Easter is the perfect time to take a trip to a new destination, go on a road trip with kids or check into a luxury spa resort for some R&R. Our list of includes beautiful hotels which offer five star service, rooms with a view and a choice of fun activities. Fly to a warm destination like Florida, New Mexico or Arizona, or splurge on a trip to Hawaii or the Caribbean. Play a round of golf with ocean views, go kayaking, diving and swimming. Our list includes ideas that the whole family will enjoy/
»The Royal Hawaiian
Get away to the Hawaiian islands to enjoy the tropical sun, swimming, surfing and relaxing spa treatments. Abhasa Waikiki Spa is located at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki. The spa offers a full range of services, including massages, body treatments, facials and hair care. The spa's four outdoor cabanas are very popular, so be sure to book your treatment ahead of time if you want to enjoy your massage outside in the garden. Abhasa Waikiki Spa measures about 7,000 square feet in size and will soon expand to ten outdoor cabanas. Guests can choose from Japanese, Swedish, Hawaiian and other treatments from around the world. A 50-minute Lomi Lomi massage costs $110, while Hawaiian Sea Salt Scrub costs $55 for 25 minutes. For a full price list, go to www.abhasa.com. It is open daily from 9am to 9pm. For appointments, call 808-922-8200.
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»Jekyll Island Club in Georgia
Located on a barrier island in Georgia, Jekyll Island Club is a unique getaway for families. If you like to stay active, hop on a bicycle and explore 22 miles of bike trails. Along the way, you will pass though the historic village and see all of the beaches. There is a playground for younger visitors. The whole family can plan miniature golf on two courses situated right next to the playground. The is also has three 18-hole golf courses for grown-ups. The property is a National Historic Landmark featuring the American Queen Ann architecture. The hotel has 157 rooms and suites, a swimming pool, croquet lawn and a private beach pavilion. Plan a quick family weekend trip or a longer vacation.
As you walk into the Grand Dining Room for a formal meal, one gets a glimpse into the old times when the Club was an exclusive hunting retreat for the likes of J.P. Morgan and William Rockefeller. Restored in Victorian style, the dining room features Ionic columns, marble fireplaces and piano music. The Courtyard restaurant at Crane Cottage is situated under a Italian Renaissance-style loggia. The restaurant serves Mediterranean and American fare. During the day, you can have lunch on the beach at the Beach Pavilion snack bar, or next to the pool at the Poolside Grill. Rates start from $189 per night in the winter; from $229 in the summer; suites from $269. Ask about packages, such as family, golf and romantic packages. The property is located off I-95, approximately midway between Savannah, GA and Jacksonville, FL (800-535-9547, 912-635-2600, website).
»Sugar Bay Resort
The island of St. Thomas in the Caribbean is famous for its white sandy beaches and lush tropical vegetation. With non-stop flights from major East Coast cities, St. Thomas is easy enough to reach to be able to bring the whole family. Sugar Bay Resort offers all-inclusive family vacation rates and a variety of activities. Kids can spend time at the resort's Kids' Klub, available to children ages 4-12 from 10am to 4pm. While children are busy at the kid's center, parents can go snorkeling, scuba diving and book a relaxing massage at the spa. There is also tennis, basketball, volleyball, catamaran rides and lounging next to three freshwater pools. Find out more about the Sugar Bay Resort and plan your all inclusive family vacation to the Caribbean.
»Berry Springs Lodge in the Smoky Mountains
The secluded Berry Springs Lodge in Sevierville, Tennessee is a perfect getaway for couples and families who love nature. Ask for a room with a balcony, fireplace and a hot tub. The two Mountain View Fireplace Whirlpool Suites are a great choice for couples, complete with a two person whirlpool bath tub, cozy living room with a fireplace, and a private deck. Berry Springs Lodge is set on 33 acres and has two ponds full of bass, bluegill and catfish for catch and release. Take a complimentary mountain bike for a ride, get a massage, play a game of croquet, Ping-Pong, pool, or basketball. The lodge offers breakfast, dinner and boxed lunches. Rooms start at $205 per night (website).
»The Skirvin Hilton
The Skirvin Hilton is a historic AAA Four Diamond hotel in downtown Oklahoma City, offering a fitness center, heated indoor pool and 225 guest accommodations. The hotel is home to a live art studio where guests are invited to interact with the Artist in Residence. Dine at the Park Avenue Grill which serves American cuisine with a Southern twist, and have signature cocktails at the Red Piano Bar while listening to jazz. Rooms start at $189 per night (website).
