A luxury family holiday is often a once-in-a-lifetime splurge, so consider your options carefully. We’ve hand-picked those that go beyond paying lip service to the family market to those with a genuine child-friendly ethos.
Most luxury hotels and resorts offer childcare so parents can take advantage of spas, top-notch sports facilities and gourmet restaurants. The best have officially accredited childcare with English-speaking staff.
Check out just a few of our hand-picked favourites below. Or see our great deals and latest offers with favourite luxury resorts and holiday partners including:
• Ikos Resorts: stylish all-inclusives in Halkidiki, Greece.
• Sardatur: Italian holiday specialists with hand-picked family properties.
• Simpson Travel: family-friendly villa holidays in the Med.
• Luxury Family Hotels: Country houses with great family amenities.
Alternatively, be inspired by our luxury holidays in Mauritius, Saint Lucia, the Seychelles and the Maldives, or just get in touch with one of Take the Family’s ABTA-bonded family travel consultants.
• Investigate whether a hotel really is family-friendly. Many advertise themselves as such, while also catering to wedding parties and honeymooners. 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 before your trip, to avoid disappointment. Find out if there is evening baby-listening or babysitting.
• 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 them or have them delivered where possible.
• Before booking a family room, consider if 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.