Where: On a perfect crescent-shaped beach on the north-west tip of Malaysia’s holiday island, Langkawi, 40 minutes from the airport
What: A luxuriously unique rainforest resort with impeccable rooms and jungle villas, outstanding service and superb food across four restaurants.
Why we love it: There’s a dedicated kids pool and shaded toddler pool by the beach, as well as watersports and a brilliant nature centre with resident naturalists offering guided jungle, canopy and mangrove walks. We loved their signature butterfly walk.
Where: On shimmering golden sands in the village of Immi Ouaddar on the Surf Coast between Essaouira and Agadir, and close to surfing village Taghazout.
What: A welcoming surf, yoga and spa resort with two restaurants; all suites have ocean views and private balconies.
Why we love it: There’s an on-site surf school, a complimentary kids club, a playground and heated kids pool, kids treatments in the spa and kids yoga for over 10s. Best of all, kids under 12 stay free.
Where: On the powder-white beach of Xpu-ha, 20 minutes from Playa del Carmen on the Yucatan peninsula.
What: A luxurious white-on-white hotel with flawless service on 50 acres of beachfront estate, backed by tropical jungle overlooking turquoise seas.
Why we love it: You get two hours’ free childcare if using the spa or restaurant; there is a large heated beachside pool plus separate kids pool, and kid-focused activities including yoga, chocolate spa treatments and cooking classes.
Where: On a protected hillside on the north-west coast of the island (near Polis) spilling down to lovely Latchi Bay.
What: A luxe beachside spa resort with a choice of outstanding restaurants, signature infinity pool, perfect rooms and suites, and superb service.
Why we love it: There’s a heated kids pool with toys, an ice cream trolley, kids’ menus, tennis and ping pong, watersports and golden sands, plus terrific childcare in the kids clubs catering for 4 months to 11 years, plus a Baby Go Lightly service
Where: Above golden sands on the outskirts of Salcombe in South Devon, sandwiched between Exeter and Plymouth.
What: A boutique hotel with a buzzy restaurant and beach-chic rooms and apartments.
Why we love it: the perfect option for Brits who don’t want to risk overseas travel. There’s a great sailing school next door. Parents can also enjoy lazy lunches from the restaurant terrace with a full view of their kids building sandcastles on the beach below.