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Everywhere we look these days, it seems the grass is getting greener, crocuses are starting to pop up from the earth, pastel colours can be seen more and more in people’s homes and in what they’re wearing. All this can mean only one thing: Spring is in the air—finally. And so now, as we ease out of winter, we thought we’d bring you a newsletter filled with the rites of spring.

More than anything, we’re excited for Easter celebrations: the food, the festivities, the pageantry, the chocolate. At our resorts around the world, we will be celebrating all of that, with special Easter events for children and adults alike, as well as chocolate-centric rituals at selected One&Only Spas. When it comes to fashion, meanwhile, spring gives our wardrobes a new lease on life, something no one knows better than the divine Australian kaftan-designer Camilla Franks, whose flowing frocks feel oh-so right this season. Finally, it wouldn’t be Easter without some sweet stuff. Our recommendation for some springtime indulgence? A recipe for chewy, chocolate-y brownies from the kitchens of One&Only Cape Town.
 


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Hop to It!

Discover the fun, fancy and fantastic Easter celebrations we have in store for you and your entire family at One&Only resorts around the world.

In celebration of Easter, One&Only is helping you indulge and celebrate in style with a whole basket full of delicious treats and experiences sure to spoil and entertain the whole family. One&Only’s distinctive style and elegance, combined with a unique spirit of the season and tailor-made adventures, let you and your crew create the kinds of unforgettable moments that holidays are made of.

One&Only Le Saint Géran, Mauritius
Over the holiday weekend, our Indian Ocean retreat will host Easter celebrations from the traditional to the adventurous, beginning on 29 March with a delicious seafood and fish market dinner at our seafront restaurant La Terrasse, and continuing with a sophisticated wine dinner at our PRIME steakhouse the next night. Easter Sunday itself will see a festive Jazz brunch featuring a decadent desert buffet and extravagant display of Easter eggs, both of which are guaranteed to make the young and the young at heart swoon. Speaking of the little ones, we’ll have an Easter Bunny on hand, who’ll guide tykes on an egg hunt around the lush tropical gardens. And if your family is looking to immerse themselves a little further into local culture, we’ll also host a visit to our local Hindu temple on Easter Monday.

One&Only Royal Mirage, Dubai
The Easter Sunday Family Fun Fair at One&Only Royal Mirage will celebrate the holiday with a rambling Easter egg hunt around the landscaped property, followed by a festive family lunch and camel and pony rides for the little ones. The resort’s eight different restaurants will each offer unique spins on traditional Easter favourites throughout the weekend, and our expert Recreation Team stands at the ready to arrange family-friendly activities from tennis and football clinics to egg painting sessions and bunny races.

One&Only The Palm, Dubai
Kids staying at One&Only The Palm over Easter will be able to enjoy a range of on-property Easter celebrations, from egg colouring to egg hunting to bunny face-painting, but they’ll also get the chance to join children staying at our sister Dubai property, One&Only Royal Mirage, for the games, lunch and Family Fun Fair happening at that resort’s Al Koufa Fort on Easter Sunday itself. Meanwhile, back at One&Only The Palm there will be special Champagne lunches and dinners at our three gourmet restaurants, ZEST, 101 and STAY by Michelin-starred French chef Yannick Alléno.

One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives
Our private-island Maldivian resort is giving you the opportunity to celebrate in your own personal style over the Easter weekend, from an eastern-looking alfresco evening of authentic Persian delights we’re calling Arabian Night at Fanditha, to a complimentary Easter cocktail party, to a kids’ and teens’ fashion show. During our a Mad Hatter’s Easter Gala Dinner on the beach, the adults in your group can enjoy live music, dancing under the stars and gourmet cuisine, plus chilled Champagne and chocolate delicacies, all whilst the little ones occupy themselves hunting for eggs. And the more active among you may find the Reethi Rah Island Triathlon, at our Beach Club, to your liking; the event includes a three-legged race, 500-metre swim, one-kilometre kayak paddle and a final four-kilometre race to the finish line. It just might make the perfect One&Only way to work off some of that Easter excess.

One&Only Cape Town, South Africa
Young and old alike will discover the magic and mystery of the holiday with a special Easter Sunday Lindt chocolate egg hunt, egg painting and sand art for the children staying with us, as well as an Easter Bunny Afternoon Tea. More chocolate will be on hand at Sunday’s Easter Buffet at our gourmet restaurant Reuben’s, while the Vista Bar & Lounge will see the Lindt chocolate flowing freely at a fondue fountain. Be sure to check out the giant bunny on display at Vista, too; it’s not for tasting, but we expect you will have had quite your fill of chocolate by that point anyway.

One&Only Palmilla, Los Cabos, Mexico
At our retreat in Los Cabos, the holiday fun begins on the Thursday before Easter, with a special kids’ Easter egg art project upon arrival and then, for the parents, welcome cocktails on the Chapel Terrace. Friday morning will see a family-friendly, One&Only-style triathlon, featuring golf on our Jack Nicklaus-designed course, tennis on our three hard courts and watersports at Pelican Beach, while the evening will bring an outdoor movie screening and snacks by the sea. The weekend itself starts with special lamb dinners at our Market and Agua restaurants on Saturday, continuing into a big Easter Sunday of eggs hunts, led by the Bunny himself, and mass held at the resort Chapel.

One&Only Ocean Club, The Bahamas
The “Bunny Tuck-Ins” at our resort on Paradise Island always prove a holiday highlight. Book now to have the Easter Bunny make a special pre-holiday bedtime appearance in your suite or villa—basket full of goodies in hand, or paw, as it were. And on Sunday, our Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant, Dune, will host a special holiday Easter breakfast overlooking the crashing waves of the azure Bahamian waters.





