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The Westin Resort Costa Navarino on the Ionian coastline of Peloponnese, Greece offers a catalogue of activities as well as stunning golden sand beaches and views of the landscape of the Mediterranean. With exclusive offers just for Tots Too clients, including free room upgrades, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino is the perfect destination for your family summer holiday.

Our good friends at The Westin Resort Costa Navarino have excellent offers for Summer 2016. When you book before 29th February 2016 we can guarantee a free room upgrade to the next room type category as well as up to a 25% early booking discount.

A range of kids clubs are on offer for babies as young as 4 months old all the way up to 12 year old children. Little ones can take part in range of activities from theatre shows to cookery classes and messy play to a range of sports. Bigger kids can enjoy the Aqua Park with water slides, indoor sports courts, a cinema, bowling alley and even an American diner. All Kids club staff are English speaking and a babysitting service is available.

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From first timers to those returning to skiing after a break, we could all do with a reminder of what to expect from our family ski trip and what we will need to take with us.

We have put together this guide to help you prepare for your trip to the mountains, and to help you enjoy your ski holiday to the max!

On the slopes

When you are on the slopes it is just as likely to be really sunny as it is to be snowing, so you need to be prepared for both. As you are high up in the mountains the sun is strong so sun-cream is an essential as well as lip salve and sun glasses. Even if it is not bright sunshine you still need protection. It’s also worth setting off with a small bottle of water in your rucksack so you can keep hydrated throughout the day.

When it is snowing you will also need a good pair of goggles, and a warm scarf and hat (although you will most likely be wearing a helmet so may not be applicable). Also, don’t forget a pack of tissues as the cold often makes your nose run!

You should also layer up if it looks likely to be cold. Leggings or tights work well under ski pants, it is not always necessary to go shopping for expensive base layer thermals (especially if this is your first ski trip). Natural materials like wool jumpers and long sleeve t-shirts combined with a vest should work fine layered up unless you are going to much colder climates (Nordics, Canada or US) or are skiing early season.

If you are buying new ski wear, consider trousers rather than salopettes as they are quite a pain for the females when you stop off to go the toilet! When you are trying them on remember you may have a layer or two on underneath when skiing so allow for a bit of extra room.

You will need a decent quality ski jacket that is waterproof and warm and made for skiing not just an outdoor waterproof.

You will need some warm socks for inside your ski boots. Some skiers will only wear ski socks, some prefer to layer up with two thinner pairs. Ski boot technology has progressed significantly so modern boots should be well insulated, lessening the need to wear chunky old school socks.

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Equipment

If you have skied a few times you may want to consider investing in your own ski boots. It makes a big difference if you are wearing boots that are just the right size and fit for you and your standard of skiing. You can also get them custom fitted at a ski shop. If you do hire boots and you are not comfortable or they make your feet numb, take them back and spend the time making sure they are the right fit for you, it could put you off your ski experience if your boots are uncomfortable. Boots should feel tight but not squashing your feet. They will feel weird to you if its is your first time putting them on, don’t expect them to feel like regular shoes.

If you are a boarder for similar reasons you may also want your own boots if you have a few trips under your belt.

Think carefully before buying your own skis or board unless you are a high standard skier/boarder. You will have to pay extra for carriage when you fly, they may not fit in your transfer vehicle and you will have to carry them about with you in resort.

Helmets are an essential in the bigger busier resorts, they are also a legal requirement for children under 12 in Italy (Also some resorts are now under 18 so worth a check before you go). It might be worth investing in your own helmet as often 1 week hire costs are similar to just buying one yourself.

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In resort

If you are out and about in resort in the day or going out in the evening you will need a pair of snow boots. It is important to have these as they have a good grip on snow and ice so you don’t fall, they are also warm and waterproof.

Evenings tend to be pretty informal in most resorts so ladies you can ditch your high heels and dresses for jeans and jumpers and a few nice tops which will normally be adequate for going out in. It gets very cold in the evenings so take your gloves and hat with you and again layers so you can go from being in warm restaurants and bars to walking in the cold outside.

‘Apres ski’ happens at the end of the days skiing in bars and cafes on the slopes so if you do want to go to an ‘apres’ party, you just keep wearing your ski wear as it normally takes place on the terraces outside.

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Skiing with kids

It is important not to push your children too hard on their first trip as you don’t want to put them off the experience. Although, you may want to be on the first lift up and last lift back younger children may get tired and cold more easily so you need to make sure they are not overloaded. Let them enjoy ski school then have some time out for lunch. If you are skiing with them, stay on the easy runs until you are absolutely sure they can manage something harder and be aware they may find the lifts a little daunting. Invest your time nurturing a love of skiing in them and you will be able to enjoy a trip every year, if you push them too hard you may put them off.

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List to pack

Ski pants/trousers
Ski jacket
Ski gloves or mitts (Spare pair recommended)
Helmet
Hat
Scarf
Snow boots
Fleeces/wool jumpers
Vests
Long sleeve tops/thermal tops
Thermal leggings and/or warm tights
Small rucksack or ‘bum bag’
Sun Glasses
Goggles
Warm socks (take plenty to double up)
Sun cream
Lip salve
Pocket tissues

Family Ski Guide – What to take, what to expect..

Situated between the sea coast and Acisu River amongst pine forests, Gloria Serenity Resort lays in a region of natural Mediterranean beauty in Belek, Antalya. The resort promises families peace, harmony, and a luxurious stay. At Gloria Serenity Resort the little ones can access the Gogi Fun Jungle which offers a wonderful extensive soft play area, baby sensory zone, miniature town, and ice cream corner. Older children and teenagers can experience the climbing wall and rope adventure area. (There is an entry charge unless you stay in the family suites or villas).

Families have the option to stay on an all-inclusive basis so unlimited beverages, poolside drinks, ice cream at the beach are all at your disposal in addition to a la carte meals. Choose any one of the pools at the resort including a sea water pool encircling the main building, a pool by the villas or the indoor pool in the Serenity SPA. Pool service is offered to accommodate your needs throughout the day. There are also dedicated staff at the beach who can take care of your needs.

Serenity Spa has everything you need to relax on holiday from the relaxing treatment rooms, to the Turkish bath, sauna, and steam bath. You will be taken care of by certified professional therapists with world-renowned care products (some spa facilities and treatments are an additional cost). There are a total of 45 golf holes and large practice facilities for golf fans (additional cost). The grounds feature pools, a stunning aquapark with adventurous water slides, 4 tennis courts, an indoor sports centre, ten pin bowling and more. You can hire tennis equipment and take lessons and try a range of water sports.

There are eight restaurants on site offering a variety of gastronomy including special nights in the Tetrasomia main restaurant, a steakhouse, and a fish restaurant. There are four bars to choose from including a Karaoke bar for a night of witty singing extravaganza.

Gloria Serenity Resort offers designer decorated and furnished rooms that take luxury to a new level. Most families opt for the spacious 117 square metre King Suites which have 2 bedrooms, a living room, study room and 2 bathrooms, a Jacuzzi and a walk-in shower. Alternatively, the Garden Villas are ideal and offer all the luxury facilities you could imagine – a kitchenette, living room, two bedrooms (one master bedroom and one twin bedroom) and two bathrooms. You will also have access to your very own jacuzzi on the terrace. Or if you’d rather have direct access to the pool from the terrace, pool villas are available.

The Very Important Minis club offers exceptional services, including special rooms for feeding, changing and sleeping and wonderful play areas inside and out. There’s a complimentary, supervised club for older children, with a daily programme of activities, as well as trampolining at the beach, balloon games, treasure hunts, water Olympics, mini golf, and table tennis.

Gloria Serenity Resort

Les Terrasses D’Helios is a luxury self-catering ski in ski out property in the Alpine resort of Flaine, just a short transfer from Geneva. This 5 star residence offers incredible views of the Grand Massif mountains and a chairlift gives families direct access to the whole of the Grand Massif ski area. Spacious, refined apartments all have a balcony or terrace and everything you need is available on site, from ski hire to a mini-market, to the nursery which offers childcare every day except Saturday.

There’s a well-being area including a heated indoor pool, sauna, Hammam and whirlpool as well as the Deep Nature Spa which offers massage, detox, Thalassotheraphy and Alpine themed treatments. Families can enjoy the 265 km of alpine ski slopes in the heart of Haute Savoie which link up five resorts (Morillon, Samoëns, Les Carroz, Sixt Fer à Cheval and Flaine) and ski packages as well as ski hire and lift passes can be booked in resort. Other activities include dog sleighing, ice driving, snowmobiles and snow shoes. The kids ski packages, in association with the École du Ski Français, cater for children aged 3 – 11 and the programme includes ski lessons, lunch and activities from morning to late afternoon.

Apartments range from one to three bedrooms and all have a separate living room and fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher. Families can choose from the well-presented Standard apartments or, for a little more luxury, upgrade to the Superior apartments which have a better location within the property or the Exceptional apartments which have stunning views of the mountains. Complimentary WiFi is included in all apartments.

Breakfast can be delivered to your apartment each morning when pre-booked and there is also a restaurant, Helios Table, serving French and Italian cuisine for those evenings when you’re just too tired to cook! The bakery sells freshly baked goods daily and there is also a private catering service and shopping home delivery service.

ESF’s Rabbit Club children’s club welcomes children aged 3 to 11 years and offers weekly, daily or half-day packages (except February school holidays), with or without a meal and including two or four hours of skiing lessons and a games room available after skiing. The P’tits Loups nursery welcomes children aged 6 months to 3 years old. We recommend booking in advance as there are a limited number of spaces available during high season.

Les Terrasses D’Helios

L’Alpaga, located in the heart of Megeve in the French Alps, offers families intimate luxury with just 22 rooms plus a selection of suites and traditional chalets with views to Mont Blanc. L’Apaga offers families its own kids club, spa, indoor pool and gourmet dining in addition to world class skiing and the village charm of medieval Megeve.

L’Alpaga’s spa, La Colline, has two treatment rooms, a Hammam and an outside Scandinavian bath and sauna facing Mont-Blanc as well as an indoor pool. Skiing in Megeve offers families the chance to enjoy extensive scenic slopes with deserted woodland runs and some lovely mountain restaurants. Megeve’s charming old town centre is car-free and has an open-air ice rink, horse-drawn sleighs, cobbled streets and pretty buildings. Lots of fashionable clothing, jewelry, antique, gift and food shops add to the chic atmosphere.

L’Alpaga has 22 rooms decorated in a contemporary style with wool, cashmere and fake fur and views of the surrounding mountains. The rooms are housed in two large chalets and French windows open onto the mountains or mountain pastures providing access to balconies and patios. There are also five suite apartments located in the chalet Gaspard, in homage to the resort’s famous mountain guide, which work well for families with one, two or three bedrooms and a terrace or a large balcony. L’Alpaga chalets cater for up to 12 people on three floors and each has a modern living area with wooden eaves and wooden balconies and a wooden fireplace topped with sheet iron.  The chalets also benefit from a large patio and private garden.

La Table de l’Alpaga is a gourmet restaurant where Christophe Schuffenecker, Head Chef, offers refined mountain cuisine opening onto a magnificent landscaped terrace with views of Mont Blanc. L’Onyx is a more informal bistro and bar. Both restaurants cater for families with highchairs and child-friendly choices available.

Smallable kids club, for children aged 3 – 12 years, is a bright and vibrant space within the hotel filled with fun toys and games. During the ski season, Smallable is supervised between 4pm and 8pm. Age-appropriate drawing, crafts, videos and books are all provided. Megeve has numerous ski schools so if you do not like the large Ecole de Ski Francais, there are plenty of smaller ski schools with English speaking instructors offering skiing and snowboarding lessons that will be tailored to your needs.

 

L’Alpaga

The four star Premium Residence Les Hauts Bois residence offers families spacious self catering apartments with a balcony or terrace overlooking the mountains in the resort of La Plagne. This ski in ski out resort at the edge of Mont Blanc has easy access to local shops and there is a ski hire store within the residence. La Plagne is linked to the adjacent slopes of Les Arcs by the double-decker Vanoise Express cable car and combined the two form the Paradiski area, one of the largest (425km of runs) and most varied in the Alps.

Premium Residence Les Hauts Bois has well-being area including a heated indoor pool, sauna, Hammam and cardio room as well as the Deep Nature Spa which offers massage, detox, Thalassotheraphy and Alpine themed treatments. Towering over the largely beginner and intermediate playground of La Plagne is the 3,417m summit of Bellecôte, the starting point for some difficult couloirs and long off-piste descents. Add to this the cable car link to Les Arcs and you have the enormous Paradiski area. Ski packages as well as ski hire and lift passes can be booked in resort and off-piste activities include dog sleighing, bobsleigh, snowmobiles and ice hiking. The kids ski packages, in association with the École du Ski Français, cater for children aged 3 – 11 and the programme includes ski lessons, lunch and activities from morning to late afternoon.

Apartments range from one to three bedrooms and all have a separate living room and fully equipped kitchen with dishwasher. Families can choose from the well-presented Standard apartments or, for a little more luxury, upgrade to the Superior apartments which have a better location within the property. Complimentary WiFi is included in all apartments.

Breakfast at Premium Residence Les Hauts Bois can be delivered to your apartment each morning and the bakery sells freshly baked goods daily. There is also a private catering service which can deliver meals to your apartment and a shopping home delivery service.

“Les Lutins” nursery for children aged 2 to 6 years is open from Sunday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm and offers indoor and outdoor activities including drawing, games, singing, video, sledging, walks and snowman building. Piou-Piou Club for children aged 3 to 7 years allows little ones to discover skiing in a fun, specially adapted fully secure area, alternating between skiing, rest and games. We recommend booking in advance as there are a limited number of spaces available during high season.

Premium Residence Les Hauts Bois

A welcoming and traditional resort on the slopes of the Massif du Cheval Noir, Club Med Valmorel offers a real family experience, with children’s clubs for all ages so parents can enjoy the mountains of the Savoy region to the full. Explore the hamlets of Valmorel and its centre, Bourg-Morel, with its pedestrian streets, pretty squares and stone and wood chalets with slate roofs and trompe l’oeil façades.  Le Lodge is an exclusive 5-star Luxury Space within the 4-star Valmorel Resort and offers families luxury accommodation with private balconies, a dedicated lounge with magnificent views of Mont Blanc, Champagne and more. Club Med’s all-inclusive programme includes ski lessons, ski pass and childcare so families can relax knowing everything is taken care of.

Club Med Valmorel offers group ski lessons from 4 years upwards, group snowboarding lessons from 8 years upwards, hiking, sledging and a ski pass with access to 150km of slopes, including 8 black, 17 red and 40 blue and green runs. Fitness classes and a snow sports programme is also available and there is a small gym as well as organised walks and Nordic walking. The spa has individual and duo treatment rooms, a Turkish bath and Zen area and families can enjoy the indoor /outdoor pool.

Accommodation includes Club rooms with a large double bed and Deluxe rooms which have a separate lounge area and extra amenities. For families, connecting rooms offer plenty of space and privacy or, for extra luxury, the 5-star Luxury Space Suites have a separate lounge and private terrace with views of the valley.

The Club Med all-inclusive package includes all meals and drinks (with supplements for Champagne and premium spirits) and there is a choice of two family-friendly restaurants. The Cerfs and the Celeste is two restaurants in one, themed in harmony with the seasons. In the winter, families can enjoy après-ski dining overlooking mountain vistas. The Laiterie serves breakfast and Alpine specialities throughout the day, including fondue.

There are no less than four separate childcare clubs at Club Med Valmorel. Babies aged 4 months to years are looked after by qualified childcare assistants who focus on early learning activities. Toddlers aged 2 – 3 years can enjoy Petit Club Med, with activities including dressing up, music and puppet shows and snow-based activities. Mini Club Med is for children aged 4 – 10 years and offers group games and activities, snow fun and arts and crafts as well as ski lessons and snowboard lessons for the over 8s and there’s even a teens club for 11 – 17 year olds with age-appropriate entertainment and skiing for beginners through to more experienced teens.

Club Med Valmorel

Club Med Tignes Val Claret is an all-encompassing ski resort for families looking for great skiing with luxuriously comfortable accommodation. At an altitude of 2,100 metres, Club Med Tignes Val Claret gives you the chance to ski in the morning on the glacier and try fitness classes in the afternoon, before retiring to the Club Med Spa and relaxing Turkish baths. Club Med’s all-inclusive programme includes ski lessons, ski pass and childcare so families can relax knowing everything is taken care of.

Club Med Tignes Val Claret offers group ski lessons from 4 years upwards, group snowboarding lessons from 8 years upwards, hiking, sledging and a ski pass with access to 300km of slopes, including 26 black, 41 red and 87 blue and green runs. Fitness classes and a snow sports programme is also available and there is a small gym as well as organised walks and pilates. The spa has individual and duo treatment rooms, a Turkish bath and Zen area and families can enjoy the indoor pool.

The resort’s 229 rooms are divided between the main hotels, The Val Claret, and the Petit Claret, connected by a covered passageway. Club rooms are tastefully furnished with modern comforts and some overlook the mountain; the Family Club Rooms have extra sleeping space for families of up to four. The Deluxe rooms have luxury touches and views of the pistes.

Club Med Tignes Val Claret’s all-inclusive package includes all meals and drinks (with supplements for Champagne and premium spirits). The main bar is at the centre of the resort and has cosy fireplaces where you can enjoy hot or cold drinks and light snacks for lunch. The Champagny serves a large international and French buffet with fresh dishes using local ingredients.

Mini Club Med is for children aged 4 – 10 years and offers group games and activities, snow fun and arts and crafts as well as ski lessons and snowboard lessons for the over 8s. There’s even a teens club for 11 – 17 year olds with age-appropriate entertainment and skiing for beginners through to more experienced teens.

Club Med Tignes Val Claret

The newest self-catering property in Avoriaz, L’Amara also has the highest star rating. Being entirely ski in and ski out and located just one hour’s drive from Geneva, saving the long transfer time required for the Southern Alps, these apartments work well for families looking for a hassle-free ski holiday. Situated right on the slopes by the Falaise area of Avoriaz, L’Amara offers families luxury apartments with access to facilities including an indoor pool and access to an excellent kids club.

The Deep Nature Spa has treatment rooms for adults and an outdoor hot tub as well as a heated indoor pool, sauna and steam room.  L’Aquariaz Mountain Spa is located nearby and offers over 2000m² of swimming pools and slides. There is also a climbing wall, outdoor hot tub with valley views and a gentle flowing river. Families are well placed to make the most of the 36 ski lifts and 49 slopes, perfectly located in the centre of the Portes du Soleil ski area and there are daily kids ski lessons at the nearby Annie Famose Children’s Village and Ski School.

L’Amara offers apartments ranging from one bedroom for four people up to five bedrooms which sleep extended families of up to 12, all with a balcony or terrace. The standard apartments have a full kitchen and living area and are decorated to a high standard. Superior apartments have extra luxury touches and a better location within the resort and the Exceptional apartments have stunning views of the mountain and enhanced décor.

L’Amara offers families the opportunity to self-cater but if you don’t feel like cooking after a long day on the slopes there is a choice of restaurants nearby including a bistro and gourmet French dining. The resort can arrange a flexible half board programme to dine at the local restaurants for all or part of your stay; alternatively you can have meals delivered to your apartment (when booked 24 hours in advance). Families can also order fresh bread and cakes from the bakery to be delivered for breakfast and a continental breakfast buffet with Viennese pastries, fruit juice, yoghurt, cereals, fruit, eggs and omelette can be enjoyed in the resort.

The Annie Famose Children’s Village welcomes children aged from 3 to 16 years, with ski and snowboarding lessons and evening entertainment to suit every age. For little ones (3-6 years) there are five hectares of reserved slopes in a specially designed outstanding location, decorated with cartoon characters and mini ski lifts. The older ones (6-16 years) can enjoy beginner or “advanced skier” lessons, including four “competition” courses (slalom, introductory, multi-discipline and freeride courses). The Children’s Village is open from Sunday to Friday 9.30 am to 12 pm and from 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm.

Residence L’Amara

In a fantastic location with almost guaranteed snow from December to April, Arc 1950 Le Village is very difficult to beat. A unique village concept designed as an American style resort, everything is ski in and ski out and pedestrianised and there’s an impressive selection of restaurants within walking distance.  The spacious 5-star apartments are ideal for families who wish to self-cater in luxury with access to some of Europe’s best skiing.

Skiing in Arc 1950 offers access to the whole of Paradiski, the world’s second largest ski area encompassing the resorts of Les Arcs, Peisey-Vallandry and La Plagne which are linked by one of Europe’s largest cable cars, The Vanoise Express. The area is a huge playground at the entrance to the Vanoise National Park – a protected area of 53 000 hectares – with modern infrastructures, fast, comfortable lifts and a variety of areas for all styles and levels. All the residences are ski-in, ski-out, and you can relax after a hard day on the slopes in the Deep Nature Spa® which offers a range of wellness packages. There is also a heated whirlpool, fitness room, sauna, hammam, and access to four heated outdoor pools and an indoor/outdoor pool nearby.

All of the apartments at Arc 1950 Le Village have a full kitchenette including dishwasher as well as a living area with sofa bed and one, two or three bedrooms and are furnished to a high standard. Some apartments have direct access to the indoor-outdoor pool. Superior apartments have a better location within the resort.

Being completely pedestrianised, the resort of Les Arc is very easy to navigate and has a large selection of family-friendly restaurants. Arc 1950 Le Village offers families the opportunity to self-cater but if you don’t feel like cooking after a long day on the slopes there is a choice of restaurants nearby including the “1950” brasserie style restaurant and Hemingway’s serving international cuisine. The resort can arrange a flexible half board programme to dine at the local restaurants for all or part of your stay; alternatively you can have meals delivered to your apartment (when booked 24 hours in advance).

Arc 1950 Le Village has arguably the best childcare facilities of all the Les Arcs resorts. The streets here are pedestrianised and normally snow covered and there are two nursery slopes. The kids club in Arc 1950 (Cariboo Club) is located in the village centre. P’tit Caribou is for children aged 9 months to 3 years and offers a selection of both indoor and outdoor activities. The Cariboo Club, offering a range of activities including tobogganing, snow shoe excursions, mini-olympics and snow hockey is for children aged 3 to12 years and can be combined with ski lessons at Spirit 1950.

Residence Arc 1950 – Le Village

With its traditional central square, bungalow-style haciendas and speciality restaurants, Club Med Cancun Yucatan offers families access to a stunning natural environment and some of the best beaches on Mexico’s Caribbean coast.  Jade is a 5 star luxury space within the 4 star Cancún Yucatán Resort and is a great option for families looking for a little more luxury. Families can relax on the white sand beach, discover the wonders of Tulum or Chichen Itza, choose between water skiing, windsurfing and the flying trapeze or perhaps a more sedate spa treatment whilst the little ones play pirates or sailors at the Petit Club Med kids club.

Club Med Cancun Yucatan’s sports school offers group lessons and activities for adults and children of all ages including tennis, golf, beach volleyball, basketball, football, water sports and much more. The spa has couples’ treatment rooms, wellness programmes and yoga and fitness classes as well as a relaxation area overlooking the lagoon. The Junior Fit programme for children aged 4 upwards offers group activities and team sports including Le Petit Tennis and archery.

Built on a private peninsula, the rooms at Club Med Cancun Yucatan are located between the blue-green waters of the Caribbean and the lagoon. Club and Deluxe Rooms occupy brightly-coloured two-storey Mexican hacienda-style buildings and some have direct access to the beach, facing the sea, lagoon or garden. For families looking for a little more luxury, the 5 star Jade Luxury Space offers Suites and Deluxe Rooms.

Three restaurants offer an all-inclusive food and drink programme with lots of choice for adults and kids. The Hacienda is a buffet restaurant with five dining areas inspired by the layout of a colonial ranch, with a library, kitchen, dining room and terrace overlooking the swimming pool. Las Cazuelas is built on stilts at the water’s edge and offers local specialities and The Estancia is an Argentinian restaurant with a selection of roast and char-grilled meats served to your table.

Toddlers aged 2 – 3 years have access to a fun and spacious premises with plenty of outdoor space with activities including dressing up, make up, fashion shows, listening to music and puppet shows. Mini Club Med is for children aged 4 – 10 years and offers group games and activities, cookery lessons, nature activities, art and crafts by day and movie nights and other evening activities so parents can enjoy a romantic dinner. There’s even a teens club for 11 – 17 year olds with activities including flying trapeze, tennis, sailing and Stand Up Paddle boarding and beach parties and movies by night.

Club Med Cancun Yucatan

Two hours north of Miami, on the east coast of Florida, Club Med Sandpiper Bay stretches along the St Lucie River, surrounded by lush vegetation. Club Med resorts offer families a unique luxury All Inclusive experience and Club Med Sandpiper Bay has premium sports facilities including golf, tennis, beach volleyball, basketball and more, making this the perfect place for active families. When you feel like a break, take a walk down the St Lucie River, which runs alongside the resort and admire some of the best scenery Florida has to offer. Overlooking the river and with a man-made sandy beach, a choice of pools and “Kidz Village” with splash park, Club Med Sandpiper Bay offers an all-encompassing family holiday experience.

 Club Med Sandpiper Bay’s sports school offers group lessons and activities for adults and children of all ages including tennis, golf, beach volleyball, basketball, football and much more. The spa has a Turkish bath, couples’ treatment rooms and wellness programmes. The Junior Fit programme for children aged 4 upwards offers group activities and team sports including Le Petit Tennis and junior golf.

Rooms are divided between seven two-story buildings on the banks of the river and include Family Club rooms which have individual terraces or balconies and either a large room with enough space for all or a room including a separate sleeping area for the children. We recommend the Deluxe Family rooms which have two bedrooms and a large living space complete with a fully stocked mini-fridge. With this room you will also have the option for a private garden or terrace with a water view.

The Club Med all-inclusive package includes all meals, snacks and drinks with a supplement for Champagne and premium spirits. Club Med Sandpiper Bay has a choice of three restaurants. Marketplace overlooks St. Lucie River and the main swimming pool and offers a range of international dishes, including Asian, Italian, Mexican and American cuisine, as well as specially prepared kids choices and low calorie dishes, Soleil is a waterfront restaurant ideal for lunch and Riverside Grill and BBQ serves a selection of local specialities and gourmet dishes. Situated between the main bar and the theatre, The Slice welcomes families and couples alike and is the perfect place to relax in between activities. Families can hang out  in the lounge area or can head to the sports bar for a drink and a game.

The Baby Club, for babies from 4 to 23 months, focuses on early learning activities and creative games and includes lunch, tea and an afternoon siesta. Toddlers aged 2 – 3 years have access to a fun and spacious premises with plenty of outdoor space with activities including dressing up, make up, fashion shows, listening to music and puppet shows. Mini Club Med is for children aged 4 – 10 years and offers group games and activities, cookery lessons, nature activities, art and crafts by day and movie nights and other evening activities so parents can enjoy a romantic dinner. There’s even a teens club for 11 – 17 year olds with activities including flying trapeze, tennis, sailing and Stand Up Paddle boarding and beach parties and movies by night.

Club Med Sandpiper Bay

Soldeu, Andorra’s main ski resort, is set on a steep hillside facing the valley and the Grandvalira ski area is shared with Pas de la Casa near the French border and El Tarter. Andorra offers excellent beginner and early intermediate terrain and rivals some of the serious Alpine resorts in terms of size. The local ski school has a very well run British section for English-speaking families and although Grandvalira doesn’t offer the dramatic scenery of some of the French resorts, it’s a great option for families looking for value for money and good children’s facilities.

Andorra

In a privileged location at the foot of the slopes of Grandvalira, Sport Hotels Resort & Spa Andorra is made up of three 4 and 5 star hotels complemented by the Sport Wellness Mountain spa and with access to 200km of slopes. Sport Hotel Hermitage and Spa is a Leading Hotel of the World and has a kids club, swimming pool and fitness centre whilst the Sport Hotel Village, at the foot of the slopes, offers family junior suites and the Sport Hotel traditional comfort. Grandvalira is one of the world’s 30 biggest ski resorts and the first resort outside the Alps to officially offer more than 200km of ski runs.

The Sport Wellness Mountain Spa has been constructed over five floors and is one of the most luxurious in the region, offering rejuvenating treatments for adults as well as a fitness centre and indoor pool. The resort can assist with pre-booking your ski pass and ski school as well as activities including heli-ski, snowmobiles and sledding with husky dogs.

Sport Hotel Hermitage and Spa offers families spacious Suites with a king sized bed, separate living room and terrace overlooking the gardens or the slopes; the Duplex suites offer the same space spread over two floors. At Sport Hotel Village rooms are decorated in a traditional Alpine style and the Junior Suites accommodate families. Sport Hotel has spacious rooms, some of which can connect for families.

Depending on which hotel you stay at, there is a good selection of dining options for families. At Sport Hotel, the varied buffet offers show cooking and family-friendly dishes as well as good options for vegetarians. At Sport Hotel Hermitage and Spa there is a choice of six restaurants overseen by two Michelin starred chefs. Restaurante Origen offers fine dining, Arrels serves traditional Alpine cuisine, Koy Hermitage is a Japanese restaurant and for more informal dining there is a pizzeria and tapas bar.

There is a kids club open daily for children aged 4 – 12 with complimentary activities including face painting, treasure hunts and games as well as ski classes and access to swimming, skating and ice quad rental at an extra charge. Babysitting for younger children can be pre-booked on request.

Sport Hotels Resort & Spa Andorra

New for 2015, we’re excited to present a carefully crafted collection of luxury family tours and tailor made itineraries in South Africa, beginning in Cape Town and exploring the historic Garden Route and family-friendly game lodges.

With a maximum two hour time difference and a good choice of accommodation, South Africa is a wonderful option for families with children aged five upwards who are eager to try something different and discover an exciting world of wildlife and culture.

All of our South African arrangements can be tailored to you and we will be happy to discuss your exact requirements and make recommendations in order to ensure you enjoy the best possible luxury family holiday. In addition to touring itineraries and safaris we can offer relaxing stay-put or twin-centre options in Cape Town and beyond. The following is an example itinerary, especially designed with families in mind and staying at non-malarial hotels and lodges.

Cape Town, Grootbos, Kurland and Kwandwe Ecca Lodge Safari – 11 nights

Day 1

Meet & Greet at Cape Town International Airport and transfer to The One & Only Cape Town for a 3-night stay with breakfast.

The One & Only Cape Town is a chic urban resort located on the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.  Rooms feature expansive glass doors leading onto private balconies offering commanding views of the waterfront. There is a choice of restaurants from local celebrity Reubens, to world-class master chef, Nobu. Leisure facilities include the One&Only Spa, fitness centre, a heated 350m² infinity-edge pool with private seating areas, the NEO Boutique and excellent kids and teen facilities at the Kids Only Club for children aged 4 – 17 years. The Kids Only Club offers activities centred around themed days with topics such as the ocean and environment incorporated into activities like puppet shows, storytelling, sing-a-longs and culinary experiences  as well as supervised excursions to child friendly venues including Butterfly World, Two Oceans Aquarium, World of Birds, Penguin Colony and Planetarium.  Teens can make use of Wii, Xbox and Play Station but also activity focused excursions such as tobogganing, sandboarding, karting and ice-skating. Big-screen movies are available at the waterfront.

Day 4

Pick up your hire car and drive to Grootbos Garden Lodge for a 2-night All-Inclusive stay.

Set in the picturesque mountain and sea landscape of the Hermanus area in the Western Cape, the exotic, stone and thatch retreat of Grootbos Garden Lodge is one of two lodges in the private 2,500 hectare Grootbos Nature Reserve. The 11 free standing one or two bedroom suites (accepting children of all ages) merge into the surrounding flora, with sweeping views across fynbos-clad mountains and Walker Bay from private wooden decks. There is a restaurant, entertainment room, beauty salon and library with internet access. Outdoors boasts a terrace, pool area, horse stables and immaculate gardens. There is a specially designed children’s play area as well as educational activities, outings, animals/ stables, child minders, babysitters and children’s meals.

Includes: Breakfast, light lunch, 5-course dinner, welcome drink, fresh fruit daily in suite, horse riding, guided walks including Fynbos nature tours, Milkwood walks, marine/coastal drives/walks including the Walker Bay Nature Reserve, De Kelders cliff walk, Klipgat Cave combined with seasonal land-based whale watching (whale watching especially during June – December) and transfers to/from all activities.

Nature based guided activities include whale watching excursions (can be land based or boat based and available June – November), Shark Cage Diving, Walks and Hikes (guided or self-guided), 4×4 Flower safaris (informative and interactive), Beach excursions (take a picnic and enjoy a swim, stroll or guided tour), Cave Tours, Horse-riding (all levels while ponies available for children), Bird watching, scenic flights and quad biking.

Please note: Accommodation at Garden Lodge can only be guaranteed (prior to travel) between travel dates 01 Oct – 31 Mar. Outside these dates accommodation allocation is done on check in.

Day 6

Drive to Kurland for a 3 night stay with breakfast.

A five star luxury country house hotel, Kurland is located on a vast 700 hectare estate close to Plettenberg Bay.  Kurland offers exceptional facilities including tailor made programmes for families. There are 12 luxurious suites, all of which are individually designed. The two elegant suites are inter-leading and overlooking the pool, the six luxury suites are in the rose garden or overlooking the pool and include an upstairs en-suite loft room accommodating two children and the four superior suites include a lounge and spacious upstairs en-suite loft accommodating three children plus a private plunge pool.

There are three restaurants and facilities include a sitting room with a log fire, veranda for signature gourmet afternoon tea, library with a fireplace and television, swimming pool, gym, sauna, steam room and cold pool, as well as a Therapy Suite offering a selection of treatments. Activities at Kurland include walking, hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, tennis, picnics on the estate and polo instruction. There is a children’s playroom, tailor made kids activities and private kids dining room with special menu.

Includes: Breakfast, daily cafe (pastries, cakes, tea and coffee), quad biking, mountain bikes and Shetland pony rides for children under six.

Nearby activities include Birds of Eden (largest free flight bird aviary in the world), Monkeyland (the world’s first free roaming multi-species primate sanctuary), Elephant Sanctuary (interactive elephant activities), Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, spectacular beaches, hiking trails, boat trips, canopy tours and bungee jumping.

Day 9

Drive to the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve for a 3-night All Inclusive safari.

Nestled in the heart of the malaria-free Eastern Cape, in the northern region of the 22,000 hectare Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, is Ecca Lodge. This funky lodge is blessed with breath-taking views over the acacia, aloe and spekboom-studded valleys onto an escarpment of steep shale cliffs. Emblazoned with giant Warhol-like prints, retro light fittings and shades of olive, rust and burnt orange the six spacious suites feature a bedroom with en-suite bathroom consisting of indoor and outdoor showers, separate toilet and twin hand basin, a large veranda and a private deck and plunge pool. A child friendly lodge, Ecca communal areas include a spacious sitting room with a fireplace, small study, dining room, bar area, deep veranda with expansive viewing deck, a swimming pool, children’s play centre plus interactive kitchen for fun meal times and a babysitting service.

Activities include guided morning and afternoon/evening game drives and bush walks. Scenic coastal flights, rhino monitoring, big game walking safaris, private safaris, flight of the Blue Crane and rhino darting are all available at an additional cost. The Blue Crane Conservation Club offers activities for children from ‘Bush and Bones’ walks; face-painting; sand-art; beading, mask making; fishing trips; baking and pizza making; educational board games; bed time stories and cookie making.

Includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local & premium brand spirits, beers, teas & coffees, refreshments on game drives, twice daily game drives, nature walks, big game walking safari (tracking rhino, elephant and buffalo on foot) accompanied by specialist ranger and tracker team (subject to availability), laundry, emergency medical evacuation insurance, transfers to/from the lodge airstrip and complimentary child minding. Children’s gift pack on arrival includes: Conservation guide with animal checklist; themed games and activities; crayons; pencils; water bottle and range of bath products.

Day 12

Return your hire car to Port Elizabeth Airport and take a connecting flight to Cape Town for your flight back to the UK.

 

Note that availability in the family-friendly hotels and lodges can be very limited during peak holiday times so we recommend booking up to 12 months in advance. The best time to travel is between October and April.

From 1 June 2015, new rules apply to families with children under 18. If you’re travelling to South Africa or transiting through a South African airport with a child you must be able to produce the child’s full unabridged birth certificate. Full details can be found on the FCO website.

South African Explorers

Opening in Summer 2015, Martinhal Quinta is a collection of independently owned luxury villas and townhouses in Quinta do Lago. Each property is positioned in its own landscaped grounds overlooking a private garden and swimming pool, some of which are fenced for child-safety. These 4-star properties are furnished to a high standard, each with individual character. There’s an outdoor playground, indoor playroom with Playstations and supervised kids club for children aged 3 – 8 years plus babysitting on request. Whilst the villas and townhouses have full kitchens, there is also a pool side diner, deli and ice cream bar, with plans for an additional restaurant in 2016.

The Pool Hangout offers a large swimming pool area with sun loungers and massages can be pre-booked in your villa. Quinta do Lago has three golf courses as well as mini-golf for children and other activities on offer in the region include water sports, sailing, fishing, horse-riding and jeep tours. AquaShow Park is a short drive away and there’s a shuttle to beach in high season.

