Spring has finally sprung, which means it’s time to start planning for that all-important Easter escape. Hop on over to one of these luxe lodgings on or around April 21 for sumptuous brunch spreads and classic egg hunts with an over-the-top twist.
So, whether you’re planning on an extravagant weekend away or just an elaborate brunch for two, these high-end hotels have got a little something extra to make your holiday perfectly sweet.
The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City
Savor some pre-holiday fun at this Four-Star stay just outside Washington, D.C., with a spring-themed feast on April 13. Enjoy breakfast favorites with the Easter Bunny before creating edible art at a festive cookie decorating station.
If you’re in town on April 21, be sure to make a reservation for executive chef Sriram Hariharan’s holiday brunch, complete with an Easter egg hunt.
Either way, walk off that meal with a stroll among the city’s cherry blossoms and snap a few shots with the kids along the way.
Montage Laguna Beach
Make your way to this Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star coastal California retreat for a day (and night) of family fun this Easter.
On April 21, the Laguna Beach resort will host three brunches (ranging from a casual option for early risers to a 12-station affair) and its 16th annual Easter Egg Hunt, a complimentary treat for little ones under 12.
Plan ahead for that inevitable sugar crash by booking the Family Memories Spring Package, so when your brood tuckers out, you can simply head to your ocean-view room for a well-deserved nap. A $60 breakfast credit and gratis half-day admission to Paintbox kid’s club make this deal extra sweet.
An icon of London luxury, this stately Five-Star stay is pulling out all the stops for an eventful Easter. Tiny travelers can hunt for hidden eggs and chocolate treats around the hotel before the whole family digs into a delightful jazz-accompanied spread at Kaspar’s at the Savoy.
In addition to a buffet of British seafood (including Jersey Rock oysters and Cornish crab), you can indulge in flavorful local fare like Kaspars bangers and mash, Willowbrook Farm lamb noisette and Isle of Harris lobster benedict.
Wash it all down with free-flowing champagne and be sure to save room for the roving dessert trolley — a satisfying way to cap of this seasonal spread.
The Hermitage Hotel
Easter Brunch at this Five-Star grand dame is practically a Nashville tradition. Make a reservation on April 21 to dine under the frescoed ceiling of the century-old Grand Lobby — an opulent spot for a few family selfies.
Partake in a festive feast of Southern favorites like corn and spring onion hush puppies, dill deviled eggs, and peach-glazed ham, before tucking into elegant spring-themed desserts such as passion fruit meringue tarts.
Between bites, pose for photos with the Easter Bunny, who will be hopping by to say hello.
Boca Raton Resort and Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
This Forbes Travel Guide Recommended retreat puts a new spin on spring revelry with a pop-up bar from popular Manhattan mixologists Death & Co. over Easter weekend. From April 19 to 20, try the East Village lounge’s lineup of creative cocktails, including the tequila-based Full Sail with Granny Smith apple, vanilla and lime juice.
Take advantage of that South Florida sunshine by pairing your tipple with a game of bocce or croquet on the Palm Beach property’s verdant lawn.
The Henderson, A Salamander Beach & Spa Resort
Rather than book an over-the-top brunch, enjoy some quality time with your crew at this family-friendly Destin, Florida, resort. On April 21, the kids can enjoy a classic Easter egg hunt on the property’s lawn, but the fun does not have to end there.
Linger longer among the white-sand beaches, lazy-river-equipped pool and adjacent 208-acre state park by booking the picturesque property’s Stay More, Save More offer and enjoy up to 35 percent off your airy accommodations.
Use that extra time to make the most of your sun-drenched surroundings with a family bike ride or kayaking adventure, or simply sip cocktails under a cabana while the little ones splash around.
The St. Regis Bali Resort
Gorgeous Bali views and exquisite island-style villas are more than enough eye candy, but this Four-Star Indonesian retreat ensures you’ll also enjoy plenty savory options this year with a sumptuous Sunday brunch at Boneka.
Soak up sweeping Indian Ocean panoramas from your terrace table while indulging in opulent options like lobster omelets, wagyu steak and eggs, and foie gras.
Little ones will be entertained at the Children’s Learning Center with egg painting. You also can pick up a sweet souvenir at Gourmand Deli, where personalized chocolate Easter eggs and bunnies will be packaged for you to take home.
Nibble on elevated fare like avocado toast, seared scallops with Carolina gold rice, and mixed chicory salad with duck confit served family-style at rustic-chic Four-Star FARM restaurant. Afterward, bask in the Northern California sunshine with bocce or lawn games in the Town Square.
Then unwind in style in the hilltop, adults-only infinity pool or opt for a farm-to-facial treatment (try the rosemary-orange oil-infused massage) in the recently revamped Four-Star spa.
Château du Sureau
If you’re looking for a more elegant affair for your Easter celebration this year, skip the buffet and head for this stunning European-style retreat just outside of Yosemite National Park.
On April 21, the Oakhurst, California, property’s exquisite Four-Star French dining room, Erna’s Elderberry House Restaurant, is cooking up a mouthwatering brunch menu — think deviled egg velouté and spice-roasted Sonoma lamb loin with a medley of local snap peas — paired with a complimentary glass of sparkling Sureau wine.
Finish your meal with a dessert fit for royalty: a chocolate Fabergé egg that’s (almost) too stunning to eat.
Loews Philadelphia Hotel
Easter brunch gets an upgrade at this sky-high hotel in the City of Brotherly Love. Bank & Bourbon, the Philly property’s signature restaurant, serves a bountiful buffet of fresh American fare on April 21, including fruit-topped ricotta toast, crispy sweet potatoes with lemon aioli, and bourbon-glazed ham with orange mostarda.
But the highlight of this holiday treat is the tipples. A build-your-own bloody mary bar is sure to satisfy, but unusual morning cocktails like the Cold Fashioned (La Colombe cold brew coffee, whiskey and a dash of sugar) or the made-for-sharing Bourbon Barrel Punch (house-aged whiskey, Earl Grey tea, lemon and clarified milk) add a grown-up spin to this classic family feast.
Atlantis, The Palm Dubai
This Dubai resort’s April itinerary is packed with over-the-top Easter offerings. With scuba Easter bunnies, underwater egg hunts and dolphin photo shoots, the unique holiday happenings at Atlantis are not to be missed.
Before diving into these delightful activities, fuel up on brunch staples on April 19 with family-friendly feasts at alfresco Wavehouse or Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen & Bar — this British-inspired dining room will also host a classic egg hunt.
If you’re vacationing without children, opt for an adults-only Alice in Wonderland-themed brunch accompanied by a DJ and dancers at Asian-inspired Saffron.