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The Best European Family Holidays for Late Summer Sun

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29-Sep-2022 Samantha Crosby

The Best European Family Holidays for Late Summer Sun

As the summer crowds disperse, much of Europe is still enjoying tempting temperatures and sunny days...

As the summer crowds disperse back to work and school much of Europe is still enjoying tempting temperatures and sunny days. Resorts are pleasantly buzzy but without the jam-packed feel of the peak summer months, beaches empty out enough for you to snag your spot of choice, and tourist sites remain open but without the queues. Slightly milder days are ideal for little people who might find the July and August temperatures too much to bear and they won't be competing for space with the big kids in the pool or on the beach. Kids' clubs and crèches are quieter too with less pressure on spaces. And, as an added bonus for parents not yet bound to school term dates, prices drop down from their summer highs, allowing a luxury break without the peak price-tag. Read on for six of our best family-friendly late summer luxury holidays in Europe...


With average maximum temperatures of 32C in September and 28C in October, the spectacular beaches in Cyprus bask in the sun well into Autumn. With a tourist season longer than many of its Mediterranean counterparts, beaches are as seductive as in the summer months, but at this time of year you might just get your sunbed of choice, and parents can relax as young children can explore the silky sands and crystal-clear seas without the summer season crowds.
View of Pissouri Bay
Pissouri Bay Beach, Cyprus

Effortless Family Fun in an Exclusive Location...

For a truly luxurious late summer retreat look no further than Amara on Cyprus' stunning south coast. An enviable location 8km from the cosmopolitan city of Limassol with its lively marina and charming old town, allows for effortless exploration, whilst its desirable beachfront position and sea views from every room guarantee tranquil relaxation. First-class family facilities including the complimentary Amara's Kids Club promise days of fun and friendship for children aged 4 and up, and a professionally staffed crèche offers a space for younger children to play or rest when the fun gets too much. There's no need to travel with bulging bags either, as the hotel can provide everything you might need for your little one's daily routine including car seats, highchairs, bottle warmers, sterilisers and more. The incredible spa will revitalize tired parents and world-class restaurants serving up exceptional gourmet cuisine will excite and nourish.
Infinity Pool at Amara
Infinity Pool at Amara

Outstanding Facilities and Remarkable Natural Surroundings...

Overlooking secluded Pissouri Bay on Cyprus' southern coast, it's no wonder that Columbia Beach Resort is popular with families seeking five-star luxury in a spectacular location. With blissful views along the pristine Blue Flag awarded coast in one direction and unspoilt countryside in the other, this fantastic all-suite resort boasts views to remember. The hotel's suites are perfect for families, with a calm and elegant feel to the bedrooms and separate living areas and private balconies to retreat to after the day's exertions. And there's plenty to keep the whole family busy. from watersports to cycling as well as a full sports and leisure programme to choose from. And of course, young children will love Cyprus' natural playground.. the golden sands and bright blue sea. Fun-filled weekly programmes at the complimentary Den Kids Club continue throughout the late summer and beyond and will have little ones begging to go day after day whilst the Cub Life Crèche is brimming with toys and activities to hold younger children's attention. After precious time spent together, evening babysitting allows parents a well-earned break, perhaps starting with a cocktail alongside panoramic sea views and moving on to one of the three exceptional restaurants.
View of Pissouri Bay
Pissouri Bay


You can still expect those picture-perfect views in Greece as the peak summer months draw to a close. Warm days are perfectly complemented by the pleasant temperature of the sea, heated up by the hot summers' days into the mid-twenties. Children will love splashing around in the waves and exploring sandy coves without the crowds.
View of Ithaca Beach, Greece
Ithaca Beach, Greece

Fun for all the Family in a Spectacular Setting...

Fronting the delightfully soft sands and calm child-friendly waters of a Blue Flag awarded private beach, this gem in one of Greece's most spectacular regions is perfect for visitors of all ages. The luxurious guest rooms, suites and bungalows at Eagles Palace boast calm yet contemporary décor, whilst hilltop villas at Eagles Villas offer the ultimate in space and privacy but with all the benefits of the main hotel's considerable facilities. Four outstanding restaurants serve up Greek and Mediterranean inspired plates whilst the property's buffet restaurant expands the offering with themed dinners every night. Several bars and cafes are dotted throughout the resort so little people are never far from a snack or drink, and parents can consider the cocktail list at their leisure. Child-friendly spaces are extensive, with kids' club facilities both in and outdoors, a kids' pool and a playground to entertain young travellers. Children aged 4 months to 4 years can spend time in The Nest, an amazing, dedicated space full of toys and games, an outdoor playground and a nap room. Age-appropriate activities lead by expert staff will entertain and excite, and while offspring are busy playing, parents can get active on land and sea with options including hiking, tennis, mountain biking, sailing, windsurfing and scuba-diving.
Aerial View of Eagles Palace and Villas Pool and Beach
Aerial View of Pool and Beach
Children's Playground at Eagles Palace and Villas
Kids' Club Playground


Just a short flight away, the south of Portugal is a compelling choice for a late summer family break in Europe. Arriving in less than three hours, it will feel like no time at all since leaving the dreary British weather before arriving into the wonders of the Algarve. Daytime temperatures remain in the mid-twenties, the sea offers a refreshing haven and the stretching sandy beaches feel a world away from the impending Autumnal mood back home.
View of Boats at Ponta da Piedade, Algarve
Ponta da Piedade, Algarve

Brand New Contemporary Chic Accommodation in a Premier Location...

