We haven’t taken leave of our senses – we’re all for budget travel here at Space In Your Case, but sometimes, for a special occasion, it’s nice to splash out. And despite what you may think, there are some luxury hotels that cater just as well for kids as they do for you. Here are six of our favourites…
With its blissed out vibes by the pool (chill out music and smoothies, anyone?) you could close your eyes and actually believe that Martinhal in Portugal was a super-cool resort aimed at 20-somethings. But actually, families are the main clientele here. The 5* hotel’s top notch childcare means you can relax in the sun for a few hours before getting in some serious splash around time as a family. During meals, the hotel offers a supervised activity area in the fine dining restaurant and their kids’ menu is totally fresh and healthy.
Rooms from £112.60 per night (inc tax). Book at Martinhal.com.
Babington House, Somerset
The ultimate countryside destination for media types, Babington House is a rare gem in that you’d feel equally as comfortable here as a couple, as you would on a family break. The stable block rooms are ideal for guests with little people – they have a separate bedroom with bunkbeds downstairs and a master bedroom upstairs, plus games consoles and board games too. With the Teeny House creche and The Loft for teens, your kids won’t get bored here (and there might even be a chance for you to visit the Cowshed spa…)
Rooms start at £400 per night. Book at Babingtonhouse.co.uk.
The London Edition
Known for being a London Fashion week destination du jour, you might think that the London Edition (and its restaurant The Berners Tavern) are a strictly child-free zone. But the hotel’s recently launched family package proves otherwise. Families are given two inter-connecting rooms, complete with iPad loaded with kids’ movies, milk and cookies, London Underground themed play tent and a special scrap book with endless tips on where to go for fun in London. Also included in the package is four hours of babysitting – meaning you can go for drinks in the Punch Room or dinner at the Berners. Divine.
The family package starts at £535 and can be booked at Edition-hotels.marriott.com/london
Sani Resort, Halkidiki
If pool games, mini discos and nature explorations sound up your kids’ street, then they’ll love the Sani Resort in Greece. You’ll love it too, but for entirely different reasons – namely the spa, the ecological reserve surrounding the resort and the huge range of eating options, from a deli to a trattoria and from traditional Greek to sushi. As well as regular kids’ clubs, Sani offers a Babewatch service, with babysitters on the beach to give you a little relaxation time.
A week at Sani starts at £514pp (inc flights and full board). Book at thomson.co.uk.
Woolley Grange, Bradford-on-Avon
For parents of small children, the baby listening service is the cherry on top of the Woolley Grange cake – staff listen in on your (hopefully) sleeping children while you drink nice wine in the bar or eat in the restaurant. During the day, the Orangery restaurant screams ‘Welcome!’ to kids, with plastic cutlery and crockery piled up for them, high chairs a-plenty and a superb menu. Older kids will love the games room, swingball and trampoline and DVD library. Just a half hour drive from Longleat Safari Park, this could be the ideal family break destination.
Rooms start at £50 per night. Book at woolleygrangehotel.co.uk.
Levante Beach Resort, Rhodes
There aren’t many European hotels that will teach your three-year-old how to windsurf as part of the childcare that’s included in the price of your holiday. At this Mark Warner hotel, the emphasis is very much on providing you with the highest possible quality childcare, leaving you to relax by the over 18s pool with a daiquiri (or take part in the daily water polo matches if you’re in an energetic mood). We were so impressed by the Levante childcare, in fact, that we’ve dedicated a whole post to it – take a read. The spa, sailing lessons, bikes and mouth watering food are all contributing factors too, of course, to this being a top family holiday destination.
A week starts at £526pp (inc flight and half board). Book at markwarner.co.uk