The Easter holiday is coming – with it comes a few extra days to unwind, indulge, or head off on an adventure with your partner. If you’re searching for a perfect romantic getaway, we’ve rounded up some of the most blissed-out destinations and hotels for Easter weekend.
1. Discover authentic Wales at the snuggliest inn in Brecon Beacons
Johnny Depp, Gordon Ramsay and Robbie Williams are just a few famous visitors to Bear Hotel. But while its 19th-century character, convivial atmosphere and brilliant grub have all been lapped up by celebrities, it’s not hard to feel like a local in this old coaching inn. Dating back to 1432, The Bear is a mish-mash of antiques and shabby-chic furnishings alongside modern comforts. It’s set in the darling town of Crickhowell – a brilliant base to explore the Brecon Beacons National Park and Hay-on-Wye, the famous ‘town of books’. Couples eyeing up hotels for Easter weekend can do no wrong checking in here.
2. Admire the orchard blossoms in Provence
Southern Europe is a great short-haul holiday for Easter weekend if you’re craving sunshine. Rays of sunflower-yellow start to break through blossom trees and milder air brushes against your skin. While Provence has a small risk of rain, you’ll be unlucky not to get a bit of good weather. If you’re searching for hotels for Easter weekend in Provence, 18th-century bolthole Chateau de Varenne is a magnificent choice. Built for the first mayor of Avignon, you’ll enjoy three hectares of peaceful park above the small village of Sauveterre, a swimming pool, and chandelier-adorned rooms.
3. Forget the outside world in your own luxury Irish bubble
Hugging the banks of the Moy, the stress-melting Ice House is the perfect place to unwind in unhurried calm, serious style, and big views looking out onto the Wild Atlantic Way. Spoil yourself and your partner this Easter holiday with life-restoring spa treatments in private pampering rooms designed for two. Soak in cedar seaweed baths, relish full body massages and lay back among the bubbles in outdoor hot tubs. The only thing that competes with the view is the food.
4. Enjoy a fairytale stay in a Swiss castle
Check in to this 16th-century castle and spend the weekend feeling like a king or queen in your very own fairy story. Cosy-up with chinking glasses of champagne in your room with a roaring fire, float carelessly in a turquoise bath dating back to 1928, and feast on five seasonal courses in the relaxing restaurant. Schloss Wartegg is completely unique, once serving as a refuge for Zita, the last Empress of Austria. It’s as romantic as hotels for Easter weekend get – tucked away inside expansive wooded grounds and English gardens, not to mention the glittering Lake Constance.
5. Rekindle your love in Lisbon
If you’re trying to impress your other half, As Janelas Verdes makes it easy. Handsome and charming, the boutique hotel is stuffed with small objets d’art, paintings and mementos that transport you to a more refined, less rushed period. The 17th-century mansion is said to have been home (as well as novel inspiration) to Eça de Queiroz – considered one of the greatest Portuguese writers in the realist style. Ideally located in the very heart of Lisbon, it’s a perfect hotel for Easter 2018. Cycle round the city, attend the Easter mass, dine on codfish for Good Friday, pace the floors of the National Museum of Ancient Art, and fall in love all over again.