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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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Set in the heart of the Swiss Alps, Chalet RoyAlp Hôtel & Spa is the first five-star hotel in Villars and a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. The hotel is perfectly positioned; boasting stunning vistas over the Dents du Midi, ski slopes in close proximity to the resort centre; perfect for families. Located near the border of France and beautiful Lake Geneva the hotel has a relaxed, traditional mountain atmosphere with elegant facilities.

With sixty-three spacious rooms and suites, fifteen residences and interconnection option, families have an array of options to enjoy their downtime in.

The Chalet is wonderfully appointed and has three restaurants all serving gourmet and traditional cuisine with flavours of Switzerland, using regional and seasonal produce. Children can enjoy their kid’s club, for children up to 10 years, offering a selection of indoor and outdoor activities. There is also a games rooms and cinemas for families to enjoy together. For little ones, Chalet RoyAlp Hôtel & Spa has a longstanding partnership with La Garderie la Trottinette crèche which is a 5-minute walk from the property.

For some real pamper time and for a chance to recharge your batteries; Spa by RoyAlp provides an unforgettable experience. With a vast menu of high-quality treatments, an indoor swimming pool with an open fireplace and Jacuzzi you will be left relaxed ready to hit the slopes. There is also a well-equipped gym open to guest 24 hours a day.

Of course, skiing is the main attraction with Villars directly links five alpine areas – Villars, Gryon, Meilleret, Isenau and Glacier 3000 all offering varied slopes. In addition to this, there is a local ski school where kids can learn the basics on gentle slopes. For the less confident skier, there is sledging and dog mushing and located in the village centre, the Villars-sur-Ollon is public ice-skating rink open every day.

For thrill seekers, the must-see attraction in the region is the PeakWalk by Tissot (only suspension bridge connecting 2 peaks in the World). Only 30 minutes from The Chalet RoyAlp Hôtel & Spa in summer, you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Matterhorn, Mont-Blanc & Jungfrau and discover many activities on the Glacier where the snow never melts. However, if your looking to unwind take advantage of the virtues of the hottest thermal water in Switzerland. The two outdoor pools and the indoor pool are open all year at a temperature of 33°C to 36°C.

Chalet RoyAlp Hôtel & Spa

Set amongst the dramatic Sierra Nevada mountains, about an hour from the Spanish city of Granada, El Lodge is an enchanting Alpine-style hotel and a haven for skiers of all ages and abilities. Sierra Nevada is the second highest mountain range in Western Europe after the Alps and guests can ski out directly from the hotel.

The boutique hotel is ideal to reboot after a full day on the slopes and comprises of twenty spacious rooms and suites – all with terraces and sweeping mountain views. Interconnecting suites are available for larger families.

El Lodge offers a range of delicious dining options, using an array of locally sourced products served in a polished, laid-back atmosphere – the three hotel restaurants are nothing short of indulgent. Catch the ray and enjoy the views on The Sun Deck, Sierra Nevada’s only ski-in/ski-out restaurant or an enjoy a nightcap at The Bar.

Younger guest will enjoy the kids club for children aged four to twelve with a selection of games and arts and crafts activities. This is unsupervised, but childcare can be arranged. Kids will also love the heated outdoor pool, where you can enjoy a swim with the heat of the Sierra sun and the picturesque mountain backdrop.

Sierra Nevada has a crèche and kids club where you can leave the children while enjoying a day on the snow, services run from 4 months to 8 years. There is also a kid-friendly restaurant, a kids’ play area and a teen hang out.

When it’s time to hit the slopes ski equipment can be hired all within the hotel with their professional team there to advise you on the equipment that best fits your skills and preferences. They can also supply play equipment so that young and old can have fun in the snow. Guests at El Lodge can take skiing or snowboarding lessons with guaranteed quality and personalised service. Available daily these groups are divided into skill levels or enjoy a one-on-one session with a personal instructor.

At El Lodge their renowned services is designed so that from the moment you step foot inside, you can simply forego the logistics: they take care of everything from loading and taking your skis down to the station to outfitting you in the perfect attire or creating special experiences.

Why not finish skiing a little earlier and allow them to pamper you, or perhaps swap a day on the slopes for day of complete relaxation in their Spa? The Spa at El Lodge includes two private treatment rooms, offering a large selection of treatments and indoor pool to give you unique views of Sierra Nevada.

Sierra Nevada can hold on its own as one of the most impressive resorts in Europe for its local charm and spectacular climate. But if you’d like to experience it as few can, El Lodge can help you create special adventures for the whole family to enjoy.

El Lodge

Set amongst 12 acres of pristine gardens, peaceful waterways, Palais Namaskar is nestled between Morocco’s Atlas Mountains and Djebilet Hills in Marrakesh’s revered Palmeraie region. This Moroccan oasis is a spacious retreat only a 20-minute drive from the souks of central Marrakech, making it ideal for families.

Palais Namaskar has a total of 48 rooms consisting of double rooms, suites, pool villas and palaces. The decor is a vibrant combination of Eastern-inspired architecture infusing Feng Shui principles with contemporary interior design. Almost all residences offer either a heated private pool or an outdoor private plunge pool surrounded by jasmine or orange trees. For larger families, the Palaces offer up to 4 bedrooms, a large private terrace and pool. Some rooms and suites can abe joined in order to create customised areas, turning them into an ideal option for a luxury getaway for families.

Inventive dining is intrinsic to the Palais Namaskar experience. In addition to the gourmet restaurant, Le Namaskar, the elegant tea lounge and the extraordinary No Mad rooftop bar, guests may dine wherever they like: enjoying a private picnic in the gardens, an intimate candle-lit meal by the lake for a parents night off or with the children under the open sky on a private terrace. An appealing variety of French cuisine combined with Moroccan influences is featured, accompanied by a superb selection of wines, spirits and teas, all served in a trendy atmosphere liven up by the background music. Palais Namaskar Sunday Brunch Garden Parties invites guests to relax by the pool while enjoying the brunch menu, socialize and revitalize any summer Sunday.

Palais Namaskar offers an array of amenities and activities from an innovative Spa in partnership with Aromatherapy Associates using organic and natural products to their state-of-the-art fitness centre and yoga program. Foodie families can embark on a culinary journey with Palais Namaskar and their cooking classes where you will learn all the secrets of Moroccan cuisine.

Children with enjoy NamasKids Club, creating educational experiences in a relaxed and fun environment. Classes include artistic workshops, physical activities, shows, cultural programming but also mini cooking workshops to awaken their sense of taste and flavors. For a faster pace, the Oasiria water park is just 20 minutes, kids will love the activities from the immense wave pool, water slides and a beach volleyball court.

Marrakesh is a fantastic destination to explore, from guided tours of the city and medina to trekking across the desert. Absorb the scents and surroundings of the exquisitely colorful Majorelle Gardens, designed for the renowned fashion creator Yves St Laurent. Discover the Mellah (the former Jewish Quarter), the opulent Bahia Palace and the stunning Koutoubia mosque. Plunge into Djemaa El Fna the city’s iconic square pulsating with snake charmers, musicians, storytellers and acrobats. Stroll in the old medina’s narrow lanes and souks crowded with spices, leather work, jewellery, books and crafts. Guest can enjoy a complimentary daytime shuttle service to city centre.

Palais Namaskar

For most people, the first things that spring to mind when you mention Finnish Lapland, are Santa, Northern Lights, sub-zero temperatures and lots and lots of snow. But there is another, very different side to this region as I discovered on my recent trip there.

Finnish Lapland during the summer time is the most stunning place – endless sparkling crystal-clear lakes and glorious green landscapes. It’s a Mecca for wellness with Saunas in abundance, mineral rich water available to drink straight from the lake, fresh local produce including the delicious cloud and lingon berries that make their way into your food, drinks and beauty products and wildlife to remind you how beautiful this world is.  You just can’t help but come away from there feeling rejuvenated and recharged.

During the summer months, there is 24-hour daylight, so the long days allow you to fit in lots of activities to maximise your time away. The climate is mild and sunny and whilst I was there at the end of June, I enjoyed daytime temperatures in the 20s with night time temperatures anywhere between 5 and 12 degrees. A few warmer layers are required for night time outdoor activities.

The first stop of my 5-day visit was to Inari, located in the northern part of Lapland within the arctic circle. Its easily accessible from the UK with daily flights via Helsinki to Ivalo on Finn Air. Inari boasts the second largest population of Sami culture and sits next to the beautiful Lake Inarijarvi.

A riverboat trip into the Lemmenjoki National Park, to try your hand at gold panning is a must. The historical gold sites sit around 22km deep into the park and my wonderful Sami guide showed me the secret of finding gold. Afterwards, we sat around the campfire to hear fascinating stories about the Sami culture and hear “yoiks” (songs) whist enjoying traditional delicacies.

There is no chance to see the Northern Lights during summer as of course it must be dark to see them. But the night time sun is very beautiful. It is lower in the sky in the evening and lends a soft glow over the countryside and lakes – much Like the start of a gorgeous sunset that lasts all night. One of the best ways to enjoy it is to take a midnight cruise. It’s so peaceful, watching the birds, the still waters twinkling in the sun and spotting fish darting in and out of the waters.

During summer, Reindeer roam freely so you will see them a lot, sometimes dozens of them together, just wandering around the roads and countryside. This is also the time baby Reindeer are born and its very special to see them with their mothers as they graze on grass.

Just a few hours south of Inari by car, is Saariselka. One of the main reasons for visiting this area is for the many outdoor activities on offer whilst enjoying the stunning backdrop of the Urho Kekkonen National Park. Fat biking is not something I’ve ever tried but is great fun. The extra wide tyres give you stability whilst challenging yourself to cycle uphill, downhill and over bumpy terrain. There are various levels of difficulty and you can do this with or without a guide. I did mine with a guide and we cycled to a beautiful lake where we enjoyed canoeing and fishing before lighting a fire and grilling our catch. For those with more time, there are lots of wonderful hiking trails through the park.

On the South Eastern border of Lapland, sits Kuusamo, within the Northern Ostrobothnia region, approximately a 4hr drive from Inari with its own airport and regular flights from the UK via Helsinki. This region is closest to the Russian border and is renowned for its wildlife and nature; central to its promotion of wellbeing.

During the winter, this area is home to one of the largest (and expanding) ski resorts in Finland, hosting international ski jumping and cross country skiing competitions. In summer, it transforms into an adventure park with some truly thrilling activities on offer. One of them, is rafting on the Kitka river. This is something that everyone can do, with some easy ones for families with children over 5 and much more challenging ones for those over 18. Our guide, having fully briefed us on all of the commands and suited and booted us, took us down category 2, 3 and 4 rapids. By the end, we were soaked through and on a total high. After a delicious picnic lunch, we went on a hike through the national park and managed to view the much more challenging category 6 rapids for the super brave.

This particular region is famous for its brown bear and once they come out of hibernation in May, you can spot them right up until end of September. Our guide has a 99% success rate of tracking them. We met him in Kuntivaara which is situated just 3km from the Russian border. As he led us in our small group, in single file, silently through the forest, we spotted Mummy bear with her 3 cubs walking so close to us! We were ushered quickly into our viewing cabin where we watched them foraging for food and playing. The cabin is a small wooden hut where we could sit in small armchairs, in front of a huge viewing window, with binoculars to wait and watch. We were fortunate enough to see 7 or 8 of them, ranging from 2 months old up to 14 years old strolling in all their magnificent glory right in front of the window. The setting is beautiful as the sun sits low in the sky and the eagles and other forest birds provide entertainment as they circle around, waiting to pounce on the bears’ leftovers. I felt so lucky to have witnessed this wonderful display of nature and will cherish the memories.

Wellbeing is so important to the people of this region and at every place I stayed, there was a sauna of some variety – whether it be traditional or smoke. There is even a sauna tour where you can visit 7 or so in one day, being taken from place to place by bus which, yes you guessed it, features a sauna. I struggled to get the sauna concept when I arrived but by the time I left I was a total convert. The saunas are generally built close to the lake so that you can go for a dip in the cold refreshing water after working up a sweat. You can do this even in winter when they will cut a hole in the ice so that you can still plunge in! It’s that wonderful tingling feeling of hot to cold that leaves you so refreshed and invigorated. And that feeling lasts for days. There are many different types of sauna, but my favourite was the smoke sauna. This is one of the first types of Sauna, it doesn’t have a chimney and takes hours to heat up producing a dry smoky heat. I also enjoyed the Finnish tradition of using birch leaves to slap the skin, getting the circulation going and taking the natural oils from the birch into the skin.

 

The wild arctic food is absolutely delicious. During the summer months, berries and mushrooms grow in abundance, there is plenty of fresh fish and vegetables and reindeer and elk make a regular appearance on the menu. Everywhere I ate, I experienced outstanding, fresh wholesome country fare.  Many of the local hotels and guest house have been in the family for years and are passed from generation to generation. A lovely activity is to go out with your host and pick some local ingredients and then cook them, following one of their secret family recipes. You can then enjoy  your feast with some fresh berry juice, water straight from the spring or something stronger if you prefer.

I have previously enjoyed 2 wonderful winter stays in Finnish Lapland but seeing it in summer has opened up a whole new appreciation of this wonderful region. This holiday will appeal to any foodies who love the outdoors, wild nature and want to relax and unwind in a peaceful and beautiful environment. Just don’t forget your eye mask!

Itinerary coming soon.

 

By Deborah Barnett

Summer in Finnish Lapland

Four Seasons Resort Orlando is located right within the gates of Walt Disney World Resort® and offers families full enjoyment of Disney with the renowned Four Seasons experience. The resort is tucked away in natural woodland with its own golf course, landscaped grounds and extensive water features resulting in a calm ambiance away from the frenzy of the parks. With its own luxury coach service to the four theme parks, guest can also benefit from the ‘early entry’ privilege of Disney’s own on-site hotels.

The seamless Four Seasons service is clearly evident with a high attention to detail and the ability to meet requests before they have been uttered. The resort has a slightly less formal and leisure-oriented environment with an array of activities for the family to enjoy. Four Seasons Resort Orlando reflects the Spanish Revival architecture of Florida’s golden age and has room for the entire family with 443 spacious guest rooms, including 68 suites. All rooms are over a generous 500 square foot in size, featuring contemporary, light and airy decor and thoughtful touches for the ultimate comfort of families. In the evening, guests can choose to watch Disney’s fireworks from the rooftop Steakhouse. Only rooms above the fifth floor (west side) have the right elevation for views of the nightly Disney fireworks, which are a key attraction

Guest can choose from six vibrant restaurants : a rooftop Spanish-style steakhouse specializing fresh Florida seafood; a delectable Italian restaurant in an indoor-outdoor setting; a lively, southern-inspired poolside restaurant; Plancha, their golf clubhouse restaurant serving Cuban-American cuisine; a great lobby bar with a full menu overlooking the lake, as well as Lickety-Split, a colourful coffee bar complete with culinary creations to go. A dining experience not to be missed is the Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy & His Pals character breakfast weekly at Ravello restaurant, a photographer will be on site to capture your wonderful memories with Goofy & His Pals.

The resort offers families an array of amenities from tennis courts, volleyball and basketball, plus two infinity pools (one family; one for adults only, with the option of a cabana), a lazy river feature, splash zone, water park with slides, fitness centre and luxurious spa. Four Seasons famous Kids For All Seasons club is complimentary for children ages 4 to 12 and offers daily engaging and fun programs. Babysitting is also available upon request. Plan for at least an entire day at Explorer Island – it’s packed with family-friendly features that add up to a splashing good time for all! Start with the fun of the Family Pool, Splash Zone, Lazy River and The Drop, then dry out over a game of beach volleyball, shoot hoops, or get your gaming fix at The Hideout.
Four Seasons guests now have access to the Extra Magic Hours benefit. The Extra Magic Hours benefit means that each day Four Seasons Resort Orlando guests can enjoy select attractions as one of the four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks opens early or extends later, and during select dates, the Extra Magic Hours benefit may also be offered at a Disney Water Park. Guests can view the Extra Magic Hours calendar at www.disneyworld.com/parkhours

Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World brings luxury and sophistication to the heart of Walt Disney World®. It is a fantastic resort to indulge in while visiting the parks and enjoying the Orlando sunshine.

Four Seasons Resort Orlando

Bringing the brand’s unique blend of escapism, tranquillity and indulgence to Ibiza’s shores; Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay is ideally positioned on the shores of Cala Talamanca and is an oasis of calm from the bustle of the island.  The boutique beachfront resort has a soft sandy beach that leads onto the promenade offering a selection of laidback bars and restaurants – which are very popular with local families.

The boutique hotel is beautifully designed around two swimming pools with various terraces and areas to relax and enjoy the Iberian lifestyle. Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay has a contemporary, relaxed feel with stylish neutral furnishing with locally-sourced Ibizan artwork. The hotel of 152 rooms is spread over two areas, one has a more adult feel; ideally suited for couples, while the family area is ideally designed for families of all ages and is centred around the family pool and kids club. There is a great selection of spacious family-friendly accommodation with floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies to enjoy views of the Med or the peaceful gardens and a selection of interconnecting options. Suites have access to an outdoor terrace, garden or plunge pool.

As one of the world’s most recognized Japanese restaurant, the cuisine at the resort is exceptional with a selection of four restaurants. This is where the hotel comes into its own, of course, there is Nobu serving a Japanese fusion menu as well as some local dishes. Chambao (Spanish for “beach shack”) is Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay’s laidback beach restaurant offering freshly caught seafood and Balearic specialities. Ideal to wander in from the beach for a long lunch or early dinners with the children. For a light bite, Celicioso is café-style dining with an emphasis on quality wholesome and nourishing food, with a host of delicious Gluten-free meals to choose from. Overlooking the main pool, Peyote Ibiza has a stylish ambience serving modern Mexican dishes with Mediterranean influences. lastly, the Beach Deck the ideal spot to spend the day serving refreshing drinks and an array of snacks.

The resort has direct beach access, two swimming pools, fitness centre and Spa. Ibiza Bay Spa by Six Senses Spa provides a superb range of treatments for some much-needed pampering time or to get party ready there is the John Frieda blow-dry salon and a nail bar.

Children will love the kids club for ages 4-12 with island-inspired programmes and activities. From cookery classes and DJ workshops to Pirate & Mermaid school and Ibizan crafts, the Ibiza-inspired programmes and activities offer your little ones the chance to explore and learn about their surroundings in a fun and engaging atmosphere. Babysitting in the evenings can also be arranged.

Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay is located in an area called Cap Martinet, ideal for families looking to explore outside of the resort. Within a 15 minutes walk, you will be wandering through the trendy boutiques of Marina Botafoch or the authentic shops and tapas bars of Ibiza Town, listed with UNESCO as a World Heritage site. Alternatively, you can take the ferry over to the beautiful island of Formentera or explore the island with a tailor-made excursion. There is a complimentary shuttle into the old town which takes 5-10 minutes.

