We’ve welcomed some truly excellent family-friendly hotels and rentals to our Kids Collection recently – places with classy dining, superb spas and kids clubs with a great range of activities. If you’re looking for amazing hideaways with terrific services, here’s our greatest eight:
1 Surf, yoga and spa in Morocco
Set on a long golden beach with ever-reliable Atlantic breakers, Paradis Plage Resort is a surfer’s mecca. There’s a great on-site surf house with excellent teachers well-versed in lessons for all the family. There’s a dreamy ocean-facing yoga shala with thrice-daily sessions, and the superlative Paradise Spa and hammam uses traditional Moroccan products. For the kids there’s a mini-football pitch, playground, table tennis, and kids club beneath the fine dining restaurant. The whole family can horse ride down the beach.
Great for: active families; winter sunshine
Price: From £91/night for a junior suite for a family of 3
2 Picture-perfect chateau in picturesque Languedoc
Amid vineyards, rolling country and close to the Canal du Midi, Chateau Les Carrasses is a fairytale castle turned into upscale suites and villas. Pleasingly, there’s flexibility of either self-catering in your state-of-the-art kitchen (plenty of local markets nearby) or enjoying the relaxed ambiance in the in-house Mediterranean-style brasserie. There’s a kids club every summer, a heated infinity pool (some villas come with a private pool) and petanque, tennis court and volleyball.
Great for: going wild in the country; borrow bikes to explore vineyards, meadows and woodlands
Price: From £175/night for an apartment for a family of 4
3 Once-in-a-lifetime island sanctuary in the Seychelles
For that ultimate family vacation, eco-chic North Island is unrivalled. Just 11 vast and utterly beautiful beachfront villas (with plunge pool apiece) are permitted on this protected island whose ‘Noah’s Ark’ conservation ethos ensures wildlife thrive. Your child is allocated a beach buddy who arranges never-ending playtime including treasure hunts, tortoise tracking, tree planting, and PADI Bubblemaker lessons. Parents can enjoy the barefoot spa ritual, sunrise yoga sessions and cocktails before dining a deux on the shore under stars. Unforgettable.
Great for: barefoot luxury (kids under 17 stay free)
Price: From £4756/night for a villa for a family of 4 (all-inclusive rates, based on 1 week stay)
4 Boutique hotel in the Austrian mountains
With a warm welcoming vibe (they’ll establish what you’re keen to do and tailor your stay accordingly), eclectic colourful design, heated indoor pool, and a romantic dining room with long mountain views, Haus Hirt delights all. A whole floor is dedicated to the rejuvenating spa. There’s a ski school, snow-shoeing and tobogganing in winter; imaginative and myriad summer activities include complimentary daily guided hikes, bonfire nights, archery, gold-panning, and cycling.
Great for: all year Alpine activities and a complimentary kids club
Price: From £172/night for a double room for a family of 3
5 Superb all-suite coastal resort in Cyprus
Backed by sapphire-blue sea and on a Blue Flag beach, Columbia Beach Resortis the perfect one-stop-shop. There are multiple dining spaces for the family as well as for adult time. Each suite has a private balcony or terrace (most with sea views). There’s space for all whether residing poolside on loungers or on the lush lawn. Both swimming pools have toddler splash areas; the breathtaking 80-metre lagoon connects to the vast spa. The kids club is complimentary.
Great for: watersports in the bay, swimming pools and stellar service
Price: From £311/night for a junior suite for a family of 3
6 Malaria-free lodges in South Africa’s Madikwe Reserve
A stylish sanctuary which is exceptionally good for families, Madikwe Safari Lodge has lots of fun activities for youngsters. You get wonderfully knowledgeable guides, a swimming pool overlooking a waterhole, a plunge pool per suite, plus a daily activities programme including family drives and dung tracking. Their educational Eco House has live critters and a collection of skulls. Book childcare for adult game drives, and the star gazing at night is stupendous.
Great for: wildlife viewing and learning; game drives can start from 2yrs
Price: From £1098/night for a suite for a family of 3 (all-inclusive)
7 Quality beach resort on Greece’s Halkidiki peninsula
Supremely relaxed cool coastal charmer Eagles Palace has a golden sandy beach lapped by shallow warm waters, a big heated pool with a swim-up bar (and frozen cocktails), bright bedrooms and 4 different restaurants. For kids there’s a toddler pool, excellent kids clubs, movie and disco nights, and a playground. For parents the tranquility, faultless staff, watersports, sailing excursions, the Elemis spa and complimentary exercise classes.
Great for: all ages! The kids clubs cater for children from 4mo-13 yrs
Price: From £171/night for a suite for a family of 3
8 Scandi-chic design hotel in Gstaad, Switzerland
The striking interiors and cool bedrooms are reason enough to stay here, yet HUUS Hoteloffers much more. There are lots of activities included in the rates, including guided snowshoe walks, a ski shuttle, sledging, mountain biking, canyoning, rafting and climbing. Kids are well-catered for with play areas, climbing wall, a teen lounge with PlayStations, Xbox, Wii & Nintendo, an outdoor adventure garden, and even a dedicated kids spa area with cave shower.
Great for: skiing. kids up to 9 get free ski gear, ski passes and ski-school access; excellent spa with ice fountain and herbal steam bath
Price: From £205/night for a double room for a family of 4 (with children under 7)