In the heart of the French countryside (think rolling hills, vineyard views and sleepy villages) are these new spacious and stylish family villas (many with private gated pools). In winter kids get to splash in the heated indoor pool in the mornings. Self-cater or eat in the restaurant; children can dine early if you’d like an evening à deux.
OFFER: Stay 2 nights and pay for 1 only (1 free night per stay)
This seaside haven is more than just a restaurant with rooms, although the gastronomy is very much a draw (there’s a kids’ menu, of course). The surrounding area is celebrated throughout: handwoven Welsh blankets adorn the beds, the seafood is caught nearby, most of the food is locally sourced, and the art for sale is by local artists. And the stunning Pembrokeshire Coastal Path starts around the corner.
OFFER: Half-term half-board package, plus hedgerow foraging walks (£5/child) on 13 and 17 February
These coastal self-catering villas for 2-10 set the benchmark for family-friendly resorts. You get restaurants, pools (heated!), tennis courts, a spa and an excellent playground – plus a welcome hamper for booking through i-escape. Best for primary schoolers (and younger), the facilities are excellent, including the all-ages kids’ club.
Get some winter sun in the heart of Marrakech’s exotic medina. This tranquil riad has family suites and a 2-bed villa. Food is available all day, and there’s a refreshing (!) plunge pool in the courtyard. Explore the city by horse-drawn caleche, marvel at the snake-charmers and musicians in the Djemaa el Fna, and head to the waterpark 20 minutes out of town.
OFFER: 20% discount for 1 night, or 25% discount for 3 nights
These 6 flinty-walled barn conversions (sleeping 4-14 apiece) are just 20 minutes from the gorgeously wild North Norfolk coast. Each stylish barn has its own private garden, underfloor heating and wood-burning stoves, and a serene and warm aesthetic. There’s also a games room, a Jacuzzi and a steam room.
OFFER: £100 off weekly stays in Little Barsham and Loose Box barns (sleeping 4 each)
Family resorts don’t come much better than this: near-guaranteed sunshine, chic rooms and suites for any size of party, wonderful staff, great food (in all 4 restaurants), a choice of swimming pools, an excellent spa, and terrific kids’ clubs – plus a host of baby and toddler equipment so you can pack light.
OFFER: Free half-board for kids, and free dinner if staying 5+ nights
Style-conscious families will love this designer-cool ski hotel, with industrial-chic lighting and glass panelling in contemporary open-plan suites. And they’ll also love the heated indoor pool, pizzeria and kids’ zone full of toys and games. When they’re not bombing down the nursery slopes just a 5-minute shuttle away, that is…
OFFER: 10% discount for 3+ nights (full pre-payment required)
Set in the small market town of Dolgellau, at the foot of Cader Idris mountain, this boutique B&B offers a kids’ high-tea menu in the restaurant, indoor and outdoor toys and games, a garden, a play area, and even a family-sized hot tub! What’s more, the friendly owners are a mine of local information.
A sleek sea-view apart-hotel, this new addition to our Kids Collection also has a playground and 2 heated swimming pools; some of the apartments even have raised decks with a plunge pool and sunken sandpit. The Saplings Kids’ Club has extra activities for the holidays, such as talent contests and cooking classes.
OFFER: 10% discount for 3+ nights (non-refundable)
Another apart-hotel, but with more of a country-house vibe, the Rosevine also has sea views, a heated indoor pool, and a restaurant on site. The lovely playroom has lots of toys and games, and there’s a climbing frame, swings and a Wendy House, too. Best of all, the beach is just a short stroll away.
OFFER: Valentine’s Day dinner for adults (with babysitters for the children), plus a family feast for all on 15 February