It’s time to start making vacation plans.
Without many of the prohibitive Covid travel restrictions, the Easter holidays (April 11-24) will be the first time in two years that many families have had the chance to go abroad.
The race for the best break is already on: travel insurance expert Staysure recorded a 396% increase in bookings in February compared to the same period before the pandemic.
Whether you imagine sand, snow or the vibrant greenery of the great outdoors, we’ve rounded up the best European breaks for your little chicks – with plenty of special treats in store for the adults too.
Ditch the chocolate egg hunt: your search for the perfect Easter holiday ends here.
Forte Village, Sardinia
In just over two hours, you could find yourself blinking in the sun in the resort town of Forte Village in southern Sardinia, where eight (mostly five-star) hotels, several restaurants and a slew of activities await. . Channel your little ones’ excitement into on-site sports sessions, or better yet, enroll them in the Real Madrid Academy and LOL Surprise Dance Academy – both new this season. With the kids sorted for a few hours, you are free to enjoy the many soothing pleasures of the Acquaforte Thalasso & Spa.
Forte Village is offering three nights (between 14 and 18 April) from €890 per person based on two adults in a Pineta Superior Terrace room, full board (wine included with meals). Includes daily entrance to the spa, gala dinner on Easter Sunday, lunch on Easter Monday, sports activities and programs and evening entertainment. One child under 13 can stay for free; fortvillageresort.com
Sonnwies, South Tyrol, Italy
Head to northern Italy where the family resort of Sonnwies is resplendent in the shadow of the mighty Dolomites. Breaths of fresh mountain air and epic views are just the start here; the resort organizes a weekly program which includes cycling, treasure hunts, picnics in mountain huts, pony rides and lake excursions, and – icing on the cake – there are 70 hours of free babysitting to enjoy as well. Create lasting memories by roasting marshmallows, collecting fresh eggs, or introducing your ducklings to the wonders of the family spa, which includes a kid-friendly cinema sauna.
From €380 per room based on two adults and two children sharing a double bed on half board; sonnwies.com
Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como, Italy
Italy pulls out all the stops at Easter; and one of the most scenic places to visit is Lake Como. Kids and parents alike will love the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, where in April you can expect a mega Easter egg on arrival, nightly Easter egg turndowns and a mandatory Easter egg hunt with Bobo the bear, the hotel’s adorable mascot. The Grand Hotel Tremezzo has designed a special Easter Getaway this year, which includes breakfast, a four-course Easter lunch and a festive surprise in the room for two nights from April 14 to 19.
From €850 for two in a prestige room with park view; grandhoteltremezzo.com
Ashford Castle, Ireland
Feel like you’re stepping into your own fairy tale at Ashford Castle, a five-star Irish resort that’s hosted American nobility and presidents in the past. The whole family will feel like royalty here; kids get their own mini-dresses and slippers and can summon a LEGO butler to bring building sets into the room – on a polished silver tray, of course.
Older kids and teens can get stuck into high-adrenaline activities like ziplining, falconry, clay shooting, and even SUP if the weather plays ball. As for you, Ashford Castle’s expansive wine cellar is ready to be explored.
From £485 per room per night for a Deluxe Queen Family Room, B&B; ashfordcastle.com
Gran Melia Palacio de Isora, Tenerife
Make a plan to escape to this Spanish island and you’ll be rewarded with temperatures in the low 20s. Not only does Guía de Isora have the longest saltwater hotel infinity pool on the continent, there is also a 2,000m² Clarins Spa to discover. Paradise found. Granted, these perks are more fun for adults, but Melia hasn’t forgotten about kids. The resort’s mini club and children’s park, with colorful slides and climbing apparatus, are on hand to keep the level of joy high.
B&B from £4,315, half board from £5,364, all-inclusive from £5,961; melia.com
Almyra, Paphos, Cyprus
Children are the center of attention at the uber-chic Almyra in Cyprus, and the hotel is rolling out a brand new Explorers Kids Club in April, just in time for the big Easter getaway. The clubhouse is designed to entertain children from infants to 13 years old with bespoke activities: everything from play tables and games to interactive games.
Want to reduce their screen time? Give them a taste of Cypriot culture with a baking or pottery class, or just splash around together in the heated pools. With the kids’ club constantly rotating, you can also devote yourself to the all-important task of unwinding – a treatment for two in the adults-only spa, perhaps?
From £5,600 for 7 nights based on a family of four (two adults, two children) in superior interconnecting sea view rooms on a B&B basis with 2 Explorer Kids Club places. Includes round-trip flights and private transfers; scottdunn.com
Residences Six Senses, Courchevel, France
Balancing quality time with a place of child-free peace and quiet, Six Senses in Courchevel offers a Family Time package that hits several nice spots. It includes four hours of nanny service so you can enjoy a couple’s hammam treatment or dinner at the resort’s famous Japanese restaurant without having to watch the little ones. Capture family photos for the fireplace at home on a hot air balloon ride or an exhilarating dog sled ride.
From £1,053.17 based on two adults and two children sharing an apartment between 10th and 16th April; sixsenses.com
Evian Resort, France
Nurture the talents of your weed Emma Raducanu at the resort of Evian which sits in a healthy 47-acre estate between Lake Geneva and the Alps. There are four tennis courts on site, complete with personalized coaching sessions by resident ATP-rated tennis coaches. Off-court, a visit to the Cailler chocolate factory (with tastings) promises to delight everyone, or stock up on Von Trapp by asking the concierge to arrange a family picnic loaded with local produce in the mountains.
Choose from two hotels: Hotel Royal (from £324) and Hotel Ermitage (from £182); evianresort.com
The Dylan, Amsterdam, Holland
There’s so much to love about Amsterdam in the spring, including the unchanged Eurostar route – a dream for parents with kids still in pushchairs. The Dylan Hotel, near Dam Square, marks the Easter festivities with an egg hunt, scattering chocolates in the hotel’s secluded garden, as well as a delicious Easter brunch held over the long weekend .
Beyond the hotel’s sleek black exterior, decamp into the Amstel River countryside where you can play spy in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, a 12th-century village: there are more ancient monuments, churches and windmills than you can shake a bouquet of tulips.
Double from €350, breakfast included; dylanamsterdam.com
Daios Cove, Crete
Feel the sun on your bones as you visit the luxurious family estate Daios Cove, which spans 35 hectares on the scenic northeast coast of Crete. Each room, suite and spacious villa is located in the cove and offers a magnificent view of the sea.
As well as six restaurants and bars, there’s a Mini Club for children aged four months to teenagers, staffed by friendly, multilingual staff, including UK childcare experts Worldwide Kids Co. them for a few hours while you relax. before hitting the tennis courts or going to the nautical base for thrills on the waves.
Special Easter packages are available through Elegant Resorts from £1,545 pp including flights and transfers; elegantresorts.co.uk