Celebrate Easter with friends and family at these five handsome hotel stays across the globe, hand-picked by Antler. Now, what luggage will you take with you? And don’t forget a handy travel accessory or two, too.
No.1 by GuestHouse, York
Spending Easter in the UK? Indulge your sweet tooth in scenic Yorkshire, birthplace of Smarties, Kit Kat, Aero, Quality Street, Fruit Pastilles and Yorkshire Mixture, to name just a few local heroes. York was once known as Chocolate City, thanks to its industrious 19th-century chocolate factories and the likes of cacao kings such as Henry Isaac Rowntree. For a super-sweet stay, bed down at No.1 by GuestHouse, York, whose ivy-clad, Grade II-listed Regency townhouse reveals artful interiors, covetable antiques and treat-stuffed pantries. There’s a pampering spa set in the cellar arches and an excellent restaurant and bar; treats for little ones include in-room tipis, a special goodies menu and instant cameras for out-and-about snapping.
Since Swiss chocolates are ranked amongst the world’s finest, an Easter sojourn to Switzerland makes perfect sense. Spend the holidays in genteel Zurich at Baur au Lac, a historic grande dame occupying its own stately park, with sweeping views of Lake Zurich and the Alps. Delights in store include 119 elegant rooms and suites, plus a swish restaurant with two Michelin stars. Launched just in time for Easter, the hotel’s ‘Sweet Timeout’ chocoholic offer includes edible treats from Switzerland’s most famous chocolatiers, Lindt & Sprüngli, and Baur au Lac’s very own 1844 chocolate. An Easter Egg hunt for little ones will take place in the park, along with Easter-themed afternoon teas in lavish Le Hall.
Spend a sun-drenched Easter in the Blue Mountains at Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley. With more than 7,000 rugged acres to its name, this epic getaway is designed for natural highs. The resort is a year-round delight, offering wild-at-heart bushland adventures, including cinematic horse-riding courtesy of the resident steeds. Other lures in store include gourmet cuisine at a fleet of restaurants and unforgettable private dining, from champagne picnics to barbecue dinners beneath the stars. The resort also has multiple Easter treats up its sleeve: expect special meals, family fun (including a treasure hunt) and one-off thrills.
Planning on attending New York’s legendary Easter Parade & Easter Bonnet Festival? Good move. In accordance with tradition, this Easter extravaganza will kick off around 10am on Easter Sunday and continue until 4pm, with the parade marching north on Fifth Avenue, from 49th Street to 57th Street. (Don’t forget to pack your bonnet and finery in your Antler luggage for the celebrations.) Post-festival, unwind at the handsome Civilian Hotel, which honours its Theatre District setting with dramatic interiors, Broadway memorabilia and thespy flourishes galore. David Rockwell-designed rooms and a bohemian bar and restaurant lure a stylish creative crowd. Join them.
Granted, there’s never a bad time to visit the Maldives, but Easter is a particularly luscious time to swing by. Aside from the Easter celebrations, April guarantees prime paradise-island conditions: the seas are at their warmest and the gentle tides make for prime snorkelling with manta rays and unforgettable swims with majestic whale sharks. April also falls within the Maldives’ dry season; just think of all that sunshine. Maximise the holidays at Joali, an art-loving idyll enjoying a pearl-like perch on Muravandhoo Island in Raa Atoll. Larger families or gangs of friends can stake out the new five-bedroom Beach Reserve; there’s also a new two-bedroom water villa, suited to smaller groups. To celebrate the annual chocolate festival, Joali will be offering special Easter egg treasure hunts for families.