The newest player on the Algarve's sun-kissed coast, the W Algarve Hotel & Residences boasts a cool and contemporary feel with a touch of fun in a sought-after location walking distance from three of the Algarve's renowned beaches. Kids will love the eclectic décor, featured throughout the interiors and outside spaces of this newly opened property, and children's menus in three of the four restaurants allow young travellers to get a taste of authentic Portuguese food and more in equally unique surroundings. The luxurious Residence accommodation is ideal for families, boasting separate bedrooms, large living areas, fully equipped kitchens and dining areas, all with a private balcony or terrace to take in the best of the west-facing views. Early risers might want to take advantage of sunrise yoga and, if parenting responsibilities allow, a visit to the AWAY® Spa is a must for innovative luxury treatments, a relaxing break in the steam room, or an appointment in the in-house hair and nail salon.
View of Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool
Guestroom at W Algarve Hotel & Residences


As the throngs of summer tourists depart Spain's sunny shores the temperatures stay mild, sandy beaches are bathed in sunshine and waters are warm. Restaurants are lively and trendy boutiques tempt visitors to spend in the glamourous Costa del Sol whilst laid back summer vibes stretch on in the Balearic Islands. Explore the contrasts of culture in Mallorca without the crowds before relaxing in one of the many sandy coves.
View of Sunset on the Beach
Sunset on the Beach near Palma

Year-round Family Fun in the Heart of the Costa del Sol's 'Golden Mile'...

Enjoying an average of 325 days of sunshine every year and mild temperatures year-round courtesy of its sheltered micro-climate, the Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa is an ideal location to enjoy warm late summer days. Open year-round, this beachfront retreat is enjoyable in every season, with acres of lush subtropical gardens to explore, outstanding leisure facilities to entertain, and a shopping gallery, equestrian centre and nearby golf course adding to its attractions. The outstanding kids' club will impress children and parents alike, with 5000m² of playing space in a separate converted farmhouse and a full programme of fun-filled activities available from 10am until 6pm, every day, 365 days a year. Young travellers can also explore the golden sandy shores in front of the hotel, whilst parents take advantage of beachside eateries serving tantalizingly fresh food and refreshing drinks. Indeed, there is no shortage of epicurean delights here, with ten bars and restaurants serving a huge variety of world-class cuisine. Children will wonder at the colourful houses and cobbled streets of Marbella's charming old town nearby and the fashionable glamour of Puerto Banus, which might have the whole family dreaming about life on a luxury yacht!
Kids' Club at Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa
Kids' Club at Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa

Elegant Luxury in a Coveted Island Location...

Long revered as the ideal family-friendly destination, Mallorca's beautiful shores offer much to explore. The St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort is perfectly positioned for self-drive adventures, but with sandy coves around every corner you won't need to drive far between each stop, making it ideal for little people who prefer the fresh sea air to the inside of a car! The capital of the island, Palma, will thrill all ages with its intoxicating mix of old and new, lively streets and vibrant culture. Its comparatively compact size compared to other European cities means its sights are easily accessible, even for the littlest of legs! Guaranteed fun awaits young guests at the hotel as well with an impressive kids' club for children aged 3 and up. Two swimming pools, a sandpit and plentiful toys and games combined with a comprehensive activity schedule will keep little ones busy and tasty meals are provided at the dedicated children's restaurant. While little ones dine with their peers, parents can sample fine Michelin Star cuisine complemented by stunning sea views at one of the hotel's four exceptional restaurants.
Swimming Pool and Gardens at The St. Regis Mardavall Mallorca Resort
Aerial View of the Swimming Pool and Gardens
Children playing in kids' club playground
Kids' Club Playground
To discuss your ideal late summer family adventure, call us today and speak to one of our dedicated Luxury Travel Specialists for their first-hand recommendations for luxurious family fun.
Notes: Please note that at Amara, an additional charge applies for the crèche and baby equipment (including but not limited to; car seats, highchairs, bottle warmers and sterilisers) is subject to request and may incur additional costs.

Samantha  Crosby

Samantha Crosby

Marketing Executive

Holidays make me happy. Feeling the sun on my face on a beautiful beach, exploring city sights or taking in remote views, there's nothing I love more than getting out into the world. I've been lucky enough to spend much of my life visiting interesting places all across the globe and I hope it continues for many more years to come!