The best family holidays for Easter

From cycling Hadrian’s Wall to cookery classes in Italy, we pick the top trips.

Fly and flop in Grenada
Laid out along the quieter end of Grenada’s best beach, Grand Anse, and surrounded by lemon, almond and sea-grape trees, Grenada’s Spice Island Beach Resort is perfect for a fly and flop. However, if you have an active brood, it also offers rainforest and waterfall hikes, bean-to-bar tours at the local chocolate factory — if Easter egg overload isn’t an issue — as well as snorkelling, kayaking, paddleboarding, tennis and cycling.
Details
Caribtours (020 7751 0660, caribtours.co.uk) has seven nights’ all-inclusive for £12,939 for a family of four sharing an Oleander ocean-view or garden suite. Flights, private transfers and the use of a UK airport lounge are included. Book by February 28

Glamping in Somerset
With Easter falling so late it’s worth taking a chance on glamping in the UK. Middle Stone Farm in west Somerset has three swish safari lodges each sleeping up to six, each with large wood-fired hot tubs and decking and views towards Exmoor and the Quantock Hills. Swingball, a picnic table and tripod barbecue — handy for toasting marshmallows — are also part of the kit and there are tractor rides and swings as well as a babysitting service.
Details
Four nights over Easter in a safari tent costs £850 (01984 248443, middlestonefarm.com)

Language learning in Greece
If you see the Easter holidays as the ideal time to sneak in a spot of extra tuition, make it more palatable by heading to Danai Resort in Halkidiki in Greece, where the kids’ club has a language programme for children (up to age 12) learning Greek, French, English or German. Lessons are mixed with plenty of playtime and activities, from Greek dancing to making tzatziki.
Details
Original Travel (020 7978 7333, originaltravel.co.uk) has seven nights from £1,620pp, based on two adults and two children sharing a two-bedroom suite, including flights


Olde House, Cornwall, has its own pets’ corner

Farm in Cornwall
For those with a child whose idea of heaven would be cuddling a lamb, head for the Olde House, a farmstay near Polzeath in north Cornwall. Set on a working family-run farm with 30 cosy cottages, it has lots of free activities including archery, falconry, den building and tractor rides, as well as feeding lambs, goats and pigs in its pets’ corner.
Details
Seven nights from April 7 in Clover Cottage costs £1,000 for four (01208 813219, theoldehouse.co.uk)

Family fun in Mexico
Set in tropical forest and with acres of mangroves and canals along a stunning stretch of beach, the Fairmont Mayakoba near Cancun is wilder than the average Mexican family resort and there is masses to do. There are five swimming pools, and the excellent kids’ club is split by age group — 4 to 12-year-olds can have trips into the Mayan jungle and workshops creating Mexican handicrafts, while teenagers have blind volleyball, water limbo and capoeira lessons. The resort even has its own resident crocodile.
Details
The Private Travel Company (020 3553 7543, theprivatetravelcompany.co.uk) has seven nights from £5,619, based on a family of four sharing a room and including breakfast, flights and private transfers


Fairmont Mayakoba in Cancun, Mexico, has a resident crocodile

Greek Easter
It’s not every year that the Greek and British Easter coincide, but they do this year — and in Greece the celebrations are bigger than at Christmas. Stay at the beachside Villa Zoe Apartments in Gialova in the south Peloponnese, where on Easter Sunday guests can tuck into a whole spit-roast lamb from the owner’s farm. The spacious apartments are well-equipped and there is a water feature at the front that’s home to tortoises and frogs.
Details
Departing on April 15, a seven-night holiday starts at £729pp (two adults and two children sharing a one-bedroom apartment), including breakfast and the Easter Feast, and transfers (020 8758 4758, sunvil.co.uk)

Cookery in Puglia
The celeb favourite Borgo Egnazia, on Puglia’s Adriatic coast, is laying on traditional Easter experiences including cookery classes to make scarcella, Easter sweets in the shape of doves, as well as whistle-making workshops and egg-decorating contests. You might also want to follow the procession of the pappamusci, hooded and barefoot pilgrims walking from church to church in nearby Francavilla Fontana (transport is provided). Or you could just make the most of the resort’s friendly kids’ clubs, water sports and knockout spa.
Details
Three nights from April 14 starts at £2,532 for a family of four sharing a two-storey casetta, including activities and some meals (borgoegnazia.com). Flights from Stansted to Bari with Ryanair (ryanair.com) start from £193pp

Biking in Burma
Send your children back to school with tales of elephant bathtimes, a night in a Buddhist monastery, cooking freshly caught fish with local families and swimming in the Bay of Bengal. Inside Asia has a 13-night tour of Burma that also includes climbing the sacred Mount Popa, cycling around the pagoda-strewn plains of Bagan and hiking by Inle Lake.
Details
The 13-night trip, departing on April 1, starts at £1,950pp for a family of four in two rooms and includes B&B, eight lunches and two evening meals, transfers, domestic flights and guided excursions. International flights start at about £850pp (0117 244 3380, insideasiatours.com)

Desert camp in Oman
It’s already toasty in Oman in April, but not too hot for trekking if you have an air-conditioned 4×4 close by. This seven-night trip explores the capital, Muscat, the remote mountain village of Misfah, historic Nizwa, coastal Sur, and the famous Wahiba Sands for two nights camping under the stars. This is a trip for the over-10s, not little ones.
Details
Seven nights costs from £9,024 for a family of four, including flights, some meals and 4×4 transport (01822 600600, ganeandmarshall.com)


