Thinking about taking advantage of the relaxation of travel restrictions and getting away for half-term with the kids? Enjoy sun and a holiday on the continent at one of these family-friendly five-star resorts…
Photo: Creta Maris Beach Resort
1 Creta Maris Beach Resort, Crete, Greece
Looking for an all-inclusive option for the family so you squeeze in as much relaxation in as possible? Creta Maris Beach Resort has 10 adult pools and five kids pools for you to take a dip in, and doze off next to.
There’s also a a waterpark that has aqua playgrounds for little ones to splash about in, as well as slides and river rapids for older children, teenagers and parents who still are kids at heart.
There’s also opportunities to get a round of golf in, have a hit of tennis, try out kayaking and other water sports and catch a flick at the end of the day at the resort’s open air cinema.
Dine in one of the six restaurants serving up traditional and contemporary Greek and Mediterranean dishes, and have a post-dinner cocktail at one of the several bars.
Looking for a date night activity once the kids are in bed? Dine in private, by candle light, next to the sea, or belt out some of your favourite tunes at the karaoke bar.
For deals and availability, visit cretamaris.gr
2 Terre Blanche, Cote d’Azur, Provence, France
If you’re thinking about escaping London with the family and would like to be doted on, this luxury resort is nestled in the hills of Provence’s Cote d’Azur and has heaps of activities for children, teens and adults to enjoy.
Just 35 minutes from Cannes and 45 minutes from Nice Airport, the resort is designed as a Provencal village, located within 750 acres of unspoiled forest and home to a multi-award-winning spa, two tennis courts as well as a two 18-hole championship golf courses.
The Kids’ Club will offer a special activities programme during half term, suitable for three to 12-year-olds. This includes exclusive golf lessons for those who want to channel their inner Tiger Woods. There’s also several play areas suitable for various age ranges.
There’s also horse-riding, gliding, perfume creation workshops and exclusive wine tastings from some of the region’s most prestigious wine makers to try out as well.
If you’ve got teenage offspring or a large family, you can opt for connecting suites for extra privacy and space.
To book or enquire about packages, visit terre-blanche.com
3 El Palace Barcelona, Barcelona Spain
This grand hotel dates back to 1919 and much of its rich decor and interiors retains the Louis XIV aesthetics. For families, the hotel offers luxurious, family rooms and suites that can fit up to seven guests.
And if this, plus catching autumnal, poolside rays at El Palace Barcelona’s rooftop (the largest rooftop terrace in central Barcelona) isn’t enough of a draw card, perhaps the hotel’s Pet Relations Manager, Lulu the dachshund, is.
El Palace Barcelona even has Lulu stuffed toys for you to take home, should you fall in love with the real one, along with other treats for children such as tents in the rooms, kid-sized robes and slippers.
Centrally located, the hotel is ideal for a city-break. You’ve got La Sagrada Familia and city beaches a stroll away, as well as Placa de Catalunya and the contemporary art museum near by too.
For information on deals and promotions, visit hotelpalacebarcelona.com
4 Hotel Eden, Rome, Italy
In the heart of Rome, this luxurious, chic hotel offers a number of unique experiences that get your little ones exploring Italy’s traditions and its ancient capital city.
These include gelato and pizza making classes with the hotel’s chef and art classes that focus on fresco paintings (a technique common to Italian Renaissance murals, used by various Masters including Michelangelo).
There’s also the little gladiator experience where children learn about gladiator life and undertake gladiator training (with a foam, eye-friendly sword of course), an interactive VatiKids experience which engages children with famous artworks through tech, and a castle hunt at Castel Sant’Angelo, which also uses technology to help children learn about the monument’s history.
Part of the Dorchester Collection, Hotel Eden is also an opportunity for parents to treat themselves as well. It’s home to Michelin-starred restaurant La Terrazza and a spa offering a host of treatments.
For more information or to see what offers are available, visit dorchestercollection.com
5 Hotel Metropole, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Adding to its meticulously styled rooms that are almost Wes Anderson-esque, Hotel Metropole has recently launched a new family suite, which has been designed specifically for children in collaboration with Sabrina Monte-Carlo Kids.
Connecting to a deluxe junior suite, the family suite features tailormade, fairy-tale décor. This includes a cosy cradle for the hotel’s youngest guests that has been hand-painted by Knightsbridge children’s furniture designers Dragons of Walton Street.
For older children, a unique bed with a cloud headboard has been specially designed made to measure by the Sabrina Monte-Carlo team.
Adding to this, the hotel also offers a range of family activities as part of its Just For You programme. This includes cooking classes taken by the hotel’s pastry chef, paleontology classes for dinosaur lovers and workshops on travel photography so you can get your Insta account looking sharp.
For information on deals and offers, visit metropole.com