The townhouses have two or three bedrooms and the villas have three or four, ideal for families needing extra space. The three bedroom villas have bedrooms on the first floor, all of which are en suite, and living room plus kitchen on the ground floor whilst the four bedroom villas have an additional bedroom on the ground floor.  The townhouses have a private plunge pool and villas have larger pools in their own private gardens. There is a daily maid service and amenities for families and babies can be provided.

M Bar offers a pool side dining experience with snacks, salads, pizza, paninis and a wide selection of drinks and Mercado Deli & Bake offers takeaway breakfast options with freshly baked bread, croissants and pastries. The deli also stocks fresh fruit and vegetables, groceries and cold takeaway dishes. Local restaurants are just a short taxi ride away.

“Raposinhos” or “Little Fox” kids club encourages children to be active and inquisitive like its namesake. Kids aged 3 – 8 years can get stuck into crafts, face painting, pottery, Lego or Plasticine as well as golf and tennis lessons, picnics, barbecues, treasure hunts and visits to natural pools and Lagos Zoo. There is a wealth of baby equipment available to hire, including playpens, trikes and baby monitors and babysitting is available on request. There’s an unsupervised outdoor playground with trampoline, sand pit, table tennis, water feature and inflatable toys as well as an indoor games room with Playstations, Wii’s, table tennis and football.

Martinhal Quinta

Castello di Casole, winner of Travel & Leisure’s World’s Best Resort two years in a row, is a storied castle dating back to 998, at the heart of a vast Tuscan estate. It comprises of a 41-suite boutique hotel plus private villas, ideal for families wishing to enjoy the independence of a villa but with access to five star hotel amenities. Arrival is through a cypress-lined lane that leads to the elegant courtyard and the entrance and reception areas overlook an expansive reflection pool, beyond which the library, boutique and gallery are set amongst terraces, courtyards and gardens joined by walkways. There are daily children’s activities and villas can be supplied with amenities for babies and children.

There’s a large heated pool with sun terrace, as well as a spa using local products, sauna and steam room and fitness centre. At an additional charge, activities including hiking, horseback riding & mountain biking, guided vineyard & tasting tours and Bird watching & guided wildlife tours can be arranged.

Suites in the hotel are designed in traditional Tuscan style, with exposed stonework and rustic tiling, and amenities include complimentary premium movies, iPod® docking station and complimentary minibar. The one bedroom suites can accommodate small families but for comfort and space we recommend the villas. The villas all have spacious kitchens, large bathrooms, and outdoor dining areas and are conveniently located close to the estate’s facilities. Available for weekly or nightly rentals (Sunday – Sunday in high season), the two and three bedroom villas date back to the 18th Century and have been lovingly restored with furnishings from the leading houses of Italy. Each villa has a private terrace, two or three bathrooms and an open fire for the winter months as well as housekeeping and room service. The three bedroom villas share a private pool and the two bedroom villas all have an outdoor Jacuzzi.

In addition to the villas, nearby  in the quaint hill town of Mensano (10 minutes by car) there are Casales or farmhouses with up to four bedrooms and access to the hotel’s facilities – please ask us for details.

Trattoria Pazzia serves freshly homemade pasta and Tuscan style “tagliata” beef accompanied with fresh vegetables and produce hand-picked in the Chef’s vegetable garden and Ristorante Tosca offers modern Tuscan cuisine with an outdoor terrace. A private chef can be booked for your villa and the hotel will provide picnics for your days out.

For children, there is an excellent choice of activities including horseback riding, treasure hunts, pizza making classes, a chocolate factory tour, ice cream tour and arts and crafts sessions. Babysitting can also be arranged on request.

Castello di Casole is situated just 20 minutes from Sienna and 45 minutes from Florence and we recommend hiring a car for at least part of your stay in order to explore the surrounding area.

Castello di Casole

Porto Zante Villas & Spa is set in a secluded bay with a private sandy beach on the island of Zakynthos, famous for its turquoise waters and Venetian villages. Comprised of a boutique hotel and one, two and four bedroom beachfront villas with kitchen facilities, this resort is ideal for families looking for the independence of villa accommodation with the facilities of a luxury hotel.  Children will be delighted with surprise gifts, specially decorated rooms, supervised daily activities, a play area and nearby water park, whilst adults can indulge at the spa.

All villas have private heated swimming pools and activities include horseback riding, sailing, diving, snorkelling and private yacht excursions to the famous Navagio Beach, Kefalonia Island, & Ancient Olympia. There is a tennis club nearby as well as a water park complete with slides and a pirate ship and both are complimentary. The spa offers traditional holistic treatments in your private villa or in Thalassotherapy areas overlooking the sea.

The one, two and four bedroom villas all have private garden with private heated pool and luxury elements include designer furniture by Armani and Gervasoni, antique Dionysian marble bathrooms with Jacuzzi, hydro-jet shower cabins, walk in dressing rooms, fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes, authentic marble fireplaces and spacious verandas with outdoor design furniture. With Armani Casa bathrobes and BVLGARI toiletries, as well as Bang & Olufsen entertainment systems and Sony Play Stations, the emphasis is on attention to detail. The one bedroom villas (85 square metres) are either beachfront or with private beach area and have a master king bedroom, kitchenette and separate living room with sofa bed. For larger families, the two bedroom villas start at 170 square metres and offer two master bedrooms, two en-suite bathrooms, living and dining area plus a separate living area on the first floor which can sleep up to two additional children. Outside there’s a private deck and landscaped tropical-style garden with pool.

The Club House Restaurant offers Greek and Mediterranean cuisine in a relaxed beachfront setting with views of the Ionian Sea & the neighbouring island of Kefalonia. Fresh fish and lobster are served straight from the fisherman’s catch, accompanied by local herbs and organic products grown on the estate. In-villa dining is available 24 hours and there are special kids’ menus available.

Kids are well catered for at Porto Zante Villas, with an outdoor play area and programme of daily activities including a trip to the nearby water park (just 200 metres from the resort) with its slides, water jungle and pirate ship. Bedrooms are decorated especially for the children and small gifts and child-friendly amenities are provided by the hotel. There’s also a well-stocked DVD library and a choice of board games to enjoy in your villa. Outside the resort, families can take a guided excursion to Turtle Island to learn about the Caretta-Caretta turtles, go pony riding or cycle in the National Marine Park.

Porto Zante Villas

The All-inclusive Sea Breeze Beach offers a fantastic beach front location with some of the best views on the South Coast of the island. An abundance of activities for adults and kids of all ages makes this an ideal resort ideal for families and with just 78 rooms and suites, it comes with a boutique feel and Bajan charm.

The Rooms and Suites are spread across 3 floors (there is no lift) with the majority of them boasting ocean view and ocean front positions. Standard rooms with balcony or terrace are located on the 2nd and 3rd floors and offer a king-sized bed with an extra rollaway bed that can accommodate two adults and two children or three adults. Superior Oceanfront Rooms are located directly on the beachfront and offer a fully stocked mini-bar, in-room check-in and nightly turn down service.

The seasonal kids club is open to kids from 4 – 12 years (providing there are a minimum of 5 or more children on property) and offers a colourful array of activities from arts and crafts, treasure hunts and Apple TV. Kids will love the wild sea turtle feeding from the nearby the pier at Oistins or a culinary class at Azul Restaurant. Older kids can enjoy some of the sports facilities including table tennis, beach volleyball, badminton and non-motorised watersports. Private babysitting options are available on request. Parents making use of the kids club can enjoy relaxing on the adult-only beach!

Foodies will love the dining choices all with ocean view settings. Mermaid, the main restaurant, is open for breakfast and lunch daily, and à la carte dinner four nights a week. The informal Fish Pot Bar & Grill is ideal for snacks and light meals. Enjoy two dinners per week at the renowned Azul restaurant which offers fine dining and exquisite views of Oistins Bay – prepare for an explosion of flavours from the eclectic menu. Laid back evenings can be enjoyed at a choice of the 4 relaxing bars with regular live music.

Enjoying an enviable position just minutes away from Oistins (famous for it’s Friday night fish-fry) and the lively St. Lawrence Gap, there is plenty to discover both on and off property.

 

Sea Breeze Beach Hotel

New for 2016, we’re excited to present a carefully crafted collection of adventure tours and tailor made itineraries for families keen to venture “off the beaten track”. Our director Deborah recently travelled to Thailand with her three children aged 10, 8 and 3 and this itinerary details their adventure. Highlights include time in Bangkok with a cruise along the Chao Phraya River, the Flight of the Gibbon zip wire adventure in Chiang Mai, visiting a Karen hill tribe village, a stay at Elephant Hills and some time on the beach in Krabi and Phuket. Accommodation is in well-priced five star hotels in family rooms or luxury tents in the case of Elephant Hills.

All of our Thailand arrangements can be tailored to you and we will be happy to discuss your exact requirements and make recommendations in order to ensure you enjoy the best possible family holiday. In addition to touring itineraries we can offer relaxing stay-put or twin-centre options in Bangkok, Koh Samui, Phuket and beyond.

 

 

Day 1

Arrive in Bangkok

On arrival at Bangkok International Airport we include a fast track VIP meet and greet service followed by a private transfer to your hotel. Enjoy some free time to relax after your long journey (early check-in subject availability). Overnight at The Peninsula Bangkok.

Day 2

Flower Market, Wat Po and Khao San Road

After breakfast, visit Pak Klong Talad flower market. This huge flower market is a photographer’s dream with orchids and blossoms from Thailand’s cooler north, along with exotic vegetables and fruit. Take a Tuk Tuk to Wat Po, the largest temple in Bangkok, with its colossal Reclining Buddha and the Chedis of the Kings.

In the afternoon, take a cruise along the Chao Phraya River – the city’s lifeblood – and the canals of Thonburi for a glimpse of the serene and simple lifestyle of riverbank dwellers. En route, stop at Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), one of the most attractive temples in Thailand before disembarking at Phra Athit Pier and taking a walk down the Khao San Road.

Overnight at The Peninsula Bangkok. Breakfast included.

Day 3

Bangkok – Chiang Rai

After breakfast, transfer to Bangkok airport for your flight to Chiang Rai. On arrival, transfer to the Anantara Golden Triangle Resort for an overnight stay.

The rest of the day is at leisure to enjoy the resort facilities. Dinner included.

Day 4

Chiang Rai

A day at leisure in Chiang Rai to enjoy the resort facilities.

Overnight at the Anantara Golden Triangle Resort. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 5

Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai

After breakfast, transfer to Chiang Mai (approx. 4 hours) and check in to your hotel before a “City and Temples” tour. Take a “Sam Lor“, or tricycle, to Waroros Market, a huge and bustling market with colourful displays of flowers, tropical fruit, fabrics and ceramic wares. Stop to try some local food and then visit the two most important temples in Chiang Mai: Wat Phra Singh and Wat Chedi Luang. Watch the evening chanting of the monks before returning to your hotel.

Overnight at Dhara Dhevi Hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 6

Chiang Mai: The Flight of the Gibbon

The Flight of the Gibbon, just 45 minutes’ drive from Chiang Mai, is an exhilarating opportunity to soar through 1500 year old rain forest, high above the forest floor on the longest zipline in the world. The unique system enables you to view jungle life from a perspective previously reserved for a select group of researchers. You are taken high into the canopy using an ingenious series of platforms, cables, trails and sky bridges.  Note: Minimum age is 5 years up and minimum height is 100m.

Overnight at Dhara Dhevi Hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 7

Chiang Dao Family Adventure

Your guide will meet you at the hotel after an early breakfast for a full day visiting Chiang Dao and a Karen hill tribe village. First stop is the local market at Mae Malai where your guide will show you the herbs and vegetables used in Thai cooking as well as weird and wonderful local products. Continue to the rafting camp for bamboo rafting before going off the beaten track to a Karen hill tribe village to meet the villagers and learn about their way of life. After this, hike to a nearby Lisu village whose income has been derived from the cultivation of the opium poppy for many centuries followed by an Akha village, distinguished by their carved wooden gates presided over by guardian spirits and a Palong Village. Note that this part of the itinerary entails 2 – 3 hours of walking through jungle; if, like Deborah, you have children under 5 a porter will assist with carrying them.

After this walk, return to the truck and head back to Chiang Mai, arriving late afternoon.

Things to Bring: Hiking shoes with good grip, flip flops, sun cream, a hat, insect repellent (DEET medicated).

Note: Due to weather conditions and other conditions on the ground we might have to adjust the itinerary of this trekking. If it is necessary to adjust the program we will always make sure that the quality of your experience and your personal safety are prioritised.

Overnight at Dhara Dhevi Hotel. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 8

Elephant Hills

After breakfast, fly to Krabi for a 3 day, 2 night experience at Elephant Hills elephant camp, staying in a luxury tent. Enjoy feeding, washing and interacting with Asia’s elephants in an almost untouched environment. Take a canoe safari down the Sok River. In the evening, enjoy dance performances and a cooking demonstration.

Overnight at Elephant Hills. Breakfast included.

Day 9

Cheow Larn Lake

After breakfast, visit a local market in Takhun to experience Thailand’s rural lifestyle. Take a longtail boat trip on Cheow Larn Lake followed by some free time at the Rainforest Camp including self-paddle canoes. In the evening, enjoy dance performances and a cooking demonstration.

Overnight at Elephant Hills. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 10

Elephant Hills – Krabi

Your last day at Elephant Hills includes a jungle trek by foot through Southern Thailand’s unique rainforest. At 5pm, you will be transferred to Rayavadee Pier for a speedboat transfer to Rayavadee for an overnight stay. Breakfast included.

Days 11 – 12

Krabi Rayavadee

Time at leisure to enjoy the resort facilities. Breakfast included.

Day 13

Krabi – Phuket

After breakfast, transfer to Phuket for a 3-night stay at Anantara Phuket Villas. Breakfast included.

Days 14 – 15

Phuket

At leisure to enjoy the resort facilities.

Day 16

Phuket – Bangkok

Morning at leisure until your transfer to the airport.

Family Highlights of Thailand

The elegant family-run Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites in Crete has just eighteen pool Villas and fifteen Suites, all with views over the Gulf of Mirabello, and offers the facilities and services of a luxury hotel alongside the comfortable but exclusive ambiance of a private home. Overlooking the beach and just one kilometre from the fishing village of Elounda, the private villas and suites all have sea views and the villas come with their own private pool. Elounda Gulf Villas recently began working with renowned childcare provider Worldwide Kids Company who provide a fantastic kids club and crèche.

The resort’s private beach club is just ten minutes’ drive away via private shuttle and is well equipped with sunbeds, sunshades and towels as well as bar service and water sports. There is a large main pool plus separate children’s pool and a spa offering massages and treatments either in the Elixir Spa Centre or in your private suite or villa. Sailing, motor boat trips and private yacht charters are all available and the concierge service will happily tailor make an itinerary to discover the Cretan coastline, including the nearby island of Spinalonga. The resort can also organise private helicopter rides and excursions in the surrounding area.

Suites are divided into Deluxe Senior Suites and Family Suites, as well as the new Massage Suite with private pool – perhaps a treat for Grandma and Grandad! The Family Suites are up to 120 square metres in size and sleep up to five, with two separate bedrooms and a large living room. The luxury villas have two, three or four bedrooms and come with separate living room and fully equipped kitchen and either private pool or private pool and spa, (with sauna, fully equipped gym room and steam bath).

The main buffet restaurant, Argo, offers international and Greek cuisine with children’s options and themed selections as well as snacks throughout the day; meals can be enjoyed inside or al fresco by the pool. Daphni is a an award winning gourmet sea view restaurant offering Greek and Mediterranean dishes and the bar at the private beach club is ideal for a light lunch. There are regular themed nights with traditional music and dance as well as more casual BBQ evenings. In room and private villa dining is also available on request.

The Cool Creche and Cool Kids Club have been designed by UK childcare specialists, Worldwide Kids Company. In the Creche, qualified, professionally trained staff look after babies aged 4 months to 3 years and the Kids Club offers complimentary and fun childcare for kids aged 3 to 12 years, with three sessions daily. Families are encouraged to pre-book sessions to avoid disappointment. The hotel’s concierge is always available to offer suggestions for tomorrow’s outing or help arrange a reliable babysitter. Transparent fences can be placed around the villa’s private pool for extra safety for babies and toddlers and extra items including cots, baby equipment, kids toiletries, kids DVD library, food menu and personal shopping for nappies or baby food can all be provided on request. The concierge team can even arrange private swimming and tennis lessons for the junior guests.

Elounda Gulf Villas

Chia Laguna, located in southern Sardinia, is comprised of three hotels and the exclusive Spazio Oasis, offering a range of accommodation choices for families.  Stylish and elegant Hotel Laguna, the only 5-star hotel in the Chia Bay, offers luxury for families and the 4-star Village Hotel, nestled in Mediterranean greenery, is a relaxing oasis. The exclusive “Spazio Oasis” offers a novel take on family holidays and the 3-star Baia hotel has bungalow accommodation. The complex, with rooms spread out over the hillside, offers fantastic views of Chia’s sea, lagoon and beaches. Chia Laguna caters exceptionally well for families, with a mini-club, teens club, a dedicated kids restaurant and lots of sporting activities. Parents can enjoy the spa, wide choice of restaurants and evening entertainment.

Each hotel has its own pool and the beaches surrounding the resort are amongst the most beautiful in the Mediterranean with white dunes, crystal-clear waters, centuries’ old junipers and multi-coloured lagoons. Dune di Campana beach is the reserved for guests of the Village Hotel, Spazio Oasis and the Hotel Laguna, with fine white sand bordered by the dunes, a VIP area and easily access via a complimentary transfer. Tennis, football and fitness classes are all included and scuba diving, water sports and mountain biking are also available.

Hotel Laguna and the Village Hotel are the best options for families and both offer a choice of rooms. At the Hotel Laguna, the 85 spacious rooms and suites have balcony, terrace or private garden and many connect to accommodate larger families. The Village and Spazio Oasis have a combined 274 rooms designed with families in mind and furnished in a vibrant Mediterranean style, also with connecting options.

There is a choice of nine restaurants in total, with a Dine Around programme allowing you to sample different cuisine each evening if you wish. La Terrazza specialises in Italian traditions mixed with local produce and has a terrace for al fresco dining; Bouganville is a themed buffet with show cooking and Le Dune serves grilled fish just a few steps from the shore. There is even a dedicated kid’s restaurant, Bimbi, which offers a varied, wholesome buffet and is open for both lunch and dinner. Children’s menus are also available at the main restaurants.

At the complimentary Mini Club (3 – 6 years), kids can can play, paint, learn how to make a pizza and undertake a host of other creative activities together with their new pals. There is a separate club for kids aged 7 – 10 years, with sporting activities and evening shows and teens are also well looked after with organised five-a-side soccer, beach volley, individual and group sports. There is also a nursery for the under 3s, payable locally, and babysitting on request.

Chia Laguna

New for 2015, we’re excited to present a carefully crafted collection of adventure tours and tailor made itineraries for families with older children. Recommended for children aged four upwards, this tour takes in Costa Rica’s most family-friendly and natural highlights including an ariel tram in Tortuguero National Park, a natural spa at the foot of the Arenal volcano and some time of the beach in Tamarindo. Tots Too exclusives include an afternoon spent with local family in Tortuguero and a nocturnal nature experience to spot species including  the Red Eyed Tree Frog and the beautiful Glass Frog. Accommodation is in four and five star hotels, in family-sized rooms or suites.

All of our Costa Rican arrangements can be tailored to you and we will be happy to discuss your exact requirements and make recommendations in order to ensure you enjoy the best possible family holiday. In addition to touring itineraries we can offer relaxing stay-put or twin-centre options in San Jose, Arenal, Manuel Antonio National Park and beyond. The following is an example itinerary, especially designed with families in mind.

Day 1 Arrive in San Jose

Arrive in San Jose and check in to the Marriott Costa Rica for a two-night stay. Voted by Condé Nast as one of the best hotels in Central America, this beautiful colonial hacienda sits on a 30-acre coffee plantation and serves up modern amenities in a laid-back environment. Unwind in either of our two swimming pools, the state-of-the-art fitness centre or well-lit tennis courts. There are a number of acclaimed restaurants, including La Castilla, where talented chefs prepare sushi right in front of guests. Sophisticated rooms and suites boast plush bedding and 24-hour room service.

Day 2 Costa Rica Ariel Tram

Take an Aerial Tram tour  through the treetops of the primary rainforest. The open-air rain forest tram gondolas have canvas awnings and seat six passengers plus a naturalist guide. Includes: Transportation, Entrance Fee, Lunch & Guide. Make sure you bring comfortable shoes, raincoat, sunblock, mosquito repellent and binoculars. Overnight at the Marriot Costa Rica.

Day 3 Tortuguero

An early start, with a pre-breakfast transfer to La Pavona Pier. Stop midway for a delicious breakfast of eggs, homemade breads and sweet milk then continue towards the pier to take a boat to your Lodge in Tortuguero. Pachira Lodge is located only five minutes from the extraordinary Tortuguero National Park. Surrounded by a network of canals, Tortuguero considered one of the most beautiful regions of the world, characterised by its rich flora and fauna. Overnight at Pachira Lodge.

Day 4 Tortuguero

Take a guided boat tour at the Tortuguero National Park (park entrance fee not included, $15 per person and to be paid in the park), where you can enjoy the view and the exotic wildlife. Then during the afternoon, travel to Tortuguero to meet a local family for an insight into life in the this exotic climate. Overnight at Pachira Lodge.

Day 5 Arenal

Transfer to La Pavona Pier for your return boat journey and car to Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort for a two night stay. Located in a unique position close to the Arenal Volcano, with the heat of the Tabacon Hot Springs and the purity and mysticism of the surrounding rainforest, this location has been described as “paradise” or “the eight-wonder of the world”. The four elements of nature are present in this unique Arenal Volcano luxury hotel and resort, featuring the heat of the volcano, the flowing waters of the hot springs, the pure air of the rainforest and the fertile earth of the of the Fortuna de San Carlos Region. Overnight at the Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort. 

Day 6 Arenal

A free day to explore the natural park followed by a Nocturnal Natural Experience, discovering some of the country’s natural wonders in a night hike. The tour begins in a small town known as La Tigra, located just 30 minutes from La Fortuna. Follow the trail to a small patch of rainforest with mirrored lakes, which facilitate wildlife observation. You can expect to see species like nocturnal birds and mammals, insects, amphibians, bats, and more. The trail continues around the mirrored lakes to the frog sanctuary, which is an area dedicated to the regeneration and natural reproduction of frog species. Discover species such as the dart frog and the bull frog, the smallest and largest species in Costa Rica, as well as the spectacular Red Eyed Tree Frog, and the beautiful Glass Frog. After the tour, enjoy a delicious Costa Rican dinner prepared on a wood burning stove. Overnight at the Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort. 

Days 7 – 10 Playa Conchal

Transfer to Conchal for a three night relaxing beach stay at the Westin Golf Resort & Spa. Spend your time unwinding on a luxurious Bali bed by the pool whilst the kids enjoy the kids club equipped with playground, games, movies and a full activity programme. Or indulge your adventurous side by exploring one of the nearby Costa Rican national parks. The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal is Starwood’s first Costa Rica all-inclusive resort.

Day 11 San Jose

Transfer to San Jose for a final night at the Marriott Costa Rica in order to be closer to the airport for your return flight the next day (optional). Optional Costa Rica city tour.

Day 12

Return flight to the UK.

A Costa Rican Adventure

We’re excited to present a carefully crafted collection of adventure tours and tailor made itineraries for families with older children. Recommended for children aged five upwards, this self-drive tour takes in California’s most family-friendly highlights including the Yosemite National Park, Big Sur, San Francisco, Universal Studios Hollywood, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Santa Barbara, staying in luxury accommodation with two nights’ glamping!

All of our North American arrangements can be tailored to you and we will be happy to discuss your exact requirements and make recommendations in order to ensure you enjoy the best possible family holiday. In addition to touring itineraries we can offer relaxing stay-put or twin-centre options in Los Angeles and beyond. The following is an example itinerary, especially designed with families in mind and staying in luxury accommodation.

DAY 1

Arrive in Los Angeles

Upon  arrival  at LAX,  you will  pick  up your  rental  vehicle and  drive approximately  35  minutes to the Loews Hotel. Depending on your arrival time, an L.A. City tour can be arranged with  a private  guide  who will  take you through famous  neighbourhoods and to see city  sights  including the Hollywood sign. Overnight at Loews Hotel. No Meals Included.

DAY 2

Universal Studios Hollywood Tour

Depart the Loews Hotel in the early morning and drive to Universal Studios Hollywood. Explore locations and sets closed to the general public, with exclusive  behind-the-scenes  access to the movie  studios, as well as access to all rides, attractions and shows. After the tour, you will drive 1 hour and 30 minutes to the Canary Hotel. Overnight at the Canary Hotel, Santa Barbara. Breakfast and Lunch Included.

DAY 3

Santa Barbara

A free day to enjoy Santa Barbara. Nestled between the shrub-covered slopes of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the clear blue shores of  the Pacific Ocean, Santa  Barbara  is California at its best. Its beautiful beaches, majestic mountains, and colorful culture make it a popular resort destination and whether you enjoy hiking, water sports, lounging on the beach or culture it has something for everyone. Overnight at the Canary Hotel. No Meals Included.

DAY 4

Kayaking in Morro Bay & Glamping

After breakfast, begin the 2 hour drive North to Morro Bay. Upon arrival into Morro Bay you will be met by your guide to start your Big Sur adventure with a two hour kayaking trip.

Morro Bay is composed of 2300 acres of  mud flats, eelgrass beds, tidal wetlands and open water. Two dozen threatened or endangered species live in the area including the Peregrine Falcon, Brandt Goose, Brown Pelican, Sea Otter and Snowy Plovers. Morro Bay is also a major West Coast wintering area for over 100 species of birds providing year around bird watching opportunities. Its waters are home to California Sea Lions and Harbor Seals, which use the mud flats as a hauling out area. After your kayaking adventure, continue an additional two hours North to camp. Relax and enjoy the camp facilities while the staff prepares a full service dinner. Overnight at Big Sur Luxury Camping. Lunch, Dinner Included.

DAY 5

Exploring Big Sur beaches and trails

Explore the incredible region of Big Sur State Park; your guide will tailor the day to your personal preferences and the ages of your children. You will have the opportunity  to take  several short  hikes:  visiting  a secluded rocky cove, several historic structures and a waterfall plunging to the sands below. An optional excursion takes you on a trail of stream crossings ending in a spectacular 100 feet waterfall. Overnight at Big Sur Luxury Camping. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included.

DAY 6

Monterey Bay Aquarium tour and on to Yosemite

After breakfast  at camp you will  drive 1 hour  and 35 minutes North to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Discover what it takes  to run  a world-class  aquarium,  learn  about exciting  research projects  being conducted and find out how to prepare food for over 10,000 animals! Once your tour is complete, drive approximately 4 hours from Monterey into Yosemite National Park and check into your new accommodations at Tenaya Lodge. Overnight at Tenaya Lodge. Breakfast Included.

DAY 7

Yosemite National Park

After breakfast, meet  your  private naturalist  guide  who will discuss your options for the day which include nearby walking tours or a guided drive in your vehicle.  You could stroll through El Capitan Meadow or drive to Glacier Point for the Sentinel Dome/Taft Point Walk.   An expert with the Yosemite Conservancy, he will enable you to fully understand the history, geology, flora and fauna that occupy the park.

Please note: Yosemite guides are not permitted to drive clients inside the park. You may follow behind the guide vehicle or the guide may drive with you. Overnight at Tenaya Lodge. No Meals Included.

DAY 8

San Francisco

Depart  Yosemite  National  Park  and drive to San  Francisco.   The drive is approximately  4 hours and 15 minutes. Upon arrival into San Francisco, check in to your hotel which is located on the city’s waterfront, near Fisherman’s Wharf and Chrissy Field. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to take in the new sights of this exciting city. Overnight at the Fairmont Heritage Place or similar. No Meals Included

DAY 9

Baseball stadium tour and evening Alcatraz tour

Today you will  have a leisurely  morning at the hotel before transferring 20 minutes to the San Francisco Giants AT&T Ballpark stadium for a tour. The breathtaking Bay views rival the action on  the field where one of baseball’s most hallowed franchises  plays  inside  an architectural  landmark.  On   your  behind-the-scenes  tour you’ll  go places only the players and coaches go: the Giants’ dugout, the Visitors’ clubhouse, even the field.

Free afternoon to explore San Francisco before your evening tour to Alcatraz. The Alcatraz night tour is a unique programme limited to just a few  hundred visitors per evening. It offers special activities including a live boat narration, a guided tour from Dock to Cellhouse, the Cellhouse Audio Tour and a variety of special programmes and presentations offered only at night. Overnight at the Fairmont Heritage Place or similar. No Meals Included.

DAY 10

San Francisco

Free day in San  Francisco. There are many wonderful activities for families including the San Francisco Zoo, The Exploratorium and the California Academy of Sciences (private tours may be arranged here). Overnight  at the Fairmont  Heritage  Place or similar. No Meals Included.

DAY 11

Departure

Depart your hotel and drive approximately 35 minutes to San Francisco Airport. Please allow for enough time to return your rental vehicle and go through airport security.

 

 

 

The Best of California

The Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel is a luxury family resort offering the best of both worlds. Located within a protected natural park in the Western Algarve and overlooking the Martinhal beach, this resort is surrounded by stunning natural landscape, but also very close to the historic fishing town of Sagres and only just over an hour away from Faro airport. The wonderful thing about this resort is the way it combines affordability, luxury and genuine hospitality into a really memorable guest experience. The self catering villas within the resort are perfect for families.

In the resort’s Village Square there are many facilities to keep the kids happy. The Raposinhos Kids Club and Crèche is open to children between the ages of six months and eight years old, and is supervised by a dedicated and qualified (English-speaking) team in very impressive adult-to-child ratios – this kids club is open every day and is often taken outside in the summer months. There are also separate babysitting services available. Other facilities found in the square are the garden playground and the ‘Blue Room’, a place where older children can enjoy video games, table football and use of the internet.

The three restaurants on site offer gourmet, fresh fish/seafood and bistro-style cuisine giving guests a wide choice of dining experiences where only the highest quality Portuguese produce is used. There are childrens menus available for the little ones at Os Gambozinos, a lively bistro-style restaurant that is a favourite with guests.

The Martinhal resort is made up of two separate accommodation types. The Hotel Martinhal has 38 deluxe rooms with private terraces; the hotel is surrounded by a selection of unique luxury villas, each with its own grounds and a private swimming pool. The furnishing inside every villa is different but all share the same exceptional quality. They are ideal for families. Please contact us with any enquiries you have.

There is an endless abundance of activities on offer at the Martinhal, designed to delight the whole family. Sporting activities available from the resort’s Club 98 include bike rentals, tennis, football, a gym, kayaking, paddle surfing, wind surfing, diving, trekking, parasailing, rock climbing, golf, horse riding, fishing and surfing, among many more. There are a total of five swimming pools around the resort, the largest overlooking the nearby beach front, and three others particularly popular with families and young children. From June until September, swimming lessons for children are available (with costs depending on the age and swimming capabilities of the child). The three restaurants on site offer gourmet, fresh fish/seafood and bistro-style cuisine giving guests a wide choice of dining experiences where only the highest quality Portuguese produce is used.

The Martinhal believes in the enriching philosophy of ‘barefoot luxury’, which celebrates the resorts’ unique relationship with its surrounding environment. The Martinhal’s Finisterra Spa has this philosophy at the heart of everything it does, and situated in a secluded area of the grounds, guests can discover within a profound sense of natural wellbeing. The spa has six individual treatments rooms, a sauna, a steam room, its own spectacular gardens, and it offers an exclusive range of massages, rituals and treatments using only 100% organic materials.

Tots Too families benefit from a complimentary baby kit which includes a cot, potty, bed guards, bottle warmer and sterliser, stair gate, high chair, pushchair and more.

Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel

The Sofitel Marrakech Palais Impérial has been constructed in the style of a Moorish palace set amongst palm trees and bougainvillea. Immense columns, sculpted ceilings, traditional zelliges, carpets and artwork create an atmosphere of Eastern hospitality and if you listen carefully you can hear the bustle of the Medina whilst looking out onto the snow-covered peaks of the Atlas Mountains. Families are well catered for with spacious suites and a lively kids club as well as the opportunity to stroll to the medina and the Djemaa El Fna, or main square, to explore the fascinating sights, sounds and smells of the souks.

There are two outdoor pools (one of which is heated) surrounded by palm trees, sun loungers and hammocks and one indoor pool, a well-equipped gym, mini-golf and access to an 18-hole golf course plus a sauna and Jacuzzi. The spa offers massage and traditional Moroccan Hammam using organic argan oils.

Rooms and suites are decorated in traditional Moroccan style with low lighting and earthy colours and either overlook the Koutobia, the Atlas Mountains or the gardens. Luxurious touches include marble bathrooms with large bathtubs and Bose CD players. The Prestige and Opera Suites are ideal for families, with one or two bedrooms and a separate lounge area.

Marrakech is a good place for food lovers and the hotel offers a choice of restaurants with separate kids’ menus available. L’Oasis is a relaxed poolside Mediterranean-style restaurant with dishes including east on lobster marrakchi or a light salade niçoise with a platter of French cheeses. Le Jardin serves an eclectic mix of tagine, rotisserie and even sushi and So Good, nestled in lush gardens next to the avant-garde So Lounge bar, features authentic Moroccan cuisine with a French twist and live cultural shows every evening. L’Orangerie is the gourmet restaurant and there are also four bars including a tea lounge and poolside bar serving chilled drinks and snacks.

The Kids’ Suite has a wide range of facilities, creating a fantasy grown-up world for the little ones, including a tea lounge, cinema events, library and mini-spa experiences. Supervised for children aged 4 – 12 years, the Kids Club utilises these facilities for its programme of creative and cultural activities including Moroccan cookery classes, outdoor games, competitions and min-discos. There is also an outdoor playground, video games room and babysitting is available on request.

The Sofitel Marrakech is a tranquil haven in the centre of a magical city, an exciting base for a family looking for discovery and adventure.

Sofitel Marrakech Palais Imperial

Ikos Olivia, opening in summer 2015, offers sleek, contemporary style in a beach-front setting on Halkidiki’s Toroneos Gulf. Set amongst 22 acres of evergreen landscape, this unique property, surrounded by immaculate lawns and olive trees, offers families a tranquil and stylish haven. Ikos re-defines All Inclusive as Infinite Lifestyle, with an emphasis on elegance, quality and choice in the included programme of meals, drinks and activities.

Ikos Olivia has four swimming pools in total, the main outdoor pool overlooking the Aegean Sea with separate kids’ pool and paddling pool for toddlers. The spa has a sauna, steam room and indoor heated pool and there’s also a well-equipped gym. There’s a wealth of sporting activities on offer, from beach volleyball, tennis and mountain biking to private boat tours and a variety of water sports. Evening entertainment includes live shows based on popular West End productions and beach parties.

Accommodation is split between contemporary hotel-style rooms and suites and spacious bungalows, all decorated in light blue and sand colours to reflect the Aegean landscape. Deluxe rooms start at 30sqm and all feature the latest in mod-cons including Smart TV, iOS compatible platform,  Wifi, DVD Players, and Nespresso machines. The one and two bedroom bungalow suites are perfect for families requiring a little extra space and come with private gardens. Guests staying in Deluxe suites can enjoy one complimentary massage per adult, use of the Deluxe Collection swimming pool, one private dinner on the beach, a bottle of champagne on arrival and premium spirits in the mini bar.

Four themed a la carte restaurants, overseen by Michelin star chefs and complemented by the Flavors buffet restaurant, offer a world of culinary delights, with a choice of Italian, Asian, French and Greek menus.  The unique Dine-Out concept allows guests to venture out to the coastal village of Gerakini and dine at a choice of specially selected beachfront restaurants (reservation required). You can also choose from five bars for branded drinks and snacks during the day and evening and 24-hour room service is available at no additional cost.

OFSTED approved Worldwide Kids Company operate the Heroes crèche (from 4 months), kids club (4 – 12 years) and Teens club (13 – 16 years), all of which offer a daily programme of entertainment including team games, mini-discos, DVD library, Play Stations and beach fun. There is also a football academy for children aged 6 and above.

Gerakini is the nearest village and home to traditional fish tavernas and curio shops and Halkidiki’s biggest market, Nea Moudania with stalls piled high with honey, olive soap and locally made leatherwork, is just 20 minutes’ drive away.

Ikos Olivia

Nestled among tropical forest and mangroves on Mexico’s Riviera Maya, the eco-friendly Fairmont Mayakoba is a luxury retreat and an ideal base to visit the nearby Mayan historical sites and family-friendly ecological parks of Xelha, Xcaret, Tulúm and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Chichén Itzá.  Although large, the 45-acre property sprawls from ocean to mangrove in such a way that you feel at one with the tropical environment, its low rise thatched roof constructions a welcome alternative to the monolithic resorts clustered along the Caribbean coast of the Yucatán Peninsula. Rooms and suites are just a few steps from the 1,200 foot long white sand beach and guests can hire lanchitas (small boats) to explore the waterways.

To maintain the authenticity and delicate ecology, vehicles are parked at the entrance to the property and all other transport throughout the Fairmont Mayakoba is by covered boats, electric golf carts, bicycles or on foot. There are five swimming pools including a ten thousand square foot free-form pool and water slide, a children’s play pool, and an adults-only infinity edge pool overlooking the lagoon. The Willow Stream spa has treetop treatment areas using indigenous ingredients and ancient native traditions and there are also two tennis courts.