 

Please note that Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay is a seasonal hotel,  closing date will be October 28th – reopening on April 17th, 2019.

Nobu Hotel Ibiza Bay

Located on a corner of the Aegean coastline, The LUX* Bodrum Resort & Residences is surrounded by lush hills, exotic landscaped gardens and overlooks the radiant blue sea. This intimate resort consists of 91 rooms, 19 chic residences and 1 beach villa; all enjoying an abundance of natural light and stunning panoramic sea views. LUX* Bodrum Resort & Residences has already won a Silver Award in A’Design Awards’ category for Architecture, Building and Structure Design and has a fresh new perspective on indoor/outdoor living with sleekly designed balconies or terraces, private gardens and pools.

With its contemporary, cosmopolitan spirit, LUX* Bodrum is a breath of fresh air amid exceptional natural beauty with a private beach accessible only from the hotel or via boat, which curves the foot of the resort. The sheltered white sandy beach rivals the Maldives and is ideal for families. The luxury facilities include 2 unique dining options; from the atmospheric Beach Rouge; an all-day chic beach club to Stella their à la carte modern Mediterranean restaurant as well as The Bar and their famous Café LUX* coffee shop. The resort boasts a wide range of leisure activities, sport facilities, water sports and basketball courts. For a slower pace, soak up those rays from a sunlounger at either of the 2 pools or private beach and for ultimate pamper time to take advantage of LUX* Me spa.

LUX* Bodrum Resort Kids Club

There’s a fully supervised kids’ club which invites little ones to have fun in the fresh air while parents recharge their own batteries knowing their youngsters are happy and entertained. There are also babysitting services available upon request.

Beaches at LUX* Bodrum Resort

This unspoilt region is fantastic to explore, with hidden beaches and crystalline waters which call for a little bay-hopping aboard a traditional gulet. The easy-to-reach ancient Greek and Roman relics are cultural experiences are a must to explore as a family . The boutique resort is ideal for families looking to enjoy the sights, sounds and charismatic atmosphere of this very special southwestern corner of Turkey.

Read Kelsey’s blog on why she fell in love with Turkey and the LUX* Bodrum Resort & Residences. here

LUX* Bodrum Resort & Residences

The Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach boasts sophisticated style, luxurious Four Season services and a lazy beachfront sanctuary – with close access to shopping and entertainment for all the family. Overlooking the Palm and the Persian Gulf, set on a pristine, natural beach the boutique resort of 237 rooms is the perfect fusion of contemporary style with the traditional Arabian glamour.

The resorts features 10 distinctive dining venues, 5 of which are located in the main resort and a further 5 independent venues located within the resort. The resort has 2 outdoor pools; a large, family-friendly pool and an adult-only quiet pool, there is also indoor lap pool. With a 24-hour fitness centre, two tennis courts and an array of water sports from water skiing to  activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding and body boarding to keep active guest happy. Or for a slower pace; relax and rejuvenate in the intimate atmosphere of our the Pearl Spa featuring 10 spacious treatment rooms.

The ultra-spacious rooms start at 70 square meters each opening onto a large private balcony, enjoying panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf, pools, beach and gardens. We recommend 2 interconnecting Premier Skyline Rooms to experience the most impressive skyline view of any hotel in Dubai. Rooms can be childproofed on request with complimentary children accessories and amenities upon arrival.

Whether your children are toddlers or teens, Four Seasons makes a wonderful family holiday in Dubai. With complimentary Kids For All Season’s programme for 4 to 12 designed to inspire and educate younger guests, parents can you enjoy a night off as the center is open until 11:00 pm Thursday and Fridays. Babysitting services are available at an extra cost. Children under 18 occupying the same room as parents or guardians stay for free

Four Seasons is renowned for is location, being just a short drive from the airport, Dubai Mall and city centre. Dubai is a destinations that is fantastic for families with an enormous range of activities from Dessert safari, Aquaventure Waterpark, Legoland the list in endless.

 

Your Tots Too Dubai Expert is Neil.

Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach

Newly renovated in 2017  LUX* Grand Gaube, Mauritius has been designed by Kelly Hoppen and is an intimate and secluded retreat in the far north of Mauritius. Located in a cove overlooking the triple-bay beaches and calm lagoon, LUX* Grand Gaube is a crescent of low rise Mediterranean-style buildings stretched along the golden sands. True to the LUX* brand the resort offers a fantastic selection of gourmet dining, luxuriously appointed rooms and activities galore.

The resort is compriesed of 198 Rooms, Suites and Villas all sea facing and elegantly decorated to give a luxurious and spacious feel. Family Suites are generously proportioned to accommodate families with a large double sofa bed for children and two oversized bathrooms.- these suites are spacious and flexible and also boast a decked balcony or terrace furnished. Families can also travel a little lighter with a wide range of in-room facilities plus amenities, available upon request.

Families are spoilt for choice, with six restaurants and four bars serving a delicious mix of island-inspired and international dishes. Kids will love the ice cream parlour ICI, LUX*’s very own ice cream brand! The resort features 2 main pools and a fantastic selection of water sports, many of them complimentary such as snorkelling, water-skiing, windsurfing and an extensive selection of land sports from their Tennis Academy to the Mont Choisy Le Golf – just 15 minutes. Swim through a natural aquarium paradise and explore the magnificent marine life of Mauritius a magical accessible activity for all ages. Families will love a visit to the Black River National Park, undoubtedly the best to see and swim with dolphins. Not to be missed is a trip onboard LUX* Air, a light seaplane that takes off from the calm waters off our beach before gliding over coral reefs and the local coastline.

Children of all ages can take full advantage of the island life from beach games to crab hunting. PLAY kids club for those aged 3 to 11 offers daily programmes from cooking lessons to treasure hunts. Teens aged between 12 and 17 can keep cool and have their own independence with dedicated activities including adventure trips around the island. Babysitting services are available.

For a bit of pampering the LUX* Me Spa provides everything you need to relax and reinvigorate with a fantastic selection of inspired treatment. Alternatively, enjoy their world-class gym and diverse range of classes from yoga to Zumba classes and aqua gym.

LUX* Grand Gaube is only 10 minutes drive from Grand Bay, the village has a selection restaurants and bars with the Grand Baie Bazaar selling hand made arts and crafts. Mauritius offers a wealth of natural beauty and exciting activities for every families.

LUX* Grand Gaube

Nestled within 247 acres of protected forest, The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah, Ajman boasts exceptional biodiversity and is home to almost sixty species of bird. Just 25 minutes from Dubai International airport; The Oberoi Beach Resort is a truly unique property for the region and offers exceptional natural beauty and privacy away from the fast pace of Dubai.

Set along an impressive 1.6km private white sand beach, The Oberoi Beach Resort boasts sophisticated, modern design with an emphasis on space. The resort’s luxury accommodations include two- and three-bedroom villas with private terraces or temperature controlled private pools and interconnecting room options for the convenience of families. All accommodation features floor-to-ceiling windows to allow an abundance of natural light with ocean views.

The resort offers a fantastic selection of fine-dining, from the all-day Vinesse, set within an indoor and al fresco glass island, and Aquario; their sea grill by the beach or experience an unforgettable starlit barbecue by the poolside of your private villa. Alternatively, families can enjoy light, healthy food poolside.

The kid’s hub is perfectly located poolside and offers children aged 4-17 an array of activities, books and games to keep them entertained throughout the day. Located close to the main hotel building is a temperature-controlled swimming pool (265 feet/80 meters long), a sandbox, a pool for babies and another pool for toddlers and small children. Babysitting services are available 24 hours.

The spa at The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah, Ajman has private treatment rooms with open-air showers and separate hammams. Nearby the spa complex is a 24-hour gymnasium, a yoga and meditation room and an al fresco table tennis pavilion.

Families can enhance their stay with a unique Oberoi experience specific to this fantastic destination and magnificent hotel. The mangroves also function as an area of dedicated environmental conservation – the only one of its kind in the Emirates. Guests can enjoy an array of activities from watersports, to their championship golf course and kayaking through their tranquil waterways. For a slower pace, spend the day on the beach and enjoy uninterrupted views and privacy.

Nearby Attractions include the city of Ajman and the Ajman Museum just a 20 minute drive. Dubai is only a 1 hour drive offers and abundance of activities and the Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah offers complimentary private transfers to Dubai Mall 3 times a week.

 

The Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah, Ajman

There are many unique touches to this privately managed resort, in addition to all the luxuries of a 5-star hotel there’s a private farm in Alentejo (Herdade dos Grous) estate producing award-winning wines and breeding horses. The stunning Moorish architecture is set in extensive tropical gardens, filled with pools and lakes. Whatever the age of your children, there are fantastic facilities to keep them entertained.

Even babies and toddlers are made at home at Natalie’s crèche, with gentle play and a separate sleeping area for a siesta. Annabellas kids park offers an adventure playground for ages 4 -11, as well as a supervised playroom for painting, handicrafts and baking. Older children and teenagers can visit nearby attractions such as Slide & Splash waterpark, Zoomarine (with dolphins and seals) and the Aquashow (waterpark and parrot show). There are also surfing lessons and volleyball down on the beach.

You are completely spoilt for choice when dining at Vila Vita Parc. A wide range of restaurants are dotted around the resort offering food for any occasion be that a smart dinner or a casual lunch. The Michelin starred Ocean Restaurant provides guests with a memorable dining experience.

Larger parties tend to stay in Oasis Parc, which is kitted out with all the facilities a family needs. The scenery is beautiful and it’s a great place to relax and unwind.

The resort offers a range of activities both on site and nearby. Golfers can try the 9-hole par3 layout pitch & putt course on a cliff-top setting with breathtaking coastal views. There are 3 tennis courts, with instruction on hand. Down at Armacao de Pera beach there’s volleyball, pedaloes, sailing, windsurfing and diving (June to September). Explore the region on horseback, mountain bike, canoe or on a jeep safari. Down on the beach there’s volleyball, pedaloes, sailing, windsurfing and diving (June – September). Take a cruise in the hotels private yacht with Captain Jose or try a typical fishermans boat to visit caves and grottoes. Sight-seeing excursions further afield can also be arranged.

At the Vila Vita Vital health and beauty center, set in lush gardens, there is an extensive menu of treatments ranging from the indulgent to the therapeutic. Try a four-handed abhyanga massage, cranial-sacral therapy, or a simple anti-ageing facial, to name just a few.

Your Tots Too Experts for the Vila Vita Parc are Neil and Deborah

Vila Vita Parc

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco in Tuscany is an exclusive 800-year-old country estate, set within 5,000-acres of Unesco-protected land and a critically acclaimed Winery. The Borgo is the centre; dominated by the ruins of the medieval castle that gives the estate its name.

Consisting of a 23-suite boutique hotel with an outdoor family-friendly heated infinity pool, two restaurants, cooking school, spa and fitness center – all set against the magnificent backdrop of Tuscany. The suites range in size; all uniquely decorated enjoying panoramic views of the countryside, whilst boast large terraces. Interconnecting options available making it ideal for families. Scattered around the estate the eleven one-of-a-kind 17th and 18th-century farmhouses have been loveingly  restored into luxury Tuscan villas, with up to 6 bedrooms, private pools and gardens.

Located in the heart of the Borgo, attached to the church of San Michele, showcasing the regional cuisine; Osteria La Canonica offers the authentic, warm family-friendly atmosphere of a Tuscan trattoria. Each evening, Ristorante Campo del Drago serves upscale classical Italian dishes enriched with fresh produce from the organic kitchen garden. Culinary lovers can also enjoy an array of activities from cooking lessons, wine tasting and truffle hunting. Guests can also enjoy a selection of activities from golf and tennis to exploring the 5,000-acre estate on their hiking, horse riding and mountain bike trails. For a more relaxed pace; take in your surroundings with an outdoor yoga or pilates class or for some serious RR the CdB Spa and Wellbeing Centre for the ultimate escape.

In true Italian style, children are well catered for with a fantastic selection of activities to suit all age groups and interests.
The Rose Buds kids club (3-10 years) has a fantastic complimentary programme from cooking and art classes to horseriding and exploring the estate and local farm. The club also features treasure hunts, astronomy and photography lessons as well as swimming, archery and tennis. Babysitting services are available at an extra cost.

Castiglion del Bosco is a fantastic destination for families of all ages looking to relax, enjoy and experience the magic of Tuscany.Situated 56 miles from Florence and 28 miles Siena, the Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is brilliantly positioned to allow guests to explore the rich culture of this region.

 

Your Tots Too Expert is Lucy, read her blog on how to explore Italy in 2018.

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

Located on one of Lisbon’s seven hills with stunning views of the city; the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon is in the heart of the city in the Avenidas Novas neighbourhood. This exquisite hotel is the perfect base to explore the city, just a 15-minute walk to the “Old Town” and main shopping area, its ideal for families to explore the culture, sight and sounds of Lisbon. With exemplary services and facilities you can expect from a Four Seasons, guest are spoiled for choice; with two main restaurants, an award-winning spa and the top floor of the hotel boasting a 700 sqm fitness centre and 400-meter running track with stunning city views. Fine dining is overseen by the French Chef Pascal Meynard who has Michelin-starred background, for a more casual cuisine you can dine in the Ritz bar, ideal for a light bite with outdoor dining on the large terrace during the warmer months.

The hotel has a selection of spacious, relaxing rooms perfect for families travelling with smaller children as they offer interconnecting rooms, all with private balconies and views over the Eduardo VII Park and St. George’s Moorish Castle. All rooms have luxurious bathrooms with children amenities such as bathrobes, slippers and for babies Mustella skincare, outlets protection and a special diaper bin.

Younger guest are well catered for with fantastic services such as babysitting, specialized room service, children dining menu and weekend kids club. The Front desk are well known for their extraordinary treasure hunt, the first clue, upon the family’s check-in. This hunt will take place throughout the whole hotel and each clue will take the children to different departments in order to find the next one and complete it. At the end, there will a special surprise!

The Ritz Spa is located on the garden level of the Hotel and  features an indoor lap pool and a pool lounge area; multi-functional treatment rooms with private showers; a relaxation room, with reading light and personal music system, and changing areas that include Sauna, Steam room as well as a refreshing crushed ice fountain.

Lisbon is a city brimming with culture, charm and beauty. This city-break is perfect for families as there is plenty to interest adults and children and far more laid-back and less frenetic than most European capital cities. The Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon offers a fantastic selection of activities and recommendations for tours and restaurants, ideal for families to make the most out of the city. Lisbon is also a fantastic option as a twin with another holiday in Portugal.

 

 

Your Tots Too Experts for the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon is Lucy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon

One of the newest members of The Leading Hotels of the World; Seven Pines Resort Ibiza will open its doors in spring 2018.  Located on the west coast of the island in a private highly-sought of area The Seven Pines Resort stands on an authentic whitewashed Ibizenco home, with far reaching views over the Mediterranean sea and unobstructed views of the magical rock island of Es Vedrà. The private resort has been completely refurbished while respecting the original design and building methods all just 30 minutes from the buzz of Ibiza Town.

The Ibicenco village-style resort comprises of 186 spacious airy, one or two bedroom suites varying in size , all complemented by lush gardens. Laguna Suites each have either terraces or balconies, and a central lagoon-style swimming pool and outward-facing suites with their own swim-up pool that gives the feel of a resort-within-a-resort. In prime position for the sunset are the two-bedroom Cliff Suites with private gardens and pools, perfect for families looking for space to reconnect.

Guest can enjoy 2 outdoor pools, including one infinity pool to enjoy the spectacular views of the beautiful island of Es Vedrà and 2 beaches, Cala Codolar  and Cala Conta beach within a 15 minutes. Pure Seven, The Spa at 7Pines Resort Ibiza is a haven of wellbeing all inspired by the Mediterranean lifestyle, with a series of relaxing, re-balancing and reinvigorating treatments will seamlessly blend natural and organic elements with the latest cosmetology. The spa is comprised of six treatment rooms including a spa suite for couples, complete with a private balcony, a thermal circuit. Active guests can enjoy an array of activities from paddle boarding to sailing and swimming.

The Resort boast the culinary delights of 2 restaurants and 4 bars which offer an unforgettable experience – not only due to the variety of gastronomy but also thanks to the spectacular views. The View restaurant offers simple yet exciting European gastronomy using Korean cooking techniques with Chef’s Table – set around an open kitchen – will have its own special menu. For a more relaxed atmosphere the Cone Club  restaurant is open from lunchtime and has a beach club feel serving light bite and drinks and then grab a drink at the Pershing Yacht Terrace or Lobby Bar.

7Pines is well suited for families with older children looking to enjoy a stylish holiday. The hotel provides an array of benefits from babysitting services, welcome gifts for the younger guests, children’s menu, special children toiletries and the concierge has an array of  child-friendly destinations on the island. Ibiza is a fantastic island to explore as a family from beach-hopping, to discovering the surrounding islands to the Aguamar water park resulting in a memorable Ibizan experience

7Pines Resort

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

Thinking about taking my young children to Sri Lanka raised all sorts of questions; mostly about safety. Travelling with kids is no easy feat at the best of times, but here I was, strongly considering taking my 4 to a land of cultural opposites.

All the anxieties I had beforehand seem laughable now. I wasted an extraordinary amount of precious luggage allowance on carting all sorts of medicines out with me; such was the fear of taking them to exotic climbs. It is fair to say we did pair down the amount of travelling we did and ensured we offset that with a week at the end of total pool time, but we still managed to do an incredible amount, and still felt as though we had experienced our fair share of adventure. Kids are so much more resilient than we think. Early starts and late nights, pounding the streets and exploring markets in very hot weather, dragging them round temples and forcing them to eat the local street food didn’t seem to phase them at all (though there was a little bit of bribery involved; namely offering iPad time as a reward)

Sri Lanka is now well-trodden, compared with little over 10 years ago when the civil war made it an unsafe destination. There are new motorways and roads opening the routes between East coast and West Coast and making the journeys far easier and shorter. Yet in the popular month of August, we often felt as though we were the only tourists. I am not sure if people are put off by August being in the “rainy” season (we barely saw a drop of rain in 2.5 weeks) but it felt quiet in many places. Where there were crowds, it was often mostly locals looking to entertain their kids in the school holidays.

There is so much choice of where to stay. For my family; I really wanted the balance between boutique guesthouse and well-equipped hotel with a pool. Yes, we wanted something small and personal, but needed rooms next to each other and a decent pool. We hit the jackpot with every place we stayed, each one just different enough for us to enjoy a totally different experience (and of course the pools all passed the test with the girls.)

