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Last-Minute Easter Breaks to Book Now

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Having survived the first quarter of the year intact, it’s now time for a well-earned Easter break. Here, we round up some of the most appealing ways to spend the long weekend and beyond, from Malta and Italy to Iceland and Mauritius. 

Last Minute Luxury Easter Breaks

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Spa room with blinds

Evian Resort, France

Nestled between Lake Geneva and the Alps, Evian Resort offers the very best of the natural landscape. Expect to find the ideal playground for sports enthusiasts, with activities spanning from yoga, cycling, tennis, basketball and running – due to its proximity to the Alps, Evian Resort is one of the rare places where you can ski and play golf on the same day. Revitalisation also plays a key role at Evian Resort, offering spa and wellness retreats for a truly relaxing getaway. Once you’ve retired for the day, retire to a room in either the five-star Hotel Royal or the four-star Hôtel Ermitage for peaceful night time views overlooking the lake and mountains.

BOOK: Rates from €388 per night for Hotel Royal, and from €218 per night for Hôtel Ermitage. evianresort.com

Villa Clara exterior and pool

Villa Clara, Tuscany, Italy

Travel to the heart of Umbria this Easter and you will find Villa Clara, tucked away near the hilltop town of Orvieto. Featuring eight bedrooms and a guesthouse, this venue makes the perfect stay for large groups wanting a secluded retreat with all the trimmings. Staff will be on hand to ensure you have the best time possible, with an in-house cook ready to set taste buds ablaze with Italian flavour at every meal. Spend days lounging by the pool, walking through the olive groves and vineyard or exploring the local area.

BOOK: Rates from £13,028 per week through Tuscany Now & More. tuscanynowandmore.com / 020 7684 8888

El Palace Barcelona Summer Rooftop Garden

El Palace Barcelona, Spain

Having first opened its doors in 1919 as the city’s first five-star hotel, El Palace Barcelona is known for offering spotless service to all of its guests. Featuring 120 rooms and suites designed in the hotel’s neoclassical-inspired style, guests can expect nothing short of class and luxury. Those wanting a cultural experience can book a stay in one of the Art Suites, where art comes life through painting, architecture, sculpture and music – harking back to El Palace’s popularity amongst the likes of Salvador Dali and Joan Miro. This spring, the hotel will be launching its new restaurant, Amar Barcelona, which will bring best of local seafood to the table.

BOOK: Rates from €471 per night for a Junior Suite, between 14 and 19 April 2022. hotelpalacebarcelona.com

Bar overlooking see with hanging lanterns

Creta Maris Beach Resort, Crete, Greece

This five-star all-inclusive getaway offers all kinds of fun activities for guests of all ages to enjoy. Think family-friendly activities like trips to the onsite water park, mini-golf, tennis, cooking classes, kids’ disco, and open-air cinema screenings in the evenings. Grown-ups can alternatively enjoy a dip in one of the resort’s 15 pools or have a go at jet-skiing, paddling and kayaking out on the sea. Wind down for the day with a spread of gastronomic delights at one of the resort’s six restaurants, which celebrate the very best of Greek cuisine.

BOOK: Rates from £1,277 for five nights all-inclusive in an open-plan family room, betweeen 14 and 19 April 2022. cretamaris.gr

Donna Agaver exterior, pool and vienyards

Donna Agaver, Paceco, Sicily

The Sicilian countryside is renowned for its postcard-worthy views, so why not take it all in from the comfort of a holiday villa? Sat close to Marsala, Donna Agaver is a secluded three-bedroom villa with views overlooking land and water. With open-plan interiors and large arched windows, the space opens up perfectly onto the property’s lush green garden and private swimming pool. Just imagine yourself sat on a sun lounger as the birds sing and the sun shines down.

BOOK: Rates from €2,100 per week through Villatravellers. villatravellers.com / 0044 (0)20 3608 4505)

Terrace overlooking Malta

The Xara Palace, Mdina, Malta

The sun shines for over 300 days of the year in Malta, making it a prime location for those wanting a toasty retreat. The ancient city of Mdina should be at the top of your list this Easter, with its stunning architecture, historic buildings and wealth of tasty restaurants making it hotspot for culture vultures and history buffs alike. Stay at boutique hotel The Xara Palace, a former 17th century palace, where you can enjoy a four night stay in a Deluxe Room with panoramic views of the island, daily breakfast, Easter lunch at the hotel’s Michelin Star restaurant, De Mondion, and a guided tour to Rabat’s Good Friday procession.

BOOK: Rates for The Xara Palace’s Easter Package start from £1,500 for two people. xarapalace.com.mt

Balcony overlooking sea

Domes of Corfu, Autograph Collection, Corfu

If tropical blue waters and leafy paradises are what you crave, head over to Domes of Corfu this spring. Sitting on Corfu’s famous Blue Flag-awarded Glyfada beach, the hotel keeps up with the goal of nurturing eco-conscious mindsets by offering guests the chance to learn about sustainability, eco-responsibility and healthy eating during their stay. Children can go all-in at the vegetable garden, where they can plant their own greens, herbs and flowers under the guidance of experts. When not exercising your green thumb, expect to spend sunny days on the beach, by the pool or at the award-winning Soma Spa.

BOOK: Opens 9 April 2022. Stays in the Sapphire Family Suite start from €257. domesresorts.com

Hotel de Mar Gran Meliá main pool and sun loungers

Hotel de Mar Gran Meliá, Palma Mallorca, Spain

This five-star adults-only hotel oozes relaxation in the Spanish sun, situated in Illetas with the water just a stone’s throw away. Make the most of the setting – which boasts beautiful views of the Mediterranean – by embarking on a boat trip around the Sierra de Tramuntana (with champagne in hand, of course), or wind down in the Spa by Clarins. When evening comes, dine on delicious local produce, Mallorca dishes and fresh seafood. Heaven.

BOOK: Rooms from £231 per night. melia.com

Tables set up on the beach at sunset

The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa, Mauritius

An ideal holiday destination for families, The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa is sat next to a protected marine park, Turtle Bay, Port Louis and Grand Bay – meaning there are plenty of opportunities to explore the beautiful local area. Stunning views come in spades here, whether you’re taking it in from your own private terrace or down on the beach. Kids aged four to 12 can get stuck in at Westin Family, where they venture on supervised nature walks and outdoor activities. Get the family together for fireside storytelling, sand castle competitions and movie nights, or let the kids do their thing and enjoy a Parents’ Night at the spa.

BOOK: Room rates start from £338 for a deluxe family room (based on a family of three, two adults and one child). Offers available to book include a family offer of buy two rooms and get 50 per cent off second room (two adults and two children under 12) or Westin Sleep well package. westinturtlebaymauritius.com

Retreat at Blue Lagoon

The Retreat at Blue Lagoon, Iceland

A multi-day holiday at one of the world’s leading destination spas? Sounds like a good deal to us. The Retreat at Blue Lagoon has been a hotspot since its opening in 2018, and we can see why. The Retreat is located in an 800-year-old lava field in the heart of the Reykjanes UNESCO Geopark, meaning guests can take a dip in geothermal waters as well as enjoy the luxuries of the onsite spa – which offers all kinds of innovative in-water treatments like Float Therapy. Book yourself onto a Luxury Getaway so that you can soak it all in for three nights, with the likes of in-water massages, multi-course dinners and unlimited use of the Retreat Spa, the Retreat Lagoon and the Blue Lagoon.

BOOK: The Luxury Getaway package starts from £3,731 for two people. bluelagoon.com

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Featured image: Hotel de Mar Gran Meliá

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