Spring Break Holidays Around the World

As winter very slowly recedes and fades into spring, it’s time to dust off the cobwebs and consider a break to restore body and soul. Perhaps a short hop to Europe to enjoy the time honoured culture and traditions for which the continent is so famous, or perhaps some family adventures in Oman or South Africa. Explore the emerging hot spots in south-east Asia or simply unwind and enjoy the harbour views from your pool in Antigua. Red Savannah CEO, George Morgan-Grenville, suggests destinations for a spring break this year.

SEVILLE

The Alcazar Gardens in SevilleFew places celebrate Easter more profoundly than Seville, where Semana Santa, or Holy Week, sees a passionate recreation of the last week of Christ. Streets are filled with hooded penitents, exquisitely carved images of the Virgin & Christ, flowers, candles and the scent of incense. Enjoy a few nights out in the countryside at the Hacienda de San Rafael – one of our Iconic 50 portfolio – where 25% discounts off room rates apply this Easter.

For further information, contact Ed Granville on 01242 787 805.

VENICE

Sunset at The Cipriani in VeniceVenice weaves a spell on all who visit her, and spring, before the crowds throng in Piazza San Marco, is simply enchanting. A walk through the San Polo at dawn as the mist slowly lifts and market traders set up their stalls in the Mercato Rialto, is a most magical experience.

Classic icons, such as The Cipriani, Il Palazzo at the Bauer and Ca’Sagredo extend polished hospitality whilst a new generation of Venetian hotels jostle for position on the waterways. SINA’s Centurion Palace, Philippe Starck-designed Palazzina G and Villa F on Giudecca have joined Venice’s distinguished company in recent years, whilst this summer sees Palazzo Papadopoli opening as Aman Canal Grande.

Our tip – eschew the Gritti Palace (but have a drink there) and stay in the Dorsoduro where you can wander through the narrow alleyways and canals of Venice’s backwaters. Meander aimlessly and you’ll discover a quiet, simple world of art galleries and little bistros a world away from the Venice you thought you knew.

For further information, contact George Morgan-Grenville on 01242 787 800.

SOUTH-EAST ASIA

A Cyclist in VietnamIt is 40 years since the Peace Accords of 1973 which saw the end of American involvement in Vietnam. Since then the country has emerged as one of the world’s most sought after destinations with high end hotels such as The Nam Hai, An Lam Ninh Van Bay and Six Senses Con Dao offering 21st century hospitality on the white sands of the South China Sea, as well as heritage hotels such as the Sofitel  Metropole Hanoi re-establishing classic icon status.

After almost three decades of turmoil, a new generation of Cambodians are pushing the country into the travel hot lists with a newfound optimism. The temples of Angkor are deservedly well known, but take the road less travelled and you’ll discover lake-dwelling communities, dolphins peeking through the waters of the Mekong and divine, unspoilt islands that easily rival Thailand for natural beauty. Siem Reap boasts some excellent hotels such as La Residence d’Angkor, Raffles Grand Hotel d’Angkor, the Amansara and the Park Hyatt Siem Reap whilst a number of boutique hotels and restaurants are making their mark in an increasingly cosmopolitan Phnom Penh. Head off the beaten track to the exquisite island of Song Saa in the Koh Rong archipelago or along the coast to Kampot province.

Seasonal rains quench the dry land from May to October so book now for a late spring break or travel from November when the rice paddies are lush and verdant.

For further information, contact Kate Samuel on 01242 787 808.

SOUTH AFRICA

A Cheetah at Samara Private Game ReserveDuring March and April, combine South Africa’s beautiful Karoo with a visit to the winelands and a stay on the coast at Plettenberg. The Samara Private Game Reserve is set in a spectacular natural amphitheatre of mountains in the Karoo, where the scenery is some of the most spectacular in Africa. This month sees the release of five black rhino into the reserve, joining other game such as kudu, eland and cheetah. Close to the coast at Plettenberg, Kurland is a delightful haven, where active families may enjoy horse riding, polo lessons, quad biking and tennis as well as superb dining. Head into the winelands to enjoy one of the country’s best-known exports and stay at the stylish La Residence in the Franschhoek valley. Complete your sojourn in Cape Town at the Kensington Place, a boutique hotel with just eight rooms, nestled just below Table Mountain.

If travelling in late spring / early summer, visit the northern part of South Africa. The Madikwe Game Reserve is a 75,000 hectare malaria free  region of untamed beauty, where you may encounter not just the Big Five, but the Super Seven! Stay at Jamala Madikwe Royal Safari Lodge, a perfect small lodge catering for just ten and set amidst the bushveld.

For further information, contact Albee Yeend on 012342 787 806.

OMAN

Wahiba Majlis, OmanOman is a serendipitous discovery for those who imagine it as simply a Middle Eastern beach destination backed by empty desert. There is, in fact, an extraordinary amount to do, especially for active families and the gentle climate in spring makes it the perfect time to visit. Spend a few days exploring Muscat, with its stunning Grand Mosque, glittering opera house and busy fish market. Unwind at Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort or at the exquisite Chedi and then head inland to the mountains and deserts. Go dune driving, sand-boarding or enjoy a camel safari in the Wahiba Sands before an enchanting night by a crackling camp fire at a private Bedouin-style camp, under the vast sky. Explore the mountain villages of Jabal Akhdar in the wadi-riven Al Hajar Mountains and visit the superb fortress of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Nizwa – part castle, part royal palace and part Islamic school. Take a mountain bike off-road through date plantations between the Omani forts of Bahla and Jabrin and enjoy the stunning views from your tented lodge on a mountain ledge under Jabal Shams.

For further information, contact Ed Granville on 01242 787 805.

ANTIGUA

Antigua - English HarbourIt may have places with such familiar names as Falmouth and English Harbour, but there’s nothing British about the climate in Antigua in spring. Whilst winter clings to home shores, sleepy harbours in Antigua begin to welcome spritely yachts and the sun gently warms white crescent, palm-fringed beaches. Our villas on the island range from Galley Bay Heights near St John’s to Falmouth and English Harbour. All have private pools and are within walking distance of the beach.

For further information, contact Charlie Stephenson on 01242 787 810.

For further advice on Spring break holidays around the world, contact our team on 01242 787 800.