What to book NOW
Autumn and winter sun
Now is the time to make sure of an injection of summer sun when the nights have drawn in and the chill of winter is on its way. The canaries, Cape Verde Islands, Middle East, Caribbean and Indian Ocean and all great choices with good offers outside peak periods.
October half term
It's not too late to book your escape to the sun before winter kicks in. Flights and accommodation are limited, but there are still some great options: shorthall sun in the Canaries Turkey and Cyprus, further afield the Indan Ocean and Middle East destinations are ideal. It's a great time for activity holday in the UK and throoughout the Med - and also for city visits - lots to explore in warm but not sweltering weather.
Christmas and New Year
Longhaul flights are already very busy, but we can still find availability - just let us know where you's like to go and we'll help you find it - this still could be the year you swap turkey and tinsel for something very different.
Feb half term Ski
Much gets booked up a year ahead - but we have some great options, both catered and self catering for a week's half term skiing - but you'll need to hurry. Longhaul flights to sunny destinations also already very busy, so speedy booking advised.
What's new for 2013
Pezenas France: New sister resort to Les Jardins de St Benoit
Château Les Carrasses
Château Les Carrasses is an extensively restored 19th Century Wine Domaine in the Languedoc, South of France. It combines all the best aspects of traditional holiday options; offering the space and privacy of a villa rental with a working winery, restaurant on site, kids club (from 4 yrs) and many facilities such as 20m infinity pool, clay tennis court, barbeque area, brasserie, bar, bike loan, golf club loan etc. The luxurious and stylish accommodation consists of 28 suites, apartments and villas. All accommodation is self catering with fully equipped kitchens and dining areas, and as such is perfect for families. Great location near Beziers with much to explore nearby,eg Carcassonne, and just a short drive from the lovely Med beaches. Weekly prices from around 1400 euros – 3500 euros depending on season and property type.
New –and sought after: Tenerife and Turkey, self catering with resort facilities
We have found some great new resorts in Tenerife and Turkey that cater well for families offering perhaps the ideal combination of good quality yet affordable self catering accommodation with resort facilities. In Tenerife resorts on the Costa Adeje and also in a quiet area close to Playa de Las Americas both have one and two bedroom apartments, with kitchens as well as all the resort facilities on hand including kids clubs.
In Turkey, good quality self catering suites at Kusadasi Golf & Spa resort with lots of facilities including Aqua park and kids club. Contact us for further info and guide prices.
New: Tenerife - luxury hotel with crèche
Since the Abama closed its creche for the under 3’s, we ‘ve been looking for a new luxury resort option offering childcare for this age group. In quiet Playa Paraiso the lovely Roca Nivaria Gran Hotel does just this –and has spacious family rooms/suites plus excellent all round facilities. The hotel can be booked on any basis, including All Inclusive. Contact us for further info and guide prices.
Les Jardins de Saint Benoit have proved very popular with our clients since its opening a couple of years ago. The team behind it has now developed a sister resort in Pezenas – one of the most beautiful and interesting small towns in the region – and just 15 mins drive from the Med beaches. This is a smaller resort – with a boutique hotel (some interconnecting rooms/suites) and a couple of apartments. As with Benoit, the style is contemporary yet comfortable and there’s a outdoor shared pool,a lovely spa, wine bar and restaurant. No kids club – but this makes a perfect relaxing – and relatively inexpensive - base from which to explore this fascinating region. You can stroll into Pezenas (home of Moliere)to explore the antique and artisan shops and markets, wander the medival streets and relax in the cafes and restaurants – or take a quick drive to some lovely beaches. Montpellier itself is just 30 mins drive away,and the area is home to a variety of fantastic vineyards. The resort opens May 2012 –
contact us for availability, info and prices
Unspoilt Caribbean: Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico is a fascinating and unspoilt Caribbean destination. With a superb Starwood resort (with kids club and good family accommodation options), gorgeous beaches, rain forests and the charismatic old town of San Juan to explore, this is sure to become one of the Caribbean destinations – so now’s the time to visit while it’s still unspoilt. Contact us for availability, info and prices
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Les Gites Champetres, Sainteny, Normandy, France
Spacious, self contained accommodation in semi rural setting, ideal for families which can also be rented together for larger parties. 2 gites both with 4 bedrooms that sleep 8 that are all fenced and gated for security and peace of mind.
