Easter Island Escape

Submitted by admin on 2014/04/18 01:17:52 PM
A private island villa in Thailand, Bali or Vietnam offers the perfect base for families to settle in and enjoy the Easter holidays to the full, surrounded by comfort and fabulous facilities. Families that choose to one of Southeast Asia’s lavish island villas for an Easter break can craft their own perfect holiday. Not only are holiday villas in places like Phuket, Bali and Koh Samui the perfect base for wider exploration, but they also provide the perfect venue for a whole host of Easter activities. The appealing range of diversion that tropical destinations like Thailand have to offer continue to capture the imaginations of visitors, whether they are ten years old or pushing 80. Here are a few ways you can squeeze every last drop of enjoyment from your private villa this Easter… Family Party Time Prawns Easter is a time for socializing with family and friends and there are few communal pleasures that beat an outdoor gathering bathed in the delectable scent of barbecuing seafood. Add in ocean views, party games and the laughter of your loved ones, and your family pool party may turn one of the best days of your holiday.Quite a few private villas also boast direct beach access, which means the kids can run and play to their hearts’ content. Most villas also come with a private swimming pool and outdoor dining terrace which are perfect for hosting a family get together. With expansive gardens completing the list of benefits, private villas offer plenty of  space to set up Easter egg hunts and to keep kids amused throughout the day. Stand Up Fun paddle boarding One of the main themes of Easter is re-birth. So while you’re on holiday, why not experience your own “re-birth” by trying out a totally new activity with your loved ones? Cocooned within miles of lush, tropical waters, islands like Phuket and Bali are the perfect place to try out a few  new water sports. If you want to test your balance, stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is a fun way to spend an afternoon.  Snorkelling tours are another perfect option for families in the mood for something a little more laid back, and  also a great way to explore different parts of the island. Cultural Pursuits 6436266821_87a4c18b4f_b Easter is the perfect time for visitors to explore the spiritual side of Asia. On Phuket and Koh Samui,  glowing golden “Wats” or temples are sprinkled across the islands and represent important cultural touchstones for the local community. Bali is similarly blessed with a host of shrines, as well as some stunning ancient temples.  On Phuket, Wat Chalong is one of the largest temples and tends to attract a lot of foreign visitors who want to learn more about the traditions of Thai Buddhism. On Koh Samui, the majestic Big Buddha shrine is positioned on a craggy island off the north coast and is widely celebrated as one of Samui’s most favoured attractions. Finally, on Bali, the oceanside rock temple at Tanah Lot is one of the island’s most iconic sights. Greatest Gifts Silk No space in your case for Easter gifts? Never fear, Southeast Asia offers a multitude of opportunities to pick up a few presents for your family that will bring them far more joy than your average chocolate egg. If you are staying on Phuket or Koh Samui, shopping opportunities abound and the Central Festival shopping malls on both islands are a great place to pick up some designer sunglasses for him, or some lavish Thai silk for her or some toys for the kids. Island street markets also boast fascinating handicraft stalls, while if you are looking for something with more of a “wow” factor, a trip to an art gallery is guaranteed to inspire – Seminyak is the place to go for contemporary art and fine home furnishings on Bali. Rise to the Challenge Phi Phi If your idea of the perfect Easter Sunday means getting out and exploring island treasures, why not charter a private yacht for the day? Parents and even grandparents will enjoy a sailing trip, whether bareboat or crewed, to take in the delights of the coastline. The  less active members of the family can soak up a few rays and many yachts boast inflatable water toys that provide kids with hours of fun in the warm, sparkling waters. by Max Vee