If all you want to do is fly and flop around in style this Easter, then head straight to our top three spa hotels. But, if you’re after something a little more active and fun, the boutique-hotel experts at Mr & Mrs Smith have some first-class alternatives in store for you.
Glam under the stars in Australia
Where: Paperbark Camp, Jervis Bay, Australia
Escape the concrete jungle for the Australian bush: go glamping in the stylish safari tents of Paperbark Camp eco-retreat, surrounded by native flora and fauna. Easter comes early this year, so it’s a great time for a beach-side Australian escape to catch the last of the sun (and perhaps swimming weather, if you’re lucky). Take advantage of all that Mother Nature has to offer – bush walking, creek kayaking, snorkelling and surfing, or lounging on a day-bed spotting kangaroos – all just two hours from Sydney.
Get fighting fit in Thailand
Where: The Siam, Bangkok, Thailand
Master Muay Thai at The Siam, the world’s first hotel with its own dedicated ring. Programmes last from a day to a week, and can be tailored to suit beginners and advanced boxers alike (the chef will even match your diet to your activities). And when it’s time to recover, lay back at the hotel’s Opium Spa by Sodashi, where a seven-day Muay Thai Therapy package will help soothe your throbbing muscles.
Cycle in central Java
Where: MesaStila, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Are you addicted to your spinning classes? Then it’s time to take it outside. MesaStila in Central Java will set you up with a two- to four-day cycling adventure that’ll see you pushing your pedals through Yogyakarta’s spectacular terrain (volcano-ringed plantation fields make a more inspiring backdrop than the telly at your gym). After a day on two wheels, hit the hammam steam room, followed by one of the daily relaxation massages, or cool off with some laps in the octagonal infinity pool. Then sip thirst-quenching coconut water at the Sunset Lounge (and if that all sounds entirely too healthy, pick a favoured vintage from the bar’s wine cellar – you’ll have more than 600 bottles to choose from).
Culture and community in Cambodia
Where: Shinta Mani Club, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Exuding sophistication through its stylish mod-Cambodian design, Shinta Mani Club is thoroughly involved in its local community, making it a top choice to get a taste of Siem Reap. Visit the Development Centre and take part in the Shinta Mani Foundation’s four-day, three-night Discover Community programme, including a full day bespoke tour of Ankgor’s dazzling temples. And once darkness falls, dine on delicious Khmer tasting menus.
Desert dreaming in Abu Dhabi
Where: Anantara Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Pack up your adventure caravan and escape to the remote and romantic Anantara Qasr Al Sarab Desert Resort, near Abu Dhabi’s Liwa Oasis. Outside, the desert heat rages; inside, the resort is cool, calm and brimming with Middle Eastern opulence. Arrange a seductive four-course champagne-dinner for two in a torch-lit, cushion-filled Bedouin tent, or learn Emirati cooking, try desert yoga at dawn, go dune-bashing in a 4×4, mountain biking, camel trekking or horse riding, depending on the season.
Mr & Mrs Smith gives you the best prices, guaranteed, as well as a little something extra on arrival. Book online at www.mrandmrssmith.com or call the expert Travel Team on 800 905 326 (toll-free).