Porto Zante Villas and Spa
Posted: 09 April 2014
A great alternative to a luxury hotel, a luxury villa resort holiday offers families the comfort of a ‘home from home’, the flexibility to do what they want when they feel like it and a host of five-star facilities on-site. If you’ve never considered a family villa holiday before, a villa resort is a perfect place to start and particularly convenient for those with young children in tow. Here are our pick of five of the best.
Porto Zante Villas & Spa, Zakynthos, Greece
Children will love it here thanks to the special Children’s Entertainment Service that provides a host of supervised activities throughout the day, from crafts to playing board games, as well as the beautiful sandy beach where hours of fun can be had. And, in May a new outdoor Kids Corner will open. There are specially decorated bedrooms and children’s menus too, whilst the options for family excursions include guided trips into the local village and Marathonisi to see the turtles, as well as mini golf and a water park both within minutes of the resort. Babysitting can be arranged too, so if you want to go out without the children for a while, it’s worth bearing in mind.
Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites, Crete, Greece
Nothing is too much trouble for families. Before you even arrive, upon request, the villa resort will be happy to assist with a host of helpful ways to make your stay as carefree as possible, from arranging cots and providing baby equipment, to setting up safety fences around your pool and even shopping for nappies or baby food. Children staying in a villa can also look forward to a selection of toys as well as a table and chairs with paint supplies when they arrive so they can leave their parents to sunbathe outdoors. The Concierge is also on-hand to make a dinner reservation, recommend family days out and arrange private children’s swimming and tennis lessons. In June 2014 the resort will also open a brand new kids’ club and playground, as well as a new Beach Club (four minutes from the resort via shuttle) where there will be sun loungers and somewhere to grab a drink and a bit to eat.
Anahita The Resort, Mauritius
Villas at Anahita The Resort are a fantastic choice for families and have a great balance of indoor and outdoor space including a private swimming pool, as well as a kitchen where meals can be prepared (even by a private Chef if you wish) for when you wish to dine ‘at home’ rather than at the resort’s restaurants. Children can attend the OurSpace children’s club which offers programmes for 8-month to 2-year-olds, 3 to 5-year-olds, 6 to 8-year-olds and 9 to 12-year-olds, that centre around activities including art, sports, fun in the pool, computer games and baking. Children aged 3 to 12 years old also have access to Domain de L’Etoile during their stay which is a wonderland of adventures just fifteen minutes away where valleys, forests and rivers offering the ideal setting for activities including horse-riding, hiking and boating. Older children are not left out either as Escape Club, for those aged between 13 and 18 years, offers the opportunity for table tennis, kayaking, diving, badminton and sailing, to name just a few things. Naturally, you’ll find children’s menus available in all of the hotel’s restaurants too and a babysitting service is available.
Jumby Bay A Rosewood Resort, Antigua
Rosewood Jumby Bay's Estate Houses are some of the most sought-after accommodation in the Caribbean and offer guests secluded pieces of paradise complete with a private pool. There is a choice of four, five, six or eight bedrooms. Guests of all Estate Houses can also enjoy access to Rosewood Jumby Bay’s restaurants, bars, fitness facilities, spa and the Rose Buds children’s service which includes kids’ menus and arranging babysitting, as well as kids’ club activities (when the resort is full) for 3 to 12-year-olds that include cooking, learning about wildlife and Kids' Nights Out.
Mustique Ok so this one is not quite a villa resort as such, but pick a private villa such as Trade Winds on the small and idyllic island of Mustique in the Caribbean and you’ll have a host of activities within easy reach. It’s a haven for children of all ages and given that it feels safe and intimate, you’ll probably feel very happy letting teenage children go off with new-found friends on their own. There is plenty to do on the island including water sports and equestrian activities, and Mustique’s Social Director arranges fantastic events throughout the year, including drive-in movie nights, tennis lessons, pony camp, beach picnics, treasure hunts and kite-flying competitions, perfect for families to spend some quality time together.