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Romancing the family...

Does saying hello to the patter of tiny feet have to mean waving goodbye to romantic breaks? Happily, the answer is a resounding NO. At babygoes2 we've been delighted to have been able to help so many of our visitors organise some of the most romantic holidays of their lives - from Valentine's breaks, to honeymoons, anniversaries and renewal of vows - and in every case, the children came along too.

The key of course, is to select a destination and hotel with a high romance factor, but which also offers excellent babysitting or childcare, so that you have time to yourselves and can relax, knowing that the children are not only safely supervised, but enjoying themselves too. Another service which can make a real difference is in-suite dining. A delicious meal in your room, or terrace, while the children sleep peacefully in their own room close by, can be one of the most stress-free ways of enjoying a romantic dinner together.

Of course everyone has their own definition of romance, so we always discuss each romantic break with our visitors individually to make sure we can offer the right suggestions and recommendations to suit their tastes. However, given that Valentine's Day is just around the corner, we thought we'd offer some inspiration with a quick summary of some of our favourite places for a romantic stay.

For a quote and/or more info on any of the suggestions below, and for individual advice on romantic holidays with children, just contact us.

The UK:
Fowey Hall, Cornwall
Cornwall is an utterly romantic destination at any time of the year - all that dramatic scenery, fabulous beaches, wild seas, swirling mists and (if you're lucky) balmy sunny days. Fowey Hall offers a stunning setting, romantic and atmospheric accommodation (suites you'd be happy to lounge around in all day...), great food and service, heated indoor pool AND a creche to keep the children happy. Rooms from £160 per room per night.

Other hotels offering a similar experience: Woolley Grange( Cotswolds), Calcot Manor (Cotswolds), Ickworth (Suffolk), Moonfleet Manor (Dorset), The Grove (Hertfordshire).

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Choupana Hills Spa and Resort, Madeira
Very chic, very romantic and ideal for a short (or long) winter sun break. The boutique hotel is set in lovey gardens overlooking Funchal, and has beautiful contemporary-style rooms and suites. Some suites even have their own private jacuzzis on the terrace. Indoor and outdoor pools, very good restaurant, excellent and unobtrusive service. And the hotel can provide excellent babysitters day or night. 3 nights from around £500 per adult including flights.

The Anassa, Cyprus
One of the top hotels in the Med, the Anassa offers very stylish accommodation and an exclusive yet friendly atmosphere. One bedroom suites with or without private pool, spa, excellent facilities, organic garden, great restaurant. Excellent nannies/babysitters easily arranged. Again, a very good option for a really special short break, year-round.
Other great hotels in Cyprus incliude the Almyra, Annabelle and Elysium.

Asterias suites Halkidiki, Greece
Very chic deluxe boutique hotel. Huge one bedroomed suites with furnished terraces leading to little gardens which in turn lead to the beach or the pool.There's a very romantic bar and restaurant overlooking the marina, or for the ultimate romantic experience, in-suite dining on you rown terrace, overlooking either the marina or the sea, while your little one/s sleep peacefully in their (own bedroom). Lovely, blue flag beaches right outside the hotel, operating a 'Babe watch' programme - they'll look after your baby for up to 30 mins free of charge whilst you have some beach time together. Direct flights with BA - so perfect for a short break or a fully fledged holiday. From £750 per adult for a week, including flights and transfers.

Elounda Gulf Villas, Crete
Exclusive collection of villas and villa suites with hotel-style service including massage and babysitting. Gym, pool and restaurant. Beach close by. Very romantic, stunning views. 7 nights from £859 per adult inc flights and transfers.

Alva Park Resort and Spa, Spain
Located close enough to Barcelona to be able to explore the city, the hotel is a chic and contemporary sanctuary with excellent service and a Molton Brown spa. Swimming pools for adults and children, indoor pool, fitness centre...AND there's a kids club from 3 yrs with cinema and babysitting is easily arranged. From £579 to £685 for 3 nights, extra nights from £132 to £173 depending on the season.

