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Holidays with Childcare and Kids Clubs

Children on a beach

Few of us would leave our precious bundles in the care of others for eight hours a day while on a holiday, but there’s obvious appeal in family breaks during which parents can take advantage of quality childcare to get a little ‘me’ or ‘us’ time, whether it’s to be pampered in a spa, play tennis, read a book by the pool, or – an increasing necessity in today’s working environment – catch up on important emails.

Contrary to much public opinion, it’s not only luxury and all-inclusive hotels and resorts that offer kids’ clubs and crèches – many budget-friendly holiday parks/campsites and some self-catering complexes also offer childcare for different ages. Childcare is also a essential component of family ski holidays until your kids are confident skiers who can go out with you.

Many properties across our site offer childcare for everyone from new parents who need a break from the rigours of caring for tiny children to old hands whose teens need a little independence, structured fun or simply and environment in which to make new friends. We’ve hand-picked the best around the world and in all price categories.

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Tips

Check age limits and hours and days of operation of kids’ clubs and crèches before booking, to make sure it will meet your needs. Next up, find out about carer:child ratios, level of English spoken, and whether the childcare has any official accreditation (such as OFSTED in the UK). Other parents’ feedback, by word of mouth or via review websites – is also very helpful.
 
With kids old enough to have a say in the matter, ask if they will actually go to a club – there’s no point booking a holiday on the strength of available childcare if your offspring are going to refuse to attend. And try to find out if there will be other children actually using the club, especially if you’re travelling outside the school holidays – if not, your children won’t enjoy themselves.
 
If your child has any particular requirements or allergies, find out what provision the club or crèche can make.
 
Check if a club or crèche has to be booked at the time of your overall reservation, to avoid disappointment and inconvenience on arrival.
 
If you think you might feel anxious about leaving your child, or that your child might feel anxious being left, find out if you will be able to stay with them for a while to settle them in. It’s also worth finding out if the club or crèche is near your room or a place you’ll be spending a lot time, so you can nip in if you’re feeling unsure.

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  • Grande Baia Resort, Sardinia

    A 4-star family-friendly hotel and apartment complex on Sardinia, with kids club for up to 12 year olds and essentials for hire when travelling with young children.

  • Dubrovnik Sun Gardens, Croatia

    A luxury property on the coast in Croatia, with self-catering and hotel options plus exceptional childcare.

  • Daios Cove, Crete

    A collection of luxury modern rooms and suites in a 5-star resort in Crete, with childcare, watersports and a spa.

  • Lemnos Beach Resort, Lemnos

    An ultra family-focused resort on the untouristy Greek island of Lemnos.

  • Holiday Village Kos, Kos

    An all-inclusive holiday village on Kos, offering fun for all the family, catering especially well for kids.

  • Holiday Village Menorca, Menorca

    An all-inclusive hotel on Menorca, ideal for kids of all ages and with activities for adults too.

  • Levante Beach, Rhodes

    A luxury beachfront property on Rhodes, from a firm renowned for its childcare and fun family activities.

  • Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel, Crete

    Luxury family accommodation in Crete, with a private beach and amazing facilites and surroundings.

  • Verdura Golf & Spa Resort, Sicily

    Luxurious resort in Sicily offering complete relaxation for adults and excellent children's entertainment.

  • The Residence Mauritius, Mauritius

    5-star hotel on Mauritius, with white sandy beaches, tropical gardens, a superb spa and brilliant kids club.

  • Hilton Mauritius Resort and Spa, Mauritius

    A luxury 5-star family beach resort and spa in an idyllic beachfront setting, plus plenty of activities to keep the kids busy.

  • Martinhal Beach Hotel & Resort, Algarve

    Super-stylish accommodation on the Algarve, with childcare for all ages and often offering discounts for grandparents.

  • Amirandes, Crete

    Luxury hotel in Crete, with cosy beach coves, a top spa and so much on offer for the children.

  • Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort, Lanzarote

    Luxury hotel in Lanzarote with free childcare for ages 3–16, excellent kids’ facilities, activities and entertainment and a dedicated family block with suites.

  • Gloria Golf, Belek

    5-star all-inclusive golf resort on Turkey's Aegean Coast with superb facilities even for the non-golfers.

  • Chalet Eva, Savoie

    A spacious ski in/ski out fully-catered chalet in Reberty 2000 sleeping up to 22 people.

  • Periyali Villas, Zakynthos

    Attractive family villas in Zakynthos, in a quieter resort on this lively island with outdoor pools and close to the beach.

  • Sani Beach Hotel, Halkidiki

    Family-friendly contemporary luxury and service with sweeping views of the Aegean.

  • Sands Resort Hotel & Spa, Cornwall

    Friendly hotel overlooking beautiful beaches in Cornwall with a great range of activities and childcare.

  • Fowey Hall, Cornwall

    Great service and family-friendly facilities at the place that inspired Toad Hall, located on the south Cornish coast.

  • Moonfleet Manor, Dorset

    Family-friendly, laidback and quirky, this country house in Dorset is  located on the coast and is full of family treats.