White Stallion Ranch, Tuscon, USA, offers rock climbing as well as riding

Riding in Arizona
Take pony-mad children to Arizona’s 3,000-acre White Stallion Ranch where children as young as five can ride the dusty desert trails. This year the ranch has added rock climbing to its list of activities — which also includes hayrides and line dancing.
Details Seven nights start at £1,793pp for adults and from £949pp for 2 to 11-year-olds, including meals, most ranch activities, transfers and tips. Rock climbing (from age 8) starts at $75 (£61) for a two-hour climb. Flights start at £879pp for adults and £765pp for under 12s (01509 618811, ranchrider.com)

Beaches in Koh Samui
If you’re looking for guaranteed heat and a multigenerational Easter escape that will work for everyone from granny to toddlers, Santiburi Beach Resort on the northern coast of Koh Samui should tick all your boxes. The more active can choose from golf, tennis, beach volleyball, football, yoga, aerobics and tennis. There are also Thai cooking lessons using homegrown herbs, and small children can have a session in the kids’ club with its own mini petting zoo.
Details
Seven nights at Santiburi in April starts at £1,999 per adult and £615 per child (under 12), based on two adults and two children sharing a deluxe garden villa with breakfast, including flights (01204 824619, destinology.co.uk). Book by February 28

Finland’s northern lights
In Finland, nights are dark enough to see the northern lights in April. Stay at the stylish Iso-Syote Hotel, made up of a collection of traditional log cabins spread out in the snowy forest, where there are plenty of Arctic adventures, from driving dogs to hiking with snowshoes. In the evening, take a snowmobile out to search for the northern lights or book a glass-roofed Aurora View Suite.
Details
A four-night trip with Best Served Scandinavia (020 7664 2241, best-served.co.uk) starts from £1,130pp, including flights, transfers, three nights in a hotel room and one night in an Aurora View Suite

Birdwatching in Britain
For great walking and biking and some terrific twitching, book a stay at the Swan Hotel in Wedmore in Somerset, which can arrange family birdwatching trips with Stephen Moss, winner of a Bafta award for his work on Springwatch. He’s an expert on the birds and wildlife on the Avalon Marshes and the Somerset Levels. April is one of the best months for the dawn chorus.
Details
Family rooms in the Swan Hotel start at £152.50 (01934 710337, theswanwedmore.com). Birdwatching costs from £100-£120 for two hours

Cycle Hadrian’s Wall
Hadrian’s Cavalry, a five-month exhibition along the length of Hadrian’s Wall, opens on April 8. Full of original cavalry objects including ornate helmets, armour and weapons, it’s split between ten museums and attractions and one of the best ways to see it is on two wheels along Hadrian’s Cycleway.
Details
Saddle Skedaddle (0191 2651110, skedaddle.co.uk) has three, four or six-day family cycling holidays along Hadrian’s Cycleway from £280-£570 for adults and £168-£392 for children. All trips include accommodation, transfers and full tour service or detailed trip notes. Bike hire is from an additional £55 (adults) and £30 (children)


Hadrian’s Wall is best appreciated by following its cycleway

Easter on the Algarve
Springtime temperatures often hit 25C in the Algarve, and Portugal is still one of the cheapest destinations for a European getaway. Stay at the hip Memmo Baleeira (memmohotels.com), all bleached Sixties chic, which overlooks the village of Sagres and some cracking sandy beaches. The hotel has its own surf school and can organise fishing, dolphin watching, and cycling.
Details Seven nights’ B&B is from £1,377 for a family of four, with flights for the family from £673 (flytap.com)

Paradiski in France
If you’re planning some late-season skiing, try Arc 1950 in France’s Tarentaise Valley, which is part of the Paradiski area. This has good skiing until the end of April, especially on the Aiguille Rouge, one of the longest ski runs in the Alps. There is a free end-of-season festival in neighbouring La Plagne from April 5-18, with carousel rides and the world’s highest pop-up beauty salon.
Details
Erna Low (020 7584 2841, ernalow.co.uk) has seven nights from April 15 in Arc 1950 Le Village from £485pp, based on a family of four sharing a two-bedroom apartment, including flights from London to Geneva

Cottage in Cornwall
Stay in one of the 20 smart, eco-friendly houses at ancient Trelowarren, a thousand-acre estate on the Lizard, the most southerly part of mainland Britain. There is a Victorian folly, an Iron Age hill fort, a river formed during the Ice Age, an 18th-century garden within the grounds, and a pool, spa and tennis court in the lovely walled garden. There’s an on-site restaurant and more than a dozen beaches are a short drive away.
Details
A week’s stay for up to six in the two-bedroom Wheal Liberty costs £945, arriving on April 13 (0117 325 8810, premiercottages.co.uk)


Take in the Forbidden City in Beijing on a tour of China

Tour of China
Tours of China are a wonderful adventure, but, given the massive distances involved to see sights such as the Great Wall, the terracotta warriors and the Forbidden City in Beijing, they’re all-go — so dangle the carrot of some downtime at the end. Wendy Wu’s new family tours cleverly include a four-day stay at Club Med’s all-inclusive resort in Guilin, where kids can lounge in the pool.
Details
A 13-day trip starts at £2,990pp (0800 9888210, wendywutours.co.uk) and includes flights, transport, some meals and all-inclusive at Club Med

Luxury hotel in Vietnam
Vietnam just got more child-friendly with the opening of the Four Seasons Nam Hai near the Unesco world heritage site of Hoi An. With a kids’ club, a teens’ club, a cookery school and a sleek spa, as well as a great beachside position, the hotel makes a perfect stop in between exploring the French colonial city of Hanoi and the war history of Saigon. Add a one-night cruise among the scenic islets of Halong Bay.
Details Scott Dunn (020 8682 5060, scottdunn.com) has seven nights’ B&B, including three nights at the Four Seasons, one at the Sofitel Legend Metropole in Hanoi, two at the Park Hyatt Saigon and one on the Paradise Luxury cruise in Halong Bay, with flights and transfers from £3,300pp

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