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January 29 2020
With January out of the way, we are looking ahead to Spring and Summer planning. Our latest blogpost focuses on eight destinations that excel at family experiences. Whether an outdoor adventure in Canada, or a European beach holiday, we can suggest the best options for you and the family.
Published: January 29 2020
Choosing the right destination when it comes to a family holiday is as important as it is for the parents as it is for the children. Quality time spent with the family is precious and a luxury family holiday is decided by the way you spend time together. In this feature, Go Bespoke hand-picks eight destinations that excel at family experiences, whether it’s adventure-packed resorts, active holidays or private, low-key locations where parents have space to relax and children have space to play. Never has holidaying with the kids been more innovative, educational and fun.
Fogo Island Inn sits atop jagged rocks on north Fogo Island, off the coast of Newfoundland. Each one of its 29 Scandinavian-influenced guest rooms and suites has dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows that open onto the subarctic, see-it-to-believe it landscape. The award-winning Inn is built on the principles of sustainability with 100% of operating surpluses reinvested into the community - this is the place where simplicity is key. From foraging for edible plants, to hiking coastlines normally only frequented by animal life, most guided excursions here are included. Kids aged 12 and under stay free with an adult on Full Board basis.
Daios Cove is an outstanding under-the-radar kids’ resort on its own secluded cove on the island of Crete. Childcare is a key part of the Daios family holiday experience and the resort offers children an entertaining and safe environment in which to play, have fun and let off steam. Babies and toddlers (4 months – 4 years) are supervised in the Crèche Club whilst the Children’s Club runs several sessions throughout the day for kids up to 12 years. Teens can enjoy their very own dedicated Games Room and activities for the whole family include a fantastic range of watersports. The hotel also expertly caters for young families by providing essential paraphenalia like bottle sterilisers, baby monitors and prams in your room. Accommodation is stylish and ultra comfortable, designed to feel like a real home away from home.// Early Booking Offer: save up to 35% off 2020 stays including free Half Board and airport transfers.
Ranked among the Best 100 Hotels in the World, Sublime Comporta is nestled on a stunning 17 hectare estate just an hour from Lisbon. Surrounded by undulating umbrella pines, cork trees, wild sand dunes and over 60km of pristine, white-sand beaches, it is a magical, unspoiled spot for a family getaway. The accommodation for families includes two, three, four and five bedroom spacious villas with private pools, fully equipped kitchens and a full hotel service. There are lots of family-friendly activities to enjoy including riding, cycling, tennis lessons, picnics on the beach or visiting the nearby Sado estuary with its Roman ruins. The hotel’s restaurants all use local produce and the wine cellar is also a hit with parents. And if you’re lucky, you may catch sight of the pod of dolphins that live just off the coast! // Prices from £350 per night based on a family of 4 in a Guest Suite.
Situated near Salcombe and hugging unspoiled South Devon coastline, Gara Rock is the ultimate playground for children and adults alike. Formerly the site of the local coastguards’ cottages, it is a key landmark on the South West Coastal Path overlooking Bolt Head. Families can enjoy surfing lessons, deep-sea fishing, foraging trails, yoga classes for all ages, foodie masterclasses and picnics or BBQs on the nearby beach. Facilities also include indoor and cliff-top pools, spa treatment rooms and the hotel’s own Land Rover to take you for a potter around Salcombe. After days filled with old-fashioned fun in the seaside air, cosy up by the fire in The Lounge room and play one of the hotel’s board games or take over the private cinema room for a family movie night. // Prices from £200 per night including breakfast.
Dating back to 1685, Boschendal is South Africa’s second oldest wine farm and is now a magnificent, bio-diverse environment offering the perfect escape for families. Located near the Franschhoek Valley deep inside the Cape’s Floral Kingdom, it is a place where over 600 species of fynbos and 1000 hectares of protected nature reserve intertwine with fruit orchards. With beautifully restored farm cottages scattered across the land, guests can immerse themselves in farm living where grass-fed Angus cattle, forest-fed pigs and free range chickens work alongside the farmers to grow exquisite bio-dynamic produce for the farm’s two restaurants. Swim in dams, pick fruit from the orchards and explore this magical place by mountain bike, or by horse. A truly authentic farm experience, children aged 4-14 years can also access the new edu-play centre, The Tree House, where activities include outdoor cooking and art classes.// Prices from £442 per night based on a family of four.
The privately owned Sani Resort is set in a 1,000 acre ecological reserve on the coastline of the Halkidiki Peninsula in northern Greece. Home to five award-winning luxury hotels including Sani Club and Porto Sani, the resort stretches across fragrant pine forests, golden sands and crystal clear waters with plenty of activities to keep the whole family occupied. Thrill seekers can enjoy the new Adventure Park which offers exhilarating zip lines and challenge bridges between tree platforms – plus other activities include PADI diving, the Rafa Nadal Tennis and Chelsea FCF Football academies. // Children under 12 stay free in 3 of the 5 hotels.
Blending seamlessly into the Andalucían landscape in the foothills of the Casares mountains between Marbella and Sotogrande, this boutique hotel has been ranked 1st in the Best 20 Hotels in Spain & Portugal. Reflecting the traditional style of Spanish ‘fincas’ with its red clay tiles and white-washed walls, the accommodation comprises 67 spacious suites and private villas with terraces or a garden. The FC Kids’ Club keeps little ones entertained with plenty of outdoor activities including sailing, fishing, horse-riding, mountain biking and even skiing in the Sierra Nevada in the winter. There are also two mosaic-tiled swimming pools, a Beach Club and a luxurious spa – not to mention a Michelin-starred restaurant and one of Spain’s best golf courses. // Prices from £1,968 per night based on a family of four in a Two Bedroom Villa.
Forte Village offers a choice of 8 luxury hotels, 13 private villas and 40 suites all nestled among 50 hectares of beautiful white sand beach and tropical gardens. Known as the best family resort in Sardinia, it offers an unparalleled range of facilities for the whole family. There are numerous sporting and leisure activities to choose from in addition to the world-class Acquaforte Thalasso & Spa. In particular, Hotel Bouganville is set in lush grounds at the heart of the resort and offers spacious bungalow-style accommodation for families near the beach. Children can enter their own little world in the Wonderland Kids Club which is run by trained staff, including theatre and craft studios, a vegetable garden and activity village dedicated to Forte’s mascot, Mario the parrot. // Prices from £582 per night for a family of 4 in a Deluxe Family Bungalow on Half Board.
For more information on any of these destinations, or to find out about other family-friendly resorts we are partnered with, please contact us on 020 8935 5779. Find out more about the team and how we work on our About page.
Hanna joined Go Bespoke in February 2018 and has over 15 years’ experience working in Marketing & PR. She studied Modern Languages at University, and lived in Granada in Spain before working for a city-based tour operator and then at Orient Express. Hanna is our resident Spanish speaker, and also speaks French and a bit of Portuguese. She looks after all our social media and marketing collateral, including the website and anything visual that you might see!
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