Set in the heart of the Parc Naturel des Marais du Cotentin et du Bessin, Les Gites Champetres are located on the edge of the quiet village of Sainteny which is less than one hour from the port of Cherbourg and city of Caen.
Price Guide: from £375 to £675.
La Vendange, Charente Maritime, France
Five family friendly gites sleeping 5 to 8 people in three or four bedrooms for families seeking relaxing, child friendly accommodation, well located for easy access to the sandy beaches, islands and the many inland attractions of Poitou-Charentes.There is plenty of space to run around in and the playground area contains swings, slides, a large covered sandpit, a wendy house and a large trampoline with safety net plus play equipment for children of all ages.
Price Guide: May half term from £445 per week. High season from £795 per week. A 3 bedroomed gite in peak season would cost £895 per week
Stone Cottage, Whitstable, Kent
A beautifully presented semi-detached grade II listed cottage restored in 2010, located in a quiet road just a few steps from the beach, and no more than a few minutes walk to the boutiques, shops and restaurants located within this very popular seaside town. The cottage sleeps 5 in 3 bedrooms (plus 2 x travel cots) and boasts a number of period features and wooden floors throughout, a cosy sitting room with open fire and a modern fitted kitchen. Gas central heating and instant hot water, strictly no smokers and one small dog permitted upon request.
Travel cot, highchair and stairgate are available upon request. Within the garden there is a summerhouse which has been converted into a playroom for children.
from £440 to £680 per week. Short breaks and week-end bookings also available, price on application..
Daios Cove, Crete with crèche
Dais Cove is a new luxury resort in a great location very close to Agios Nikolaos in Crete, and offers luxury Suites, Rooms and Villas with their breathtaking sea views and many with private pools. The facilities are excellent and include spa, tennis and a crèche and kids club from just 4 mths.
Cantueso Cottages in Periana, Andalucia
Ten one or two bedroom self-catering cottages built in Andalucian style with wooden beamed ceilings and furnishings. Fifty minutes from Malaga airport.
Surrounded by beautiful gardens and situated above Lake Viñuela with spectacular mountain and lake views.
12 x 6 metre “soft water” swimming pool, securely fenced to the latest European standards and has a shallow end with easy access steps for children.
Swings, slide, see-saw, mini golf course, football area and games room with table tennis, table football, and darts.
And for those days when you don’t feel like cooking there is a much praised on-site restaurant and bar serving home-cooked Spanish and Mediterranean food using fresh local ingredients. Children's menu and take-away service available.
2 person cottage from £52 per night and 4 person from £78 per night (per cottage, not per person and according to season). Please see website for full details or call anytime.
Family friendly resort in unspoilt Alentejo region of Portugal
The Alentejo in Portugal is one of the most unspoilt areas with stunning coastline and national park status – but getting there has been tricky due to the lack of direct flights. However charter flights have just been introduced direct to Beja from the UK. Flights operate from LHR on a weekly basis on Sunday morning between May and October. The Aqualuz resort and suites are the perfect family option in this region – offering the sought-after combination of self catering flexibility with good all round resort facilities. There are one and 2 bedroomed suites with kitchenettes, and the resort has pools, indoor and outdoor, as well as a childrens pool and club, tennis/basketball/football,gym,Marina with bars, restaurants, bank, supermarket, and is just 150m to the beach. Guests benefit from reduced green fees. Special Offer: 1 free child place when sharing with two adults. For more info and/or availability and prices,
Algarve Holiday Rentals Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal
Eden Villas and Mercurio sleep 2 – 6 in 1 + 2 bedroom villas and apartments and are set in the beautiful coastal resort of Vilamoura, located in central Algarve in Portugal's most Southern region. Vilamoura is a prestigious resort with palm tree lined avenues, 5 champion golf courses, long stretches of sandy beach and a stunning Marina home to luxury yachts, bars, restaurants and a variety of shops.
