The warmer months may seem like a long while off yet but blink and the next couple of months will disappear just as quickly as the first few weeks of 2020. We find ourselves in the thick of February half term already and, if you aren’t lucky enough to be away this week, thoughts have no doubt turned to the first opportunity to escape to the sunshine – Easter. This blog aims to provide inspiration for this upcoming trip and showcase some of our top destinations for Easter 2020 as well as our favourite places to stay.
Thailand has a sterling reputation for palm lined beaches, incredible diving opportunities and, most importantly, an overwhelmingly friendly culture projected and passed on by each and every local you meet throughout your stay. March and April are great times to find yourself in Thailand; enjoying the warm temperatures but avoiding the rainy season which typically runs from May to October. Phuket is one of the southern provinces of Thailand and is blessed with some of the country’s most popular beaches. Its mountainous, rain-forested scene makes for peaceful breaks with a feeling of true escapism and a diverse landscape, worlds away from that of home.
Located on the west coast of the island, set high in the hills and nestled in an expansive coconut plantation, Amanpuri is a picture-perfect, authentic Thai resort. Its traditional accommodation comprises of pavilions looking out over the sea, surrounded by luscious greenery or larger villas with their own private pools. With privacy in mind, each of the habitations are secluded by the surrounding nature and connected by elevated walkways.
The dining options are plentiful at Amanpuri, with several cuisines as well as dining spots to choose from. Authentic Thai and modern European dishes are served in the casual ‘Terrace’ for a relaxed lunch by the pool. ‘The Restaurant’ dishes up mouth-watering Italian cuisine with stunning sea views whilst you feast. You can also dine in your own private sala in your pavilion's garden or enjoy barefoot dining beneath the stars at a torch lit beach BBQ.
The resort also has plenty of activities to ensure you have successfully worked up enough of an appetite to enjoy each of the incredible restaurants. Guests can charter one of the hotels private fleet of 20 cruisers or sailing boats to fish, dive or enjoy a romantic sunset. If that isn’t enough to keep you busy, there are also 6 floodlit tennis courts, a 27m freshwater swimming pool and a 20m lap pool at the beach club.
As an Italian territory with a past steeped in Greece, Sicily is the definition of Mediterranean. Comprising of hilltop villages and coastal communities, Sicily oozes elegance and romance in the most beautiful setting. Blessed with a long summer season, these glorious days of sunshine are ideal for exploring cobbled streets and the ancient Greek ruins. Staged against the cauldron of the impressive Mount Etna, a trip to Sicily promises to be cultural, culinary and contagious – you will want to go back, again and again.
For a spa experience like no other, stay at Verdura Golf & Spa resort, a modern retreat which blends seamlessly with its tranquil surroundings. Housing 203 rooms and 50 suites, each with their own private terrace overlooking the jaw-dropping scenery. Although renowned for its 2 championship 18 hole golf courses, the resort also boasts 6 clay tennis courts, weekly friendly football matches and offer a plethora of water sports. As far as activities go, the Vendura Resort has something to suit all, no matter your ‘sport’ of choice. For a more relaxing experience, visit the award-winning spa which is one of, if not the best, in Europe. Over 4,000 square metres in size, this tranquil, calming haven features locally sourced products administered expertly by the team of trained therapists.
Holidays to Morocco are becoming a popular choice among travellers. With hot Summer temperatures, short flight time and its feel of sophisticated luxury, it’s not hard to see why! This unique yet captivating country and its year-round climate, offers respite from a European winter and beautifully hot summer, all just a 3 hour flight from the UK. The diverse nature of Morocco lends itself to all types of traveller, meeting a plethora of criteria to peak all interests. However, the real beauty is that Morocco is so compact and accessible, that you can experience some or all of the different aspects to this fascinating country all in one trip.
Marrakesh, a former imperial city in western Morocco, is home to an abundance of grand palaces, mosques and beautiful gardens. The bustling maze-like alleys are a feast for the senses with exotic spice aromas, calls to prayer and the fantasy of bright colours lining each side of the markets. Whilst the city tempts you outside to explore, the Four Seasons Marrakesh invites you in to retreat to a haven of indulgence and relaxation. Conveniently located just a stones throw from the attractions but remaining distant enough to provide true peace after the city’s noise and activity.
The large spa caters for children, teens and adults alike and boasts a full menu of massages and treatments in addition to traditional Moroccan rituals for relaxation and cleansing. Choose to take part in a range of fitness classes including twice weekly yoga by the pool, or speak to the concierge to arrange climbing, quad biking or hot air balloon rides. Gain a true feeling of Marrakesh with workshops run by Maarifa Cultural Centre to learn about the local customs and traditions such as Arabic calligraphy, the making of argan oils and the mint tea rituals.
The Maldives is a picture-perfect destination comprising a string of coral atolls within the shallow turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. From the moment you arrive you will sense the overwhelming feeling of calm and tranquility and the stresses of everyday life will seem a distant memory. During your stay the only crowds to face will be the shoals of exotic fish that inhabit the surrounding ocean. Although traditionally thought of as a romantic destination for couples, the Maldives is also an exceptional destination for children and teenagers with resorts having no shortage of water sports and other activities on offer for families.
For complete privacy from the outside world, stay at Vakkaru Maldives, a stunning resort situated in the heart of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The resort itself is filled with natural splendour which is equally matched by exceptional levels of customer service; the true feeling of paradise is carried through to all aspects of your stay. Although sleeping may not be at the top of your agenda for your holiday, the whole thing is a luxury in itself with floating water villas or elegant beach villas to choose from.
After a restful nights sleep, head on down to ‘Splash’ where you’ll find a whole host of water sports to enjoy, from jet ski’s to paddle boarding. Scuba diving is a must-do here with endless crystal-clear waters to explore with the help of excellent PADI certified instructors to show you all the best spots!
With a thousand miles of golden coastline overlooking the Arabian Ocean and rugged mountain ranges surrounding the spectacular fjords of Musandam, Oman is a relatively undiscovered haven for travellers. Oman’s compact capital, Muscat, is an enchanting blend of ancient and modern. Explore the city’s markets through narrow, age old souk streets in the Muttrah offering a real taste of Arabia before returning to your luxury accommodation for the best of both worlds.
The relaxing resort of Six Senses Zighy Bay will look after your every need whilst its clear sustainability policy and commitment to local charities ensure that the surrounding area is cared for all the same. With nature inspired villas and a unique cliff top perching restaurant, this relaxed resort is perfect for castaways.
Omani style villas make up the accommodation at Zighy Bay with many featuring ocean or garden views plus private beach areas. Guests can opt to take relaxation one step further by booking one of the Spa Villas and enjoying treatments from the comfort of their own bedroom. Thrill seekers can spend their days paragliding, mountain biking or taking to the water to snorkel, kayak or dive. Instil some romance into your itinerary with a sunset cruise around the waters of Haffa Bay to finish your day off in style.