Dining options include La Laguna Grill & Bar, an al fresco restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner in a tropical atmosphere and featuring a cosy lounge; Las Brisas (AAA Four Diamond), an elegant seaside restaurant featuring contemporary seafood; El Puerto (AAA Four Diamond), located in the main building; and Café Maya, a sunrise-to-sunset market cafe. Tropical cocktails, sushi and live music are offered in the Lobby Lounge and guests can swim up to the bar at Las Olas.  All day in-room dining is also available and all restaurants offer a dedicated kids menu.

For kids, Discovery Club & Adventure Camp (ages 3 – 12) offers cultural and educational activities and is complementary for up to three hours each day. Kids can enjoy epic adventures in the sacred Mayan jungle and learn about planet Earth’s natural and cultural wonders, with the guidance of Iggi the iguana, Chamu the monkey and Balam the jaguar, create handcrafts such as “Penachos” (Mayan inspired head dresses) or make colourful paper banners, piñatas or Origami, among many other fun activities.

The sugar-soft white sand beach is reached via a pathway across the mangrove and dunes and further afield there is much to explore in this region of Mexico, with day trips to the largest aquarium in the world at Xel-Ha and magical eco-archeological park Xcaret recommended.

Fairmont Mayakoba

Introducing itself as “Contemporary luxury in a beach-front all suite resort”, The Landings overlooks an impressive expanse of soft white sand and is one of the only luxury properties in St Lucia where guests can step directly onto the beach. The Landings is nestled in Rodney Bay, just a stone’s throw from the historic Pigeon Island National Park and a few minutes from Rodney Bay Village with its restaurants and attractions. With a focus on families, including a year-round kids club and special attention to detail to ensure little ones are catered for, there is the opportunity to do as little or as much as you like.

There are three swimming pools set amongst tropical gardens, two of which are child-friendly, as well as two hot tubs and an extensive spa with unique interior pools and several treatment rooms. Within a contained bay with a pleasant cross shore breeze, the resort is in one of the best spots in St. Lucia for water sports and sailing, kayaking, snorkelling and scuba diving, deep sea fishing and sunset cruises are all available from its beach which is fast-developing a reputation as being one of the best in the world. There is also a tennis club and state of the art fitness centre with golf, kite-surfing, horse riding and Atlantic Coast hiking all only five minutes away.

Each of the resort’s suites is designed in either traditional or contemporary Caribbean style. Traditional suites blend European and Caribbean colonial décor, highlighted with Tuscan-stone mosaics and traditional West Indian colonial furniture and Contemporary suites bring the freshness of the Caribbean indoors with aqua, teal and sky-blue accents. Each suite features a fully equipped, high-end kitchen, spacious living room, dining room, powder room, washing machine and dryer, bedrooms (one, two or three) with bathrooms en-suite and two large balconies or a landscaped terrace.

There’s a choice of two restaurants, the Beach Club offering a Caribbean and Mediterranean menu using the island’s seafood and fruit from local farmers markets and The Palms Restaurant features fine dining. There is a separate children’s menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner and kids under 5 eat free. The Beach Club Bar is a great spot for a light lunch or pre-dinner drinks and the Viscount Lounge has a stylish cocktail bar and hosts regular theme nights.

The Landings Kid’s Club provides fun and educational experiences for kids daily from 9am – 5pm. There are treasure and scavenger hunts, beach and pool games, competitions and colouring contests, arts and crafts as well as educational activities and dancing.  All of this is organised and run by Carol Trimmingham who has been coordinating children’s programs at resorts in St Lucia for over a decade.

The Landings is an all-encompassing resort and its spacious accommodation offers the flexibility of self-catering with the comforts of a luxury hotel. If you can tear yourself away from the immaculate beach there is much to explore nearby including trekking, cycling, waterfall tours, rain forest hikes and tropical jeep safaris.

Tots Too families benefit from four hours of complimentary babysitting per stay.

The Landings

Pagel was created in this peaceful corner of south west France especially with young families in mind. The charming gites are set in an idyllic rural site, with three acres of safe outdoor spaces for little legs to roam free.

The play facilities are charming, including a fort, meadow maze, indian village, two trampolines, climbing frame and sandpit. The heated pools are securely fenced, including one for toddlers. There is also an indoor Play Barn with art area and floor games. Unlike most of Tots Too’s portfolio, there is no creche or kids club, however with all these activities, the children will never be at a loose end.

In the area, you can visit the local goat farm and learn how local goats cheese is made, visit a lavender farm, enjoy wine tasting in local vineyards or try pottery painting at a local atelier. For the active, it’s a short drive for waterski-ing, nature climbing, horse riding and canoeing on the River Lot

Accommodation is in seven unique gites, with either two or three bedrooms, each accommodating up to five people per gite plus babies. If you’re travelling with extended family or planning a large celebration, you can take over all the gites (up to 35 people)! All family practicalities are catered for in each gite, with a fully equipped kitchen, toy box and age appropriate beds and all sorts of useful kiddie kit.

Even with the independence offered by self-catering, there is daily assistance on hand from the management, and even the possibility to hire chef for the night. COOK food is available on site, but there are lots of nearby villages for you to explore, to purchase local delicacies. The weekly family barbecue is a great chance to meet new friends, old and young. The local restaurants are all you could wish for, including the Michelin-starred Le Gindreau.

Parents need pampering too, which is why you can arrange a massage or pedicure in your gite, and all play facilities are thoughtfully furnished with adult-sized seating for you to relax and enjoy the views, whilst keeping half an eye on the children.

Pagel

With a peaceful setting in the South Downs National Park, it is hard to believe that Mill Farm is in easy reach from London. This is definitely glamping rather than camping, and your Canvas Frills Lodge comes with two bedrooms (one double, one with bunk beds), shower and flushing toilet. The cooking stove helps you keep that feeling of camping adventure and it comes well stocked with essentials like wood and a fireguard.

Children of all ages can make themselves very much at home in their lodge, which can be furnished with a cot and highchair, as needed. Other home comforts include a barbecue, towels, kitchen linen, cold running watr, candles and lamp oil, with a cleaning and beds made service included.

The main attraction is the beauty of the area where children can roam freely. The family can experience farmlife, with a farm tour and fishing in the private lake. Springtime brings lambing, which is wonderful for little ones to witness and do keep an eye open for the free range woodland pigs!

Children will love gathering eggs for your breakfast from the communal chicken coop, or pop into the Honesty Shop to supplement your groceries.

Other activities include clay shooting and explorations of the national park, with its rich variety of wildlife.  End a long hike with a pit-stop at the 16th century pub in the traditional village of Lurgashall. Local wineries are another attraction, with a visitor centre and tastings available. Petworth is nearby, famed for its collection of Turner paintings, for another view on rural life.

For availability and booking at all FeatherDown Farm locations, follow this link

 

 

Mill Farm

We are delighted to announce Tots Too Ski – 5* luxury ski holidays perfect for families.

Just spend a couple of minutes telling us what you love about skiing and snowboarding (and how we can make your holidays even more special) and you could win a four-night night stay (including bed and breakfast) in the Nira Montana 5-star Hotel in Italy in April 2017*

If you love skiing or snowboarding (or even just après ski) we’ve got plenty of fantastic resorts to tempt you.

From high altitude Austrian resorts tucked away in picturesque valleys to huge, world class American resorts like Vail and Canada’s quiet pistes and family-friendly hotels, you’ll find the perfect break in our ski collection.

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Often regarded as the pinnacle of the Alps,  Courchevel 1850 is home to the high end ski in ski out Annapurna which welcomes families with open arms. The combination of traditional charm and modern efficiency is perfectly balanced and Annapurna’s après-ski activities are second to none. The grandiose lounge bar serves classic cocktails from award nominated bar staff, which go particularly well with the roaring fireplace and piano entertainment in the evenings.

The hotel’s exceptional spa area features a heated indoor pool, a sauna, a Turkish bath, Jacuzzi and massage facilities. But for those keen for some real natural relaxation, a few lengths in the outdoor heated pool is a sublime experience with the Alps as your backdrop. Courchevel 1850 is by far the most popular resort for British travellers. Connecting into Val Thorens and Méribel, there is a huge amount of skiing on your doorstep. Focusing on Courchevel specifically, the resort has 19 green and 35 blue runs which will help you get to grips with the terrain. For more experienced skiers, 34 red and 8 black runs will test your skill levels!

All of the 57 rooms and 13 suites at Annapurna are spacious, many with south facing balconies and stunning mountain views. All rooms have satellite TV, DVD player, radio, telephone, high speed internet, safe, minibar and hairdryer.

While the hotel only features one restaurant and one bar, it is a very vibrant area and has tremendous views of the surrounding mountainous area. The large, sweeping windows in the hotel’s restaurant allow guests to enjoy breakfast whilst watching early risers ski down the piste. Or if that’s not close enough to the action, dining on the outdoor terrace is a truly unique way to enjoy the hotel’s menu of traditional and international cuisine.

The hotel has a large playroom suitable for children up to eight years old, with babysitters available upon request. For slightly older kids there is a games room with computer games, table tennis and pool.

 

Annapurna

Three generations of the Weiser family welcome guests to Ciasa Salares in Italy’s Dolomites, where the emphasis is on Italian cuisine and hospitality at the foot of the Val di Salares. Val Badia, located in the heart of Dolomites is known as the land of “Ladins”, an ethnic minority which has maintained its own language, identity and culture. The closest ski lift “Armentarola” is only 100 metres from this ski in ski out hotel and families are well catered for with a childrens’ play room, cookery classes and a chocolate room which will delight little ones.

The spa has a heated indoor pool, Turkish bath, sauna, infrared cabin and whirlpool as well as a fitness centre. Alta Badia is among the best ski areas in Europe with its 450 km of snow sure slopes, lifts and ski schools with updated teaching programmes and a snowpark for freestylers as well as ice skating and curling on natural lakes, rushing down on sleighs, or snow ball fights. The Ciasa Salares’ sun terrace is the perfect place for relaxing with a cashmere blanket and apres-ski hot chocolate. Grandmother Emma Weiser holds regular cookery classes for both adults and children.

Rooms are furnished in a typical South Tyrolean style with fir coatings and local handicrafts and most have balconies with views of the Dolomites. Lavarella suites are the best option for families, with a bedroom plus living room. Two extra beds can be added in the living room and stunning views of the Dolomites await you from the large balcony or veranda.

Ciasa Salares offers a choice of three restaurants including La Siriola, overseen by Michelin starred Italian chef Matteo Metullio and adjacent to the hotel’s chocolate room, La Terrazza which serves lunch on the sun terrace and the main restaurant which serves a seasonal salad buffet from the garden and a four-course dinner menu with at least one vegetarian dish, as well as a traditional alpine dish.

Whilst there is no official kids club at the hotel, there is a dedicated childrens’ play room (unsupervised) and babysitting is available on request. There is a choice of nearby ski schools with creche facilities for toddlers and we will be happy to recommend the best option to suit your needs.

Ciasa Salares

Located in Sexten or Sesto, close to the Austrian border and overlooking the Sesto Dolomites, Hotel Rainer has direct access to a vast skiing area, with two new eight-passenger gondola lifts linking the skiing areas of Monte Elmo and Croda Rossa. Family owned, Hotel Rainer offers a peaceful setting, a wellness oasis with children’s area, age-appropriate childcare and activities for children aged 1 – 12 years, baby and toddler equipment and even a childrens’ buffet in the restaurant.

The Dolomit Panorama spa at the Hotel Rainer has a large heated indoor swimming pool with hydromassage beds, separate spa area for children with shallow pool and a slide, sauna, massage and beauty treatments. Opened in 2014, the Dolimiti Di Sesto skiing centre, with 90 km of slopes, includes “Tre Cime” (Three Peaks) descent and the new “Orto del Toro”. From the “Orto del Toro”, at 2100 metres, skiers can admire the Sesto Dolomites from a whole new perspective and enjoy a marvellous view of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Three Peaks of Lavaredo).

The resort is part of a larger complex of four hotels in total, with the four star Hotel Rainer offering the best accommodation and facilities for families. The Family Apartments sleep up to five, with direct access to the garden and view to the south, parents’ room with desk and satellite TV, separate living room and children’s bedroom with single beds. For larger families, the Superior Suites sleep up to seven people.

There is a choice of four restaurants, including the main buffet restaurant which serves varied and healthy buffet breakfast, lunch buffet of salads and hors d’oeuvres, as well as a separate kids buffet. In the evening families can choose between three menus, a selection of salads and vegetables and hors d’oeuvres of the day, and an assortment of cheeses and desserts. And in the afternoon half-board guests feeling peckish can help themselves to the cake table! Themed gourmet evenings with live music take place each week.

For babies and young children not on ski courses Hotel Rainer offers morning games, with a range of activities like finger-painting, PlayMais and play dough with moulds. For children aged three and over, beginners’ courses are held at the nearby ski school every weekday morning; the youngest learners start on the magic carpet on the slope immediately in front of the hotel, while advanced learners set off with their skis to Croda Rossa or Monte Elmo. After the morning ski courses, children can have s supervised lunch and then there’s an afternoon schedule of indoor and outdoor fun and games at the fantastic “World of Raini”.

Children aged ten and over enjoy group sledding downhill from Croda Rossa, bouldering at the ‘Dolomitenarena’ climbing centre in Sesto, torchlit hike with orange juice punch in the resort’s igloo. There is also a playroom with computer games and music.

 

Hotel Rainer

I have always had a desire to set a Guinness world record and when I stumbled across a challenge which would take me across 25 countries in Europe, I jumped at the chance.  After over a year of planning, I departed on the 1st of March 2014 with the intention of skiing 20 different countries in a calendar month.

Being an avid skier the challenge excited me for many reasons; being able to see 20 different ski resorts, stay in 20 different countries, create lasting memories! Guinness stipulated that it was to be a solo challenge, so I had to transport, ski, report and record every element of the trip on my own. For this reason I decided driving would be the easiest option; this would cut down on time spent flying, transferring from airport to resort and other such things.  7,000 miles on paper didn’t seem overly arduous, however I soon realised my mistake when my first 3 days would see me spend 48 hours in my VW Golf!

As you can see from the image below, the main areas to tick off many countries is central Europe in around the French Alps. However, to hit my target of 20, I had to ski in the areas unknown to most! Such as Otepää in Estonia and Sljeme just outside Zagreb.

world record map

Early on the 1st of March I skied in Scotland and headed south – quite far south – to the top of Spain. Apart from my final days in Scandinavia, this was the most difficult journey.

After skiing Spain and Andorra, I headed up to Chamonix to Ski France, Italy and Switzerland.  After a well-earned break in Luzern in Switzerland, I travelled up into Austria, Liechtenstein (yes it counts as a country!) and Germany.

After Germany, I headed towards Slovenia, the first country I hadn’t visited before and certainly hadn’t skied before. Being wedged between Italy and Austria, I didn’t know what sort of culture to expect; I need not have worried as the Slovenian people are equally, if not more welcoming than any country I had visited before! Skiing in Bled was lovely, a very open resort with good infrastructure. After completing here, I headed to Zagreb, the first country where I was concerned about snow cover.

While I wanted to ski in 20 different countries, Guinness had quantified that I only needed to ski in 15 or more countries to set a new World Record.  As I had skied 9 different countries at this stage in 9 days, I was confident of hitting my 20 target.

However, as I headed further East, the landscape changed from Mountainous to pancake flat.  Croatia only has about 3 ski resorts in the entire country and the one I was banking on was Sljeme, which is just outside the capital, being open. Sitting at 730m, which isn’t drastically low, I had my fingers crossed on the journey up; however, all my hopes were shattered when arriving as there was hardly a flake of snow anywhere!  The resort had been closed for a good couple of months!

Unabashed I headed north into Hungary and stayed by the Danube. My next target was a small resort North East of Budapest, however, with similar disappointment, I discovered from locals that this resort was closed due to lack of snow too.

The old adage of bad luck striking in 3’s was not completely untrue, as I was fined £100 for not having the correct road toll pass was an unneeded expense!

Nevertheless, Slovakia saved the day with the excellent Jansa resort being fully open and operational.

For operational reasons, it was actually quicker to pop into Poland on the Slovakia border and then cross into the Czech Republic. I ticked off the polish resort almost immediately and then made a bee

line towards Ostrava. Again I was fined for not having the correct road toll – we should be thankful in the UK that we contribute via tax rather than a bizarre and complicated pass situation.

I skied the Czech resort of Špindlerův Mlýn early on the 15th March and started the pilgrimage north.  The resort was difficult to find, no-one spoke English and they didn’t accept credit cards, but I was not taking no for an answer and managed to spend 2 hours on the desolate mountain.   A welcome bonus was the 90mph speed limit on the Polish motorways! Little did I know that these would be the last good roads I would see for the next 4 days.

My next target was actually 2 countries away in Estonia, with Lithuania and Latvia having no ski resorts. As I crossed the border into Lithuania, the roads almost immediately deteriorated; with giant potholes, unlit roads, no sign posts being par for the course.  My faithful VW Golf was taking a battering!  As I reached Riga in Latvia, the heavens open and it started to snow very heavily. I was thankful for this in one regard as I thought it would assist the ski resort in Estonia. However, what I didn’t account for was the difficulty of driving in a major city, on the wrong side of the road, with lunatic drivers all around me. I was very thankful to reach the hotel.

The tiny resort in Estonia was a welcome sight after 3 days of difficult driving; this was country 14 as I started my journey into Scandinavia.  Logistically, I couldn’t afford to spend a night in Helsinki, so after arriving from Tallinn on a car ferry, I drove straight to the ski resort which was 1.5 hours outside of Helsinki.  I quickly completed that (that was country 15, so effectively equalling the record) and drove back to the ferry port to catch an overnight ferry to Stockholm.

This was my most difficult day, purely because it was so unexpected. I had almost banked on Scandinavia having excellent roads, perfectly and regularly snowploughed and gritted. On the contrary! Some of the roads appeared not to have been ploughed for weeks. My front wheel drive car was severely struggling with lack of grip on the A class roads which limited my speed to 30mph in places. This drastically changed my ETA in Oslo from 6pm to almost 10pm.  I was already quite fatigued from the 18 previous days and the stresses of driving on an ice rink started to take its toll. I arrived at the Swedish ski resort of Romme Alpin just after 2pm, much later than I had intended. I skied the resort, not fully aware that I had just set a new record and drove the 8 hours at a snail’s pace to Oslo.

The Kongsberg Ski Centre is just outside Oslo and was my final destination; this would take my total to 17 and would solidify my position in the Guinness World Records. I skied this resort early in the morning and soaked it all in.  There was still a long journey back home, but I couldn’t have been happier at completing my goal. Albeit 3 countries below my aim, but lack of snow couldn’t be accounted for!

After submitting reams and reams of information to Guinness, they confirmed I had set a new world record. Here I am pictured in the Scottish Borders with my certificate!

After moving to London in April 2016, I started with Tots Too to help develop their ski programme. We decided on a select number of hotels which work for families. This will grow over time, but for this coming winter season 2016/2017, we have an excellent selection of family friendly resorts and hotels for all family groups.

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Jamie’s Guinness™ Ski World Record

The big ol’ US of A doesn’t disappoint families when it comes to skiing and predictably offers world class resorts on a bold scale. Vail is an enormous ski resort, stretching almost four miles west from Denver. Beaver Creek, around half an hour away, is covered by the lift pass and is easily reached by bus and Breckenridge and Keystone – both owned by Vail Resorts and covered by the lift pass – as well as Copper Mountain are other possible excursions.

Vail offers a huge range of accommodation and is famous for its excellent ski school with dedicated teaching areas and plenty of terrain for all abilities, as well as a childcare for three different age groups. Most of all, Vail has a huge slate of non-skiing family activities. At the top of the gondola, the mountain operates the unique Adventure Ridge, an entire complex devoted to family fun during the day and night, with lighted, lift-served tubing runs, kids’ snowmobiles, and snow bikes. In Vail Village, there is one of the only bowling alleys at any major ski resort, a new gourmet movie theatre that serves a wide menu of fun and tasty snacks and two ice rinks.

USA Ski

Vail, Colorado is a one-of-a-kind ski destination for families and The Sebastian Vail captures the magic of this colourful resort like nowhere else. Voted by Travel & Leisure as one of America’s “Best Family Hotels”, the resort has a play space for families with children of four and under and extras such as “Movie Night,” complete with family friendly movies, fresh popcorn and classic candy delivered to your door. The resort concierge can organise countless kids activities or arrange childcare whilst you’re on the slopes. Don’t rule out visiting this fabulous resort in summer either, when the Battle Mountain Kids Camp offers a full programme for children aged 7 – 12.

Bloom spa offers rejuvinating treatments perfect for mind and body after a day’s skiing and incorporates a a state-of-the-art fitness center and heated outdoor pool with four hot tubs and surrounding terrace. Consistently rated the number one ski resort in North America, Vail is all about enjoying the abundance of snow. Snowboard, telemark or downhill ski your way through Vail’s seven Back Bowls, Blue Sky Basin and the most groomed runs of any resort in the world. Families can Ski-in and ski-out from The Sebastian Vail Base Camp which is staffed in the winter seven days a week and private and group lessons can be arranged for all ability levels, from adults to children as young as three years of age. Ice skating, snow shoeing, hot air ballooning, dog sledding and horseback riding can all be booked via the hotel’s concierge.

Rooms are furnished in a “hip, boutique style” and offer families plenty of space with comfortable living areas and the finest amenities such as 400 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets. The one and two bedroom luxury suites have separate living and bedroom areas for families as well as two bathrooms. For larger families, the Residential Suites have kitchens, fireplaces, balconies with valley or mountain views and all the comforts of home.

Dedicated to sustainable, local, organic and fresh foods, Leonora restaurant delivers world-class, alpine-inspired, seasonal cuisine along with wines from around the world. With an inviting atmosphere and vast selection of beer, wine and spirits, Frost is home to Vail’s coolest craft cocktails, perfect for après-ski or a nightcap before turning in for the night. Separate kids menus are available on request.

The Tykes Room is a brightly decorated play area for the littlest guests, providing a fun space for families with children of four and under. The chalkboard wall offers children a canvas to create their most imaginative masterpieces and an elevated stage with curtains, karaoke and a closet full of costumes and chairs for a pint-sized audience encourage dramatic creativity. The bookcases are filled with storybooks, coloring books, games and toys, and there is always something fun playing the big screen. The resort concierge can also arrange babysitting and ski school bookings.

 

The Sebastian Vail

Combining access to excellent skiing (238 km of slopes) with fantastic child care, the Seiblishof in Ischgl offers one of the most complete family packages in Europe.  Ischgl is serviced by Innsbruck airport (just a one and half hour transfer) and, as with many resorts in Austria, it has a very long ski season with excellent snow almost guaranteed from December – April as well as wide expansive runs, an excellent lift infrastructure and a lively town. Note that while you can ski back to the Seiblishof, you do need to walk five minutes to the ski lifts in the morning.

The Mountain Winter Spa at the Seblishof offers beauty packages, massage and wellness treatments and there is also a sauna and separate spa for kids and teens offering treatments including a chocolate skin scrub. The indoor pool has a separate baby and toddler wading pool with slide and kids shower as well as a vitality shower and tropical rain shower.

The Deluxe Rooms suit families with one child, having a double bed and single sofa bed whilst the Family Rooms have a double bedroom plus separate kids’ sleeping area with bunk beds. For larger families, the Family Suites have an additional extra bed.  Rooms are brightly furnished and have TV, mini-bar, safe and cosy bathrobes and slippers.

The main restaurant serves an abundant continental breakfast each morning and in the afternoons snacks, cakes and tortes are available to re-fuel before heading back to the slopes. In the evening, families can enjoy Tyrolean specialities with child-friendly options available. There is also a separate kids’ restaurant open at lunchtimes.

Toni’s Adventure Club kids club offers childcare for children aged 4 – 12 years five days a week from 3pm until 9pm with activities and facilities including a climbing wall, soft play area with slide, ball pool, a playground, games room and cinema. There’s a supervised kids’ restaurant with all-day drinks available and a baby breakfast corner with a HiPP baby menu. Children from six months to three years can join Toni’s Babyclub six days a week from 9am until 3pm. There is also a babysitting service available from 4pm onwards.

The nearby ski kindergarten at Ischgl ski school is open daily from Sunday to Friday for children aged 3 to 5 years and the school also offers a babysitting service for under twos.

 

Seiblishof

The elegant Kulm Hotel St. Moritz stands proudly in the centre of St. Moritz, the original home of winter tourism, with breathtaking views over the nearby lake, comfortable luxury for families and 150 years of tradition. Families are warmly welcomed, with interconnecting rooms, an on-site kids club and specially created menus for little ones. Engadine St. Moritz is considered to be one of the most varied winter regions in Switzerland offering four main peaks and 350 km of pistes, 200 km of Nordic ski trails and 150 km of winter hiking trails.

The Kulm Spa has a heated indoor pool with whirlpool and separate kids’ pool heated to 34 degrees. For an invigorating dip with views of the mountains there is also an outdoor heated pool. There are also steam baths, a Finnish sauna, infrared cabin and hot and cold pools. The well-equipped gym overlooks the mountains and has regular classes including Pilates, Yoga and Core Training. the Upper Engadine is blessed with an abundance of sunshine and thanks to its altitude ranging between 1800 and 3303 metres above sea level, snow is guaranteed. Modern ski lifts ensure  minimum of waiting times in a region that’s renowned for its variety – after all, it was here that winter tourism was born almost 150 years ago. Carving paradise, freeride slopes, spacious nursery slopes and a glacier downhill run will thrill ski enthusiasts of any age.

Suites and Luxury Suites are finished in careful detail using the finest materials and equipped with creature comforts for families. Comprised of one or two rooms, a separate living area with dining table, some with their own fireplace and a balcony overlooking Lake St. Moritz, they offer plenty of space for families. There are also connecting rooms for extra privacy.

There are six restaurants in total, offering both fine dining and informal cuisine. The Grand Restaurant is housed in an opulent dining room, an original feature of the hotel, and offers a six-course half-board menu as part of the Gourmet Dine Around program. Choose between variations of Italian cuisine, local Engadine specialties or gourmet delicacies. The Pizzeria serves southern Italian fish and meat specialities, all kinds of pasta and crispy pizza straight out of the wood-fired oven, Chesa al Parc offers Swiss specialities and The K is a gourmet restaurant. Ten minutes’ walking distance from the hotel, the Bob Restaurant is situated right in the starting gate building for the St. Moritz-Celerina Olympic bobsleigh run and serves light and classic lunches. Children are well catered for at all the restaurants and there is the option to have any early dinner at the kids club.

Children aged between 3 and 12 will be kept entertained at the “Marmotta Kids’ Club“. There’s a varied weekly programme with plenty of stimulating entertainment including pizza making, fun and games in the fitness room and creative crafts. Ski school is just a short distance from the hotel and babysitting is available on request.

 

Kulm Hotel

The Nira Alpina is located in a superb slope-side location on the Corvatsch side of St Moritz.  This modern hotel offers excellent value for money in one of the most exclusive resorts in Europe and is just metres away from the ski lift which will allow families to beat the crowds each and every morning! There is a kids club and nearby ski school which also has its own creche. With easy access into St Moritz town, Nira Alpina is a great choice for a Swiss ski trip.

The spa and relaxation room offer a range of treatments and there is also a well-equipped gym, sauna and whirlpool. As the resort is directly connected to Corvatsch cable car station skiers, snowboarders and winter hikers can rapidly reach the highest mountain station in the eastern Alps. As a change from skiing and snowboarding, spend time hiking, sledding, ice-skating, bobsleighing, horse riding, ice polo playing, hang gliding, sky diving or Nordic walking.

All rooms and suites feature a large terrace or balcony and panoramic windows overlooking the Engadin mountains. Natural materials such as Swiss Spruce, Italian stone and suede are used and hi-tech amenities include a flat-screen TV showing 87 channels, an iPod docking station and free Wi-Fi. Each modern granite bathroom has a deep bath and waterfall shower. We recommend the Alpine Junior Suite for families, or connecting rooms for more space.

The restaurants at Nira Alpina serve natural, fresh cuisine with most ingredients farmed, caught, raised or bred within a few kilometres. Service is efficient and relaxed, delivered with an unfussy charm. Dining choices include international restaurant Stars which has panoramic views of the lakes and mountains, the Italian Trattoria and Bistro which serves healthy dishes and a variety of kids’ options.

The Kids Club is open between 9am and 9pm during busy periods such as school holidays and has been recently renovated, with lots of games, a multilingual library and indoor entertainment for all ages.  The nearby ski school also has a creche for children between 3 and 4 years old equipped with magic carpets, a ski carousel and a children’s rope tow lift.  Children aged 5 and up can improve their technique with daily lessons.

Nira Alpina

In a tranquil location with views to Tenerife’s Adeje mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, Hotel Suite Villa Maria is a unique 5 star all-villa resort on Tenerife’s Costa Adeje constructed in characteristic Canaries style and set amongst landscaped gardens. On the site of a former a banana plantation, retaining the growing terraces’ original stone walls, the extensive grounds include a nine-hole golf course. The pretty village of La Caleta and its beach are just a ten minute stroll away, making Villa Maria an ideal location for families looking for a peaceful holiday with excellent facilities and numerous activities within easy reach.

The main hotel is centered around split-level gardens containing three swimming pools (including one children’s pool), heated in winter, extensive sunbathing terraces and a pool bar. In addition to the golf course, facilities include a sports complex with gymnasium and squash court, a children’s playground, games room, putting green and a hairdressers.

The two-story, spacious self-catering villas are decorated in neutral tones and all offer views of the sea. Choose from a one, two or three bedroom villa with en-suite bathroom and hydro-massage shower, balcony and terrace with sea views, living room with dining area, fully equipped American style kitchen and enclosed private garden. Some of the two bedroom villas have a Jacuzzi and the three bedroom villas all have private pools. Stair gates can be fitted on request.

All villas have full self-catering facilities but there is also an excellent restaurant serving breakfast (included), lunch and dinner. La Torre, located on the first floor overlooking the Plaza and the swimming pool, offers a sumptuous buffet breakfast (7am – 11am) and elegant and intimate dining each evening, serving international and typical Canarian cuisine. For a lighter meal, the Pool Bar offers a variety of lunches, snacks and ice creams and the Plaza Bar is open for evening cocktails. The well-stocked mini-market has all the essentials and there is a large supermarket around 5 minutes’ drive away. Villa Maria also offers a twice-daily shuttle service to Plaza del Duque shopping centre and Playa del Duque Beach.

As well as the kids’ pool, Villa Maria has a playground area for children, kids club open daily (supervised during weekday afternoons from October to April) and a playroom with Play Stations for teens. Babysitting, either in the play room or in your own villa, can be organised at as part of our exclusive Nanny Too arrangement. We can also pre-book a complete Baby Kit for you, including all the baby and toddler essentials as well as a family welcome pack with food basics for a small extra charge.

Hotel Suite Villa Maria is an excellent choice for families who prefer the independence of self-catering but want access to a high standard of traditional hotel facilities. The location invites a hassle-free holiday, with restaurants, shops and the beach all within walking distance. However, if you would like to go further afield, hiring a car is a great way to get around the island.

Tots Too clients benefit from a complimentary baby kit which includes a cot &, bedlinen, kid’s toiletries, high chair, stair gate and walkie-talkie.

Hotel Suite Villa Maria

Canada has wonderful skiing for families with frequent dumps of snow, generally quiet pistes, great grooming, spacious family-friendly hotels and a warm welcome. Unlike in Europe, every resort has a ski area boundary marked by signs or a rope, and everywhere within this boundary, however steep and gnarly it is, is avalanche controlled and patrolled.

Whistler gets an average of almost 12 metres of snow a year and its two linked mountains Whistler and Blackcomb make up the biggest ski area in North America. For beginners, there are excellent nursery slopes and top-to-bottom green runs to progress to and for more experienced skiiers the high open bowls offer a wide range of possibilities, with regular dumps of powder. The purpose-built resort village is big and busy, with lots of bars and restaurants, childcare options and shops.

Tremblant has a charming village, purpose-built in the style of Old Quebec, with narrow cobbled streets at the foot of a small area of varied slopes. The ski area has been expanded, and is now the second biggest in Canada.

 

Canada

Experience the ultimate comfort and treat yourself to the perfect location when staying in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. Nestled in the heart of a scenic village at the foot of the mountain, Fairmont Tremblant is the only ‘’ski-in/ski-out’’ resort of the region, offering easy access to ski tracks or hiking trails.

Mont-Tremblant is a prime destination for outdoor adventures and offers an abundance of activities including alpine skiing, hiking, mountain biking, river rafting, snowmobiling, zip-lining and much more! Fairmont Tremblant hotel truly puts you in the middle of all the fun, from the lively street life of the pedestrian village to the Laurentian playground recognized as Quebec’s largest national park.

Relax and enjoy the elegance of one of the 314 accommodations, including 62 spacious suites. The atmosphere at Fairmont Tremblant reflects the vibrant history of Quebec and its many legends. Many of the luxury accommodations in the exquisite resort offer breathtaking, spectacular views of beautiful Mont-Tremblant or of the surrounding woodlands. Rooms come in a variety of sizes, and for extra convenience many have a sofa with a pullout bed and come equipped with in-house movie channels and video games.

With two restaurants, a lounge, and in-room dining service, Fairmont Tremblant offers the perfect way to satiate your appetite after a day on the slopes of Mont-Tremblant. Whether your passion is classic French cuisine or sushi, you’re on a quest for the perfect martini or a flawless cup of coffee, the restaurants, including the Windigo Restaurant, Nansen Lounge and seasonal dining outlets, ensure that delicious experiences await. both of the restaurant have a children’s menu.

The kids facilities are second to none with plenty of activities for little ones and teenagers. Kids of all ages will jump with joy as they discover the game room equipped with table hockey, air hockey, foosball, Wii and Xbox consoles and a variety of games. All games are complimentary and the game room is accessible for all guests. Children aged 1 to 6 years old are welcomed at the resort kids club located just 5 a minute walk from the hotel. Other kids activities include ski school, ice skating and snow tubing.

Fairmont Tremblant

Located above the ski resort of Lech, Oberlech is an excellent family-friendly resort and one of the most exclusive destinations in the Alps, 1700m above sea level and offering perfectly groomed pistes and access to the world-renowned Arlberg region with its first class winter sports. The Goldener Berg itself is a traditional ski in ski out hotel with access to 182km of ski slopes and great family facilities including an on-site kids club and family rooms.

Goldener Berg’s Alpin Spa offers parents a Finnish Sauna, a Bio-Sauna and steam bath as well as a range of relaxing post-ski treatments. There’s an indoor pool with panoramic window overlooking the Arlberg as well as an outdoor Jacuzzi and even a trampoline and small gym!

Rooms range from studios to Family Suites, which are ideal for two adults and two children with two separate bedrooms, two bathrooms and a living and dining area. For even more space there is the Chalet Suite with a larger living area and kitchen or the Family Apartment with full kitchen. Extra beds can be added to all rooms.

There’s a choice of four restaurants including Johannestubli which serves healthy organic cuisine, Dirndlstübli, a traditional Austrian restaurant offering specialities such as “Wiener Schnitzel” and sweet pastries, a BBQ terrace and the main restaurant which caters for adults and kids alike with familiar dishes such as pizza and lasagne.

The Goldener Berg kids club is open in winter from 9am until 1pm and again from 4pm until 9pm and is divided into two age groups, with children aged 3 – 5 attending the “Kinder Club” and children aged 6 – 12 enjoying separate activities or the nearby ski school. The younger ones learn the enjoyment of snow, skis and skiing, getting used to ski equipment, and both age groups can also enjoy snowman building, tobogganing, children vs parents snowball fights, animal trails and snow tubing. Evenings are characterised by hot chocolate and singing before bed. Babysitting is also available as an additional service on request.

Goldener Berg

Located right at the base of the slopes, a stone’s throw from the Ski School meeting point and perfectly positioned at the start of Whistler Village, The Westin Resort & Spa has undoubtedly one of the best positions in Whistler. Renowned not only for its location, but for its excellent service and fantastic room types. This suite only hotel, with the entry level room being a Deluxe Studio Suite, is the perfect choice for your Canadian ski trip.

Whistler Blackcomb has one of the biggest skiable areas in North America, with 8,000 skiable acres. Unique to Whistler is the Peak2Peak gondola which connects the two huge mountains in a lateral cable car. If you are feeling brave, we recommend the glass bottom carriage which shows the true scale of the journey between the mountains! The Avello Spa & Health Club within the hotel offers more than 75 treatments from facials and body wraps to hot rock massages. While perhaps unconventional for a ski resort, the hotel also features a pedicure lounge, featuring Japanese-designed and Italian-made Dodo chairs, which are the ultimate for a pedicure and manicure appointment. The hotel also features a small Health Club which has some modern fitness equipment, including Precor Lifecycles, Stairmasters, a Concept2 Rowing Machine, a Stott Pilates Reformer, and free weights. For families there’s an indoor/outdoor swimming pool as well as indoor and outdoor hot tubs.

The most popular room type for smaller families, the one bedroom suite, sleeps up to 4. This suite has a full kitchen with granite counter tops, dining room for four, two 32″LCD flat screen TVs and a gas fireplace in the living room. The bathroom has a soaker tub and separate shower. The Deluxe Studio suite is open plan with a small kitchen. The lounge has a LCD flat screen TV and gas fireplace. The bathroom also has a soaker tub and separate shower.

