10 Relaxing Easter Trips
Easter vacation getaways range from relaxing on the beach to family adventures and city getaways.
Quick Getaways from the City
Plan a family adventure at Safari West in California where you can see 400 species of wildlife. The Broadmoor in Colorado is next to a 1,300-acre park great for hiking and family picnics. Located in the heart of British Columbia wilderness, Painted Boat Resort offers adventures for families. Coeur d'Alene Resort in northern Idaho is home to a famous golf course with a computer operated floating green.
Getaways on the East Coast include Kingsmill Resort, Homestead Resort and Blackberry Farm. At The Peninsula Hotel Chicago guests can enjoy a gourmet Easter brunch, massages at the spa and luxurious accommodations.
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.
Easter in the Tropics
Abhasa Waikiki Spa is located in the Royal Hawaiian Hotel on Waikiki Beach. 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.
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.
Hana, located on the East Coast of Maui, is a great vacation destination for nature lovers. The area 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.