»The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman is located on the western side of Grand Cayman Island in the Caribbean, right on the Seven Mile Beach. The luxury resort is home to the Greg Norman golf course, Blue Tip, a unique Caribbean golf course with incredible views. The resort offers a number of water activities, including snorkeling, scuba diving, sport fishing, parasailing, and horseback riding on the beach. Stingray City, a popular snorkeling and scuba diving destination, is a 10 minute boat ride from the resort. Helicopter tours of the island and Atlantis submarine rides are also available. There are many activities to choose from at this family resort.
The hotel provides guests with ultimate relaxation in the form of a 20,000 square foot, 17-room spa facility. The spa is based on a full range of luxury treatments incorporating La Prairie products. Enjoy signature treatments and spa packages. There are 365 guest rooms and luxury suites at the resort. Rooms have either a king bed or two queen beds, full bathrooms, a desk, and European toiletries. Suites feature one and a half baths, a large living room as well as boutique bath amenities. Another accommodation alternative The Reserve, comprised of 24 fully-furnished oceanfront 1-3 bedroom luxury vacation homes with complete kitchen facilities and spacious balconies. Guests staying at The Reserve benefit from all of the services offered by the hotel. Restaurants include poolside dining, elegant restaurants, and 24-hour room service. The resort is 10 minutes from Owen Roberts International Airport in Grand Cayman which is a 60-minute flight from Miami. Browse more luxury island vacations. Room rates start at $399 per night, depending on when you go. Check for packages, often offered by the hotel (website).
»Carlsbad Plaza in the Czech Republic
The Carlsbad Plaza hotel is located in the spa town of Karlovy Vary in the Czech Republic. It is the first 5-star hotel in the city famous for its hot mineral springs. The property is not just draped in luxury. Its Bohemian structure and Baroque facade from the 18th century is a treat for the eyes as well. Its modern facilities, historical architecture, the thermal spring in the lobby of the hotel, beauty clinic and medical spa make it a perfect spa destination for complete relaxation. Ask for one of the rooms with a sauna, whirlpool and a balcony.
There are 20 suites and 140 rooms. Every room has been designed by the Italian celebrity designer Scappini in true 19th century style. The hotel has two types of rooms: singles and doubles. There is the Moser Crystal Suite, Premier Suite Garden, Exclusive, Wellness, Splendid Suite Garden, Splendid Suite Front, Carlsbad, Junior, Premier Suite Front, and the Presidential accommodations. Each room and suite has a safe, a writing desk, mini bar, LCD television, and Wi-Fi. Travelers choose from three restaurants that offers a choice of Czech, French, Asian, and international specialties. The spa and wellness center offers relaxation programs and traditional therapies. Guests can choose from 230 treatments. There are four professional doctors who oversee the treatments. Magic Charm offers beauty treatments while Mystic Budha offers Thai and other massages. Rates start at 330 Euro per night (+420 352 441 111, website.
»Lake Austin Spa Resort
Lake Austin Spa Resort is located only 25 minutes from downtown Austin. The resort is a relaxing haven from daily stress and a place to head for a quick spa vacation pick me up. Each of the 40 guest cottages has 300-thread count Egyptian cotton sheets & down comforters, a Kohler Steeping/soaking tub, and wireless Internet access. Some of the cottages have gas burning fireplaces, hot tubs, and private gardens.
The LakeHouse features a menu of more than 100 body treatments and therapies, which are sure to relax even the most stressed out guest. On your spa vacation, try some of the resort;s special treatments like the Texas Pecan Scrub, the Essential Rose Body Wrap, or the Texas Starry Night. Three day packages start around $1,280 per person for a three night package. Most packages include a spa allowance that can be used for treatments at the LakeHouse spa. Before you book your trip, be sure to check out the seasonal specials offered by the resort.
