School is, very nearly, out for summer which, of course, means the search for that all important summer holiday is well underway. As experts in luxury travel, our criteria is a little more refined than most and we firmly believe that ‘family-friendly’ hotels should still deliver the definitive sophistication synonymous with our finest five-star resorts. With travellers of all ages to entertain, we know that only the best will do this summer! Here are four of our favourites in Europe.
• Forte Village, Sardinia
Stunning Sardinia is the go-to destination for fabulous food, captivating culture and idyllic island views, but don’t assume it’s a couple’s-only choice as Forte Village has expertly reclaimed Sardinia as a family-friendly haven, tucked away in the Tyrrhenian Sea, welcoming guests of all ages and defying all expectations. Not only does the exemplary range of accommodation allow families to enjoy increased space, privacy and luxury in spacious bungalows, contemporary suites or designer villas, the sheer amount of children’s and teen activities on offer is sure to impress even the most energetic young explorer. Starting with the tiniest travellers, Forte Village’s dedicated nursery showcases a vibrant array of stimulating activities and first-class amenities. For children, Mario’s Village is home to a magical miniature town where imaginations can thrive and perfect holiday memories are made. The dedicated teen’s club, U-Club, is a busy hub of fun, state-of-the-art entertainment activities such as pool parties, DJ lessons and plenty more besides. Forte Village is a serious contender for Europe’s crown as the best family-friendly resort, not only because of the variety of activities on offer but the luxury of its stunning costal setting. When your young adventurers aren’t learning tricks at the resort’s new Magic Academy, experimenting at the fun Wonderlab or practicing their skills at any one of Forte Village’s 12 sports academies, you can enjoy that all-important family time by planning a perfect beach day, exploring Sardinia or simply relaxing at your five-star home-away-from-home. Parents are sure to appreciate Forte Village’s exemplary spa facilities, with thalassotherapy, beauty treatments and wellness packages sure to be the ideal addition to any luxury family beach holiday. Everything from the beguiling beachfront setting, endless dining options and a real dedication to family fun ensures Forte Village is a firm favourite with discerning families year after year.
• Pine Cliffs Hotel, A Luxury Collections Resort, Portugal
Recently refurbished, ahead of the Summer 2016 season, Pine Cliffs Hotel, A Luxury Collection Resort has earned a reputation as one of the Algarve’s most luxurious resorts. Rich in style, space and sophistication this resplendent resort is primarily known for its world-class golf facilities, including the iconic Devil’s Parlour hole, that challenges even the most practiced player, but Pine Cliffs Hotel, A Luxury Collection Resort is also home to some of Europe’s finest family facilities. We recommend staying in one of the resort’s stunning signature Ocean Suites to ensure your family enjoy the best views and plenty of space. Comprising two or three bedrooms, a large living area, kitchen and three exterior terraces, this is home-away-from-home at its most luxurious. Furthermore, guests staying in Ocean Suite accommodation can enjoy the exclusive Kid’s Concierge service, guaranteed to please younger guests and ensure your luxury beach holiday breezes by with ease. Travellers aged from 6 months old can be part of the Pine Cliff’s fabulous family experience. Would-be explorers are sure to delight in the life-size wooden pirate ships located in Porto Pirata Children’s Village. A wonderland of adventure, children can enjoy the bouncy castle, basketball court, and an energetic race track complete with a selection of vehicles! In keeping with Pine Cliffs Hotel, A Luxury Collection Resort’s pedigree as an unrivalled golf resort, families can also enjoy the 18-hole mini-golf course and book golf lessons to sharpen their skills. One of our favourite Pine Cliffs, A Luxury Collection Resort experiences is the exclusive trip to Vale do Freixo farming estate in the Serra do Caldeirão, hills which includes games and a delectable picnic!
• Sun Gardens, Croatia
Who better to inspire young explorers than Marco Polo? At our new luxury beach resort, Sun Gardens, in Dubrovnik, children are inspired to explore, play and create as never before. Surpassing the traditional expectations for a generic children’s club, Sun Gardens has three dedicated activity programmes for children aged from three to seventeen years old, all of which have been specially designed to appeal to all interests and ages. Younger guests, from three to six years old, are encouraged to ‘learn through play’ from 10am to 10pm each day, in a programme that includes a Marco Polo Scavenger Hunt and a Mini Olympics. For older children, aged up to twelve years old, there is a vibrant array of activities to inspire and enjoy. With specific themed days and enchanting island tours, parent’s can enjoy some relaxing time alone safe in the knowledge that young travellers are occupied making magical holiday memories. Finally, the exceptional Marco Polo Programme incorporates a truly first-class teen’s club called The Hideaway. Created to promote independence and adventure, The Hideaway allows teens to enjoy a wealth of vibrant and energising activities such as jet-ski tours to neighbouring islands, party nights and competitions. For parents, this luxurious resort also has plenty to offer. With the children occupied, why not relax in Sun Garden’s award-winning spa? Furthermore, Sun Garden’s glorious gourmet offerings are amongst Europe’s most exquisite. Freshly prepared, flavoursome food showcasing local specialities and international inspirations, the resort’s nine restaurants are a true treat for the senses. Whilst your young ones explore Dubrovnik’s many delights with the hotel’s renowned childcare team, we recommend you enjoy an expertly prepared cocktail on the stunning roof terrace.
• Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas
It is no secret that Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas is one of our top picks when we’re in need of a luxurious European escape, but for families looking for an unrivalled luxury beach holiday it is truly hard to beat. The idyllic setting, stunning views and private beach make this resort an exceptional destination at any time of year, but when the summer holiday’s reach fever pitch, Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas has the cool kids heading to Crete. The highly trained, and seemingly inexhaustible, staff oversee a varied and vibrant activities programme each day, including a crèche for the youngest of travellers, which allows parents to enjoy a carefree holiday in one of Crete’s most captivating resorts. One of our favourite aspects of Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas’ family facilities is the ingenious Supervised Supper. Whilst mum and dad enjoy a private dinner for two, children can enjoy a fun meal with their friends, supervised by the children’s club team. As any parent knows, getting time alone on a luxury family holiday is akin to finding gold dust, but Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas ensure that sparkle shines bright. Aside from the great selection of family amenities, the renowned resort is a true testament to Greek hospitality and five-star luxury, boasting perfectly appointed accommodation, signature service and captivating cuisine. A perfect luxury holiday for the whole family that ticks every box!
For further information about the family facilities at any of our featured properties, or to enquire about your luxury European beach holiday, please call one of our expert Travel Consultants on 01244 897 771.