One fact acknowledged by everyone is that the finding the perfect family holiday poses a number of challenges. For example, do you go with the independence and privacy of a villa, or the first class amenities of a hotel resort?
The good news is that there are resorts that perfectly mix the best of hotel life with the perks of having your own villa (or sizeable accommodation) with family-friendly facilities. Here are 10 that welcome children and/or provide supervised children’s programmes:
Set on Le Morne Peninsula, The Paradis in Mauritius is renowned for its extensive range of luxurious and spacious accommodation. Family suites and private villas are dotted along an endless strip of golden beach. The Paradis' mini-club welcomes children aged 3-12 in a convivial area at the heart of the hotel.
Periyali Villas Zakynthos, Greece, is a pretty collection of 11 villas in an incredibly picturesque setting overlooking a beautiful coastline with a small pool and kids club plus local tavernas (reasonably priced) and beaches nearby. All villas have recently been refurbished with fenced plunge pools and small gardens. The crèche is available for babies from 6 months, with shaded outside areas full of a great selection of outside toys.
The Monte da Quinta Golf Club and Beach Resort, Quinta do Lago, Portugal has been carefully designed to the highest standard. It offers the sought-after-yet-rare combination of top quality self-catering accommodation with hotel style service and facilities, including a kids club (6 months-12 years) and a wide variety of relaxation and sporting activities.
Few hotels are able to name drop quite as impressively as Round Hill in Jamaica. Clarke Gable, Noel Coward and John F Kennedy are just a handful of the celebrities that have stayed here. Round Hill does not rely on past glories, as demonstrated by the introduction of a double infinity pool, some beautiful private villas and the Pineapples Kids Clubhouse (ages 3-12).
The Evason Phuket, Thailand offers large accommodation with kitchen facilities. Set amongst 64 acres of beautifully landscaped tropical parklands and garden and views across the Andaman Sean, it offers the perfect family retreat. With its professionally managed kids’ club (ages 4 -12) you can relax in the knowledge that you children will be entertained with mind challenging activities, adventure games and making experiences fun.
Cotton Bay Village, St Lucia, with its various villas and half mile stretch of beach, is certainly not a hotel room. It’s the perfect home away from home with a luxurious kitchen, living and private outdoor spaces, and designer bedrooms. Parents can relax with the help of The Hummingbird Kid’s Club, the crèche, or the purpose-designed space and facilities for teenagers.
Porto Zante Villas & Spa, Zakynthos, Greece, is a boutique villa-hotel located on the dazzling shores of the Ionian island of Zakynthos, famed for its enchanting village & spa. All the comforts of home are complemented by round-the-clock five-star services to ensure absolute escapism. Children are welcomed with activities and tailor-made menus, while babysitting services ensure parents can really relax.
The Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus offers a collection of luxury villas and apartments built on and around an 18-hole championship grade golf course. Aphrodite Hills Resort offers many facilities including the Resort Kid’s Club for babies and toddlers as well as kicken’ places and funky spaces designed with teenagers in mind (allowing parents some 'down time').
Situated amidst the stunning pine forests of Belek in Turkey, Gloria Serenity Resort offers an array of facilities and several golf courses nearby. At Gogi Kids Club, they offer entertainment shows for kids as well as various programs to develop their talents. VIB is a special club for babies.
The Pine Cliffs Resort, Algarve, Portugal, boasts a spectacular oceanfront setting and excellent children facilities, including the Porto Pirata kids club for children (ages 6 months-8 years). The luxury apartment’s townhouses and villas are the perfect accommodation for family groups. Click here to view the 'kids go free' offer.
If you would like more information on the locations suggested or would like further inspiration please get in touch with Bespoke Vacations. We will do our utmost to ensure that you have a great holiday experience that also offers great value for money.