Where to travel in Easter: My top 5 destinations

Easter holiday ideas

Where to go on Easter? I start planning my Easter every year very early and then end up making the decision last-minute.  Spring is the best time to travel in many locations and there are so many places I would like to travel. Easter is great time for a healthy holiday, visiting Europe, Asia and Middle East. Here are my top 5 Easter holiday destinations:

Chiva Som - Thailand health reatreat

1. Healthy holiday in Chiva Som, my favourite retreat
Chiva Som is my favourite destination Spa.  One week of healthy food, lots of exercises and spa treatments in beautiful surroundings will make a difference. No fuss about Easter egg hunting, but if you are lucky, it is time for Songkran water festival, and you will get your share of sparkling water as a symbol of washing bad away and giving good fortune for your future…

Venice, Italy

2. City break in Milan and Venice
Good Friday is not a public holiday in Milan, so what would be better way of spend a day for shopping, while the city is once a bit less crowded.  Most of the local people head to East on Friday, so leave your travel for Saturday morning and drive towards Venice.  Spring is one of the most beautiful time to visit the city and less touristic than summer.

Banyan Tree Bintan resort

3. Shopping in Singapore, relaxing in Bintan Island (in Indonesia)
Singapore is a good, but maybe not so obvious destination for Easter.  It is a great way of combining a city holiday in Singapore with few days in Bintan holiday island, just about an hour by ferry from Singapore.  We stayed in Banyan Tree Bintan, which is a gorgeous resort with beautiful natural surroundings, delicious food and daily yoga glasses relaxing your mind and body totally.

Easter Break in Miami

4. Miami + Caribbean Escape
Couple of years ago we combined a fitness week in the BodyHoliday resort in St. Lucia with a few extra days in Miami. Beautiful, warm weather, a week of 4-5 hours exercises and a pampering spa treatment every day in the BodyHoliday resort renewed my body and mind. After a week of fitness it was quite rewarding enjoy few days in Miami just by walking around, running in the beach, eating well and do a bit of shopping before flying back home. 

Easter in Switzerland - Park Hotel Weggis

5. Switzerland
Switzerland is a nice destination for Easter.  Depending on the weather you can make day trips to France, Italy, Germany or Austria. If Easter is early in the year you can still go skiing and later in spring enjoy the beautiful spring weather. One year I stayed in Park Hotel Weggis near Luzern. The hotel has a picturesque view over the Lake Vierwaldstattersee  and they Easter Bruch is really great!  

And what I was looking for this year?
I have been looking for plenty of last minutes options:

  1. Long weekend in Istanbul
  2. Culture break in Marrakesh
  3. Relaxing holiday in Abu-Dhabi, combining city and the new Anantara desert resort Qasr al Sarab
  4. Healthy holiday in Verdura resort in Sicily or Sha Wellness Clinic in Spain
  5. Shopping in New York
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The Tides Hotel, South Beach Miami – A Guest View

The Tides hotel - Miami South beach
Looking for a nice hotel in Miami? Miami South Beach is famous for its beautiful hotels, many of them with great reputation. This one is my favourite…

The Tides Hotel, Miami South BeachThe Tides, is a charming boutique hotel located on Ocean Drive. The building is very interesting with its Art-Deco style architecture and recently (in 2007) renovated interior. The hotel is quite small with its 45 stylish rooms, all of them with a view over the Ocean. The service is excellent and the personnel really make you enjoy.


What I liked the most?

The rooms: I loved our room! It was beautifully decorated, like a dream apartment abroad. Our room had a stunning view over the Miami Beach and it was just fascinating to look sun going up in the morning while the beach was awakening. I would definitively come back to this hotel, just because I liked it so much.

The location: I also liked the location, it just by the beach and I enjoyed walking hour after hour the beach in one way and then return. The place is also not far away from the Shopping streets… so there are plenty to do just in a walking distance.

The sunny terrace: The hotel terrace is a great place to have lunch or some afternoon drinks while observing the busy Oceans Drive. It is a bit like watching a movie and imaging people’s lives. Also the food is excellent and drinks enormous!

Here are some photos from our room in The Tides…

The Tides - hotel room bedroom 

The Tides hotel - room view

The Tides hotel living room

And this is the view from our room

The Tides Hotel - The view from the room in early morning

The Tides Hotel - The view with the first sun shines

Where to go in March?

The best destinations in March: About every year I feel latest in March that I really need a holiday break… I have collected here some ideas where I have travelled in March in recent years…

Miami Beach, Florida

Miami Beach, FloridaStylish city break in Miami
Miami is a great destination to break the European winter. It has about everything you can imagine to meet your holiday needs. The most famous are its beautiful beaches, stylish hotels and great restaurants. I could also say the place is pretty ok for shopping.Lunch in Miami

I love the American style brunches, all the delicious fruits you can eat almost all day long and the relaxed atmosphere – and if you are looking for healthy delicious lunches, there are so many palaces to go.

The beach is fascinating. I walked hours listening to the sound of the waves and enjoying the wind from the sea.  What a great exercise and even free! Miami is also a short a flight away from Caribbean, so great way to combine both destinations.

Monaco CasinoSpring weekend in Monaco
Monaco is definitively one of the most glamorous cities in Europe – and something I visit every year. In the spring time you can enjoy the pleasant warm weather and sunshine almost on your own, the tourists will come later.The exotic garden of Monaco

Surprisingly, there is actually quite a lot to see in Monaco. Walking around the coastal line is a great way to touch the atmosphere. The charming old city of Monaco with its narrow streets is a great place to spend half of you day and having lunch in one of its lovely restaurants. Jardin Exotique, the exotic garden of Monaco is the place to take your breathtaking photos looking over Monaco and enjoying some pretty exotic plants. The Casino is the place to take the photo “I have been here” and see one of the most expensive cars, you probably won’t see anywhere else.

Monaco

Tulips in Monaco

The palace, Monaco

Monaco has also plenty of good restaurants to enjoy lunches and dinners. Sass Cafe is one of my favourites with its live music. This is the place where the party will start…

Chiva SomFitness retreat in ChivaSom, Thailand
At least once year I start my healthy life by going somewhere nice to have a week of exercises, healthy food and spa treatments.on the beach in Hua Hin, Yhailand

My absolutely favourite is ChivaSom in Thailand. It has been voted many times as one of the world’s best spas and retreats, and with a reason. The place is awesome. I start my days with morning yoga and stretching, having few hours of fitness and then enjoying a healthy lunch. Afternoon is time for relaxing, enjoying some spa treatments and your personal programme activities. You have a massage every day, and I prefer have mine just before dinner.  Delicious dinner outside and early to bed to be ready for the early wake up and yoga again…

After a week you feel that you are full of energy, relaxed and inspired by everything you have experienced. This is the place to return. See also my page about ChivaSom.

Chiva Som Pavillion

Next destinations…
And where I am going this year in March? Skiing if there are some snow left, maybe Lugano and I am planning to go to somewhere in Asia either to Thailand or Cambodia.