Our route was meticulously planned out and it was important for me to know that we had our own driver throughout the trip. Gone are the days of donning a rucksack and hopping on the nearest available form of public transport – though a big part of me still yearns for that. Second requirement was ensuring that entrance fees were paid in advance so we knew how much to budget for. Our experts at the company we partner with in Sri Lanka were amazing and had all my requests covered; even those I hadn’t even voiced.

The one thing that stood out the most wherever we went, was the friendliness of the locals. Never once did we encounter any form of unhelpfulness or hostility, at no time did I feel that the safety of my family or possessions was in question and we didn’t get hassled at all when out walking the streets and visiting markets. The only thing the kids found a bit uncomfortable was the fascination the locals had with them. They often smiled and wanted to touch their heads (yes, I know a little strange) but it was just the curiosity of us being Western travellers, it was not done with any ill intent and once they were assured they weren’t being laughed at, they got used to it.

Let’s talk about the food. Being the ardent foodie that I am; what, where and how I eat forms a very important part of my trip. I had explained with great gusto to our travel partners that I wanted to eat at LOCAL establishments where possible, and I wanted to cook with a local family, in their home. I did a lot of research about the food and how child friendly it was. My kids might have fairly adventurous palates, but they share the same “foreign food” protests that many others of a similar age would. Yes they might try the daal and rice one day, but the next they would demand plain chicken and chips, our regular default. Everywhere we went, there were options (and chips) which made life so much easier. And the Hoppers! wow we loved the hoppers, a real Sri Lankan speciality. So many of the dishes are prepared using fresh coconut milk and oil, perfect for vegetarians and vegans and although we didn’t experience a huge variety of choice on local menus, we could have happily lived on “curry and rice” for every meal, every day it was that good. I could publish a “where to eat guide in Sri Lanka” I am that versed on the best places to feast.

 

There was a lot of sightseeing on my original itinerary but we ended up pairing it back and doing only the places we felt we had to see. I love temples but the kids were less enthusiastic after the third one so we became more selective, tapping into the knowledge of our driver to hone in on the best ones to see. I am glad I did some of the pointless touristy things in the name of research though as I now know what to advise our clients not to do. Gem factories, spice gardens, elephant orphanages…..really don’t bother!

 

Day 1

Colombo – a gorgeous welcome at the Maniamputhy Hotel, a lovely little boutique oasis in a great part of the city and then off for our Tuk Tuk food safari which gave us an exhilarating tour of the city and its incredible food scene.

Day 2-4

Check in at Amaya Lake Resort with its almighty swimming pool where we had the afternoon at leisure before tackling the (less arduous than I thought) climb of Sigiriya Rock.

 

Day 4-5

Off to Kandy taking in the wonderful Royal Botanical Gardens, Temple of the Tooth, Dambulla Caves, markets, cookery lesson and scenic tuk tuk rides. We stayed at the prestigious Earl’s Regency Hotel (where the Sri Lankan cricket team happened to be staying!)

Day 6 – 7

Off to Nuwara Eliya via a tea plantation and a great lunch stop where we checked in to Koslanda Heritage, the most unique and relaxing eco retreat in the middle of the jungle with its own private waterfall. Total R&R and a very personal experience.

Day 8-9

 

Off to Yala to see the animals – something the kids had been desperately excited about since we landed in Sri Lanka. Afternoon safari with highly knowledgeable driver where we saw a whole herd of elephants splashing around in the water near a few hungry crocs! First glimpse of rain at 4am when getting up for our early morning safari which for a monsoon season was slightly bizarre. We were fortunate to spot a leopard but sightings are rare so we felt very privileged indeed.

Day 10-16

After a 2.5 hour drive, we arrived at Why House in Galle for our final destination and boy did we save the best hotel for last. Everything from the pool, to the incredible team of friendly staff, to the comfortable interconnecting room options ticked every possible box we could have wished for. It was the first time I had unpacked and totally relaxed knowing we were staying put. We explored Galle by car, tuk tuk and bike and spent most of our days lazing around the enormous pool and eating fish and chips (Sri Lankan style) and playing with the resident dogs Jelly and Tigger.

Day 17

Precious memories pocketed, we headed off to Colombo for our final full day and night in this incredible country. We spent the day walking round the streets, visiting the local market, shopping at the Famous Paradise Road and finishing with a delicious dinner with local friends who have so much passion to share for their incredible country. We opted for a rustic family backpacker style retreat near the airport for our final night where we shared stories with another family who had done what we hope to go back and do when the kids are older; travel the country by trains and buses. But for now; we did Sri Lanka in style and I am so glad we did. Just next time I will leave the slightly neurotically over-packed medicinal suitcase behind!

 

 

 

Your Tots Too experts for Sri Lanka is Emma

Prices are based on a family of 2 adults and 2 children, sharing, flights and all private ground transportation and guides

From £2,500 per person

 

 

Emma and family discover Sri Lanka

Just south of India and in the Indian Ocean; Sri Lanka offers a diverse landscape ranging from sandy beaches and highlands to arid plains and rich rainforests. Well known for its Buddhist ruins, landscape, food and of course an abundance of nature your family will experience a once in a lifetime adventure.  Your trip will start in Colombo, then off to explore all Sri Lanka has to offer. From visiting several World Heritage Sites, safaris, train rides, hiking and more, finishing your 13-day itinerary with a few days of relaxation in Anuradhapura.

This bespoke itinerary and hotels have been chosen for their suitability for families and offer luxury facilities.

 

Day 1

Arrive in Colombo to be greeted by the VIP rep who will help you through the airport and take you to the UGA Residence. Settle and unwind into your boutique hotel, nestled between leafy Park Street and the lakeside Buddhist shrine of Gangaram. The afternoon will be spent experiencing the bustle of Colombo, from the best street food to a glimpse of the diverse culture and religions, then finish with kite flying on Galle Face Green.

 

Day 2/3

Transfers to the World Heritage Site of Galle and the Jetwing Lighthouse. Spend the day exploring the 17th century Dutch Galle Fort with an array of antiques, cafes and local stores. The next day can be spent at leisure on the beach or enjoy an array of activities from whale watching to village cycling and lagoon canoeing.

 

Day 4

Up bright and early to the Udawalawe National Park where you will visit a small sugar cane mill. Then spend the rest of the afternoon on privately guided Safari in the park with the evening spent in a big game tented campsite.

 

Day 5

Visit the Elephant transit home based in the park to observe feeding time followed by checkout after breakfast. Then it’s off to the stunning central highland in Ella, on the way visiting a tea factory. The rest of the day is spent at your leisure at Secret Ella with an option to explore Little Adams Peak, Ravnana Falls or the 9 arches bridge.

Day 6

After breakfast, it’s off to the Ella Railway Station with a train ride through the beautiful landscape from Ella ending in the colonial English town of Nuwera Eliya. You will be collected by a chauffeur and taken to Secret Kandy Hotel based in another World Heritage Site and Sri Lanka’s last Royal Kingdom.

 

Day 7

Explore the Botanical Gardens which is home to over 10,000 plus tress. Enjoy a guided walk through with an insightful guide who will give insight into the history of the gardens. From there it’s off to meet the locals – spend the afternoon with a local dance teacher, followed by a traditional curry cooking class for the whole family to enjoy.

 

Day 8

Checkout after breakfast and transfer to your Eco Lodge in Sigiriya, after a late lunch you will visit a rural primary school and learn some Sinhalese. Then relax and unwind in nature in your lodge with al fresco showers and river surroundings.

 

Day 9

Take a packed breakfast for the climb to the summit of Sigiriya, it’s essential to climb first thing to avoid crowds. After climbing down its off to meet some local farmers and enjoy a walk through their farm where you will gain insight into the lives of locals.

Day 10/11

After a slow start, it off to explore Dambulla Rock Temple on a guided trek. This is the largest cave temple complex in Sri Lanka dating back to the 1st Century. The family can spend the rest of the afternoon and following day relaxing in the Ulagalla resort. Late afternoon you will be off to explore the spectacular 24,000 year old archaeological ruins of the sacred city of Anuradhapura.

Day 12

Finale day spent relaxing and enjoying the beach!

 

Your Tots Too experts for Sri Lanka is Emma

Prices are based on a family of 2 adults and 2 children under 12, sharing, flights and all private ground transportation and guides (some entrances included);

From £3,215 per person

Into the wild in Sri Lanka

For some families, a ski holiday may be all about packing in maximum slope time, but it’s worth bearing in mind that a trip to the mountains may also be a fantastic holiday experience for the older family members too.

 

Spectacular scenery, clear mountain air, historic sites, culture, gastronomy, and shopping can all be a part of the trip, making it very tempting indeed to many a granny and grandad and it also potentially means a spare pair of hands to help with the kids!

 

Here are a few suggestions to help you tempt the older generation into coming too:

 

For the lovers of history and culture

With the medieval fortress town of Briancon a short bus ride away, Montgenvre is an ideal resort for non-skiers. You can visit Briancons stunning heritage site, famed for its walled town with cobbled streets and packed with French boutique shops, cafes, and restaurants. Local dishes are served alongside Italian specialties in the restaurants and the vintage poster shop sells some really charming artwork.

 

A day trip to the city of Turin from Montgenvre is also a really easy option by train from Oulx which is a short taxi ride from the resort. The impressive architecture of the ‘Mole’ houses the museum of film which also has a spectacular lift system which takes you up to the roof to enjoy the incredible views of the city and the mountain backdrop beyond. The bustling city is also famed for its cuisine, opera, shops and markets and the museum housing the Turin shroud.

 

For the lovers of Gastronomy

If the grandparents are big fans of gastronomy they will be in their element in Ciasa Salares in the Dolomites. Their world renowned restaurant offers fine dining, a fondue room as well as a chocolate room offering over 40 different varieties. The Dolomites region is very proud of its cuisine and there are several Michelin starred restaurants to choose from. It’s also worth exploring the trattorias popular with the locals for the best local dishes and many of the markets offer some amazing local produce.

 

For the lovers of spas

For a truly relaxing and invigorating trip to the mountains, Tots Too recommend the Hotel and Spa Carinzia in the Karnten region of Austria. The hotel offers a large selection of spa treatments and some lovely facilities in the Acquapura Spa. Austrian herbal infused steam rooms are wonderfully invigorating plus there are also two pools both indoor and outdoor. This part of Austria also boasts lakes and castles so altogether an excellent way to spend a week away.

 

For the shoppers

Courchevel is the place to be in the Alps if you are looking for Bond Street sur neige. This is a mecca for designer boutiques, a place to pick up your diamond encrusted skis or do some celeb spotting.  Prada, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Fendi all have shops in the resort.

 

For those with a slightly more modest budget, Samoens offers some lovely artisan shops with its thriving local crafts scene. Locally made textiles and leather goods are available together with lovely local food produce.

 

Take the grandparents

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.

Daios Cove offer complimentary creche and kids clubs run by Worldwide Kids Co and Teens’ organised activities. 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 and there 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 seafood 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 be seen in its rooms a 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 seawater 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 GOCO spa, with two indoor pools, and fully equipped fitness centre at guests’ disposal.

Read more in our blog about Daios Cove >

Daios Cove

Located on top of Förberget Mountain, Copperhill Mountain Lodge is tucked away with views overlooking the fantastic family friendly Åre Björnen. The luxurious and sophisticated Copperhill Mountain Lodge has been named Sweden’s best ski hotel at the World Ski Awards three years in a row and it is clear to see why. Designed by award-winning architect Peter Bohlin, best known for his work on the Apple stores the hotel has a strong focus on design.

The design lead hotel has a modern feel whilst still feeling warm and welcoming, perfect for relaxing after an enjoyable day on the snow. The spacious, opened planned hotel is ski in ski out and offers 2 restaurants, bar, terrace, Wi-Fi, in-house ski shop, ski room with lockers and heated boot rack.

Enjoying 360-degree views of the Jämtland mountains, the spacious Family Suites feature bunk beds for the kids, a kitchenette and PlayStation. Extra children’s beds and cots can also be provided The award-winning Sámi-themed spa provides various treatments, hot springs, pools, sauna and gym. Copperhill offers 2 restaurants; The Library, which overlooks the mountains and Niesti inspired by local produce. Start the day with an organic alpine inspired breakfast buffet.

Designed for families the Coopperhill offers it all; Copper Kids club (during school holidays only), play room, childminding, ski school and kids menus and more. Åre is the largest Alpine Ski area in Scandinavia and the resort is particularly good for beginners.

Copperhill Mountain Lodge
Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Carinzia is a family ski hotel which quite simply has it all! Located at the foot of the slopes it offers ski in ski out, kids club and play area, creche, spa facilities including indoor and outdoor pool, and is close to ski school and lift. The hotel has a contemporary feel and offers spacious and light rooms with mountain views and stunning architecture.

The hotel is situated in Tropolach which is in the ski area of Hermagor/Nassfeld close to the Italian border. The area offers 110 km’s of skiing suitable for all abilities with a great range for beginners and intermediates. There are three kids nursery ski areas plus lots off opportunities for free-riders and 80 km’s for those who like cross-country.

The hotels modern spa facilities include a hot tub, sauna, steam, massage and various treatments as well as the indoor and outdoor pool.

There are a variety of bright and spacious suites with balconies and mountain views perfect for families as well as interconnecting rooms. Extra children’s beds and cots can also be provided.

Mediterranean, Alpine and Adriatic cuisine is on offer in the panoramic restaurant in the evening and a delicious Austrian buffet breakfast is available in the morning.
Special dietary requirements are well catered for (on request) as well as children’s dishes.

There is a nursery and child care on site plus a playroom with a whole host of facilities included ball pool and slides. For babies the hotel will supply monitors, buggies, high chairs and other items.

 

 

 

 

Falkensteiner Hotel & Spa Carinzia

Belmond 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.

Belmond Castello di Casole

La Grange au Merle is a newly renovated Savoyard farmhouse chalet, located in the picturesque resort of Châtel, at the heart of the vast Portes du Soleil. The chalet sleeps up to 15 people.

The original character of this property has been maintained with wood interiors, exposed ceiling beams and a roaring fireplace. The property offers a real touch of luxury with it’s outdoor hot tub from which you can enjoy the mountain scenery.

The heart of the chalet is the large south facing living space, offering views of the impressive mountain vista. This living area comprises a cocktail bar, lounge with warming fire and seated dining. A movie lounge and kids playroom are also available along with a library in the mezzanine.

Six stylishly decorated bedrooms accommodate friends and families. The ground floor comprises a master en-suite bedroom and two further double/twin ensuite bedrooms. Each has direct access to the south facing balcony or garden terrace. A further generous double bedroom with separate adjoining bunkroom share a large dedicated bathroom. The sixth bedroom is in the mezzanine with en-suite.

When you are not on the slopes you can make the most of the the sauna, hot tub and a carnotzet (wine cavern) for evening wine tasting.

The chalet also has safe enclosed gardens with children’s alpine playhouse, covered double garage and additional parking for three cars and laundry facilities.

The resort of Chatel is the perfect destination for families with children – the adults can ski the large Portes De Soleil area (650 kms) visiting Avoriaz, Morzine and skiing over to Switzerland, while the children and beginners can learn at the ski school in Super Chatel which is right by the cable car.

The pretty Savoyard village resort offers some lovely restaurants and shops plus some great facilitates including the excellent new pool complex.

The chalet is a ten minutes walk from the Super Chatel cable, but a concierge service is available to whisk our guests to and from the lifts in a matter of minutes.

The catered chalet provides continental breakfast accompanied by a selection of hot options, afternoon tea of home baked treats with tea, coffee and Vin Chaud. In the evenings canapés and pre-dinner drinks are served followed by a four-course meal.  Lunches and early dinners can be prepared as needed for children.

There will be one staff day off at which time a Continental breakfast will be set out and guests can sample one of the many restaurants in the village in the evening.

 

 

Grange Au Merle

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. 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.

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.

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. 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.

 

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Parents who are keen skiers are always eager to get back out on the slopes again, but sometimes a little unsure when the children would most benefit from their first family ski trip and don’t know where to start.

If you get your first ski trip right, your kids will be bowled over by an out of this world experience and desperate to get back on the slopes each season. They will be keen to go back and experience it over and over, and with a bit of well planned encouragement and nurture they will develop a lifelong love of the mountains and skiing.

Most resorts will start taking children in their ski school from the age of four, but you could also consider staying somewhere with some childcare options so that your kids don’t have to be skiing all the time that you intend to be. If your child is younger (between around age 4 – 6) the 2 hour ski school session in the morning will most likely take quite a bit out of them. They will need a long break at lunchtime to warm up, recharge their batteries and have a chill out. If they are tired and not keen to go back to skiing in the afternoon it is important to take this on board and not force it as you may risk turning them off the ski experience.

Staying somewhere with lots of facilities like a swimming pool or games room, kids club or other activities for children to enjoy in the afternoon or evening is a real benefit and worth considering when you are planning your trip. It may cost a little more but is a real investment.

If the kids are older then you can meet for lunch after ski school and then help them practice what they have learnt. This can be such a rewarding experience – take it gently and make sure you avoid any tricky runs and lifts the kids may find daunting at first. Make your time with them as much fun as possible and get your more exhilarating skiing done in your own time while they are at ski school!

Private or group lessons?

Most children love to have group lessons. They meet other children, make friends and the sessions are planned to be lots of fun while learning. Group lessons are particularly good for older children who are more independent. Group lessons are also more cost effective.

Those who would benefit most from private lessons are the much younger children (4-5 years) and also those who may be more inhibited by being in a class with new people – they may prefer one to one tuition to really bloom in an environment they are comfortable in. You may also want siblings of a similar age to have a private lesson together if you find the age bands in the ski school will mean them being separated. ( However lessons will be based on ability too and consider how different a child’s ability is according to their age before you book a private lesson for a 4 and 12 year old together! ).

When should we go?

Easter is a great time for younger families to go skiing as it’s often milder and the days are lighter longer. Prices are much more favourable than half term and the slopes are quieter.

A Christmas ski trip is likely to be one of your children’s fondest first memories and nothing makes Christmas more Christmassy than snow! Choose a high up snow-sure resort at Christmas time to be sure of the white stuff.

Half term is the most snow-sure time to take your kids to the slopes but you need to book early to get the flight and accommodation to suit you, it’s the most popular week of the season and things sell out very early on.

Best ski holiday types for families

Take a chalet with other families

If you go as a group of families your children will have playmates with them and you can either choose an option with childcare included, or you can tag team with the other parents to ensure everyone gets a decent amount of skiing. You also get to enjoy a sociable evening with friends or can opt for a babysitter for a night out. Choose a chalet with the correct number of rooms and you get sole use of the whole chalet.

Chalet with childcare

Stay in a chalet with its own childcare staff. Your kids will be taken and picked up from ski school and a nanny can look after infants and those too young to ski. They also offer babysitting services in the evening.

