In the second of our series on stylish family-friendly hideaways that still have space for the forthcoming summer holidays, we showcase 10 beautiful boutique hotels and guesthouses for you and your kids. Get in quick!
Within the Costa Vicentina National Park, which hugs the southwestern tip of Portugal’s windswept Atlantic coast, is this superbly well-designed resort hotel. The summer holidays see the kids’ clubs expand to 5 age groups in morning and afternoon sessions, and host a party zone including dinner and dressing-up 5 nights a week (meaning parents can enjoy their evening meal in peace). And the facilities are endless: there’s a teen cycle track and video-game room, football and tennis academies, an ice-cream corner, a great spa with kids’ treatments, playgrounds, and 4 swimming pools.
A 19th-century chateau converted into four double suites with acres of lush parkland, Le Castel offers great inclusive summer holidays. There are organised activities such as pasta-making for parents and kids, as well as crafts, cake-making and pizza decorating. You also get slap-up breakfasts, communal dinners 6 nights a week, a playground, a play marquee filled with toys, a gypsy caravan, a woodland den and a splash pool.
OFFER: July reductions and free bucket & spade per child staying July & August booked through i-escape
A delightful small hotel with superlative service! Cascading down a terrace are bougainvillea-festooned houses, each containing a handful of airy white rooms, along with a shimmering pool with the sea beyond. There are movie nights in high season, plus boules and plenty of kid-friendly dishes. Take a boat trip, discover beaches or get stuck into watersports.
The Alps are superb in the summer months, providing a spectacular backdrop for cycling, horse-riding, climbing, hiking and rafting. There’s no better place to seek adventure than this super-stylish retreat with blissful suites, an elegant restaurant, a sophisticated spa and a heated indoor pool; there’s a playroom and pizzeria, too. Two kids can share their parents’ room for free, and all sorts of activities are included in the rates!
Tucked away in an unspoilt village midway between the Troodos Mountains and the sea is this charming boutique guesthouse, whose stylish suites and stone houses surround a bijou pool – our favourite bolthole on the island. Vine terraces, wineries, beaches, forest trails, waterfalls and Crusader castles are within easy reach; amazing authentic food and wonderful hosts greet you on your return.
OFFER: 10% discount for stays of 2 nights, 15% discount for stays of 3 nights and 20% discount for stays of 4-7 nights
The delightful owners of this cool 5-room country hotel (horse whisperer Mercedes and gourmet cook Antonio) have thought of everything for a perfect family holiday. There’s delicious food on tap, chickens to chase, swings, donkeys and ponies to ride, and a choice of indoor and outdoor pools to frolic in. What’s more, you’re only minutes from the sparkling Adriatic and its glorious beaches.
Better known as a winter-sun destination, the Canaries also make a great summer option – the temperatures vary little year-round, and the sunshine is near-constant. This rustic B&B comprises a cluster of sheltered stone houses around a sunken swimming pool and tropical garden, each with a well-equipped kitchen for easy self-catering (there are restaurants nearby, too). And you’re centrally positioned for sights and beaches.
On 30km of sugary white beach, with its own private frontage, is this stunning hotel. It’s made up of spacious villas and bungalows (each with a plunge pool), and also offers delicious fusion fare (including Asian-style tapas) and a communal infinity pool with a shallow end. But what really sets this luxurious enclave apart is the excellent spa – 2 free treatments a day are included in the rates, and there’s even a spa menu for children. The Mini Maia kids’ club is also complimentary and has inventive classes such as hat painting, Vietnamese cookery and tai chi.
Close to the Tuscan border and immersed in peaceful countryside, this unpretentious all-inclusive family hotel has a carefree house-party vibe across 25 rooms and 5 acres. It’s heaven for kids: meals are sociable buffets, and there’s a kids’ pool, a playground, soft play, woodland walks, a music room, and toys, books and games galore.
Contrary to received wisdom, it won’t rain all day every day in Costa Rica’s ‘green’ season (and the prices are cheaper, too!). Expect to head out on expeditions in the sunny mornings, returning to hotel comforts when raindrops begin to fall. This eco-gem is right on a blissful beach where the jungle meets the sea, and only 5 minutes from the renowned Manuel Antonia National Park. It has 2 ionised swimming pools, suites with sofabeds, an open-sided restaurant, and its own 5-acre reserve. Don’t miss the night walk with the resident naturalist!