Family Easter destinations By Sonia Esther Soltani
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Fancy a fantastic Easter vacation with the kids featuring seasonal treats, great attractions and fun activities, all set in wonderful family-friendly destinations? Depending on your family’s interests and budget, you can choose a resort in popular Florida, Caribbean getaway, Latin American adventure or upscale European break.
South Seas Island Resort, FL
South Seas Island Resort (Courtesy South Seas Island Resort)
Located on the stunning Captiva Island in the Gulf of Mexico, South Seas Island Resort is home to superb family-friendly facilities such as the Resort Pool complex featuring water slides and lagoon style pools, a private beach, tennis court and a golf course. Accommodations range from guestrooms to condos and private villas. Kids will enjoy exploring the 330-acre wildlife preserve, learn how to swim, dress up as mermaids and pirates (for ages 4-5) and take part in the social activities offered by Skully’s Family Interactive Center. They can also get familiar with marine conservation at Sanibel Sea School. So whether you’re traveling with a 12-month baby or a teen, this resort has something to keep every kid entertained. With the resort’s Spring Getaway offer, rooms start from $499 a night and guests receive a fourth night free and over $250 savings. Call 800-775-1196 to book.
Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts, FL
Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort (Courtesy Disney)
Located between Epcot and Disney Hollywood Studios, the Walt Disney World Swan Resort and the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort offer complimentary transportation to the park’s attractions, 17 restaurants, and five pools. For Easter, the two resorts have devised an exquisite Easter program for guests staying between April 1-8, 2015. Expect meet-and-greets with the Easter Bunny, bunny hop races, and traditional and glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunts. Kids will also be able to join arts and crafts tuitions and watch the movie “HOP” by the poolside. In addition to these, there’s a sandy beach, fitness club, mini golf, golf course and spa. The kids’ club, Camp Dolphin (for ages 4-12), is open late afternoon till late at night and offers special dinners, craft workshops and movies, plus video arcades. Call 800-775-1196 to book.
Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa, US Virgin Islands
Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa (Courtesy Expedia)
Set between a beautiful rainforest and idyllic white sandy beach, the kid-friendly Renaissance St. Croix Carambola Beach Resort & Spa offers accommodation in spacious studio suites overlooking the tropical surrounds and the ocean. The fully equipped kitchenettes make it easier for families to make their own meal; otherwise you can eat at the on-site restaurants and nearby eateries. The elegant Caribbean resort also has a spa, golf course in the near vicinity, fitness center and pool. With Marriott’s Easter Promotion, the resort is offering 20% off normal rates for stays from April 13 through April 20, 2015 plus breakfast for 2 adults and 2 kids and room upgrade based on availability. Call 800-775-1196 to book.
Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort, Curacao
Santa Barbara Resort in Curacao (Courtesy Santa Barbara Resort)
Located in the Southern Caribbean Sea, Curacao is a wonderful destination to spend the Easter break. The Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is home to varied restaurants and bars, a spa, Pete Dye designed 18-hole golf course, and on-site dive operator. Kids can splash out in the protected swimming lagoon, snorkel or join the Kids Camp Arawak (for ages 3-12) that offers arts and crafts sessions, nature walks, cave exploring, sports and games. With the Spring into Summer package, you can save 30% off the best available rate – start at $153 per night – at this luxury resort in the Caribbean. Call 800-775-1196 to book.