Do you like visiting new places or do you like returning to the same place on holiday? Personally I like to visit new places but with the addition of 3 little people the past few years, we have come to the conclusion that it is easier to go back to the same place each year so you can get into the swing of the holiday straight away. We went to Le Touquet in Northern France for 3 years in a row and are returning to Burnham Market in Norfolk again this summer.
Having said that, if one of these hotels was laid on a plate I wouldn’t say no! They are geared at making your family holiday enjoyable and relaxing from the offset.
Brace yourself, I have no doubt you will be inspired by one of them too!
IDEAL FOR OLDER CHILDREN
Sani Dunes, Greece – Opening July 2017
Sani Resort, Greece’s much-loved five-star resort and ecological reserve, is delighted to expand its already extensive choice of suites and rooms with a band new adult-friendly hotel, Sani Dunes, set to open in July 2017.
This chic new destination will offer a private beach, indoor and outdoor heated pools, an exclusive spa with six private treatment rooms, including a couple’s suite with private steam bath, a special Thai massage cabin, Jacuzzi, fitness studio and gourmet restaurants. With 80 open plan suites and 56 spacious rooms with handcrafted furniture and uncluttered interiors, Sani Dunes is the ideal place for grown up, intimate escapes and a relaxed beach holiday for families with children above the age of 12.
IDEAL FOR AN ADVENTUROUS FAMILY
Families looking to enjoy a cruise in 2017 will be spoilt for choice, as Tauck is excited to double the number of its family river cruise departures from 10 to 20.
With exciting shore excursions, on-board activities and exclusive experiences, Tauck’s award-winning family river cruises have been carefully designed with family needs in mind and offer great flexibility and variety, with just the right balance of shared activities, downtime, culturally–immersive experiences and sheer family fun.
As well as more family departures, 2017 will also see a bolstered itinerary for Tauck’s Bon Voyage! France Family River Cruise on the Rhône River, with a guided bike ride in Paris and a special chocolate art demonstration, sure to delight any young explorer.
Tauck will also launch a brand new family river cruise on the Seine. The eight-day Family Fun Along the Seine: Paris to Normandy river cruise will be Tauck’s fourth river cruise designed specifically for families, along with its other family-focused itineraries on the Danube, Rhône and Rhine. Beginning with a two-night hotel stay and guided sightseeing tour around Paris, families booked on Family Fun Along the Seine will then set sail for five-nights aboard Tauck’s newly reconfigured ms Sapphire riverboat. This exciting new trip features a fun-packed itinerary with a full-day excursion to Normandy’s D-Day Beaches and a guided visit to artist Claude Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny. During the cruise, families will have the choice between more active options, such as hiking to a medieval chateau, or a cycling through around Marie Antoinette’s farm, or more relaxed activities, such as a walking tour around the village of Les Andelys and a tour of the Palace of Versailles.
IDEAL FOR YOUNG FAMILIES
Dukes Dubai – Opening 2017
Luxury hotel group, Dukes Collection is thrilled to announce the much-anticipated opening of Dukes Dubai in 2017, situated at the beginning of the famous Palm Jumeirah, a highly-coveted location for this five-star hotel. It will encompass a quintessentially British feel inspired by its famous London counterpart, Dukes London, renowned as a firm family favourite welcoming children and their parents as a home-away-from-home.
With a kids club and lazy river to get children from the hotel down to the pool in a fun but safe way, Dukes Dubai will be going all out to welcome families to this new destination in 2017. The hotel is delighted to be working with a range of the best of British suppliers, bringing these to the UAE for the first time
Spread over 15 floors, Dukes Dubai will consist of 506 gorgeous rooms in total. This includes 279 bedrooms of which 64 will be luxury suites, and 20 will make up part of the women-only Duchess floor, plus 227 fully furnished hotel apartments. The hotel will also boast an outdoor infinity pool with dramatic views over the ocean and the hotel’s private beach, as well as an atmospheric indoor pool and cocktail bar on the 15th floor.
IDEAL FOR A SHORT FAMILY BREAK
Park Hyatt Mallorca – Opened 1st June 2016
Park Hyatt Mallorca, the newest Park Hyatt branded resort property is based along the quiet and undeveloped east coast of the island. This hotel marks the Hyatt Hotels Corporation’s entry into the Spanish island of Mallorca. Overlooking the picturesque Canyamel valley, Park Hyatt Mallorca features the style of a traditional Mallorquin hilltop village, complete with a convivial village square, world-class dining and superb wellness, leisure and spa facilities. Part of Group Cap Vermell, hotel guests benefit from access to a nearby Beach Club and Country Club with additional recreational and sporting facilities.
Suites host up to 4 occupants including children. There is a children’s pool and a day centre for younger children. The Country Club will also be providing children’s facilities which guests will have paid access to. There is a football pitch and tennis courts there. Some of the additional benefits are the kids go free policy for children up to and including 12 years of age for accommodation and breakfast. On half board they have 50% off the supplementary charge so there are great deals for children.
IDEAL AS A FAMILY TRIP OF A LIFETIME
Wilderness Safaris’ new Little Ruckomechi Camp – Just Opened
After much anticipation, Little Ruckomechi Camp has now officially opened in luxury safari operator, Wilderness Safaris’ private concession in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park, offering an intimate and authentic safari experience in this remarkable wilderness area. Little Ruckomechi is a small and intimate tented camp, ideal for sole-use bookings and family groups or small parties travelling together with a private guide. Set amongst the iconic albida trees that characterise the area, the Camp comprises just three elegant and airy tented suites built on wooden decks. The living spaces include a dining and lounge area, as well as a plunge pool, all overlooking the majestic Zambezi River.
All activities at Little Ruckomechi are led by a private guide who will ensure that guests are able to choose the tempo of their day, whether enjoying day and night game drives, birding, nature walks or a range of water-based adventures such as canoeing, river cruises or catch-and-release fishing. The wildlife-rich area is home to large numbers of elephant, buffalo, hippo and eland. Predators such as lion, leopard and wild dog are all found in the area and bird life is abundant.
IDEAL FOR BABIES
Princess Baiza is pleased to announce the introduction of Baby Kikoland! As part of its 10,000m2 sensational Kikoland kids club, Princesa Yaiza will now be providing supervision for children as young as four months old. With the added extra of webcam access for mobile devices, new parents can enjoy some downtime safe in the knowledge that their babies are being looked after in expert hands.
Princesa Yaiza is now offering babies between the ages of four and 35 months a new supervised baby club service, in addition to its supervised kids clubs for ages three and above.
The service will offer more than just babysitting, with supervisors trained in pre-school education the educational, physical and intellectual development of the baby will be nurtured through both indoor and outdoor play.
There is also a football course throughout the summer for older children! Win!
So which one is for you? Happy perusing! xx