Ten of the best: Family escapes for Easter

All sorted for Easter? Thought not. That's why we've done the hard work for you and come up with our ten favourite child-friendly escapes - and most of them work out at less than £500 per person.

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Ten of the best: Family escapes for Easter
How do you balance the adult pleasures of wine-tasting and sightseeing with fun for the kids? Keycamp reckons it has got the answer with the Norcenni Girasole club, just 20 miles from Florence in Italy. The kids can enjoy all the thrills of the holiday park, which features a superb swimming pool complex and a host of sporting activities including football, tennis and mini-golf. Then you can indulge in a trip around Chianti wine country or explore the streets of Florence. Seven nights for a family of two adults and up to four children staying in a Villanova mobile costs £315 (accommodation only).
Take advantage of the Easter break to get the whole family together, from baby to grandma, with Tots to Travel. La Maison d'Astier near Bergerac, France, sleeps up to nine in the main house, or even up to 16 if you take the property's stables, too. To get you in the Easter spirit, you'll be provided with a hamper of 100 chocolate eggs to hide in the garden so that the youngsters in your party to enjoy an Easter egg hunt. Plus, there's a heated pool to take the chill off the April weather. Prices are £950 per week for the stable. Contact Tots to Travel.
Egg and spoon races, handicraft workshops and Easter-themed competitions will keep the kids more than entertained at La Manga Club, near Murcia in Spain. The five-star golf resort has got school holidays down to a tee with its popular Funlandia programme of events. Plus, the hotel is offering free nights this Easter, so a family of four gets seven nights' B&B for the price of six at Hotel La Manga Club Principe Felipe from €1,882, staying in two adjoining rooms, including two free activities per adult, such as golf and spa treatments.
Go in search of some early sun at the Dubrovnik Sun Gardens on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast. The seafront five-star resort has packaged up a special Easter deal, including accommodation in a double room with balcony and sea view, Easter dinner in the fine-dining restaurant Tartufo, access to the Anne Semonin Spa, and full use of the resort's facilities, including the kids club. What's more, you'll be just 20 minutes from the charming old town of Dubrovnik. Prices from €255 per person for a minimum three-night stay.
Catch some late-season skiing on an Austrian glacier with Zenith Holidays. The height of Austria's resorts means they are just as sure of snow in April as the depths of winter, with a huge variety of runs between 2,300m and 3,200m, to keep the whole family satisfied. Four nights at the Hotel Bergjuwel costs £500 per person, based on two adults and two children aged under 11 sharing, including return flights, transfers, half-board and use of the wellness centres in the resort.
Where better to show your kids the meaning of Easter than on a Greek island. This year, Easter in the UK coincides with the celebrations in Greece, where it is one of the most important dates on the annual calendar, and you can witness the spectacle on the island of Rhodes. Plus with average temperatures around 22C, you can soak up some sun at the same time. Expedia is offering six nights from £508 per person, based on two adults and two children sharing, including return flights and room-only accommodation at the five-star The Ixian Grand.
Chocoholics should head for the Hotel Amigo in Brussels this Easter. The "Eggstrodinary Easter Package" is packed with chocolate-themed activities for the family. On arrival, your little ones will be treated to an Easter egg by master chocolatier Pierre Marcoloni, along with a soft toy and comic book. Plus you'll receive tickets to the Chocolate Museum, where the family can take part in a chocolate-making class. Book one classic room this Easter and you'll qualify for a 50 per cent discount on the second adjacent or interconnecting room for the kids, for a total price of €438 for two nights, including buffet breakfast, 50 per cent off other children's meals, bedtime milk and cookies, Nintendo Wii in the children's room on request, DVD player with a selection of family films, and mini robes, slippers and bathroom goodies for the children.
Give your family a taste of the high life in St Tropez this Easter. It doesn't have to cost you a fortune, though – keep an eye on your budget by staying at the Restanques du Golfe Resort de Saint Tropez with Pierre & Vacances. This holiday village, set in 25 acres of landscaped grounds overlooking the Mediterranean, has 572 apartments, houses and villas, many with sea views, on-site restaurants and shops, pool with lagoons and slides and a kids club. If you can drag yourself away, the chic French Riviera is on your doorstep waiting to be explored. A two-bedroom apartment sleeping up to six is available with a 25 per cent discount, costing from £520 in total. Don't miss our feature Where to Go on the Coted D'azur.
Get a sense of adventure on a new eight-day family holiday in Northern Cyprus with The Adventure Company. Based just outside the historic port of Kyrenia, you'll be able to set off into the countryside to visit castles and monasteries, call in at farms to learn how to make cheese, go fruit and vegetable-picking and even see Turkish Delight being made. This one comes in at more than £500 per person but we're including it because we think it's still very good value. Prices from £789 per adult and £729 per child, including return flights, B&B, one lunch, transport and bicycle hire.
If you're happy to blow the budget altogether, here's a great one! Take the crew along for a boating holiday on the Canal de la Garonne in southern France. European Waterways is offering family charter cruises on the fully crewed hotel barge "Rosa", so you'll have the whole boat to yourselves, with its four air-conditioned en-suite cabins, wood-panelled saloon – and a bar for the grown-ups. Drift through the French countryside as the crew take the strain and on-board chef rustles up meals. A six-night family charter cruises costs from £15,700, including all-inclusive accommodation, with open bar, excursions and admission fees.
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