We pride ourselves on our super collection of villas as much as our peerless range of boutique hotels and cool guesthouses. And most work brilliantly for families. So, whether you’re looking to head away with other families, to arrange a multi-generational vacation, or just holiday with your own offspring, here are 10 stylish kid-friendly villas.
Brand new for 2017 are these 8 spectacular and spacious pool villas on Crete’s northwest coast, which all have breathtaking views across green hills and azure waters. Six have 2 bedrooms, and there’s a smaller one which can house a family of 3; the largest sleeps up to 7. Stunning beaches, grocery shops and mountain villages are only a short drive away.
Quintessentially English, and complete with thatched roof, window seats and stone hearths, this lovingly renovated 300-year-old longhouse sleeps 6-10 in 5 bedrooms. It’s perfect for families with primary school age children: there’s a playroom with board games and toys, a child’s bedroom on the top floor, and an enclosed garden. Local kid-friendly activities include pony riding and exploring the woods.
Costa Rica is a fantastic destination for adventurous families: there’s wildlife galore, surfing on your doorstep, glorious beaches as far as the eye can see, and canopy tours and zip-lining in the jungle. This pair of sleek, minimalist houses sleep up to 8 apiece, with vast bedrooms, private pools and direct beach access. The friendly manager can arrange everything from private chefs to whale-watching.
Splendidly isolated on an unspoilt hillside, this trio of 19th-century stone dwellings has been reimagined as a 4-bedroom residence with an infinity pool. It works very well for 2 families with older children, with its 3-hectare garden, tennis court, volleyball pitch and mountain bikes to borrow. Strike out for beaches and Neolithic caves, boat trips and snorkelling.
If you’re bringing the grandparents, nannies or teens who want their own space, this former farmstead turned luxurious retreat will suit. Set near historic Ronda, it has an adjacent apartment for 2, as well as 5 bedrooms in the main house. The swimming pool is huge and comes with pool toys, loungers and hammocks. There’s also a sandpit, a box of toys and games, and 7 acres of grounds to roam around.
Set in a charming village, a short stroll from the beach, and secluded within a verdant tropical garden, are these 4 chic 2-bedroom villas. Book one or all for an exotic yet stress-free family holiday – breakfast is included, the on-site chefs can tailor meals to taste, there’s a kids menu, and candlelit dinners for parents can be arranged (babysitting provided). And it’s only 45 minutes to the airport.
You’ll find quaint stone trulli cones all over the Puglian countryside, and this unique rental property consists of 6 of them plus a 70s extension. They’ve been transformed into a charming 3-bedroom villa with a separate 2-bedroom apartment, which can be taken together or separately depending on your party size. The excellent swimming pool, shaded outdoor kitchen, creeper-clad gazebo and flowering Mediterranean garden with swings are a delight for all ages.
For those seeking a year-round destination with near-guaranteed sunshine, the Canaries are hard to beat. We reckon this wonderful villa ticks all the boxes for a tranquil family escape, too: 2 bedrooms (plus a sofabed for kids), a walled garden and pool, leisure gear to borrow (including surfboards, bikes and golf clubs), books and board games, and a DVD library. And you get a welcome hamper for booking through i-escape.
The ultimate party house, this elegant 16th-century chateau has all you need for a celebration or reunion. The checklist includes a fenced heated pool and football pitch, extensive grounds, 3 glorious salons, a cinema room, billiards, a dining hall and huge kitchen, parquet floors, original fireplaces and turrets, 9 vast bedrooms (2 of which can be twins), and even a Baby Grand piano!
Tropical-chic decor, in-out living, lush gardens… this fully staffed 4-bedroom, 4-pavilion villa is hard to beat. There’s a large quantity of baby and toddler kit to borrow (including baby monitors), and the rates include a chauffeured car for excursions plus membership of a private kids’ club nearby. The swimming pool has a shallow end, toys and a wading platform, and can be fenced if required.