PIPPA’S TRAVEL CALENDAR – Family Edition

Hot Hotels for Easter and Beyond

As the first blossoms of spring unfurl, it’s time to dust off your travel wish list and get ready for adventures in sun-drenched locales. This blog is your treasure map to the best Easter holiday destinations right now. What’s more, we’ve picked out the perfect hotels for all the major holidays to help you plan your year of travels. Whether you want a family getaway with the kids or a romantic retreat for two, these hotels are tried and tested, and located in destinations with the ideal weather. So, let’s leap into the season where the days get longer and the drinks get colder. Welcome to your 2024 travel inspiration guide…

 

EASTER HOLIDAY destinations we recommend:

  • Tuscany: Perfect spring climate, fewer tourists and rolling hills bursting with wildflowers. Where to stay: Castelfalfi (pictured above)
  • Koh Samui: Tropical sunshine, warm waters, soft sands and sensational curries. Where to stay: Four Seasons Koh Samui (very ‘White Lotus’ hot right now)
  • Tenerife: Consistent sunshine and top-notch family resorts. Where to stay: Ritz Carlton Abama
  • Turkey: Warm weather and hospitality at Turkey’s cities and coasts. Where to stay: Mandarin Oriental Istanbul
  • Oman: Pleasant temperatures, clear skies, rich heritage and dramatic landscapes. Where to stay: Jumeirah Muscat Bay
  • Alentejo: Alentejo shines in spring, with lovely weather for exploring the Portuguese countryside. Where to stay: Herdade Malhadinha Nova
  • Costa Rica: Verdant landscapes and diverse wildlife in full bloom at Easter. Where to stay: Nayara Tended Camp
  • Seville: Springtime Seville is a joy, with vibrant street life and festive Easter spirit. Where to stay: Palacio Villapanes
  • Japan: Japan’s cherry blossoms (expected 22 March 2024) frame the perfect weather at this time of year. Where to stay: Hoshinoya Fuji
  • Rome: Mild spring weather perfect for sightseeing and gelato tasting. Where to stay: Hotel de Russie
  • Cape Winelands: Farm-to-table food in Franschhoek, with spot on temperatures and sensational views. Where to stay: 7 Koppies
7 Koppies, Franschhoek, South Africa

CARRY ON PLANNING…

MAY HALF TERM destinations we recommend: 

Iniala Harbour House, Malta

SUMMER HOLIDAY destinations we recommend:

Daios Cove, Crete

OCTOBER HALF TERM destinations we recommend:

Les Sources de Cheverny, France

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY destinations we recommend:  

Leela Palace Udaipur, India

FEBRUARY HALF TERM destinations we recommend:

Chable Maroma, Mexico

NOT TRAVELLING WITH KIDS? 

All of the above suggestions are super stylish and work nicely with or without kids. But for those seeking total tranquillity, here are a few of our favourite adults-only hotels and resorts:

Desa Hay, Bali

And don’t forget, we have hundreds of recommendations up our sleeves to suit your specific needs; this is a mere sprinkling of inspiration for you! We can recommend and book hotels, flights, transfers, activities and restaurant reservations, ensuring you are VIPd during your stay, whether that’s a complimentary upgrade, a food and beverage credit or a massage. 

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24 Hours in Bath

Nestled in the heart of Somerset lies a city that’s a seamless blend of Georgian architecture, Roman history, and natural splendour—welcome to Bath. Despite the brevity of 24 hours, this city promises an enchanting journey through its cobblestone streets and noteworthy landmarks.

Arrive early in the morning and drop your bags at the iconic Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa (* see below for special perks) before taking a leisurely stroll around the Royal Crescent, a cinematic example of Georgian architecture. Marvel at the sweeping crescent of townhouses, a testament to Bath’s architectural heritage. We also suggest popping into No.1 Royal Crescent Museum.

Continue to make your way down through town via Landrace Bakery for a cinnamon bun and coffee to go. Trust us you won’t regret it. Afterwards we suggest stepping back in time by visiting the Roman Baths, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the ancient Roman bathing complex and immerse yourself in the history and rituals of the baths. (Please note you can’t actually bathe there – it has been said people actually show up with their towels.)* Also, don’t miss a visit to the elegant Pump Room nearby for a taste of Bath’s thermal spa water (it’s no Evian but it’s worth a try) *If you would like to bathe we recommend the Thermae Bath Spa.

With a little bit of time to spend before lunch we suggest sampling some of Bath’s gorgeous independent shops. For homeware lover’s Hauslife and the Hidden Store are only a mere distance from the Pump Rooms. On your way to lunch you will pass the Bath Abbey, an architectural masterpiece with its stunning fan vaulting and stained glass windows. Climb the tower for a breathtaking panoramic view of the city, offering a mesmerising perspective of Bath’s picturesque skyline. For lunch we recommend Walcot House which is independently owned and serves up a delightful mix of light bites and delicious farm to table style dishes. They also have a great beverage list. 

