Europe luxury family beach holidays are always high on the hit list for our clients. Here we pick our favourite family-friendly hotels: all easy to reach, with great beaches, plenty of activities and welcoming, friendly service. Most have a first class kids club too.
Scroll down to view the hotels and holiday ideas that made it into our hot list.
Fashionable, cool and brilliant for families, the Almyra has made it into our hotlist because of its long-standing tradition of providing a haven for enervated parents. With plenty to do for any age, whether you are bringing your toddlers or teens, the Almyra is bound to be a winner.
The children will quickly make friends in the Smiling Dolphin Kids Club which takes children from 4-12 years old, enjoying numerous activities such as treasure hunts and beach games, while mum and dad play golf, do yoga, go scuba diving or relax in the AlmyraSpa. The cleverly designed children’s pool has thoughtful awnings for shade, and there’ll be happy faces at mealtimes with delicious kids menus in each of the four restaurants.
For families with babies, the ‘Baby Go Lightly’ service makes packing a breeze with options to pre-arrange everything from sterilisers to nappies. Parents can also make use of the Baby Go Lightly Creche which takes younger guests from 4 months to 4 years, staffed by professional English speaking nursery nurses.
The Sani Resort, one of the best luxury family-friendly hotels, is ideal for any family looking for a little R&R as it is located just a stone's throw from beautiful beaches and has a divine spa. Those with itchy feet can make the most out of the hotel’s tennis courts, diving gear and water sports facilities and there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained, and as well as the playground and children’s pool, there’s a superb kids’ club that keeps little visitors busy with everything from pool games to picnics, parties to ‘Mini-Olympic Games’ on the beach.
The hotel’s appropriately-named ‘Babe Watch Ladies’ can also keep an eye of the littlest guests for shorter periods of time if mum and dad fancy a little alone time.
Football-mad older children with energy to burn can have a kickabout at the Sani Football Academy, while those in or around their teenage years can go along to DJing, hip hop or dance workshops, or get involved in paintball, water sports and beach volleyball. Teens looking for something a little more relaxing can choose from a range laid-back activities, from cooking to spa experience sessions.
With plenty going on in and around the hotel, there’s more than enough to for little kids, big kids and just the young at heart - however relaxing or active you want your holiday to be.
In Dubrovnik, you can start your family holiday by arriving at the Sun Gardens resort and immediately grabbing your towel and exploring the huge number of on-site facilities. With an exciting Marco Polo Kids Club for children between 3 and 8, and a Hideaway Club for teenagers, your children will have adventures that will be remembered for a lifetime and while the children happily play volleyball, learn different water sports, and jet ski to the Elaphiti Islands, you can join them in their activities or sit back and relax in the hotel’s fantastic spa and poolside restaurants.
The Sun Gardens has a fantastic hillside position, overlooking the pristine Adriatic and offering beautiful views over the nearby islands. It is also in the ideal location to go island hopping to discover quiet coves and undiscovered beaches. You'll only be a short speedboat ride from Dubrovnik's city centre, which you can explore on an in-depth walking tour or by segway or you can delve into Croatia's excellent culinary culture by sampling its exquisite gastronomic specialities of delicious smoked ham, cheese kept in oil, and well-balanced local wines.
Set along two kilometres of private coastline in the south-west of the island, the Verdura Resort has a 60-metre infinity pool, world-class spa and a range of classes from mastering the flavours of traditional Sicilain cuisine to mixing your own cocktails (mocktails), to keep you and the little ones happy.
If you'd prefer to relax along an exclusive stretch of sandy beach then you are in luck as Verdura's pristine sandy shore is just ideal for whiling away the sun-filled hours. Alternatively, you can also get the adrenaline going with water-skiing, wakeboarding and windsurfing, which are just a few of the water sports on offer here.
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