Despite lockdowns, despite home schooling, despite everything, we still managed to unearth some beautiful B&Bs, chic coastal hotels and heavenly villas this year for our Kids Collection. Here are 12 of the best.
From Aragon to the Isle of Wight, they’re all hidden away in beautiful yet under-the-radar locations: gorgeous scenery, bags of fresh air, plus a pool, beach or lake for swimming. All are brilliant for that long-overdue family holiday.
A trio of snazzy showstopper villas (for 4-10) dotted across this under-rated region (two close to the Adriatic coast, the third is 35 mins’ drive from the sea), each set up for indoor-outdoor living and with sweeping views, plus there’s the option of concierge services.
Why families love it: Each villa has a twin or bunk room, gardens to tear about and a good-sized private swimming pool; beaches and family restaurants nearby.
Enjoy the independence of a villa rental with hotel services at this private hillside estate of eight boutique villas (with 2, 3 or 4 bedrooms), a gourmet restaurant, astounding views and a big infinity pool.
Why families love it: southern Tinos has gorgeous sandy beaches, each villa has a twin room and some have private pools, there’s a kids menu and creative play sessions are available on request.
In 200 acres of peaceful woodland, meadows and orchards, this contemporary barn conversion (which comes with piano, record player, games and DVDs for cosy evenings) is perfect for secluded sojourns and communing with nature.
Why families love it: The second bedroom is a twin, outdoor spaces to discover include a woodland camp and stone folly, plus a private lake with rowing boat for wild swimming.
With sweeping views across the peerless Bay of Kotor, this hillside villa (once an ancient olive mill) has five ensuite double bedrooms, a lovely walled garden and al fresco eating spaces plus an outdoor kitchen.
Why families love it: Local activities include sailing, sea-kayaking, cycling and hiking, two rooms can be made up as twins, and a super infinity pool.
A cute little cottage with sun terrace in the heart of one of the island’s best towns, this 3-bedroomed nautical chic hideaway is great value, even in high summer.
Why families love it: the cottage is in a secured courtyard mews and is only 5 minutes from the beach; the Isle of Wight is fabulous for families with everything from amusement parks to wildlife walksto discover.
Southern Thailand’s best secret, the island of Koh Jum is a hidden gem with its calm turquoise seas and golden sandy beaches; these family-focused villas are the best place to stay on the island.
Why families love it: The various configurations of villas means there’s one exactly right for your size of family party, the sea is warm, beaches are safe, there are Thai cooking courses to try, bikes to borrow and a lovely swimming pool.