We’ve had a flurry of new properties joining our portfolio recently, so we thought it was about time we highlighted 10 of the best additions for families – as chosen by our Kids Collection Editor, Nadine.
St Mawes Hideaways, Cornwall, UK
With close proximity to sandy beaches and a wonderful setting overlooking one of Cornwall’s prettiest coastal villages, these four lavishly renovated, spacious self-catering houses will delight families of all sizes. For kids there are trampolines, ping-pong tables, dedicated TV rooms and dressing up boxes; for parents there are spoiling indulgences such as fresh flowers, Cornish hampers, wine fridges and concierge services.
Country Kids, Languedoc, France
The hospitable owners of this former farm go more than the extra mile to welcome families in their 7 self-catering apartments. You get welcome baskets, gourmet teas, and – best of all – an unlimited crèche (from 3 months) as well as an adventurous kids’ club (seasonal), plus twice-weekly babysitting. There’s heaps of baby and toddler equipment, plus a petting farm, tractor rides and two family-friendly pools. Paradise.
Locanda Rossa, Tuscany, Italy
Set close to the coast in the beautiful Maremma region, this traditional farmhouse and its outbuildings have been converted into a hotel and four apartments with private gardens, ideal for families. There’s a Slow Food restaurant, a relaxed vibe, a heated pool (plus a separate infant pool), a playground and a mini-football pitch.
Ekies All Senses Resort, Chalkidiki, Greece
Kids of all ages will have fun at this playful beachside resort set on a safe, tranquil bay with warm, shallow seas. There’s an organic juice bar, a heated saltwater pool, a tree house, a holistic spa, hammocks, a library with toys and games, a playground with swings and a playhouse.
Saanewald Lodge, near Gstaad, Switzerland
Whether it’s skiing in winter or hiking and biking in summer, families will have a blast at this refurbished 1960s mountain lodge. Half-board rates provide the best value, and the restaurant offers tasty local food and a kids’ menu. Kids under 9 ski for free, and there’s a playroom with a PlayStation, games and DVDs.
Palazzo Radomiri, Kotor Bay, Montenegro
This good-value waterfront palazzo is in a tranquil, pretty village just 4km from historic Kotor, and just over an hour’s drive from Dubrovnik, Croatia. Outdoorsy children will enjoy cycling along the bay, kayaking, and diving into the aquamarine waters from the hotel’s own jetty. There’s a Med-Balkan fusion restaurant and a large pool, plus family suites with sea views.
Apartment 43, Jerez, Spain
If you’re after a stylish family city break, this light-filled, Zen-styled apartment fits the bill. Just yards from Jerez’s historic centre, it has two bedrooms and a sofabed, as well as a wonderful open-plan kitchen for whipping up meals with produce from the local market. Although the steep staircase means it’s not suitable for toddlers, the rooms can be flexibly configured and there are DVDs, puzzles and books for children.
Le Portetta, Courchevel, France
This chic ski-in, ski-out hotel is in the least flashy of the Trois Vallées resorts – Courchevel 1650. The slopes are wider and less crowded than most, making them perfect for beginners and children – there’s even a kids’ ski school just opposite - and there’s mountain biking, kayaking, archery and zip-lining in summer. Le Portetta has family rooms as well as lofts and lodges where you can self-cater, plus there’s a kids’ menu in the restaurant. After a busy day, entertain the little ones with games and DVDs for all ages.
Bivouac, North Yorkshire, UK
These quirky woodland shacks and meadow yurts provide ideal off-grid glamping for families wanting to get back to nature. Organised activities for children include pottery painting, nature walks, craft workshops and foraging, and there are mountain bikes to hire. The cafe has a kids’ menu and a play area with swings, too.
Forsyth Lodge, Madhya Pradesh, India
On the edge of the under-visited Satpura National Park, which offers the chance to spot the elusive tiger and many other species, is this wonderful lodge complete with eco-pool, superb service and delicious dinners. The team of passionate naturalists are eager to share their knowledge and the 3-day Junior Rangers Programme teaches kids how to identify and track different animals. There’s also a butterfly garden and star-gazing at night. Brilliant.