With the weather forecast here in the UK being decidedly dicey over the Easter break, why not ditch home turf for somewhere altogether warmer and sunnier? Ozel Rowland packs her suitcase…
With spring coming to near close, Greece is an ideal destination if you’re looking for an Easter break filled with some sunshine. One can expect a pre-summer treat upon coming here, as well as an insight into Greece’s unique Easter traditions. Watch as colourful hot-air balloons are released in the coastal town of Leonidio or take off to the beautiful emerald island of Corfu which enjoys religious music festivals and processions to mark the occasion.
The Greek island of Crete is particularly good for Easter, boasting lush golden sands and a striking green interior; it’s a great location to indulge in the warming sun. Olympic Holidays are currently offering last-minute deals from £745pp which include EasyJet flights from Luton to Heraklion, plus 7 nights in the in the 5 star Filion Suites Resort and Spa which boasts impressive views over the Cretan mountains and is situated near to the village of Bali.
Rome is another obvious choice and is great for a city break with a difference. April sees moderate temperatures of around 18˚C which is perfect for roaming the sights and immersing yourself in the rich historic and religious culture of Italy’s capital. Watch the city come alive as thousands of pilgrims and travellers arrive to see the religious ceremonies of Easter carried out by the Pope and the Church. Stay at the Hotel dei Borgognoni which is located just on the doorstep of the iconic Pantheon Temple and Vatican City. Get nights 4 with flights from British Airways from £648pp.
For a less crowded experience, the Italian islands of Sicily and Sardinia are great around this time of year for a relaxed weekend away. Hotel Ravesi in Malfa, Sicily is ideal for a luxurious retreat or Hotel Parco Degli Ulivi in Arzachena, Sardinia which is great for a high-end, family-friendly experience.
If you want to go that extra mile this Easter, the Caribbean is a top choice for breath-taking beaches, luxurious hotels, and fine weather. Opt for an underwater venture and go diving in the Cayman Islands or sit back and relax in St Lucia. This gorgeous tropical gem is renowned as one of the most scenic isles in the West Indies for its striking mountainous landscape and vast swathe of rainforest. The Inn on the Bay Hotel in Marigot Bay is an intimate hotel providing excellent value for your money with high-quality rooms that come with stunning panoramic views. Book directly through their website within the next 2 weeks and receive 20% off room rates.
For a break for the whole family that’s a little closer to home, Park Resorts are offering 7 nights in Bideford Bay, Devon, for 6 people for £273 where you’ll stay in a self-catering chalet. The resort provides a number of leisure activities and is ideally located next to local farms and woodland for long walks out in the countryside.
Otherwise, Easter can be a great time to grab a late deal on skiing trips before the end of the season, especially for those who want to instil a touch of adventure into their break. Espirit Ski has some excellent family deals on chalets across the French and Italian Alps, starting from £1299.