All Inclusive Village

Tots Too work with Club Med who have a highly successful tried and tested formula when it comes to family ski trips. Their resorts are All Inclusive and geared towards having everything ready and available for families. Lessons and lift passes are included and ready for you on arrival, and there are plenty of non ski activities to keep the kids busy. Lessons are particularly good for the younger ones with instructors letting them get used to snow and snow play and slowly easing them into ski.

Hotels with kids clubs

These hotels are not always easy to find and book, but we have searched out the best of the best and they certainly make things easier for skiing parents. Drop your children at the kids club after breakfast then you are free to pick up your skis and head to the slopes knowing your kids are in safe hands.
Hotels and apartments with private nanny option

Tots Too can arrange private nannies for you in resort. You can book all day childcare, or you can chose to book a shorter day 9 -14.00 giving you enough time to have a good ski and lunch in the mountain before you return back down.

Take the grandparents!

If you choose a hotel with some impressive facilities in a resort with lots to do, you may find the grandparents will jump at the chance to have a trip with their grandchildren and pitch in with the child care.

Should they learn before they go?

This is the million dollar question that parents ask a lot. There is no right or wrong answer here it depends very much on the child, your budget and your schedule before you go. It’s certainly a great advantage to have your child already familiar with skiing and even better if they excel at it and you find yourselves skiing with them on your trip.

There are some great benefits to having lessons before you go at an indoor ski centre and if you time it right and book your trip early, the Snow Centres offer some great deals over the summer. Hemel Snow Centre run a summer offer where parents can find their ski legs again with a free lift pass while their children have their lessons. Some snow centres also offer ‘snow play’ session where toddlers get to spend a few hours playing in the snow, tobogganing and getting used to the colder snow environment.

The benefits of waiting until you arrive are also plentiful. There will be much bigger, wider and quieter runs for them to learn on and of course it’s the real thing. You may also find it more cost effective in resort but again it does depend a great deal on where you are going and when.

Where should we go?

When planning your family ski trip choose a resort which has:

Quieter slopes and minimum lift queues
Easy nursery slopes (magic carpets are good for the very young)
Shorter transfer
Ski school with a good reputation
Plenty of non ski activities

Top recommends:

Hotel Annova, Montgenevre, France (Hotel with bookable private nanny)

Club Med, Cervinia, Italy (All Inclusive village)

Chalet Nicole, La Plagne, France (Private chalet with in-house childcare)

Hochfirst, Obergurgl, Austria (Hotel run kids club)

Chalet Hotel Nevalhaia, Vars, France (Chalet hotel available for sole use for 14)

For further advice, information and prices call us on 020 3797 4007

Choosing your first family ski trip

Summer 2017 sees the new exclusive Campioni Soccer Academy resident at three exclusive resorts, providing a luxury break for parents and keeping children thoroughly entertained in a safe, fun & friendly environment.

The Pine Cliff’s Resort, Algarve (1st July-4th August) – One daily session 10-12.

The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino (Monday 28th – Friday 31st August) – One daily session 10-12.

Chia Laguna, Sardinia (27th May-3rd June and 1st July-4th August) two daily sessions am and pm.

The football academies take place at each resort Monday to Friday with daily morning sessions, just enough time for children to burn some energy playing the game they love before re-joining their family for quality time together.

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Campioni have some of the biggest names in football joining them in Europe this year including Andy Cole, Yannick Bolasie, Kevin Davies, Darren Anderton and Tony Cottee.

On both natural and artificial grass pitches, all with stunning backdrops, the Campioni Soccer Academies are led by the company’s founders, ex-Premier League players Andy Johnson and Tony Gale. With top, fully trained, UEFA Youth Coaches, including current professional player Mark Phillips and ex-Jamaican international player Michael Johnson, these are professional football schools for children for all abilities aged between 6 to 15.
Not forgetting the Campioni Dads, there’s a chance to play alongside the professionals in an evening match or having a round of golf. Campioni families socialise with the sporting celebrities throughout the week enjoying the warm evenings together.

Even if you’ve travelled the world, you’ll still be amazed by the three handpicked resorts that Campioni are based at.

Timetable in resorts:

The Pine Cliff’s Resort, Algarve

May – Week of 29th and then in July Week of 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st.

The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino

August – Week of 28th, and then in October week of 23rd October

Chia Laguna, Sardinia

May – Week of 29th and then July Week of 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st.

Dates based on British School holidays with soccer academy running Monday to Friday.

Campioni Soccer Academy

The Anova hotel and spa is ski in ski out and just 2 minutes walk to the cable-car and resort centre. It offers some lovely spa facilities and a pool, all in a unique, stylish and modern setting. The interior design of the hotel mixes fur, wood, open brickwork and industrial concrete for a contemporary boutique feel.

The spacious rooms all have their own unique identity, and are decorated with wall motifs with designs from Playmobil characters to Polar bears and even a portrait of Elvis. A junior suite here is for 2 – 5 people with a mezzanine area and the largest suite is the Anova which takes 2 – 5 people in a large 50-65m squared. The Anova suite offers 3 single beds and 1 double, making it ideal for a family of five. The hotel has in total 40 rooms and the rooms are sound proofed to ensure all guests get a good nights sleep.

The Hotel Anova Spa by Anne Semonin offers a Jacuzzi and pool with pool side bar, a sauna, steam room plus a whole host of treatment options, from facials and body treatments through to massages and exfoliations.

There is a restaurant and snack bar, you can dine by the roaring fire or out on the terrace enjoying magnificent views. Local specialities reflect the hotels location close to the Italian border.

The hotel offers a private baby-sitting service, ESF Montgenevre offers childcare for children and infants from age 6 months upwards, or a private nanny can be booked through Totstoo, hours to suit.

Other activities include open air ice rink, luge, cinema and snowmobiling. For non skiers the medieval fortress town of Briancon is a bus ride away and offers some lovely cafes, shops and restaurants.

Anova Hotel and Spa

Situated directly on the slopes with views of the valley and runs below, this unique luxury chalet hotel offers contemporary style with a high level of service from the owner. There are five rooms available, making it an ideal choice for families traveling together who can book the whole chalet to themselves. The chalet also has a spa area with large windows offering spectacular views of the mountains as you enjoy a soak in the whirlpool.

The modern interiors follow the latest trends combining raw concrete, larch wood, organic textiles and furniture designed by local contemporary design companies. The aesthetic principle is to offer views of the mountains, larch forest and slopes throughout.

The hotel also has an eco-friendly ethos with a roof insulated with vegetation, solar power contributing to water heating and locally sourced produce used wherever possible for the fine cuisine served in the evenings.

The rooms are designed with the intention of always maximizing light, space and offering views of the mountains.  You can chose from a classic double room facing either South or West, 2 Superior rooms which have a double and the option of adding children’s beds to make them up to 4,  or the Luxe room with a wood stove. In total the chalet sleeps up to 14.

The chalet can be booked with either breakfast or half board options. Breakfast offers locally sourced jams and cheeses together with fresh artisan breads and fresh fruits and cakes. It can be taken in the dining room or as room service. Dinner is prepared by the chef using locally sourced organic produce and wines served include local specialities from the Alps region plus Provence.

Vars offers 185kms of varied skiing on large quiet runs at a snow sure height of 1800 metre’s.  There are magic carpets for the beginners on the nursery slopes and a snow-park for the boarders. The pretty resort centre offers a lovely traditional French village atmosphere with lots of restaurants and bars plus plenty of off-piste entertainment like snowmobiling, cinema and ice skating.

The hotel is a short 10 minute walk to resort centre, 2 minutes to closest lifts and 10 minutes to the ski school. Ski hire delivery service is available.

Nevalhaia Le Chalet

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

Four Seasons in Florence is an excellent option for a family city break.  Whether you are looking to spend several days or seven days, both Florence and the hotel will not fail to disappoint.  A mere 15 minute walk into the city centre, the Four Seasons offer families the chance to experience the true hustle and bustle of Florence, but at the same time is a secret haven where families can escape to.

All Four Seasons are well known for their excellent service and attention to detail and the Four Seasons in Florence is definitely not an exception to the rule.  What makes this hotel stand out from the rest is its eleven-acre private park; the Giardino della Gherardesca is one of the largest Florentine gardens and its privacy and enormity offers its guests a well-deserved break.  The hotel hosts the only hotel spa worth mentioning in the whole of Florence.  Featuring 10 treatment rooms, a whirlpool, steam room and an excellent 27.8 metres long outdoor pool.  Furthermore, the spa offers signature services and treatments, including ones specifically for children; Junior VIP facial, a Chocolate hug massage are to name a few.  Yet still, why not discover the “Full Time Mom” spa experience; which both mother and child can enjoy together.

The hotel is made up of two “palazzos” nestled on either side of the park and consists of 116 rooms and suite.  If looking for more privacy and isolation then the annex building ‘La Villa’ may be the perfect solution, otherwise the main ‘Palazzo della Gherardesca’ would be ideal for those looking to have direct access to all amenities.  Both interconnecting options and suites would best accommodate a family.

The hotel’s 3 restaurants leave you feeling spoilt for choice.  Il Palagio; awarded one Michelin star and located in the main palazzo, also offers a children’s menu, as well as a kid’s corner for breakfast.  La Magnolia situated in La Villa is where guests staying in this area of the hotel can enjoy their breakfast.  The Al Fresco and Pool Tree Bar is set in the gardens, adjacent to the swimming pool and spa and is open for both lunch and dinner; perfect for children wanting to enjoy a ‘gelato’.

The hotel may not offer a crèche or a kids club, however this will not necessarily be missed.  Florence and its surroundings is brimming with plenty of activities for families to take part in and the hotel will of course help arrange these.  Also, during the high season and in the festive season the hotel offers plenty of activities for children to enjoy, including; pizza and pasta making, a visit to Pinocchio Museum (the puppet’s adventures with toys and fantasy playhouses) and tennis and horseback riding nearby.  Babysitting is also available. Children under 18 occupying the same room as parents or guardians stay for free

The Four Seasons Florence is an exciting addition to our Italian properties, as it is an excellent option to twin with another holiday in Italy.  Why not experience Florence and the Tuscany countryside in one holiday?

 

Your Tots Too Expert is Lucy, read her blog on how to explore Italy in 2018.

Four Seasons Hotel Firenze

The Arctic Treehouse Hotel is located in Finnish Lapland’s Arctic Circle in the midst of a magical forest which enjoys snow from December through to March. Next door is SantaPark Arctic World, a Christmas themed family adventure park where little ones and parents can meet Santa, enjoy elf workshops, ride on the magic train, visit the ice gallery to meet the Ice Princess, go to elf school, indulge at the Gingerbread bakery or simply play in the snow!  Families can also enjoy skiing and snow walking and Santa Claus Village’s Main Post Office is just 15 minutes away.

We can arrange day tickets to SantaPark including gifts from Santa, lunch, gingerbread cookies and a VEP elf hat. Other activities include a husky safari, reindeer farm tours and a snowmobile safari through the Lappish countryside, travelling through crisp white snow and over ice-covered lakes. Or why not catch the Santa Express bus into Rovaniemi to explore Lapland’s winter capital? As night falls, it’s possible to view the magical Northern Lights from the picture window in your cosy Arctic Treehouse. Spa treatments can be booked at the secluded lakeside Metsäkyly Arctic Forest Spa, a 20-minute drive away, to which transport can be arranged.

Each private pod-suite, with its warm wooden interior and exclusive Scandinavian design, includes a glass feature-wall with views of the magical snow-covered forest and winter skies.The resort has 32 individual Arctic TreeHouse suites and five larger Arctic Glass Houses. The units rest on short stilts and overlook a shallow valley, with a clear view of the aurora borealis, when visible.  For families, there are interconnecting suites with cosy nest beds decked out with warm furs and and well equipped kitchenettes are also available in some suites.

The Scandinavian bistro-style Rakas Restaurant provides breakfast, lunch and dinner. Rakas’s English chef Jonathan Guppy has plans for summer to nurture a herb garden and even beehives on the roof of the snowflake-shaped restaurant. The focus is on local ingredients and fresh, original flavours, inspired by Lapland’s unique climate.  Breakfast is a traditional Scandinavian buffet.

The Arctic Treehouse Hotel and SantaPark offer families with children of all ages a magical experience in a unique location.

 

Arctic Treehouse Hotel

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.

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Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

Situated at the heart of the Phranang Peninsular on the edge of Krabi Marine National Park, Rayavadee nestles discreetly amidst tropical gardens and coconut groves against a backdrop of sheer cliffs, lush jungle foliage and the clear waters of the Andaman Sea. In addition to stylish five-star accommodation, Rayavadee offers families fine cuisine, one of the most unique relaxation spas in Thailand, warm and attentive service and a kids programme with interactive experiences for little guests, giving them the perfect chance to have fun while exploring Thai culture and the resort’s beautiful natural surroundings.

Rayavadee’s Activities Centre offers a full range of excursions to Krabi’s most interesting sites as well as half and full-day trips aboard its luxury speedboats to the area’s outlying islands. In addition, sea canoes, snorkelling and wind surfing equipment is available at the Water Sports Centre. The Fitness Centre is located next to the resort’s tennis and squash courts. Cultural offerings include Thai cooking classes, batik printing, flower garland making and learning the art of traditional Thai fruit carving. The Rayavadee Spa’s extensive range of therapies draw on ancient Thai healing traditions and a philosophy of well-being that combines body, mind and spirit.

Nearby attractions for families include Phi Phi Island which can be reached in 35 minutes by speedboat from Rayavadee. The surrounding reefs are home to a variety of tropical fish and marine life. Closer still, Poda, Chicken, Tub & Hong Islands, with their lovely beaches and strange rock formations, are perfect for half day excursions. A stroll through Krabi Town’s morning market offers a glimpse of traditional local life while elephant riding, scenic natural parks and waterfalls are also situated nearby. The cliff walls and green waterways of Ta Lane’s mangrove forests offer exciting opportunities to explore by kayak.

Rayavadee’s 96 two-storey pavilions and five luxurious villas are dotted throughout tropical gardens and coconut groves and feature fully equipped, spacious accommodation and stylish details throughout. Nestled amongst coconut palms with the resort’s sheer cliffs as a backdrop, the Family Pavilions have two bedrooms as well as an outdoor dining area, sun loungers and a terrace, making them ideal for a family holiday. The spacious Family Pavilions with Pool have a freshwater private pool with jacuzzi set in an enclosed tropical garden with sun loungers and a dining area to enjoy private barbecues and meals. The villas offer extra space and a private butler service.

There’s a choice of four restaurants including The Grotto, set against a backdrop of limestone cliffs with views onto stunning Phranang beach. Raitalay Terrace offers casual style dining with a menu of light, Asian-inspired cuisine adjacent to the free-form swimming pool with views over Railay Beach, Krua Phranang serves Thai food and Raya Dining features international cuisine in an elegant yet informal setting. Kids are well catered for, with dedicated menus and special requests warmly received.

Rayavadee’s supervised “Just for Kids” programme provides daily activities ranging from ‘Tennis for Kids’ and ‘Thai Cooking’ to ‘Arts & Crafts’ and a ‘Garden Discovery Walk’. All activities are offered on a complimentary basis and are open to children aged 4 – 12 years. Younger children are welcome when accompanied by an adult and babysitting is also available on request.

Rayavadee

The Columbia Beach Resort  has recently undergone a renovation and offers 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

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

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

Sitting on a plateaux at 1600 metres, this brand new Club Med All Inclusive village offers impressive views of the valley below and blends with the pretty Savoyard scenery. Experienced skiers can explore the 265 kms of linked resorts that make up the Grand Massif ski area, while beginners can benefit from the lessons on site included in their holiday price.

The main village offers plenty of dining options with a family restaurant, a gourmet dining experience from Michelin starred Edouard Loubet and the main restaurant offers four dining rooms each with its own unique ambiance.

There are Family Club Rooms and Suites available. Club rooms sleep two to four people and are perfect for families.

Club Med Samoens offers group ski lessons from 4 years upwards, ‘Intro to Snow’ for three to four year olds and group snowboarding lessons from 8 years upwards. Hiking, sledging and various classes including pilates and a snow sports programme are also offered plus organised walks and Nordic walking. The brand new indoor and outdoor pools are also a great option after a day on the slopes as well as the spa. There is a snow garden for the very little ones, a baby corner in the restaurant as well as baby facilities including cots, seats and pushchairs. A babysitting service is also available plus childcare in various age bands.

The old resort town of Samoens is below the Club Med village and visitors can access it by either taking a chairlift down which is about a ten to fifteen minute journey or they can take a taxi and travel by road. There are some lovely local shops and restaurants in the resort to visit and a local artisan community making some lovely unique gifts.

 

Club Med Grand Massif Samoens

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

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.

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.

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.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

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

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.

There are nine 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. 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 nine 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 Serenity SPA, the art of well being. 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

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

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

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

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.

Read more in our blog about Kempinski Bahia Estepona >

Our Tots Too expert for Kempinski Bahia is Neil.

Kempinski Hotel Bahía

kwandwe-great-fish-river-lodge-main-deck.jpg.1024x0South Africa is a wonderful destination for a luxury family holiday, particularly for those families with children aged five and over who are eager to explore the wider world, exciting new cultures and nature. Cape Town and the Garden Route offer the best accommodation and activities for families and this stunning region can be explored via either a self-drive or escorted tour.

Cape Town itself is an iconic city with plenty to do for kids and adults alike and a few nights at either end of your trip is a must. The historical Garden Route stretches from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River. The name comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation encountered here and the numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast. Activities along the route include land-based whale watching, archeological cave excursions, beach picnics, flower safaris, birding expeditions and horse riding.

The Eastern Cape offers plenty of opportunity for non-malarial safari expeditions, with some wonderful family-friendly lodges which not only offer the traditional game drives, nature walks and big game walking safari (tracking rhino, elephant and buffalo on foot) but also special activities and amenities for kids such as mini bush walks and safari-themed games and crafts.

The hotels and lodges we work with are luxurious whilst offering an exceptional welcome to families, with suite and connecting room accommodation plus kids clubs and babysitting.

Note that, 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 Africa

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 beauty 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 is Lucy

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Forte Village Resort

Set in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll, Amilla Fushi offers families a truly luxurious island escape.  The hotel boasts a myriad of stylish villas, including Ocean Reef Houses perched just above the crystal clear waters and Tree Houses suspended above the lush green of the jungle. The hotel’s superb location makes it the perfect place for water sports, fishing and diving, meaning families will have an endless range of activities to choose from. Amilla has a sophisticated, minimalist style that allows guests to truly relax whilst enjoying the island’s natural beauty.

