If you haven’t booked your summer family holiday yet, don’t panic – there are still plenty of stunning hotels and villas to be found, from Corsica to Mexico, St Lucia to Crete….
Domes of Elounda, Autograph Collection, Crete
Space is the ultimate luxury here for families – that and everything else the resort has to offer: three fresh-water pools, kid-cooling fountains, ‘mummy & me’ spa activities, children’s menus, kids’ club, fully-serviced private beach and special welcome gifts for you and your little ones. Book a seven-night stay by 4 July 2016 and you’ll save up to £820 per family (based on two adults and two children sharing a Family Suite with sea view and outdoor Jacuzzi, including free half board, return flights from London Gatwick and private transfers). Added complimentary benefits for booking with Carrier include priority room allocation, VIP check-in and check-out with a glass of champagne, an à la carte dinner, a 10% saving at Anthos Steak House & Grill and free access to the kids’ club.
The Landings, St Lucia
Family summer sun doesn’t get better than this. The Landings is a modern and relaxed beach resort on the north of the island with a kids’ club for three plus and a wide range of water sports – and the good news is that if you book by 30 June you’ll get all-inclusive family summer holiday, staying in a two-bedroom luxury villa suite complete with designer kitchen (this 50% discount for adults with children both staying and eating for free makes the saving £4,000 for a family of two adults and two children aged 11 and under. The price of £6,799 is on an all-inclusive basis and includes flights with BA and private transfers.
Mas Mateu, Catalonia
The perfect opulent escape for families in search of a tranquil Spanish hideaway, Mas Mateu is on an exquisite 18th-century estate in the Emporda region of Catalonia, offering exceptional food, service and facilities for upwards of 20 guests. With three living areas, main and summer kitchen, multiple terraces and its own gym and cinema room, families have plenty of room in which to relax; made even easier by the home’s full-time butler and two chefs, who can prepare anything from a 21 course degustation menu through to Argentinian barbecues. The décor expertly blends sleek mod-cons and impressive design with traditional Spanish touches (think exposed wood beams and light, airy fabrics). Families have plenty on-site to keep them entertained, from the football pitch, basketball court and paddle court, to the sparkling outdoor swimming pool and on-site bicycles and quad bikes; ideal for exploring the area. Mas Mateu even houses a world-class equestrian facility with numerous indoor and outdoor schools and stabling. From £37,300 per week- £3,730pp based on up to ten guests sharing. including in-house butler, two chefs and team of housekeepers.
Verdura Resort, A Rocco Forte, Sicily
A magnificent stretch of beach and a backdrop of olive and lemon groves is the location for Rocco Forte Hotels’ first resort style property. With a state-of-the-art Wellness Centre, the indulgent Verdura Spa, three golf courses, tennis courts, watersports and one of the largest infinity-edge swimming pools in Europe – you won’t be short of things to do here. Little ones are made to feel extra special with personalised amenities, milk and cookies at turndown and a child-friendly treatment menu at Verdura Spa. Explore your surroundings via land or sea, with cycling, waterskiing and sailing also available as fun options for family activities.
Villa Luna, Corsica
Ideal for families with kids of various ages is Villa Luna, a spacious villa escape sleeping up to ten guests, occupying a quiet hillside location with panoramic views over Corsica’s Palombaggia beach. Inside are five en-suite bedrooms, a large lounge area and top-of-the-range kitchen-diner, while outside guests have ample outdoor terraces for sunbathing and al fresco dinners, cooked by your very own private chef. Little ones will love the sparkling heated swimming pool, private playground and gardens to explore, while older kids (and adults) have a gym, two hot tubs and cinema room to enjoy. There’s even a boules pitch and bar; the ideal spot for sundowners while taking in the incredible views out to sea. From £1,750 per person for a week’s stay based on ten sharing, including private chef and hostess, daily housekeeping, welcome pack and concierge service. Food charged additionally.
Grand Velas Riviera Maya, Mexico
At Grand Velas, interconnecting rooms are guaranteed at time of booking and two out of three accommodation sections (known as ‘ambiances’) are ideally suited to families. The Zen Grand section is located less than a mile from the private beach and young explorers will love having the spacious Zen Grand Suites as their base. Set in the Mayan rainforest, eagle-eyed observers can catch glimpses of raccoons, deer and monkeys amongst the trees. Water babies might prefer the Ambassador Suites by the main infinity pool, right in the heart of the action and next to the teenager’s centre and Grand Velas Kids Club. The renowned children’s club offers movies, storytelling and Mayan arts and crafts such as piñata making, whilst The Teens’ Club boasts air hockey, pool tables and ping pong. The surrounding crystalline waters, bursting with marine life, can be explored with snorkelling and scuba-diving tours. Parents of tiny tots are sure to enjoy the complimentary in-room dining and minibar.
Villa Dalt Roig, Ibiza
Surrounded by woodland in Es Torrent in Ibiza’s south is Villa Dalt Roig, an interesting property made up of three separate guest houses, sleeping up to 14 guests across seven en-suite bedrooms. With incredible sea views from its hillside location, each of the houses has its own pool, with two fully equipped kitchen, numerous terraces, dining spaces and huge gardens, making it perfect for group family getaways. The main houses emanates a typical Ibizan style across three levels, with Sabina wood ceilings, open fireplaces and a private chill-out terrace from the master bedroom. Es Moli (“the Mill”) is a rustic stone-built house with its own kitchen, swimming pool and two double en-suite bedrooms, as well as a Balinese chill out bed next to the pool, while Balcon Moon – the smallest of the three – sleeps just two and is built in a traditional Balinese style. The upper level is an open-sided chill-out lounge with day bed, kitchen and bathroom and spectacular views, especially at sunset. The bedroom is on the lower level and has an open-air bathroom, its own private terrace and small swimming pool – great for couples wanting a little peace and quiet. From £20,000 per week, equating to £1,428pp based on 14 sharing on a self-catering basis, including daily cleaning and concierge service.