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|If it's good enough for the Royals… Prince William, Kate and George paid a visit to Australia this time last year (and stayed at Longitude 131°). While their seal of approval is undoubtedly a draw, we think Easter is a good time to visit due to comfortable temperatures, vibrant landscapes and great opportunities for viewing wildlife.
|Visit Botswana at the start of the dry season for an Easter holiday break that takes in lush green landscapes, clear skies and prime wildlife viewing opportunities. Kids will love the chance to view lion, giraffe, elephant and leopard, and because there's only an hour's time difference there's no jet lag, so your holiday can start immediately.|
|Dubai is always a safe bet for a family getaway, thanks to its multitude of cheerfully brash waterparks, malls and cultural centres: it's practically a playground. Atlantis, The Palm is undoubtedly one of the most child-friendly hotels in the city, with free entry into Aquaventure Water Park and a fabulous location|
|Travellers are returning to Egypt in their droves, but the main sites are still relatively free of crowds. Offering amazing value for money and the ease of full board accommodation, the stylish Sanctuary Sun Boats that cruise the Nile are the ideal way to visit Egypt with minimal hassle. With A&K's brilliant team of guides and Egyptologists on the ground to look after you every step of the way, you'll be entertained and educated in safety and style.|
|The French Riviera needs no introduction, but allow us to let you in on our little secret along the coast. The Royal Riviera has its own beach, and due to the ban on motorised vessels around the Cap, it's a peaceful stay on the busy coast. What's more, the outdoor pool is open and heated all year round.|
|Built on the site of a former gladiator barracks, Palazzo Manfredi oozes history, with the Colosseum right outside your door providing a spectacular night display. Visit in the Easter break and you can take the kids to the Leonardo da Vinci Machines Exhibition, celebrating the universal genius of the inventor at the historic Palazzo della Cancelleria.
|Located on one of the larger Maldivian Islands offering much more than just the obligatory sun, sea and sand, Shangri-La Villingili features a fantastic children's area with an abundance of activities. Travel over the Easter break and you'll find blue skies, agreeable temperatures and a sea like warm bath, with just a smattering of tropical rainfall thrown in to freshen things up.|
|Burn off some energy and experience the cultural side of Vietnam on a unique two-wheeled adventure. Rolling through the narrow highways of Hanoi to the diverse metropolis of Ho Chi Minh City, kids will love the charming street scenes and beautiful blue skies as they cycle just like a local. Travel over the Easter break and you'll find the best weather, consistent for almost all parts of the country|
|Located in the heart of the Mother City, the One&Only Cape Town is the perfect base from which to explore the sights of the city with little ones in tow, such as Boulders Beach and Camps Bay. The sheer amount of sights to explore, from Table Mountain to Robben Island, means you'd barely need to leave the city to enjoy a fun-packed and educational stay.|
|Chile may not be the first destination that springs to mind when planning an Easter holiday, but stick with us. The country is brimming with exciting experiences that keep inquisitive minds occupied. Learn how to become a gaucho, make unique chocolate treats or participate in a traditional harvest in the Casablanca Valley, hand-picking grapes to be used for the next vintage's premium wines (parents can sample these later). In the south of the country experienced guides can lead family-friendly hikes, and Torres del Paine plays host to a wide array of sporting events.
|Uniquely warm and welcoming and jam-packed with exciting cities and idyllic islands, Thailand is a surprisingly family friendly destination thanks to a wealth of educational experiences (Thai cooking lessons, bamboo rafting, diving) and animal encounters (learning to become an elephant mahout is our favourite). In recent years Koh Samui has hit the luxury market and is no longer the first choice for roaming backpackers, but rather families looking for a multitude of leisure experiences in one place.
|Spend your Easter on the Montana 'prairie, where the coyotes howl and the wind blows free.' Ride with the cowboys at the Paws Up Family Ranch as they round up their cattle or go out fishing for your dinner that night under the stars. Chuck wagon rides, star gazing, shooting, canoeing, or hiking, you may be a little saddle sore after all your adventures, but your luxurious safari tent or cabin will provide you with plenty of peace and space to unwind.|
|Portugal's year round temperate climate makes it an ideal destination at any time, but travel in early spring and you'll find deserted beaches and masses of room in the gardens for kid's playtime. The Vila Vita Parc is a fantastic family hotel, offering a 5* experience for children and parents alike! A year round kids club, an onsite 9 and 18 hole putting green, mini golf, volley ball court and a multitude of water sports are just some of the offerings that will keep the entire family entertained.|
Nights: 8 | from £5,580
There is nowhere like Botswana. The wilderness experience here is second to none, with vast swathes of pristine savannah, flood plains, rivers and lagoons bursting with life. Combine three different areas for a dazzlingly diverse safari.
Classic Botswana 2015
Nights: 9 | from £5,295
Botswana is perhaps unmatched as a safari destination. The country’s policy of high-quality, low-density tourism ensures the wilderness experience here is first class, and absolutely heaving with game. The proliferation of middle-of-nowhere airstrips also means it’s possible to hop about with ease, and combine three amazing areas in little more than a week.
Nights: 7 | from £1,875
The River Nile is the lifeblood of Egypt. It is along this riverbank than ancient civilisations thrived, and where modern Egyptians still live and farm as they have for centuries. A week-long cruise on this mighty waterway, stopping at temples, tombs and palm-frilled villages, is the best way to take the measure of this fascinating country.
Family Elephants & Emeralds
Nights: 11 | from £2,050
The ‘Land of Smiles’ is a dream for families, with comfortable places to stay, terrific food, beautiful beaches and a host of activities and experiences to keep both parents and kids enthralled. This three-centre break encompassing buzzing Bangkok, the verdant south and precious beach time ticks all the boxes.
Nights: 12 | from £4,995
Cosmopolitan Sydney, the rugged outback, dense rainforests and the famous Great Barrier Reef – it’s all up for grabs on this 12 night tour of Australia.
Vietnam Cycling Tour
Nights: 13 | from £3,225
Sync to the rhythm of life in Vietnam, where days pass in turns of a bicycle wheel. Discover the sights of Hanoi, Hue and Hoi An at pedalling pace, and whiz past the scenic delights of the Mekong Delta on two wheels.
Hotel Royal Riviera
Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa
Sanctuary Chief's Camp
Moremi Game Reserve
One&Only Cape Town
Atlantis, The Palm
Sanctuary Baines' Camp
Vila Vita Parc Resort & Spa
The Resort at Paws Up