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Top 10 Valentine’s/Romantic Breaks with Kids

The Fountain of Love at Cliveden House.The Fountain of Love at Cliveden House.Cliveden House

Romance and family holidays aren’t often heard in the same sentence, but those unable or unwilling to leave younger kids with overnight sitters can still have a romantic break courtesy of properties providing baby-listening or babysitting services. Some, such as the Luxury Family Hotels group, even offer a Sunday lie-in for parents, with their Den staff taking kids off for breakfast and games.

For parents needing some one-on-one time, look for hotels that have crèches, kids’ clubs, the option of children’s high teas and adult-only dinners, and ideally also a spa. The following are some of our favourites, at home and abroad.

UK

Sands Resort Hotel & Spa, Cornwall

A much-loved spot rated among the Top 10 Family Hotels in the UK by TripAdvisor, with kids’ clubs and baby-listening so parents can get some ‘us’ time.

Cliveden House, Berkshire

A country house pile on a vast National Trust estate with woodlands, featuring babysitting, intimate dining and swimming pools.

Rest of Europe

Imagine Roussillon, Languedoc-Roussillon

A parents’ paradise with self-catering villa/apartments and two nights' babysitting and evening meals included in its prices at certain times of year, plus a kids’ club, Pilates studio and massage room.

Mas Candille, South of France

A gorgeous 18th-century farmhouse with a babysitting option so that parents can enjoy the Michelin-starred food, sumptuous Shiseido spa and infinity pool.

Cortijo del Marqués, Andalucia

An intimate, ‘away from it all’ rural manor with a mountain backdrop, outdoor pool and babysitting so parents can enjoy a bike ride or quiet meal.

Levante Beach Resort, Rhodes

A five-star Mark Warner property with the firm’s trademark quality childcare, including an evening crèche so parents can dine alone should they choose.

Hotel Carlton on the Grand Canal, Venice

An elegant property with Murano glass lamps, offering a babysitting service so parents can take advantage of the rooftop restaurant/cocktail terrace.

The Mark, Prague

A 17th-century residential palace with babysitting, an indoor pool, a spa and a courtyard garden.

Rest of World

Quinta Real Zacatecas, Mexico

A unique hotel occupying a former bullring, with babysitting so you can enjoy the outlandishly romantic restaurant.

Shangri La's Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius

An ultra-chic family-friendly retreat with kids’ club and facilities, early dinners and babysitting.

See also our Favourite Boutique Hotels with Kids and our Favourite Holidays with Childcare.

By Rhonda Carrier

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