The main restaurant at the Westin is called the Grill & Vine which is a classic North American restaurant with excellent food options for all ages. The FireRock Lounge is an excellent après-ski meeting point, a place to wait for the kids to finish ski school or even trying out the legendary Whistler Après. Should you wish to venture outside of the hotel, Whistler has a plethora of options; from a quick burger and fries to 3 course sit down meal, Whistler has it all.

Kids are very well looked after in Whistler, with Ski School starting from 3 years old. There is an excellent kids club located right by The Westin Resort and Spa which will look after children.

Westin Resort & Spa

A traditional hotel located in a fantastic position, just 100 metres from Val D’Isere’s main ski school area and a short walk to the village centre, the Christiania offers family friendly luxury, with a supervised kids corner and family suites accommodating up to five people. Host to international movie stars in the 1950s and 1960s, the family owned Christiania was renovated in the mid-1990s to offer larger family rooms and an indoor swimming pool and remains one of the most popular hotels in Val D’Isere. Linked to neighbouring Tignes to form the Espace Killy ski area of 300km of pistes and 94 lifts, Val D’Isere offers high quality, snow-sure slopes for everyone from complete beginners to veterans and its long season stretches from the end of November into the first week of May.

Christiania has an indoor heated pool and spa with sauna, steam room and treatment rooms as well as a small fitness centre. Though the slopes in Val d’Isère are enjoyed by all, the main ski area is best suited to strong intermediates and better.

Rooms at the Christiania are furnished in a traditional Alpine style and for families connecting rooms can accommodate up to six people. The Junior Suites have a living area with sofa bed which can accommodate up to one child and the Family Suites have a large twin room with a small living area, a bathroom and second room with a bath or shower.

The restaurant, overlooking the slopes, offers a 5-course set menu designed by chef Philippe Meyzin or a la carte choices with child-friendly options. Specialities include veal with local rhododendron honey and chestnuts from Ardeche and the morning’s breakfast buffet is a sumptuous start to the day.

Kids Corner is supervised every evening during French school holidays (except Saturdays) and welcomes children from 4 to 10 years old; outside of this time parents are welcome to use the facilities with little ones or can enlist a babysitter. Games and activities including painting, modelling and discovery games are included and there are also movie nights.  Val D’Isere has a great choice of excellent childcare options from private nanny services to kids clubs and creches and we will be happy to recommend the best solution for your needs.

 

Christiania

Home to some of the most world renowned ski resorts, the French Alps are widely regarded as the number one ski destination in Europe.  With hundreds of resorts spread throughout the country they cater to all levels of skiers from complete beginners to avid experts. Resorts have comprehensive ski schools and crèches in almost all French resorts so family skiing is rarely easier.

The Three Valleys ski area is an exceptional, internationally-renowned playground and the biggest interconnected ski area in the world. It’s also an extremely accessible ski area with 50% easy runs and offering tremendously varied skiing from the valley floor to the glaciers.

Courchevel offers 150 kilometres of alpine ski runs served by 58 lifts enabling you to make the most of your days on the slopes. For beginners, fun ‘ZEN’ areas have been especially created for you to ski in complete safety while the 19 green and 35 blue runs will help you get to grips with the slope. For more experienced skiers, 34 red and 8 black runs enable you to put your technique and skills to the test.

In Val D’Isere there are over 300km of marked pisted runs and unlimited off piste skiing within the Espace Killy area making it an ideal location for skiers and boarders of all abilities. Excellent  ski schools offer a combination of tuition and childcare for children 3 years and older.

The French Alps

Le Portetta has been a family favourite in the Three Valleys for decades. Located in the quieter – but still very well connected – Courchevel 1650, families can take advantage of a more laid-back pace but still access the full 600km of skiable terrain.  Recently refurbished, the hotel offers a rustic charm and a cosy and inviting atmosphere for families with just thirty-eight luxurious rooms all overlooking either the piste or the mountain, as well as six stylish fully equipped duplex lofts on the top two floors which have balconies, open log fires and stunning views over Courchevel Moriond and beyond. The five mottoes of this ski-in ski-out hotel are Eat Well, Live Well, Feel Well, Sleep Well and Escape Well.

Le Portetta has an in-house spa with hammam, sauna, gym and relaxation rooms. Courchevel Moriond is a fantastic, diverse ski area. The pistes are wider and longer than many in 1850 and they tend to have less people on which is a bonus for any level of skier but especially beginners. If you are a little more extreme then Courchevel Moriond offers extreme off piste skiing too. You can ski off piste in Courchevel, from the top of 1650 down to Portetta at the bottom – it is a hairy ride but one worth doing if you haven’t already. If you’re looking to venture further afield, Courchevel 1850 is a ten minute chairlift away. If you need a rest from skiing, just a short car journey away you can find tobogganing, ice skating, bowling, Go-Karting and much more.

We recommend the Family Valley rooms which offer families plenty of space. They have an oversized main bedroom with sitting area and TV, en suite bathroom and a kids bedroom leading off the main room complete with bunk beds and en suite shower. The sitting area is ideal for family time and there is also have a range of board games and DVDs to help you all relax after a hard day on the ski slopes.

Portetta provides a combination of classic and modern French cuisine using the freshest locally grown ingredients. Menus change seasonally and daily, and are complimented by a carefully selected wine list as well as a separate kids menu. The outdoor terrace bar at Le Portetta is right at the bottom of the main piste and has huge log burning fires, flaming torches, wood fired pizza oven, ice shots, fur snugs and heated bar seating.

Children aged 6 months to 6 years are welcomed into the nearby Crèche “Les Ptits Pralins” which is run by fully qualified staff. ESF have a number of locations throughout Courchevel which offer great childcare, including the Piou Piou club which can entertain children from 3 years to 5 years.  The main ESF ski school can teach children from 5 years old to 12 and can be pre-booked on request. Babysitting is also available at the resort.

 

Le Portetta

The sister hotel to the Nira Alpina in St Moritz, the traditional Nira Montana is in a perfect position in La Thuile just a couple of minutes from the ski lifts. Located just through the Mont Blanc tunnel, this resort is just an hour and 45 minutes from Geneva which makes it ideal for families looking for a reasonable transfer time and there is good local childcare available. La Thuile, a perfect mix of old and new, is located in the north-western part of the Aosta Valley, close to the French border and neighbouring Courmayeur. With 160km of ski slopes and a range of nursery, intermediate and advanced runs, the resort offers uncrowded skiing and picturesque scenery.

The Nira Spa has an indoor pool, sauna and a turkish bath, plus a vitarium and a Lands & Water area and children can use the pool and facilities until 5pm. With 160km of slopes and a range of nursery, intermediate and advanced runs, La Thuile offers open-space, uncrowded skiing amid picturesque scenery. Espace San Bernardo, covering 80 pistes in France and Italy, links the French resort of La Rosière with La Thuile and one single international pass provides access to 38 efficient lifts. Skiing either side of the French and Italian borders, in the silent presence of Mont Blanc and Rutor glacier, is a breathtaking experience.

All rooms at Nira Montana have views of the mountains and some can connect for families. Junior Suites can sleep up to 2 adults and 2 children on a king sized bed plus sofa bed and the larger Suites each have a King bed, double sofa bed, comfortable seating area and unrestricted mountain views. Most have a balcony.

Stars Restaurant offers the best of Italian cuisine using local ingredients. Focaccia bread and true Neapolitan pizza is baked in an authentic wooden pizza oven from Florence. There are specially created kids dishes available and signature cocktails are served all day in the Stars Bar & Lounge.

There is a mini club for children aged four to 12 at the nearby Planibel complex and the Grande Albero crèche offers childcare for babies up to three years old. There is also a spacious outdoor play area for children close to the bottom of the pistes in La Thuile. Snow tubing and tobogganing are also available in this area.

Nira Montana

Mention Méribel to any British skier and you will be welcomed with a knowing nod; this hugely popular European resort is a mecca for families from the UK.  Chaudanne is perfectly positioned just 50 metres from the main lifts and ski school meeting point and with a children’s play centre for children aged 4-12 as well as entertainment for teens and a specially designed kids spa menu, youngsters will be happy even after ski school. Meribel itself is a member of “Famille Plus”, an accreditation created to pinpoint towns which suit the specific needs of families.

Spa and wellness facilities include an indoor heated swimming pool with hydromassage seat, eucalyptus scented steam room, sauna and a gym. Located in the heart of Meribel, Chaudanne has access to one of the largest linked ski areas in the world with around 150km of pistes in its own right but offers access to a total of over 600km of pistes with more than 321 designated runs and around 130km of cross country tracks. For a break from the slopes, dog sledding, paragliding, snow biking, ice skating, bowling and a cinema are all within close proximity of the hotel.

Most of the rooms have a balcony and a view of the mountains, valley or slopes. The Family Rooms sleep up to five people and offer a spacious bedroom with one double bed, lounge area, bathroom and balcony as well as a second bedroom with three single beds and shower room. Rooms are furnished with warm fur rugs and alpine style touches.

The restaurant offers a traditional brasserie-style menu based on simple timeless recipes and a cosy atmosphere with exposed stonework and a large roaring fireplace. As well as traditional French dishes the menu also includes grilled meats from the rotisserie. There is a separate kids menu and the bar serves snacks to keep children’s and adults’ hunger at bay until meal time.

Kids’ corner is a fun space within the hotel equipped with games, arts and crafts, books and more and there are also play stations, billiards and darts for teenagers. This play space is unsupervised outside of French school holidays but parents or a babysitter can use it with their children during these times. Close by in Meribel there is a good choice of childcare options from private nannies who will take little ones to experience adventures in the snow, creches and ski schools for older children. We will be happy to recommend the best solution for your needs.

Chaudanne

New for 2015, we’re excited to present a carefully crafted collection of adventure tours and tailor made itineraries for families with older children. Recommended for children aged five upwards, this self-drive tour takes in Iceland’s most family-friendly summer highlights including the Blue Lagoon, the Golden Circle of natural wonders, and Arctic whale watching as well as Tots Too special activities family river rafting and horse riding.  Accommodation is in four star family friendly hotels, in family rooms or suites.

All of our Iceland arrangements can be tailored to you and we will be happy to discuss your exact requirements and make recommendations in order to ensure you enjoy the best possible family holiday. In addition to touring itineraries we can offer relaxing stay-put or twin-centre options in Reykjavik and beyond. The following is an example itinerary, especially designed with families in mind.

Day 1

Arrive in Reykjavik

Upon arrival at Keflavik International Airport, collect your hire car and, depending on your flight arrival time, we recommend a visit to the world renowned Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, close to the airport. The Blue Lagoon has a mystical appearance but its unique restorative powers are quite real and ideal for regaining some energy after a long flight. With a warm flowing waterfall, a hidden cave, and silica mud buckets to apply to your skin, there is plenty of relaxation for the whole family to soak up.

If you’re heading to the capital of Reykjavik you may want to visit the newly opened Grandi Whale Museum which is the largest of its kind in Europe. If you’re looking for a fun place to spend the day look no further than the Reykjavik Family Park and Petting Zoo in Laugardalur Valley. This family-friendly complex that is part zoo, aquarium, theme park, and adjacent geothermal swimming pool is so elaborate that it could take several days to explore. Overnight at the Hotel Borg in the Reykjavik Marina.

Day 2

Golden Circle of Adventure

The Golden Circle of natural wonders begins with a visit to the dramatic volcanic scenery of Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO).  To fully appreciate the park’s wealth of geological formations you may want to try one of the world‘s most unique adventures, snorkeling in Silfra Gorge. Silfra is a deep fissure between two tectonic plates filled with glacial meltwater where you are literally swimming between continents. The crystal clear water provides a feeling of weightlessness made even more surreal by the bizarre underwater lava landscapes.

After an hour of snorkeling or exploring the ancient geology your Golden Circle journey continues to the Gullfoss and Geysir area where you are introduced to the Queen of Icelandic waterfalls herself, Gullfoss. This majestic waterfall of sparkling mist and golden charm is situated on Hvita (White River) which is fed by Iceland´s second largest glacier, Langjokull.  King of all geysers, the great Geysir resides nearby in a steamy geothermal field of bubbling mud and hot springs including the highly active Strokkur geyser which shoots steaming hot water high into the air every ten minutes. After the Golden Circle, drive through South Iceland’s fertile farmlands for an overnight stay at ION hotel.

Day 3

Kjolur Mountain Track

It’s time to discover the undiscovered! The Kjolur 4WD mountain route is open during the summer (from mid-June) and is a straight track through Iceland‘s uninhabited interior highlands.This unique trek through vibrant thermal areas between Langjokull and Hofsjokull glaciers reveals Iceland‘s true remoteness and nature at its rawest. This area sets a stunning stage for the numerous hiking paths along the way dotted with hidden geothermal treasures and strange oases of vegetation. Don‘t miss Hveravellir, one of the most beautiful geothermal areas in the world with a natural pool under open sky perfect for relaxing after an invigorating hike.

Upon arriving on the other side of the Kjolur highland route you will find yourself in North Iceland‘s Skagafjordur Horse Valley, famous for its horse breeding. This area is equally known for a wide variety of river rafting and kayaking adventures. There is a gentle rafting tour option that offers fun for the whole family as even a novice can pick up a paddle and thrill in Iceland’s stunning river wilderness. Overnight at Icelandair Hotel Akureyri.

Day 4

The Troll Peninsula

Enjoy the peaceful mountain views and crisp Arctic air around Trollaskagi Peninsula, exploring the colorful fjord villages of Siglufjordur and Olafsfjordur on your way towards Dalvik. The dramatic landscapes here were carved by glaciers during the last Ice Age and provide a special sense of discovery as you dance along the edge of the inhabitable world. Arriving in Dalvik you may opt to board an oak whale watching vessel for a 3-hour sail into the pristine Arctic waters which are ideal for encounters with the majestic blue whale, whose heart is the size of a car. Marine-life frequently spotted in these waters are humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, and small harbor porpoises.

After a busy day, soak up the local ambiance of Iceland’s hip and happening ‘Capital of the North,’ Akureyri with its 18,000 inhabitants, heart-shaped street-lights, free transit buses and arguably the warmest temperatures in the country. Strolling along the quaint pedestrian areas filled with outdoor cafes and visiting local favorite Brynjuis for some delicious ice cream is the perfect ending to this day in a surprisingly green community located only 60 miles from the Arctic Circle. Overnight at Icelandair Hotel Akureyri.

Day 5

Lake Myvatn and Dettifoss

The day begins with the picturesque ‘Waterfall of the Gods’, Godafoss. Your journey continues onwards to explore the Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve, a geological wonderland of wildly contrasting nature with a number of easy walking paths the whole family can enjoy. Summertime during peak birding season is a good reason to have the binoculars ready for the diverse species and rare sightings like the barrow’s goldeneye. You can take a light hike in the “dark castles” of Dimmuborgir with its rugged crags and towering rocks.  Afterwards, you can relax those muscles in soothing geothermal waters at the Myvatn Nature Spa with views over the lake and its tranquil surroundings. The grand finale of this eventful day is a visit to Europe’s mightiest waterfall, Dettifoss, a thundering cascade of glacial water and mist among shattered cliffs in Jokulsargljufur National Park. Overnight at Icelandair Hotel Akureyri.

Day 6

Botanical Gardens – Viking Horses – Seal Centre

Before departing for Reykjavik (approximately 4.5 hours) along the Ring Road, take in some of the northern charms Akureyri has to offer. This small city is ideally explored on foot and a stroll through the oldest part of town, Innbaerinn, reveals colorful timber houses along the pond restored to their original glory. Other interesting sights are the northernmost botanical gardens in the world, an adorable Christmas Shop open all year round, and the Kjarnaskogur Woods with backcountry trails, playgrounds and picnic areas. Approximately halfway back to Reykjavik you may want to take a break at the lovey Gauksmyri Lodge located on a former farmstead. Owned by horse enthusiasts, they offer demonstrations of the Icelandic Viking Horse and short riding tours in the incredible surrounding nature. Nearby is the Icelandic Seal Center which provides a fun and interactive learning experience on the six seal species found in Iceland.  Overnight at the Hotel Borg in the Reykjavik Marina.

Day 7

Departure

Depart with plenty of memories and an adventure that will certainly impress and entertain your friends and family for years to come! Optional: If you are departing on an afternoon flight, a wonderful way to say goodbye to Iceland is with a relaxing dip in the soothing waters of the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, located just 15 minutes from Keflavík International Airport. Facilities also include a gift shop, cafeteria, and an excellent restaurant with lagoon views. Car rental return is located at Keflavik International Airport.

Note that the best time of year for this itinerary is May – September. We can offer alternative options for the winter months.

Young Explorers in Iceland

New for 2015, we’re excited to present a carefully crafted collection of adventure tours and tailor made itineraries for families with older children. Recommended for children aged five upwards, this tour takes in Vietnam’s most family-friendly highlights, travelling from the south to the north and visiting frenetic Ho Chi Minh City, the Mekong Delta and Ha Long Bay, Bach Ma National Park and Hanoi. Added adventures include jungle ziplines, trekking and plenty of outdoor activities suitable for families as well as an exclusive Tots Too evening street food tour, cookery class and cyclo food tour.  Accommodation is in family friendly 4 and 5-star hotels and there is also the opportunity to stay in Homestays, small family-run B&Bs.

All of our Vietnam arrangements can be tailored to you and we will be happy to discuss your exact requirements and make recommendations in order to ensure you enjoy the best possible family holiday. In addition to touring in Vietnam we can offer relaxing stay-put or twin-centre city and beach options in Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang and Nha Trang as well as extensions to nearby Cambodia and Laos.

Day 1

Arrive in Ho Chi Minh City

Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to the Park Hyatt or similar for a three-night stay.

Day 2

Free day to explore Ho Chi Minh City

Optional evening motorbike street food tour: Get on the back of experienced motorbike drivers and immerse yourself in Saigonese lifestyle by driving through small alleys and sampling typical southern specialties. Overnight at the Park Hyatt or similar.

Day 3

Cu Chi Tunnel

Visit the famous Cu Chi Tunnels, located 3 hours away from Ho Chi Minh City. In order to combat better-supplied American and South Vietnamese forces during the Vietnam War, Communist guerrilla troops known as Viet Cong (VC) dug tens of thousands of miles of tunnels, including an extensive network running underneath the Cu Chi district northwest of Saigon.  Now part of a Vietnam War memorial park, the Cu Chi tunnels have become a popular tourist attraction.  Overnight at the Park Hyatt or similar.

Day 4

Can Tho and the Mekong Delta

Depart from Saigon to Can Tho in the southern Mekong Delta Region. Visit Can Tho floating market, the most famous floating market in the Mekong Delta. Enjoy the beautiful scenery and the bustling activity of the market. Venture further through small canals visiting a rice husking mill and a shop where rice noodles are being produced. Overnight in a Can Tho Homestay or at Victoria Can Tho Resort.

Day 5

Ben Tre

Transfer to  waterside town Ben Tre, famous for its keo dua (coconut candy), where you will cycle to a traditional farmhouse to take part in an authentic local ceremony. Visit local workshops and continue biking through fruit orchards. Overnight at Cho Lach Homestay.

Day 6

Hoi An

Transfer from Ben Tre to Ho Chi Minh City Airport for your flight to Da Nang. Upon arrival, transfer to the charming town of Hoi An.  Overnight at Boutique Hoi An or similar.

Day 7

Hoi An

Walk through Hoi An’s Old Town visiting traditional houses and historic spots such as the Japanese Covered Bridge, the Pottery Museum, the 200 years old Tan Ky House, Chua Ong Pagoda and the vibrant local market. Enjoy an optional family cooking class. Overnight at Boutique Hoi An or similar.

Day 8

Bach Ma National Park

Transfer from Hoi An to Bach Ma and check in to a local house located in the middle of the National Park. Free afternoon to explore the national park, nature spot and relax.

Day 9

Trek along the trails to Ngu Ho (Five Lakes), relaxing and swimming in the jungle heading to Do Quyen – Rhododendron waterfalls. Overnight at Banyan Tree Resort Lang Co or similar.

Day 10

Hue

Transfer to Vietnam’s old imperial capital Hue and discover Hue’s Forbidden City. Try local specialities on a cyclo or walking food tour; the cuisine in Hue is considered some of the best in Vietnam. Overnight at Pilgrimage Village or similar.

Day 11

Hanoi

Transfer to the Airport for your flight to Hanoi. Experience a full day of exploring Hanoi city like a local. Walk in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, try as many local street food dishes as you can and visit the most secret places in the city. Hanoi is a real treat for the senses.

Day 12

Hanoi

Enjoy a free day at leisure to explore Hanoi further and take advantage of the numerous stores and shops scattered around the Old Quarter. Overnight at Silk Path or similar.

Day 13

Ha Long Bay

Leave Hanoi in the morning and transfer to Ha Long Bay (four hour drive), Vietnam’s most beautiful destination and a UNESCO heritage site. Overnight on board a typical Vietnamese junk.

Day 14

Ha Long Bay

Relax on board a cruise, try your hand at kayaking, visit caves and spend the night on Ha Long on board a typical Vietnamese junk. Overnight on board a typical Vietnamese junk.

Day 15

Departure

Transfer to Hanoi for your flight home or spend an extra night in Hanoi before your international journey. Alternatively, extend your stay with some time on the beach in Da Nang or Nha Trang.

Discover Vietnam

Opening in spring 2016 Martinhal Lisbon Cascais Family Hotel will combine the Lisbon city experience with historic Sintra, scenic Guincho and gorgeous Cascais, the hotel will deliver an amazing holiday experience for the family. The Martinhal Cascais is also located right in the middle of 2 championship golf courses – Quinta da Marinha and Oitavos – perfect for golfing families.

Martinhal Cascais, have created a superb kids clubhouse with over 700 square metres of play space for little ones of 6 months to early teens where kids can be looked after by English speaking staff in a safe and secure space while parents can enjoy some time out. The various areas in the Kids Club have been created to interest and stimulate different age groups – conscious of the needs of babies  to teens they supply a full range of toys, playthings, creative areas and entertainment – from playmats to Playstations! If you prefer to have your children looked after in your villa or room, we will organise baby-sitting for any age from a few months old upon request. In addition to supervised kids club areas, there are several unsupervised playgrounds all around the resort where parents can play with their kids.

Guests have 3 fantastic restaurants to chose from while staying at the resort. O Terraço delivers buffet breakfasts that families will love, as well as dinner featuring some typical Portuguese dishes with a twist created by Executive Chef Alexandre Cláudio. Os Gambozinos is an Italian Trattoria serving traditional family favourites of pizza, pasta and other typical Italian dishes for lunch. M-Bar is located at the Kids Clubhouse and serves coffees, snacks and pastries throughout the day.

Martinhal Cascais offer 68 hotel rooms and 4 hotel suites beautifully adapted for families. Each room has either a private balcony or terraces and some even have Lollypop bunk beds for the kids. Interconnecting rooms are also available. as well as hotel rooms villas are also available. These 12 villas have a kitchen complete with a stove, dishwasher, fridge and basic crockery, cutlery and pots and pans. There are two bedrooms on the first floor and an open space living room and dining area with sliding doors towards a little terrace on the ground floor. Free wifi is available throughout the resort.

The Finisterra Spa has special menu of treatments inspired by Voya and its origins, the spa adds an extra dimension of health and vitality to the guest experience. There is also a sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room to help guests relax before and after treatments.

There are 3 pool areas dotted around the resort to ensure that guests can enjoy pool time with their kids in our heated and unheated pools: the Pool Hangout, the indoor/ outdoor heated pool next to Finisterra Spa and the Kids Clubhouse pool.

In addition to in-resort activities the surrounding area offers a wide range of options, from beach and sports activities to culture. Martinhal Cascais is located right in the middle of 2 championship golf courses – Quinta da Marinha and Oitavos – perfect for golfing families and groups. With Cascais and Guincho beach only 5 minutes away and Estoril, Caracavelos and others further along the coast you can enjoy surf, bodyboard, windsurfing, diving and boat trips. Furthermore, Cascais offers excellent cycling routes along the coast as well as within the city.

Martinhal Cascais

The Ritz-Carlton, Abama is a deluxe retreat positioned high on a cliff top, commanding spectacular views of the Atlantic ocean and La Gomera Island. The delightful staff treat each client as an individual by tailoring their services to your needs and truly setting a stage on which you and your family are the star. There is a golden sandy beach around the cove and a new train to help guests get the most from the resort.

The lively Ritz Kids club has an ever-changing schedule of inventive activities, with games designed both for outdoors and in the shade. Paint the stones gathered from the beach, dress up for a pirates party or jump in the kids pool for aquatic games. There is also a teenagers’ programme for 12-18 year olds in the school holidays. Our exclusive Nanny Too option allows you to book your own personal nanny for as few or as many hours as you wish. We guarantee the same nanny throughout your stay who can look after up to three children maximum. Our local childcare providers all speak good English and have undergone the necessary checks to ensure they are qualified.

Guests are spoilt for choice with ten restaurants ranging from rustic Argentinian to Japanese sushi. You can chose to really push the boat out at the world renowned M.B. (2 Michelin stars) and Kabuki (1 Michelin star) restaurants which offer truly spectacular dining experiences. Kabuki is said to be one of the finest Japanese restaurants in the world while MB is headed up by the famous Basque chef and holder of 7Michelin stars Martin Berasategui. Alternatively you can enjoy a more casual meal at a poolside restaurant or beach side eateries. There are three main bars including a sports bar and jazz club. It’s a whole luxurious world in itself.

The Ritz-Carlton, Abama has a range of accommodation to suit your needs. Deluxe rooms are 50 sq m and have a king-size bed or twin beds (on request at the time of booking), a stylish bathroom with separate baths and showers and have either a balcony or terrace. One or two bedroom suites are also available with a separate lounge and resort or sea views.  Connecting deluxe rooms are available and can be confirmed at the time of booking and are located in the main Citadel building. Guests receive a range of luxury features with their rooms such as satellite TV, telephones, minibar, pillow menu, hairdryers,iron and ironing board, Nespresso Coffee machine, Asprey bathroom amenities and bathrobes. We can advise you on the best option for your family.

The 2,500 sq ft Ritz-Carlton Spa was built in 2005 to the theme of “out of Africa” and is determined to stimulate each of your senses. You can breathe in pine fragrances and relax in the African Garden Sauna which is made from all natural materials, and then cool down in the exclusive snow cabin, one of the first in the world. There are special treatments for pregnancy.  Various classes are available including fitness, yoga, Pilates, spinning, aerobics and water aerobics, Zumba and hula hoop to name just a few.

For the active, there’s a 18 hole golf course, fully facilitated 24 hour gym, tennis club and academy. There are seven heated  pools (including one family/ kids pool) and one adults only infinity pool. Experiences at the resort include a weekly botanical tour, complimentary wine tasting, cooking demonstrations and workshops and a Canarian Marketplace  every Saturday.

Tots Too clients booking connecting rooms, family rooms and suites benefit from an exclusive package which includes a VIP welcome, complimentary Wi-Fi in the room and a bottle of wine!

View a short film about family holidays at Abama below. Read more in our blog review and blog review with baby! > Take a film tour around the resort here >

Your Tots Too experts for Abama are Atarra, Deborah and Emma

The Ritz-Carlton, Abama

The Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel is set by the beach on the east side of Playa Blanca. An attractive hotel with traditional Canarian style, it boasts beautiful white sands and delightful views of the dunes, gardens and neighbouring islands. This resort offers an array of activities as well as a dedicated area of suites for families.

Kid’s activities

The lively kids club, Kikoland, is for children aged 3 – 16 years old and offers a playground, three swimming pools, play house, club house, age-specific games, a soft play area for under 3’s, an amphitheatre for shows and a mini disco. There is also a dedicated sports section.

NEW for 2016 – Baby Kikoland is a creche for babies aged 4 months to 3 years, staffed by qualified childcare assistants and open daily except for Thursdays and Sundays. Pre-booking is advised and there is a charge payable locally.

Dining

Within the plaza are an ice cream parlour and a variety of dining choices including three buffets with show-cooking and four a la carte restaurants (gourmet, Japanese, Italian and tapas). Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the jazz club.

Accommodation

Your choice of rooms includes spacious twin rooms, junior suites with a lounge area and sofa bed for a child, suites with two sofa beds, family suites with double bed, twin bed and kitchenette, and the Kiko Royal Family Suites with wonderful extras. We can advise you on the best option for your family.

Leisure

The sports area of Kikoland is set on the beach and includes two tennis courts, squash court, beach volleyball, football, table tennis, snooker and paddle boats. There is a fully equipped gymnasium with sauna.

Spa

The Thalasso and Wellness Centre offers a range of pampering and beauty treatments as well as use of a large indoor sea water pool, two outdoor jacuzzis, hammam, shower jet cabins, Vichy shower cabins, hydro massage baths and a tea room.

Read more in our blog about Princesa Yaiza >

Your Tots Too experts for Princesa Yaiza are Emma and Atarra.

Princesa Yaiza

Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection overlooks the Mediterranean sea in the Cretan resort of Elounda, a popular destination since the international 1970s jet set marked it out as their holiday hideaway of choice. With breath-taking views of the Aegean sea and the UNESCO protected Spinalonga islet, the setting for Victoria Hislop’s best-selling novel “The Island”, Domes is a luxury boutique style hotel offering families comfort and world class service with an extra dash of sophistication. Consisting solely of suites and villas, the resort’s domed structures blend in with the natural environment, creating a Mediterranean settlement of flower gardens, winding pathways and olive groves.

The outdoor seawater pool overlooks the sea and there’s a separate children’s pool as well as private pools or Jacuzzis with all suites and villas. The Domes Spa has a sauna, hammam, plunge pools and a wide range of treatments using Pevonia products and a variety of water sports is available from the private sandy beach in front of the resort. There’s also a gym, floodlit tennis court and Personal Training classes.

Accommodation comprises of Suites, Ultraluxe Villas and Residences, all constructed to maximise the light with over-sized windows, spacious balconies or terraces, private swimming pool or Jacuzzi and twice-daily maid service.  The two bedroom suites are ideal for families with a living area of approximately 150 square metres and a welcome pack for kids including lunch on the first day, ice cream happy hour, superhero bedding and more. The Ultraluxe Villas and Private Residences offer extra privacy and luxury, set amongst secluded gardens with a private spa, Moroccan swimming pool and Turkish baths.

Families staying in the Luxury Residences and Ultraluxe Villas benefit from the exclusive Haute Living package which includes access to the Haute Living Lounge, a private gym, light snacks and canapes every day, branded spirits and cocktails for the duration of your stay, daily afternoon tea, dedicated concierge staff and complimentary in-room mini-bar.

There are four restaurants to choose from, including Topos 1910, an award-winning Greek seafood restaurant with stunning views over the sea to Spinalonga Island and Yaosai Asian, located by the main pool and offering an exotic tasting menu. Tholos is the main buffet restaurant for lunch and dinner and the four bars (including a pool bar and seafront bar) offer cool drinks, ice creams and snacks. Blend lobster & steak completes Domes’ gastronomic collection with an approach to surf & turf cuisine. Minoan Cooking and The annual Gastronomy Festival outline Domes’ dedication to culture gastronomy.

The OFSTED approved kids club (in association with Worldwide Kids Club) is complimentary for children aged 4 – 12 and offers a wide range of activities with a great location on the beach. There is a crèche available for babies at an extra charge and we offer our exclusive Nanny Too service, providing a dedicated nanny for part or all of your stay – please ask us for details . There is a separate children’s pool with cooling fountains found at the Domes Family Plaza, as well as kids menus and extra touches make Domes an excellent choice for families with young children.

Domes of Elounda has the balance of sophistication and family comfort just right – it offers luxurious elegance alongside excellent service and first class facilities for adults and kids alike.

Tots Too families benefit from an exclusive complimentary picnic to enjoy on the beach during their stay.

Watch our 3 minute film showing 10 things parents need to know about Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection here:

Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection

Fuerteventura’s Dunes of Corralejo natural park stretches over more than a thousand acres of fine white sand and the Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real 5* GL is located on the sea front in the centre of this impressive landscape, with views to the Atlantic Ocean, Los Lobos Island Nature Reserve and Lanzarote. A favourite for families, the hotel offers luxury in stunning surroundings, with a kids club, choice of pools, a varied programme of activities for all ages and plenty of opportunities for relaxation.

There are two huge lagoon pools surrounded by palm trees, with a separate kids’ pool, an adults-only whirlpool bath and plenty of sun loungers. For the ultimate chill-out there are Balinese sunbeds at the Coco Beach Chill Out area and the world-class spa specialises in hydrotherapy with a warm indoor pool overlooking the sea. For the adventurous, the hotel offers courses in surfing and kite-surfing, while on land there’s hiking and mountain-biking.

Rooms and suites are furnished in a contemporary style with warm tones and soft textures and have king-sized or twin beds and balcony or terrace. The family rooms have two separate bedrooms, one with a king-sized bed and one with twin beds as well as two bathrooms and are located on the ground and first floors with views to the pool.

Guests can choose from no less than six restaurants offering a variety of cuisine. The main buffet restaurant offers local and international dishes with themed and show cooking nights. Gourmet restaurant La Cupula is overseen by Michelin starred chef Carles Gaig who prides himself on the creativity of his team’s dishes. There is also a Japanese restaurant with sushi bar and Teppanyaki, Spanish fine-dining restaurant Las Columnas and, for lunch, afternoon tea or cocktails, the Beach Club Las Palmeras and the Piano Bar El Mirador, which also has a programme of live music in the evenings. The Coco Beach Lounge & Club restaurant situated on the pier in front of the hotel offers finger food, Mediterranean menu and signature cocktails with stunning views of Lobos and Lanzarote. The three a la carte restaurants are open on alternate nights so it’s best to make a reservation. Kids’ menus are available at all restaurants.

For kids, there’s a large play park, separate baby splash pool and the Mini Club Arlequin (4 – 12 years) is open every day from 10am until 6pm, offering a varied programme of games, competitions, events and mini-discos every evening. There’s a computer games room for the over sevens, with a Play-Station and Wii and all children receive a special welcome pack with bathrobe, slippers and gift as well as milk and cookies before bed (on request). Babysitting is available at an extra charge.

The shops, craft markets, bars and restaurants of Corralejo are just a 20-minute walk away and it’s worth taking a trip out to Los Lobos Island, a beautiful “desert island” and home to a large variety of native plants and animals.

Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real

St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas in Crete, is an intimate hotel brimming with Mediterranean charm, set on a private, blue-flag beach. It is a member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World. The state-of-the-art spa and fitness suite is well-renowned, as are the two gourmet restaurants. The secluded resort gives a warm welcome to families with a host of thoughtful facilities. The resort is arranged to make the most of its breathtaking setting on a beautiful blue bay.

Children will enjoy the family-atmosphere at the kids’ club, and the private beach is very sheltered, making it ideal for little ones. All the families tend to base themselves around the children’s pool in the daytime, making it easy to strike up friendships.

Enjoy innovative cuisine in five different relaxing restaurants and 2 bars. The chefs take pride in their local produce and are renowned for their use of olive oil. You can dine by the beach, enjoying stunning sea food a few metres from the sea where it was caught. The sumptuous buffets are ideal for little fussy eaters who can pick and choose from a vast selection.

Families can choose between two interconnecting double rooms or family suites, sleeping up to 4. The three bedroom Thalassa Villas sleep up to 7 and come with private heated pools which can be fenced on request. They include a fully equipped kitchen, butler service for shopping goods, room service and complimentary access to kids club services.

The resort prides itself on a serene and secluded ambiance, although a short taxi ride will take you to the buzz of the nearby town.

The beach scuba diving school offers tuition for adults and children alike. There is a water sports centre with a wide choice of activities including private sea cruises by motor boat, water skiing, sailing, windsurfing and canoes. On site there is also a boutique, kiosk, games room and art gallery.

The Spa Poseidon is exclusive to hotel guests, with no children allowed, enabling you to relax and luxuriate in its peaceful atmosphere. There is an indoor heated pool with water treatments and relaxation area, and a range of a la carte services from body building to steam baths. There is an extensive list of spa treatments and massages for face and body, plus special day packages.

St. Nicolas Bay has been awarded by the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences with the prestigious “INTERNATIONAL STAR DIAMOND AWARD”. This coveted award recognizes a commitment to excellence in luxury and service and all evaluations are based primarily on exceptional service, superb facilities, ambiance, attitude, gastronomy, cleanliness and above all, hospitality.

Your Tots Too expert for St Nicolas Bay is Atarra.

St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel

Currently closed for renovation, the Columbia Beach Resort will re-open in September 2017. Upon completion, the resort will offer families a total of 169 suites, five restaurants with a range of cuisines including gourmet Italian and Cypriot fusion and a unique ‘Dine Around’ concept that is exclusively à la carte. Further enhancing these Sleep and Dine options is the award-winning Hébe Spa, the existing 80 metre infinity pool and a new family pool. Families will no doubt also enjoy making good use of the revamped children’s club in collaboration with Worldwide Kids Company and the new dedicated crèche for infants.

As always, a range of activities and experiences will be on offer from cycling to water sports, scuba diving, golf and more.