The villas have great facilities including adults and childrens swimming pools and prices range from £350 low season per week to £875 high season.
Domes of Elounda: super stylish suites and villas,now with creche from 6
The Domes of Elounda is one of the most exclusive and chic resorts in Crete.
It offers either luxurious suites (studio - 2 bedrooms with lounge) or 2-3
bed villas with full kitchens plus superb food and an unspoilt location.
This year it will also offer a British run creche for chidlren from 6
months - making it one of the top choices in the Med for parents looking for
luxury plus childcare for the under 3's. Exclusive discount for babygoes2
clients. Book asap to avoid disappointment.
What was new for 2012
Algarve:Luxury villas and boutique hotel with creche
Martinhal in the western Algarve close to unspoilt Sagres is a luxurious yet relaxed villa resort and boutique hotel with a choice of villa types:either with sdhared pool, or with private (sometimes heated and/or gated) pool. Contemporary style. Lovely beach, restaurants in resort, plus spa/kids club and creche.. Books up VERY quickly for peak season – mostly booked for peak summer by the previous December. Currently early booking offer of 20% discount for 2011, or free nights and some free childcare to the end of 2010.
Mirabelle Gites, Charente-Maritime, France
A huge rural retreat set in 9 acres of totally private, enclosed grounds. The outbuildings have been lovingly renovated into spacious, luxury accommodation whilst the site includes a large pool plus everything a family could want on holiday. It sleeps 2-18 people in 4 x 2 bedroom cottages. As well as a pool, there is a 14 ft trampoline with safety net, huge wooden play frame with swings, slide, climbing wall and lookout tower, boat sandpit with mini sand pit, mini slide and mini trampoline, tyre swing, 90ft zip wire, football pitch, volley ball court, badminton net, ping pong table, pool table, table football, basket ball, free bikes for all ages, petting area with pygmy goats, chickens and rabbits. In summer we also offer lots of events and services including babysitting, arts and crafts for children, children’s picnic, pool bar, welcome pack, organic veg delivery, BBQ night, pizza night, adult football night, horse-riding, vineyard visits etc. Prices from £225 - £775 for 7 nights.
At last – a luxury beachside resort with creche in Italy
Puglia in southern Italy (airport Brindisi) is a fascinating and unspoilt region, and this new luxury resort is ideally located between the mountains and the beach, with much to explore all around. Decor is largely in cool whites/creams, all very stylish and restful. There is a good choice of rooms, suites townhouses or luxury 3 bed villas with private pools. For grown ups there is a spa and golf, beach club and 2 excellent restaurants and for children 8 mths +, a diverse range of activities, including baking, face painting, swimming, scavenger hunts, cultural exploration, obstacle courses, pottery and more. There’s a sleep room and soft play area for toddlers, a Teenager zone, featuring Wii and Playstations
and a Chef’s garden.
Peaceful, unspoilt, chic and
genuinely family friendly. A
great choice for any season.
New – luxury resort with crèche in unspoilt Greece
The Westin/Starwood group are renowned for the high standard of their luxury resorts worldwide, and their new resort in Greece is an ideal combination of luxury, facility, eco-credentials and stunning location. Set on the Navarino coast in the Pelepponese on the Greek mainland – just 50km from the airport at Kalamata - this is a great new luxury family option. Top notch all round facilities: crèche and kids club from 8 mths with a carefully planned schedule, spa, golf and tennis to keep the grown ups happy, and a lot to explore in the region for all ages.