After a little indulgence, time to burn off some calories with a stroll down to Pulteney Bridge, one of the few bridges in the world lined with shops. A great coffee to go here would be Cortado (a firm favourite of ours). Continue to follow Great Pulteney Street, a location famed for its Jane Austen features. At the end of the street you will find yourself at the Holburne Museum which is not only architecturally stunning but houses many great art exhibitions. From here you can take a peaceful walk along the River Avon, soaking in the serene ambiance and picturesque views. Depending on the day of your visit we recommend taking the somewhat steep incline to Alexandra park (we can provide maps) to sample a much rewarded Choux bun from the Choux Box Patisserie – hands down the most delicious treat you will ever devour. The views are also incredible from here.

As the afternoon comes to an end we recommend making your way to your hotel to enjoy the spa and a bit of relaxation before heading out for the evening. At around 6.30 we suggest visiting the Beckford Bottle Shop for a glass (or two) of wine. Ask for their recommendations as not only are they supremely knowledgeable but they usually have wines of the week. A short stroll through more of Bath’s gorgeous streets is The Circus Restaurant – a softly lit venue serving seasonal British food, which we recommend for dinner. Post dinner meander around the crescent back to your hotel, and if there is fuel left in the tank definitely enjoy a nightcap at the hotel’s bar, Montagu’s Mews.

 

To conclude your 24 hours enjoy an early morning yoga class at Robyn’s Yoga Studio on Milsom street.

 

There are of course many things to see and do in and around Bath and we are happy to tailor make any itinerary. Get in touch with us on:

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* You also get the following perks through us when staying at The Royal Crescent Hotel:
– Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
– Daily Buffet breakfast for up to two guests per bedroom
– $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilised during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
– Early Check-In / Late Check-Out, subject to availability

Where to Travel in 2024

Peruse our top travel gems, cherry-picked from across the globe by the Pippa Rose Travel team. This year, our curated list of where to travel takes you from the royal palaces of Rajasthan, to the icy fjords of Patagonia, via the sensational sunsets of Santorini. So, buckle up and let’s embark on a globe-spanning journey through 2024’s most enchanting destinations.

 

INDIA
India is a kaleidoscope of colours, cultures and unforgettable experiences. From the majestic Taj Mahal to the royal palaces of Rajasthan, India is steeped in rich history and architectural marvels. Kerala’s backwaters offer a serene escape, while Goa’s beaches promise sun-soaked relaxation. Immerse yourself in the vibrant street life of Mumbai, or seek tranquillity in the Himalayas. With some of the most luxurious resorts in the world and atmospheric heritage hotels, India caters to discerning travellers seeking a blend of spiritual travel and regal luxury.


FRANCE

The spirit of the Olympics adds to the timeless allure of France this year as it gears up for the Paris Olympics in summer 2024. Aside from the excitement of the games, discover the romantic streets of Paris, the lavender fields of Provence, and the fairy-tale chateaux of the Loire Valley. France’s gastronomic delights, from Parisian bistros to the wineries of Bordeaux, offer a feast for the senses, whilst her grand luxury hotels and chic boutique boltholes promise to pamper you in true French style.


MEXICO

Mexico, with its vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, and culinary delights, is a favourite for 2024. Explore ancient Mayan ruins in Yucatan, unwind on the pristine beaches of Tulum, or immerse yourself in the colourful chaos of Mexico City. Indulge in world-class resorts in Los Cabos, where desert meets sea, or discover the charming towns of Oaxaca and Guanajuato. Mexico’s blend of luxury accommodations and authentic experiences offers a perfect escape for those seeking cultural richness and relaxation.


ITALY

Italy continues to enchant with its timeless beauty, making it a near permanent fixture on our ‘Where to Travel’ lists! From the romantic canals of Venice to the rolling hills of Tuscany and the historical richness of Rome and Florence, Italy offers a journey through history, art and gastronomy. Relish the country’s world-renowned cuisine, from rustic trattorias to Michelin-starred restaurants. Italy’s luxury villas and boutique hotels provide the ideal backdrop for a trip filled with culture, beauty and indulgence.


VIETNAM

Vietnam is a captivating mix of natural beauty and cultural complexities. This year, explore the bustling streets of Hanoi, cruise the emerald waters of Halong Bay, and traverse the terraced rice fields of Sapa. The historic charm of Hoi An and the dynamic energy of Ho Chi Minh City offer wonderfully contrasting experiences. Vietnam’s luxury resorts and spas, set in stunning locations, provide a serene retreat for travellers seeking an immersive and rejuvenating journey.


