If the less than wonderful weather in the UK the past few weeks has made you wish you could escape to sunnier climbs, then we have some great suggestions for you. It’s not too late to book a family holiday abroad, where you can guarantee you won’t need your waterproofs and wellies. Here are some of Mama’s favourite luxe, child-friendly resorts – and right now they all have availability for August and September. Go on, you know you want to!
Located above one of the finest family friendly beach hotels in the Mediterranean, Eagles Palace, Eagles Villas are a collection of 40 luxury sea view villas all with private heated pools, outdoor terrace and new kitchenette facilities.
Each villa is designed to a fantastically high spec and is inspired by traditional Greek design with a retro-inspired twist. Guests have exclusive access to the Explorers kids club, run by Scott Dunn – a company renowned for their fantastic childcare – and split between two, specially designed areas. Little ones from 4 months to 4 years old have a dedicated space in the main hotel, whilst children aged from 5 to 11 years are seconds from the beach. The water sports offered are superb. Three and 4 year-olds can enjoy swimming lessons with a qualified swim instructor in the lovely heated pool, while older kids can try out windsurfing, kayaking, waterskiing and paddle-boarding.
HOW: Scott Dunn offers seven nights at Eagles Villas, Greece from £2,300 per person. This is based on a family of four sharing a One Bedroom Ocean Pool Villa on a half board basis and includes return flights and private airport transfers. For more information visit scottdunn.com or call 020 8682 5040.
As one of Europe’s most iconic family-run hotels, children are at the core of Anassa’s philosophy and this is reflected throughout every area of the hotel with it’s super-relaxed atmosphere.
The Anassa offer award-winning kids clubs, with one for every age group, from 4 months to 11 years. They also have an extensive array of activities designed to be inclusive of all the family. From the age of 8 years old, guests can take part in scuba diving lessons with their families, with children as young as 10 able to achieve all levels of PADI certification. Guests of all ages can take part in water-skiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, parasailing, jet-skiing and thrilling banana boat rides.
There are also a number of exciting sailing excursions available along the stunning Akamas coastline, with official Royal Yachting Association sailing courses available, designed for both adults and children. Stand-up paddleboards, canoes and pedalos are also offered, and dedicated instructors are on hand to provide expert direction to guests of all ages.
And let’s not forget the award-winning Thalassa spa for the entire family, offering specialist children’s treatments such as the Twinkle Toe Pedicure.
Located directly on the shore of the beautiful Asprokremnos Beach, Anassa’s family friendly atmosphere, coupled with its long, golden beaches surrounded by crystal waters, creates the perfect luxury Mediterranean get-a-way for all the family.
HOW: Scott Dunn offers seven nights at Anassa, Cyprus from £2,200 per person. This is based on a family of four sharing on a half board basis and includes return flights and private airport transfers. For more information visit scottdunn.com or call 020 8682 5040.
Nestled in the hills of the Datça Peninsula, D Maris Bay is an oasis in southern Turkey. The hotel’s location marks where the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas converge and is surrounded by a landscape that encompasses volcanic mountain ranges, verdant pine forests and other small islands that the whole family can explore. D-Maris Bay is home to the exclusive Goran Ivanisevic Tennis School, where all coaches have been personally trained by the Wimbledon Champion himself, and offer individual or group lessons for all ages and abilities. The school runs throughout the summer season (May- September), and if they are lucky, guests may even score a rally or two with Goran who visits with his own family each year.
After an energetic day on the courts, youngsters can wind down with refreshing drinks at the Tennis Bar, whilst adults can recover with restorative treatments in the hotel’s spa. The hotel’s Kids Club offers a special programme of workshops, games and a plethora of activities; children can go yachting on the Aegean Sea, or try their hand at various water sports by paying a visit to the in-house Sail & Surf Centre, Water Ski & Wake Board Centre and Diving Centre.
Special family suites and interconnecting rooms, cater to families of all shapes and sizes and the hotel has six restaurants, seven bars, five stunning natural beaches to choose from. What’s not to love?
