Snow or sun, ski or sail – Mark Warner holidays have something for everyone. A repeated winner in the British Travel Awards in categories including Best Activity/Sports Company and Best Ski Company, this firm specialises in family ski holidays in the Alps and summer family holidays in the Mediterranean, all offering premium locations, a friendly, relaxed atmosphere and great staff, with childcare from four months and a host of activities.
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If it’s the slopes you’re after, whether you’re a family of seasoned pros or nervous beginners, Mark Warner's family-friendly skiing holidays in France (mainly Tignes; with an intimate chalet without childcare in Méribel) cater for everyone. Everything has been thought of to make parents' lives easier. A comprehensive childcare program ages four months and up means you can hit the slopes knowing your little one is being taken good care of. For older kids there’s a drop-off and pick-up service from carefully selected ski schools, leaving you maximum time to enjoy the slopes. And with a supervised evening crèche you can join in all the après-ski fun. The kids can too, with snowman-building, sledging and cable-car rides just some of the activities lined up.
Holidays in the sun and soaring temperatures don’t have to mean toddler tantrums and fractious teenagers – Mark Warner make it their mission to ease the pain. As soon as you set foot inside one of their family-friendly beach resorts in Turkey and Greece (Rhodes, Lemnos and the mainland), you’ll be struck by the range of activities set up to achieve this kiddie utopia. Carefully structured kids' clubs, according to age, allow the most recalcitrant of youngsters to take the plunge and discover the likes of water-skiing, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing (to name but a few; exact activities vary by resort). Movie nights and indy clubs are teen-pleasers, while youngsters pursue gentler activities such as kite-flying and pool games.
Activities with tuition including windsurfing, sailing, tennis and cycling tours are including in the price of the holiday. Summer childcare is completely free for over-2s and you can relax knowing that your kids are in the capable hands of highly qualified and experienced British nannies. If your children are booked into childcare, you can also make use of the free evening listening service, allowing you to enjoy your evenings and some child-free relaxation time.