Unwind on the deck of your treehouse at The Fish Hotel.
Open-air bathing at a treehouse at The Fish Hotel
Unwind on the deck of your treehouse at The Fish Hotel.

Top Valentine’s and Romantic Breaks with Kids

By Rhonda Carrier

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.

The Fish Hotel, The Cotswolds

A place to escape from it all in one of the treehouses nestled amidst the woodland canopy, with twin baths on the deck. Kids love them too, as well exploring the estate, and there is a spa and fine dining.

Rest of Europe

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 Grand 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 feature on the best mums' breaks with kids.