The Javvu Spa is made up of ten wooden treatment pods, where guests can make the most of a sauna, steam room and outdoor yoga pavilion. There is a Louise Galvin’s hair salon,  Margaret Dabbs manicure and pedicure area and beauty bar, which offers treatments such as facials and massages from Pure Massage. The hotel also features the Wellness Tree House by Bodyism, which combines a secluded spa experience in the treetops with an ultimate wellness and fitness retreat and features its very own spa wellness suite.

Amilla Fushi has an impressive range of accommodation options, all of which are decked with super king sized beds and private fresh water swimming pools. The Ocean and Tree Houses have either one or two bedrooms, while the Beach Residence Houses can sleep up to eight. The Beach Houses are fantastic for families and come with their own fully equipped gourmet kitchens and surround sound systems.

The breathtaking overwater signature restaurant offers Feeling Koi an authentic modern Japanese dining presented in a playful, Latin-influenced style and 1 OAK Lounge which serves a selection of signature cocktails crafted to suit the stunning tropical setting. Guests can also enjoy delicious cuisine at the restaurant Bazaar, located just beside the pool in the hub of the resort. Bazaar offers something for everyone, serving Asian, grill and seafood in addition to a kids menu. Explore the resort with Destination Dining boasts various unforgettable island dining experiences and carefully crafted set menus or tailor that special experience with your private chef to your personal liking. There is a wine shop, housing 8,000 bottles of wine, where guests can enjoy wine tastings with artisanal cheeses. Additionally, guests can make the most of the General Store, deli and Bodyism Clean & Lean Café which is dedicated to sourcing unprocessed, clean, seasonal ingredients to create tasty, vibrant and abundant dishes.

There are two specially designed areas on the island where kids can get involved in various indoor and outdoor activities. Amilla Fushi Sultan’s Village Kids Club which provides a range of indoor & outdoor activities for younger children. There is also entertainment for older children too, The Teens Games Area boasts a juice bar, billiard table and table tennis, ensuring that kids will always be kept busy. Child care includes; au pairs and babysitting services, is included as part of the room rate.

Amilla Fushi

Sandy Lane Barbados

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. 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.

Four Barbados restaurants celebrate wonderful flavors from around the world, each meal a delight. Convivial bars, from beachside to overlooking the glorious platinum coast of St. James, are styled for a joyful dining experience spent with friends and family. There are children’s menus and vegetarian options also available. There’s is also a selection of seven bars dotted around the resort for your convenience and pleasure. From casual beachside to intimate lounges, you will find something to suit you, whatever time of day.

The Treehouse Club is dedicated to kids and is a great place for them to have fun and be entertained. 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. During the holidays their programs are particularly inventive and fun, and the whole family is welcome to join in.

The Spa at Sandy Lane is a world in itself. A stunning marble reception area and rapturous staircases lead you to our treatment suites, changing rooms and water therapies. At this Caribbean spa resort, treatments are drawn from wellbeing traditions across the world, from the Caribbean, North America and Europe to the Ayurvedic Philosophy from The Far East, all combined with our Barbadian sense of warmth.

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.

 

Read more on our blog about Sandy Lane & Barbados >

Sandy Lane

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.

 

St. Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel

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.

Kids Club at Ritz Calton Abama

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.

Restaurants

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 in Tenerife 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 Lucy and Neil

 

Read Atarra’s blog on why she fell in love with Tenerife and the Abama. here.

 

The Ritz-Carlton Abama

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 4 stars Prestige, completley renovated in 2017 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 for Hotel Laguna guests 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 74 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

Elephant Hills Khao Sok

Elephant Hills is a unique luxury tented jungle camp in Southern Thailand’s Khao Sok National Park, combining the jungle camp ethos of African national parks with the Thai tropical forest environment. There are two camps, The Elephant Camp and the floating Rainforest Camp, both surrounded by Southern Thailand’s largest stretch of primary rainforest and offering  families with children aged 4 upwards a wonderful close-to-nature experience.

Elephant Hills offers 2 – 4 day luxury adventure tours and the highlight is the unique Elephant Experience, during which families can wash, feed and interact with elephants. In addition to meeting the elephants, you will marvel at breathtaking landscapes while lazily being paddled down the river in a canoe, explore mysterious mangrove swamps and legendary jungle lakes full of limestone formations, relax at deserted beaches, visit local markets, discover primary rainforest on foot and much more. All tours are fully inclusive of activities, accommodation, transfers to and from the camp, all meals and a well-educated, fully-licensed tour guide.

Elephant Hills Tented Camp

The Elephant Camp has 35 luxurious tents. Each tent features comfortable solid beds, a fan, tea and coffee making facilities and a bathroom with hot and cold shower. The furniture is handmade by local craftsmen using natural materials and provides all the comfort you would normally find in a hotel room. The tents have ample space, are well protected against mosquitoes and other possible intruders and offer plenty of lighting. A night at Elephant Hills is a unique experience, as the temperatures drop and families can reflect on their day round the campfire.

Elephant Hills Rainforest Camp Thailand

Rainforest Camp has 20 luxury safari tents with en-suite bathrooms. Powered by both wind and solar energy and using responsible waste management, Rainforest Camp is designed to be at one with nature. Southern Thailand’s rainforest habitat is home to wild Elephants, Hornbills, rare Asian Oxen (gaurs), various monkey species, a myriad of reptiles, amphibians and floral species. Relax in front of your tent, take a swim in the emerald waters of Cheow Larn Lake, kayak through its khlongs and channels in search of monkeys and birds and trek through the rainforest before watching the sun set over the jungle.

The 3-day 2-night Jungle Lake Safari includes one night at The Elephant Camp and one night at Rainforest Camp on Cheow Larn Lake – one of the only floating luxury tented camps in the world! Rainforest Camp is only suitable for children aged 7 upwards so for younger children (4 years and up), we recommend the Family Jungle Safari to experience the largest land animal in Asia, get up close, wash and feed the Elephants, Explore the Sok River and join an informative and educational Jungle Walk with lunch prepared in the jungle.

Elephant Hills

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

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

Tots Too guests report back from their jungle adventure in Sri Lanka

“In the summer of 2014 our family embarked on a Sri Lankan adventure. Two weeks in a country none of us had previously visited and having undertaken the minimal amount of research we found ourselves in the hands of the experts – Tots Too and Ayu in the Wild. And we are so glad that we did! We had a fortnight filled with adventure, opportunity and fun. What more does one want from a family holiday?

From the moment we arrived Chami and Raji ensured that our needs were met… and more so. Lovely hotels for the first few nights enabled us to settle in but if it is just luxury-beach-pool which rocks your boat, why go so far? It was the less luxurious places we visited which remain with us as a fond and warm memory now that the British winter is setting in.

The best way to summarise our holiday is to reflect on our individual high lights and low points too….  In age order –

Dad, Marc (42)

Loved the posh hotels with a twist…. Monkeys roaming in the luxuriant surroundings of a 5 star hotel and drinking from the pool.  As the only tea drinker among us he also appreciated the visit to the tea factory and was amused to hear that, contrary to what the supermarkets at home tell us, teabags (even those claiming to be just tips) are really the dregs. And apparently leaves are withered not dried. Marc also as the earliest riser in the family managed to stumble across a Hindu wedding taking place on the beach at one of the hotels we stayed in along the way. Apparently the wedding was the shortened version at a mere 4 hours in the early morning sun. As a frequent flier for work, Marc was delighted by the novel 4 seater plane which took us from Kandy to Ellerton Bungalow. Not so keen on curry for breakfast but did acquire a taste for string hoppers (think bowl shaped pancake with an egg inside).

Mum, Jude (41)

Surprised herself by relishing the opportunity to sleep out in the jungle… See animals up close on safari, witness a river rise from dry earth to a promising stream, be woken in the middle of the night by a monkey throwing down fruit stones onto the roof of our tent and having a shower outside with the (slim) possibility of seeing a leopard. Also adored the food and, unlike others, partial to curry for breakfast. A close second to the tent was the treetop house which swung in the wind above the (dry) lily pond which lay beneath. The treehouse was very remote and a stiff neck made the windy journey down to the site one which was occasionally interrupted by the odd swear word. Only disappointment was not having South African ‘sundowners’ at the end of a safari day as Sri Lankan national parks, unlike their South African equivalents are alcohol free zones!

Sam (13)

Fascinated by Budhism and keen to visit temples and historic sites of polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura. He also enjoyed discussing the finer points of faith with anyone who would give him the time of day. Raji proved particularly patient. As someone who is at times fearful of heights there were a few hairy moments on the plane and on the hike up to Sagirhiya but all came good when the nerves subsided and he was able to appreciate the views. An old hand at safaris the animals and, in particular the birdlife, were very impressive. Sam struggled to think of things he didn’t like but settled for the sea-plane ascent.

Avi (10)

Loved pretty much everything. When probed he particularly liked the various swimming pools en route. Also quite liked hearing his mum swear on every bend in the road. Enjoyed seeing the animals – especially the gathering of the elephants (which at one point, we feared, was more like a gathering of the tourists but like everything else on this holiday when the elephants came they did not disappoint). An international cricket game on the last day was another high light for a sports mad youngster. His one dislike – the food. Apparently the rice was good and, when available, so was the pasta but everything else was horrid.

So as you can see we are a typical family – we disagree on almost everything but all found something to love about Sri Lanka. We are keen to go back to such a wonderful and welcoming place and would recommend this holiday to the most discerning and disagreeable of families!”

Sea plane, Sri Lanka

 

Elephants, monkeys and a swear word or two

Voted as the “Best Family Destination” in the Mediterranean and amongst Europe’s Starwood Hotels & Resorts, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino is the ideal destination for family getaways. This unspoiled 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 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, Kitesurfing, indoor volleyball and five-a-side football, biking and hiking tours, paddle boarding, cooking classes, tennis, and shopping.

The Cocoon, the resort crèche operates for ages 4 months to 3 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.

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 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

In a hidden corner of Provence, which enjoys on average 300 days of sunshine, Terre Blanche is an idyllic family-friendly property set in 300 acres of countryside with a golf course and world class spa both within the resort. Terre Blanche is designed as a self-contained Provencal village, nestled in a valley with mountain views and although large, has a welcoming and intimate feel, making it a favourite with families. Active guests will enjoy the golf courses and tennis courts, whilst there is relaxation at the spa and pool. Children are well catered for with a kids club and lots of opportunities to enjoy the surrounding countryside.

The heated 600 square metre infinity pool is a spectacle in itself, commanding panoramic views over the countryside and there is also a Jacuzzi and separate childrens’ pool (also heated). The garden spa offers high quality facilities including a hammam and a large indoor pool extended by a vitality pool. Two Dave Thomas designed 18-hole golf courses blend perfectly with the landscape and additional facilities include tennis courts and a programme of fitness classes.

As an all-suite and villa resort, accommodation is designed with space, comfort and privacy in mind and the use of white stone and local red clay creates a warm environment, typical of the local architecture. The large bathrooms have heated floors and separate bath and shower as well as double sink. The Premier Suites have a private terrace and separate living area with sofa bed and the Premier Villas offer extra space for families, with two bathrooms and the option to inter-connect. Prestige villas have a private swimming pool and / or Jacuzzi.

There are four restaurants overseen by Chef Yannick Franques who has experience in some of the most prestigious Michelin starred restaurants in Paris. Yannick is joined by pastry chef Freddy Monier who consistently delights sweet-toothed guests with his original and surprising creations.  The Tousco offers a casual atmosphere near the infinity pool, The Faventia stands out with a refined gourmet cuisine, Gaudina is open for lunch and dinner with live piano music and Caroubiers is a relaxing spot overlooking the golf course and with separate children’s menu.

Close to the tennis courts and golf driving range, the Kids’ Club is open daily from April – September and during school holidays (2 – 12 years). With plenty of indoor and outdoor space (including a protected terrace with a ball pool and heated swimming pool), the Kids’ Club offers artistic and musical activities, botanical explorations, shows, games and other organised activities. In summer, the Pitchoun, a new restaurant at the Tousco, is dedicated to children, offering tasty buffets for lunch. Babysitting is also available.

Terre Blanche is the perfect base from which to explore the South of France. Visit Provence and its villages, museums, festivals, vineyards and local gourmet or take a day trip to Nice or Cannes on the bustling Cote d’Azur.

Terre Blanche

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 Emma and Deborah.

Anassa

Atlantis The Palm, Dubai, is an iconic resort on Dubai’s man-made Palm Island with endless ocean-themed activities for families and lots of dining options. From the hotel architecture to the award-winning restaurants and must-visit aquatic attractions, Atlantis The Palm encompasses the glitz, glamour and style of Dubai like no other resort. The resort spans a massive 46 hectares and its water park is home to 65,000 marine animals. Families can get up close and personal with the dolphins at Dolphin Bay, learn to scuba dive and swim with sharks at the Atlantis Dive Centre or experience the number one water park in the Middle East and Europe, Aquaventure Waterpark.

The Aquaventure Waterpark has an impressive collection of adrenaline pumping slides and water rides and the Lost Chambers Aquarium recreates the lost city of Atlantis with thousands of species of exotic fish and marine animals. Swimming with dolphins, shark safaris, scuba diving and Cownose Ray feeding are just some of the other water based activities on offer. For parents there’s a spa offering Aromatheraphy and Thalassotherapy packages as well as a fitness centre. Families can take boat cruises, helicopter tours, play tennis or simply relax by one of the many pools. Atlantis The Palm is also home to a range of high end jewellry, clothing and gift boutiques.

Most of Atlantis The Palm’s rooms can connect, giving families plenty of space with spectacular views of the azure Arabian Sea, or the iconic Palm Island and Dubai skyline. Deluxe Rooms sleep up to 2 adults and 2 children and have deep soaking bath tubs and walk-in showers as well as a balcony. Suites have a separate bedroom and living room and, for a real “wow” factor, the Underwater Suites have picture windows with breathtaking views of the “Lost City” of Atlantis.

Atlantis The Palm boasts an impressive 23 restaurants, with plenty of family friendly dining options. Choices range from Gordon Ramsey’s Bread Street Kitchen and Bar Gastropub to fine dining with underwater lagoon views at Ossiano. We recommend Ronda Locatelli, by Giorgo Locatelli, which serves delicious Italian favourites, TBJ for the best burgers in Dubai and the Poseidon Cafe with underwater views. Other restaurants include Nobu, serving Japanese cuisine, The Shore offering Tex Mex by the beach and Seafire Steakhouse.

The kids club is open daily for children aged 3 – 12 years and offers lots of fun aqua-themed and Arabian-themed activities including Aladdin’s Treasure Hunt, pretend shark fishing, sea creature crafts and pirate and princess stories. Every evening there are adventures from 530pm until 830pm including Arabian Nights which offers wide range of themed art and craft activities and games such as the cave of wonders, the magic carpet dance, pass the magic lamp, Arabian warrior and loads more! Babysitting is available with qualified paediatric first aid trained nannies. Club Rush is open five days a week for teenagers and families to enjoy video games, a chill out lounge, music and regular discos.

Your Tots Too expert for Atlantis The Palm is Neil, read Neil’s blog here.

Atlantis The Palm

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

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.

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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

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

With its own house reef just a few metres from the shore, Lily Beach is in close proximity to some of the most amazing dive sites in the world. Just a short sea plane transfer from Male and with an all-inclusive plan offering fine dining experiences,  excursions, sports activities and high-quality products like premium wines and spirits, Lily Beach is ideal for families looking for a hassle-free holiday in the Maldives. With activities including hermit crab races, crafts, water sport activities to treasure hunts, your little ones will be in good hands at the Turtle Kids’ Club and the natural playground at Lily Beach will keep the children entertained while you take some time to yourself.

There is a choice of swimming pools including a shallow kids pool but the real attraction is the warm shallow waters surrounding the island and the house reef which offers some of the best diving on the South Ari Atoll. Tamara Spa specialises in holistic therapies inspired by the various rejuvenating practices of different cultures, techniques and philosophies and there is also a state of the art gym and water sports centre. Families looking to explore can hop on board the traditional dhoni  to one of the local islands to get an insight into the Maldivian culture and way of life, or sail at a leisurely pace across the picturesque scenery of the Atoll with its palm-fringed island, sandbanks and snorkel at the colourful coral gardens.

Accommodation is in beach and water villas and the family beach villas are comprised of two spacious interconnecting rooms. Located steps away from the inviting lagoon and close to all the facilities, they have two bedrooms with queen sized and twin beds, outdoor bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and shower and a private deck with direct access to the beach.

There is s choice of four restaurants and three bars, all part of the all inclusive plan. Lily Maa serves a sumptuous buffet with plenty of choice for little ones, Tamarind a la carte restaurant specialises in Indian and Oriental dishes and Teppanyaki offers Japanese show cooking. Les Turquoise D’Aqua is a fine dining restaurant overlooking the sea which has been nominated for the 2016 World Luxury Restaurant Awards. Among the three bars, Vibes Bar is our favourite with its snug sun loungers and umbrellas, light snacks to keep energy levels up and a children’s playground for the little ones.

The Turtle Kids’ Club offers a wide array of indoor and outdoor activities, allowing your little ones to have fun while you join a diving trip or go for a well-deserved spa treatment. Open daily for children aged 3 – 12 years, activities are adapted to kids’ ages and the number of children. The indoor area is air conditioned and equipped with oversized day beds, a small library, a variety of games, toys and kids movies and the outdoor playground offers a tree house with a slide, swings and a basketball court. In between lots of fun activities, children can get a taste of home at the kids’ restaurant section at Lily Maa which also has a dedicated kids’ seating area so they can catch up with their new friends. Babysitting is also available on request.

Lily Beach

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

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.

Play Facilities at Pagel

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

Child Friendly Gites

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.

Pampering for Parents at Pagel

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

Ikos Dassia, Corfu is surrounded by fragrant woodland overlooking the turquoise Ionian Sea with a mix of contemporary and classic Mediterranean style accommodation. For a truly luxurious experience, Ikos Dassia offers all Inclusive as Infinite Lifestyle; an exceptional selection of restaurants, facilities, service and style.

Ikos Dassia has a private beach offering an unspoilt stretch of fine white sand and a choice of heated indoor and outdoor pools with separate children’s and baby pools. Treat yourself to an array of luxe treatments at Ikos Spa by Anne Sémonin Paris, or enjoy the selection of complimentary activities such as pilates, tennis and diving lessons. There is also beach volleyball, aqua aerobics, beginner yoga classes, fitness studio, cardio room and more. Entertainment is infinite at Ikos Dassia with an outstanding choice every evening, a vibrant mix of shows, live music, laid-back bars and nightclubs. The little ones will be kept entertained with movies and children shows.

