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The Great Easter Getaway

The days between Easter and May bank holiday give a rare opportunity for extended time off and a long-haul jaunt.

You might think about planning ahead for these kinds of far-flung holidays, but we also know how good it feels to be fuelled by spontaneity.

We can also tell you that this is a great time to visit some of the more tropical hotspots of our globe. Why?  Well, shoulder season means weather will still be warm and dry, prices are lower and we certainly know of some excellent deals.

Tempted? Read on for our top suggestions for a Great Easter getaway.

  1. Caribbean

    Fewer visitors to the Caribbean at this time of year mean that you can have your pick of the islands and hotels. And what a choice. St Lucia lures visitors with its winsome jungle-clad pitons that rise up in dramatic formations from the turquoise sea. St Vincent and the Grenadines show off an exotic range within its string of 32 islets. Head to an exclusive villa in Mustique and join the jet-set for rum punches at Basil’s Bar, or commit to a hammock on paradise hideaway Bequia where colours of the Caribbean shine brightly on this gorgeously-authentic island.

  2. Jordan

    There are holidays where you come home perfectly refreshed, and there are trips when you return totally re-energised with a new lust for life. Jordan falls into the latter category. It’s impossible to feel unchanged by its astonishing landscapes from the emptiness of the wide desert at Wadi Rum, the ancient cities found hidden within rust-coloured gorges and its two bodies of water- one which will hold you weightlessly on the surface; and another that reveals neon corals and sparkling fish below. All these sights are easily accessible within one to two weeks – this could be your most epic Easter yet.

  3. Southern India

    India shouldn’t just be the preserve of those wishing to embark on a lengthy journey of self-discovery. With 18 days to play with, the opportunities for laid-back cultural fun in India is endless.  Idle away on a rice barge, floating past paddy fields and coconut plantations or head to northern Kerala’s wide sweep of beach. Relaxed Cochin has excellent curries, especially seafood which is hauled in from the iconic Chinese fishing nets. At breezy coastal town Pondicherry, you can drop into an ashram, shop for silks and enjoy French food, a legacy from its colonial past.

  4. Thailand

    Thailand – the stuff of exotic holiday dreams. White-sand beaches, bendy palm trees and a culture infused with incense and Buddhism. From the moment you land in buzzy Bangkok your senses will be assaulted by its sights and smells. Street vendors sit side-by-side with shimmering gold temples and down on the coast, islands are encased by emerald marine parks. Take your pick from either coastline at this time of year, whether it’s an upmarket boutique beach hut or a spa hotel, and dig your toes into some finest sands in the world.

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