New – villa in Mallorca with baby-friendly services
One of our favourite boutique hotels is the family run Hotel Migjorn in unspoilt south east Mallorca. They are now offering a lovely 3 bed villa in the same area, close to a variety of artisan market towns. The villa has a private pool, lots of child friendly equipment and guests benefit from the same home catering and babysitting service as guests at the hotel. Good value too at around 1800 euros for a week peak season.
Willowfield Lake Cottages, North Devon
12 cottages (that can sleep 2, 3, 4 or 5 guests) set amongst mature trees and shrubs and are surrounded by 12 acres of pastureland, where mown paths meander through wildflower meadows to encircle a tranquil and picturesque 1 acre lake which is stocked to challenge the most ambitious coarse fisherman. Within the well maintained grounds there is a lovely
indoor swimming pool with a children's shallow area and baby changing the whole family can enjoy the pools facilities and parents might appreciate the Hot Tub. There's a games room with table tennis, pool table, table football for the older ones and for toddlers there is a dedicated enclosed play area with wendy house, dolls, ride on toys, books ,crayons etc. Prices from £380 - £995 per week.
Libbear Barton Cottages & Farmhouse, Devon
Libbear Barton Cottages are a cluster of 4 gorgeous self catering holiday properties consisting of a large farmhouse (7 bedrooms) and 3 charming stone cottages (each with 4 bedrooms), tastefully converted from a barn. With luxurious facilities and a breathtaking setting amongst the private woodland in the heart of rural Devon, it is the perfect retreat for a relaxing family holiday. Parents travelling with a young family have oodles of baby and toddler kit to borrow, safely enclosed gardens with trampolines, a swimming pool, a fantastic games barn with a toddler soft play area and trout fishing lake, as well as walks through the ‘wild wood' with plenty of play and picnic areas. Prices for the cottages are £536 - £1,900 and for the farmhouse £1,562 - £3,592
Coombe Mill Family Farm & Fishing Holidays
6 traditional Cornish granite cottages, 4 contemporary modern Scandinavian lodges and 8 smaller riverside lodges. There is a property to suit every need from traditional to contemporary, luxury to budget. All designed with families in mind from one baby to larger gatherings. Toy boxes, play rooms, books and games, built in stair gates, cots, mosses baskets, highchairs, bed guards, even real nappies for free use and farm overalls and wellies are available to borrow. Many larger properties also have a downstairs bedroom and bathroom so as to be ideal for bringing grandparents or for 2 families to share.
Coombe Mill is a private 30acre sheltered estate nestling in the beautiful Camel valley between Bodmin Moor and the magnificent North Cornwall beaches. Closest village: St Breward. Padstow, Eden Project, Tintagel, Port Isaac all under 1/2 hour.
Short breaks out of season from £130 for 4 nights, full weeks from £195 out of season in a small riverside lodge to £1,749 peak season in Millers House.
New! Luxury villas in Languedoc with kids club, spa, restaurant
Villa resorts are one of the most popular choices for our clients and now at last – an excellent option of this type in France. Les Jardins de Saint Benoit is a collection of townhouses and larger villas with private pools, set in glorious Languedoc countryside. There's a good kids club, plenty for children to do, an excellent spa, shared pool,restaurant, vineyard - and the resorts joins seamlessly to the local village - so all its shops, restaurants and cafes are within easy walking distance.Close to both beaches and Carcassonne –this resort has something for everyone and is highly recommended. Babygoes2 clients receive comp spa entrance worth 20 euros.
Luxury suites and villas with kids club in Elounda Crete
The exclusive Domes of Elounda resort in Crete offers a sought after combination of luxury suite or villa accommodation in a boutique hotel setting, with key family friendly facilities such as kids club, in suite dining, beach and spa. The stunning suites and villas have designer interiors and every luxury. Suites have private pool or Jacuzzi, and spacious family suites have either a balcony or private pool/Jacuzzi. The villas have a fully equipped kitchen and private pool, plus all the resort facilities which include 4 gourmet restaurants (2 under the care of Lefteri Lazarou – the only Greek Michelin starred chef). This is the ideal resort for families looking for exclusive accommodation in a tranquil environment, but still with good quality resort facilities.
