Hard to believe, but Easter is not too far away and to ensure you squeeze the most out of your extra long weekend break, we have put together a cheat sheet of where to go, where to sleep and most importantly why you should book now!
DESTINATION: Crete, Greece
WHERE TO STAY: Daois Cove Luxury Resort & Villas
Slow living meets modern elegance. Spacious villas with distinguished Residents' Club service and generous views of the Cretan sea.
REASON TO VISIT: Has one of the earliest springs in the Mediterranean. The south coast has something of a microclimate and is warmer than the north, so head here for the best of the sunshine.
Crete is the largest of Greece’s beautiful islands and boasts spectacular beaches, history, culture and postcard-like villages. Easter is also a fantastic time to visit Crete to witness the Orthodox Easter celebrations.
WHERE TO STAY: Castanheiro Boutique Hotel
A unique hotel concept comprising of five historically classified buildings located in the centre of Funchal. Castanheiro also boasts a fantastic rooftop pool so make sure you don't forget to pack your swim trunks!
REASON TO VISIT: This stunning subtropical island is often compared to Hawaii for its volcanic landscapes, rugged coastline and botanical wonders. During April, Madeira enjoys an average of nine hours of sunshine every day and offers a host of activities from walking and diving to fishing or just sunbathing.
DESTINATION: Kyoto, Japan
WHERE TO STAY: The Screen
What makes Japan's first personalised boutique hotel near the Imperial Palace so special is the sheer variety and richness of the experience; with thirteen rooms by thirteen different designers, it’s meant to provide a subtly different experience to each guest.
REASON TO VISIT:
If you can only visit one place in Japan, make it Kyoto. This is traditional Japan as you imagined it - geisha in brightly coloured kimonos, forests of bamboo, temples and shrines in gold and silver and scarlet and raked gravel Zen gardens.
It’s no secret that April is considered to be a perfect month to visit Japan. Spring is in full swing, with pleasant daily temperatures and cherry blossom madness continues as the blossoms hit their flowering peak at the beginning of the month.
DESTINATION: Marrakech, Morocco
WHERE TO STAY: Berber Lodge
Nestled amongst centenary Olive trees, Berber Lodge comprises nine individual lodges laid out in a Berber village feel.
Just twenty minute’s drive to Marrakech yet also nearby Lake Takerkoust, Berber Lodge is ideally placed to discover the amazing preserved nature that Morocco has to offer.
REASON TO VISIT: Springtime really comes to life in April in Morocco. The days grow warmer and longer, while evenings are still light and cool. Whether you are interested in exploring the desert or the mountains or the city of Marrakech, April is a great time to do it.
There are two major events in the desert in April – an International Music Festival called the Fez Festival, which brings together “high art, popular entertainment, spiritual energy and intellectual challenges.” and the gruelling Marathon Des Sables, so if you are looking for some excitement, you know when to show up!
DESTINATION: Puglia, Italy
WHERE TO STAY: Masseria Moroseta
A modern farmhouse set amongst organic olive fields, Masseria Moroseta in Ostuni, Puglia is an enclave of relaxation and rural simplicity.
REASON TO VISIT:
Puglia is the heel of Italy's 'boot' and is often described as the "real Italy". Those lucky enough to visit will be rewarded with a trip filled with beautiful vistas, olive-green seas, friendly locals and mouth-watering food and wine the equal of any in Italy!
DESTINATION: Charleston, South Carolina
WHERE TO STAY: The Restoration
Located on Charleston's iconic King Street, this place is at the centre of it all! Dozens of boutiques, galleries, small artisan businesses and local hot spots are just a few steps away from this charming historic property.
REASON TO VISIT: Repeatedly hailed both the United States' greatest and friendliest city. Try out a few jazz club's in the French Quarter, slurp fresh oysters on the seafront, and don’t miss the colourful Georgians of Rainbow Row.
A quick visit during the Easter break is a perfect time as it is just before the steamy summer envelops the entire Deep South.