Columbia Beach Resort is set amongst well-tended gardens overlooking the pretty bay of Pissouri and offers a stylish retreat for families. Surrounded by peaceful vineyards and protected by imposing white cliffs, the location is especially appealing for water babies, with swimming lessons available at the hotel and wealth of water sports to choose from on its private Blue Flag beach.

Voted Cyprus’ Leading Resort 2014 in the prestigious World Travel Awards, the Columbia occupies a sheltered position between two headlands and is centred around a large palm-fringed lagoon-style pool with separate kids’ pool attached. Additional facilities include a heated indoor pool (heated between November – March), gym, squash courts, two floodlit tennis courts, a children’s paddling pool with toys, a wide range of water sports, sailing, hiking and cycling. The resort is further enriched by the newly launched Lifestyle Concierge Service. The award-winning spa features an extensive range of treatments as well as a sauna and steam bath.

Spacious suites are furnished with individual touches using hand-woven fabrics and Mediterranean hues, complemented by cool stone floors, marble bathrooms and views to the gardens, lagoon pool or Pissouri Bay. Choose a generously-sized Junior Suite, a larger Executive Suite for up to four people, a Cape Suite with sea view or, for larger families, two connecting Executive Suites.

Restaurants include Bacchus gourmet Italian, Apollo Tavern Greek restaurant, Atrium restaurant serving international cuisine and Il Buchetto Trattoria and child friendly menus are available.

The Columbia offers something for all the family, but equally enticing is the chance to explore this stunning corner of Southern Cyprus. Take a cruise through crystal clear waters to Aphrodite’s Rock or visit the secluded Vulture Bay to see the Roman Greco Amphitheatre at Curium.

Watch our film here, showing what it’s like for families at Columbia Beach Resort:

Columbia Beach Resort

This stunning hotel sits in an enviable position along the Adriatic coastline.  It’s stylish, contemporary and offers exceptional facilities for families.

The resort features 207 luxury residences with 118 One Bedroom, 85 Two Bedroom and 3 Three Bedroom Residences. Perfect for families with younger children that want the option to self-cater, the spacious residences feature fully equipped kitchens, cozy living rooms with balconies and terraces overlooking Mediterranean gardens or stunning sea views. There is a grocery store that is fully stocked with fresh produce and baby products and we can arrange for a hamper of goodies with everyday conveniences to be ready and waiting in your residence.

The Hotel features 178 sea view rooms, Standard and Deluxe rooms, and 20 Junior Suites with separate living area and will suit two adults and one child. There are also two Executive and one Presidential Suite.

Good food and warm hospitality are in abundance, with the resort’s restaurants and cafes offering a variety of cuisines, with seafood fresh from the Adriatic. The venues are designed to cater to a diversity of schedules and tastes, leaving you free to savour the resort experience. For fine dining, guests can opt for Ginja which showcases traditional and modern cuisines in an elegant setting. Cilantro offers fresh seafood dishes in a waterside setting whilst more casual dining options can be found at Le Pasta, The Butcher’s Grill and The Market where you can enjoy visual displays from the show kitchen, a brand new seaside terrace and stunning sea views. Guests can also enjoy some of the local restaurants in Dubrovnik’s Old Town taking advantage of the hotel’s shuttle service. (a small charge applies)

* Please note that the operation of these restaurants vary seasonally and is subject to weather conditions.

The new Worldwide Kids Company run Marco Polo Kids Club, for children aged 3-11, offers a host of outdoor activities and creative arts and crafts options. Just like the explorer Marco Polo himself, children will have the opportunity to explore on both land and sea, with diverse activities including a ‘Marco Polo Treasure Hunt’ and map-making of the local region as well as Croatian dancing and cultural activities. For teens aged 12 – 17, the Hideaway Club offers an array of water-based activities, team sports and surprise events.

Resort facilities are extensive with an onsite supermarket, shops including a hair salon, a pharmacy, 5 pools including one indoor pool and a huge award-winning spa. Spread over 3000m2, The Spa by OCCO at Sun Gardens, Dubrovnik is the first spa in Croatia to use home grown natural beauty products. All products are naturally formulated and inspired by the unspoilt beauty of the Dalmatian Coast and Adriatic Sea. The resort has a natural pebble beach with complimentary loungers, parasols and a VIP section.

The new Sports Centre offers activities for the whole family. There is a huge indoor climbing wall (supervision required) table-tennis, billiards, badminton court, three tennis courts, gaming room, indoor street basketball court, squash court and fully-equipped gym. The sports bar features a home-cinema screen to ensure you never miss your favourite sporting events! Please note that some pools, activities and water sports are seasonal.

Although there is plenty to keep guests entertained at the resort, a trip to Dubrovnik would not be complete without a visit to the Old Town. The hotel offers a payable shuttle service by road, or in season, a boat service with one drop off and return per day. During high season when the temperatures are at their peak, we would recommend an evening visit where the town comes alive with bustling restaurants, music events and a wide choice of ice cream bars!

Read Emma’s blog about her stay at the Radisson Blu here >

 

Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Sun Gardens Dubrovnik

Spread across 140 acres of pure oceanfront on Palm Beach, The Breakers is a destination in its own right. Like the Hotel California, you never have to leave with just about every need covered. Even though the resort is vast, there is a distinct boutique feel and charming elegance and a team of dedicated staff that genuinely care about providing the best hospitality.

There are 540 rooms and suites, all recently renovated as part of an $80m rejuvenation project. Taking inspiration from the tropical oceanfront setting, the rooms have a classic and fresh décor with hints of a bygone era which stays true to its heritage. Guests can choose from full oceanfront views, partial ocean views and resort view. The suites include complimentary personal concierge services and welcome amenity.  Rooms and suites can be interconnected for families and in particular, multi-generational families where up to 5 adjoining rooms can be reserved.  The Breakers offers complimentary childproofing for families with infants or children up to three. Electrical outlets are covered, table corners protected and plastic bags removed from the bins.

Choice of dining at The Breakers is plentiful with 8 exceptional restaurants serving everything from mouthwatering steaks and chops at Flagler Steakhouse, to fresh daily catches at The Seafood Bar, to the crave-worthy menu and award-winning wine list at HMF. Not to be missed is the famous Sunday brunch served in a classical setting at “The Circle” with its hand painted ceilings and magical sea views. Children’s menus and Gluten free menus are widely available in most restaurants

A mecca for families, kids can be entertained all day every day with a full menu of activities to satisfy even the most demanding. The Coconut Crew day camp (chargeable) starts from ages 3 (if potty trained) up to 12 from 9am – 5.30. The Coconut Crew night camp continues from 5.30pm into the evening. The schedule can include kids intro to scuba, art club, bicycle tours, tie dye, glitter tattoos and glow in the dark scavenger hunts! The hotel’s Family Entertainment Centre is also open every day and features a children’s film theatre, gaming arcade, basketball court, aquarium and much more.

Adults and teens are also spoilt for choice with superb facilities including; championship golf, tennis, a huge spa, water sports, shopping and a large fitness centre featuring direct ocean views. Those that choose to leave can enjoy the local facilities around Palm Beach including the Flagler Museum, Palm Beach Zoo and Rapids Water Park.

The Breakers, Palm Beach

If lower prices, good food, and a fabulous atmosphere are more important to you than ski-in/ski-out convenience, snow sure resorts and cutting-edge instruction, then Italy is the place for you.

As a destination it’s much more laid back than its rivals in France, Switzerland and Austria, with the holiday emphasis on fun and relaxation rather than sporting excellence. As a result, the enjoyment factor is all the higher. Families with young children are welcomed even in the most chic hotels and restaurants.

Italy is also blessed with a number of giant ski areas. For beautiful scenery and variety of terrain, none of them rival the central core of the Dolomites. The Dolomiti Superski lift pass covers 12 ski areas and a mighty 1220km of pistes linked by 450 lifts, plus the occasional bus ride. Included on this pass is the famous Sella Ronda – a circular network of lifts and pistes around the Gruppo del Sella, a majestic limestone massif, taking in several resorts.

Italy Ski

Pine Cliffs Resort is located amongst cascading pine forests, overlooking the blue sea. The luxurious accommodation is beautifully appointed with breathtaking views and makes the perfect place to relax and unwind after a fun filled day at this wonderful resort.

Pine Cliffs Resort was recently awarded the title of best family resort in the world and it is easy to see why. Babies and children will be entertained and well looked after at the nursery and Porto Pirata Kids Club. It has two wooden pirate ships, a dedicated pool and separate pool for remote control boats. Children can also enjoy arts & crafts, the playground, bouncy castle and face-painting, or one of the many sports activities available such as crazy golf, volleyball or tennis. Clients can take advantage of our Nanny Too service which offers flexible childcare for the hours you want. We have preferential private babysitting rates when booking a minimum of 10 hours in advance.

There are 8 superb restaurants ranging from European cuisine to exquisite seafood. Enjoy the spectacular surroundings whilst tasting some of Portugal’s finest wines at the Mirador bar. If you enjoy some evening entertainment while you eat, there are shows at the Aldar most evenings. The Piri Piri steakhouse restaurant, where you can taste famous and authentic Portuguese dishes, is certainly worth a visit.

There is a remarkable selection of suites and villas on offer at the Pine Cliffs; two and three bedroom houses are available to make families as comfortable as possible.

The self-catering Residences are decorated in a fresh and spacious style. They have a range of fantastic amenities including; a private terrace or balcony, air conditioning, high speed internet access, fresh flowers and a rain shower.

The newly furnished ‘Pine Cliffs Terraces’ are perfect for families with you children; offering the same facilities as the Residences but with a few extra touches such as a private garden and fresh decor that makes them extra special Contact us for information on the best option for your family.

Pine Cliffs Resort offers water sports such as water-skiing, windsurfing and sailing. There are 5 tennis courts, a 9 hole golf course and a fully equipped gym. Use the lift to access the private beach situated on the tip of the amber sandstone cliffs. There are six superb restaurants ranging from European cuisine to exquisite seafood. Enjoy the spectacular surroundings whilst tasting some of Portugal’s finest wines at the Mirador bar.

There is a broad range of facial and body treatments available at the Estetica Beauty Salon, as well as essential beauty care for both women and men. Enjoy a relaxing hot stone therapy treatment or indulge in a relaxing massage in the spectacular outdoor panoramic massage bungalow which offers enchanting views of the resort gardens, Atlantic sea and pine cliffs.

Tots Too families benefit from an exclusive welcome pack with fresh local fruit and wine.

Pine Cliffs Resort

As a family-owned and run resort, Blue Waters understands families’ needs very well and offers a rare combination of exceptional family friendly facilities and activities, whilst still retaining a boutique and intimate feel. A brand new crèche and kids club run by the highly accredited UK operator; Worldwide Kids Company completes the picture.

The facilities are extensive with 7 freshwater pools, tennis courts, fully-equipped gym, water-sports, spa and a varied choice of dining in one of the six venues.

Accommodation ranges from beachside rooms, suites, penthouses and a small selection of self-contained cottages and houses with private pools.
The Superior Hillside Rooms offer views over the gardens or the ocean and can accommodate two adults and one child up to 11years. These spacious rooms offer flat screen TVs, the usual amenities such as robes and slippers, hairdryers and clock radios and those on all-inclusive meal plans can enjoy a fully stocked mini-fridge to order. Offering the same size, the Beachfront Rooms are exactly that, a few steps away from the sand and with unobstructed views of the sea. This category has an interconnecting option to another Beachfront Room.
The Hillside Junior and Luxury Suites will accommodate a family of two adults and two children, or three adults and one child. For larger or extended families, or those travelling with a nanny, the suites can also interconnect to a Superior Hillside Room.
The Cove Suites are the flagship rooms of the resort. Located away from the resort for those wanting a bit of extra privacy, this extremely spacious accommodation offers beautifully appointed décor, modern comforts including an iPod docking station and Wifi. The 3-bed Penthouses have fully equipped kitchens and are perfect for those who want opulence, space and privacy combined.

The resort offers an optional all-inclusive plan which includes breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner in the Palm or Bartley’s restaurant. If you’re looking for something even more special, the ‘Connoisseurs Choice’ selection of some of the finest cuts of meat is available for a small supplement. All local and premium branded drinks, house wines and drinks served at the Pelican, Poolside and Beach bar are included as complimentary, plus a fully stocked mini-bar is replenished daily with your preferred refreshments.

The kids club and creche are now operated by the renowned Worldwide Kids Company, offering supervised and inspired entertainment, appropriate for the age of your child. Activities range from quiet occupations such as ice lolly making through to the energetic water balloon dash! A full and varied schedule activities means that there is something new and inventive each day. Babysitting is available on request, all sitters are fully licensed.

Blue Waters is a family-run resort with staff that has been there for a long time. As a guest, you feel more that you are welcomed into their home, rather than booking a room in a hotel and it offers a really relaxed family vibe.

Blue Waters

The Jebel Ali Beach Hotel and Palm Tree Court & Spa boasts one of the largest stretches of beaches in the UAE. This 5 star family hotel offers 260 rooms overlooking the Arabian Gulf, private marina and hotel gardens. The hotel is nestled within the award winning Jebel Ali Golf Resort; 128 acres of landscaped gardens just 45 minutes from Dubai International airport. The resort boasts a private, palm-lined beach, 4 swimming pools and 15 restaurants and bars.

The leisure facilities at Jebel Ali Golf Resort are incredible, with horse riding stables, golf, archery, tennis, volleyball, badminton, fishing, SCUBA diving and a fitness centre. The resort is also now home to a  superb ‘Watercooled’ watersports centre, which is an RYA accredited training centre for sailing, windsurfing and kitesurfing.

CoolZone is a kids club for children aged 4 – 12 years old. This club has been very recently refurbished to bring it into line with Ofsted standards and guidelines. This bright and spacious club has a highly trained international team of staff to give your children some fantastic experiences. Open 7 days a week, 10-1 and 3-6. This is a complimentary service. Teenagers will love the facilities in the ChillZone.

New to the resort is an excellent crèche service with fully qualified, very experienced childcare staff available to look after children aged from just 4 months up to 4 years old. All equipment for babies and tots is brand new,with nutritious meals and snacks being offered during the sessions.

The hotel combined with the Palm Tree Court and Spa has 15 restaurants and bars, as well as a floating restaurant. Guests who dine on All Inclusive can use all of the restaurants and bars in Jebel Ali Golf resort and Spa, excluding the restaurants in the Palm Tree Court. Guests staying in the Palm Tree court and Spa can use every restaurants available in both hotels.

From the largest water-sports club in the UAE, to a full-service spa, there is more than enough for all sizes of the family to enjoy.

Jebel Ali Beach Hotel

Tucked away in 30 acres of beautiful French countryside is this rare blend of luxurious accommodation and personalized service, on a smaller scale. There is a complete focus on offering the best for each of the seven families that stay at any one time. Run by a couple who know what parents with young children need from their holiday, this exclusive country retreat has been well established as an excellent package holiday.  Their recipe for relaxation for parents and fun for kids includes luxurious accommodation, beautiful grounds and fantastic facilities for adults and kids, award winning accredited childcare, babysitting, delicious meals, on and off site activities, the petting farm, a café/bar for socializing and much more.

From June to Mid-September holidays are on a fully inclusive basis with everything included.  For the rest of the season (April-May and Mid-September-October) some elements are offered on an optional basis so that families can tailor the package to their own needs.  Childcare is in the fabulous regulated crèche and kids club, The Big Kids programme in school holidays, 2 nights babysitting, housekeeping, use of all the facilities on site and visits to the petting farm are always included.

The crèche and kids club welcomes babies from 3 months old up to children of 10 years old. Open six days a week, it is fully accredited and run by up to three fully qualified and highly experienced English-speaking staff with additional staff on busy days. There is no booking system and therefore parents can drop off their children whenever they like during the opening hours. Activities include arts & crafts, music sessions, storytelling and visits to the sandpit, climbing frame and farm animals. During school holidays there is a Big Kids programme for 6 to 12 year olds with a mixture of sports and other fun activities. Tuesdays and Thursdays are babysitting nights, where parents can go out to enjoy a romantic meal, safe in the knowledge that their kids have been left in the great hands of the babysitting team. On Friday mornings the crèche and Kids club open at 7am with a collection service from the apartments so that parents can have a luxurious lie-in!

During the high season all meals and alcohol are included.  There are two communal meals and kids dinners plus meals served in the apartments or at the bar.  During the low season holidays are self-catered and there is an on site a shop selling groceries, daily delivered bakery and chef-prepared frozen meals to make life easy.  There is a fully stocked bar which never closes and wine cellar filled with delicious local wines. All guests receive an arrival shopping pack.

Well-furnished apartments have kitchens and come equipped with all the bits and pieces you need. There are also loads of toys and dvds to keep the kids happy. The apartments are huge and offer unparalleled privacy. The decor is of a really high quality with exposed stone walls and French oak floor boards making the resort a picturesque environment.

Some of the on-site activities include the petting farm, tennis and swimming lessons, gym, mini golf, yoga and wine tasting.  In the high season all are included and in the low season some are optional.  Off-site there are water sports on the nearby lake, visits to local vineyards, access to a 9-hole golf course, treetop and rock climbing adventures, canoeing down gorges, fishing, pony riding and hiking. Within a 30-45 minute radius of the estate are many popular visits and day trips that can be enjoyed by the whole family. The resort has a tennis court, 3 swimming pools: a huge and central safety-fenced heated swimming pool with a slide, a heated toddler’s pool and an adults only pool, Jacuzzi and cold water plunge pool. The Mediterranean beaches are approximately 44 minutes’ drive from the resort.

For total relaxation, there are several treatments that can be offered to guests. An on-site beauty therapist can provide manicures, pedicures, a range of facials, waxing and exfoliation treatments, whilst the masseuse offers a range of massage treatments that can be enjoyed in the separate and slightly secluded spa area. In the High season one massage and facial per adult are included.

 

Country Kids

In a picturesque unspoiled location, Anassa commands views over the blue seas and sandy bay of Chrysochou. Swimming pools with cascading waterfalls set the scene for a relaxing stay. With its whitewashed villas and terracotta tiled roofs, Anassa has the appearance of a traditional Greek village, concealing elegant interiors within. Despite offering the highest standards of luxury, Anassa remains extremely welcoming to children with excellent facilities and services.

The Smiling Dolphin Kids Club and Baby Go Lightly Creche at Anassa are great favourites with children. For in between times, storybooks, crayons, puzzles and games are provided. Families can travel light and hire or borrow all manner of baby equipment including buggies and vital supplies. Go-karting is 10 minutes away, and 40 minutes away there is a bird & animal park (Pegeia) and waterpark (Paphos). There is even the Hercules teen club in the summer.

There are 4 restaurants offering local and international dishes, a lounge with wood burning fireplaces, and 4 bars. The menu changes on a daily basis and utilises ingredients from the hotel’s own garden to create a mixture of Cypriot, Mediterranean and Asian dishes. The Chefs at the Anassa are keen to please and are able to offer alternative meals for those with special dietary needs.

Accommodation is varied to suit your needs. Rooms have been elegantly finished in a cool Mediterranean style and include and a balcony or terrace. Suites either have a view of the hotels secluded gardens or the areas beautiful coastline. Some suites are available with two bedrooms, a lounge area, a shower room and or a private pool which is heated during winter. Please contact us for further information.

By the beach there are watersports, including scuba diving and sailing. At the hotel there are swimming pools, tennis & squash courts, table tennis and gym. There are 4 restaurants offering local and international dishes, a lounge with wood burning fireplaces, and 4 bars.

The newly designed lifestyle spa a range of retreats and detox programmes, using the natural product line from The Organic Pharmacy. The sauna and steam bath are complemented by health and beauty treatments, including thalassotherapy. A frequent winner of Conde Nast Travellers “best spa in Europe” awards.

Don’t miss our dedicated sections on this hotel’s facilities for Kids and Leisure, as well as this hotel’s Reviews and more pictures in the Gallery.

Your Tots Too experts for the Anassa are Helen, Atarra and Deborah.

Anassa

It’s no wonder that the Forte Village has been voted the “World’s Leading Resort” seventeen times in a row! This luxury beachside oasis with its own Leisure Land is a paradise for parents and kids alike. A choice of eight 4 and 5* hotels and a huge array of facilities and activities for all the family. It is set in 47 hectares of land on the South West Coast of Sardinia between Pula and Capo Spartivento.

The Children’s Wonderland takes the concept of a kids club onto a whole new level, with a special area of the beautiful gardens dedicated to fun. There are two private pools right at the water’s edge and new activities hosted daily, with theatre shows, games and activities for all. There are fantastic workshops where children can learn to cook a pizza, play an instrument, dance or learn Italian. With a dedicated restaurant serving children’s favourites, they’ll have lots of energy for the on site go-karting, trampolining and even Nintendo Wii. From babies to teens, there’s lots on offer. Sporty families can improve their skills in the specialist sport academies, including the Chelsea Football School, Five Star Tennis Academy and Five Star Rugby Academy.

There is an excellent selection of restaurants serving a wide some spectacular dishes from around the globe. World renowned chef Gordon Ramsay has a superb restaurant with views overlooking the crystal clear sea. There are six other eateries in the resort, each offering a different dining experience in elegant chic surroundings. The brand new Spice for Life restaurant run by chef Alfons Schuhbeck is definitely worth a visit!

There are eight different hotels within the Forte Village resort. Accommodation ranges from quite simple 4 star rustic cottages to 5 star luxury rooms and bungalows. Inter-connecting rooms and family bungalows offer suitable accommodation for different sized families. All the accommodation is set amongst immaculately kept and lush gardens with plenty of trees for shade. Call us to discuss which option would suit your family.

For sport lovers, there are football pitches, 12 tennis courts, as well as sailing, windsurfing, water-skiing and diving down at the beach. There’s a practice golf area on site with a prestigious 27 hole course just 10 minutes away. And who says the go-karting is just for the kids? The designer boutiques and landscaped pools offer quieter leisure time, whilst in the evening you can choose from the cocktail bar, nightclub, a fantastic selection of restaurants, or see a show at the Piazza.

The famous Thalassotherapy centre uses the curative local waters in their unique treatments. The team of experts will create a personalised programme for you in the warm pools of the Wellness Garden, with pregnancy and post natal packages also available.

Watch our film here, showing what it’s like for families at Forte Village Resort:

Your Tots Too experts for Forte Village are Helen and Mark

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Forte Village Resort

The Romanos is a truly exceptional hotel lying across the unspoilt Navarino coastline with one of the finest beaches Greece has to offer. The area is rich in culture and natural beauty as well as wildlife, olives and vineyards. There is a very careful balance here with families and tranquillity to ensure all guests are kept happy and the choice of activities for big and small is vast.

The 321 rooms, suites and villas are all modern and contemporary with a mix of the local architecture. Deluxe and infinity rooms can accommodate up to one child sharing with the parents, whereas the suites and villas will offer more space and capacity to spread out. The Grand Infinity Suites offer private pools, home cinema systems, personalised butler service and spacious living rooms. The Junior Suites and one-bedroom suites are particularly suited to families and can be childproofed on request.

Dining options are plentiful and varied with a choice of nine restaurants and bars. Kids menus are offered in each and they are happy to adapt menu choices for smaller guests. Flame is a classic grill serving breakfast and light lunches and snacks during the day, and exceptional steaks and seafood in the evening. Eleon offers traditional Greek lunches buffet style, Pero, also buffet style is open throughout the day for breakfast, lunch and dinner and The Romanos Pool bar offers swim up style local snacks, cocktails or whatever or chosen tipple may be. Additional international food styles Inbi for pan Asian, Nargile for Middle Eastern, Da Luigi for Italian including a traditional pizza-making experience and The Diner, a retro 1950’s American style restaurant serving very tasty milkshakes! It’s here you can also enjoy the accompanying entertainment of ten-pin bowling, video games, pool and an indoor cinema.

The Romanos is a great choice for those looking for a more subtle family vibe. Whilst amazingly well set-up for kids, it is not one of your “all singing all dancing” resorts so would appeal to parents looking for a reminder of the holidays they used to have pre-kids, but with all the trimmings needed to keep the kids happy!

The Cocoon is a state of the art crèche facility for children aged 4 months to 3 years old. Run by a team of highly trained childcare professionals, it offers indoor and outdoor activities for babies and toddlers aiming to develop their motor skills and encourage their imaginations.

At the SandCastle kids club, through a carefully developed program, fun and entertainment is combined with getting to know the region’s history and nature. The ancient world of legends and Greek mythology comes to life, children become part of Costa Navarino’s stories through sport and fun games, adventures with Messinian pirates, following in the steps of ancient heros, creating and painting inspired by the area’s history and nature. The SandCastle is located within the recreational park area that also includes an aqua park with pools, slides, and sprays, an indoors sports & entertainment centre with 10 pin bowling, an American-style diner, basketball court, and the Navarino Natura Hall, an environmental exhibition centre where through interactive means both parents and kids learn about the uniqueness and beauty of the natural habitats of the region. Within the weekly activities program, children also enjoy many of the offerings at Navarino Dunes.
The beach is very child friendly with life guards on duty and sunbeds and parasols. Snacks are served throughout the day. In the evening, guests can enjoy music concerts, open-air cinema and family games.

The facilities are endless with a range to suit all ages. Choose from golf, spa, huge fitness centre with classes, sports centre offering ten-pin bowling, squash, five-a-side soccer, basketball, indoor volleycall and badminton. There is an interesting choice of racquet sports including the very challenging speedminton! Enjoy beach tennis, individual tennis instruction, Padel, table tennis and the popular Mediterranean sport of Beach Raquets. Additional outdoor activities include hiking, Nordic walking, ropes course, climbing tower and nature excursions.

The Romanos Resort, Costa Navarino

Long considered the premier address in the Caribbean, Sandy Lane is an elegant resort in an opulent and exotic setting. With the warmest Barbados hospitality and every luxury on hand, you and your family can enjoy the many leisure activities that are offered, or just relax on the pristine beaches.

Children are made welcome at the Treehouse Club with drama, craft, sports and games. Special adventures include swimming with turtles, sleep overs, island safaris and carnivals. Teenagers have their own club, The Den, well equipped with games and a great place to hang out.

With 4 restaurants and 7 bars, there are plenty of chances to try the superb Bajan and international cuisine and fresh island seafood. The resorts signature restaurant ‘L’Acajou’ invites guests to enjoy superb new world cuisine on the waterfront. There are childrens menus and vegatarian options also available.

Designed like luxury homes, the family accommodation at the Sandy Lane is equipped with exceptional facilities for all ages and is perfectly located to get the most out of the resort. Contact us for advice on the best option for your family.

Golfers are spoilt for choice with the famous Old Nine course, the 18-hole Country Club and Green Monkey course. There are nine championship floodlit tennis courts, with professional instruction on hand. There’s a wonderful selection of boutiques with tax-free shopping. Down at the Beach Club there’s water-skiing, banana rides, kayaking, Hobie Cat sailing, snorkel trips to swim with the turtles and to shipwrecks. Scuba diving and deep sea fishing can also be arranged. Or just lay back on the sands and the attendants will furnish you with refreshments. With 4 restaurants and 7 bars, there are plenty of chances to try the superb Bajan and international cuisine and fresh island seafood.

In a beautiful building fronted by a cascading waterfall, the Spa at Sandy Lane is luxuriously appointed for a wealth of beauty and wellbeing treatments. Experience the hydrotherapy and Jet Blitz rooms, plus there’s a hydrotub with steam, hydrofusion, vibratory massage and chromotherapy.

Read more on our blog about Sandy Lane & Barbados >

Sandy Lane

The Fairmont Royal Pavilion, a long established hotel in Barbados, enjoys an enviable beachfront location on the west coast of the island. The interiors display a timeless Caribbean elegance and have generous terraces or balconies with sea views. With connecting suites and an array of leisure activities for adults and children alike, this resort is a great choice for a special holiday. Families are welcomed to the hotel between mid March and October and over the Christmas/New Year period.

In season, the hotel provides a daily program of supervised activities for children aged 4 and over, designed to give parents a well deserved break. Activities included kayaking, soccer, beach cricket, treasure hunts and movies. Aside from this, the 11 acres of beautiful grounds provide ample space for kids to burn off energy. A range of complimentary non motorized watersports are offered at the beach and scuba-diving and swimming with turtles can be arranged at additional cost.

Fine dining is a treat at the stylish Palm Restaurant with its panoramic sea views and delicious local and international fare. During the daytime, enjoy the more informal bistro style poolside dining at Cafe Tabaras which serves breakfast and lunch. For a true taste of Barbados, try the Friday evenings Caribbean buffet with accompanying floor show or enjoy a leisurely Sunday brunch to the gentle sound of the steel band. If your palate is yearning for something British, then a traditional complimentary afternoon tea is also served daily on the Taboras Terrace.

48 Oceanfront Rooms and 24 Beachfront Junior Suites offer all modern amenities and generous accommodation. The Beachfront Junior Suites are ideal for families being larger rooms benefitting from butler service, a special VIP fast track service through the airport and complimentary evening canapés. Beachfront Junior Suites and Oceanfront Deluxe rooms are able to connect. A three bedroom Garden View villa provides ideal accommodation for larger families or extended families.

As a true beach hotel, you can step out onto a 0.7 mile stretch of sandy beach, and enjoy beautiful ocean swimming.  There is also an outdoor freshwater swimming pool as well as a heated jacuzzi. There is a full range of complimentary, non-motorized water sports equipment, including single and double kayaks, snorkeling gear, paddle boats, sea floats, hobie wave sailboats, windsurfing and paddleboards. The concierge team can arrange off-property activities, too. There is a well equipped fitness room for guests.

From the comfort of your suite you can enjoy a full range of spa treatments, including body scrubs, facials, and a range of alternative therapies such as Reiki and ear candling. There is also an excellent beauty salon offering hairdressing, make-up, manicure and pedicures.

Read more on our blog about Fairmont Royal Pavilion and Barbados >

Fairmont Royal Pavilion

These stunning new villas are part of the elegant Gran Bahia del Duque resort, noted for its warm family atmosphere. The villas have a private pool each, spacious gardens and enormous picture windows. There is also a private leisure zone, 24 hour room service and butler service.

The fabulous Mini Club changes its programme daily, with original activities such as star watching from the observatory, treasure hunts, and nature trails, which usually end at the childrens playground. Other features are magic shows with clowns and a mini-disco. Nearby are two water parks and even whale watching excursions. The ever-attentive staff will help make even the youngest guests feel at home.

There is a wonderful choice of 9 restaurants and 7 bars serving up an exciting range of food and drink in beautiful locations.

The villas offer the most luxury accommodation possible at the hotel. No expense has been spared creating a wonderful environment for a holiday with extras such as Bang & Olufsen music system and a private garden on offer. All boast butler service, all the mod cons and their own private pool. There are a choice of 1 and 2 bedroom villas available.

Don’t miss our dedicated sections on this hotel’s facilities for Kids and Leisure, as well as this hotel’s Reviews and more pictures in the Gallery.

There are 8 swimming pools with 2 dedicated for children. There is a wonderful choice of 9 restaurants for a choice of cuisines and 7 bars. Energetic guests can enjoy 2 tennis courts, 2 squash courts, the jogging circuit, beach volleyball, mountain biking, dance classes, aerobics, horse-riding, sailing and karting club. For quieter pursuits, theres a bridge & billiards lounge, botanical promenade, archery, croquet, ping pong, petanque, gigantic chess, Tai-Chi, painting, shopping mall and handicrafts. Down on the beach theres paragliding, jet ski and parascending. The hotel has a special arrangement with nearby championship golf courses.

A 3,500 square metre spa has opened over 3 levels, with thalassotherapy pools surrounded by exotic gardens. Relax in the sauna, aroma steam room and mud zones, then shower under palm trees. Cross a bridge to the treatment zone where the ESPA professionals offer a choice of therapies and tailored wellness progammes.

Your Tots Too experts for Bahia Del Duque are Atarra, Deborah and Emma.

Villas Gran Hotel Bahia del Duque

Nestled between a large olive grove and the Agios Ioannis Peristeron beach, MarBella Corfu offers families an all-encompassing experience on the Greek island of Corfu. The recently renovated resort has been designed to maximise light, with floor to ceiling windows overlooking lush landscaped gardens and the sea. Families can get involved in the wide variety of activities on offer, or simply sit back and relax at the beach or  spa.

There is a fresh water pool, sea water pool with Jacuzzi and private beach, decked with sun loungers and umbrellas. The Wellness & Spa Centre provides the ultimate pampering experience. Guests can enjoy everything from a jet lag massage to a chocolate body wrap. Other treatments include aromatherapy massages, mini facials, cellulite treatments, manicures and pedicures. A series of challenges are also available for the most adventurous travellers such as biking, hiking, sea-kayaking, climbing, diving and sailing along with self-guided tours to explore the island of Corfu.

MarBella Corfu has 384 rooms and suites, including generously sized family rooms with bedroom and separate living room and balcony or terrace. All rooms offer panoramic views of the Ionian Sea and are equipped with luxury amenities including queen sized beds and satellite flat screen televisions. Rooms feature bath products from the natural, health-promoting cosmetics company, Apivita. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary welcome drink on arrival.

With 6 restaurants and 5 bars, the resort is sure to have a dining option to suit everyone. There is an American style diner which serves ice cream and cocktails in quirky booths, a sea food restaurant perched just on the water’s edge and a Greek restaurant, offering local cuisine. The restaurants offer wonderful fine dining experiences, with excellent wines and service and there are also child-friendly menus available.

There is a separate activity club for children aged 4-11, offering them the chance to make friends in the playgrounds and arts and crafts sessions. Kids can also enjoy taking part in team challenges, ice cream trips and smoothie making (the kids club is run by professionally trained multilingual Worldwide Kids Company). In addition to the kids club there is also a teen club for teens aged 12 – 17 and a crèche for the younger children, which is payable locally.

MarBella Corfu is an excellent value family option, with activities and facilities for all ages. The accommodation is of a good standard and offers affordable luxury.

MarBella Corfu

This seaside paradise in Crete has taken every care to make families welcome, whilst ensuring a luxurious stay. You can enjoy breathtaking views of the blue bay from your balcony. The interiors have received a stunning make-over, with interconnecting rooms for families and new waterslides

Its evident that Porto Elounda has been lovingly designed with families in mind. The Kids Ark and crèche is arranged as an animal-themed park, with indoor and outdoor play areas, and 2 supervised shallow pools. There’s circus acting, mask making, cookie baking and treasure hunts, as well unique activities like mini Olympic games and growing tomatoes in the garden. There is a twice weekly evening event for the kids too. Even 4 month old babies are taken care of, freeing up some valuable time for parents.

The pool is conveniently sited next to the sandy beach, meaning that your children will always be safely in sight, and the calm, sheltered bay is ideal for children.

Exciting new additions for children are the Arsenal Soccer School Camp, twisting waterslides and expert dancing lessons!

The choice of restaurants all offer views across the bay, including the Odysseus tavern which is right on the water’s edge. In the evening, relax and enjoy cocktails and piano music.

The Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort boasts rooms with comfortable furnishings and an excellent range of facilities. Suites accommodate any family and are available with a private or shared pool. Please contact us with any questions.

Golf fans are spoilt with a 9-hole, par-3 course, pro shop, with a PGA pro on site. There’s a 18-hole championship course located 30 minutes away with special rates for guests. There are 2 tennis courts, gymnasium, billiards, board games and of course shopping.

Down at the beach there’s jet ski, windsurfing, laser sailing, canoes & kayaks, pedaloes and banana rides, not forgetting PADI-certified scuba diving. The choice of restaurants all offer views across the bay, including the Odysseus tavern which is right on the water’s edge. In the evening, relax and enjoy cocktails and piano music.

The exclusive Six Senses Spa has a creative design, including an authentic Turkish hammam for traditional treatments. The spa offers holistic treatments and therapies that go beyond beauty and pampering. It provides healing rituals for rejuvenation and inner peace, all in luxurious surroundings.

Should you want to spread your wings, nearby Elounda town is in easy reach, more restaurants, bars and historical sites.

Tots Too clients benefit from two complimentary half a day crèche sessions for all kids from 6 months to 4 years throughout the year, for stays of seven nights or more.

Your Tots Too experts for Porto Elounda are Atarra and Helen.

Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort

This is a hotel that offers the perfect marriage between indulgence and style for the parents, and outstanding activities and childcare for the little ones. Just moments away from the bustling medina, you can enjoy world-class dining, spa, facilities for babies through to teens delivered with all the usual exemplary service you can expect from a Four Seasons.
Tots Too are delighted to be able to offer an exclusive nanny arrangement at this hotel.

The 141 low rise accommodations are secretly nestled amongst the olive and palm trees and feature balconies overlooking the Menara Gardens or famous snow-capped Atlas Mountains. The Pavilion, Premier, Deluxe and Superior Rooms are generously sized with one king or two double beds and can accommodate up to three adults, or two adults and child sharing.

We recommend our families take the Grand, Deluxe and Pavilion Suites which are a spacious 57m2 and feature two bathrooms and separate living area with a sofa bed to accommodate up to two children plus a baby cot.

Rooms can be childproofed on request and infant bath tubs and highchairs are offered on a complimentary basis. Upon arrival, your little ones can enjoy their own complimentary toiletries, bathrobes and welcome amenity.

Whilst the resort will boast the entire hotel is one giant kids playground; the real place for the kids to be is in the fabulously styled kids club which was designed by a local Moroccan toy maker. The walls are adorned with bright murals and offer an inspiring creative outlet for the kids to enjoy the many activities on offer including; treasure hunts, belly dancing, costume making, flower arranging and arts & crafts to name but a few. Under 4’s will be looked after by our Tots Too appointed nanny and can use the facilities available in the club.