Luxury villa with gated pool in unspoilt Eastern Algarve
This luxurious 4 bed villa has a great location just oustide the charming fishing village of Fuzeta, halfway between Faro and pretty, unspoilt Tavira. There are several fantastic child friendly beaches within 5 minutes of the villa (one accessed by boat and one by a small train!).The villa has a cool airy contemporary décor and is set in landscaped grounds that are totally enclosed and secure with electric gates. A key feature is the outdoor kitchen and covered dining/lounge area and the garden has a big 12m x 6 m pool with an extra large shallow end, perfect for children of all ages. There is a certified child safety fence and gate around the pool for peace of mind. Also outside is a wooden purpose built kids play cabin and loads of garden toys and mountain bikes for the energetic. Inside the villa is furnished to the highest possible standards with every mod con available (including 3 TV´s with SKY packages). There are four spacious en suite bedrooms and a huge modern kitchen. This is a beautiful villa and very competitively priced,from £100-£2535 per weekly rental depending on season.
All inclusive Turkey resort with childcare from 12 mths
We're really impressed with the Ela resort in Belek, Turkey, as it ticks most boxes for a relaxing, luxury family holiday which is also good value. The resort has a wide variety of stylish, contemporary rooms and suites, including at least 3 different options for families, from deluxe rooms (2 levels) to interconnecting rooms or family bungalow suites. The chldrens facilities are superb - with a dedicated area including their own restaurant, lots of play areas and professionally run clubs from 12 mths. There are also childrens pools, a small aqua park and other family friendly activities such as 10 pin bowling and mini golf. Plenty for adults too, including a wide choice of restaurants, spa, tennis and plenty of golf courses nearby. Priced on an all inclusive basis, this luxury resort is good value at around £3600 for a family of 4 at May half term for a week all inclusive inc flights and transfers.
Stylish family friendly appts in rural Spain
Caserío del Mirador is a stylish family-run country house retreat surrounded by stunning scenery including mountains, vineyards, almond and olive groves, yet within just 30 mins drive of family-friendly sandy beaches and just 10 minutes from the scenic market town of Jalon/Xalo, where there are an assortment of specialist food and artisan shops, restaurants and cafes. Thre are 5 appts with kitchens which sleep 2-10, a lovely pool, spa treatments, restaurant (guests can eat communally or have their meals delivered to their terrace or patio) and childrens tea, along with a wide variety of baby and child friendly equipment. The property offers a totally relaxing family-friendly holiday in stunning, peaceful surroundings - ideal if you're looking for something unique, boutique and quieter than the larger resorts and family-friendly hotels.
Fabulous new resort with crèche and beach in Morocco
The newly opened Mazagan Beach Resort near Casablanca is a superb addition to the 5 star luxury family-friendly shorthaul options – especially for those looking for some crèche care, which up until now has been impossible to find in Morocco. This is a stylish, first class resort with excellent all round facilities including golf, spa 8 restaurants and kids clubs from 3 mths to17 years. The hotel offers a wide variety of rooms and suites and is set beside a lovely sandy beach. We’re certain that this will be very popular with babygoes2’s clients – offering as it does a superb luxury holiday in an exotic yet close to home destination and which is ideal for all seasons. An ideal destination in itself but also a great choice if combined with a city stay such as a few days in Marrakech. For more info or for a quote, just contact us.
Court Farm Holidays, Marhamchurch, Nr Bude, North Cornwall
15 properties, sleeping 2-17, all beautifully decorated and furnished to ensure maximum comfort with access to a full range of facilities for all the family; including a heated indoor/outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, childrens play area, games room with pool table & table tennis, animal feeding, holistic & beauty treatments and a full catering service. All properties are fully equipped providing a home from home experience. Price guide: from £400 - £4,200. Short Breaks available between October and April. Dogs accepted in selected properties.