DESTINATION: Picton, New Zealand
WHERE TO STAY: The Sounds Retreat Luxury Lodge
Positioned in the stunning Marlborough Sounds on New Zealand's South Island, The Sounds Retreat Luxury Lodge is a spectacular paradise showcasing nature and luxury living at its finest. With a focus on unparalleled service and exquisite creature comforts, this award-winning private lodge is an ideal way to vacation in a most marvellous destination.
REASON TO VISIT:
April is the in-between stage of summer and winter, which makes it the perfect month to visit New Zealand. Picton is a charming coastal village tucked into a bay in the South Island’s stunning Queen Charlotte Sound. It is also a must-go for any budding wine connoisseurs; the Marlborough Wine Region, which produces most of New Zealand’s wine, is just on the town’s doorstep.
DESTINATION: Alentejo, Portugal
WHERE TO STAY: Monte Velho Equo Resort
Standing by a small lake in the heart of the Alentejo countryside, this unique property is situated in a new-build structure on the site of a traditional Alentejo estate. Monte Velho is a luxury boutique hotel offering exclusive accommodation and fabulous outdoor activities in a tranquil rural setting.
REASON TO VISIT: Proudly named by its local inhabitants as the "New Tuscany", this stunning region is only a 2-hour drive from the hustle and bustle of Lisbon. Once you arrive you will find yourself miles away from hectic traffic, stress and surrounded by amazing and mostly untouched nature.
Alentejo's coastline is full of stunning beaches for any taste, the region is also famed for its spectacular wine (warm, generous red blends in particular) and the food is high quality, delicious and ridiculously cheap!
DESTINATION: Zermatt, Switzerland
WHERE TO STAY: The Omnia
Stunning designer hotel perched high on the hill with a super-cool spa, very fancy bedrooms and stupendous views over Zermatt.
REASON TO VISIT: While things are hotting up down at the coast, up in the mountains it's still a winter wonderland. An Easter ski break is a brilliant idea, especially if you are heading to Zermatt, as it is renowned for being one of the best ski resorts at that time of the year, with plenty of snow still around.
Just think, no queues for the lifts or at the bar; and that spring-time sun on the terraces is perfect for long, al fresco lunches.
DESTINATION: Sitges, Spain
WHERE TO STAY: Little Beach House Barcelona
The latest stylish branch of Soho House, the world-famous members’ club aimed at creative professionals.
Soho House is known for its fantastic interior design and this new location does not disappoint. This 1950s building has been renovated from top to bottom in a style reflective of both Spanish and Catalan influences, with a green and white stucco façade.
REASON TO VISIT: Unquestionably one of the most romantic beach resorts in Europe, Sitges is just 35 minutes from Barcelona. Once you arrive you will be treated to world-class shopping opportunities, tapas bars galore and, most importantly, glorious Mediterranean beaches. Need we say more?
DESTINATION: Northern Territory, Australia
WHERE TO STAY: Longitude 131
This luxury desert basecamp at Uluru-Kata Tjuta, provides an opulent, yet essential experience of Australia’s spirited heartland. Central to your stay is discovery of the World Heritage listed wilderness and then, there is privacy, tranquillity and luxurious spaces in which to relax in exclusive style.
REASON TO VISIT: The Top End has been ranked at number 12 in The New York Times’ annual 52 Places to Go list in 2018 and its icons, Kakadu and Uluru, are most popular during Easter when everything is lush and green and the weather is spot-on in the lead-up to the dry season.
DESTINATION: The Town Of Fort William, Scotland
WHERE TO STAY: Inverlochy Castle
This beautiful 19th-century castle is surrounded by luscious evergreen trees and a sparkling nearby loch. Queen Victoria said she ‘never saw a lovelier or more romantic spot’ than Inverlochy Castle and it remains as impressive as ever.
Albert and Michel Roux Jr offer a culinary experience to savour, with the legendary father and son taking the helm of the kitchen and producing the finest dishes using local produce.
REASON TO VISIT: It’s known as the outdoor capital of Scotland, and with good reason. Fort William is the perfect base for exploring the Highlands, with lochs, climbing, cycling, and walking trails, and of course, the beautiful Nevis Mountain Range.