Teens are offered a weekly schedule of activities taking place in the Young Adult Centre and encouraged to meet other guests of a similar age. In addition to the popular movie nights, Wii and Playstation; there are sports activities, foosball, golf, tennis and ping pong.

Dining options include traditional Moroccoan, Italian, fresh grilled meats and seafood, all served in a range of very cool and stylish settings. When the kids are safely tucked away, enjoy the oh so hip Zest at Bleu d’Orange Rooftop Bar which offers a fantastic selection of cocktails overlooking the Atlas Mountains and Menara Gardens. Try to miss a sunset drink up there too. Childrens menus are provided in each of the restaurants and the chefs are happy to work with any specific dietary requirements you have.

Facilities include a choice of two swimming pools; one for families and one quiet adult only, kids clubs, full service spa and fitness centre, a cultural centre with daily complimentary workshops, nearby golf, clay court tennis and an outdoor movie theatre. Not forgetting that the resort is located just a short distance from the famous hub of Marrakech, the Medina and the hotel will be happy to arrange local excursions and tours.

Four Seasons Marrakech

With a charming location in the small fishing village of Plaka in Crete, the Blue Palace offers the stunning views over the blue gulf. The suites are elegantly appointed, with some offering interconnecting rooms, perfect for families. There are lush grassy areas alongside the pebble beach for sunbathing.

Five exclusive restaurants offer a diverse selection of dining in different locations around the resort. Amongst the cuisines features are traditional Greek, Asian, Italian and Mediterranean Gourmet. Particularly popular is the Blue Door Taverna which has an enchanting setting right down on the beachfront and offer delicious Cretan specialities. Guests staying on half board can dine around in any restaurant from the buffet or table d’hote menu and can interchange dinner for lunch if desired.

A wide choice of rooms available including interconnecting rooms, suites and even villas. Rooms are stylish and spacious and many boast their own pools. All rooms offer stunning sea views, bathrooms with separate bath and shower. Ask us for guidance on the best room for your families needs.

The Blue Palace offers 3 outdoor pools as well as water sports including water-skiing, pedalos, rings, tubes, kayaking and windsurfing. There’s also table tennis and tennis courts. There are five restaurants including a gourmet venue, Italian, Asian fusion and a fresh fish tavern sitting right on the water’s edge.

For the more active there are a range of sports on offer. Enjoy a game of tennis, table-tennis or billiards. Try out scuba-diving or choose from a full range of watersports.  Golfers can play the Crete Golf Course which is an 18 hole golf course located around 40 minutes drive from the resort.

Children aged 3 to 12 years can enjoy the kids club which provides a range of entertainment and activities including drama, nature crafts, doll making, Greek mythology, painting and Greek dancing.

The award winning Thalassotherapy spa is set over two levels. Situated on the beach with calming views of the gulf, the serene and captivating spa comprises 24 treatment rooms, each featuring soothing water sounds and diffused calming lighting. The spa extends over three floors of a glass building, with stunning views to enjoy during your treatments. On the ground floor is a sauna, hammam, Jacuzzi, fitness centre and indoor pool.

The spa specialises in thalassotherapy, using seaweed, plankton, clay and natural salt water for your health and wellbeing. There are three thalasso pools, a relaxation pool, hammams, saunas, indoor Jacuzzis, a couple’s suite, fitness centre, classes, seminars and a retail spa boutique. Access to the spa is complimentary for all hotel guests where you can enjoy the indoor pool and sauna and steam facilities. The fitness centre is furnished with the latest equipment. All guests of 16 years and over have complimentary access to these facilities.  A fantastic range of treatments are offered including massages and facials.

Your Tots Too Expert for the Blue Palace is Atarra and Helen.

Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa

Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel is the most exclusive hotel in Greece. Positioned on a peninsular stretch of land, it enjoys an outstanding location overlooking the Bay of Elounda, Mirabello Bay, and the Aegean Sea. The view is blue as far as the eye can see. Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel is reached by a private road that leads to the reception area on the top floor, with expansive verandahs making you feel like you are on the bridge of a ship.

Guests can use the extensive family facilities offered at the adjoining Porto Elounda GOLF & SPA RESORT, just a couple of minutes walk away, with the animal-themed kids club and crèche. Children can enjoy indoor and outdoor play areas, and 2 supervised shallow pools. There’s circus acting, mask making, cookie baking and treasure hunts, as well unique activities like mini Olympic games and growing tomatoes in the garden. Even 6 month old babies are taken care of, freeing up some valuable time for parents. There’s a waterpark and aquarium nearby too.

The gourmet restaurant Calypso, promises culinary delights in an exclusive ambiance, next to a turquoise pool that seems to overflow into the sea. The impressive Kelari wine cellar, home to a truly remarkable selection of labels spanning decades of excellence, offers private tasting conducted by our awarded sommelier, as well as private dining for up to 8 guests. Koh Pan-Asian Restaurant, located just above sea level at the very tip of the peninsula, offers a magical setting in which to enjoy culinary delights from the Far East.

As the name suggests, a range of suites are on offer to guests at the Elounda, all of them luxurious. Peninsula Collection Suites have two floors. The top boasts a spacious Twin master bedroom and bathroom complete with a whirlpool bathtub while downstairs there is a living room with outstanding views of the coast or the Sitia mountain range. For larger groups there are the Peninsula Grand Villas.

Exclusively for guests of Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel, private screenings of films are available at the IMAX home theatre, with the latest in digital surround sound. There are further facilities on offer at the adjoining Porto Elounda GOLF & SPA RESORT resort, just a couple of minutes walk away, including five boutiques beachside restaurants and bars, private nine-hole par-3 golf course with golf academy and English-speaking resident P.G.A. pro, large outdoor fresh water pool with children’s paddling pool, the Resort’s own sandy beach, featuring sunshade/lounger platforms with waiter service, watersports centre and Astroturf® tennis courts.

Luxuriate in the exclusive indoor pool of Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel. Focal to it is an authentic Ottoman Hamam, a Finnish Sauna and a Cybex® equipped gymnasium. The first Six Senses Spa™ in Europe provides a truly relaxing and revitalizing experience, through many forms of holistic healings to balance the senses. Its unrivalled range of signature treatments focuses on health, beauty, pampering, stress reduction and recuperation using pure, natural and environmentally friendly products. The luxuriously appointed spa spreads over 2,200 m², setting unique standards in spa design.

Tots Too clients staying at the Elounda Peninsula benefit from complimentary entry to the creche year round when they stay for seven nights or more.

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Your Tots Too Experts for the Elounda Peninsula are Atarra and Helen

Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel

With understated style and elegance, Almyra is set in colourful landscaped gardens with views of the sea and the castle at Paphos. This beautiful haven of luxury also boasts unbeatable facilities for families.

Whatever the age of your children, Almyra has the perfect entertainment. The professional staff at the Baby Crèche and Smiling Dolphin Kids Club will discuss the childs individual needs with the parents for a personalised experience. There are exciting activities on offer as well as thoughtful touches like billowing awnings to provide shade as children play. Activities include themed days, sports tuition and craft workshops.

Five restaurants offer a mix of cuisine, particularly specializing in modern dishes inspired by a combination of Japanese and Mediterranean flavours. Stunning locations make for a memorable dining experience.

Rooms are furnished with marble, wood and soft carpets. Floor to ceiling windows allow beautiful views over the landscaped gardens and Paphos Town in the distance. Interconnecting rooms are also available. Selected rooms on the ground floor and have a private terrace. Superior Sea View Rooms have floor to ceiling sliding windows and panoramic views of the sea. Aethon Rooms for adults only measure 25m² and are located near the Almyra Spa, with a balcony overlooking Paphos Harbour. There are also even more extravagant suites for those who desire them.

Almyra can organise excursions off the usual tourist trail into the heart of Cyprus. Within 20 km, golf fans can enjoy the Minthis Hills, Elea, Secret Valley Club and Aphrodite Hills Club. Diving for beginners or the experienced is also on offer. At Almyra there is a tennis court, table-tennis and gymnasium. On the sea front you can try windsurfing and parascending. In the nearby hills there is rock-climbing, mountain-biking and horse-riding (not on site, but can be arranged by the hotel).

AlmyraSpa has treatment rooms overlooking the gardens and sea. Acupuncture, water therapy, massage, beauty treatments and aromatherapy are all on offer, as well as yoga tuition, individually or as part of a group.

Read more in our blog about Almyra > and our blog about its kids club >

Your Tots Too experts for the Almyra are Atarra, Helen and Deborah

Almyra

Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas is set in one of Crete’s most beautiful and exclusive locations. The resort sits on the waterfront, in its own private bay with white sand beaches and a crystal clear sea. Ten minutes from Aghios Nikolaos and twenty minutes from Elounda, Daios Cove is the perfect place for a relaxing break.

The Daios Cove creche, kids and teens clubs have been specifically designed to meet UK Ofsted childcare standards. They offer a range of fantastic age appropriate activities for children to take part in and a constant supply of new games and toys. Multi-lingual nannies oversee pirate treasure hunts, dino adventures and space exploration. After catching a T-Rex and blasting into outer space, the kids will probably need a rest andthere is an outdoor shaded area in the mini club. Late kids club opening times allow parents to enjoy a quiet adults-only dinner, while kids enjoy a supervised early dinner (see below)

The Cove plays host to some exciting dining options including The Ocean Bar which allows you to enjoy food and drinks without even leaving the pool. There are bars with live music for the evenings and restaurants for the whole family. The Pangea offers buffet style dining, serving dishes and platters from the world over, or visit the relaxed Taverna. You can enjoy local Cretan and Greek cuisine, fish and sea food whilst overlooking the cove it came from. The Ocean Club offers creative modern Italian and Mediterranean cuisine.

Children and teens can enjoy an early supervised dinner betwen 6-7pm, allowing them to eat at a time to suit them, and allowing parents to have a quiet dinner a little later, when the kids club is open again in the evening (7-9.30pm).

The quality of the hotel can been seen in its rooms great range of amenities. There are extra touches to make a guests stay feel extra special such as a pillow menu, sky television, 24 hour room service, free WiFi and iPod stations in each room. There is a wide range of accommodation that will certainly cater for your family. The two and three bedrooms come with private pools which can be fenced on request. They can also include stair gates, baby monitors, bottle warmers and a dedicated concierge service to villa guests. The privacy and space the villas afford are a perfect option for larger families.

Staff are proud of the truly five star facilities available at Daios Cove. There is a luxurious sea water infinity pool in the resort and an adjoining private beach for guests of the resort.

Nearby, there is a scuba diving centre, with snorkelling and sailing on offer.

Back at resort you can have a relaxed game of tennis or sit in one of the three bars enjoying free access to computers with fast internet connection and free WiFi throughout the resort. There are also funiculars for easy access to hotel areas.

There is a generously sized spa, with two indoor pools, and fully equipped fitness centre at guests’ disposal.

Read more in our blog about Daios Cove >

Daios Cove

Draped across the hills of Egypt, in a superb coastal location, the lavish Four Seasons hotel gives you the opportunity to experience this fascinating country in complete luxury. The hotel’s unique design is reminiscent of an ancient Egyptian village and offers exquisite suites and exceptional service.

There is a vast assortment of activities to entertain the kids. The kids club offers arts and crafts, beach games, nature walks, computer games, an introduction to snorkelling, kite flying, a playground and story telling. A complimentary lunch is served in the kids club daily. The Teen Centre is open every day from 17.00 to 22.00 and features all the usual favourites such as table tennis, air hockey, a billiards table, Wii games and computers with complimentary internet access. Your teens can also make full use of the tennis courts, beach games, diving and snorkelling facilities plus wakeboarding, soccer and Arabic lessons.

There are 5 restaurants to choose from, including two poolside bar and restaurants. If you want to eat in the comfort of your villa then you can order food to your suite, with breakfast available between 6am-12pm, all day dining between 12-11.30pm and overnight dining options on offer. The restaurants are sure to temp your rooms every now and again as each serves an excellent array of worldwide cuisine but also offer a chance to taste delicious local delicacies.

There is a comprehensive selection of accommodation offered at the Four Seasons. All rooms and suites have excellent facilities with some including private plunge pools, balconies, terraces and kitchenettes. The 3 spacious residential villas at the resort are particularly well suited to families. Each one is a huge 305m2 and can sleep up to 8 adults. Smaller families can take advantage of the two bedroom suites. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

The Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh can organise city tours, scenic day trips, Bedouin nights, fishing trips and snorkel boat trips to discover the breathtaking coral reefs. If you prefer an activity filled day at the hotel, make use of the fully equipped gymnasium, have a splash or personal swimming lessons in the large freshwater swimming pool. Hit a few rallies at one of the 3 Peter Burwash International tennis courts or relax and unwind in the Jacuzzi, sauna or on the landscaped pool deck.

The Daniela Steiner Beauty and Wellness Spa offers guests the personal touch with a diverse range of natural treatments that are so extensive they aim to cater for every individual’s needs, whether it is a slimming wrap or moisture scrub. There are 13 treatment rooms available to enhance your relaxation and renewal.

Your Tots Too expert for the Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheik is Atarra.

Four Seasons Sharm El Sheikh

Surrounded by beautiful Lapland scenery, Hotel Kakslauttanen is the perfect winter retreat and base for a fun packed winter activity holiday and a magical visit to see Santa Claus and his elves in the nearby Santa’s Resort. Children and adults alike will love the husky safaris, reindeer pulled sledge trips, cross country skiing or simply playing in the snow. When conditions are right during the winter months, Kakslauttanen is also the perfect spot for viewing the Northern lights as there is virtually no light pollution in this area.

40 comfortably appointed log cabins with open fires are dotted amongst the trees, each with their own sauna. For families there are two bedroom cabins with a double room and a room with bunk beds. For the ultimate experience stay a night in a glass igloo where you can lie back and watch the arctic night sky from the comfort of your bed. The more intrepid adventurers may even like to try a night in a snow igloo where reindeer skins, down sleeping bags, woollen socks and hoods are provided to keep you warm. So you can really enjoy getting back to nature, there are no televisions and no there is not internet connection available in the cabins or igloos, but facilities are available in the main building.

The resort has 1 main restaurant which focus on regional produce including reindeer, salmon, local fish and berries, however international style food and a kids menu is also available. Half board dinner is a set menu and is served at either 18.00 or 20.00. An a la carte menu is available for those wishing to order off the set menu and a supplement will apply. There is a Piano Bar and a lobby bar which serves light snacks from 11.00 to 18.00 daily.

Due to the extreme cold and nature of the activities, we would recommend this type of holiday mostly for families with children aged 6 years and over. Thermal clothing and outerwear can be provided by the hotel for rent but we advise carrying enough warm clothes with you in case of sizing shortages. Internet access is limited in the rooms but wifi is available in the piano bar. It is adviseable to take a small rucksack with you as an overnight bag if you are staying in one of the glass or snow igloos as the rooms are small with little room for a large suitcase. Luggage can be safely stored.

Do try the ski school at Sariselka. The instructors there are amazing and the slopes are better than some we have seen at the more popular European ski resorts. The 1.2km toboggan run is not to be missed and the kids will love it.

The guideline price includes a family of 4 visit to Santa’s Resort for up to two children under the age of 12. We would also recommend pre-booking the reindeer safari and a night in the glass igloo which will be at an additional cost.

At Kakslauttanen, days will be active and after a good meal in the evening, you will be more than ready to sleep.  A wide range of exciting activities are available within easy reach of the resort including ice and snow carving for the creative, cross country and downhill skiing, ice sledging, husky and reindeer safaris, snowmobiling and ice fishing.  Safaris are available as shorter 2 hour or longer 4 hours trips.  2 hour trips are recommended with children.

10 minutes drive from the hotel lies Santa’s Resort which is open from December through to April.  Passing by the elves tower, guests access the resort across Santa’s bridge and visit Santa’s house.  Each family meets with Santa individually.  Visit the Lappish Pole tent where the Reindeer Elf will serve you with hot drinks and gingerbread around an open fire or drop into the Smith Elf Workshop where millions of gifts are created from gold nuggets.

There are 2 hour trips to the resort on Tuesdays and Fridays, or you can arrange for a private visit by car, snowmobile or husky sledge.

In order to make sure you are able to participate in your chosen activities, we recommend pre-booking.

Read more in our blog about Hotel Kakslauttanen & Igloo Village >

Your Tots Too Experts for the Hotel Kakslauttanen are Deborah and Emma

Hotel Kakslauttanen and Igloo Village

Nonsuch Bay is the perfect retreat for families looking for some active time as well as relaxing time in a setting that reflects the true beauty of the Caribbean. This beautiful 40-acre property is surrounded by water from three sides in a secluded pocket in the South-East corner of the Island. The Bay is calm and protected making it a perfect environment for learning how to sail or other small boat activities.

Accommodation options include fully serviced apartments, beach cottages and waterfront and hilltop villas, perfect for larger families seeking seclusion and privacy. The apartments are exceptionally well furnished with fully-kitted out Studio Becker kitchens, Ipod compatible sound systems, WIFI, flat screen TV’s and cable. Interiors are modern and light with spacious living areas opening onto large furnished verandas where you can enjoy the commanding views over the blue waters of Nonsuch Bay.

The two-bedroom Beach Cottages sit directly behind the palm fringed beach and offer uninterrupted sea views. These are home from home style accommodations with fully-equipped kitchens including a washer/dryer, dishwasher and modern audio and visual entertainment systems. Clean modern interiors feature throughout the 1,400 sq ft of living space.

The Hilltop Villas are the highest level of accommodation, perfect for groups or large families. Affording prime views over the ocean, each of the three villas feature their own pools, large grounds with verandas and open terraces and spacious living areas furnished to the highest standards. All apartments and villas have free WIFI.

The settings for dining take full advantage of the views over the bay where guests can enjoy simple Caribbean and international flavours prepared by chef Mitche Husbands. Evening cocktails and hors oeuvres can be enjoyed in the Club Lounge or the resort can arrange for taxi’s to some of the islands recommended local restaurants.

The childcare is second to none with a very experienced team running the club. Open from 9am – 12pm and 1pm – 4pm, activities are varied and cater to all ages. Older kids will love some of the more challenging water based activities such as sailing, kite-surfing and windsurfing under professional instruction. Babysitting can be arranged and Tots Too can book a bespoke carer for your child/ren during your stay.

Enjoy three swimming pools, a host of water-sports including windsurfing, kite-surfing and sailing, a club lounge and superb cuisine. In-room spa treatments can be provided on request.

Nonsuch Bay

Sani resort is located in Halkidiki and the luxurious boutique style Sani Asterias enjoy a fabulous location adjacent to the Sani Marina right on the beachfront. This is the most exclusive hotel in the resort offering luxury suite accommodation within a smaller more intimate hotel setting. Guests enjoy reserved sunloungers on a private stretch of beach.

As part of a larger resort there is wide choice of restaurants and bars, serving up a mixture of traditional and exotic dishes for you to try. The dine-around option allows half-board and full-board guests to try any of the 13 restaurants offering a wide selection of foods, from traditional Greek cuisine to international options. Guests can either select one of the several tailored set menus – without extra charges – or order a-la-carte menu. (Drinks are not included).

Family Suites and Deluxe Family Suites offer two bedrooms, two bathrooms, private terrace or garden and a range of excellent facilities to make your stay comfortable including luxury linen, Nespresso machine and Ipod/Bose sound docks. For further information please feel free to contact us via telephone or e-mail.

The Spa Suite is a luxurious sanctuary creating customized treatments, with a secret beauty and wellness garden. Treatments are from French wellness company Anne Sémonin and Greek aromatherapy company Apivita. There is also a fitness studio with yoga & pilates, indoor pool with Jacuzzi, Tisannerie thermal suite, hair & nail salons and Deli Spa Bar.

From 4 months to 16 years, there are age specific activities for the kids, allowing parents a little private time together. As well the Melissa kids club and creche for tiny tots, teens enjoy their own activity club in high season. The staff are all fully qualified and English speaking and the club conforms to Ofsted’s ratio’s of children to staff. Security is also refreshingly tight for extra peace of mind. The activities mainly take place within the greater Sani resort complex, combining peace for parents with fun for children.

Watch our film here, showing what it’s like for families at Sani Resort:

Your Tots Too Experts for Sani Asterias Suites are Atarra, Emma and Deborah

Sani Asterias

Dotted across the majestic Ionian Coastline, the Westin Resort Costa Navarino is the perfect location for a luxury family holiday. This unspoilt corner of the Peloponnese offers a plethora of activity for the whole family from rich cultural expeditions, to barely trodden on powdery white beaches – this is one of the most stunning scenic landscapes of the Mediterranean. Enjoy the resort’s dine around program at more than ten restaurants and bars, a Worldwide Kids run crèche and club plus a choice of over 400 beautifully designed accommodations.

The resort offers a huge choice of facilities and activities ranging from an Aquapark with water games and slides, to two signature 18-hole golf courses. Enjoy a fully serviced spa, Kite surfing, indoor volleyball and five-a-side football, biking and hiking tours, paddle boarding, cooking classes, tennis and shopping.

Kids will love the Sandcastle Club for ages 4 – 12 years and is open daily from 11 – 6pm. Parents can opt for half or full day sessions which are payable locally (but can be pre-booked which is recommended the peak holiday season). Staff are all English speaking and offer a dynamic and creative choice of activities ranging from theatre shows, design and drawing workshops and cookery classes. Fun and entertainment is combined with getting to know the region’s history and nature. The ancient world of legends and Greek mythology comes to life, children become part of Costa Navarino’s stories through sport and games, adventures with Messinian pirates, following in the steps of ancient heroes, along with painting inspired by the area’s history and nature.

The Cocoon, the resort crèche operates for ages 4 months to three years and is a colourful and hands-on environment for young tots. The staff are fully engaged in all activities which include song and dance, messy play, clay sculpture and some sports for toddlers. Sessions are payable locally.

The Recreational Park is located next to the hotel and will keep kids, teens and adults amused for hours! It’s a haven of aqua fun, high-energy sports and multi-entertainment. The park offers a cinema, four lane bowling alley, pool tables and Playstation consoles. Active kids will love rope climbing in the adventure playground. Kids cannot be left unsupervised in the Recreational Park at any time.

Deluxe rooms can accommodate two adults and one child and start from 39sqm offering garden of sea views, or you can take a Premium Seafront room which comes with an unobstructed view of the Ionian sea. For more space, you can opt for a Junior Suite and for extra privacy take one with a private pool. The Family Suites can accommodate a family of 4 and there are interconnecting options available.

Dining options are vast with a range of international cuisines on offer. The main restaurant, Morias (included within the half board meal plan) is open daily for buffet style breakfast and dinner. Nargile serves up Lebanese specialities for dinner, whilst Inbi offers authentic Japanese fusion. Choose from Italian, traditional Greek and a dedicated healthy option at Omega. A family favourite is the American style diner at the Recreational Park offering too good to miss milkshakes!

Navarino Outdoors offers mountain bike hire, biking and hiking guided tours, Navarino Sea by Surf Salad watersports has sea kayaking, kitesurfing, windsurfing and stand up paddle boarding, and there is also scuba diving with Navarino Sea by Aqua Divers Club. In addition, guests can enjoy sailing trips, golf at the destination’s two signature golf courses, the18-hole Dunes Course designed by Bernhard Langer with EGD and the 18-hole Bay Course designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr, Navarino Racquet Academy with a choice of nine racquet sports, and 5 a-side football court, along with a varied program of cultural and leisure activities.

For those who just want to relax, the 4000m2 Anazoe Spa is sure to offer you some therapies to suit, with signature oleotherapy ® treatments, kinisiotherapy, thalassotherapy and floating pools, light and heat treatments.

Watch our 3 minute film showing 10 things parents need to know about the Westin Resort Costa Navarino:

The Westin Resort Costa Navarino

The Mazagan Beach Resort is a luxury 5 star destination in Morocco. Only an hour from Casablanca and just minutes from the historical town of El Jadida, this deluxe retreat is close enough to experience some of Morocco’s beautiful cities, but distanced enough to fully relax amidst the tranquillity of the Moroccan coast. Spanning 250 hectares, the resort covers 7km of golden sandy beach, spectacular landscaped gardens and overlooks the breathtaking Atlantic Ocean.

The Mazagan is a family-friendly resort, with several clubs welcoming children of all ages. The Baby Club opens its door to children from 3 months to 4 years old, providing educational activities, sports and even scheduled naps. Extra babysitting services are also available. The Kidz Club offers children aged 4 to 12 daily activities around the resort and the beach. There is also a private swimming pool for the kids to use and the opportunity to go horseback riding in nearby Doukkala. The Rush Club is an incredible place for teens to hang out, offering various activities including video games on big screen TVs, assorted sports and a weekend disco and there is also a Karting track,  a FIFA standard ground measure football pitch and yoga classes.

There are a total of fifteen restaurants on the resort to choose from, each combining Moroccan gastronomy with first class world cuisine for an excellent and authentic dining experience. Of the eight, there are three fantastic a la carte restaurants to choose from, Majorna, Sel De Mer and the Club House. The red and orange Majorna is cosy and homely. It blends traditional techniques with modern ideas to produce anything from famous tajines and seafood pastillas to couscous royal and kebabs, or delicious pastries. In contrast the Sel De Mer is slick and clean creating the perfect dining atmosphere for families. The Peri peri chicken comes well recommended. For dessert you can enjoy refreshing sorbets and a range of fresh fruits. If you’re a golf fanatic The Club House is ideal for a little nourishment before a round or for celebrating the winning birdie. Lunch is served inside, or on the terrace, overlooking the breaking waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

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Family friendly accommodation is widely available at Mazagan with two interconnecting rooms on offer, one with a king-size bed and the other with two twin beds: perfect for a family of four. The decor is inspired by the Arabic Moorish style but utilises modern furnishings to make rooms comfortable, warm and sophisticated at the same time. The rooms have all the amenities you would expect of a luxury resort such as satellite television, internet wi-fi connection and wonderful views. The dark wood furniture is typically Moroccan; a style that extends into the chic bathrooms.

One of the truly unique features of the Mazagan is its wide range of activities available, where each guest is given a weekly scheduled programme of what is on offer during their stay. This range includes (among much more) tennis, mountain biking, water-sports, horse riding, cooking classes and excursions out to the surrounding areas. There is also a vast 18-hole golf course situated alongside the beach, a luxurious multi-room nightclub, an elegant and fully equipped casino, and a beautiful courtyard swimming pool surrounded by date palms and orange-blossom gardens.

The Mazagan Spa is a haven of relaxation and serenity, set in the midst of the gardens, the warm sandy dunes and upon a tranquil view of the ocean. As you enter one of the spa’s 12 treatment rooms, let the exotic aromas begin to fill your senses. The deluxe ESPA spa treatments developed with a touch of ancient Morocco will then leave your body and mind feeling relaxed, refreshed and revitalised. There is also a fitness centre with use of a personal trainer, daily Yoga and Pilates classes, and a hair and beauty salon.

Mazagan Beach Resort

Introducing Le Pratola, a dream Tuscan farmhouse designed with families in mind. Here, there is no compromise on style and luxury: even the infinity pool comes with a remote-controlled safety cover for peace of mind! Add in five beautiful en suite bedrooms, games room and gym, plus the traditional style of the region, and you have the recipe for a perfect family escape. Explore nearby Florence and Siena or let the world come to you: chefs, drivers and spa treatments by the pool are all on order.

If you can tear the kids away from the pool in the heat of the day, the well-stocked games room will keep them well entertained. There is a great selection of family DVDs (in English) to play on the plasma TVs or the kids can burn off some energy on the swings or in the olive groves. Getting out and about, the castles of the region will fire their imaginations.

The catering is made easy for you, with the Per Voi grocery delivery service, bring groceries to your door, including both local delicacies and essentials such as nappies. With a daily cleaning service and a chef on request, it will definitely feel like a holiday.

There are 5 bedrooms, designer kitchen, and travertine-clad bathrooms, as well as a games room, gym, terraces, courtyard and pool. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

The beautiful scenery and rural calm will ease you into the holiday mood. Visit the local wine estates or take a cycle tour around the countryside.

The spa therapists come to you, so you can indulge in some pampering from the comfort of the poolside.

Le Pratola

Borgo Egnazia is southern Italy’s newest luxury Spa and Golf retreat. Embracing local traditional culture, the resort blends seamlessly into the Mediterranean coastline and offers a memorable, relaxing break for families. The architecture of the twenty hectare village or ‘Borgo’ is authentic to the region, with the traditionally constructed accommodation nestled away amongst the olive groves.

The kid’s club features its own swimming pool as well as a playground, cookery classes, horse riding and a grass court tennis academy. Children between 3 and 12 years old can enjoy the kids club free of charge, and there are facilities for children between 8 months and 3 years for a supplement. There are fantastic opportunities for teenagers such as tennis or golf lessons and a beach club that offers the chance to take part in a range of thrilling water sports. The less adventurous teens can make the most of the up to date games consoles complete with the latest games.

There are a series of memorable dining experiences to enjoy at the Borgo’s restaurants but you can also request a meal of choice at any time from the 24 hour in-house chef. We all know how passionate the Italians are about their food and the Borgo is no exception. The Executive Chef and his team at ‘Due Camini’ have used the finest home grown ingredients to create an a la carte menu of authentic Mediterranean dishes that will please even the most experienced pizza and pasta critic. ‘La Frasca’ is a more relaxed restaurant with an elegant Apulian atmosphere while ‘Trattoria Mia Cucina’ offers homely rustic dishes in a friendly environment. There is also a pizzeria and a number of bars serving drinks and snack so you won’t ever go hungry for long!

The Kids can eat at their very own restaurant ‘Trullalleri’, which has a carefully created kid friendly menu served in a uniquely dynamic Italian style.

The broad range of suites and villas means that there is accommodation perfect for your family somewhere in the village! The rooms are furnished in a homely yet modern style and there is plenty of open space that creates and airy, relaxing atmosphere. The cream walls are interrupted by flashes of warm reds and oranges forming a welcoming environment. Each building has been made using traditional techniques and local material allowing the whole Borgo to sit seamlessly alongside the existing coastal villages.

The 18-hole championship San Domenico golf course adjoins the resort where any keen golfer can perfect their swing. More culinary adventurous guests can take advantage of the opportunity to immerse themselves in local cuisine and learn traditional cooking techniques at the resorts signature kitchen. There are 3 large outdoor swimming pools to laze beside and a luxurious heated indoor pool. Enjoy a drink at one of the resorts two elegantly furnished bars or the two conveniently positioned pool bars.

The new Egnathia Spa facilities promise to be among the finest in Europe and include a modern interpretation of the ancient roman bath experience along with a full array of other beauty and body treatments. Every treatment is crafted to the individual needs of the guest. There is also a fully-equipped Fitness Centre and Wellness Studio.

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Your Tots Too Experts for the Borgo Egnazia is Atarra.

Borgo Egnazia Hotel

Super-stylish Verdura Resort is an exclusive new hotel in the Rocco Forte collection. The resort enjoys a spacious setting in southern Sicily, amongst 230 hectares of beautiful countryside and it’s own unspoilt private coastline. The Olga Polizzi-designed rooms all have private terraces and uninterrupted sea views

Verdura offers a daily kids club in season, supervised by certified child carers, with a large outdoors play area including a small pool, sand pit, swings and football goals. Inside out of the sun, there are games and cookery classes, drama and cartoons. The pool and beach are supervised for added peace of mind. The resort can furnish families with everything from crayons to Wii consoles, to suit each child.

The kids club will also organise group lessons for tennis, watersports, golf and swimming.

The Verdura Golf Club Junior Academy offers youngsters a 3 day or 7 day programme as a great introduction to golf. Children aged from 6 – 16 years can meet new friends and learn golfing skills under the supervision of our experienced pros. Among the topics covered are rules and etiquette, putting, chipping, pitching, irons and woods. Numerous drills and games are also demonstrated to help make the game fun for kids while developing their skills.

The Families R Forte programme ensures younger guests will be just as pampered as the grown-ups and is tailored for babies (ages 0-3),  kids (ages 4-12) and teens (ages 13-16).  The resort has a hedgehog theme with details that children will love, from a personalised passport at check-in and welcome treats, to pint-sized bathrobes and slippers and animal cuddly toys. Older guests can enjoy bespoke itineraries created by the Concierge team, special spa treatments or interactive entertainment in their rooms.

Teens also enjoy their own daily club in season, with a well stocked games room, sports programmes, karaoke nights and parent-free excursions around Sicily.

Guests can choose from four different restaurants and four bars, plus private dining options, overseen by the famous two-Michelen-starred Fulvio Pierangelini. Kids menus are also available.

There are just 203 rooms at the resort, all with a private terrace or balcony. All the rooms sleep two, but extra beds can be added to some room types and rooms can be added with interconnecting doors to accommodate families of all sizes. Those with children under the age of four will have their rooms specially childproofed on arrival.

Verdura Resort

The legendary Round Hill Hotel & Villas is perfect for those who like their luxury a little laid back. Set amongst 110 acres of lush gardens next to secluded beaches, this hotel and spa combines old world elegance with the highest standards of a modern world class resort.

This relaxed resort offers a warm welcome to children. There is an imaginative selection of activities available at the Pineapple kids club, such as t-shirt painting, art & craft, movie hour, board games, beach games, basketball, treasure hunt, basket making, story time, talent show and musical games. Further afield, there’s a popular water park one hours drive away. For older children (10+), there’s horseback riding just 15 minutes away.

Award winning Executive Chef, Martin Maginley has created dishes that show off Jamaican and Caribbean culture. He uses a blend of contemporary and traditional techniques to create exciting new dishes that preserve the integrity of old cooking methods. On Mondays you can enjoy the Jamaican beach BBQ which offers delicious food and live music on the sand and under the stars.

With stunning interiors designed by Ralph Lauren, there are spectacular views over the Caribbean Sea and new double infinity swimming pool. The bathrooms feature deep tubs, freestanding rain showers elegant furnishing and a range of facilities. Call us for advice on the rooms to suit your family.

The resort offers their unique style of informal entertainment, including bonfire-lit beach picnics and Calypso bands. There is a spacious fitness centre overlooking the sea, five tennis courts and a renowned golf course 10 minutes away. Take advantage of the crystal clear waters and the colourful coral reefs for spectacular snorkeling. Water skiing, glass-bottom boats, windsurfing, Hoby Cats, pedal boats and sea kayaks are also at your disposal. There are wonderful scuba diving opportunities for beginners and experts alike. For the less energetic, there are libraries of books, CDs and DVDs to delve into, as well as gift shops.

The spa is located in a beautifully restored 18th century plantation house on 10 acres of beachfront lawn. The facilities include an indoor and outdoor fitness centre, full service beauty salon, seven body treatment rooms as well as an outdoor treatment area, set amidst abundant gardens. The waterfront lawn is used for afternoon yoga classes or massages by the sea.

Don’t miss our dedicated sections on this hotel’s facilities for Kids and Leisure, as well as this hotel’s Reviews and more pictures in the Gallery.

Round Hill Hotel

This award-winning resort rests on two islands, linked by a bridge, offering barefoot luxury and stunning lagoon views. The unique all-glass undersea restaurant offers a glimpse into the colourful marine life. The tranquillity of the islands is wonderful for relaxation, whilst theres still lots to do for active kids.

Whether its snorkelling in warm waters, experiencing a dolphin safari or pirate games at the kids club, there is a range of varied activities for children of all ages. The littlest ones will love the white sands and childrens pool, over-8s can try the Bubblemaker diving club and teenagers are catered for with live music and video games. The resort is surrounded by soft sand all round, making it a safe, gentle place to play.

There are miles of private white sandy beach, just choose a hammock under the palms or stretch out on the wooden sunbeds. The resort staff will provide cool water sprays, fresh coconuts, snacks and cold drinks. With one of the worlds best dive sites beneath the waters, you can explore the unspoilt reefs and exotic sea life. All levels are welcome, with PADI qualified, multilingual instructors on hand.

The Spa Retreat is set on stilts over the sea, with glass-floored rooms so you can gaze at the coral whilst indulging in your treatments. After a Thai massage or mineral body mask, you can step into the whirlpool bath at the outdoor lounge. Theres an idyllic yoga pavilion by the lagoon and a two-storey gym centre offering classes and personal training.

Don’t miss our dedicated sections on this hotel’s facilities for Kids and Leisure, as well as this hotel’s Reviews and more pictures in the Gallery.

Your Tots Too experts for the Conrad Rangali Island is Deborah and Helen.

Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

Amongst the coral, turquoise lagoons and white sands, One&Only Maldives at Reethi Rah is set on a large island enjoying unique space and exclusivity. Guests stay in their own villa on the shore or on stilts directly over the lagoon. The hospitality is as gracious as the surroundings with a dedicated Villa Host on hand to offer extra assistance.

At the kids club there is a wide array of fun and educational activities, including cooking lessons, evening shows, tree planting, Maldivian dance lessons and a variety of sports and excursions. Staffed by qualified supervisors, there is an indoor clubhouse, dedicated dining area and pool. Teenagers have designated staff organising sports, nature, adventure and local excursions.

Enjoy truly memorable food from the chef’s on site organic garden or taste worldwide delicacies such as Kobe beef. You can dine in extraordinary thatched pavillions overlooking the sea that will be unlike any other restaurant you’ve seen before.

