Fancy a trip to the beach this Easter?
With just over five weeks until Easter there is no time to lose if you are planning on getting away during April. Although the optimistic among us hope we'll see some lovely sunny weather here in the UK, it's far from guaranteed, particularly as Easter is so early. So, in order to increase the odds of a sun-drenched holiday this April, we have selected four destinations which offer the perfect mix of sunshine, warmth and world-class, family-friendly hospitality. For more information and to discuss what you are looking for call us on +44 1993 899 430..
Take a short four-and-a-half-hour flight from the UK and you can start enjoying a week or two in Cyprus with its balmy spring weather. But it’s not just the mild climate which makes this such an appealing destination - the friendly hospitality, plentiful sandy beaches, mystical architecture steeped in history and wonderful food all contribute to make this Medditeranean island a superb destination at Easter.
Not to be missed:
- Diving the Zenobia – Sitting off the coast of Lanarka is the wreck of a cargo ship Zenobia which sank in 1980 and is now classed as one of the top five dive wrecks in the world. Not only is exploring the wreck fascinating but there's an abundance of fish and sea creatures which treat the wreck as a reef.
- Karpas Peninsula – Jutting out like a pointing finger from the North East of Cyprus, the Karpas Peninsula is an unspoiled Mediterranean idyll with white beaches, narrow country roads, quaint villages and beautiful fields. Perfect for exploring on foot or bike.
- The cuisine – An eclectic fusion of gastronomic influences makes Cypriot cuisine particularly delicious. Those with a sweet tooth are in for a real treat with honey, dates and almonds making regular appearances in a variety of cakes and pastries.
Home to the best beaches on Earth? Many think so. Comprising of 115 islands scattered in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles are a mecca for wildlife lovers, sun seekers and watersports enthusiasts. Not to mention home to several superb resorts with world class spas and amazing restaurants ensuring your stay in this paradise is incredibly comfortable.
Not to be missed:
- Spending time on the beach – You simply can’t come to the Seychelles and not devote some serious time to relaxing on the stunning beaches. Ringed with palm trees and greenery, lapped with warm cobalt blue waters, they offer the ultimate place to just lie back and relax.
- Visit Vallée de Mai – To experience a slice of Eden take a trip to the World Heritage listed Vallée de Mai National Park. Home to the rare Coco de Mer palm and a host of exotic wildlife, it can be experienced on foot hiking through one of three trails.
- Diving and Snorkelling – Wonderfully warm waters, incredible visibility and an astonishing array of fish, reefs, drop-offs and wrecks make this a diver's heaven.
Great beaches, good food, extensive family activities (including of course Disney World) and even untamed mangrove swamps just waiting to be explored by airboat all combine to make Florida the ultimate family holiday destination. Easter is a great time for a trip to the Sunshine State before the real heat of the summer hits, with April temperatures in the low 20’s.
Not to be missed:
- Miami – Cool Art Deco buildings, trendy restaurants, art galleries and sandy beaches combine to make Miami an eclectic and lively destination.
- A visit to Kennedy Space Center & Universal Orlando Resort – A visit to one or both is a must. The space center is awe-inspiring whilst Universal Orlando Resort offers a thrilling day out for both children and adults.
- A trip to the everglades – Visually beautiful, there is no landscape quite like the Florida Everglades. A good starting point is the Everglades National Park, a vast wilderness covering 1.5 million acres and home to lots of wildlife including alligators.
The phrase ‘something for everyone’ is a term that is perhaps too often used in relation to travel destinations but Barbados has to be the exception – this island really does have it all. Amazing beaches, great restaurants and nightlife, luxury hotels and villas, a Unesco World Heritage listed capital and much more besides go some way towards explaining why people keep going back to Barbados.
Not to be missed:
- Oistins Fish Fry – Friday night is Oistins night… this active fishing town is a hub of activity as the weekend begins. Locals and tourists head to Oistins Bay Gardens where 30 plus vendors serve excellent fish including tuna, swordfish, marlin, mahi-mahi and lobster.
- Hunte's Gardens - These amazing gardens are filled with all manner of tropical flowers, trees and foliage, all set within a natural gully. Walk through meandering paths dotted with statues and antiques and enjoy the zen like calm of this special place.
- Paynes Bay Beach – You are spoilt for choice when it comes to beaches in Barbados. Paynes Beach is a great example. Fringed with golden sand, the calm waters make it one of the west coast's best spots for swimming and snorkelling.
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