This Easter, take the kids on an adventure. Whether it’s staying close to home or heading further afield, there are some amazing destinations you and the kiddos will enjoy. Check out some of our favorite places!
Why Go? Bali is fantastic for Easter as it’s just starting to come out of rainy season. There is a tremendous amount of variety packed onto one little island – family friendly beaches, surfing for teens, cultural activities, wildlife and fantastic restaurants and boutique shopping for parents!
Where to Stay: Belmond Jimbaran Puri One of the rare Bali properties that opens straight out to the beach, Belmond Jimbaran Puri features a children’s pool and has excellent child minders.
Why Go? Phuket has glorious weather over Easter, with a lot of sunshine and just the occasional sprinkle to cool you down. While the island is no doubt touristy, it is extremely accessible with many properties close to the airport which makes it particularly good for families with young children.
Where to stay: Outrigger Laguna Phuket Beach Resort The outrigger has great features for kids, including a Kid’s club, water park and dedicated kid’s pool. It is also extremely reasonable in terms of pricing, so is particularly attractive for large families.
Why Go? Mauritius has an incredible diversity of landscapes, from towering volcano to lush jungle, roaring rivers and thundering waterfalls. The weather at Easter time is beautiful – perfect for long days on the beach or playing in the pool.
Where to stay: Shanti Maurice Situated on one of the best beaches in Mauritius, Shanti Maurice has a great kids’ club for three to 12 year olds (that is open 12 hours a day!). They also organize a lot of wildlife excursions such as visits to the nearby crocodile farm and bird sanctuary.
Why Go? From exploring the ancient Inca trail and the Citadel at Machu Picchu to cruising down the Amazon, Peru is our top pick for family-friendly Latin America countries. The weather at this time of year is great for rafting, horseback riding and playing on the beach – perfect for cooped up city kids!
Where to stay: Inkaterra Reserva Amazonica Most suited to children aged six and over, the resort features bunk beds, a kid’s menu and babysitting. After a day spent exploring the wonders of the Amazon parents can relax with a massage and sundowners knowing the kids are being well looked after.
Why Go? With the weather warming up after Nepal’s cold winter, at this time of year the mountains should be crystal clear. Combine rambling treks with river rafting and wildlife safaris. Despite being a predominantly Buddhist country, some areas celebrate Easter, creating an interesting fusion of cultures.
Where to stay: Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge Situated on the edge of Chitwan Tharu Lodge offers a tranquil retreat from which to explore jungle, mountains, and Nepal’s oldest national Park. The resident naturalists are fantastic with children and can introduce them to the ways of the jungle! They will also get a real kick out of tiger trekking.
Why Go? A long country that is comprised of three separate microclimates, Spring is one of the few times of the year when the weather is good across the whole country. From trekking in the Tonkinese Alps, sailing through Halong Bay, relaxing on the beaches of central Vietnam and exploring the backstreets of Saigon, Easter is the perfect opportunity for a comprehensive touring itinerary.
Where to stay: Au Co Junk There’s no better way to explore magnificent Halong Bay than spending a couple of nights aboard a boutique cruise ship. Activities aboard the Au Co include snorkeling and kayaking, and the boat features interconnecting cabins which is very rare!
Why Go? New Zealand is still warm at this time of year and is our pick for most diverse family holiday. From hiking and biking to swimming with dolphins and experiencing high country farms, if you’re looking to escape the city over Easter, this is the place to be!
Where to Stay: Commonage Villas Queenstown If you’re travelling as a large family or with a group of friends Commonage is a great choice with 3-5 bedroom options. These villas are perched on the hillside overlooking Queenstown, come with their own garages and are a short walk down to the city center.
Why Go? Despite still being chilly in the far north, March and April are great months to visit most of China. From visiting the panda sanctuaries outside of Chengdu, going on food tours in Shanghai and trekking the Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan, there are plenty of opportunities to really get off the beaten track in China.
Where to Stay: The Temple House – Chengdu, Sichuan With an indoor pool and grassy areas, The Temple House is our pick in Chengdu. It’s right next to a beautifully done shopping area, which makes it ultra-convenient for quick bites and window shopping.
Why Go? The granddaddy of beach holidays, you can snorkel, surf, learn to dive and finish off the day with a sunset dolphin cruise in the Maldives. The weather is great at this time of year, but availability can be very limited.
Where to Stay: One&Only Reethi Rah With beautifully appointed villas, a range of restaurants and tons of space for the little ones to run around, One&Only Reethi Rah is a kiddie heaven! The resort is extremely child-friendly and caters for babies as well as older kids and even those hard-to-please teens.
Why Go? The perfect time of year to experience Namibia’s blue skies and stunning night-time stars, this is our pick for adventurous families. With vast game reserves, breath-taking sand dunes and an abundance of wildlife, Namibia is one of Africa’s most unique countries and definitely one to add to your bucket list!
Where to stay: Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp With a family tent and guides that go out of their way to make game drives and nature walks fun for the kids, Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp is our top pick!