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

TheBodyHoliday – the wellness and sport retreat in St. Lucia

Spa villa, TheBodHoliday, St. Lucia
Once a year I need an ultimate healthy holiday, and I like visiting in different wellness resorts. TheBodyHoliday in St. Lucia (Caribbean) offers a great variety of sport activities, healthy food and daily spa treatments, all-inclusive. I did 4-5 hours sports every day including yoga, pilates, aqua fit, fitness classes and much more… A week of exercises gives you a new boost for the year.

Relaxing, TheBodyHoliday, St. LuciaWhat I liked the most in TheBodyholiday retreat?
TheBodyHoliday has absolutely great sport programme. It is one of the bests I know offering an enormous variety of activities every day. The list includes Fitness Classes, Personal Training, Water Sports, Scuba, Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Tennis, Archery, Golf… you name it! And the classes varies from beginners to more advanced, there are definitively something for everyone. You can plan your own day, choose your programme and go which ever classes you want. After a week you clearly notice the difference.

Click here to read more about my week in TheBodyHoliday.

Travel in Seasons – Best destinations 2010

Travel 2010: I have collected in here a list of my favourite destinations to travel in different seasons. For each month I have chosen one great place to visit.

Where to travel in January:
Shopping in Milan, Italy 
Milan is great for shopping! Benefit the best sales in early January and enjoy the mild winter weather. See also my shopping tips for Milan.

Flims-Laax, SwitzerlandWhere to travel in February:
Skiing in the Swiss Alps
February is the month for skiing. I have collected a list of my favourite skiing destination is Switzerland.  Why not try them all…


Where to travel in March: 
A week of skiing with style in Zermatt, Switzerland
Zermatt is my favourite destination for skiing and offers over 300 sunny days per year! I prefer to have the ski weekend in early March when the school holidays are over and the resort is slightly less busy. Also weather is milder and the snow it bests.

Where to travel in April: 
Relaxing beach holiday and plenty of sports in St. Lucia, Caribbean
Once a year I need an ultimate healthy holiday. The BodyHoliday in St. Lucia (Caribbean) offers a great variety of sport activities, healthy food and daily spa treatments included in your retreat. I did 4-5 hours sports every day including yoga, pilates, aqua fit, fitness classes and much more… A week of exercises gives you a new boost for the spring. See also my blogpost about TheBodyHoliday.

Where to travel in May: 
Culture and Shopping in Vienna, Austria
Vienna, the capital city of Austria is a great destination for a weekend escape. Use the Saturday for exploring the city centre and doing some shopping, while Sunday you can do an excursion to one for the most beautiful castles in the nearby. And, Vienna is a paradise for cake lovers!

Castadiva hotel resort Lake ComoWhere to travel in June:
Lake Como, Italy – a great weekend destination
Lake Como is the third largest lake in Italy and offers great destinations for weekend escapes. Just as little as two nights will make you feel totally relaxed. I stayed a weekend at the brand new Castadiva hotel resort by the Lake Come enjoying the sun, spa treatments and delicious Italian food. See my travel review

Where to travel in July: 
Weekend break in Vilnius, Lithuania
Why not visit this beautiful and interesting capital city of Lithuania? The old city is fascinating with beautiful churches, historic monuments, small restaurants and cafes outside. You can also do some great shopping in Vilnius: stylish clothes, Italian shoes and beautiful leather bags with bargain price.

Where to travel in August:
Exploring wildlife in a Tanzanian safari
Tanzania offers one of the most magnificent wildlife adventures in Africa. I travelled nine days around national parks enjoying one of my best holidays. The wildlife is stunning; you can see all the animals you have dreamed of, and they are just walking next to your car. Read more and get inspired

Where to travel in September:
Scandinavian design in Helsinki, Finland
Helsinki, the capital city of Finland, is a great destination for a short autumn break. Explore the plenty of stylish design shops, visit the modern art museum Kiasma and try some traditional Finnish food in many great local restaurants.  

Autumn in Hoch-Ybrig - SwitzerlandWhere to travel in October:
Autumn colours in the Swiss Mountains
The Swiss Alps offer beautiful sceneries for day trips and longer stay. I have collected here a list of my favourite hikes.

Stockholm, SwedenWhere to travel in November: 
Christmas shopping in Stockholm, Sweden
Stockholm, the beautiful and stylish capital of Sweden is a great place for traditional Scandinavian Christmas shopping. Exploring the Christmas markets, enjoying the traditional Scandinavian dishes and visiting the heart of the Stockholm’s shopping district for more modern Christmas gifts will make a great weekend break in this fascinating northern capital. See my shopping tips

Skiing in Lech, AustriaWhere to travel in December:
Holiday celebrations in Lech, Austria
Located in one of the snowiest regions in the middle of the Austrian Alps Lech-Zurs is a great destination for a ski holiday. With 280km of slopes and in addition of 180km of powder snow runs, the skiing is outstanding.  The area is famous for its stylish hotels, high-class service and suburb food, so no wonder it attracts many celebrities to visit this pearl of the Austrian ski resorts. See my blog post