Our regular travel expert, Sue, from luxury travel agent Exsus (recently voted a Top  Specialist Tour Operator by Conde Nast Traveller), shares her favourite destinations for fabulous family escapes during the school holidays. This time, she suggests the perfect Easter break:

Where to stay: For families who want to escape the 21st century, we love the gentle charm of Unguja beach lodge in Zanzibar, which is peaceful, secluded, and glorious for swimming.

The beaches: You’ll have the beach virtually to yourself here: flopping beneath the thatched umbrellas, with soft sand beneath your feet, and the occasional dhow (the traditional boats in the Indian Ocean) drifting through the turquoise water.

What to do or see: Aside from flopping on the beach, the offshore marine park is fantastic for snorkelling, and we also recommend a trip to Stone Town with its quirky alleyways and crumbling buildings, or a visit to the forests of Jozani and Zala.

Parents will love: Feeling a million miles from the rat-race as they sip on scrumptious fruit cocktails.

Kids will love: Dolphin spotting in nearby Kizimkazi.

Don’t forget to pack: Walking shoes for the beautiful forest walks.

To organise your escape to Zanzibar, or any other holiday contact Sue, or any of the fabulous Exsus team.


Sue has over 15 years of experience, specialising in Latin America and the Indian Ocean. A Scot with a Latin soul, Sue grew up in Brazil and Chile and has racked up a chronicle of Central and South American adventures from riding across the Andes (at the age of 11) to watching the sunrise from the top of a Mayan temple in Tikal.

And her wanderlust hasn’t stopped there: Sue has also travelled extensively though the Indian Ocean and the Middle East and is the fount of all knowledge for clients seeking R&R in Mauritius, the Maldives, the Seychelles, Dubai and Oman. Meanwhile her son Dylan has been well and truly bitten by the travel bug; having clocked up eighteen countries by the time he was ten, he is our resident guinea-pig for child friendly travel.

If like Sue you want to swim with pink dolphins in the Amazon, fly across the Costa Rican rainforest on the world’s longest zip-wire, or just blot out the rest of the world in an Indian Ocean paradise, Sue’s Latin spirit and years of know-how are just the ingredients you need in planning the trip of a lifetime.