Four Seasons, Provence
The first Four Seasons resort in Europe is a luxurious all-suite resort set in the beautiful provencal countryside just outside Fayence. Lovely, spacious and stylish suites and villas. Great facilities, very romantic setting. Good children's programme from 5 yrs plus babysitting. 3 nights from £579 to £979, extra nights £138-£272 per person per night.

Kempinski Giardino de Costanza Resort and Spa, Sicily
Just an hour from Palermo, this deluxe and stylish hotel offers an away-from-it all environment in romantic Sicily. Bars and restuarant, wine cellar with tasting, Daniela Steiner spa, indoor pool and turkish hammam, gym and yoga, outdoor pool...and crucially, a creche/kids club from 3 yrs plus babysitting. A week from around £1249 per adult.

La Vignola, Tuscany
La Vignola is a Tuscan villa which has been converted into a series of very comfortable and well decorated apartments. The location is stunning - high on a hill with a wonderful panormaic view over the large infinity pool to the Tuscan hills beyond. Really glorious. Plenty of privacy, as each apartment has its own al fresco area and lounge with fire place for cooler nights (appts are heated too). But there is also a beautifully positioned furnished porticcio - a great place to sit and sip a glass of wine and watch the sunset. And where are the children? Being looked after by either nannies or babysitters, or taking part in the organised activities the estate puts on, such as pizza making and Italian lessons, or just relaxing at the supervised video screenings. Olive press, wineries, beautiful hill top towns and restaurants all close by. From £700 rental for an apartment sleeping 3 for one week. Flights extra.

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Royal Mirage, Dubai
A very popular mid-haul destination for 5 night stays as well as longer holidays - direct flights with little jet lag. The Royal Mirage, built in the style of Arabian palace, is very stylish, very luxurious with superb facilities, excellent food and service. And there is an excellent kids club from 2 yrs (babysitters for younger children), leaving you free to enjoy romantic time together. From around £1500 per person peak season for 7 nights inc direct flights and transfers.

Carlisle Bay, Antigua
Superbly romatic - this new and very chic hotel has everythign you could possibly need for a romantic holiday including a private leather seated cinema. Excellent spa, yoga and pilates, lovely beach, beautiful pool. The beach suites have a small second bedroom ideal for a baby or child. Nannies and babysitters easily hired. from £2859 per adult inc flights peak season, £2257 May - early Dec.

Petit Bacaye Cottage Hotel, Grenada
The perfect spot for a romantic holiday of barefoot luxury. Individual cottages (one bedroomed) set in tropical gardens and leading to a fabulous bach.Massage, good food, and very good nannies to take of the children. it's been very highly recommended by babygoes2 visitors. From just £975 per person for a week inc flights and transfers.

Malliouhana resort and Spa, Anguilla
A very exclusive and luxurious hotel set on one of the world's best beaches on secluded Anguilla. Lovely rooms, glorious sea views, great spa, sublime cuisine...and good childcare/kids club from 6 mths. From £2177 per adult peak season for a week, from £1652 from April 1, including flights and transfers.

One of the most beautiful and romantic destinations in the world - stunning beaches, azure seas, world-class hotels with butler service and superb food, spas and facilities. Hotels at all levels, but for the ultimate romantic experience we'd recommend le Touessrok - one week from £2379, 10 nights from £2600 half board to March 18. Excellent childrens club from 2 yrs, babysitters + nannies. Just perfect. Other good options: the Residence, from £2000 per person for one week, Legends from £1300 per person for a week including flights and transfers on a half board basis.

Lemuria - an all suite 5 star hotel in a wonderful location overlooking a lagoon in the utterly gorgeous Seychelles. Very stylish, excellent facilities, good food, lovely beach, and very good kids club from 3 yrs plus babysitting for younger children.

Or for utter luxury: Fregate Island Private. Beautiful villas with every luxury leading to one of the most stunning beaches in the world. Excellent facilities, superlative service, childrens room and playground. From £6000 per person full board inc flights for 6 nights.

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