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News / Easter holidays: 7 ultimate family destinations for spring

Kick back, relax and enjoy two weeks of uninterrupted sun and quality time with the family. Whether you’re looking for an escape with tots or teens, these must-visit destinations for a family holiday over Easter will have you wishing it was spring now.

Best for a quick European escape / 1. Cyprus

Why Cyprus: An intimate island filled with rich history, lavish food and archaeological delights. Days are warm and evenings are cool during the spring on this soothing island.

What to do: Explore the shimmering lagoons and pristine bays of Akamas National Park, marvel at the mesmerising mosaic floors at the Archaeological Park, or simply lay on the beach, soaking in the Cypriot sun.  

Where to stay: Just steps away from the Mediterranean shores lies Columbia Beach Resort. Teens can try their hand at various watersports, whilst parents rejuvenate in the Hebe Spa.

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Best for theme park pleasures / 2. Florida

Why Florida: Exuberant and exciting, it’s called the Sunshine State for a reason. Captivating Art-Deco neighbourhoods and a vibrant Latino spirit bubbles beneath the surface of this crowd-pleasing destination.

What to do: Opt for high-octane family thrills at one of the many theme parks in Orlando or simply relax on the un-crowded sugar-white beaches of the Gulf Coast.

Where to stay: Create your own fairytale at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World® Resort – enjoy movies in the pool or watch fireworks burst over Magic Kingdom.

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Best for beach luxe / 3. Maldives

Why the Maldives: Refined luxury or kick-off-your shoes escapism – these idyllic islands are perfect for families of all sizes. Radiant sunshine and temperatures of up to 30 degrees gives you the perfect excuse to bathe in the warmth and cool off with a dip in the ocean. 

What to do: Seemingly endless pristine beaches and an abundance of sea life invitingly beckon, waiting to be discovered.

Where to stay: Care for injured turtles and build a coral reef together at the ultimate hideaway – Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru. 

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Best for Caribbean calypso / 4. Barbados

Why Barbados: A colourful blend of rum shops and bustling market towns with flawless beaches – there’s no place quite like Barbados, which sees the height of the dry season in March and April.

What to do: Explore the dazzling coast snorkelling and swimming with turtles or soak up the pulsating atmosphere of Oistin’s Fish Fry on a Friday. 

Where to stay: A multi-generational haven awaits at Colony Club by Elegant Hotels. Tots will love the Kids Korner with its array of art and crafts activities, whilst parents stretch out on Pissouri Bay’s two kilometre beach.

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Best for family safari time / 5. South Africa

Why South Africa: Experiences in this beguiling country promise to be etched forever in your family’s memories. Spring is prime time for observing animals in their natural environment when they frequent waterholes.

What to do: Go in search of the Big five – lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant – in the Eastern Cape, or immerse yourself in the cultural hub that is Cape Town. 

Where to stay: Safely nuzzled in the heart of South Africa’s Eastern Cape lies Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, where families can seclude themselves in a lodge or safari villa.

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Best for a piece of everything / 6. Antigua

Why Antigua: An utterly relaxed island with an unpretentious air, Antigua is a year-round destination with temperatures averaging 25 degrees during the spring, ideal for exploring the charms this isle has to offer.

What to do: For families seeking adventure, zipline through the lush forest, or for those looking for something more low-key, take in a dazzling birds-eye view of the island from Shirley Heights. 

Where to stay: Splash into the calm and shallow waters of Jumby Bay Island where exploration of the wildlife and natural surroundings is welcomed for all members of the family. 

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Best for authentic cultural experiences / 7. Thailand

Why Thailand: Abundant with rich, cultural heritage, this gracious country offers everything from paradisiacal island escapes to the splendour of magnificent cities.

What to do: Introduce the family to a sensory overload at a street food market in Bangkok or discover the many golden temples of Chiang Mai. 

Where to stay: Swap beach for wildlife and cultural adventures at Elephant Hills – interact ethically with elephants in their natural environment or uncover the delights of the nearby Takuapa Mangrove Swamps. 

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