From Paris to Prague, this stylish collection of family-friendly apartments makes a city break in Europe with the kids more fun, more flexible and more affordable. Not only have i-escape visited and reviewed each characterful property, but they’ve put together a great online search facility for planning a city break just how you like it.
Cornwall is special. It grabs you in a big sandy hug and won’t let go. If you went there on holiday as a child, you’ll want to take your own children there. A genuinely family-friendly hotel, Sands Resort rolls out the red carpet for its younger guests with everything from adventure play areas and Ofsted-registered children’s clubs to flexible mealtimes and visits from Newquay Zoo.
PGL has been part of our family life since both our older kids went with their school. These adventure holidays and summer camps are all smiles from start to finish. Kids try out new activities, while parents get peace of mind knowing that everything is taken care of by professionals. Safety is first and foremost, with fun a close second.
Great news for Greek island lovers – the sleek and shiny Daios Cove resort on Crete now has an outstanding Explorers children’s club, putting it among the most desirable luxury family boltholes in the Med. We’re weak at the knees just contemplating that infinity pool, while kids won’t waste time getting stuck into the organised activities.
It’s never too soon to start travelling with your kids as this inspired collection of young family holidays shows. We started early with ours, hopping between fun and educational locations around the world – dog-sledding in Finnish Lapland, sailing catamarans in Catalonia and experiencing culture and adventure in Turkey. Don’t wait until they’re older!
The South of France is wonderfully diverse, from the long sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast and mountains of the Pyrenées to the stylish resorts of the Côte d’Azur. Rent a villa with private pool and you’ll have the perfect base for any family holiday. We reckon Vintage Travel has the pick of the properties.
With an irresistible blend of dazzling monuments, edge-of-seat wildlife encounters and palm-fringed beaches, Sri Lanka makes a fantastic family destination. Travel in style and comfort with your own private guide and chauffeur on a tailormade itinerary which can take in a multitude of sights and sounds from elephant back safaris to colourful temples.
Fabled as the birthplace of Aphrodite, goddess of beauty and love, Cyprus has holidaymakers smitten by its beaches, climate and scenery. Where better place to unwind in luxury than the island’s Hotel Almyra? As well as a wonderful range of children’s activities, it offers a good choice of family accommodation with bustling Paphos on your doorstep.
A match for anywhere in the Greek islands, northeast Corfu still has the wild forests and unspoilt azure coast that inspired Gerald Durrell to pen My Family and other Animals. It’s a magical corner of the Ionian, best appreciated from a villa tucked into a hillside or snug against a beach. CV Villas has the pick of the bunch.
Rich, varied, plenty to get stuck into and always immensely satisfying, we think Andalucia is the paella of Spanish family holiday destinations – whether you want to get active on the beach or delve into the Alhambra. And with this enticing range of luxury hotels, resorts and haciendas from Kirker Holidays you can feel confident you’re experiencing the best of sunny southern Spain.
Designer villas, rustic farmhouses, historic townhouses… if you’re after a holiday home in Spain with real ‘wow factor’ look no further than this stunning collection of luxury villas in and around Sitges on the sunny Spanish coast of Cataluña. Each one’s an architectural masterpiece, with a swimming pool to die for and a great location close to beautiful beaches and buzzing Barcelona.
I know what it’s like leaving the pooch behind when we go on holiday. Those mournful eyes and looks of recrimination – and that’s just the kids. Rural Retreats puts the woof and bounce back into UK holidays with its tail-wagging round-up of dog-friendly cottages. They could well become our second best friends…
We had a beautiful late summer visit to the Algarve recently – gloriously warm days on safe beaches followed by beautiful fish in local restaurants in the evening. The rugged coastline is perfect for walking and you’ll chance upon some great “smugglers’ cove” beaches on the way. There are also boat trips galore, old towns and castles, tennis and waterparks.
School leavers have long enjoyed the challenges and rewards of volunteering holidays. Now Hands up Holidays have devised a brilliant way of involving families. Their trips combine an educational volunteer experience with a fabulous adventure exploring a fascinating destination and staying in luxury accommodation – the ideal way to make your travels more fulfilling.
Mark Warner is renowned for its comprehensive children’s facilities and this laid back beach resort in Corsica is no exception, offering non-stop sports action for kids – big and small. Grown-ups get free sailing, paddle boarding and windsurfing tuition, while children aged 3 to 17 can try their hand at a variety of watersports, tennis and other activities.
It might not have the classical clout of Rome or Florence, but Puglia offers rich pickings for culture vultures – from the Baroque splendour of Lecce to Alberobello’s fairytale streets lined with conical-roofed trulli houses. Natural highlights include unspoiled beaches, rolling hills and olive groves – best appreciated from the comfort of one of these stylish family-friendly resorts.
Fancy some serious pampering? You don’t even have to unpack your suitcases at The Residence where a butler attends to your every need. A 1920s style oasis of elegance and luxury on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, this stunning hotel offers gourmet cuisine, colonial suites, a Zen-inspired spa and indulgent kids’ club.
What an inspired collection of family friendly cottages! The moment you snuggle up with Sheepskin’s small-but-perfectly-formed portfolio of properties you’ll just want to pack up and go. There are cottages in Snowdonia and Pembrokeshire, pet-friendly boltholes in the Brecon Beacons, luxury retreats in Shropshire and seaside escapes in Cornwall to name a few.
For kids the world is one great big classroom, but the best way to learn something new is on a small group trip with an expert guide. Gaze at the stars with an astrologer, learn about the animal kingdom in the wild or uncover the secrets of ancient civilisations. They’ll come home brimming with new skills as well as great memories.
Are your teens starting to get a tiny bit bored with family holidays? Then now’s the time to inject some adrenalin on an exciting group tour exclusively for families with teenagers. Think white water rafting, hiking, safari adventures and mountain biking in some of the world’s most dramatic settings.
Once the last of the snow has melted and summer comes around, the Alps spring back to life, with hillsides carpeted with flowers and sunshine glistening off lakes. Stay in a cosy Alpine village and choose from a menu of thrilling activities, from mountain biking and rock climbing to glacier skiing and white-water rafting.
The Ritz-Carlton, Abama has a faithful family following, and it’s not hard to see why. Luxury accommodation, spa, Michelin-starred restaurant and 18-hole golf course aside, it takes childcare and kids’ facilities to new heights with everything from family pools and sports academies to kids’ clubs, free children’s dinners and cinema nights on the beach.
The journey from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh is a classic adventure, and there’s no reason why the kids can’t come too. In fact, Vietnam makes a brilliant family destination, mixing activities like boat trips in Halong Bay and visits to turtle breeding centres with time out on some of South East Asia’s finest beaches.
We have always loved big house parties with family and friends. There is the flexibility to run things on your own schedule rather than by hotel mealtimes and, usually lots more space to spread out. We have stayed in some incredible properties around the world too – castle, barns, forts and party houses that offer something special compared to home.