Calorie-free Indulgence
Soothe your soul, your skin and your senses with the calming qualities of cocoa. 

We all know chocolate’s good for eating. Strike that: Chocolate’s great for eating. But, as it turns out, it’s also great as an ingredient in sophisticated spa treatments. These special (and oh-so delectable) treatments at our resorts in South Africa and Mexico take advantage of chocolate’s surprisingly beneficial wellness properties, and, best of all, they don’t cost you a single calorie. If only we could say the same about all those Easter treats.

One&Only Cape Town, South Africa
Named by the World Spa and Wellness Awards as Africa’s Best Spa of the Year for 2012 and 2013, the wellness oasis at One&Only Cape Town wins rave reviews as the perfect place to escape from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. Now, with the Easter season in our sites, the spa is offering a special, limited-time-only cocoa-based foot-and-hand treatment designed by master podiatrist Bastien Gonzalez. During this manicure-and-pedicure session, exquisitely fragranced cocoa combines with vitamin E-enriched paraffin wax to improve the skin's elasticity, leaving your hands and feet looking and feeling utterly, well, delicious.

One&Only Palmilla, Mexico
Recognising that the holidays are all about family time, the One&Only Spa at our Los Cabos retreat has created a unique Easter Family Wellness Program to engage parents and kids of all ages, all at the same time. Designed to foster strong family bonds while improving your brood’s health and relaxation, the program lets you combine a host of happenings—including golf, tennis, yoga, aquatic therapy, nutritional coaching and spa treatments—into a perfect and perfectly custom-made day, or entire weekend, of wellness and fitness experiences. Of course, if you find you need some alone time, we’ve got that taken care of too, with our exclusive Palmilla Chocolate Synergy treatment: a two-hour spa experience employing Shiatsu and sports-massage techniques, as well as lymphatic drainage, herbal compresses and chocolate oil to gently release muscular tension. It concludes with a long leisure bathtub soak in your own private garden. You’ll feel like you’ve gone to chocolate heaven.




Spring Flow-ers

Fall in love with the flowing lines and pastoral spring palette of Australian designer Camilla Frank’s exquisite kaftans.

Nothing says springtime quite like the look of playful pastel colours and vibrant jewel tones, floral patterns and ethnic motifs, flowing fabrics and loose lines. Which is why we couldn’t let the season start without talking about Camilla Franks and her consistently covetable collection of kaftans. Permanent best sellers at the carefully curated NEO fashion boutiques at our resorts across the globe, Camilla’s pieces define drop-dead-gorgeous, barefoot-chic tropical style.

Having begun her career as an actress, Camilla started designing costumes for the productions in which she performed, and with that, her company was born. Now a permanent fixture at Sydney Fashion Week, as well as in the pages of style bibles like Vogue and Harpers Bazaar, Camilla has just expanded her line of sophisticated, multi-layered and soft-embellished kaftans to include more ready-to-wear, swimwear and men’s pieces as part of her new “Gypset” concept. The Camilla brand is expanding in Australia with more Camilla boutiques, and is available in leading fashion boutiques and luxury department stores worldwide.

One of the most desirable garments from Camilla’s collections right now is the Drawstring Dress, an exquisite piece with adjustable straps that can be manipulated to transform the design into an array of stunning silhouettes. You can tie it into a sexy strapless number or an elegant Grecian-style gown for dinner, or adjust it into a halter-neck, low-back look or fitted skirt to pair with your swimsuit poolside. The versatility and luxurious light-weight silk of the dress makes it an essential piece to add to your One&Only resort wear wardrobe.

Camilla’s made it her mission to make women look and feel sensational, and we think she couldn’t be succeeding more fully. We know you will, too—but you don’t have to take our word for it. CAMILLA is worn by great women the world over such as Beyoncé, Kate Hudson, Lily Allen, Oprah Winfrey, Nicki Minaj, Jennifer Lopez, Miranda Kerr (and son Flynn). Could they all be wrong?
 



 

One&Only Recipe of the Month
Treat yourself to a special springtime treat—the decadent Lindt Piccolli Brownies from the pastry kitchens of One&Only Cape Town.

Even with all the chocolate eggs and bunnies and creamy pastries and cakes you may eat over the Easter holiday, we know you'll definitely want to save room for these triple-chocolate brownies devised by the star chefs of One&Only Cape Town. Combining dark, milk and white chocolates, this easy-to-make recipe will leave your kids, your guests, your spouse—and even health-conscious you—clamouring for more.

Lindt Piccolli Brownie

Ingredients

• 250g Butter

• 250g Lindt "excellence Surfin" chocolate

• 285g Super-fine sugar

• 4 Eggs

• 10g Vanilla extract

• 340g Cake flour

• 40g Cocoa powder

• 380g Lindt white chocolate, chopped

• 200g Lindt milk chocolate, chopped


METHOD
1. Set oven to convection and preheat to 160 degrees C.

2. Melt butter and dark chocolate in the top half of a double boiler, with water simmering in the lower portion.

3. In a separate bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar and vanilla until foamy.

4. Add the melted butter and chocolate to the egg mixture.

5. Fold in the chopped white chocolate and the flour.

6. Coat pan with a non-stick baking spray, such as "Spray and Cook," and spread the batter evenly in the pan.

7. Top with the chopped milk chocolate pieces.

8. Bake for 20 minutes at 160 degrees C.

9. Remove from oven. Let cool in pan for approximately 20 minutes. Cut into rectangles, and then turn over onto cooling rack/tray.



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