BHUTAN

Bhutan, the kingdom of the Thunder Dragon, is a serene and spiritual haven perfect for getting off grid in 2024. This Himalayan paradise offers a unique blend of monastic culture, majestic landscapes and sustainable tourism. Trek to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery, explore ancient fortresses and immerse yourself in the local culture. Bhutan’s commitment to eco-friendly practices and high-value, low-impact tourism makes it an ideal destination for those seeking an authentic and mindful travel experience.


KENYA

Kenya is the dream African destination, offering unparalleled wildlife safaris and cultural encounters, and the best-of-the-best in luxury travel. Experience the legendary Maasai Mara, home to the Great Migration, and explore the diverse landscapes of Amboseli and Tsavo. Luxurious safari lodges and tented camps provide the perfect blend of adventure and comfort. Beyond safaris, Kenya’s coastline boasts idyllic beaches and historic Swahili culture, making it a complete and enriching African adventure.


GREECE

Greece remains an enduring love for us, with its idyllic islands, ancient ruins, and Mediterranean charm. The Cyclades, with their iconic white-washed buildings and stunning sunsets, offer a dreamy escape and they are a top choice for our honeymooners. Explore the rich history of Athens, relax on the beaches of Crete, or sail the Aegean Sea. Greece’s boutique hotels and luxury villas provide a stylish and comfortable base for exploring this glorious country.


MAURITIUS

Mauritius is a tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean, ideal for sun and luxury seekers. Known for its stunning beaches, turquoise waters, lush landscapes and Creole culture, Mauritius offers a unique and alluring retreat. Enjoy world-class golf courses, indulge in spa treatments, and explore the island’s multicultural heritage. With its upscale resorts and exceptional service, Mauritius is a top choice for a relaxing and spoiling holiday.


GUATEMALA

Guatemala, with its rich Mayan heritage and stunning landscapes, is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered 2024. Unearth the ancient ruins of Tikal, wander the cobblestone streets of Antigua, and explore the vibrant markets of Chichicastenango. Guatemala’s natural beauty extends from Lake Atitlán to its volcanic landscapes. Boutique hotels and eco-lodges offer a unique and authentic experience for travellers seeking culture, history and natural beauty.


SRI LANKA

Sri Lanka offers an enchanting blend of cultural heritage and natural splendour. Dive into the ancient world at Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa and the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Experience serenity in the Hill Country’s tea plantations, explore the wildlife rich biodiversity of Yala and Udawalawe, and unwind on the sun-kissed beaches of Mirissa and Trincomalee. Luxurious accommodations, from colonial bungalows to modern resorts, coupled with its renowned hospitality, make Sri Lanka an irresistible choice for a unique, pampering journey.


COLOMBIA

Colombia is a country of incredible contrasts. Discover the historic charm of Cartagena, the vibrant life of Bogotá, and the coffee culture of the Zona Cafetera. Colombia’s diverse landscapes range from the Amazon rainforest to the beaches of the Caribbean coast. Boutique hotels and eco-lodges offer a unique and authentic experience, perfect for those seeking a blend of adventure, culture and natural beauty.


NORWAY

Norway, with its dramatic fjords, Northern Lights, and vibrant cities, is a top destination for 2024. Cruise the stunning Norwegian fjords, experience the midnight sun in the Arctic Circle, or explore the cultural offerings of Oslo and Bergen. Norway’s outdoor adventures, from hiking to dog sledding, appeal to nature enthusiasts. Upscale hotels and cosy cabins provide a comfortable base for exploring this breathtaking country.


MOROCCO

Morocco is a sensory feast, with its vibrant souks, historic medinas, and stunning landscapes. In 2024, explore the imperial cities of Marrakech, Fes, and Meknes, and venture into the Sahara for a night under the stars. Relax in the coastal town of Essaouira, hike in the Atlas Mountains, or unwind in a traditional riad. Morocco’s fusion of culture, history, and luxury makes it an unforgettable destination.


CHILE

Chile’s diverse landscapes make it a wonderfully alluring destination. From the stark beauty of the Atacama Desert to the glaciers and fjords of Patagonia, Chile offers breathtaking natural wonders. Explore the vibrant streets of Santiago, taste world-class wines in the central valleys, or stargaze in the clear desert skies. Chile’s luxury lodges and boutique accommodations are perfectly situated for an adventurous yet comfortable journey through this long, narrow country.

If you’re tempted by any of these destinations or have somewhere else in mind, our team can help design your dream holiday, tailored entirely to your tastes. Let us take care of all the details, from booking flights, transfers, hotels, restaurants and activities, and enjoy the benefits of our consortiums to ensure you are VIPd. Please get in touch to start planning your 2024 holidays, we’d love to hear from you.
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