With the endless rain and dreary grey skies blanketing Britain right now, our minds are definitely starting to wander as we dream of faraway shores and glamorous island getaways.
And with the Easter holidays falling so late this year, there’s still time to start saving towards a much needed break. Here, we round up our top holiday picks to enjoy this Easter.
Easter in the Med
April and May are the perfect months to soak up the glorious spring sunshine in the Mediterranean before the summer crowds hit.
Spain is an obvious hit for families at this time of year, although it’s worth steering clear of the busier spots if you’re looking for a lot of R&R and instead heading for the lesser known areas. The stunning coastline of Catalonia is packed with beautiful villages and coves which are just begging to be explored, while the breezy Atlantic beaches of Costa de la Luz are among the country’s finest.
Greece is always a timeshare favourite at any time of year. For the best weather and an array of glamorous boutique hotels and houses, consider Crete, or if you’re looking to relax and unwind, try the peaceful island of Paxos.
In Italy, soak up the atmosphere and enjoy breathtaking landscapes of Tuscany, with its scenery straight out of an idyllic romantic movie, or if it’s rustic luxury you’re after, then head to the Amalfi Coast, which is popular with A-listers and tourists alike.
For a touch of Italian magic, the islands of Sicily and Sardinia are always a hit at this time of year and tend to remain relatively uncrowded.
If you’re in the mood to explore somewhere a little different, which is sun-soaked and basking in history, then head for Croatia, where you’ll find a huge choice of great value accommodation. The stunning Dalmatian Coast and its fascinating archipelago of islands is always worth exploring, as is the picturesque island of Hvar.
Finally, families with young children will love Portugal’s easy, breezy Western Algarve, which with its quieter beaches, stunning sunsets, charming hillside villages and national parks.
Long haul Easter holidays
For guaranteed sunshine and clear blue skies, head to the Caribbean, where Easter is the end of peak season. For a lively restaurant scene and luxe hotels, book up in Barbados, or try exploring Jamaica if you’re looking for culture and spectacular beaches.
Meanwhile, for a more authentic and friendly Caribbean island, try Tobago. If it’s lush landscapes and breathtaking scenery you’re after, the volcanic hills and plantation houses of St Lucia are always a hit with tourists.
Culture vultures should head for Asia, where there are a range of historic sites to visit. However, for some out and out R&R, head for the sandy white beaches, buzzing nightlife and boutique hotels of Koh Samui. Easter is also an excellent time to visit the orangutans in Borneo, one of Asia’s least spoilt regions.
Easter holidays in the UK
If you live outside London and want to take the children to explore the delights of the capital from a quieter, more rural base, head for Essex and Sussex border, which is far enough removed from the capital to help you unwind after a busy day of lunching and sight seeing.
Meanwhile, top timeshare favourite Cornwall has it all – beaches to rival the best in the world, breezes to blow away any left over winter blues, and lashings of good food. Don’t miss Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant at Watergate Bay or the charming seaside village of Fowey with its cosy pubs and lost-in-time feel.
Easter in America
The spring season is the perfect time to visit the great US of A. Why not enjoy a sun-dappled city break in New York, or unleash the adventurer in you by taking a self-drive tour of New England? There are a range of working farms which let you and the kids stay and lend a hand.
If you do happen to rent a car, the country is well and truly your oyster. Drive around the Great Lakes, or take a trip from the Florida Keys to Miami. You could even tackle the sun-drenched Grand Circle route through Nevada, Utah and Arizona.
Easter also happens to be one of the best times to explore the southern American states, before the stifling heat and humidity of the summer hits, so it’s a good time to discover places like the French-influenced New Orleans or easy-paced South Carolina.
Sun worshippers will adore California, which offers guaranteed sun with its unique mix of laid back beaches and movie industry buzz. To relax and recharge those batteries in true luxury, with a hint of retro 50s glamour, head for Palm Springs where the breathing space of its palm-lined avenues and mountainous backdrop, dry desert air and blue skies will all work their magic on you before it’s time to head home to British shores again.