»Natura Cabana in the Dominican Republic
Natura Cabana Boutique Hotel & Spa in the Dominican Republic is an affordable green getaway built in a way that preserves the beauty of the hotel's natural surroundings. Tropical bungalows with Feng Shui interiors, beautiful Caribbean beach and a healing spa make Natura Cabana a relaxing green vacation getaway. Spend your romantic Caribbean honeymoon on a pristine tropical beach in the Dominican Republic. Couples can book unique healing treatments at the spa, dine at two gourmet restaurants overlooking the ocean and relax on the beach. Rent a jeep or bicycle to explore the island or go horseback riding along the beach. Visit the nearby towns of Cabarete and Sosua for shopping, dining and sightseeing. The hotel can arrange all the details for your wedding, including hire a photographer and cater a meal of your choice. Guests can participate in yoga classes, relax by the pool, get massages at the spa and enjoy romantic sunset dinners at two hotel restaurants.
Each individually-decorated guest bungalow has been constructed using local, earth-friendly materials such as mahogany, bamboo, and coralline stone. This hotel has two open-air restaurants overlooking the ocean, serving fresh seafood and vegetables from the hotel's garden prepared in an open kitchen. The hotel is located on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, between Cabarete and Sosua, two charming towns where you can go shopping while on vacation. Puerto Plata international airport is a 20-minute drive. Cabana rates at the hotel start at $130 per night.
Hana, located on the East Coast of Maui, is a great vacation destination for nature lovers. Check into one of the guest cottages at Travaasa Hana and relax in paradise. Hana offers lush forests, beautiful waterfalls, tropical plants and incredible beaches. Many farms in Hana grow organic products. The chef at Travaasa Hana creates daily delicacies using locally grown fruits and vegetables. After lunch, look at paintings, furniture, handmade jewelry and native art at the Hana Coast Gallery. The beaches in Hana are secluded, sandy and colorful. Hamoa Beach features black sand and lush tropical surroundings. Hotel Hana-Maui guests receive towels and lounge chairs on the beach. The Red Sand Beach is just that, red. Surrounded by high cliffs, the beach is very secluded. If you like waterfalls, visit the Seven Sacred Pools which may be open for swimming.
»Waterford Castle in Ireland
Set on a private 310-acre island in Ireland, Waterford Castle Hotel is a romantic 16th century getaway with period furnishings, charming country views and a Golf Club. The hotel is located 2.5 hours south of Dublin City in South East Ireland and can be reached via a private car ferry. he Island dates back to the 11th century and used to be owned by the FitzGerald family who were the Kings of Ireland during the 15th and 16th centuries. The 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course and club house are open during the summer season.
The castle has 19 period guest rooms, including The Presidential Suite, 4 Deluxe Four Poster Suites and 14 double/twin rooms. The rooms are individually named - there is The Ormonde Room, The Kildare Room and Glin Room. Antique furnishings and period details provide an ideal setting for a romantic getaway. Amenities include plush bathrobes, deluxe toiletries, and nightly turndown service. In addition to the Golf Club, the hotel offers clay pigeon shooting, archery, tennis, boules and beauty treatments. Nearby activities to try on your romantic getaway include horseback riding, fishing and several other golf clubs, among which is the famous Mount Juliet Golf Club (a 40-minute drive).
Munster Dining Room with its original oak paneled walls, ornate ceilings, and resident pianist provides a romantic setting for a formal meal. Leinster Dining Room can accommodate private parties of up to 22 guests, including wedding receptions. The Fitzgerald Room offers cozy lounge atmosphere with a log fire and serves a light menu. Afternoon Tea is served in the Front Hall which is the oldest part of the castle. The Hall is decorated with 17th century tapestries and has a large open fire. VacationIdea.com Travel Tip: It's a good idea to book your tee times well in advance during the summer season (+ 353-51-878203, website.)
»Castell Son Claret in Mallorca, Spain
Castell Son Claret is a new luxury hotel located in a restored castle on the island of Mallorca in Spain. If you are looking for a fairytale castle getaway to celebrate a romantic occasion or a honeymoon, check into this beautiful hotel. The property is set on a 325-acre estate of gardens, pools and lush trees. Choose from 38 individually furnished rooms and suites with oak-wood flooring and oversized bathrooms. Ask for a room or suite with its own terrace to enjoy the best of outdoor living. There are several suites with their own pools, located in the former castle stables. If you are planning a romantic trip, book one of the suites which have oversized walk-in rain-showers and freestanding bathtubs. Some of the suites have their own private gardens, a great idea in the summer. The property has its own bakery making incredible breads, pastas and sweets for afternoon tea. Room rates start at 395 Euro per night (+34-971-138 620, website).