Family holidays at Easter

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By Amanda Statham, Editor

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Are you looking for family holidays at Easter? On this page you’ll find some great ideas both in the UK and overseas, whatever your budget, whether you want a traditional celebration or an escape on a tropical beach. I have recommendations for families with children of all ages from babies up to teenagers.

April is a great month to grab some early summer sunshine – the days are getting longer, the Mediterranean is warming up nicely, it’s a great time for activity holidays and it’s not too late to grab some late skiing. Or see my pick of the best self-catering holidays for families. In 2022, Easter Sunday falls on 17 April.

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Family hotels in the Med

Easter is a wonderful time to be in the Med. Sunshine is almost guaranteed yet temperatures are manageable and humidity is low. And without the summer crowds, resorts feel more friendly as locals welcome the first of the season’s visitors. The only downside is that the sea water can be a bit chilly for swimming (fine for kids, not so great for mums and dads).

The further south in the Med you head, the better the chance of hot weather. Crete is a long way south and has some great places to stay including the GK Beach Hotel where Simpson Travel has its own Beach Life activity programme for children aged 5-11.

Cyprus is also a great bet. I like the Almyra which combines cool contemporary design with a seafront setting and great facilities for young children. This selection of stylish places to stay on the island includes and all-suite beach resort on Pissouri Bay and a boutique guesthouse in the foothills of the Troodos Mountains.

Puglia is far enough south in Italy to enjoy great weather at Easter. Check out this selection of hotels including the Borgo Egnazia, which has exceptional facilities for children along with golf, watersports and spa for the grown-ups. Opt for a family suite or one of the resort’s villas, each with a private pool.

Sicily is also a reliable bet over Easter – head for the Verdura Golf & Spa Resort which has a superb beach, free kids clubs, tennis academy, Juventus Camp football academy and bike hire. For something more modest and rustic, I love these rural hideaways in Sicily. You could stay on a working olive farm or in these chic apartments.

Don’t forget the glorious islands of Corsica and Sardinia. Check out this great selection of hotels, villas, apartments and residences on Corsica (and see the latest special offers). On Sardinia you’ll find excellent family-friendly hotels including Forte Village and Chia Laguna Resort.

On mainland Greece, the Sani Resort is a superb collection of family-friendly hotels, particularly the Sani Resort and its five outstanding hotels, including the luxury Sani Asterias Suites.

In Portugal, the Algarve has very reliable weather in March and April. How about a family tennis holiday at Pine Cliffs, a hotel that caters brilliantly to kids. If you have a generous budget, you could rent a luxury villa such as Sto Estevao which has a contemporary design and heated pool and is close to a the surf beach at Tavira.

Or head to Ibiza where the stylish new Nobu Ibiza Bay Hotel has a sandy beach, spa, yoga pavilion, fitness centre and beach club. There’s also a free kids club for ages 4 to 14 with a great range of activities from cooking to DJing. Also in Ibiza, the 7Pines Resort is a five-star all-suite hideaway that welcomes children.

Villa holidays in Europe

A villa holiday is a great way for families to enjoy the Mediterranean. I recommend rent a house in the charming north-east corner of Corfu which is popular with families. Also consider the nearby island of Kefalonia where many properties are within a short walk of beach, shops and tavernas. Though smaller than Corfu, it also has direct flights from the UK.

Easter is also a good time to visit Catalunya in the north-east corner of Spain. There are some great villas in this region for families, or you could opt for the beautiful town of Sitges near Barcelona, where I recommend these villas. Also see the latest special offers.

If you get away from the package resorts you’ll also find some lovely villas in Mallorca. See the latest special offers. If you want to treat yourselves, check out Sir Richard Branson’s new Son Bunyola estate in Mallorca which has just a handful of spectacular villas set in 680 acres of unspoilt countryside. You also get your own private chef, and a concierge.

You’ll find a great collection of coastal and countryside villas in Croatia many of which have a private pool. Check out the latest special offers.

In France, here’s a great collection of family hideaways in rural France. You could stay at an eco-villa in the Ardèche, a luxury apartment in Languedoc-Roussillon or a gorgeous converted farmhouse in Provence.

Active and cruise holidays

Does a Mediterranean cruise appeal? You’ll find some great ships packed with activities, kids clubs and interesting itineraries. P&O Cruises has some of the top-rated ships, Ventura and Azura. For value, it’s hard to beat Marella Cruises (formerly known as Thomson Cruises).

Or you could explore Turkey’s Aegean coastline on a small intimate gulet cruise.

