Seven tropical resorts celebrating the holiday with special deals and programs
This Easter, why not treat your peeps to more than a basket of chocolate eggs. Shake off winter and get a jump-start on beach season with a holiday week getaway to the Caribbean. A number of resorts across the region are rolling out the Easter grass, bringing in the bunny and offering special incentives for travelers.
Hyatt Regency Trinidad
Add a touch of Calypso to your Easter with special rates, entertainment and amenities at Trinidad’s premier urban hotel. The Hyatt Regency Trinidad sits directly on the waterfront in the heart of downtown Port of Spain, and is a favorite with both business and leisure travelers. From March 28 through April 2 the sound of steel pans will be playing during peak hours, and guests will be welcomed with a specialty drink upon arrival. The hotel’s Waterfront Restaurant, overlooking the Gulf of Paria, will be having an Easter brunch buffet with traditional Trinidadian holiday dishes. The restaurant will provide a price rollback for its brunch and lunch offerings throughout the weekend, the on-site Spa Esencia will offer special rates and discounts, and Hyatt members are offered a 10 percent discount on rooms. trinidad.regency.hyatt.com
The Santa Maria Hotel & Golf Resort
Recently opened as the first upscale urban oasis resort in Central America, The Santa Maria is poised to become the go-to destination in Panama City. To celebrate this new property, management is offering visitors a special package that can be taken advantage of during the Easter holiday. The Grand Opening package includes accommodations in a deluxe guestroom, daily buffet breakfast at Mestizo Restaurant, a curated Treasures of Panama Tour, 20 percent discount at The Spa at The Santa Maria and complimentary Wi-Fi & parking. Rates start at $205 plus tax per night for single or double occupancy. http://www.santamariahotelpanama.com/
During Easter week, guests at this landmark St. Croix resort will have the opportunity to enjoy seasonal themed dinner nights at the Mermaid restaurant. These include Crucian pig roast and three nights of beach BBQs, featuring a buffet of island-inspired cuisine enhanced with live music. The Buccaneer will also welcome a visit from the Easter Bunny on Easter Sunday, who will join the Junior Buccaneers for an Easter egg hunt at the historic Sugar Mill. On March 30, guests can also enjoy Jazz in the Park at the Ft. Christiansvaern bandstand. www.thebuccaneer.com
Ocean Club Resorts
The sister properties Ocean Club and Ocean Club West are set in the heart of Grace Bay, which has been called one of the most scenic beaches. The resorts are now offering guests a chance to stay for Easter weekend and not only enjoy the sands, but also discover a different side of the island of Providenciales, with the “Explore The Mangroves” travel offer. This specially priced package for two includes four nights, five days accommodation in one of the resorts’ private suites, daily breakfast with a view at Ocean Club Resort’s Cabana Bar, and a guided tour through the island’s mangroves by stand up paddle board or kayak with Waterplay Provo. Packages start at $1,413 per night for two guests. www.oceanclubresorts.com
Bermuda is just a quick flight away from the East Coast, making the Fairmont Southampton an ideal destination for an Easter weekend getaway. The property sits on 100 acres of landscaped grounds on Bermuda’s south shore, overlooking miles of pink sand beach. Guests staying over the Easter holidays can enjoy a special Easter Sunday brunch, and participate in the Easter activities program, which offers a range of options that includes everything from kite festivals, Easter egg hunts and bonnet making sessions to yoga and cooking demonstrations. www.fairmont.com/Southampton?
St. James Club
Antigua’s premier all-inclusive beach resort makes Easter vacations memorable with a Funday package that includes church services, an Easter treasure, and a kite flying festival, special menus and more. Through April 6, the resort is offering special savings of up to 55 percent off on room rates, which includes all meals at four on-site restaurants, and a range of water sports such as snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. www.stjamesclubantigua.com
The Buenaventura Golf & Beach Resort
Spend Easter weekend on the shores of Buenaventura, Panama, among lush, tropical gardens and a lagoon with views of the Pacific Ocean. Buenaventura invites families to enjoy a weekend full of entertainment, activities, food and egg hunts. Kicking off the weekend is a Thursday night Flamenco. On Good Friday, families can visit Criollo Restaurant for a meatless lunch of seafood buffet. On Saturday, a special Easter brunch is offered at the Corotu, with an egg hunt under the 100-year-old Corutu tree. At the end of the night, families can gather for s’mores at a beach bonfire under the stars taking place at El Faro Beach Club. Easter Sunday brings the Easter Bunny for children of all ages to enjoy and take photos while he brings special gifts to end the fun-filled weekend. www.thebuenaventurahotel.com