The Reethi Rah offers a range of private luxury villas dotted along the shore of a tropical lagoon. The Beach Villas are perfect for families, offering secluded luxury with lush greenery on one side and sandy beaches on the other while Water Villas hang above the sparkling lagoon. Please contact us with any questions you may have.

Yoga, Tai Chi and meditation are practised in the tranquillity of the Chi Pavilion set above the lagoon, while the high-tech gym focuses on more energetic fitness training. Entertainments include Maldivian island tours, private island picnics, sunset cruises, fishing adventures and more. You can explore the island by bicycle or try beach volleyball, football, Petanque and croquet. Continue the explorations underwater on one of the worlds best snorkelling and dive sites. Other treats include dolphin-watching, parasailing, and many watersports. The 2 tennis courts are attended to by a professional coach, or relax by the beautifully designed pools.

A secluded corner of the island is given over to the One&Only spa, with luxurious treatment villas, including over-water treatment suites for couples. Ayurvedic treatments are blended with western luxury, set amongst swirling vitality pools, crystal steam rooms, saunas and stimulating ice fountains. Hairstylist and beautician services are all on offer.

Your Tots Too experts for The One&Only at Reethi Rah are Emma and Deborah.

One&Only at Reethi Rah

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa is a stylish boutique-style hotel located in the Addu Atoll. The resort is surrounded by infinite picturesque coastline and beautiful white sands, creating the idyllic setting for relaxation. The magnificent accommodation ranges from private ocean retreats to tree house villas all with breathtaking panoramic views.

The Kid’s Cool Zone provides a lively place for active children. Some of the activities include, pirates discovery, dressing up in the full costume and searching for hidden treasure. jungle discovery, cookery school, crab hunting and racing, underwater discovery, shell necklace making, nature painting and sand castles, monkey bars, mini flying fox and swings. For your teens there is an entertainment centre with play-stations, billiard table, air-hockey, pinball machines and various computer gaming stations. Sporty kids will enjoy swimming, tennis, running, yoga and other organised games. Everyone can enjoy an exciting nature trail or hire a bike and go on an adventure.

Dining can be a memorable experience including anything from a romantic evenings by the beach to a jungle themed dinner in the heart of the island’s forest.

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa villas are designed in seven different styles with anything from private ocean retreats to incredible tree top houses to choose from. Luxurious amenities are the norm along with several thoughtful extra touches; each villa equipped with an iPod docking station and a Nespresso machine for the mornings. Contact us, for help selecting the perfect villa for your family.
Don’t miss our dedicated sections on this hotel’s facilities for Kids and Leisure, as well as this hotel’s Reviews and more pictures in the Gallery.

In resort there’s a well equipped fitness centre, tennis courts and dive centre. There are many water activities to take advantage of including kayaking, surfing and scuba diving. The beauty of the exotic sea life is not to be missed with colourful reefs and snorkel gardens. All palates will be catered for in the three restaurants offering the finest cuisine from the Indian Ocean, South China Sea and Arabian Gulf. Dining can also be a memorable experience including a romantic evening by the beach to a jungle themed dinner in the heart of the island’s forest.

CHI, The Spa offers individual therapies or healthy lifestyle programmes based on a product range founded upon ancient Chinese and Himalayan healing traditions, philosophies and rituals. You can sit back and enjoy your treatments whilst taking in the most incredible views the resort has to offer as the spa is situated in the highest geographical point on the island. Unwind in the Jacuzzi or take a yoga class on the beautifully appointed yoga pavilion.

Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa

You can’t get closer to the blue sea than at LUX* South Ari Atoll (formerly known as Lux Maldives), an island resort surrounded by a clear lagoon, with many of the villas set on stilts over the crystal clear water. LUX* Maldives lives up to the dream of a paradise island with colourful marine life. With excellent childcare you are free to make the most of the famous dive sites or take a romantic picnic to a desert island. The resort’s own marine biologist is on hand to explain the wonders beneath the waves to parents and kids alike.

Special touches at LUX* South Ari Atoll include hidden pathways leading to impromptu cinema screenings on the beach and secret honesty bars dotted around the resort.

The kids club at LUX* South Ari Atoll has a variety of supervised activities for each age group. Kids can even have lunch and dinner at the club with their friends. The children will love the sandy beaches and welcoming lagoon.

There are some special activities including coconut painting, calligraphy, Bodu Beru dance, crab racing, making shell necklaces, henna painting, palm weaving, pirate crafts, puppet making and yoga classes specifically for children. Why not try a spot of Teddy Tennis or cake decorating too?

Children can also earn their Young Mixologist Certificate, learning how to mix their favourite juices, and try the Young Environmentalist Programme which includes a tour with the chief gardener of the tropical flora on the island, plus a visit to the herb garden and orchid nursery. Children also receive their own back pack, caps, t-shirts, colour pens and book for use during their stay. Personalised birthday parties can also be organised on request. New to LUX* South Ari Atoll, the resort now offers kids cooking classes too.

Teens meet daily at 5pm to get to know other guests on the island and plan activities. The Musik club operates as a sports cafe throughout the day and has a play station, Wii, soccer table, as well as a non-alcoholic bar. Most Tuesday nights Musik will operate a nightclub between 21.00 and 23.00 serving non alcoholic drinks.

If you work up an appetite trying your hand at all the activities on offer, you’ll enjoy the seven restaurants serving a wide range of food. At lunch you can enjoy the fresh local seafood grill by the beach or something more familiar with western favourites widely available. At the aptly named ‘East’ you will be able to tuck into the best of Cambodian, Indonesian, Thai, Sri Lankan, Hong Kong and Chinese-style buffets. There are other lighter meals not to mention drinks on offer at the resorts bars and other restaurants!

Guests have the option of staying in water villas based in the islands lagoon which have the novelty of a stairway leading down to the water, allowing you to dive when the wish arises. The villas are finished using local Maldivian wood flooring, the finest Egyptian cotton sheets and Pierre Frey fabrics from Paris which give bedrooms a warm and luxurious feel. The décor follows on from the lagoon colour, with hints of turquoise and shades of beige and ochre.

There are magnificent dive sites, suitable for both beginners and the advanced, with monitored instruction available. Guests can see parrot fish, eagle and sting rays, clown fish, stone fish, turtles and whale sharks. The boathouse organises trips for snorkelling over the reefs, as well as catamaran excursions and lessons. Windsurfing, rubber ring and banana rides, water-skiing, wakeboards, jet-skiing, pedal boats and kayaks are all available. The reef area itself is full of colourful specimens, many unique to the region. On land, enjoy beach volleyball, tennis and the gym. If you’ve worked up an appetite, you’ll enjoy the seven restaurants, not to mention the six bars.

The exclusive Infinity spa is nestled amongst lush, green vegetation, where you are welcomed by the Balinese team as your feet are bathed with water and botanicals. Benefit from the therapeutic effects of the steam room followed by the ice room and the sauna and then relax in the pool or chill out on the double canopy. Choose a treatment villas hidden privately in the lush Spa Garden, or a deluxe treatment villa over water, with a glass bottomed floor allowing you to watch the fish and coral during your massage.

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Your Tots Too experts for LUX* South Ari Atoll are Deborah and Helen.

LUX* South Ari Atoll

The elegance of a bygone era is combined with every modern luxury in this beautiful beachside resort. Set on a kilometre-long stretch of powdery white sand, the hotel resembles a turn of the century plantation house. Exotic gardens conceal the playground and pool.

Your personal butler will tend to your every need as part of the hotels commitment to superb service. Pre-book a private local nanny to lend a hand, exclusively through Tots Too’s Nanny Too service.

The dedicated Planters Kids Club has its own clubhouse and grounds with an expert team planning imaginative activities day and night. It’s a great chance to try body painting, treasure hunts, glass bottom boats, snorkelling, picnics and plays. Activities are grouped by age, from puzzles for little ones to waterski for the older ones.

Try out the wonderful cuisine at the hotels three restaurants, using the native produce of the island. Choose from western classics or local sea food dishes sat by the ocean

There are a range of rooms and suites to choose from with the more lavish rooms containing mahogany furniture and a separate lounge and television room. All accommodation offers a balcony or a terrace with spectacular views as well as a range of amenities to keep the family entertained. Contact our team for further information on the best choice for your family.

There is a host of complimentary watersports including waterski, windsurfing, kayaking, Hobie Cats, glass bottom boats and snorkelling. Also free of charge are the three floodlit tennis courts, volleyball, aerobics, fitness equipment, steam room and sauna. For an extra charge the hotel can arrange deep sea fishing, catamaran cruises, undersea walks, scuba diving and horse-riding. Try out the wonderful cuisine at the hotels three restaurants, using the native produce of the island.

The Sanctuary spa is a temple to relaxation, voted best in the world by Cosmopolitan (France) and Vogue (Germany). With custom-made treatments for beauty and wellbeing, the spa is inspired by Zen philosophy and uses the top La Prairie skincare. Yoga, meditation, stone therapy and Reiki are some of the experiences offered.

Your Tots Too expert for The Residence Mauritius is Emma.

The Residence Mauritius

Superbly located along one of the widest stretches of pure white sand is the elegant LUX* Belle Mare hotel (formerly known as Beau Rivage). With understated natural beauty and serene crystal blue waters the resort is the ideal setting for families to relax and enjoy some time together. The accommodation is contemporary yet authentic and there are a variety of suite choices including 12 luxury villas.

Kids’ activities

Your children can enjoy all the fun the kids club has to offer including crab hunting, table tennis, use of the playground and playing Mauritian games. At lunch time there’s a children’s buffet served at the kids club. The specialist staff will supervise and entertain them with dance lessons or creating henna tattoos. Children can take part in some water sports such as snorkelling. The games room is open till late. Receive a special family kit tailored for the age of your child, complete with all the toiletries, toys and useful kit for your stay, so you can travel light.

Dining

Choose whether you wish to dine with a view of the lagoon, or with your feet in the sand, with a range of restaurants including relaxed Mediterranean menus, or new aromatic haute cuisine enhanced by essential oils. Don’t miss the Indian restaurant with Michelin-starred chef!

Accommodation

Accommodation comes in the form of rooms, suites and villas, all of which have a rich warm décor and luxurious sense of space. Rooms and suites all have a balcony or terrace facing the sea and are suitable for families with young children as well as couples enjoying a romantic getaway. The suites come in a range of styles, with some using the rustic wood furnishings to create a sophisticated taste of African culture. There are also Chinese style suites using feng shui, Asian art and silk to pay homage to traditional Mauritius Chinese influences. For a really special experience there are also opulent private villas.

Leisure

There are many facilities on offer to keep you and your family entertained for the duration of your stay. Have a workout at the fitness centre, a game of tennis or wind down an activity filled day with a relaxing yoga or Tai-Chi session. The array of water sports will give you a fantastic opportunity to explore the breathtaking sea life: snorkelling, scuba diving, windsurfing, water skiing and glass bottom boat rides. Choose whether you wish to dine with a view of the lagoon, or with your feet in the sand, with a range of restaurants including relaxed Mediterranean menus, or new aromatic haute cuisine enhanced by essential oils. Enjoy a Cuban cigar at Club Savanne or watch the evening entertainment at the Monsoon Lounge.

The peaceful ambience of the spa with its wide range of body energising, tension releasing treatments is a pampering opportunity not to be missed. Have an exotic treatment such as an Abhyanga massage followed by the whirlpool, cold-plunge pool, sauna and hammam.

News of the latest refurbishment can be read here on our blog

Your Tots Too experts for LUX* Belle Mare are Deborah, Emma and Helen.

LUX* Belle Mare

Heritage Villas, in the unspoilt south of Mauritius is a luxury resort placed within a breath-taking nature reserve. The unusual combination of self catering villas with access to all the amenities of a five star resort is a rare find in this part of the world, and makes it particularly appealing to families.

The Timomo & Friends Kids Club at Heritage Le Telfair Golf& Spa Resort is open from 8.30am to 11.30pm daily and welcomes children from the ages of 2 to 11. The daily activities are tailored for each age group and include environmental excursions, computer stations with the latest video games, a kids’ pool as well as an arts & crafts programme. The Kids Club at Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort offers a very similar service and offers creative workshops, where kids learn to create Mauritian musical instruments, crab hunting at sunset and other typical Mauritian games. Children are welcome there from aged 3 (if potty trained) to 11. Babysitting is also available on request in villa or on resort at extra cost and a kids playground is available at the C Beach Club under parents supervision.

Teenagers are really well catered for at the The Cool Teens Club located at the C Beach Club. This exclusive space is for youngsters aged 12 – 18 years and has; Wi-Fi and multimedia areas, Wii games consoles and a pool table. Activities include; Introduction to golf, excursions, discovery of local musical instruments, karaoke sessions, Mauritian beach party with campfire… plus many more. All activities are fully supervised by the multilingual team of professional entertainers.

Guests may wish to dine in their villa, taking advantage of a private chef, along with a butler . There is also a 24 hour traiteur service, just in case. If you like to eat out there are a dozen great restaurants in the immediate vicinity. The C Beach Club, and two other neighbouring hotels each have a handful of fantastic diners, bars and restaurants, so you’re sure to stumble across something you fancy. Cuisine ranges from western classics, Italian and pan Asian to themed buffets ensuring there is something to suit all palates.

The accommodation ranges from spacious 2, 3 and 4-bedroom up to 400 sqm villas. Built with excellent quality finishes, they all have air-conditioned master bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. They are fully furnished and equipped with free internet access and satellite TV channels as well as daily cleaning and 24-hour concierge service. Indoors blends seamlessly with outdoors in the open plan style building that combines living, dining, kitchen and veranda. Each villa is geared towards your relaxation. There are private studies with LCD flat screen televisions, a selection of movies and internet. Last but by no means least, outdoors you will also find a tropical swimming pool with infinity edge and a gazebo offering fantastic views of the ocean and 18-hole championship golf course.

The Villas overlook a fantastic 18 hole championship golf course that could entertain you for the whole holiday. If you do get tired of playing golf, or if it’s not your cup of tea, then there are any number of activities for you to get involved with during your stay; yoga classes, table tennis, Badminton, Darts, Horse riding school and tennis are just a few.

There are two spas in the area; the Seven Colours Millesime Collection at Heritage Le Telfair Golf and Spa Resort is a large spa containing 9 treatment rooms, each equipped with a bathroom and a private garden. Treatments include hydro-massage, vitality pools and bubble beds. The other, is the even larger Seven Colours Spa at Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort which offers a series of personalised treatments in its 13 spacious rooms. A special spa menu for kids 9-17 years is available.

 

Heritage Villas, Mauritius

Heritage Golf and Spa Resort is a unique offering in Mauritius, a range of hotels and villas form the complex, the pinnacle of which being the Heritage Le Telfair Golf Resort and Spa. Named after a famous Irish Naturalist Charles Telfair this hotel offers 5* luxury accommodation with a colonial sugar plantation style. The resort is stylish and service charming with a nod to the yesteryear.

The hotel is home to a number of restaurants including the main restaurant, Annabells’s were guests can take their breakfast. A warm atmosphere awaits as this restaurant is inspired by the welcoming kitchen feel of a great house. Gin’ja is the Asian inspired cuisine offering a beach side location, this offers tasty Sushi dishes for lunch and Tapanyaki is served for dinner. Gourmet cuisine is available at Le Chateau de Bel Ombre, situated in the hisoric house overlooking a French style garden this offers a rustic, authentic setting, perfect for a romantic escape. There are also a wide range of bars and restaurants across the Domaine de bel Ombre that guests can choose from including tapas, a grill, the golf club house, pool side bars serving light snacks.

Rooms and suites are located across 20 different villa buildings, of a traditional colonial Mauritian style. All rooms boast floor to ceiling French Windows with river or sea views. All rooms are spacious and inter-leading rooms are available on request for larger families. The suite categories benefit from butler service.

The Domaine de Bel Ombre is home to a range of leisure faciliites and activities including an 18 hole championship golf course, 2 floodlit tennis courts, archery, a billiards room, table tennis and darts.  Watersports including windsurfing and laser surfing, pedal boats, kayaking and snorkelling are available free of charge.  Also available (with a local fee) deep sea fishing, catamaran cruises and mountain biking.

The resort boasts 4 pools, 1 in the kids club and 1 in the spa as well as 2 outdoor pools.  The resort is located close to the Valriche nature reserve and trips are available to explore the area; treks, mountain biking, quad biking and 4×4 trips are available to see the local small game and flora and fauna of the area.

There are two spas in the area; the Seven Colours Millesime Collection at Heritage Le Telfair Golf and Spa Resort is a large spa containing 9 treatment rooms, each equipped with a bathroom and a private garden. Treatments include hydro-massage, vitality pools and bubble beds. The other, is the even larger Seven Colours Spa at Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort which offers a series of personalised treatments in its 13 spacious rooms.   A special spa menu for kids 9-17 years is available.

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Your Tots Too expert for Heritage Le Telfair Golf Resort and Spa is Helen.

Heritage Le Telfair Golf Resort and Spa

With cutting edge design, Carlisle Bay resort Antigua brings a new style of contemporary luxury to the Caribbean. Set on the south coast of Antigua against a backdrop of rolling hills and rainforest, you can enjoy one of the best beaches on the island. Every suite boasts unparalleled views of the azure ocean with cool interiors that mark a definite departure from typical Caribbean décor.

Carlisle Bay is much in demand by families attracted by the spacious two-room suites, safe beach and child-friendly facilities. Children receive a welcome pack on arrival and can enjoy the specialist activities on offer at the creche and age-graded kids clubs. There are kids’ movies on show at the cinema screening room, a good choice of beach toys to hand and even a complimentary high tea. The Cool Kids Club welcomes kids from 6 months to 12 years and includes a paddling pool.

There are two restaurants: Indigo on the Beach is an alfresco all-day spot for health-conscious grills and freshly-caught seafood, whilst East is a dramatic indoor venue specialising in authentic pan-Asian fare, such as Japanese, Indian, Thai and Vietnamese. The bed & breakfast rate includes a complimentary afternoon tea.

The irresistibly spacious Suites are furnished with cool calm interiors and all come with a bedroom a sitting area and a separate study. There is the option of a second or third bedroom and even a kitchen. Every suite comes with fantastic ocean views and a terrace or a balcony.

Activities include windsurfing, sailing, kayaking eco adventure tours, boat excursions, snorkelling trips and large swimming pool. Waterskiing and jet skiing are available in the neighbouring bay, reached by motor launch from the jetty. There are no less than nine tennis courts with instruction, yoga and meditation pavilion. There are two restaurants: Indigo on the Beach is an alfresco all-day spot for health-conscious grills and freshly-caught seafood, whilst East is a dramatic indoor venue specialising in authentic pan-Asian fare, such as Japanese, Indian, Thai and Vietnamese. Guests can even enjoy a private luxurious cinema to sit back and enjoy a good movie.

Health and well-being are paramount to Carlisle Bay’s philosophy. The 17,000 square foot spa, Blue, offers a unique and natural approach. There are six luxurious treatment rooms including a couple’s treatment room, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, yoga and pilates area, juice bar, sauna, plunge pools and chill out area.

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Your Tots Too expert for Carlisle Bay are Helen and Atarra

Carlisle Bay

Monte Da Quinta is a real find, a beautiful hotel set near stunning landscapes, which is fabulously well equipped for families. Spread out in a suite, villa or townhouse, with all the luxuries of the resort at your fingertips.

Children of all ages are catered for superbly at Monte da Quinta. Babies and toddlers enjoy excellent supervision and entertainment in the creche. The Kids World club offers inventive activities as well as theme weeks with specialist teachers. Kids can get stuck into crafts, face painting, pottery, Lego or plasticine. Older children can take part in golf and tennis lessons, picnics, barbecues, treasure hunts, visits to natural pools and Lagos Zoo and snorkelling. There is a wealth of baby equipment available to hire, including playpens, trikes and baby monitors.

The resort restaurants offer a delicious choice of Portuguese and international cuisine. The Monte Da Quinta lobby restaurant offers sophisticated courses and an exciting atmosphere with live Samba and Tango music.

One, two and three bedroom suites are available for guests and can accommodate up to six adults. All suites offer en-suite bathrooms, an additional bathroom a kitchenette and a string of other five star facilities. Please feel free to contact us with any queries.

Golf enthusiasts can enjoy special packages through Monte da Quinta, as well as preferential rates, with three of the best golf courses in Europe within reach. Explore the natural world of Ria Formosa with a guide, on foot or horseback, or experience the adrenaline rush of go-karting. The nearby tennis centre is floodlit so you can play in the cooler evenings and tuition is offered for all levels. Peaceful watersports like windsurfing are available at the lake with motorised watersports reserved for the beach. The resort restaurants offer a delicious choice of Portuguese and international cuisine. Tots Too recommends car hire for this property to explore the nearby beaches.

The Magnólia Spa and health club offer a quiet refuge, well appointed with Turkish bath, jacuzzi, heated indoor treatment pool, Vichy shower, ice shower, nebulizer shower, Swiss shower, footbath, chromotherapy and a gymnasium. As well as the usual face and body therapies, the spa offers pulsed light hair removal, Endermologia ® and specific treatments for men.

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Your Tots Too Experts for Monte Da Quinta are Deborah, Atarra and Emma.

Monte da Quinta Resort

Hillside Beach Club  is nestled in Kalemya Bay near Fethiye, a secluded bay forming a natural marina dotted with islands and with no less than three blue flag beaches. Fethiye is a typical coastal Mediterranean village with shops, cafes and restaurants. The resort offers an array of water sports and sports and fitness activities for families, a lively kids club, baby care services, a choice of three restaurants and a nature inspired spa. The resort operates on a full board plus basis which includes all meals and drinks with dinner.

The Main Beach is ideal for families and has access to bars, cafes and water sports as well as floating decks for relaxation. The Silent Beach and Serenity Beach are Adults Only and offer a natural and tranquil environment with yoga sessions each morning. There is a large central pool with child-friendly shallow area and the Sanda Natura Spa incorporates the calming effects of water, silence, colour and scent for harmony between body and mind.  Sailing, diving and motorised water sports are all available from the main beach and sporting activities include tennis, football, basketball, dance, yoga, Pilates and more.

Rooms are simply and stylishly furnished and have a large terrace or balcony. The family rooms offer plenty of space, with two separate bedrooms plus a light and airy living room, sleeping up to 2 adults and 2 children.  330 rooms in total mean the resort is large enough to offer a good range of facilities but not overwhelming in size.

There is a choice of three restaurants; the main restaurant serves buffet style food with a “Magic Oven” centre piece which pops out delicious surprises at every meal, from light and crispy croissants to Turkish pizza or warm chocolate soufflés. 140 varieties of desserts are served at lunch and dinner and even the littlest ones will get to savour some fine dining with the delicious and nutritious Baby Buffet. A light selection is also available. Pasha on the Bay restaurant is for adults and children over 12 and the Beach Bar and Restaurant’s daily buffet full of fun munchies and a barbecue corner is a popular choice for lunch. In the evening Italian cuisine is paired with local and international wines in a relaxed, al fresco setting under the stars.

The complimentary kid’s club is for children aged 4 – 13 years is open daily from 930am until 6pm and has its own pool with water slides, games area, football and basketball areas and lots of imaginative games and activities. Complimentary baby services include cots, baby baths, bottle warmers and sterilisers, strollers and a fresh “Baby Buffet” at the Main Restaurant. There is also a teens club for young adults aged 14 – 17 years.

Hillside Beach Club

This family-run property is a true little gem sitting just 10km from Marrakech but feeling like a world away. For those who prefer a more down-to-earth approach to their holiday, look no further than Fawakay Villas. Each villa can accommodate from 2 to 8 people and come with private plunge pools and outdoor terraces for dining. kids will love the small visitors that can regularly be seen roaming around the property – goats, chickens, tortoises and peacocks to name but a few. You can also get acquainted with Dorris, the mad hat-wearing resident donkey!

The 3 villas offer full privacy and home-from home amenities. Complete with wood-burning fireplaces, a small pantry and honesty bar, the décor is a fusion of modern contemporary meets Berber style and in some rooms a hint of Africa. Villas can be booked in their entirety, or as rooms and suites, all offering an en-suite facility with interconnecting options too. In addition to the plunge pools and terraces, guests will love the large outdoor summer houses or Berber tents, perfect for some family down time.

The food is varied and traditional and can be served in any place of your choosing. Snacks such and humous and crudities are available throughout the day, plus some wonderful fresh and healthy soups and salads prepared with produce from the organic vegetable garden. Kids can enjoy the usual favourites including pizza and spaghetti bolognaise. Vegetarians are well catered for within the evening set menu which changes on a daily basis. Mealtimes are a great opportunity to meet other Fawakay guests, or put the kids to bed and enjoy some adult time on your private terrace. Guests wishing to venture into nearby Marrakech can take advantage of the babysitting service and enjoy some of local restaurants, recommendations come personally from the owners Dawn and Francis.

With four children of their own living at the property, Dawn and Francis have created the perfect family hideaway without all chaos often associated with larger mainstream resorts. Kids will love making their own pizzas in the new pizza oven, sampling some mini mocktails and for those that love cooking, the local chef Bouchera will be able to run minichef classes in the kitchen for those up to the ages of 6. Your little ones can even enjoy some mini spa treatments by the local visiting henna lady. Kids are provided with traditional “djellabas” for a truly authentic experience! Additionally younger guests can enjoy table tennis, clay modelling, tennis, dune-buggy ridiing, quad bikes, horse riding, camel riding plus a host of local excursions nearby including a fantastic water park. Babies and small tots are well catered for with babysitting services, baby monitors, baby baths, sterilising equipment, bottle warmers and cots. Local shops are few and far between so we advise pre-ordering nappies,  and formula through us and we can ensure all is ready and waiting for you on arrival.

Other facilities include a large heated pool, an outdoor sitting room with an open fire, spa treatments on request, a small gift shop, DVD library, cookery classes, organic vegetable garden and internet access.

 

 

 

Fawakay Villas

The Lake Resort offers an ideal location in the centre of Vilamoura close to the Marina and its local amenities. Part of the Blue Green Group this resort offers luxury family accommodation with a choice of restaurants, a kids club and sporting facilities. The hotel is located on the Falesia Beach which is a 10 minute stroll from the main hotel grounds. The 9km public beach stretches up to Praia de Falesia and the hotel has its own concession with snacks, drinks and sun loungers available in the high season. The resort boasts 2 outdoor pools one of which is heated seasonally as well as a fantastic spa and beauty centre.

For children aged 3 to 12, the resort has the Koala Kids Club (chargeable), open seasonally. A baby-sitting service for children up to 3 years of age can be used here, with fees payable locally.

There are a choice of apartments, rooms and suites for families to enjoy. All rooms have private balconies with either panoramic views of the resort, gardens or the sea. The decor is elegant and in neutral tones and the stylish bathrooms are extensions of the bedroom with just sliding doors separating the areas, leave these open and enjoy views of the sunsets from the bath tub. Interconnecting rooms are available here. One bedroom suites are available to give families a seperate sleeping area for parents and children. The apartments are formed of 1 or 2 bedrooms, each has a fully equipped kitchen (excluding washing machine) & parking.

A choice of 3 restaurants at the hotel including the floating restaurant on the lake specialising in seafood and grill cuisine. The resort offers flexible dining including taking a meal plan for part of the stay and changing from dinner to lunch. There are a wide choice of local and international restaurants at the Vilamoura Marina to chose from as well.

The resort’s private salt water lake is great for non-motorised watersports but bathing is restricted.  The hotel has access to 5 local golf courses with discounts on green fees and complimentary shuttle if you book tee times via the hotel.  A small ball court is available for ball games. The concierge can arrange for different activities such as horse riding, tennis, scuba diving or tours. The sports field offers activities such as football, basketball and tennis.

The hotel offers the Blue & Green Spa, promoting peace and harmony through their wide range of carefully selected treatments and spa services.  The Blue Spa offers the latest in hydrotherapy and The Green Spa a range of treatments from Japaneses Shiatsu to Ayurvedic Massages from India.  The resort also has a beauty centre for body and facial pampering treatments and a hairdresser on site.

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Your Tots Too Expert for the Lake Resort is Helen.

The Lake Resort & Spa

Found across the water from the African mountains and situated on the southern coastline of Andalusia, this magnificent hotel oozes the very best of the Mediterranean charm and tradition. With close proximity to one of Costa del Sol’s beautiful beaches, the Kempinski Bahia Estepona doesn’t fail to impress anyone seeking calm and refined luxury. Its gardens are particularly stunning, having been awarded a number of prestigious prizes.

For children between the ages of 4 and 12, the Kempinini Kids Club offers a whole host of fun activities; these include water activities, baking, clay workshops and amusement provided by the resort’s own professional animator, Pepe. Children under 4 can join in accompanied by an adult, and for those older children there are a different range of brilliant activities offered by the Kempinini Team.

There is an array of restaurants and bars to choose from, offering exquisite dining and fine cocktails. As you would expect from a Spanish resort the food is vibrant, colourful and full of flavour.

The Kempinski Hotel Bahia Estepona offers a range of rooms and suites to suit all requirements, that have been recently renovated with a contemporary and elegant style. Please call us to discuss the right option for you.

The resort boasts a well equipped fitness studio and can offer personal trainers on request. There is a beach volleyball court, a tennis court, over 40 local golf courses and a renowned horse-riding facility just 5 minutes from the hotel. The beautiful grounds hide away three outdoor swimming pools (one of which is heated when the weather is cool) in its subtropical gardens, while the spa and fitness studio offers an indoor heated pool. There is an array of restaurants and bars to choose from, offering exquisite dining and fine cocktails. If you want to explore the local culture, tours of Andalusian, Moroccan or Gibraltan cities are only a short journey away.

This Kempinski Spa offers a wide range of treatments, including massage rituals, facial and body treatments, physio treatments and full body packages, all designed to help you relax, revitalize and revive body and mind. The professional therapists are of the highest quality and will certainly enhance the tranquillity of your holiday.

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Our Tots Too expert for Kempinski Bahia is Atarra.

Kempinski Hotel Bahia

Sugar Beach is a secluded Viceroy resort, with heavenly views of the Pitons and the Caribbean sea. The 18th century colonial style is combined with the latest modern facilities and luxurious touches. There is a wealth of activities for energetic families or for those who want to simply relax, there is no more beautiful spot.

The hotel supervises activities for children aged 4-12, including arts and crafts, volcano tours, fish feeding, glass bottom boat excursions and shell collecting at the beach.

Guests can choose from Luxury Sugar Mill guest rooms with plunge pool and garden views, or the private Luxury Villas with generous living space, or the Luxury Beachfront Bungalows just a step away from the sea, or the ultimate Residences with private pools, full kitchens and 2-5 bedroom options.

The hotel’s three restaurants include the Great Room for dinner, the a la carte Bayside Restaurant by the waterfront, and the Terrace for breakfast with a sea view. As well as room service, why not ask the Beach Concierge team for fresh pizza and burgers by the pool or on the sands. For a memorable dining experience, just choose your resort setting and the chefs will offer a personalised menu, whether you’re barefoot on the beach, champagne on the pier or under the stars on your own terrace.

Sugar Beach is internationally renowned for its excellent diving. Accredited by the Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI), novices and experts alike may experience some of the best dive sites in the world.

Many guests challenge themselves to climb the Gros Piton and treat themselves to a local lager at the top. In the evening, you can drive down to a local fishing village, watch the catch come in, and enjoy it fresh off the barbecue. Another popular visit is to see the ruined fort at Pigeon Island. The colourful market at Soufriere is a great place to pick up local souvenirs.

Families with older children shouldn’t miss the zipline canopy adventure at Errard Estate, where you can fly through the tree tops and finish by a beautiful waterfall.

Hold your nose and visit the world’s only drive-in volcano, with bubbling mud pools and plenty of sulphurous steam. You can also bathe here and slather yourself with mineral rich sulphur mud…excellent for the skin and reputed to help conditions such as rheumatism and arthritis.

For a more pampering spa experience, the resort’s own Rainforest Spa is home to excellent luxurious treatments, using the natural ingredients from the island, such as volcanic spring minerals, bananas, coconut, aloe vera and rich cocoa butter.

Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort

You don’t have to love golf to love the Gloria Golf Resort. It enjoys a beautiful beachfront location in Antalya, surrounded by pine forests and views of the mountains. The hotel is set amongst gardens, pools and the largest golf complex in Turkey. To sum it up, it has everything you could possibly think of, and quite a bit more that you haven’t!

For the littlest guests, the Very Important Minis club offers exceptional services, including special rooms for feeding, changing and sleeping and wonderful play areas inside and out. There’s a free, supervised club for older children, with a daily programme of activities, as well as trampolining at the beach, balloon games, pony rides, water olympics, mini golf and table tennis.

The Gogi Fun Jungle offers a wonderful extensive soft play area, baby sensory zone, miniature town and ice cream corner. Older children and teenagers can experience the climbing wall and rope adventure area. (There is an entry charge unless you stay in the family suites or villas).

There are 8 restaurants on site (5 open out of season) and 6 bars to choose from, with a lively evening entertainment programme. This includes live bands, a night club on the beach (out of ear-shot of family suites!), plus nightly shows in the amphitheatre after the unmissable mini-disco for little boppers.

The all inclusive package allows you varied dining at a sumptuous varied buffet, plus on 3 nights you can book a la carte dinners at any of the resort restaurants (reserve in advance at busy periods). And all that’s not to mention the unlimited beverages, poolside drinks, as well as ice cream and waffles down by the beach.

There is a good choice of luxurious rooms with balconies or terraces, including family suites and villas. Simple kitchen facilities in some of the accommodation makes self catering an option.

Living up to its name, there are a total of 45 golf holes and large practice facilities for golf fans (additional cost). The grounds feature pools, a stunning aquapark with adventurous waterslides, 4 tennis courts, an indoor sports centre, ten pin bowling and more. You can hire tennis equipment and take lessons and try a range of water sports.

The fitness centre offers cycling accompanied by trainers around the landscaped grounds, as well as pilates classes, aerobic circuits and a bootcamp programme.

La Source Spa is a spacious haven filled with natural fragrances and a special light and music system to create a peaceful atmosphere. Certified spa therapists offer Ayurvedic, Thai or Shiatsu massages, complemented by a private Turkish bath. The spa includes steam baths, Finnish saunas and Hungarian showers, detox care rooms and a beauty centre. (Spa is an additional cost)

Read more on our blog from Julie  and also blog from Emma, both reporting back about their family stays at Gloria Golf Resort. And here’s a picture gallery of the kids’ facilities too.

 

Gloria Golf Resort

Moonfleet Manor in Dorset is a warm, welcoming manor house set just behind Chesil Beach, with the tranquil Fleet Lagoon at the end of the gardens. Splendidly equipped for families with children of every age, the hotel itself has plenty of entertainment, but is in easy reach of the many attractions in the area.

The vast, indoor playroom offers generous space for active kids to let off steam, with table tennis, table football, air hockey, trampolines, soft play, trikes, skittle alley and a mini football pitch… all sheltered from the British weather. Parents can keep on eye on activities from the comfortable sofas, drink in hand. The supervised creche is suitable for those from 3 months to 8 years, well stocked with a range of toys and games, and run by a super team of nannies. The indoor pool includes a dedicated shallow area for children. Outdoors there’s a playground and sandpit too.

Enjoy lovely meals at the hotel’s 2 AA Rosette restaurant overlooking the gardens and sea, or sit out on the sun-trap patio for a summer barbecue. Children can enjoy a daily high tea in a dedicated dining room, or join their parents in the restaurant, before the quieter adults-only dining after 7.30pm. Alternatively, families may prefer a relaxed meal in the lounge by the roaring fire.

Choose from a range of family suites and interconnecting rooms, to suit your family. Many rooms enjoy a view of the Fleet Lagoon and sea beyond. The bedrooms are a great mix of grand Georgian, colonial chic and more contemporary spaces.

Double Room:
A double bedded room suitable for 2 adults sharing and 1 child, maximum occupancy 3.

Family Double Room:
A good spacious double suitable for 2 adults and 2 children, maximum occupancy 4.

Deluxe Family Room:
Offering a separate lounge or 2 bedrooms that interconnect. Suitable for 2 adults and up to 3 children, maximum occupancy 5.

Luxury Family Room:
Large rooms with separate lounge area, some are adjoining while others are open plan. Suitable for 2 adults and up to 4 children.

Coach House:
Separate from the hotel, accommodation on 2 floors, offering 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 lounges, suitable for 2 adults and up to 5 children, maximum occupancy 7.

The hotel itself offers tennis courts, indoor pools and is well placed for coastal walks in this area of outstanding natural beauty. Nearby Weymouth is famed for its 4 mile Blue Flag sandy beach (ideal for sandcastles) or explore the wild beauty of Chesil Beach, accessed via the pretty nearby village of Abbotsbury. Dinosaur fans will be delighted to find themselves on the Jurassic Coast, and other attractions include the Sealife Park, Swannery and Children’s farm in the area.

The Moonfleet Manor spa offers a range of treatments and massages.

To book this hotel and receive your complimentary exclusive cream tea for a family of up to 2 adults and 2 children, please click here:

Read more in our blog about Moonfleet Manor >

 

Moonfleet Manor

The pinnacle of European skiing; while the resorts are usually located within valleys, they almost all have high altitude skiing which allows you to confidently travel early and late season. Being serviced by Innsbruck airport, allows quick access to many of the resorts in under two hours. Austria is home to many family friendly resorts, including Ischgl and Oberlech.

