Forget humdrum hot-cross buns and floors littered with candy-coloured foils, a quick Easter escape to sun-kissed Thailand is exactly what every mama needs to ensure there is nary a chocolate-smudge mark in sight. After some serious eyelash-fluttering and sweet-talking, boutique hotel connoisseurs Mr & Mrs Smith have charmed a smattering of designer dens into offering Easter exclusives that are so tempting they’ll have you packing up your little bunnies in no time!
Best for Island rainforest relaxation
Style Tropical, tranquil villas with a view
Setting Forest coasts of Phuket
Dotted amid the lush green slopes of Cape Panwa, Sri Panwa boasts a seductive collection of contemporary villas, with clean minimalist lines, floor-to-ceiling glass doors and better-than-postcard views. Each villa comes complete with its own counter-current infinity pool, only a few barefoot steps away from the bed. If sea frolicking with the minis sounds appealing, the hotel’s private, beyond-blonde beach beckons – a fleet of yachts is available to whisk your brood to nearby islands in Phuket’s archipelago for snorkeling, scuba diving and Blyton-inspired treasure hunting. Back on land, amble between tennis courts, yoga or Thai boxing classes, and the Baba lounge bar. Ankle-biters will love the game room, porcelain painting and batik art, leaving pamper-hungry parents to retreat to the villa for a soak à deux in the outdoor terrazzo tub.
For stays between March and the end of June 2014, Smith members can claim an exclusive offer of 30% off their time at Sri Panwa. Be sure to pack your sunscreen!
Best for Beachy bliss
Style Tropical contemporary
Setting Seductive Si Kao seaside
Home to an Ayurvedic day spa, fragrant gardens and a buzzy beach club on Koh Kradan, Anantara Si Kao Resort & Spa is a pinch-yourself-to-believe-it family escape. Neighboured by tropical jungle and ultra-blue sea, the resort is the promised land for water babies… the diving club ventures to the nearby national conservation area of Koh Kradan. Those preferring to keep their hair dry can try their hand at kayaking or sailing. Young ’uns will make a beeline for the Dugong Kids Club, it’s brimming with toys, crafts, computer games and boasts a daily schedule of activities and excursions. Not forgetting mum and dad, the Anantara Spa is tucked away in a tranquil courtyard (complete with lotus pond) and a treatment menu of scrubs, facials and traditional massages.
Prepare to say sawadika to serenity at Anantara, a resort made even more attractive (if that’s possible) with an exclusive offer for Smith members: 30% off stays from 16 April to 31 October 2014.
Best for Dazzling sunsets and complete privacy
Style Understated glamour
Setting Private bayside
In Sanskrit, Trisara’s name means ‘Third Garden in Heaven’, and thanks to its lavish villas, private beach and a heavenly hillside location, it more than lives up to its name. Set along Phuket’s less developed north-west coast, each villa or suite is a sanctuary of serenity… think breathtaking ocean views, private pools and sublime bathrooms, surrounded by leafy gardens with Olympic-worthy tubs, sofas and outdoor showers. A kids club is fully staffed, with separate areas for over- and under-8s; nippers can enjoy movies, Nintendo Wii, books, card making, Thai dancing and cupcake baking. Take to the beach for outdoor family activities such as swimming, kayaking and snorkelling to explore hidden rock pools. When a rumbling stomach interrupts, Trisara happens to have one of the best eateries on Phuket – the Pad Thai is a corker while beach barbecues are held in the cooler months.
Ready to make like the international jet-set and head to Trisara? To make it all the more tempting, Smith members can take advantage of an exclusive offer with stays of three nights or more: one free meal for two (pick from a Friday lobster dinner, a Sunday champagne brunch or a Monday beach barbecue).
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