Where to go in
December: days are chilly, nights long, Christmas is nearly here - yep,winters arrived. Sunshine and warmth are just a short 4 hr flight away however. The Canaries are bathed in sunshine at this time of the year and are ideal for a shorthaul winter sun escape. Cyprus is only a 5hr flight, and the weather here is very similar to the Canaries. The closer Med destinations such as Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece can still have plenty of warm, sunny days - albeit more variable - and to make them even more attractive - prices are low and crowds are few.
Snow Business: It's winter wonderland season however, so if you prefer snow rather than sun at this time of the year, then there are lots of great options in Europe and further afield, and still some availability over Xmas and New year in - catered or self catered chalets or appts, of hotels, many with excellent childcare. And you can enjoy the snow whether you're skiing or not - skating, tobogganing, sleigh rides are all really popular with families. There are some wonderful family friendly options to suit all budgets, just contact us with your wish list, and we'll send through some ideas and recommendations.
This is also a great time of year to take a city break: cooler weather is ideal for exploring everything a city has to offer, and good options could be Rome, Paris, Venice, Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga, Seville, Berlin, Palma, Nice, Prague, Budapest..... For suggestions and recommendations of city itineraries, resorts and villas throughout the Med just contact us.
December is a great month too for travel to many luxury long haul destinations. The Indian Ocean destinations (Mauritius, Seychelles Maldives), the USA, Dubai and Oman, South Africa are ideal options, and it's the perfect time to visit the Caribbean too - prices are high right over Xmas and New Year, but earlier on in December they can be suprisingly low. There are some fantastic baby and child friendly resorts and villas to choose from in all these destinations.
If you prefer to stay much closr to home, then winter is glorious throughout the UK - beautiful Autumn scenery, bracing walks on beaches or over hills, great food by roaring fires. For suggestions and recommendations of UK options - both hotel and self catering, just contact us.
Need more inspiration? Just try the Babygoes2 newsletter archive - with news, ideas, offers and inspiration for family-friendly escapes throughout the year.
Portugal is an ever-popular year-round destination, with good weather in most seasons and perfect for holidays with babies, children, teenagers - families of all shapes and sizes in fact. We love the luxury villas or suites on the lovely Martinhal Sagres resort - restaurants, spa, tennis and crèche and kids club from 6mths. Martinhal Quinta and the new Martinhal near Lisbon are fab options too. The Vila Vita Parc for hotel luxury with childcare for all ages from 4 mths. The Pine Cliffs Residenceapartments on the Sheraton site – again, great childcare and luxurious apartments offering space and flexibility with no compromise on level of service or facility. Also excellent is Monte Santo near Carvoeiro or the new, stylish Vidamar, with its townhouses with private pools (optional fencing).
The Balearic Islands are ideal for a family friendly off season break: short flights, easy to get around and explore, great food, lovely beaches, excllent walking trails and fascinating towns and villages to visit. Palma, Pollensa, Santanyi and Soller in Mallorca are very good choices for a mix of beach and culture low or peak season, having plenty of art galleries, museums and excellent food. Menorca is quieter but largely unpoilt with stunning cove beaches and very relaxed family friendly atmosphere. Ibiza has stunning scenery, some seriously chic properties and outside San Antonio, is laid back and relaxed.
France is a great location year round and has so much to offer - culture, stunning scenery, fantastic food, beaches. Plenty to explore, great food, scenery, culture, activities, beaches. We have some wonderful child-friendly luxury holiday recommendations throughout this fascinating country - from luxury villas and hotels to simple rural cottages, with just about everything else in between. Contact us for ideas and recommendations
Italy is stunning in all seasons, and has so much to offer – from beautiful countryside villas to luxurious resorts. We recommend a villa in the Tuscan Umbrian or Puglian countryside, the super–chic yet very family friendly Borgo Egnazia in Puglia, or the beautiful Verdura resort in fascinating Sicily - which is high on style and service for parents, and has facilities to keep all the family - baby,child, toddler or teenager happy on holiday. Lots of lovely villas in Sicily too.
A fabulous destination for a holiday with babies and children year round (although flights to some of the islands stop during our winter). With its fantastic cultural and historical heritage, there's so much to explore and see, along with long sunny days from May to October (and generally good weather Nov - April too) crystal clear seas, beautiful beaches and stunning scenery. There are so many accommodation choices, from simple beachside villas to luxurious suites with private pools in 5 star resorts. Many of even the most luxurious resorts are genuinely child friendly, without compromising on the adult experience, and are understandably very popular. We have so many top recommendations for both resorts and villas, just contact us with your wishlist, and we'll send through some suggestions.
Switzerland and Austria and Ski
Glorious destination throughout the year. Crystal clear air, sunshine and stunning scenery.The Hotel Royal Park Evian is beautifully located overlooking Lake Geneva and has superb childcare from babies of 6 mths to teenagers and excellent all round facilities, the luxurious and characterful Gruner Baum in the Austrian Tyrol. Our favourite family-friendly specialists in Sainte Foy, Deux Alpes and Chamonix in France are hugely popular with our visitors and offer everything from luxury hotels and chalets to simple self catering apartments, with crèche, nannies, kids club on offer - making them a great baby and child friendly choice - a fab destination for summer as well as autumn and winter. See all our mountain holiday recommendations here.