  • Ribby Hall Village, near Blackpool, Lancashire

    Self-catering cottages and indoor and outdoor leisure facilities galore, all in a plum location for Blackpool.

  • Cuba Iberostar Varadero, Cuba

    4-star all-inclusive modern family resort superbly located on the beachfront with lots of entertainment in Cuba.

  • Holiday Village Flamingo Beach, Lanzarote

    An all-inclusive family resort in Lanzarote, mixing authentic Spanish charm, sun, sea, sand and so much more.

  • Country Kids, Languedoc-Roussillon

    A luxury family-friendly resort with wonderful facilities, accredited crèche from 3 months+, great kids club for older kids, heated pool + petting farm in Languedoc-Roussillon.

  • Club Med Palmiye, Kemer

    Set between the beach and the mountains in Southern Turkey, this all-inclusive resort is ideal for active and relaxing familes.

  • Club Med Cancun Yucatan, Cancun

    With most activities included in your all-inclusive package, this beach resort in Mexico is ideal for the whole family.

  • Club Med Gregolimano, Euboea

    An all-inclusive family holiday resort in Greece with spacious rooms, good food, excellent beaches and stunning views.

  • Club Med Da Balaia, Algarve

    Highly rated property for all-inclusive family holidays and breaks, with great staff and food, making this resort in the Algarve a top choice.

  • Club Med Kamarina, Sicily

    Family-friendly all-inclusive bungalows for relaxing but active family holidays and breaks with children of all ages in Sicily.

  • Hilton Dalaman Resort & Spa, Sarigerme

    In an enviable location, between the beach and mountains, this luxury hotel on Turkey's Aegean Coast has something for everyone.

  • Helona Beach Resort, Kos

    A luxury boutique hotel set on the beach in Kos, with a sister hotel close by offering all the activities, childcare and facilities you may need.

  • Perdepera Beach Resort, Sardinia

    An intimate club for families with brilliant facilities, set on a beachfront, on the stunning island of Sardinia.

  • Sea Garden, Bodrum Peninsula

    A 4-star family-friendly resort combining loads of activities for adults and children, in a quiet location on Turkey's Aegean Coast.

  • Ocean Club, Algarve

    Spacious self-catering villas ideal for flexible family holidays with kids clubs, 2 pools and easy access to the beach, on the Algarve.

  • Pine Cliffs, Algarve, Algarve

    A 5-star luxury accommodation in one of the world’s leading family holiday resorts, on the Algarve.

  • ChaletHotel Schweizerhof, St. Anton

    Traditional style bedrooms, kept well maintained with a warm and friendly feeling plus a great standard of service from staff.

  • San Lucianu, Corsica

    Stunning location on the island of Corsica, excellent childcare and facilities and only a short flight from the UK.

  • Almyra Hotel, Paphos

    A contemporary beach resort with a key focus on children and what matters most on luxury family holidays and breaks in Cyprus.

  • Anassa, Polis

    5-star hotel in Cyprus overlooking a beautiful beach with a selection of watersports and a yacht for guests.

  • San Agostino Resort, Peloponnese, Peloponnese

    A big sandy beach, enthusiastic staff, good food and great watersports makes this family resort in the Peloponnese, Greece a sure fire hit.

  • Lakitira Hotel and Village, Kos

    Excellent childcare, family-friendly facilities, activities and watersports at this family resort in Kos.

  • Le Mauricia, Mauritius

    A top-class family hotel in Mauritius with free childcare, family apartments and all-inclusive facilities.

  • Chalet Hotel Mariandre, Alpe d'Huez

    A warm and inviting family-focused chalethotel ideally located for family ski holidays in Alp d'Huez.

  • The Andaman Langkawi , Langkawi

    Built in the Malaysian rainforest, this hotel overlooks Datai Bay and offers a private beach, a kids club for 3 - 12 year olds and superb cuisine.

  • Chalet Hotel L'Ecrin, Tignes

    Luxury chalethotel in Tignes with childcare from 12 months - 12 years, ski school, in-house spa and friendly staff to cater to all your family needs.

  • Family Ski - Chalets in Ardent, Portes du Soleil

    Ski-in ski-out access to your catered chalet, inclusive childcare from 3-months and inclusive meals, make these family-friendly ski chalets in Portes du Soleil a great option.

  • Family Ski - Chalets in Les Coches, Paradiski

    Located in a small car-free resort, these 4 catered ski chalets in Les Coches are perfect for families with childcare, meals and transfers included.

  • Family Ski - Chalets in Reberty, Trois Vallees

    A selection of 4 family-friendly piste-side chalets in Reberty, one of the top ski resorts for families in the Three Valleys, with childcare and ski school.

  • Nidri Beach Resort, Greece

    A perfect choice for active families, but also those who want to relax on the beach or explore the local cultures of Lefkada, Greece.

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Country Kids, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
A luxury family-friendly resort with wonderful facilities, accredited crèche from 3 months+, great kids club for older kids, heated pool + petting farm in Languedoc-Roussillon.

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