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.
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.
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
An elegant property with Murano glass lamps, offering a babysitting service so parents can take advantage of the rooftop restaurant/cocktail terrace.
A 17th-century residential palace with babysitting, an indoor pool, a spa and a courtyard garden.
Rest of World
A unique hotel occupying a former bullring, with babysitting so you can enjoy the outlandishly romantic restaurant.
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.