Refresh your senses and renew your soul at destinations that come alive over the festive period
Singapore – 25 March, 2014 – Each April in the lead up to and around the Easter break, people increasingly seek spiritual celebration, reflection and renewal. With the upcoming Good Friday long weekend from 18 – 20 April, ZUJI has uncovered the top five destinations that flourish over this festive period.
1. Lourdes, France
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Home to subterranean caves and grottos, Lourdes provides a serene escape for travellers wanting to recuperate over Easter. Each April, people flock to Grotte de Massabielle to feel spiritually connected, as it is said to be where the Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous, a 14-year-old girl, in 1858. Following a visit to the Grotte, travellers can make their way to the nearbySanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes which boasts visually stunning churches and procession areas made in honour of the Virgin Mary.
2. Bali, Indonesia
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Whether you are inspired by the film Eat, Pray, Love, or if you simply want to be a free spirit and fly away to an idyllic island, Bali is an impressive destination to rejuvenate your senses. Enjoy the lush green hills during the Campuhan Ridge Walk and take a moment to soak in the panoramic views over rice paddies. For temple seekers, one of the more peaceful is Pura Taman Saraswatiin Ubud which houses intricate carvings that honour Dewi Saraswati, the goddess of wisdom and the arts. Visitors who remain at the temple until the evening are entertained with unique cultural dance performances, so it’s worth sticking around!
3. Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Early bird Easter travellers who like to relish in the morning’s peace can be treated to a gorgeous sunrise at Cambodia’s impressive Angkor Wattemple. Climb to the high building peaks or treat yourself to a helicopter ride over the expanse to witness the orange hues drench the vast wonder that was built in the 1100s for King Suryavarman II. After a morning of temple sights, slow down the pace by taking a boat along the Tonle Sap Great Lake which travels through the Kompong Phluk floating village. Floating through the local waterside communities is a humbling, reflective and special cultural experience.
4. Rome, Italy
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Travellers seeking an Easter experience to remember can find it at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy. Be one of the thousands of travellers and locals who flock to the site each year to catch a glimpse of the Pope as he leads the annual mass at St Peter’s Square. To make the most of the experience, stroll around the Vatican grounds or take a tour that guides you through Michelangelo’s famed Creation of Adam, the Raphael Rooms, and the Sistine Chapel, where the holy Papal conclave (process of selecting a new Pope) takes place.
5. Manila, Philippines
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Not typically known for its serenity and peaceful atmosphere, Manila is a bustling city and a melting pot of cultures that thrives over the Easter period and offers travellers a different type of escape. The Philippines has a strong Catholic heritage which originated from three centuries of Spanish colonisation. Still standing today are many ancient spiritual sites that are worth a visit. San AgustinRoman Catholic Church is a sight to behold that boasts historic Baroque architecture. Built by the Spanish in the sixteenth century, the building is now a National Historical Landmark and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Travellers keen to organise calm and reflective getaways over the Easter long weekend period can leverage the ZUJI festive promotion which is taking place from now until 30 March. Destinations on sale include Bali, Bangkok, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong and Phuket. Travel must take place by 30 April to enjoy the lowest lead-in fares. ZUJI is also offering an additional 10% hotel discount coupon code which can be used towards any accommodation booked in the sale destinations via ZUJI. Keep a lookout for more holiday deals around the upcoming May 1 Labour Day holiday by visiting www.zuji.com.sg/hot-deals/long-weekend-alert.
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