TULIPS, ROSES, CHOCO­LATE AND TOYS: TOP EASTER BREAKS

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Easter is the hall pass you were look­ing for to in­dulge in au­then­tic Swiss choco­late. At the Beau-Ri­vage Geneva (cen­tre), you can do just that with its Easter of­fer: 50 per cent off the sec­ond room, gourmet buf­fet break­fast, in-room sweet and savoury snacks, dec­o­rate-your-own­choco­late-egg work­shops for kids, late check­out, a se­lec­tion of chil­dren’s DVDs and game con­soles on re­quest, and free pass for the city’s public trans­porta­tion. Ex­ec­u­tive fam­ily room from Dh5,696 for two nights at reser­va­tion@beau-ri­vage.ch.

What’s a trip to Lon­don with­out a visit to Ham­leys, the leg­endary toy store? Lon­don’s Ho­tel Café Royal (above right) has cre­ated a sea­sonal pack­age in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ham­leys that in­cludes a tour of the store, a 10 per cent dis­count across all toy ranges in store, and a goodie bag of pick-and-mix treats per child. Par­ents can get ex­cited about spend­ing Easter in a 150-year-old Re­gent Street ho­tel where Os­car Wilde, Muham­mad Ali and David Bowie have stayed. The of­fer also in­cludes a sec­ond in­ter­con­nect­ing guest room, Easter eggs for the en­tire fam­ily, in-room movie ex­pe­ri­ence with pop­corn and ac­cess to the Akasha Holis­tic Well­be­ing Cen­tre. To en­joy spring­time in the city take a walk in Lon­don’s famed parks – Hyde Park, St. James’ Park and Re­gent’s Park are a stone’s throw away from the ho­tel. From Dh3,252 for two guest rooms; un­til April 23. Visit hotel­cafer­oyal.com.

Tip­toe through the tulips in the Nether­lands with the Con­ser­va­to­rium Am­s­ter­dam’s (top left) Con­ser­va­to­rium In Bloom pack­age. The lux­ury ho­tel will be dec­o­rated with 1,000 tulips in cel­e­bra­tion of the an­nual Tulip Fes­ti­val (March 23-May 25) and will or­gan­ise a pri­vate driver to chauf­feur guests to a tulip farm to learn about the his­tory and cul­ti­va­tion of Dutch tulips. The pack­age also gets you two en­trance tick­ets to Keuken­hof – Am­s­ter­dam’s fa­mous flower garden with over seven mil­lion springflow­er­ing tulips – two nights’ ac­com­mo­da­tion, and a tulip cake spe­cially pre­pared by the ho­tel. Of­fer valid un­til May 15. From Dh3,216; visit con­ser­va­to­ri­umho­tel.com.

Closer to home, spring makes its pres­ence known at Oman’s Alila Ja­bal Akhdar (bot­tom left), but with 7,000 roses, rather than tulips. You can en­joy la vie en rose on the moun­tain’s rose ter­races, which are in full bloom un­til May. The two-night Rose Pack­age in­cludes guided tour of the rose ter­races, rose pe­tal bath and bub­bles, the Alila Spa sig­na­ture rose treat­ment and Wi-Fi. Valid un­til May 13. From Dh4,750 per cou­ple. Call 00968 2534 4200 or visit alila­ho­tels.com/ja­bal­akhdar.

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