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Luxury Family Holidays & Breaks

Not something we can all stretch to all of the time, luxury family holidays may be a once-in-a-lifetime splurge – which makes it all the more important to consider your options carefully and choose wisely. The past few years has seen an explosion in the number of luxury resorts and hotels catering to the lucrative family market. Definitions of luxury vary widely, but at the top of the pile you might be able to surprise your kids with your own private stretch of beach or a villa on stilts over the ocean, and to enjoy daily maid service. Many places offer the likes of in-room Playstations, kids’ pools, playgrounds and screening rooms. 
 
Resorts tend to be preferable since you’ll generally want to use some degree of childcare to take advantage of adult offerings such as spas, sports facilities and swanky restaurants. Good establishments have officially accredited childcare with English-speaking staff.

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Tips

Investigate whether a hotel really is family-friendly. Many advertise themselves as such while also catering to wedding parties and honeymooners, and if so you may feel awkward having kids with you. Or the décor may be so chi chi, you’ll be worried about causing damage. Read widely across review sites for other parents’ experiences.
 
Check childcare hours and age limits to ensure it’s adequate to your needs, and establish if it needs to be booked at the time of your trip, to avoid disappointment. Find out if there is evening baby-listening or babysitting. If you bring a baby monitor, don’t rely on a standard model – Bébétel, which works via mobiles and landlines, is a surefire option.
 
Doublecheck what’s available in-resort. You can normally travel light since most practicalities will be taken care of, but if specific products such as nappies or formula are needed, you need to bring or have them delivered by a company such as Bebebel.
 
Before booking a family room, consider whether you really are happy to share space for a week or two. Interconnecting rooms or a suite with some kind of partition tend to be more successful, or go for broke with a luxury in-resort villa allowing greater space and freedom.
 
If you’re hoping to eat alone in the evenings, or if the hotel restaurant looks too formal for your kids, find out about children’s eating arrangements such as high teas, early suppers or room service.

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  • Sun Gardens, Croatia

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

  • Dalyan River Suites, Turkey

    Stylish self-catering apartments in Turkey suitable for families, with a kids pool, garden bar and complimentary boat service to the nearby beach.

  • Daios Cove, Crete

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

  • Levante Beach, Rhodes

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

  • Mas Candille, Alpes Maritimes

    Combining 5-star luxury and the atmosphere of a relaxing retreat with a child-friendly attitude in Southern France.

  • 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.

  • Martinhal Beach Hotel & Resort, Algarve

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

  • 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.

  • Pierre & Vacances Premium Les Fermes du Soleil, Haute Savoie

    Luxury self-catering apartments with indoor pool and sauna, walking distance to amenities in the ski resort of Haute Savoie.

  • 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.

  • The Rosevine, Cornwall

    Luxury family holidays and breaks in Cornwall with a flexible twist – stay on a B&B basis, self-cater, or do a bit of both.

  • 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 Kamarina, Sicily

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

  • 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.

  • Pine Cliffs, Algarve, Algarve

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

  • Almyra Hotel, Paphos

    A contemporary beach resort with a key focus on children and what matters most on 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.

  • Le Mauricia, Mauritius

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

  • 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.

  • Country Retreat Layer Marney Tower, Essex

    A luxury glamping site on a country estate in Essex, surrounded by woodland and close to the beach.

  • Country Retreat Acton Scott, Shropshire

    Located in the Shropshire Hills, this family glamping site is home to a working farm and luxury food hampers.

  • Country Retreat Wyresdale Park, Cumbria

    A luxury campsite on the edge of the Lake District and set within a private country estate with a boating lake.

  • Country Retreat Chesters, Scotland

    Glamping site with canvas tents on country estate in the Scottish Borders with private hot tubs.

  • Torreruja Villas, Sardinia

    Luxury villas within a hotel complex in Sardinia with full access to hotel facilities, including childcare and spa.

  • Flying Boat Cottages, England

    Luxury modern beach front cottages on the Isle of Scilly, perfect for a relaxing family holiday or break.

  • Retallack Resort and Spa, Cornwall

    Luxury 5-star self-catering holiday homes near the beach in Cornwall, with kids club, spa and golf course.

  • Cottages in Normandy, Normandy

    Check out the wide selection of family-friendly cottages in rural and coastal Normandy.

  • Cottages in Dordogne and Lot, Dordogne

    Stunning surroundings, luxury cottages, baby and toddler-friendly cottages and much more in the Dordogne and Lot.

  • Cottages in Sussex, Sussex

    Book a family-friendly cottage in Sussex, make yourself a base and visit all this region has to offer - beach, countryside and more.

  • Cottages in Northumberland, Northumberland

    Enjoy an relaxing or active family holiday or break and base your family in a self-catering cottage in Northumberland.

  • Cottages in Dorset, Dorset

    Choose a luxury family cottage, a coastal property, a cottage with swimming pool, and much more in Dorset.

  • Cottages in Brittany, Brittany

    A wide selection of cottages with sea views, rural landscapes or both, in the popular family holiday destination of Brittany.

  • Cottages in Cumbria, Cumbria

    Head to Cumbria and the Lake District to enjoy an active family holiday with a variety of self-catering cottage properties to rent.

  • Cottages in Devon, Devon

    Rural and coastal cottages, ideal for family holidays and breaks in Devon.

  • Cottages in Norfolk, Norfolk

    Self-catering cottages ideal for small families holidays or large family gatherings, in rural and coastal Norfolk.

  • Cottages in Cornwall, Cornwall

    A wide range of family-friendly cottages in Cornwall, in rural and coast locations and with a choice of facilities to suit your family.

  • Cottages in Yorkshire, Yorkshire

    Family cottages in rural and coastal Yorkshire, ideal for families with young children, active families and families who want to relax their own self-catering holiday property.

  • The View, Koh Samui

    Stunning luxury villa on the beach front, sleeping up to 16 people and comes with a team of staff.

  • Porto Elounda Golf and Spa Resort, Crete

    Large 5-star family beach resort with a small private sandy beach and activities to keep the kids busy.

  • Imagine Roussillon, Languedoc-Roussillon

    Luxury family-friendly self-catering villa and apartments with pool, inclusive kids club and much more, near the coast in Languedoc-Roussillon region.

  • Pierre & Vacances Premium Residence L'Amara, Avoriaz

    A great self-catering option for family skiing in the car-free resort of Avoriaz; catering well for the youngest of children.

  • Park Farm, Littleworth, The Cotswolds

    Family holiday or break away from modern life and electricity.

  • Warren Farm, Cheddar Gorge, Somerset

    Explore or relax - you can do as much or as little as you want at Warren Farm in Somerset.

  • College Farm, Aldeby, Norfolk

    Guests have access to a private lake shore - ideal for a warm sunny day in Norfolk.

  • Glanmor Isaf, Talybont, Bangor, Wales

    A luxury home away from home - in the picturesque Welsh countryside.

  • Lunsford Farm, Pett, Hastings, Sussex

    Experience a luxury glamping farm experience with the family in East Sussex.

  • Pant yr Hwch Farm, Lampeter, Cardiganshire

    Family glamping par excellence: sleep in luxury but collect your own eggs in Wales.

  • East Shilvinghampton Farm, Portesham, Weymouth, Dorset

    Cosy camping, with a wood-burning stove, comfy beds and eggs fresh from the coop in Dorset.

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  • Family Twist - short breaks in Paris

    Tailor-make your perfect family break in Paris - just choose your favourite from a large range of family activities, your child-friendly accommodation and services and Family Twist will do the rest.

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