TULIPS, ROSES, CHOCOLATE AND TOYS: TOP EASTER BREAKS
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 email@example.com.
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.