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.
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»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.
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.
»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 (website).
»Portland’s White House
Surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens in the heart of Portland, Portland’s White House exudes historical elegance, colonial grace and old-world charm. Exuding a rich history and endearing hospitality, this luxurious hotel offers a memorable sojourn back in time. Glorious colonial architecture, beautiful interiors and exquisite gardens echo the golden age of America.
Beautifully appointed suites are spacious with high ceilings and large windows that let natural light flood in. Fusing classic style with modern functionality, suites are climate controlled, with deluxe amenities, including mini bars, LCD TVs, and wireless high-speed Internet. Opulent spa suites boast French champagne on arrival and Moonstruck Chocolate gifts on the pillow.
Enjoy sumptuous breakfasts in the main dining room with freshly brewed coffee from the complimentary espresso coffee bar. Welcoming hospitality and outstanding service greets you on arrival at this luxurious hotel. Upscale services include porter assistance and help with travel arrangements. Rooms start at $145 per night (website).
»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).