Accommodation is modern and carefully designed to cater to all guests needs. An elegant collection of double rooms, superior rooms, junior suites, bungalow suites, deluxe suites, and villas each providing maximum comfort, with Wi-Fi, Nespresso machines and a selection of luxurious beauty products by Anne Sémonin Paris. All rooms come with a choice of individual infinity pools, private green gardens, and balconies, all rooms enjoying magical views onto the resort. The Senior Triple, in the main building, is fantastic for younger families with panoramic views over the sea. For larger families, the Family Suite and Deluxe Collections of suites offer generous space for the entire family. The Deluxe collection of suites provide a wide range of privileges and services including the use of their own exclusive pool and reserved beach areas. Guest can enjoy the benefits of premium room service, a dedicated manager, complimentary spa treatments and champagne upon arrival.

Ikos Dassia takes guests on a journey of gastronomic delight from Michelin-starred menus to the finest local cuisine. The resort features seven à la carte restaurants including Italian, Oriental and French. For truly authentic Greek hospitality and traditional cuisine the renowned ‘Dine Out’ experience, introducing you to the best local restaurants, ensuring you are truly spoilt for choice.

Children and parents will love the selection of activities for all ages all, operated by Worldwide Kids Company.  There’s Hero’s Crèche (4months – 3 years) for the smallest guests, while Hero’s Kids Club (4 years – 11 years) and Just4TeensHero (12 year+) provide a programme of organised events, sports and learning morning and afternoon, as well as a WK Football Academy for children aged 5-8 years and 9-14 years.

Ikos Dassia is a short 30-minute drive from Corfu airport on the East coast of the magical Greek island of Corfu.

Ikos Dassia

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 & Suites

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.

Read more in our blog about Borgo Egnazia >

 

Borgo Egnazia Hotel

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

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 construction 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 complimentary 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

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

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 St. Moritz

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

The elegant Hotel Bahia del Duque  in the Canary Islands is noted for its warm family atmosphere. It has direct access to the wide golden beach, amidst generous landscaped gardens which makes it a fantastic location to unwind.

The Duqui Club from 3 years onwards changes its program daily. With original activities such as star watching from the observatory, treasure hunts, and nature trails, which usually end at the children’s playground. Other features are magic shows with clowns and a mini-disco. Nearby are two water parks and even whale watching excursions. There is also a  Teen Lounge and babysitting services availableThe ever-attentive staff will help make even the youngest guests feel at home.

Enjoy eating at any of the nine restaurants in the resort. You will get the chance to taste authentic Canary Island cuisine at the Las Aguas but you can enjoy all the delicious worldwide favorites you would expect of five star dining. There are also seven bars serving light meals and casual snacks.

Rooms are luxurious and spacious with excellent facilities and a number of thoughtful touches such as a range of newspapers and a choice of pillows. Interconnecting rooms are available with stunning sea views and gardens. Families should opt for the aptly named ‘family suites’ which are about 100m2 with some offering Jacuzzi in the garden.

There are 8 swimming pools with 2 dedicated for children. 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, there’s a bridge & billiards lounge, botanical promenade, archery, croquet, ping pong, petanque, gigantic chess, Tai-Chi, painting, shopping mall and handicrafts. Down on the beach there’s 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.

 

Hotel Bahia Del Duque

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

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

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

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

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

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 Cambodia’s highlights with added family-friendly experiences, visiting the ancient temples of Angkor Wat including Bayon, unique for its 54 towers decorated with over 200 smiling faces of Avolokitesvara and Ta Prohm where Tomb Raider was filmed, cycling through rice fields, visiting a school and spending a day at a local village with a Khmer family. There is also some time on the beach in Sihanoukville and a cyclo tour of the bustling capital Phnom Penh. Accommodation is in 4 and 5-star hotels in family rooms.

All of our Cambodia 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 a unique itinerary in Cambodia we can create a combined tour with Vietnam, Laos or even Thailand.

Day 1

Arrive in Siem Reap

Meet and greet at the airport and transfer to the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa or similar for a five-night stay.

Day 2

Angkor Wat

After breakfast, take a Tuk Tuk to the ancient capital of Angkor Thom to see the South Gate with its huge statues depicting the churning of the ocean of milk and Bayon temple. Spend the afternoon enjoying the hotel facilities. After dinner there is the option to visit Phare, The Cambodian Circus’ daily one hour show. Enjoy a blend of traditional and modern theatre, music, dance, acrobatics, juggling and comedy about Cambodian lives and society. Overnight at the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa.

Day 3

Rice Fields and Angkor Wat

After breakfast, depart on a cycling tour through Khmer villages visiting the rice mills where rice wine is made and meet children at a local school who will love to chat with you to improve their English language skills. For families with younger children or those who are not keen on cycling, transport can be provided. Transfer back to the hotel before lunch.

This afternoon, visit the most famous of all the temples on the plain of Angkor: Angkor Wat. The temple complex covers 81 hectares and is comparable in size to the Imperial Palace in Beijing. Its distinctive five towers are emblazoned on the Cambodian flag and the 12th century masterpiece is considered by art historians to be the prime example of classical Khmer art and architecture.  Overnight at the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa.

Day 4

Tomb Raider

This morning, drive to the remote Beng Mealea temple through the typical Khmer countryside to explore the long abandoned mystical temple immersed in jungle.  In the afternoon, visit Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples surrounded by jungle and famous for being the backdrop to Lara Croft’s adventures in Tomb Raider. Overnight at the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa.

Day 5

Floating Village on Tonle Sap Lake

After breakfast enjoy a unique Ox-Cart Ride in the countryside for a glimpse of traditional village life and drink coconut milk with local families. Visit a floating village and take an excursion on a traditional wooden boat on the Tonle Sap Lake, the “Great Lake” of Cambodia and one of the largest in Asia. A free afternoon to enjoy the hotel facilities. Overnight at the Victoria Angkor Resort & Spa.

Day 6

Sihanoukville

Transfer to Siem Reap International Airport for your flight to Sihanoukville, Cambodia’s most popular beach resort. Sihanoukville is far from the highly developed resorts of nearby Thailand but there are some good family friendly hotels and stunning beaches with warm, shallow waters. Sokha Beach Resort is a 4 star property on a private white sandy beach with large open plan rooms or suites for families, a complimentary kids club open daily from 8am until 8pm, a spa and two swimming pools with a separate kids pool. Overnight at Sokha Beach Resort or similar.

Days 7 – 9

Sihanoukville

Free time to enjoy the facilities at Sokha Beach Resort.

Day 10

Phnom Penh

Transfer by car (approximately 4 hours) to capital Phnom Penh and the Raffles Hotel Le Royal or similar. Overnight at Raffles Hotel Le Royal.

Day 11

Phnom Penh

After breakfast, visit Phnom Penh city by chauffer-driven cyclo to discover its colonial architecture. Visit the Royal Palace built in 1866 by King Norodom, the Silver Pagoda so named because of its floor that is comprised of 5,000 silver tiles and the Russian Market (Psah Tuol Thom Pong), a lively outdoor market where you will find antiquities, silver and gold jewelry, gems, silk, kramas, stone and wood carvings, as well as T-Shirts, CDs and other souvenirs. Overnight at Raffles Hotel le Royal.

Day 12

Depart Phnom Penh for your return flight to the UK.

Highlights of Cambodia

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

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

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

Our Itinerary

Day 1
Bangkok – Arrival and VIP Meet & Greet
Day 2
Bangkok –  City tour
Day 3
Bangkok – Chiang Rai – Anantara Golden Triangle
Day 4
Chiang Rai, Anantara Activities
Day 5
Chiang Rai – Chiang Mai
Day 6
Chiang Mai, Flight of the Gibbon
Day 7
Chiang Mai, Chiang Dao Family Adventure
Day 8
Chiang Mai – Phuket – Elephant Hills
Day 9
Phuket- Elephant Hills activities
Day 10
Phuket, Krabi – Rayavadee
Day 11-12
Krabi – Free at leisure
Day 13
Krabi – Phuket
Day 14-16
Phuket, Free at leisure
Day 17
Phuket – Departure

Back in the BC years (Before Children), my Husband and I loved an active holiday, venturing regularly to far-flung places. The further away and more exotic the better.

Once our children came along all of that changed and we found ourselves conforming to the stereotype that people with young kids don’t fly long haul. So, a number of years followed where we holidayed at luxury hotels and resorts close to home with a crèche or kids club and spent our time lazing on the beach or by the pool.

But as all intrepid explorers know, the travelling bug never leaves you and this year we felt it was time to show our girls, now aged 10, 8 and 3, the big wide world beyond our London bubble, and something in total contrast to what they know. So we booked a couple of weeks in Thailand.

The British Airways flight from Heathrow is a night flight. We changed our watches to local time as soon as we got on the flight, stuck our 3-year-old in a pair of pyjamas and hoped for the best. Luckily she slept for 9 out of the 12 hours with the other two managing to get around 5 or 6 hours. The flight arrived into Bangkok at 9 AM local time and having booked the VIP meet and greet service we were whisked through immigration in a jiffy and were at our hotel being checked into our room by 10:30 AM. After a 2-hour power nap we were ready to start our adventure!

Bangkok

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First stop The Peninsular, Bangkok. I loved this hotel. The location is riverside and every room has a fabulous view of the river. The higher up the room the better the view. Our deluxe suite gave us oodles of space. Two big bedrooms, two large bathrooms, a lounge area and lots of dressing room space all behind one front door. There ‏is a stunning swimming pool also with a lovely river view and there is a buzzy and warm atmosphere throughout the hotel. It’s a good central location and easy to get about via the different modes of transport. Breakfast is incredible so make sure you get up early enough to make the most of it.

We spent two days in Bangkok and wanted a healthy mix of sightseeing and shopping. We had pre-booked all of our tours with English speaking guides. The rest of arrival day was spent with the kids being whisked off for pizza making and cookie baking by the incredible staff at the Peninsula, followed by a relaxing few hours cooling off in the pool. In the evening, we headed across the river by ferry to Asiatique, an area of restaurants and shops, for a bite to eat and a mooch. Then it was early to bed ready for our full day of sightseeing the following day.

We were collected from our hotel at 8:30 AM and started off with an early visit to the local flower market. This is a lovely place to visit; flowers are used as offerings to the temples, of which there are many so it’s a busy, lively and colourful place and should be seen. We then hopped onto a couple of Tuk Tuks for a ride around the city. It is incredibly hot in Bangkok in April so this was a great way to see the city without tiring little legs, mine included.

We decided in advance that we would keep temple visits short and limited in order to retain the childrens’ interest. We chose Wat Pho with its magnificent gold reclining Buddah – If you just visit one temple, this is the one to see – and Wat Arun. Being limited for time, we decided not to go into the Grand Palace and opted instead for a drive past in the Tuk Tuk. We then took a long tail boat ride along the river getting a glimpse into locals houses. This was my favourite part of our city tour as it allowed us to see a part of Bangkok life we would not have been able to see on foot or by road.

Chiang Rai

Our next stop was Chiang Rai in the far North where Thailand meets Myanmar and Laos. We stayed at the wonderful Anantara Golden Triangle Resort where as part of the all-inclusive package you get a complimentary activity for each day of your stay, with 3 to choose from. We spent 2 nights there and wanted to do the Elephant experience on the first day so we needed to get there nice and early, meaning a very early departure from Bangkok. The flight is just over an hour to Chiang Rai from Bangkok so we were all able to get a bit of shut-eye on budget Thai Smile Airline (like Easyjet but less scratch-cardy). Again, we were met at the airport on arrival and taken straight to the Anantara. With an efficient and seamless check-in, we were in our rooms by late morning, tucking into the personalised cookies awaiting us.

The Anantara overlooks the Mekong River and has the most incredible views. It has its own elephant sanctuary shared with the Four Seasons resort next door. The elephants graze on the land on the plains next to the river and you can see them from your balcony and hear them trumpeting at all times of the day. It has a safari-like feel. It’s not a large resort and has a boutique feel, with its traditional Thai décor, stunning infinity pool overlooking the river and impressive Spa.

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Once we were settled in, we headed to the pool for a swim, a spot of lunch and a doze in the shade of the generous parasols next to our comfy sun loungers. Refreshed and re-energised, we were ready for our “Mahout experience”. This involves being an elephant handler (Mahout) for the afternoon. You are taken to the area where the elephants live and given a little talk about them, their habitat, where they have come from and what the foundation does to help them. All of the elephants are rescue elephants, and have been saved from logging in the forests or working in a circus or street performing. The Mahouts still own the elephants and rent them to the foundation. This allows the Mahouts to maintain a business and earn a living but offers the elephants a kind and safe environment. The Mahouts’ families also live at the foundation and many of the wives make silk scarves using the silk from silk worms. They show you how they do this. We met some lovely Volunteers from the USA and Canada who had been working at the foundation for several months and they stayed with us to pass on their wonderful knowledge.

The rest of the afternoon is spent riding on the elephants and taking them on a long walk around the river learning the commands from the Mahouts.. There are no harnesses or seats, you sit on the elephant as their own Mahout would – straddling their neck. This does not hurt them and is the most comfortable place for them to carry weight. The trek lasts approximately one hour and then you get to take them into the river for a bath. It’s incredible to watch them rolling around in the river with glee revelling in the coolness of the water, ears flapping with happiness.

You do get dirty, and a bit muddy from the waist down from going into the water with the elephants, but the Anantara gives you cotton fisherman-style trousers to wear which also protect your legs from the prickles of the hair on the elephants.

The elephants at the Anantara are incredibly gentle and appear content around people including children making us feel quite safe. All of us rode on the elephants including our three-year-old who was taken on by one of the volunteers.

It was one of the most incredible experiences and one of my favourite memories from the whole trip.

After this we enjoyed some sundowners by the pool and then dinner in the main restaurant before turning in for an early night after an extremely long and exciting day.

Chiang Mai

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We were picked up bright and early by our guide for a three-hour drive in a comfortable air conditioned van. We stopped on the way at the white temple. This is the most magnificent temple, the most beautiful one we saw on the entire trip and an absolute must-see. You only need an hour or so at most.

We were booked into a deluxe villa at the Dhara Dhevi hotel for 3 nights. Formerly a Mandarin Oriental, this is a regal, sprawling resort over acres of land. Our villa was on 2 floors connected by an external staircase and came with a private plunge pool. It had lots of space although we all shared the large bedroom upstairs, as without an internal staircase, we couldn’t put the children downstairs in the living room.

We had a jam packed itinerary of activities in Chiang Mai and were therefore unable to make much use of the facilities in the hotel but there are a lot on offer including cycling around the beautiful grounds, a huge spa, 2 impressive swimming pools, numerous restaurants and a fabulous kids’ club including some resident ponies.

We did however manage to shoehorn in some rice planting out in the rice fields at the hotel and once again, I think this is a must-do activity. We all really enjoyed it, despite the heavens opening to lavish a torrent of tropical rain down on us. We learnt in detail about the whole process of rice production, upon which Thailand is so reliant. The hotel provides the whole outfit including long socks that you wear into the water as you plant the rice. At the end of the experience, they hose you down of the mud and collect the soiled clothes, leaving you as good as new.

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On our second day in Chiang Mai, we had booked a zip wire in the jungle. As our 3-year-old was too young to do this, we had booked her in with a babysitter, Li, for the day at the hotel. Li was very accommodating, coming especially to meet our daughter Daniella the night before so that she got to know her first. She did a sterling job keeping Daniella entertained all day, taking her to the kids’ club for a few hours, and taking her around the resort to meet all the staff who spoiled her with endless treats.

Zip wiring is not for the faint hearted, but it is unbelievable fun. I’d recommend taking a look at the various videos on YouTube before committing to this. We booked through Flight of the Gibbons which has won a whole host of awards including safest zip wire in Thailand. They recommend it for children aged over 5 but I think over 7s is more appropriate. This is a long course of various zip wires, the longest in the world at over 5km, is pretty high up over the 1500 year old jungle and takes approximately 2 hours to complete. They pick you up from your hotel and drive you up into the jungle, which takes approximately an hour or so if you’re staying in Chiang Mai.

For our last day in Chiang Mai we had organised for a guide to take us up into some tribal villages. I’d done a lot of research about this in advance. I was really keen to try a home-stay which means you stay overnight at the village. But I was put off by many reviews which said that they were gimmicky and not authentic. Instead I trusted our excellent agents in Thailand to arrange our day and left it to them to decide which villages we would visit. I’m glad I did. Our guide was an Elder, part of the tribal community and was extremely knowledgeable about absolutely everything. Throughout the day, he taught us so much about the different tribes in the region, their history and dialects, the plants in the region to name but a few. We spent a fascinating day with him, visiting 3 different villages. We stopped en route to buy lots of cookies for the children at the villages and were welcomed into their homes and their classrooms and we even learnt a few words.

One week gone, and it was time to head down south. We were off to the Elephant Hills Camp in the Khao Sok National park in Phuket for 2 nights of glamping!

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Elephant Hills has 2 different camps within the park: the Elephant Camp where we stayed in the heart of the tropical forest and the second, the floating Rainforest Camp which is over the waters of the Cheow Larn lake. The tents are the same at both camps, namely a canvas structure with ensuite shower facilities, a proper double bed, electricity and fans (no air con). They are well sealed to keep out the bugs, provided you zip up each time you go in and out! And there’s bug spray in case you don’t. Whilst this is called “luxury camping”, it’s still camping so don’t be expecting a 5 star hotel. But this offers a wonderful programme of communal activities which are all family orientated for children over the age of 5. Having said that, they were very accommodating of our 3 year old who happily got stuck into everything and where she couldn’t keep up, we carried her in a little-life backpack.

Day 1, arrival day, kicked off with an elephant experience. This turned out to be very different from the one we did at the Anantara giving us a lovely contrast. They don’t support riding the elephants here and more distance is put between you and the elephants than it is at Anantara. Consequently, the elephants seemed less relaxed around people than the ones we met last time. You observe them taking a bath in the river whilst your guide gives a talk about them. You then prepare some food, chopping up various plants and vegetables and you get to feed it to them. Finally, you give them a shower with hoses which they adore. We were there at the hottest time, with temperatures reaching over 40 degrees so every drop of water was gratefully received by the elephants.

Day 2 is the only full day and takes you over to visit the Rainforest camp. The journey is around an hour and a half, broken up by a visit to the local market and a paddle down the river in a canoe. The camp is in the heart of the national park, accessible only by boat. The area is stunning and full of the sounds of nature. The tents are built over the river so the afternoon is spent enjoying a lazy lunch, swimming in the waters and taking out a kayak. Some guests stay on to spend a night in the Rainforest Camp (over 7s only for obvious reasons). I’d have loved to have done this but with our little nipper in tow, it wasn’t an option on this visit.

