Fill Your Luxury Summer Holiday With Sport
When sunshine, beach-life and splashing in the pool is not quite enough to hit the family holiday hot spot, try combining with an exciting sporting academy in Europe. With expert tuition, professionally-branded camps and impressive facilities, there’s bound to be a venue to suit every sports-mad youngster.
The Pacemaker - Forte Village, Sardinia
If your whole family seeks less relaxation and more exhilaration, then hot foot it to Forte Village in Sardinia, where the list of activities available is as long as the striking beachfront. Setting a challenging pace with a diverse variety of sports, including football, rugby, tennis, hockey, cycling, swimming, netball and dancing, there is plenty of attractions to ensure an active holiday.
If the dedicated Chelsea Football Academy does not hit the spot, the Buglioni Boxing Academy may pull the right punch. For younger guests, however, Marvin’s Magic Academy is bound to add a touch of wonder, whilst the Table Tennis Academy may suit the less energetic of players. For all-out thrills and high-speed skills, the Go-Kart Academy more than meets the need for speed and delivers a rush in the right direction.
Another keen player in the Italian sporting stakes is the luxurious Sicilian gem, Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte Hotel. With nearly two kilometres of private Mediterranean coastline, three Kyle Phillips golf courses, a 60-metre infinity pool, six clay tennis courts, a world-class spa, four restaurants and a Juventus Football Academy, this five-star southern coastal resort is a shining star serving exceptional service.
Sardinia aside, there are other enticing destinations offering pursuits that will tick all the right boxes. Whilst Greece holds ancient appeal, its endless attractions are as impressive as its sunsets. The sublime northern Greek peninsula of Halkidiki has further ‘upped’ its game this year with Sani Resort’s introduction of a football academy, in partnership with Chelsea FC Foundation. Offering football-crazy children the chance to improve their soccer skills and to learn from seasoned professionals, this star-studded academy is bound to be a sporting triumph adding a healthy addition to your family’s summer holiday. If football fails to mark the spot, then watersports will certainly make a big splash here. The inviting Aegean Sea beckons, and the resort provides opportunities for superb sailing, or PADI-certified scuba-diving.
The southern Greek peninsula of Peloponnese offers rugged appeal, with untouched sandy beaches, and The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino is a dream destination for families. Boasting two 18-hole golf courses. a splash park, football, tennis and PADI-accredited diving, plus a state-of-the-art spa, there is an attraction for every age. A secluded spot, away from the crowds, with its own private beach, this is an ideal option for shyer sporting types.
Play In Portugal
Awarded ‘Best Family Resort in Portugal’, Pine Cliffs Hotel, a Luxury Collection Resort is an extensive resort with a plethora of activities for families of all ages. Matching its spectacular Algarve cliff-top setting, the fabulous Kids’ and Teens Clubs, seven swimming pools, golf course, children’s Pirate Ship and activities ranging from beach volleyball to archery and aqua ball, provide a stunning menu of pursuits for children — not to mention the new football academy to match the established Annabel Croft Tennis Academy.
Anyone for tennis — in Spain? A glittering star along the Golden Mile, Puente Romano Marbella comprises 13 acres of subtropical gardens and tempting beachfront. With five pools, swimming lessons, golf, a spa, horse-riding, tennis, watersports, a beach club, paddle tennis court and Michelin Star Dining to boot, there is never a dull moment here! With specialist academies dedicated to tennis, golf, football and watersports, children aged between 8 and 16 years are guaranteed great sport schools and a challenging match.
Tennis In Tenerife
Far from just a summer attraction, The Ritz-Carlton, Abama is a perennial family favourite and a resort for all seasons. With a world-class Ritz Kids club, Teen Club and Annabel Croft Academy, perfect for tennis buffs, this Tenerife property always packs in the fun. For keen golfers, the Dave Thomas-designed 18-hole, par 72, golf course is a scenic wonder set around twenty-two lakes and surrounded by 25,000 palm trees and waterfalls. With views over the Atlantic Ocean to the island of La Gomera, this is an inspiring Tenerife course to help the days go with a swing.
Make A Splash In Croatia
The stunning Dalmatian Coast is the home turf of Sun Gardens Dubrovnik and this Croatian seafront gem is the perfect family fixture for a sporting summer holiday. If you’re a fan of mixing sport, captivating Adriatic views and a dash of culture from Dubrovnik’s Old Town — a UNESCO World Heritage Site — then this is a winning venue and perfect holiday cocktail. Play badminton, tennis and squash, or try volleyball, before joining in the action at the new specialist Sports Academies for ages 3 to 17 years. With dedicated football, basketball, tennis, swimming and water polo camps, there’s enough to stop any sibling squabbles! Meanwhile, adults can indulge with tempting cookery and yoga classes, a spa, plus resort Wine Academy — all providing a perfectly polished finale for any heady summer day.
Whatever your family’s sporting passion or skill level, there is an academy to inspire and challenge your little ones this summer. The above resorts all offer the chance to combine a beautiful location with the opportunity to gain new skills, become inspired by professional coaching and experience sensational sporting facilities, As parents, you don’t always have to take a supporting role – join in the action and find your perfect pursuit, too!
So, start the clock, set the tone, pick up the pace and take an athletic approach to booking your summer holiday in 2018. There is so much to discover in beyond the sunshine, beaches and pools!
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