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Head for a hotel this Easter

Posted in HOTELS + VILLAS By Maggie O' Sullivan

Black and white Easter egg, Claridge'sWe love our chocolate at Travelwrap Towers, but we’d rather not chase about outdoors for it, especially at this time of year. Here’s where we’ll be satisfying our sweet tooth this Easter. 

Claridge’s, London W1 

We would relax our ‘no egg hunt’ rule if we thought we were going to be rewarded with one these limited edition beauties, though luckily they’re available in Claridge’s gift shop. Created by head pastry chef Kimberly Lin, the £50 black-and-white eggs are inspired by the hotel’s Art-Deco checkerboard lobby. They’re made from the finest Valrhona dark, milk and white chocolate and filled with a selection of home-made chocolate quail eggs. Tied with a black satin bow, they come in an elegant eau-de-nil box.

Foxhills Club & Resort, Surrey

Families staying at this child-friendly hotel and country club over Easter can treat the kids to a one-hour chocolate decorating class hosted by Kathryn Hester. Hester is an experienced child educator and promises to create a fun, interactive session for the children, after which they will be able to pack up their masterpieces – if they haven’t all been eaten – to take home. The package costs £275 per room, per night, and includes breakfast, chocolate decorating class, and access to the Country Club. Easter Tea, Corinthia Hotel, LondonCorinthia Hotel London, SW1

The Lobby Lounge will be serving a special Easter tea from 21-28 March. Our tip is to go on either the 26th and 27th when teas will include one handmade golden Easter egg per person – some of these eggs will contain a gift, ranging from a manicure by ESPA Life at Corinthia to a night’s stay at the hotel. Nothing but chocolate in your golden egg? Console yourself with a Fuzzy Bunny Fizz, a concoction of Bombay Sapphire gin, lemon juice and elderflower cordial topped with Champagne from the hotel’s Bassoon Bar.Easter Afternoon Tea, Lancaster LondonLancaster London, W2 

No golden eggs at the Lancaster hotel but there is traditional Simnel cake and hot cross buns – well, hot cross scones. The Easter teas, which also include lamb scotch eggs, chocolate nests with chocolate eggs, cost £30 and are available from 24-29 March.Chocolate coffee cup, Dorsett Shepherds Bush hotelDorsett Shepherds Bush, London W12

This West London hotel is offering special Easter room rates from £119 per night (normal rates are from around £180 per night) between March 18 and April 10. The package includes breakfast, an Easter egg and a VIP Shopping Pass to Westfield London. There’s no Easter-themed afternoon tea as such, but there doesn’t need to be: not when the £24-a-head tea features this chocolate coffee cup filled with strawberry and vanilla mousse and strawberry coulis. For an extra £6.50 you can add a glass of Prosecco.Chocolate teapot, prezziebox.comPS It has nothing to do with hotels but I couldn’t resist posting this image from our friends at prezzybox.com. Turns out, chocolate teapots are not useless after all: this one promises it can be filled with hot water and cocoa powder to make a thick fondue. Perfect for Easter – and I suppose if it all goes wrong, you can simply eat the teapot. £24.95.


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