Our final morning was a trek through the forest with our guide, Bamboo. My Husband put Daniella into the backpack and carried her otherwise one of us would have had to miss out as its quite a challenging walk, but so worth it. This is all about observing the plant life and creatures of the forest and after working up a sweat, we were taken to a resting spot where a local Thai man was awaiting us to show us how to cook up a feast in the middle of the jungle. He began by showing us how to get the “meat” out of a coconut which he then put into a curry cooked on an open fire. Then he grilled some chicken and pork which we ate right up on the spot followed by some freshly brewed tea to wash it down, before heading back to camp for a final dip in the small pool and packing up and checking out.

Elephant Hills was a different and exciting experience bringing us close to nature within the beautiful jungle of Phuket and provided a fantastic contrast to hotel life. There is an African safari lodge feel to the place. All the guests we chatted to thoroughly enjoyed this place and I’d recommend it to anyone, with or without children.

Beach

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After 9 jam packed days of travelling and sightseeing, we wanted some time to relax on the beaches. Our last week was split between 3 nights in Krabi and 4 nights in Phuket.

Our home for 3 nights was the Rayavadee in Krabi accessible only by boat. I chose this resort because of its beaches and lively atmosphere. Whilst this is a high end resort, there are more luxurious properties on the island but I didn’t want anything too stuffy.

We stayed in a deluxe terrace room which has a master bedroom and bathroom upstairs and a living room with sofa bed and toilet downstairs. It seems that the Thais don’t really go in for toddler beds and recommend little ones share with the parents. This was fine for us as Daniella normally ends up in our bed anyway. Had we wanted another bed they would happily have arranged one for us but it would have been a bit of a squeeze either upstairs or down. But I loved this accommodation – it has a contemporary yet cozy feel and we were allocated one very close to the main pool and beach which couldn’t have been better positioned.

Had there been more time, I’d have organised some scuba diving over at Koh Pi Pi. Whilst it’s do-able from Krabi, it would have meant a whole day out so I’ve stuck this on the ever growing list of things to do next time. Instead, we arranged a morning’s boat excursion to the nearby Hong Islands.

There are lots of activities going on at the Rayavadee for parents and children alike. My older girls did 2 classes of Thai boxing and a yoga class. But mostly they just wanted to play in the pool and collect shells on the beach and nag us for one watermelon juice after another.

I was really sad not to have had more time at the Rayavadee and it’s somewhere I see myself returning to for a longer stay one day. But for this trip, it was time to move to our last stop, just an hour and a half’s drive away.

Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas is a little piece of heaven on the North coast of Phuket where we spent our last 4 nights. As we were led into our enormous 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom suite with large living area, fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer and generously sized private pool, like my 3 year old I let out a squeal of excitement. This is a top end resort with exacting standards, impeccable service and generously sized accommodation to please even the fussiest of travellers. Each of the 91 villas has its own private pool, some with an outdoor bath nestled within the pool. The mature vegetation makes the resort very pretty: beautiful lush greenery, lily ponds, tropical flowers and trees, all lit by the amber glow of candle torches each evening. Whilst the resort is not enormous, there are buggies running constantly to take you wherever you want to go. The beach is a long stretch of white powdery sand, the enormous infinity pool is gorgeous and peppered with air beds, jacuzzis, a swim up bar and even sunbeds within the pool and there are lots of hammocks and beanbags available for maximum relaxation.

I enjoyed the food immensely at the Anantara, in particular the impressive choice at breakfast. My girls enjoyed feeding their leftovers each morning to the ducks in the pond by the restaurant. Much to my dismay, we barely saw our girls during the day. If they weren’t off at Thai boxing classes, the climbing wall or feeding the turtles (the Anantara supports the Marine Turtle Foundation), they were hanging out at the kid’s club with the amazing Gina who runs it. So my Husband and I, abandoned and all alone, could only fill the loneliness with endless massages by the pool, gentle swims (nothing too strenuous!) and a medicinal cocktail at the swim up bar whilst gazing at the perfect sunset.

If you want to be close to the markets and nightlife of Phuket, you may be disappointed staying here as its over an hour’s drive away from all of that. But its only about £20 in a taxi so we made the journey twice – first to the lively, if slightly tacky Pattaya and secondly to the weekend night market which was worth going to if only to see the incredible variety of food stations. Aside from these 2 shopping jaunts, we stayed within the sanctuary of the Anantara and savoured every moment of paradise – the perfect end to a perfect trip.

Deborah and her family enjoy Thailand’s highlights

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

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 Paddleboarding and beach parties and movies by night.

Club Med Cancun Yucatan

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

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 (deposit required)

Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel

Fairmont Royal Pavilion Barbados

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.

Royal Pavilion Inside The Rooms

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.

Fairmont Royal Pavilion Kids Clubs & Activities

Their seasonal Kids Activity Program offers fun-filled activities for children, as well as babysitting services which provide dedicated care for the smallest of their guests. Children five and under eat free at the restaurants when ordering off the children’s menu

Barbados Luxury Hotel on the Beach

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

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

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 and their Crew Blue programme welcomes kids from 6 months to 12 years and includes a paddling pool.

There are four 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. Ottimo! offers authentic Italian dining in a less formal setting, poolside under the shade. For a parents night off The Jetty Grill boasts another superb setting, overlooking the Carlisle Bay jetty and those clear blue Caribbean waters. Adult-only dining, it still retains a relaxed feel making the most of the unrivalled views and gentle sea breezes. 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.

Read more on our blog about Carlisle Bay >

Your Tots Too expert for Carlisle Bay is Jennifer.

 

 

Carlisle Bay

Take the trip of a lifetime with your little ones, and at just the right pace to enjoy, experience and be astounded while still enjoying quality free time as a family. There is so much to discover, yet its important to strike a balance between seeing the sights and having some downtime. That’s why this itinerary has been thoughtfully planned, tried and tested by an esteemed Sunday Times journalist who traveled with his small children.

Your trip will start in Delhi, the third largest city in India, before moving onto Jaipur and then some beach time in Goa. You will be taking in painted elephants, fantastic forts, jeep safaris, boat trips, colourful bustling markets and a stunning beach during this 14-day itinerary. India with kids is exciting, educational and magical all at the same time.

Hotels have been chosen for their suitability for families and offer luxury facilities giving you a chance to unwind between adventures.

Day 1/2

Arrive in Delhi to be greeted by the VIP rep who will help you through the airport and take you to the Lodhi hotel. Spend the morning relaxing and unwind after your journey in this cool and spacious contemporary hotel. The afternoon can be spent taking in some of the local places of interest including the Humayan Garden Tomb, Shankars doll museum and the rail museum with a private guide.

Day 3

The bustling labyrinth of the old city gives a fascinating insight into the busy world of Delhi. Marvel at the marble domes, red fort and then enjoy a ride in a rickshaw to the spice market filled with aromatic delights and vibrant colours.

 

Day 4

Enjoy a picturesque journey by train to the Ramartha Forte for a personal experience at this beautiful family run property where the owners will be your guides. Spend the night under the stars staying in the fully furnished tents within the historic walls of the fort.

Day 5

Experience rural life in the village with a local tour conducted by our hosts . Take to the water in the afternoon in a row boat. The lake is home to many types of wildlife, you may even spot a crocodile!

Day 6

A morning jeep safari through the badlands gives you the opportunity to spot all kinds of animals in their natural habitat. Hyena’s, wolves, deer and more can all be spotted.  After lunch you will be driven to the fascinating city of Jaipur with its bazaars and famous pink walls. Here you will stay in the Hotel Samode Haveli, a peaceful haven where you can have a swim in the beautiful pool and enjoy the interiors and architecture.

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Day 7

A jeep will take you up to the spectacular Amber Fort up in the hills. You can explore the gardens, pavillions and ramparts and then take a walk to the textile museum to make your own prints. Later in the afternoon an exciting trip into the Araveli forests for a private encounter with the elephants. Spend time with the elephants where you can bathe, paint and ride these gentle giants, an activity your children will never forget. Enjoy dinner in a private location on the farm.

 

Day 8

You can make a choice to visit the monkey sanctuary or take a hot air balloon ride. The monkey sanctuary is a very unique place, but you do need to keep your wits about you as the monkeys are pretty good at causing chaos!  If you are looking for a more calming experience, the hot air balloon takes you on a gentle 1 hour ride above the villages surrounding Jaipur. In the afternoon you can visit the City Palace.

Day 9

Fly from Jaipur airport over to Goa, with its beautiful beaches and unique Portuguese architecture. Goa is often referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Orient’ and when you have seen the stunning coastline you will understand why. Here you will spend the remainder of your stay at the beautiful Leela Goa.

Day 10 and 11

These are free days giving families the chance to explore and enjoy the beaches and soak up the unique atmosphere in the resort of Goa. The beach side hotel means its not necessary to venture far at all to enjoy the seaside element of your trip.

Day 12

Explore the old town of Goa with a local guide and visit the shops and market. Enjoy some of the finest local Goan cuisine in a beautiful riverside setting.

Day 13

A day to relax at the hotel and then an evening connecting flight to Mumbai for the journey home.
Day 14 flight home.

Prices for a family of 4, sharing, including return economy flights with BA, return internal flights to Goa, all private ground transportation and guides (some entrances included);

From £4,600 per person

Family Footsteps through India

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

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

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.

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 Neil

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 at the Domes Plaza area 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 Elemis  products and a variety of Elemis signature treatments. 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 the Suite Collection (Premium Suites and Family Suites) and the Haute Living Selection (Domes Private Residences, Domes Luxury Residences and Domes Luxury Villas) 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 Domes Private Residences, Domes Luxury Residences and Domes Luxury Villas offer extra privacy and luxury, set amongst secluded gardens with a private spa, Moroccan swimming pool and Turkish baths.

Families staying in the Domes Private Residences, Domes Luxury Residences and Domes Luxury Villas benefit from the exclusive Haute Living Selection package which includes access to the Haute Living Room,  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 Italian Fusion completes Domes’ gastronomic collection. 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.

Try their new Babies Travel Light package which contains everything from baby food and nappies, to kids toothbrushes and sun cream, to push chairs and baby gates, allowing you and your family to travel light.

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

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

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 >

 

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

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 22 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. Melissa kids club and Peppa Pig Creche for tiny tots and teens can enjoy their own activities in the  Ozone club, all clubs are run by Worldwide Kids. They can also join in with some leisure activities at the Sani Sailing Academy, Sani Dancing Academy and the Chelsea Football Foundation.  Chelsea FC Foundation Football Coaching is fantastic to motivate, educate and inspire, coaching is available for age groups – 4-6 years, 7-9 years, 10-12 years and 13-16 years .  Chelsea FC Foundation Football Coaching availability is limited due to space and care ratios. We strongly advise pre-booking to avoid disappointment.

Sani is renowned for the very highest standards of customer service. New for this year Sani Personal Concierge Services now take this to an even more individual level for guests in their most select suites. This unrivalled personal service is designed to ensure every element of your stay with is truly extraordinary. Your Personal Concierge is fully qualified (and certified by the British Butler Institute) and you will enjoy their undivided attention throughout your stay and beyond.

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

Martinhal Lisbon Cascais Family Hotel combines the Lisbon city experience with historic Sintra, scenic Guincho and gorgeous Cascais, the hotel delivers 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

Tots Too are really excited to be able to offer these unique exclusive “Jungle Ranger” itineraries in some of the most treasured parts of Sri Lanka. In a country where many of its most beautiful habitats were off limits until recently; there has never been a better time to explore this magical country and we have teamed up with a dynamic and  extremely passionate duo of jungle trekkers to help take our families on the adventure of a lifetime.

The accommodation used in these itineraries is a combination of off the beaten track, small eco lodges and small boutique hotels and villas chosen for their appeal to kids in both surroundings and outdoor space and have been sourced personally by our partners on the ground.

The itineraries are entirely bespoke and crafted to suit the ages of your children. They offer an educationally rich experience for the kids without any hint that they are learning!  All local guides and drivers are English speaking and very familiar with the habitat so you can be assured of exceptional local knowledge and untrodden terrains in many cases.

“Jungle Rangers” 15 nights, 16 days (July & August)

Day 1 – Negombo

Your chauffeur will meet you at the airport and take you to a luxury hotel to stay overnight and unwind in Negombo.

Day 2 – Kandy (Private tea estate bungalow)

Morning at leisure

Check out by 12.00. Drive past the fishing villages of Negombo and transfer to the airport to fly to Kandy via Cinnamon Air – a local flight operator

dep: 14.05 – arrival in Kandy by 15.00. Transfer far away from the city centre to a private owner-run bungalow built on a 100 year old tea estate. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 3 – Kandy (Private tea estate bungalow)

Morning – Experience an authentic tea factory off the usual tourist trail. Be adventurous and hire a ‘tuk-tuk’ to drive past glorious tea estates (optional). Visit the glorious Botanical Gardens (optional)

Afternoon – Visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic, witness a kandyan drumming and dance performance.

 Days 4 & 5 – Kumana (Yala East) National Park – B L D (Private tented camps)

The longest drive of your tour – 5 ½ hrs from Kandy to the entrance of the Kumana NP with lunch en-route.

Meet the Camp Directors at the entrance to the Park by early afternoon and enjoy a game-drive to the Camp site. An exciting camping experience in your very own private tented camping site. Accommodation in large South African semi-luxury tents set by a river/beach, with separate tents for water-flush toilets.

Day 5 – Safari

Spend your day on unlimited safari drives deep inside one of Sri Lanka’s RAMSAR Sites – the Yala East (Kumana NP) known for its birds, Leopard, Bear and large numbers of other wildlife ending with a BBQ under the stars.

Days 6 & 7 – Paasikudah  (5 star Resort)

Beach time at a luxurious Resort and Spa located on one of the calmest ocean-fronts in the entire coastline of Sri Lanka. Water sports include jet skis, snorkeling, banana boat rides etc. Two days at leisure.

Days 8 & 9 – Trincomalee  (4 star Hotel)

Beach time at a great 4 star hotel with a pool and all comforts.

Day 9 –  6.30 a.m. – Travel out on a speed boat with a Naturalist to search for Dolphins. Snorkel among the coral reefs off Pigeon Island. Rest of the day at leisure.

(next day – en-route from Trincomalee to Sigiriya visit the World Heritage

Site of Polonnaruwa and it’s 12th century archeological ruins (optional))

Days 10 & 11 – Sigiriya  (Earthy Eco Lodge)

The experience of staying in tree-top or Boulder cottages in a 7 acre forest. A fantastic introduction to the natural world of our island and a contrast to the hotels on the rest of the tour. This eco lodge borders two streams which you can explore on a nature trek with a Naturalist. No pool or air-conditioning and a true nature lovers retreat (not suitable for those scared of insects). Beautiful open to the skies en-suites are equipped with solar powered hot water. Comfortable beds with mosquito nets.

 Day 10 – Arrive by mid-day and spend afternoon at leisure. Kids can walk about with the Naturalist to experience a fish spa, watch glow worms or take Art classes in the wilderness.

Day 11 – Morning at leisure. Afternoon safari in a private 4WD to the Minneriya NP to witness the ‘Gathering’ of elephants – the world’s 6th greatest animal spectacle (Lonely Planet).

Days 12,13,14 – Dambulla  (5 star Resort)

Check out after breakfast and climb the 600 ft Sigiriya Rock (optional). Lunch en-route.

Check in by 2.00 pm to the award winning resort hidden in the verdant jungles of Dambulla – a luxurious Hotel with all 5 star amenities. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the monkeys climbing the vines along corridors, the rock pool & infinity pool and spacious surroundings.

Days 12 & 13 – At leisure to explore the beautiful surrounds of the Hotel or visit the Dambulla Rock Temple (optional).

Day 14 – Morning at leisure. 5.00 pm – End your tour by leaving your eco-footprint in a beautiful Arboretum that was set up in the 1960s before ‘conservation’ became a buzz word. Learn about medicinal plants and how reforestation can be done with minimal intrusion by man. Plant a tree (your name board will be attached to the tree) and take a Night Trek to spot the nocturnal Loris.

Day 15 – Negombo – End of Tour

Transfer to Negombo for an overnight stay (if required) prior to flight.

Inclusions:

  • 16 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 13 Dinners, water 1 litre per person per day.
  • Meet & greet at airport, chauffeur driven air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Local flight from International Airport to Kandy.
  • Return flights from London with Emirates Airlines to Colombo Drop off at airport at end of tour.
  • Location-specific community-based guides and resident Naturalists will join up at different locations to guide you.
  • Rate is valid for travel between July and August and includes all peak season supplements in Sri Lanka.

Price guideline – £13,000 – 16,000

What’s the weather like on this tour?

Most locations at daytime 27 to 32 C (Cooler nights). In the Central Highlands (Nuwera Eliya) 15 to 19 C (Quite cold nights where some warm clothing may be required). August is generally very dry & sunny. Rainfall-like elsewhere worldwide, can be a little unpredictable.

Junior Rangers

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

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. it also offers a brand new creche for newborns to three years. 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

Sea Breeze Beach House will be closed temporarily for internal renovations and upgrades within the entire property until December 15th, 2017.

Sea Breeze Beach House is an intimate, luxury, boutique all-inclusive resort suitable for families, offering 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 122 rooms and suites, it comes with a boutique feel and Bajan charm.

There is a choice of newly renovated rooms offering a unique beach house vibe that is true Caribbean comfort. From 1st April 2018 a brand new selection of Family Suites (up to 4 bedrooms) are opening. All Suites offer privilege room inclusions such as daily pre-stocked mini-bar, nightly turn down service, complimentary beach bag, speciality coffee/espresso maker, daily in-room canape selection and personalised concierge service, these Luxury Suites leave little to be desired.

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 to treasure hunts. Kids will love the wild sea turtle feeding from the nearby the pier at Oistins. Older kids can enjoy some of the sports facilities including 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 with ocean view settings. The brand new Mahogany Lounge offers beach chic décor with a creative menu featuring Bajan and Caribbean cuisine with open air seating. The sophisticated fine-dining restaurant, Cerulean, features a delicious international menu or try The Flying Fish offering a variety of choices hot off the grill. Enjoy a special evening at the Chef’s Tasting Room, a pop-up dining experience, with custom 5-course taster menus designed by the Executive Chef paired with a selection of wines.

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 House (by Ocean Hotels)

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

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 and high chair.

Hotel Suite Villa Maria

Ikos Olivia 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.

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

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 Valencia CF Soccer School Camp, twisting waterslides and expert dancing lessons! Try their new Babies Travel Light package which contains everything from baby food and nappies, to kids toothbrushes and sun cream, to push chairs and baby gates, allowing you and your family to travel light.

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. The new unique 4-bedroom beachfront Minoan Palace villa is ideal for dream-like family holiday with extensive garden,a large seawater swimming pool, a superb location near the private sandy beach of the hotel, offering absolute privacy, wonderful view to the sea and direct private access to the beach area. 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.

