Get away from the Easter chaos this year with a mini-vacation. It may be short notice but here are some ideas that a competent travel agent could arrange for you, your significant ‘other’, friends and even relatives!
Maldives: Grazing at Jumeirah Vittaveli Private Island Resort
I ate at his eponymous Dabbous Restaurant in Fitzrovia, London before he closed it in 2017 to open the new HIDE Restaurant last year.
If you want to sample a once-in-a-lifetime gourmand “holy day”, try ‘the world’s most exclusive dining experience’ offered by the resort. You and your guests will be collected from your home and transported by private jet to the Maldives. After being installed in your palatial villa, you can choose when a seaplane takes you to a secret rendezvous on a secluded island, where Chef Ollie will create a personal menu for you served on a table made of sand. After dinner, guests will retire to a private yacht to spend the night gazing at the tropical skies or do whatever else they fancy.
“The true cost of luxury is the choice that it affords.”
In this case, that’s $500,000 per person. It’s a lot cheaper and drier, eating at HIDE Restaurant but not as much fun!
Maldives: Soneva Fushi Resort: Egg Hunting and the Sky at Night
In case the last idea was too extravagant, you could try a family-friendly and budget conscious Easter on the Maldives. Soneva Fushi Resort hosts their Easter weekend annual egg hunt. Guests are on a mission to locate hidden wooden eggs all over the resort. Later, you exchange wooden eggs for chocolate versions at the Easter room. The best Egg Hunter gets a special prize from Lindt.
After a day of egg hunting, guests can search the night skies with award-winning astronomer Lars Lindberg Christensen aided by an astrophotographer to capture a souvenir of your efforts.
The more sporty guests can take part in a football camp with former Manchester United player Mikael Silvestre.
Soneva Fushi also sports Michelin-star chef Filip Langhoff and resident chef Kamilla Seidler, winner of Latin America’s Best Female Chef award in 2016 to look after your gourmand needs.
A seven-night stay at Soneva Fushi is available from $22,600 for a family of four.
Morocco: Mystery Hunting Adventure
Staying with the Easter Hunt theme, this immersive adventure lets you and your family explore the country from city souq to Saharan desert. Intrepid clue-hunters on this three-hour trek will discover amazing sights and experiences to solve the conundrums. By the end of the adventure, you may have navigated through Kasbahs, learnt how to cook a Moroccan tagine, feasted in a Bedouin tent, and ride a camel over sand dunes.
Leave it to adventure tour experts Niquesa Travel to organise everything from $10,600 per person.
Zermatt: Last Ski of the Season
From the sands of the Sahara to the snow at Zermatt.
Traditionally, Easter signals the end of the ski season. What better way to see out your season than commissioning a special package by luxury alpine specialists Leo Trippi?
You’ll need a few friends or relatives because the modern Chalet Aconcagua is built over four floors with accommodation for 10 adults and two children. Obviously, if you have more children, they can substitute for adult allocations.
For non-skiers, there could be an Easter egg hunt on the mountain or a helicopter ride to a picnic on a glacier.
Après ski, a Michelin-starred chef cooks the Easter Feast.
A seven-night stay at Chalet Aconcagua starts from $64,450.
Author’s Biography: Melvyn Teillol-Foo (MTF)
Dr Melvyn Teillol-Foo is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web magazine. He was former CEO of PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. He blends his scientific medical objectivity from the pharmaceutical industry with purist passion, in his musings about watches, travel, wine, food and other epicurean delights.
His travelogue ‘Lazing’ and feasting ‘Grazing’ series of articles have now passed into “mythic legend” on the original ‘ThePuristS.com’ website. Those were the halcyon days when he was “rich and famous” that he remembers with bittersweet fondness.
Dr Teillol-Foo is a quoted enthusiast on the watch industry, appearing in feature articles and interviews by Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Sunday Times (London), Chronos (Japan), Citizen Hedonist (France) and other publications. He has authored articles for magazines like International Watch (iW) – both U.S. & Chinese editions, ICON (Singapore), August Man (Singapore), Comfort (China) and The Watch (Hong Kong).