Forget the plastic eggs hunts and dip-and-dye cups from your childhood. Some of our favorite hotels are offering a grownup spin on classic Easter activities. From Fabergé eggs to glow-in-the-dark egg hunts, this new kind of Easter fun will charm even hard-to-impress adults:
Fabergé egg hunt. During the London-hosted Fabergé’s Big Egg Hunt, more than 200 eggs were decorated by top designers and hidden around the city for a 40-day, social media-fueled hunt. Each three-foot-tall egg was stamped with a unique code that finders texted in for a chance to win the Diamond Jubilee Egg, a Fabergé treasure of quilted rose gold set with 60 gemstones (one to honor each year of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign). Inside The Dorchester hotel, guests feasting on decadent quail egg and black truffle consommé could find two show-stoppers: artist Sir Peter Blake’s Pop-themed egg in the courtyard and designer Nicky Haslam’s gilded plumage sculpture in the promenade. If you loved an egg around town, you can purchase it at an online auction through April 9 — but be sure to bring a basket filled with more than just eggs to pay for it.
Spring Festival at The Breakers. It’s not too late to head to the famed Breakers Palm Beach for its three-day holiday extravaganza. The Four-Star hotel has the requisite Easter Bunny-hosted egg hunt on its front lawn Sunday morning, but we suggest getting in the game early with the glow-in-the-dark hunt the night before. You can also enjoy a twilight fruit and wine social on an ocean terrace while kids ages 3 to 12 head to night camp, where they’ll have dinner and a few hours of games in the family entertainment center. Finally, don’t miss the resort’s traditional Easter Sunday activity — a Wiffle Ball tournament, where kids battle parents for supremacy.
Baby Farm Animals. What says spring better than lambs, chicks, puppies and bunnies? For Blackberry Farm’s annual egg hunt on Easter Sunday, all the newborn barn animals — including the puppies, a rare working breed called Lagotto Romagnolo that can sniff out French Périgord truffles — gather on the front lawn to play with children and adults alike. As they run around, kids can scramble to find 250 farmhouse chicken eggs that are hidden around the gardens. Adults will be more interested in a tour of “The Larder,” where the 9,200-acre Four-Star hotel makes its own artisan foods. All the preserves and pickles, fennel salami, dry-cured sopressata and washed-rind trefoil cheeses will get your appetite primed for an Easter feast.
Photo courtesy of The Dorchester