HOW: A seven night stay at D Maris Bay for a family of four starts from €6,160 (approx. £5,499) on a bed and breakfast basis and excluding taxes. dmarisbay.com
Daios Cove is a 5* haven with a spectacular setting on a private sandy bay in Crete. A firm family favourite, the resort has a huge selection of accommodation comprising luxury contemporary villas and suites with heated pools. It’s incredibly child-friendly – there is even a buggy service and funicular meaning the resort is very easy to navigate. Daios Cove is home to the exclusive Scott Dunn Explorers Club, making it the perfect family destination. Providing childcare for children 4 months to 11 years, the Club is staffed by UK qualified nannies and rangers who organise activities from archery and trips to a local olive farm for the older children, to treasure hunts and games on the beach for younger guests. All the while, mum and dad can enjoy a quite lunch, trip to the spa or a boat trip on the crystal blue waters.
HOW: Scott Dunn offers seven nights at Daios Cove, Crete from £2,100 per person. This is based on a family of four sharing a One Bedroom Suite on a half board basis and includes return flights and private airport transfers. For more information visit scottdunn.com or call 020 8682 5040.
Almyra offers a laidback and elegant take on Mediterranean luxury that’s perfect for young couples and families alike. Renovations completed earlier in the year have added a new Asian fusion restaurant Aeras to the five existing restaurants. The gardens have also been updated with the addition of a stunning new 33m x 7m infinity pool surrounded by four new terraces for sunbathing.
Almyra is the ideal place for families to relax by the sea with creative Children’s Menus, indoor and outdoor swimming pools and a variety of interconnecting suites perfect for parents looking to keep a watchful eye out. Rock climbing, mountain biking, pony treks, fishing trips, diving lessons, tennis coaching and sailing excursions are all on offer for mini adventurers, whilst the hotel’s age specific Kid’s Clubs ensure all guests are properly taken care of.
New mums can enjoy the ‘Baby-Go Lightly’ service which provides all manner of baby gear to guests, ordering before arrival. Available items include: car seat for airport transfers, potties, training seats, high chairs, carriers, buggies, bottles and teats, sterilisers, bottle warmers, baby gyms, baby walkers, baby bathtubs, dry/swimming nappies, nappy bins, toiletries (including baby lotion, powder and wet wipes), swimming aids, crayons, colouring books and a range of story books and DVDs in various languages. Guests can also request anything not already on this list and Almyra will endeavour to source it. Plus they can arrange all manner of days trips for families looking to explore the nearby city of Pafos. From the town’s tiger, parrot and toucan filled zoo, to Segway tours by the sea, guests can plan quad-biking trips along the Akamas Peninsula.
HOW: Scott Dunn offers seven nights at Almyra, Cyprus from £1,900 per person. This is based on a family of four sharing on a half board basis and includes return flights and private airport transfers. For more information visit scottdunn.com or call 020 8682 5040.
This resort brings to life its ethos of connecting modern travellers of all ages with authentic destinations, and ensures the brand’s signature Thai hospitality is paired with indigenous style and flavour. Anantara has partnered with Worldwide Kids, the luxury resort childcare specialist, in a brand-new purpose-built children’s facility; the only in the Algarve to welcome children aged 4 months to 18 years. Leave the smallest ones, from 4 months to 3 years old, at the Adventurers Crèche.
The highly qualified staff support in developing creative, physical and cognitive abilities with activities such as Baby Aerobics, Bug Hunts and Jelly Play. The Adventurers Club,for children aged 4 to 11 years is fully equipped for youngsters to create unique, unforgettable memories through a range of activities including arts and crafts, sports and creative play. Located alongside the Arnold Palmer-designed Oceânico Golf Course, Children aged 6 -18 are driven by Tuk Tuk to the Laguna Golf Course, where they are kitted out with golfing gear and taken to the driving range with a seasoned golf pro to test out their golf swing. Kids will come away with a new passion for the sport, as well as a medal and certificate. The Hub for teens aged 12 and over offers a range of comprehensive, supervised activities to engage such as golf clinics, a dance academy and a tennis academy.
You can thus relax and enjoy every moment of their holiday knowing that their children are in the best possible hands.
How: Find more information on price and packages at anantaravilamoura.worldwidekidscompany.com