 

Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort

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.

Watch a short film here!


Your Tots Too Expert for the Elounda Peninsula is Atarra.

Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel

Located in Halkidiki, the Sani Club enjoys a priviliged beachfront location which affords wonderful views towards Mount Olympus and over the Aegean Sea. This luxurious and contemporary hotel is set on a secluded bay for guests to enjoy a peaceful setting, surrounded by extensive gardens, pine forests and eucalyptus trees. It has pristine lagoon style pools and is of course close to a beautiful sandy beach.

The accommodation consists of low rise bungalows and suites all of which are spacious and newly renovated with a pure blue and white interior, creating the perfect base for a relaxing holiday. The Junior Suites and Deluxe family rooms are the ideal choice for families. Sani Club has received an extensive renovations with the new Two Bedroom Bungalow Suites with Private Pool, Front Sea View, or Two Bedroom Bungalow Suites with Private Pool, Beachfront or One Bedroom Bungalow Suite with Private Garden, Pool View.

The hotel offers a dine-around option which allows half-board and full-board guests to try any of the 22 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). There has been a new restaurant added called, Pines, with its wonderful Farm to Table concept, also the main pool has been resigned to feature a lovely infinity section and a brand new pool has been added in front of Pines Restaurant.  That’s not all, a new building especially to house the indoor pool and also a new Welcome Lounge to provide guests with a smoother, streamline check in has all been put in place.

The Spa Suite is one of two spas that guests can use within the resort. It is a luxurious sanctuary creating customised treatments, with a secret beauty and wellness garden. Treatments are from French wellness company Anne Semonin 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.

As Sani Club is part of the larger Sani Resort, there is the opportunity to take advantage of a wider range of leisure activities and restaurants within the resort. There are 6 tennis courts with coaching available, mountain-biking, catamarans, windsurfing, waterski-ing, banana-rides, canoes, pedaloes, and ringos. At the Sea World Diving Centre there are professional PADI instructors to show you the best sites and the local shipwreck.

From 4 months to 16 years, there are age specific activities for the kids, allowing parents a little private time together. Melissa kids club and Peppa Pig Creche for tiny tots and teens can enjoy their own activities in the  Ozone club, all clubs are run by Worldwide Kids. They can also join in with some leisure activities at the Sani Sailing Academy, Sani Dancing Academy and the Chelsea Football Foundation.  Chelsea FC Foundation Football Coaching is fantastic to motivate, educate and inspire, coaching is available for age groups – 4-6 years, 7-9 years, 10-12 years and 13-16 years .  Chelsea FC Foundation Football Coaching availability is limited due to space and care ratios. We strongly advise pre-booking to avoid disappointment.

Sani is renowned for the very highest standards of customer service. New for this year Sani Personal Concierge Services now take this to an even more individual level for guests in their most select suites. This unrivalled personal service is designed to ensure every element of your stay with is truly extraordinary. Your Personal Concierge is fully qualified (and certified by the British Butler Institute) and you will enjoy their undivided attention throughout your stay and beyond.

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

 

Sani Club

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

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

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 Dunes is the perfect resort for familiesa chic destination where lots of fun activities, exceptional cuisine and a ‘grown-up’ atmosphere make for a memorable family holiday. Recently opened, Sani Dunes is situated right on the Aegean, on a private beach where there is a full range of water sports to enjoy including windsurfing and waterskiing, as well as plenty of sports and chill out activities for teenagers.

The resort offers a choice of expansive heated indoor and outdoor pools which are easily accessible from all rooms, with a lifeguard on hand for your family’s safety. There are endless sports and outdoor activities available for active families including six tennis courts, table tennis, volleyball and mini soccer. There is evening entertainment, musicals and shows on at the open-air theatre. For parents there’s no better way to unwind than some indulgence at the exclusive D spa, with six private treatment rooms and a choice of rejuvenating beauty therapies. In the couples suite there’s a private steam bath, Thai massage cabin, Jacuzzi and fitness studio.

The hotel is decorated in a contemporary style combining touches of Mediterranean elegance with handcrafted furniture, gorgeous fabrics and natural woods. Sani Dunes offers 136 unique and contemporary style rooms. The 40 open plan suites and 56 spacious rooms offer understated luxury and comfort, the 40 Panorama Junior Suites and Junior Suites Grand Balcony feature an interior sliding door, dividing bedroom from the seating area for extra privacy. The latest luxury amenities and services are at your fingertips including complimentary Wi-Fi (the children will be pleased), Nespresso machines and 24-hour room service. Tots Too recommend families opt for the family rooms which conveniently combine both space and privacy with interconnecting double bedrooms.

Dining options at Sani Dunes are varied and allow families with older children to take in the magnificent views of the breathtaking lagoon pool and Aegean sea. Fresco restaurant offers a unique menu by the Michelin-starred chef Ettore Botrini, while the Beach House offers a refined impeccable service right on the beach front. There’s also a delicious choice of healthy dishes for those who prefer to combine organic, low fat produce with a fine wine list which is carefully selected by the resort’s experienced sommeliers. At the main Dunes Restaurant the a la carte menu delivers a luxurious yet relaxed atmosphere with some wonderful surprises. The dine-around option allows half-board and full-board guests to try any of the 22 restaurants offering a wide selection of foods, from traditional Greek cuisine to international options.

Sani Dunes is a perfect haven for teenagers with the dedicated teen chill-out club ‘Ozone’ where they can meet and socialise with friends. They can also join in with some leisure activities at the Sani Sailing Academy, Sani Dancing Academy and the Sani Football Academy.  They can also join in with some leisure activities at the Sani Sailing Academy, Sani Dancing Academy and the Chelsea Football Foundation.  Chelsea FC Foundation Football Coaching is fantastic to motivate, educate and inspire, coaching is available for age groups – 4-6 years, 7-9 years, 10-12 years and 13-16 years .  Chelsea FC Foundation Football Coaching availability is limited due to space and care ratios. We strongly advise pre-booking to avoid disappointment.

Sani is renowned for the very highest standards of customer service. New for this year Sani Personal Concierge Services now take this to an even more individual level for guests in their most select suites. This unrivalled personal service is designed to ensure every element of your stay with is truly extraordinary. Your Personal Concierge is fully qualified (and certified by the British Butler Institute) and you will enjoy their undivided attention throughout your stay and beyond.

Sani Dunes

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

Located in Halkidiki near the picturesque Sani Marina, Porto Sani is an exclusive, luxurious suite-hotel, part of the Sani Resort, which has the tranquillity of a private club. Enjoying a peaceful setting, surrounded by extensive gardens, pine forests and eucalyptus trees, it has pristine lagoon style pools and is of course close to a beautiful sandy beach.  As one of the few hotels in Greece with pools heated year-round, guests at Sani can enjoy a warm swim in waters of 29C even in the spring and autumn.

Kids’ activities

From 4 months to 16 years, there are age specific activities for the kids, allowing parents a little private time together. Melissa kids club and Peppa Pig Creche for tiny tots and teens can enjoy their own activities in the  Ozone club, all clubs are run by Worldwide Kids. They can also join in with some leisure activities at the Sani Sailing Academy, Sani Dancing Academy and the Chelsea Football Foundation.  Chelsea FC Foundation Football Coaching is fantastic to motivate, educate and inspire, coaching is available for age groups – 4-6 years, 7-9 years, 10-12 years and 13-16 years .  Chelsea FC Foundation Football Coaching availability is limited due to space and care ratios. We strongly advise pre-booking to avoid disappointment..

Dining

As part of a larger resort there is great choice of restaurants and bars, serving up a range of different international cuisines. The hotel offers a dine-around option which allows half-board and full-board guests to try any of the 22 restaurants. Guests can either select one of the several tailored set menus – without extra charges – or order a-la-carte menu. (Drinks are not included). Don’t miss the new exclusive Byblos Caviar Restaurant, Greece’s only caviar restaurant, where caviar is served alongside a fantastic selection of smoked fish and fresh seafood. If you’re staying in May, you’ll be knocked out by the annual Sani Gourmet festival, a showcase of incredible cuisine from Michelin-calibre chefs.

Accommodation

Specifically designed family suites contain two bedrooms, two bathrooms a private garden and a range of excellent facilities to make your stay comfortable.

There is a brand new section of three-bedroom family suites too, which are large enough for families of seven or a group of six adults. These new suites consist of two double bedrooms and a grand master suite, three marble bathrooms, and exclusive bathroom toiletries. Home comforts include satellite smart TVs, Nespresso coffee machines, and complimentary Wi-Fi access.

Leisure

As Porto Sani is part of the larger Sani Resort, there is the opportunity to take advantage of a wider range of leisure activities. There are 6 tennis courts throughout the resort with coaching at the Tennis Academy for children and adults. The Kids Football Academy is very popular too. Guests can enjoy mountain-biking, catamarans, windsurfing, waterski-ng, banana-rides, canoes, pedaloes, and ringos. At the Sea World Diving Centre there are professional PADI instructors to show you the best sites and local shipwreck.

Guests at Porto Sani enjoy exclusive use of the Sea You Beach, where children can play in the shallow water with complimentary beach toys.

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 newly upgraded fitness studio with yoga & pilates with views across the resort gardens, indoor pool with Jacuzzi, Tisannerie thermal suite, new couple’s suite, hair & nail salons and Deli Spa Bar.

Sani is renowned for the very highest standards of customer service. New for this year Sani Personal Concierge Services now take this to an even more individual level for guests in their most select suites. This unrivalled personal service is designed to ensure every element of your stay with is truly extraordinary. Your Personal Concierge is fully qualified (and certified by the British Butler Institute) and you will enjoy their undivided attention throughout your stay and beyond.

 

Read more in our blog about Porto Sani, written by one of our recent guests.

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

Your Tots Too Experts for Porto Sani Village are Atarra, Helen, Emma and Deborah.

Porto Sani

Located in Halkidiki around the picturesque Sani Marina. Sani Resort is a family-owned privately developed ecological reserve, with evergreen landscapes, bird sanctuaries, pine forests and olive groves, turquoise waters and white sandy beaches. In its 1000 acres of natural beauty, there are four elegant hotels, a state-of-the-art yacht marina and a shopping plaza bustling with celebrated restaurants, vivid bars, a roaring café society, trendy shops, ultimate leisure, sports and children’s facilities. The original part of the resort is the Sani Beach, fully refurbished and five-star

The Dine-Around programme allows half-board and full-board guests to enjoy their meals at many restaurants throughout Sani Resort. The cuisine is varied and includes Greek, Italian and Asian. Guests can dine at up to 22 restaurants, where they can either select one of the several tailored set menus – without extra charges – or order a-la-carte menu. (Drinks are not included). The Byblos Caviar restaurant is a new addition, for a real taste of luxury. The annual Gourmet Festival in May is a must for foodies.

The Sani Beach is situated on breathtaking Cape Sani and offers a range of rooms including double rooms and Junior Suites. The One and Two bedroom family suites are ideal for families, newly refurbished, spacious and comfortable, styled with floor to ceiling windows and large terraces, with beautiful sea views.

All  392 guestrooms feature furnished terrace or balcony; bathroom with shower or bathtub in the suites, hairdryer and bathrobes; bathroom amenity selection, tea & coffee making facilities; DVD/CD player, multi channel satellite flat screen television and integrated music channels; international direct-dial telephone, air-conditioning / heating, fridge / mini bar; electronic safe. All guests receive a complimentary bottle of wine and water upon arrival. Exclusive bathroom amenities by Anne Sémonin, daily newspaper service on request, and afternoon turn down service.

The resort boasts 7km of blue flag beaches and the exclusive Sani Marina is home to a number of bars, cafes, restaurants, shops, boutiques and even a cinema. There are 8 tennis courts throughout the resort, including a Tennis Academy for children and grown-ups. Mountain-biking, catamarans, windsurfing, water-skiing, banana-rides, canoes, pedaloes, and ringos add to the fun. Children love the Football Academy too. At the Sea World Diving Centre there are professional PADI instructors to show you the best sites and local shipwreck.  There is a 2000sq meter size pool at the hotel with separate children’s pool and at the spa a further indoor heated pool and a Jacuzzi. Pools are heated year-round – a rarity in Greece! – to a comfortable 29C, meaning a swim is a pleasure even at the start and end of the season.

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, couple’s spa suite, 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. Melissa kids club and Peppa Pig Creche for tiny tots and teens can enjoy their own activities in the  Ozone club, all clubs are run by Worldwide Kids. They can also join in with some leisure activities at the Sani Sailing Academy, Sani Dancing Academy and the Chelsea Football Foundation.  Chelsea FC Foundation Football Coaching is fantastic to motivate, educate and inspire, coaching is available for age groups – 4-6 years, 7-9 years, 10-12 years and 13-16 years .  Chelsea FC Foundation Football Coaching availability is limited due to space and care ratios. We strongly advise pre-booking to avoid disappointment.

Sani is renowned for the very highest standards of customer service. New for this year Sani Personal Concierge Services now take this to an even more individual level for guests in their most select suites. This unrivalled personal service is designed to ensure every element of your stay with is truly extraordinary. Your Personal Concierge is fully qualified (and certified by the British Butler Institute) and you will enjoy their undivided attention throughout your stay and beyond.

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

 

Sani Beach

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

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

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 Ithaa restaurant offers a glimpse into the colourful marine life. The tranquillity of the islands is wonderful for relaxation, whilst there’s still lots to do for active kids.

Whether it’s 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 children’s 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 resort offers 8 restaurants and 4 bars and the award-winning Chinese chef Jereme Leung’s Ufaa is now the hotel’s flagship restaurant. Conrad Maldives continues to offer the largest wine list in the region with over 20,000 bottles of approximately 1,400 labels in The Wine Cellar, built two metres underground.

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.

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 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 treetop 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.

Read more in our blog about LUX* South Ari Atoll >

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

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

Drawing inspiration from Le Touessrok’s rich history and the chic style found throughout Mauritius, Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius,welcomes families with Shangri-La’s renowned Asian hospitality.

Nestled along the untouched eastern coast of Mauritius, Trou d’Eau Douce Bay’s tranquil, uncrowded world-class beaches are found.  Thoughtfully renovated in accordance with plush contemporary design, every room and suite at Shangri-La’s Le Tousserok Resort & Spa incorporates indigenous island touches, features uninterrupted views of sparkling, turquoise waters and embodies sophistication and style. Families can enjoy fashionable restaurants, bars entertainment venues and a great kids club set against the backdrop of a dramatic tropical landscape.

Water sports and island activities can be customised to suit your family’s unique interests. Just off the resort’s pristine shore, there are two paradise islands – Ilot Mangénie, which is open exclusively to Shangri-La’s guests and features a trendy beach club and on-island butlers, and Ile aux Cerfs, which holds an 18-hole championship golf course that was designed by the famous pro-golfer Bernhard Langer. Other Facilities include two swimming pools, Peter Burwash tennis centre, Matt Roberts fitness centre, deep sea fishing, banana and tube rides, parasailing, horse riding, tracking/nature trails, deer stalking, cross country bicycle rides, canoes, kayaks and an array of water sports.

There are three different room types all with the same contemporary design and ocean facing with a terrace or balcony. There is also a 24 hour butler service available to all guests. The largest suites have a private dining room and a second terrace.

The resort features five restaurants that serve Western and Asian cuisines. From the spices and fragrances of India to the pure, fresh ingredients of Japan, there is something for every taste and occasion.  The aptly named Three Nine Eight restaurant spreads over three floors and serves cuisine from no less than nine countries out of eight open kitchens. Barlen’s offers a completely different dining option; a fusion of Asian and European cuisine is served in a friendly atmosphere with Barlen himself hosting to ensure everyone has a memorable evening. Safran boasts incredible views along with chef Ramesh Bundi’s modern interpretation of classical Indian dishes. Specialising in a dinner menu, this restaurant offers an elegant and sophisticated dining experience.

Whether 2 years old or 12, there is lots on offer at the kids club. There’s an array of activities, including arts & crafts, environmental excursions, games and discos. Teens can try out adventure sports such as windsurfing and use all other sporting facilities such as the tennis courts or golf course.

CHI, The Spa works with Matt Roberts Personal Trainers next door to combine treatments and fitness programmes with suggestions on nutrition, beauty and health. The fashionable Bastien Gonzalez Podiatry & Pedicure Clinic is also at hand.

Treatments range from the Canyon Love Stone Therapy and the four-handed Ylang Ylang Body Massage, to body scrubs, Hydrotherapy, facials and saunas. After, or in between treatments, clients are encouraged to enjoy the relaxation room.

 

Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa

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 and Emma.

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.

Read more in our blog about Heritage Le Telfair >

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

Heritage Le Telfair Golf Resort and Spa

Set between dramatic mountains and blue sea, this huge resort is amply equipped with every luxury, including private beaches. The architecture is stunning in the exotic local style, with all rooms facing the sea or pool to make the most of the beautiful views.

The Little Turtles kids club has a varied programme of including treasure hunts, sand city competition, henna painting, tennis clinic, kite flying and Arabic crafts. Play areas are both outdoors and indoors with air-conditioning. Over 12’s can enjoy the dedicated Teens Club. There are also many activities arranged for the family to play together including beach football and pool games.

On site there are 6 main restaurants with a variety of cuisines, 7 casual dining places & pool bars, 3 lounges, 2 bars and a nightclub.

Lavish suites reflect the Arabian influences of the area. Balconies allow guests to enjoy panoramic views of the sea whilst enjoying a soak in the bath or every day conveniences such as broadband and a DVD entertainment centre.

With 6000 square metres of swimming pools and a 500m “lazy river” to drift down, this resort is dedicated to leisure. There are 4 tennis courts and a dive centre with PADI instruction, as well as snorkelling, dolphin & whale watching trips and a marina.

The rejuvenating Chi Spa offers a range of beauty, massage and wellbeing treatments. It is well equipped with saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzi and plunge pools.

Your Tots Too experts for Al Waha are Emma and Neil.

Please note the minimum drinking age in Oman is 21 and alcohol is only served at certain times.

Shangri-La’s Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa

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.

Read more in our blog about Monte da Quinta >

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

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.

Read more in our blog about Lake Resort >

Your Tots Too Expert for the Lake Resort is Helen.

The Lake Resort & Spa

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

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

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 Hotel, Dorset

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.

Food at Moonfleet Manor

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

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

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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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.

 

 

 

South African Explorers

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.

Jungle adventure, Sri Lanka

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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

 

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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…
Canary Islands
Luxury Family Holidays 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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
portugal holidays
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.…
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…
Finnish Lapland
Lapland is the largest and northernmost of the regions of Finland.
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…
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…
family holidays to turkey
Turkey
Luxury Turkey Holidays for the Family 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…
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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