Arguably the perfect shorthaul destination for a family friendly holiday at any point during the year: top notch resort hotels, some with créche, kids clubs/babysitting etc, along with great food, excellent spas and very good all round and sports facilities and surprisingly good value. The weather should be warm and sunny, even in winter, with welcome cooling breezes and low humidity. Amongst many others, we recommend the Yaiza in Lanzarote, the Abama and Bahia Del Duque in Tenerife, the Sheraton in Gran Canaria and the Sheraton in Fuerteventura.
A fab destination for this time of year - the weather stays warm Oct-March - ideal for a child friendly luxury holiday. Cyprus boasts a great variety of luxury family and baby friendly hotels, most with excellent facilities for all age groups: baby, toddler, child and teenager. We recommend the Almyra, The Anassa, Aphrodite Hills and the Columbia Beach Hotel and Resort.
Exotic destination, plenty of sun and hot temps, yet only a very short flight from the UK. Children of all ages are fascinated by the colours, sights and sounds of this fascinating country and many of the luxury hotels, villas and Riads are very baby and child friendly, with good facilities. There are a wide variety of options in Marrakech and the Mazagan in Casablanca is an excellent choice for a luxury family friendly beachside resort, and for the adventurous there are some good options in Essaouira too - now easily reachable with Easyjet direct flights.
If you prefer to stay closer to home, we’d recommend The Luxury Family Hotel group – fabulous hotels - all with plenty of character, great food, plenty for adults to enjoy along with a plethora of baby, child - not to mention teenager - friendly facilities including creche and kids club, games rooms, teenager zones, baby and child-friendly dining, pools, spa.
The Polurrian Hotel in Cornwall – from the team behind Martinhal is highly recommended. Stylish, great value, fab beachside location and great childcare from 4 mths. Complimentary bottle of house wine for all babygoes2 visitors. And there are so many wonderful self catering properties of all types - from luxury houses to simple cosy cottages.
Also in Cornwall, on the unspoilt and glorious Roseland Peninsula is the Rosevine - offering stylish rooms and family studios/appts, excellent restaurant and a host of family friendly facilities. Set in lovely gardens in an ideal location just minutes stroll from stunning Porthcurnick beach.
Just contact us for recommendations
Mauritius and the Seychelles
Fabulous luxury family friendly location, good to visit year-round. White sand beaches, azure sea, a very high standard of accommodation and service. Some of the world's leading luxury hotels - most with excellent childcare including nannies, creches, kids clubs and babysitting. Some smaller hotels too and some great self catering options, from luxurious villas with private pools to simple, on the beach properties. Flights can be non stop and overnight, so travel is relatively stress-free, even when travelling with babies and children in tow!
An excellent year – round destination. The weather is still very warm in November (albeit more humid, with few short but sharp showers)- but prices are much lower than peak season. There are a superb variety of options, from the sophisticated to the entirely unspoilt, plenty of villas, hotels, or villas with hotel facilities or private cooks - which are very popular. Hot weather, warm seas, golden sand, plenty of sports, spas, diving, snorkelling. The unique, laid-back Caribbean atmosphere makes for a wonderful, relaxing holiday - ideal for baby, child, teenager and adult alike. Hard to beat. All our Caribbean recommendations are on our Caribbean pages, but we have plenty more hotels and villas to recommend, just contact us and tell us what you'd like from your holiday, whether that's childcare, value for money, contemporary chic, absolute luxury, barefoot luxury, villas with hotel facilities.... Contact us for suggestions.
A fantastic destination for an exciting holiday at any time of year. South Africa is extremely child-friendly in general, and therefore ideal for a family holiday. It's easy to put together an exciting itinerary combining city exploring with safaris, winelands and the garden route.For tailormade ideas and accommodation suggestions, just contact us.
Another fantastic destination for an exciting family friendly holiday – either relaxing in one place or touring. How about the West Coast? Taking in San Francisco, Big Sur, the Yosemite, LA and Disneyland perhaps? Or perhaps a tour around fascinating Florida – the theme parks, the Everglades, the Gulf Coast, Miami and the Keys...guaranteed to appeal to children of all ages.... or maybe the excitement of New York, Boston and the East coast? Or the atmospheric cities of the South such as Charleston and Savannah, plus the unspoilt beauty of the sea islands off the Carolina coast? Or ranching in Arizona, skiing in Colorado... So much to see and explore – for ideas throughout the USA, just contact us .
Middle East: Dubai and Oman
Dubai and Oman are popular choices for a relaxing sun sea and sand holiday. There's a wide wide choice of fantastic resort hotels with every facility, childcare and great food – gorgeous beaches and balmy seas. And only a 6.5-8 hr flight away, with low jet lag.