while those who like to look at the darker side of life will relish the VIP Doge’s Palace Secret Passages Tour, which includes access to torture chambers and prison cells.
Go Skiing in the Mountains
For the perfect Alpine experience, look no further than Hotel Goldener Berg in Austria. This gorgeous hotel is located just below one of the most exclusive resorts in the world and set against a backdrop of snow-covered mountains. Easter is a lovely time of year to go skiing and it is surprisingly easy to avoid the crowds on the slopes. Early birds can join the sunrise and take an early morning ski trip. As the world begins to wake up, you’ll be sure to witness some beautiful panoramic views. Alternatively, you can spend the day pampering yourself at the hotel spa with a massage, steam bath and dip in the Finnish sauna, before heading down to the slopes around 90 minutes before they close. Everything about this resort is bathed in serenity, from the huge, freestanding fireplace at its centre to the outdoor terraces with panoramic views and the comfortable, cosy guest rooms.
Retreat to the Forest
Hotel El Privilegio de Tena, in the Spanish town of Huesco is like something out of a fairy tale. Nestled amongst towering trees and meadows and built within the walls of a 15th century abbey, this Pyrenees-based retreat welcomes the sound of silence with open arms. With just 25 rooms and suites, the hotel has a luxurious and intimate feel, warm, rustic style and an extremely welcoming atmosphere. The spa is decorated in tropical woods and marble, with a range of treatments including biothermal showers with cold fog, Turkish bath and a sauna. Outdoors, the terrain is ideal for snowshoeing, Nordic skiing, horse riding or quad biking against picture-perfect landscapes.