How about a self-guided family cycling holiday giving you and your kids the chance to explore a new region under your own steam with detailed maps and itineraries. Easter is a great time of year for this (it’s not too hot) and it’s great value. Your baggage is transported for you, and there’s a comfortable family hotel at the end of each day. Most popular destinations include Mallorca and Catalonia.

You can find independent family walking holidays run along similar lines with popular destinations including the Catalan Coast of Spain and the Italian Dolomites.

Easter can be a magical time for a family skiing holiday, but go to a high resort such as Tignes where the snow cover will still be excellent. Alternatively, try one of these family holidays in the snow in Austria or Norway, with sledging, tobogganing, skating and snowshoeing.

Long haul family holidays at Easter

Even with just two weeks off school, you’ll have enough time to take a dream trip in Africa. For younger children, I love these malaria free safaris in South Africa and these family holidays in Kenya..

One of the best family trips to South Africa for teenagers is this 11-night Kwa-Zulu Natal which includes game drives to see the Big Five, plus orientation, bush tracking and a chance to learn about conservation, ecology and anti-poaching methods.

In Kenya you can take a week-long  Lakes and Landrovers safari to see the flamingoes on Lake Naivasha and the Big Five in the Masai Mara.

Jump on a direct BA flight to Costa Rica where you can enjoy zip lining, white-water rafting, canoeing, horse riding, surfing, active volcanoes and rainforest walks. This 10-day family trip will knock their socks off.

Florida is perfect at Easter. Even cynics will be amazed by the various theme parks in Orlando.  There’s a spectacular choice of hotels or you can rent a house with private pool. With older kids you might opt for a family fly-drive holiday combining Orlando with Miami, the Florida Keys, the Everglades and Gulf Coast.

If you just want sunshine and culture, consider Abu Dhabi in the Arabian Gulf. It’s a six hour flight but you can expect temperatures of 30ºC and 9 hours of daily sunshine. The hotels are high quality and excellent value. See the latest offers.

The Sultanate of Oman has the same climate but more in the way of history and adventure – from desert dunes to turtle beaches. Great hotels for families include the Shangri-La Al Bandar and the Al Bandar.

Easter is a great time to visit the Caribbean but you need to pick your hotel with care. If you want an exciting all-inclusive experience, head to Beaches Resorts with its water sports, kids clubs, gorgeous beaches and child-friendly entertainment. For older children I suggest Blue Waters in Antigua. If you have young kids, check out Tots Too.

Increasing numbers of families are heading to Asia. You can find great family adventure holidays in Sri LankaThis example includes a stay in a jungle eco-lodge, trekking, canoeing, white-water rafting and the gathering of elephants at Minneriya.

Or explore Vietnam, taking an overnight junk cruise in Halong Bay and sleeping in luxury safari tents at Cat Tien National Park.

Thailand is a wonderful destination for families with exciting cultural sights, great beaches and good food. This Southern Beach and Jungle Adventure, with elephant encounters, jungle treks and canoeing, works particularly well at Easter. See more family holidays in Thailand.

In America, you can saddle up for a holiday on a real working ranch. Check out the Triple J Wilderness Ranch in Montana. In South America, it’s the start of the dry season in the Galapagos Islands where this amazing 8-day Discover Galapagos tour includes all the bucket-list wildlife encounters.

If it’s beaches you crave, head to Mauritius where Beachcomber Tours has free kids clubs at its all-inclusive resorts with lots of free sports, including water-skiing.

Easter holidays in the UK

Although warm weather is far from guaranteed, Easter can be a great time to explore the UK as a family. It’s a good time for self-catering, although a bit early in the year for camping. I recommend these family-friendly cottages in Cornwall and this collection of more than 200 dog-friendly cottages if you can’t bear to leave your pet at home.

Sykes Cottages has put all its Easter cottage deals on one page.

If you’re staying in a hotel, make sure it has plenty to keep the children amused. I like the Sands Resort Hotel in Cornwall. Or hop on a ferry to the Isle of Wight where you’ll find some lovely self-catering cottages.

Brecon Beacons National Park is a great place to escape the crowds, and it’s packed with options for hiking, mountain biking, caving, horse riding and rock climbing. Check out these family-friendly cottages.

On the island of Jersey, the Merton Hotel is one of the best family hotels in the UK with a weather-proof Aquadome (with pools, slides, fountains, sauna and steam room) and an outdoor pool complex, complete with a Flowrider where kids can learn to surf.

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Last updated: 7 April 2022

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