Oberlech is  one of the most exclusive destinations in the Alps, 1700m above sea level and offering perfectly groomed pistes and access to the world-renowned Arlberg region with its first class winter sports. The town is totally car free throughout the winter which really adds to the atmosphere.  There is a cable car running throughout the day until after midnight to allow those in Oberlech to sample the facilities and atmosphere of the far bigger resort of Lech in the valet below.

Whether it‘s boarding or skiing, jumps in Fun Parks or freeriding in the powder snow away from the pistes a holiday in Tyrol means more than “just“ skiing. State-of-the-art chair lifts and even a cable car which has double-stack cabins take everyone where they want to go. From the beginner’s terrain which has wide ski pistes, through to challenging steep slopes, everything is on offer.

Austria

The Swiss are perfectionists in many areas and their ski resorts are no different, with excellent chairlift infrastructure, wide expansive runs and fantastic ski schools. The resorts often appear untouched by modern influences, with very traditional family run hotels. These hotels generally have great child care, for families which younger children. We feature two of the most well-known resorts in Switzerland, Verbier and St Moritz; these resorts are easily accessible from Geneva and Innsbruck respectively.

Verbier is the main resort in Switzerland’s largest ski area, the Four Valleys. Thanks to the combination of a sunny, scenic location, exciting terrain and great apres-ski it’s a popular resort for British families. Nearly 100 lifts access more than 400km of runs, including some of the best lift-served off piste in the Alps. The slopes are snow sure and the scenery spectacular, and from the top of the ski area the views reach as far as the Matterhorn and Mont Blanc.

St Moritz was the first and, 150 years since its birth as a tourist destination, remains the best all-round wintersports resort in the world, boasting a myriad of on and off-snow activities.

Switzerland
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South African Explorers

New for 2015, we’re excited to present a carefully crafted collection of luxury family tours and tailor made itineraries in South Africa, beginning in Cape Town and exploring the historic Garden Route and family-friendly game lodges.

With a maximum two hour time difference and a good choice of accommodation, South Africa is a wonderful option for families with children aged five upwards who are eager to try something different and discover an exciting world of wildlife and culture.

All of our South African arrangements can be tailored to you and we will be happy to discuss your exact requirements and make recommendations in order to ensure you enjoy the best possible luxury family holiday. In addition to touring itineraries and safaris we can offer relaxing stay-put or twin-centre options in Cape Town and beyond. The following is an example itinerary, especially designed with families in mind and staying at non-malarial hotels and lodges.

Cape Town, Grootbos, Kurland and Kwandwe Ecca Lodge Safari – 11 nights

Day 1

Meet & Greet at Cape Town International Airport and transfer to The One & Only Cape Town for a 3-night stay with breakfast.

The One & Only Cape Town is a chic urban resort located on the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.  Rooms feature expansive glass doors leading onto private balconies offering commanding views of the waterfront. There is a choice of restaurants from local celebrity Reubens, to world-class master chef, Nobu. Leisure facilities include the One&Only Spa, fitness centre, a heated 350m² infinity-edge pool with private seating areas, the NEO Boutique and excellent kids and teen facilities at the Kids Only Club for children aged 4 – 17 years. The Kids Only Club offers activities centred around themed days with topics such as the ocean and environment incorporated into activities like puppet shows, storytelling, sing-a-longs and culinary experiences  as well as supervised excursions to child friendly venues including Butterfly World, Two Oceans Aquarium, World of Birds, Penguin Colony and Planetarium.  Teens can make use of Wii, Xbox and Play Station but also activity focused excursions such as tobogganing, sandboarding, karting and ice-skating. Big-screen movies are available at the waterfront.

Day 4

Pick up your hire car and drive to Grootbos Garden Lodge for a 2-night All-Inclusive stay.

Set in the picturesque mountain and sea landscape of the Hermanus area in the Western Cape, the exotic, stone and thatch retreat of Grootbos Garden Lodge is one of two lodges in the private 2,500 hectare Grootbos Nature Reserve. The 11 free standing one or two bedroom suites (accepting children of all ages) merge into the surrounding flora, with sweeping views across fynbos-clad mountains and Walker Bay from private wooden decks. There is a restaurant, entertainment room, beauty salon and library with internet access. Outdoors boasts a terrace, pool area, horse stables and immaculate gardens. There is a specially designed children’s play area as well as educational activities, outings, animals/ stables, child minders, babysitters and children’s meals.

Includes: Breakfast, light lunch, 5-course dinner, welcome drink, fresh fruit daily in suite, horse riding, guided walks including Fynbos nature tours, Milkwood walks, marine/coastal drives/walks including the Walker Bay Nature Reserve, De Kelders cliff walk, Klipgat Cave combined with seasonal land-based whale watching (whale watching especially during June – December) and transfers to/from all activities.

Nature based guided activities include whale watching excursions (can be land based or boat based and available June – November), Shark Cage Diving, Walks and Hikes (guided or self-guided), 4×4 Flower safaris (informative and interactive), Beach excursions (take a picnic and enjoy a swim, stroll or guided tour), Cave Tours, Horse-riding (all levels while ponies available for children), Bird watching, scenic flights and quad biking.

Please note: Accommodation at Garden Lodge can only be guaranteed (prior to travel) between travel dates 01 Oct – 31 Mar. Outside these dates accommodation allocation is done on check in.

Day 6

Drive to Kurland for a 3 night stay with breakfast.

A five star luxury country house hotel, Kurland is located on a vast 700 hectare estate close to Plettenberg Bay.  Kurland offers exceptional facilities including tailor made programmes for families. There are 12 luxurious suites, all of which are individually designed. The two elegant suites are inter-leading and overlooking the pool, the six luxury suites are in the rose garden or overlooking the pool and include an upstairs en-suite loft room accommodating two children and the four superior suites include a lounge and spacious upstairs en-suite loft accommodating three children plus a private plunge pool.

There are three restaurants and facilities include a sitting room with a log fire, veranda for signature gourmet afternoon tea, library with a fireplace and television, swimming pool, gym, sauna, steam room and cold pool, as well as a Therapy Suite offering a selection of treatments. Activities at Kurland include walking, hiking, horse riding, mountain biking, tennis, picnics on the estate and polo instruction. There is a children’s playroom, tailor made kids activities and private kids dining room with special menu.

Includes: Breakfast, daily cafe (pastries, cakes, tea and coffee), quad biking, mountain bikes and Shetland pony rides for children under six.

Nearby activities include Birds of Eden (largest free flight bird aviary in the world), Monkeyland (the world’s first free roaming multi-species primate sanctuary), Elephant Sanctuary (interactive elephant activities), Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, spectacular beaches, hiking trails, boat trips, canopy tours and bungee jumping.

Day 9

Drive to the Kwandwe Private Game Reserve for a 3-night All Inclusive safari.

Nestled in the heart of the malaria-free Eastern Cape, in the northern region of the 22,000 hectare Kwandwe Private Game Reserve, is Ecca Lodge. This funky lodge is blessed with breath-taking views over the acacia, aloe and spekboom-studded valleys onto an escarpment of steep shale cliffs. Emblazoned with giant Warhol-like prints, retro light fittings and shades of olive, rust and burnt orange the six spacious suites feature a bedroom with en-suite bathroom consisting of indoor and outdoor showers, separate toilet and twin hand basin, a large veranda and a private deck and plunge pool. A child friendly lodge, Ecca communal areas include a spacious sitting room with a fireplace, small study, dining room, bar area, deep veranda with expansive viewing deck, a swimming pool, children’s play centre plus interactive kitchen for fun meal times and a babysitting service.

Activities include guided morning and afternoon/evening game drives and bush walks. Scenic coastal flights, rhino monitoring, big game walking safaris, private safaris, flight of the Blue Crane and rhino darting are all available at an additional cost. The Blue Crane Conservation Club offers activities for children from ‘Bush and Bones’ walks; face-painting; sand-art; beading, mask making; fishing trips; baking and pizza making; educational board games; bed time stories and cookie making.

Includes three meals daily, soft drinks, house wines, local & premium brand spirits, beers, teas & coffees, refreshments on game drives, twice daily game drives, nature walks, big game walking safari (tracking rhino, elephant and buffalo on foot) accompanied by specialist ranger and tracker team (subject to availability), laundry, emergency medical evacuation insurance, transfers to/from the lodge airstrip and complimentary child minding. Children’s gift pack on arrival includes: Conservation guide with animal checklist; themed games and activities; crayons; pencils; water bottle and range of bath products.

Day 12

Return your hire car to Port Elizabeth Airport and take a connecting flight to Cape Town for your flight back to the UK.

 

Note that availability in the family-friendly hotels and lodges can be very limited during peak holiday times so we recommend booking up to 12 months in advance. The best time to travel is between October and April.

From 1 June 2015, new rules apply to families with children under 18. If you’re travelling to South Africa or transiting through a South African airport with a child you must be able to produce the child’s full unabridged birth certificate. Full details can be found on the FCO website.

The Best of California

We’re excited to present a carefully crafted collection of adventure tours and tailor made itineraries for families with older children. Recommended for children aged five upwards, this self-drive tour takes in California’s most family-friendly highlights including the Yosemite National Park, Big Sur, San Francisco, Universal Studios Hollywood, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Santa Barbara, staying in luxury accommodation with two nights’ glamping!

All of our North American arrangements can be tailored to you and we will be happy to discuss your exact requirements and make recommendations in order to ensure you enjoy the best possible family holiday. In addition to touring itineraries we can offer relaxing stay-put or twin-centre options in Los Angeles and beyond. The following is an example itinerary, especially designed with families in mind and staying in luxury accommodation.

DAY 1

Arrive in Los Angeles

Upon  arrival  at LAX,  you will  pick  up your  rental  vehicle and  drive approximately  35  minutes to the Loews Hotel. Depending on your arrival time, an L.A. City tour can be arranged with  a private  guide  who will  take you through famous  neighbourhoods and to see city  sights  including the Hollywood sign. Overnight at Loews Hotel. No Meals Included.

DAY 2

Universal Studios Hollywood Tour

Depart the Loews Hotel in the early morning and drive to Universal Studios Hollywood. Explore locations and sets closed to the general public, with exclusive  behind-the-scenes  access to the movie  studios, as well as access to all rides, attractions and shows. After the tour, you will drive 1 hour and 30 minutes to the Canary Hotel. Overnight at the Canary Hotel, Santa Barbara. Breakfast and Lunch Included.

DAY 3

Santa Barbara

A free day to enjoy Santa Barbara. Nestled between the shrub-covered slopes of the Santa Ynez Mountains and the clear blue shores of  the Pacific Ocean, Santa  Barbara  is California at its best. Its beautiful beaches, majestic mountains, and colorful culture make it a popular resort destination and whether you enjoy hiking, water sports, lounging on the beach or culture it has something for everyone. Overnight at the Canary Hotel. No Meals Included.

DAY 4

Kayaking in Morro Bay & Glamping

After breakfast, begin the 2 hour drive North to Morro Bay. Upon arrival into Morro Bay you will be met by your guide to start your Big Sur adventure with a two hour kayaking trip.

Morro Bay is composed of 2300 acres of  mud flats, eelgrass beds, tidal wetlands and open water. Two dozen threatened or endangered species live in the area including the Peregrine Falcon, Brandt Goose, Brown Pelican, Sea Otter and Snowy Plovers. Morro Bay is also a major West Coast wintering area for over 100 species of birds providing year around bird watching opportunities. Its waters are home to California Sea Lions and Harbor Seals, which use the mud flats as a hauling out area. After your kayaking adventure, continue an additional two hours North to camp. Relax and enjoy the camp facilities while the staff prepares a full service dinner. Overnight at Big Sur Luxury Camping. Lunch, Dinner Included.

DAY 5

Exploring Big Sur beaches and trails

Explore the incredible region of Big Sur State Park; your guide will tailor the day to your personal preferences and the ages of your children. You will have the opportunity  to take  several short  hikes:  visiting  a secluded rocky cove, several historic structures and a waterfall plunging to the sands below. An optional excursion takes you on a trail of stream crossings ending in a spectacular 100 feet waterfall. Overnight at Big Sur Luxury Camping. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Included.

DAY 6

Monterey Bay Aquarium tour and on to Yosemite

After breakfast  at camp you will  drive 1 hour  and 35 minutes North to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  Discover what it takes  to run  a world-class  aquarium,  learn  about exciting  research projects  being conducted and find out how to prepare food for over 10,000 animals! Once your tour is complete, drive approximately 4 hours from Monterey into Yosemite National Park and check into your new accommodations at Tenaya Lodge. Overnight at Tenaya Lodge. Breakfast Included.

DAY 7

Yosemite National Park

After breakfast, meet  your  private naturalist  guide  who will discuss your options for the day which include nearby walking tours or a guided drive in your vehicle.  You could stroll through El Capitan Meadow or drive to Glacier Point for the Sentinel Dome/Taft Point Walk.   An expert with the Yosemite Conservancy, he will enable you to fully understand the history, geology, flora and fauna that occupy the park.

Please note: Yosemite guides are not permitted to drive clients inside the park. You may follow behind the guide vehicle or the guide may drive with you. Overnight at Tenaya Lodge. No Meals Included.

DAY 8

San Francisco

Depart  Yosemite  National  Park  and drive to San  Francisco.   The drive is approximately  4 hours and 15 minutes. Upon arrival into San Francisco, check in to your hotel which is located on the city’s waterfront, near Fisherman’s Wharf and Chrissy Field. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to take in the new sights of this exciting city. Overnight at the Fairmont Heritage Place or similar. No Meals Included

DAY 9

Baseball stadium tour and evening Alcatraz tour

Today you will  have a leisurely  morning at the hotel before transferring 20 minutes to the San Francisco Giants AT&T Ballpark stadium for a tour. The breathtaking Bay views rival the action on  the field where one of baseball’s most hallowed franchises  plays  inside  an architectural  landmark.  On   your  behind-the-scenes  tour you’ll  go places only the players and coaches go: the Giants’ dugout, the Visitors’ clubhouse, even the field.

Free afternoon to explore San Francisco before your evening tour to Alcatraz. The Alcatraz night tour is a unique programme limited to just a few  hundred visitors per evening. It offers special activities including a live boat narration, a guided tour from Dock to Cellhouse, the Cellhouse Audio Tour and a variety of special programmes and presentations offered only at night. Overnight at the Fairmont Heritage Place or similar. No Meals Included.

DAY 10

San Francisco

Free day in San  Francisco. There are many wonderful activities for families including the San Francisco Zoo, The Exploratorium and the California Academy of Sciences (private tours may be arranged here). Overnight  at the Fairmont  Heritage  Place or similar. No Meals Included.

DAY 11

Departure

Depart your hotel and drive approximately 35 minutes to San Francisco Airport. Please allow for enough time to return your rental vehicle and go through airport security.

 

 

 

Jungle adventure, Sri Lanka

This family of four had an intrepid adventure in the Sri Lankan jungle, topped and tailed by luxury hotels but with treehouses, temples and terrifying sea planes in between. There’s elephants, monkeys and a swear word or two from mum. And the kids’ favourite bit? The cricket match! Read more here >

Cooks Too in Le Marche

Following Tots Too MD Emma’s recent success as a MasterChef finalist we have teamed up up with the Cambridge Cookery School to host a brand new family cooking holiday in the beautiful Italian region of Le Marche this October Half Term.

Discover ancient and Renaissance recipes, take part in a fun MasterChef-style competition and enjoy excursions including truffle hunting, a visit to the UNESCO Ducal Palace of Urbino and a day out at the San Marino Adventure Park.

Accommodation is in luxury self-contained apartments in a recently renovated villa near Tavullia with traditional decor, spacious and comfortable living areas, great views and a large communal kitchen and dining room for the cookery classes and social dinners. The region of Le Marche is a hidden gem in central Italy, with natural wonders and beauty of Tuscany without the mass tourism.

Daily Itinerary

Sunday 23rd October Wild Herb Picking

Arrive at Ancona airport and transfer to the Villa Panorama. This afternoon, go wild edible herb picking with a local expert before a family cooking class with Tine from the Cambridge Cookery School. Dinner will be prepared during the cooking class.

Monday 24th October Family Truffle Hunting

After breakfast at the villa prepared by Laura, our truffle hunt begins which includes an introduction to the truffle dogs, explanation of truffle hunting and a hike. Lunch will be served at the villa followed by family cooking class using the truffles from our hunt. Dinner will be prepared during the cooking class.

Tuesday 25th October Adventure and More….

After breakfast at the villa prepared by Laura, depart to San Marino Adventure Park for a full day out (entrance tickets included). Arrive back at the villa in time for dinner.

Wednesday 26th October At Home: Slippers and Cooking

After breakfast, this morning’s family cooking class and lunch preparation will focus on Renaissance cooking. After lunch, the kids will enjoy a Roman themed cookery class whilst parents relax or take part in optional activities. Dinner will be prepared during the cooking class.

Thursday 27th October Day Out: Renaissance and The Romans

A full day out in Urbino including a guided tour of Urbino Ducal Palace and historic centre, lunch at Antiche Bontà, free time and shopping and an archeological hunt around the Domus. Dinner will be at a local restaurant followed by a guided visit to the Domus of the Myth by night.

Friday 28th October The Final Cookery Competition!

After breakfast our MasterChef-style competition begins! Break for lunch and continue the competition in the afternoon.  Farewell Dinner.

Saturday 29th October Back Home….

After a final breakfast prepared by Laura, check out and transfer back to Ancona airport for your return flight.

What’s Included

  • Return flights from Stansted to Ancona with Ryanair
  • Private airport transfers
  • All transportation during days out
  • Six  nights’ accommodation in independent apartments belonging to Villa Panorama
  • Cooking classes with Tine Roche from the Cambridge Cookery School as per itinerary
  • All meals
  • MasterChef-style competition
  • Sightseeing as described in the itinerary, including:
  • Private Tour of the Ducal Palace of Urbino
  • Private Tour of the Domus of the Myth (by night)
  • Private family activity: The Archaeologist (near the archaeological area of the Domus of the Myth)
  • Entrance tickets to the San Marino Adventures
  • Private truffle hunting demonstration
  • Local wild herb picking with expert
  • Visit to San Marino, the small Republic within Italy
  • All local taxes

 

Oman Family Adventure

Experience Oman’s treasures on a family-friendly itinerary, taking in the Wahiba Sands, Bedouin villages and bustling bazaars. Have a snorkel from clean white beaches before taking a jeep down bumpy roads for a real adventure. For your tailormade Arabian itinerary, ask our team, or start by browsing here >

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"Your service from Tots Too was very efficient and friendly and we would definitely be using you again to plan our next…
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From Anon, guest in June 2012:
"We had a wonderful holiday and couldn't fault the service of both you and the staff at the resort, the excellent childcare…
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From AB, guest in May 2012:
"It was a great break, thank you....We would definitely return – thanks for helping us make the right choice!"
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From PP, guest in April 2012:
"Everything went so smoothly and the service and standard of the resort were impeccable. A truly relaxing way to spend a week…
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From JI, guest in April 2012:
"Thank you for all the advice, it is wonderful to book through a travel company that really know what they are…
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From PF, guest in April 2012:
"This is our first experience of Tots Too and we will definitely be using you again and recommending you to our friends."
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From SB, guest in April 2012:
"Just wanted to say thank you to Tots Too for arranging another wonderful holiday for us, this time to the…
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From BCB, guest in March 2012:
"...I also thought that your service at Tots Too was excellent (delighted to have found you) and we will definitely…
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From JG, guest in October 2011:
"All in all a great experience. Booking it through you was also a pleasure - all very efficient - I won't hesitate…
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From CD, guest in October 2011:
"We had a WONDERFUL holiday and have been recommending you, your company and Porto Sani to everyone we know... The…
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From MB, guest in October 2011:
"I was so impressed with your service, we will definitely be using Tots Too again!"
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From MJ, guest in October 2011:
"...I get the impression the hotel takes extra care of your clients!...I have already recommended Tots Too to many friends and…
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From CL, guest in September 2011:
"Thank you again for all your help and advice which helped us have a brilliant holiday with great memories. I…
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From AN, guest in September 2011:
"Thanks again for your help. You were very patient with my constantly changing list of requirements. We will definitely recommend you to…
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From VH, guest in August 2011:
"We enjoyed booking through Tots Too – it worked well for us and we will certainly use the service again.…
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From VP, guest in August 2011:
"Speaking of which, following the superb service you offered us leading up to the holiday we will be getting in…
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From PM, guest in August 2011:
"Feedback on Tots Too: - both the P's and us felt you did a fantastic job for us. You gave us…
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From PG, guest in August 2011:
"Very impressed with the service you offered. You found us exactly what we wanted (and desperately needed!) without a doubt I will…
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From SM, guest in August 2011:
"We had a great holiday and would definitely use you again. You offer a great service. What made it for…
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From TT, guest in August 2011:
"A thank you to you especially for suggesting a destination and hotel which gave us what we were looking for: that can't…
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From ER, guest in July 2011:
"Thanks so, so much Atarra, I’ve recommended you personally to all my friends and we will be back in touch with you…
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From AN, guest in July 2011:
"I thought the service from yourselves was excellent, we are very happy. In addition the hotel was excellent. Service was above…
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From DP, guest in July 2011:
"Thank you for all your help in organising this for us. I have already recommended you personally to a friend of mine!…
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From DF, guest in July 2011:
"Thanks for organizing an excellent holiday for us. We thought the hotel was the best family holiday that we've had thus far....…
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From KH, guest in June 2011:
"Many thanks for arranging our holiday and I will definitely come back to you in the future as I thought…
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From KU, guest in June 2011:
"Thanks also for your help and assistance in selecting the holiday, and again we will have no hesitation in choosing you and…
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From EV, guest in June 2011:
"Overall thank for your help Ann-Marie. Well organised and would definitely consider coming back and would recommend to friends."
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From HB, guest in June 2011:
"Thank you so so much for our anniversary treat! ... when I thanked Olga she said that you had told…
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From SH, guest in June 2011:
"We felt the service we received from Essential Escapes / Tots Too was also very good right through from the…
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From RG, guest in June 2011:
"With regard to 'tots too' you all did a great job and thank you personally for all the care and attention you…
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From EM, guest in June 2011:
"I would also recommend that others book through Tots Too as I believe you got us a good deal with the…
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From EOD, guest in May 2011:
"Thanks for your help organising and securing the booking for us. We'll be sure to look to Tots Too again…
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From CO, guest in May 2011:
"Helen, thanks again for all your help, we will certainly recommend Tots Too to our friends and we will be in…
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From LL, guest in May 2011:
"I would also like to say thank you to you Helen for helping me with my queries and would also…
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From AS, guest in May 2011:
"We would also recommend Tots Too who organised the hotel booking, transfers and restaurant reservations - we couldn't have asked for…
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From EZ, guest in May 2011:
"We have just returned from a wonderful stay at the Abama. And can't thank you enough for ensuring it all went so…
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From HD, May 2011:
"...Everything was expertly organised by you - they knew all about us at the kids club ... Will definitely recommend you and…
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From PK, guest in May 2011:
"We were all delighted with the service provided by you and Tots Too, your thorough knowledge of the hotel and advice on…
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From HY, guest in May 2011:
"Thank you Helen for being so helpful, we will definitely be recommending Tots Too to our friends and you will…
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From TB, guest in April 2011:
"I would also say that you in particular did an outstanding job putting the trip together. You were very friendly and incredibly…
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From TB, guest in April 2011:
"Once again Tots Too has been absolutely wonderful in organising our holiday...Tots Too without a doubt does the best deals and I…
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From ZB, guest in March 2011:
"I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend you to all our friends and family, we have used another holiday company for years but Tots…
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From CV, guest in March 2011:
"On top of the great service we had at the hotel, you guys (Anne Marie we think) pulled out all the…
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From ST, guest in February 2011:
"We were delighted with the service provided by yourselves – and most pleased to find you passed on a significant discount to…
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From IC, guest in February 2011:
"I will definitely be recommending your services and the Abama to friends. Many thanks again and hope to speak to you soon…
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From JG, guest in January 2011:
"I would recommend your company as everything was very smooth (transfers etc) and I don't think we'd have got the room…
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From CB, guest in January 2011:
"We were very happy with Atarra's detailed advice during the booking process by the way, and I'm pretty sure we'll end up…
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From EB, guest in December 2010:
"Atarra, we had a wonderful time and would definitely highly recommend both Abama and Tots Too. We initially started our…
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From JH, guest in October 2010:
"Thank you to Tots Too for working so hard to find a holiday which completely met the brief."
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From ML, guest in October 2010:
"Can I also thank you for your assistance – I’m usually the type who books it all myself directly but…
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From LC, guest in September 2010:
"While we were out there talking to lots of other families I was recommending Tots Too as I felt you…
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From KH, guest in September 2010:
"The hotel was all you said it would be and more so thank you for that. We were actually put…
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From EM, guest in September 2010:
"I will continue to recommend you guys (I often do to be honest, from our trip last year). Thanks again…
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From SB, guest in September 2010:
"I have already expressed my thanks to you in previous emails for the help, information and guidance provided in choosing…
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From SW, guest in August 2010:
"Helen, you were fab with sorting us out, thank you so much! I will definitely recommend you if given the opportunity!"
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From NY, guest in August 2010:
"We will definitely come back to Tots Too as your guidance was invaluable and your experience really showed. We had no…
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From SS, guest in August 2010:
"We always use Tots Too for our family vacations as nothing is too much trouble for them. I have a habit of…
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From DI, guest in August 2010:
"All in all we were very happy with our holiday and also with the services you provided. We will certainly have a…
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From RG (beauty editor at Red), July 2010:
"Brilliantly organised by yourself and Tots Too. We really appreciate you getting us a room in the best possible location…
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From JW, July 2010:
"So thank you for your recommendation and your excellent service. I have already passed your details onto a couple of friends."
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From TF, guest in July 2010:
"We wanted to take a few moments to say thank you for all your help in organising our holiday to…
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From DB, guest in July 2010:
"the holiday was seamless from us arriving at the hotel and departing five days later, we had a wonderful time and would…
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From JC, guest in July 2010:
"Thank you for all your help in organising our holiday, we will be back in touch soon for half term…
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From IM, guest in July 2010:
"Very happy with your service so will recommend you to friends / colleagues."
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rom JT, guest in July 2010:
"Thank you very much indeed for recommending and organizing this wonderful trip. I will definitely recommend your services to my…
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From PL, June 2010:
"Thank you for all of your help in arranging the holiday, it has been a pleasure corresponding with you. We will certainly…
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From JMB, June 2010:
"Thanks a mill Atarra, we shall definitely be returning and have already told loads of people how amazing you are and it…
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From JC, June 2010:
"Our travel consultant at Tots Too thought of everything for us and as a consequence our holiday went without a hitch.…
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From VB, June 2010:
"I also bumped in to another family who had booked through Tots Too and I have already recommended you to…
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From RH, June 2010:
"Thank you for the recommendation, we have a superb time and the resort was just what we wanted. In addition,…
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From NB, May 2010:
"I just thought I'd let you know how impressed we are and thank you so much for making our holiday a memorable…
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From SA, May 2010:
"Also, the Tots Too service has been excellent and we would be very happy to recommend you to our friends and colleagues."
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From DDC, March 2010:
"I shall be recommending your services to all my friends and shall we sure to be in touch for our next holiday."
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From GL, February 2010:
"in terms of the Tots Too service this was excellent. The limousine transfer was both unexpected and appreciated (especially by my 5…
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From HG, December 2009:
"Thanks very much for organising everything. We will recommend you to our friends."
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From N, November 2009:
"Thank you very much for all your help - everything ran very smoothly and we didn't have any problems and…
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From S, November 2009:
"Once again, thanks for all of your help with our family holiday. I shall continue to recommend you to friends and shall…
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From SP November 2009:
"We thought that the hotel and the service from Tots Too were excellent thanks. We had a great holiday and would certainly…
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From RP, October 2009:
"In terms of feedback for yourselves as the agent I found everyone I spoke to very helpful, response on queries…
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From DS, October 2009:
"All in all an excellent trip, thoroughly recommended and we would love to go again, possibly in the spring. Thank…
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From JP, October 2009:
"a fantastic holiday and I have been singing your and the resorts praises ever since. I have no hesitation in recommending you…
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From LD, October 2009:
"I will be in touch with you again early next year because we like the look of the Sani Village…
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From CH, October 2009:
"I would strongly recommend your company to people as I thought you provided an excellent service."
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From MR, October 2009:
"You and your company were very efficient and user friendly, and we will definitely be using you again"
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From KK, October 2009:
"I've already given your details to several of my friends, your service has been wonderful too, taking all the stress out…
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From AJ, October 2009:
"for our first holiday abroad with three little ones, booking with yourselves made the holiday really enjoyable. I will definitely…
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From NT, September 2009:
"Just a big thank you for your help on the booking and we will definitely come back to you to talk about…
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From JL, September 2009:
"re: Anne-Marie - What a star! Dear Sir/Madam, I would like to take the opportunity to praise Anne-Marie who recently…
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From JD, August 2009:
"Thank you for organising everything for us - it was all very slick from the airport to hotel and back"
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From KK, May 2009:
"It was our first time on holiday with our 1 year old and we were a bit stressed as you…
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The Best of California
We're excited to present a carefully crafted collection of adventure tours and tailor made itineraries for families with older children. Recommended for children aged five upwards, this self-drive tour takes in California's most family-friendly highlights including the Yosemite National Park, Big Sur, San Francisco, Universal Studios Hollywood, Monterey Bay Aquarium and Santa Barbara, staying in luxury accommodation with two nights' glamping! All of our…
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Al Bustan Palace
Arabic and art-deco influences combine to lend a distinctive elegance to the luxurious Ritz-Carlton Al Bustan Palace. Guest relations are headed up by the hotel’s own Cultural Host who specialises in welcoming families and providing a fascinating insight into the local way of life. Set in extensive gardens and overlooking the beach to the Sea of Oman and the Al…
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Portugal
Portugal has an endless ream of long sandy beaches, beautiful architecture and a warm sunny climate year round. A short flight time of just less than three hours and the open attitude of the people towards families, make Portugal an ever popular destination for a luxury family holiday. The country varies greatly from north to south, and coastal to inland.…
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Spain
Hospitality has a deep-rooted importance in the Spanish way of life, and you will feel right at home from the moment you arrive. You will find yourself well attended whether at the Water Park, museum, hotel or restaurant. There are lush green golf courses on Spain's Costa Cálida (or 'warm coast'), with traditional Spanish villages to explore beyond the luxurious…
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France
France is undeniably chic and romantic, yet has strong appeal for a luxury family holiday. From Paris to the Pyrenees, from the Côte d’Azur to the Alps, France features miles of dramatic and breathtaking landscapes dotted with towns that so often blend romance with style. When it comes to food and wine, few countries do it better. Wherever you go,…
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Italy
A trip to Italy is a feast of classical ruins, sumptuous buildings, famed sculptures and delicious cuisine. From the coastline of the Italian Riviera, to the charming hilltop towns and enchanting medieval villages throughout the Tuscan countryside, you cannot help but feel seduced by its rich offerings. Lesser known Puglia (or Apulia) has miles of sandy beaches and wonderful towns…
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Santiburi
Santiburi is located on Mae Nam beach on the northern coastline of Koh Samui, overlooking a secluded 300m stretch of fine white sand shaded by coconut groves. 23 hectares of tropical gardens surround garden and pool suites and villas and families are well looked-after with the complimentary use of water sports equipment, sailing, tennis, a games room, a petting zoo…
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The Breakers, Palm Beach
Spread across 140 acres of pure oceanfront on Palm Beach, The Breakers is a destination in its own right. Like the Hotel California, you never have to leave with just about every need covered. Even though the resort is vast, there is a distinct boutique feel and charming elegance and a team of dedicated staff that genuinely care about providing…
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Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is a jewel of an island, believed by early travellers to be the original Garden of Eden and a perfect destination for a family holiday for those with a little spirit of adventure It offers unspoilt beaches, untamed forests, wildlife reserves, ruined cities, royal palaces and the remains of ancient civilisations. Children and parents alike will delight in…
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Antigua
Antigua is known as the "heart of the Caribbean." The tourist office boasts that there are 365 beaches, one for every day of the year. These powdery white treasures, hidden coves and sweeping coastlines are the lure of the island and perfect for the more humble sun seeker, but there is also more than enough to keep the adventurer amused.…
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Barbados
Tourism is at the heart of Barbados, with some going so far as to call the island the "little England" of the Caribbean. This epithet is perhaps a little untrue given the islands famed sandy beaches on the west coast, and rugged cliffs and dramatic views on the east coast. The Bajans, as they call themselves, are fiercely proud of…
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Greece
Greece is gifted with a rich cultural heritage. From white cube villages filled with churches, to the ancient relics of a Byzantine era, this hilly country bears no sign of its eventful history. Today, the harmony of its inhabitants and its landscapes make this one of the most enticing destinations in Europe. Nowhere is the sea more blue! There are…
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Canary Islands
The Canary Islands lie 70 miles of the coast of southern Morocco and it is this geographical position that affords the year-round tropical climate. Tenerife is best known as the “island of eternal spring” and is deservedly a first choice for a luxury family holiday. Yes there are lovely beaches, impressive landscapes and great weather, but there is also an…
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Dubai
From the timeless tranquillity of the desert to the lively bustle of the souk, Dubai offers a kaleidoscope of attractions for a luxury family holiday. In a single day, you can experience everything from rugged mountains and awe-inspiring sand dunes to sandy beaches and lush green parks, from dusty villages to ultra-modern shopping malls. These contrasts give Dubai its unique…
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Egypt
Egypt's history spans over a thousand years - from the Nile to The Sphinx, the Pyramids to ancient Luxor, the wealth of her treasures is vast. Famed for its Pharaonic monuments which draw in hundreds of travellers every year from around the globe, Egypt's modern day life sits at perfect ease with its historic past and it is not uncommon…
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Crete
The largest of the Greek Islands is Crete. From the mountainous terrain in the middle of the island, down through the twisted olive groves to the dazzling beaches that fringe the island, Crete has it all for a luxury family holiday. Explore the mountains on foot or by bike, indulge yourself in one of the many tavernas where the scent…
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Cyprus
Cyprus is a whole world on a single island. Ringed by coastal valleys and inviting beaches, it offers layer upon layer of beauty, culture and history for you to discover. The typically Mediterranean landscape is still blessed with the timeless beauty of antiquity. Paphos, a bustling town on the western coast, manages to balance the rich air of an ancient…
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Jamaica
Jamaica has long been a colourful island, with a cultural mosaic of music and arts. The dramatic Blue Mountains stretch from one side to the other and the flowing rivers and deep valleys provide a spectacular vista. The buildings echo its colonial past and several fine museums dot Jamaica's landscape in which you can journey back through the centuries to…
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Maldives
If your idea of paradise is powdery white beaches, turquoise waters and clear blue skies – the Maldives will not disappoint. Children will enjoy their very own treasure island to explore, making the Maldives a fabulous setting for a luxury family holiday. Up until around two decades ago, these 1,192 coral islands were sitting almost unnoticed by sun-seekers. Today, its…
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Mauritius
Mauritius is a mosaic of cultures. Its ethnic mix of Indian, French, Creole, Chinese and Muslim inhabitants have created an exciting island full of generous hospitality and delicious cuisine. Unrivalled service levels and outstanding hotels have marked this island as one of the best tourist destinations in the world. The northern part of the island, Grand-Baie, with its cosmopolitan shopping…
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Morocco
Morocco is a fantastic starting point for a journey through Africa. Just a short hop from Europe, its friendly and bustling nature charms travellers from all corners of the globe. Just the names of Morocco’s cities - Tangier, Casablanca and Marrakech - conjure up an exotic and romantic image. The old notions of Morocco are changing and the country has…
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Oman
Turn your luxury family holiday into a fabulous Arabian adventure. Oman comprises an intriguing blend of old and new with rugged mountain ranges, vast deserts and a long stretch of glittering coastline. Located on the south-eastern tip of the Arabian peninsula, the Sultanate of Oman's 1,700 km coastline extends from the Straits of Hormuz in the north to the Arabian…
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Finnish Lapland
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St Lucia
St Lucia is a lush mountainous island with a hint of French influence. Delightful beaches, tropical scenery and rich plantations abound in a country that offers nothing less than a big smile and warm welcome. The capital, Castries is a bustling harbour with a beautiful hillside backdrop. Travelling around the island can be a real adventure, although there is a…
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Thailand
For 700 years, Thailand led an independent life from the rest of the world. Then, finally, in recent times it opened its doors to the global population, flaunting for the first time its devastating beauty and unique charm. And with such a rich tableau from which to choose, it’s difficult to know where to start. Bangkok, perhaps, deserves to come…
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Turkey
It's hard to find as an exotic destination as Turkey so close to home, offering a rich array of eastern cultures as well as stunning scenery. It is thought that the colour "turquoise" gained its name from the beautiful blue sea off the Turkish coast and the stylish beach resorts remain a big attraction today. Famed for its welcoming hospitality,…
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UK
The UK is suddenly a very exciting place to holiday. British weather aside, there is such an abundant choice of great family friendly hotels dotted around some of the country’s finest landscapes. Staying close to home territory means you are fully in control of when and how you travel, choosing to load your brood into a car or take a…
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