If you're tired of the cold British weather and are ready for another dose of holiday sunshine, now is the perfect time to swap busy days at work and hectic school schedules for a sun-drenched escape, making family memories that simply can't be created in the classroom or the office. To help you plan your luxurious family holiday, here are eight (of many) family friendly holidays from the Elegant Resorts Portfolio that are ideal for your next adventure.
The Bear's Den - Orlando, USA
For theme park fun...
Located in the heart of Orlando, just a short distance from its famous theme parks, The Bear's Den is a luxury resort boasting luxury accommodation and three world-class golf courses, each designed by a golfing legend. With such a great central location, The Bear's Den is the ideal base for exploring the multitude of theme parks and attractions in Orlando with your family - from a trip to Walt Disney World Resorts to Orlando's most immersive and technologically advanced water park - Island H2O Live! Water Park, there's something for every taste! If you're not looking to leave the hotel, there's still family fun to be found at every turn; visit the Golden Bear Park, a relaxing, nature-filled park ideal for families, where children can enjoy the large playground while adults can sit below the shaded gazebo, spend time on the tennis courts for a competitive match, cuddles up and watch a film together in the cinema room, try something new together with a family round of footgolf, or check out the miniature golf course ideal for all ages!
Firework Display at Disney in Orlando
Andaz Mayakoba Resort Riviera Maya - Riviera Maya, Mexico
For beachfront bliss...
Lying within the exclusive gated community of Mayakoba on the Yucatan's Riviera Maya, this vibrant resort is nestled on the shores of the Caribbean Sea and is an ideal destination for your next luxury holiday. With spacious accommodation, child-friendly menus, and a beautiful beachfront, the Andaz Mayakoba
is an ideal choice for families looking for a relaxing Caribbean holiday. If you're travelling with little ones there's also the Kimbo Kids Club for younger guests aged between 4 and 12, perfect for keeping them entertained while you enjoy the sun or relax in the spa. Intrepid explorers can also step outside the luxury of the resort to learn something new and discover the ancient Mayan sites of Tulum and Chichen Itza, or enjoy a day of adventure, snorkelling, deep sea fishing, or swimming in the legendary Yucatan cenotes before collecting sea shells from the soft white sands together.
Beach Pool Area
Resort Aerial View
Fairmont Mayakoba - Riviera Maya, Mexico
For fun for the whole family...
Situated within the Mayakoba luxury development on the stunning Yucatan peninsula, Fairmont Mayakoba
is perfectly located for enjoying the area's secluded beaches, eco-parks and ancient culture, and offers a range of accommodation to suit all tastes; it's the ideal place for your next family adventure. With soft, cream-coloured sands that are ideal for sandcastles, and unique dining experiences where children 17 and under eat free, there's something for everyone here. Fairmont Mayakoba promises fun for the whole family, with an entertaining children's club for younger guests aged 4-12 boasting a range of complimentary activities that aim to inspire creativity while maintaining an educational and exciting approach. Adventures include trips into the surrounding sacred Mayan jungles, accompanied by friendly animal mascots! In addition, the RU Ready fitness club is designed with teenagers in mind, incorporating physical activity, training and friendship-building into a programme aimed at 7 to 17-year-olds.
Family in pool
Shangri-La Le Touessrok - Flacq, Mauritius
For new experiences...
Featuring powder-like sands, lapped by the crystal waters of the Indian Ocean and lined by swaying palms and the thatched roofs of a Mediterranean-style village, Shangri-La Le Touessrok
is truly stunning. Rooms, suites and villas all offer a contemporary island-chic style complemented by thoughtful touches of local character, along with sensational sea views. Guests can expect delicious dining opportunities at the hotel's five restaurants, each offering a variety of the finest Western and Asian cuisines. Parents can be assured a worry-free luxury holiday, as Shangri-La Le Touessrok Mauritius provides educational and imaginative activities to keep children of all ages entertained. Youngsters can embark on an array of on-land and water activities - including tennis, swimming and windsurfing - or head out exploring on an educational outing with staff around this unique island, before dancing the night away at a speciality themed evening alongside newly made friends.
Ilot Mangenie Private Island
Kids' Club Treehouse
7Pines Resort Ibiza - Ibiza, Spain
For sustainable fun...
Boasting first-class facilities, impeccable service and stunning sea views, 7Pines Resort Ibiza
is a 56,000-metre-squared resort paradise backed by pine forest and overlooking the shimmering Mediterranean Sea towards the island of Es Vedrà. Styled after a whitewashed Balearic village, this all-suite luxury resort is set across three distinct areas and offers everything you could need for the ultimate family escape. While adults are relaxing in the spa or enjoying a luxury yacht experience, little guests can look forward to the perfect balance of education and fun at the Kio House of Kids. Through the charming main character Kio, the seahorse, the club aims to teach younger generations the importance of sustainability, environmental conservation and helping to protect our planet through a wide range of fun activities, including beach cleaning, upcycling, art collages, gardening and even eco-friendly video games for teens.
View from above
Kio House of Kids' Club
The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino - Greece
For the best Family Destination in the Mediterranean...
Blessed with the breathtaking surroundings of Messina, southwest Peloponnese's unspoiled stretch of beautiful seaside, The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino
is a five-star luxury resort which makes for the perfect family beach hideaway with plenty of things to see and do in the area. The hotel's design is inspired by old Messinian mansions, with most rooms boasting views of the Ionian Sea, ensuring an experience that is truly at one with your surroundings. Voted as the 'Best Family Destination' in the Mediterranean, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino boasts a fantastic range of activities for children including the Aqua Park with three waterslides and plenty of toys, Cocoon play area for ages 4 months to 3 years of age and Sandcastle, a wooden playhouse and children's club for activities and games.
Children on beach
The Dunes Beach
Blue Waters Resort & Spa - St John's, Antigua
For unforgettable memories...
One of Antigua's longest established resorts, Blue Waters Resort & Spa
is an intimate, family-owned hotel with a warm, friendly atmosphere, offering superb service. Many of its beautiful guest rooms and suites, each with its own spacious lounge area, are nestled among the wonderful flowering hibiscus and shady palm trees, while others are just yards from the powder-soft sands, with breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. Wholeheartedly welcoming children, The complimentary Blue Waters Kids' Club is open six days a week to children from 4 to 12 years and is run by a team of experienced, professionally qualified staff, who oversee the activities such as arts and crafts, sports, team challenges and jewellery design at the club and in the 'Secret Garden'. In addition to the activities available at both the kids' club and creche, the resort boasts picturesque beaches, a hard-surface tennis court and swimming pools, while excursions such as cruising the island can be arranged- perfect for unforgettable family fun.
View from above
Blue Waters Spa
Carlisle Bay - St Mary's, Antigua
For stunning surroundings...
An iconic luxury hotel in Antigua, Carlisle Bay
promises spellbinding surroundings, unparalleled service and an understated style that emphasises the island's natural beauty and creates unforgettable memories for your whole family. Little travellers will love the fun-filled kids' clubs, supervised by qualified childcare professionals, with a range of activities on offer, including lizard hunting, treasure hunts and arts and crafts, and for older children, indoor activities and excursions such as Hobie Cat sailing, mini hikes or swimming with stingrays. Bringing a little sprinkle of Hollywood glamour to the sandy shores of Antigua, your family can enjoy nightly screenings of both classics and blockbusters in the glamorous private screening room, relax by the palm trees and turquoise waters as your little ones build sandcastles as the waves lap the white sands, or try out the diverse choice of dining destinations and gastronomy.
Family walking on the beach