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
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
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)