Chilled Mountain Chalets, Alpe D’Huez/Oz en Oisans, France
These luxury ski chalets are the perfect base for a relaxed ski holiday in a small friendly resort with a great high altitude skiing. The chalets have the best position in the resort only 50m from the lift. Alpe D’Huez is one of the largest ski areas in France with guaranteed high altitude skiing. Oz en Oisans offers the best access to the skiing of both Alpe D’Huez and Vaujany in a charming, friendly pedestrianised resort. The chalets are 5/6 bedrooms with 4 bathrooms and are fitted with every conceivable piece of equipment to make your stay easy. Childcare is available in the crèche (50m from the chalet) and is spacious, well equipped and has some English speaking staff. From £250 - £600 per person, for a 7 night stay fully catered including wine.
5 star option with crèche in the Canaries
The Canaries are a great year-round destination, but up to now the destination has lacked a good 5 star hotel with creche for the under 3´s. That´s all changed now with the opening of the Abama baby club. This stylish hotel with superb service and facilities (inc golf, tennis, spa, beach, 8 pools) now offers childcare from 6 mths to 12yrs, and a teens club during school holidays. We´ve just visited the hotel and crèche and had a great time – read our location report here. For quotes for the Abama (20% discount and 125 euros resort credit per person for selected dates) click here
La Roultiere Gites, Breil, Loire
The Edgerley family will provide you with a warm welcome to their gites and by living at La Roultiere they are able to provide you with helpful guidance for your stay. Their five comfortably appointed and spacious gites have between 2 and 4 bedrooms, sleeping between 3 and 8, and all have lovely kitchens to enable you to prepare meals to eat on our shady terraces or inside if needs be. Gill also provides a meal service should you want to eat in but not cook. Ideally placed between Anjou and Touraine, in the golden triangle between Le Mans, Tours and Angers, 25kms from the delightful serene town of Saumur on the banks of the Loire. Many famous Loire chateaux and vineyards are within easy reach, and many tourist attractions ideal for children nearby (zoos , cave dwellings, boat trips, fun parks, historic steam railway) . La Roultiere has its own heated pool which is safely enclosed. In addition a toddler splash pool means the younger children and splash, play and refresh at a safe depth. Prices from £325pw for a 2 bedroom gite or from £550pw for a 4 bedroom gite.
Luxury resort in Spain offering self catering with resort facilities
Desert Springs is an award-winning family leisure resort and golf club, with exclusive luxury accommodation. The rugged desert landscape of the Cuevas del Almanzora region (Murcia) offers year-round good weather and close proximty to both traditional Andalucian villages and the Mediterranean Sea (around 4km away). The resort offers high quality self catering options including apartments,townhousesand villas, all of which have access to superb resort facilities including tennis, golf, spa, gym, childrens activities, bars and restaurants. A great choice for anyone looking for self catering flexibility with access to resort facilities.
Sailing with crèche in lovely Menorca
This specialist sailing and windsurfing centre is in Ses Salines, on the edge of the bay of Fornells, in the north of the Balearic island of Menorca. It is a small, friendly sailing village away from the tourist beat. All of the accommodation in Ses Salines is only a minute or two’s walk from the beach, purpose built crèche (4 mths – 4 yrs) and sailing centre (from 4 yrs to adult). Accommodation is in either a friendly family run hotel or self-catering accommodation ranging from 4 bedroom villas with own private pools to simple self catering apartments with use of club pool. All villas have fully equipped kitchens with microwave, dishwasher and washing machine. Cots and high chairs are provided and, where necessary, stair gates. The resorts boasts the best equipped sailing centre in the Mediterranean- ideal for all the family, with every member participating in the day’s activity as much or as little as they wish. For all adults and for children four years and upwards, the daily programme offers sailing and windsurfing to suit all levels.
Child-friendly Riad in Marrakech
Children (and adults!) love this exciting and exotic city – but if you prefer an authentic Riad experience rather than a hotel, this can be tricky if traveling with children, as riadss are usually aimed at adults and discourage noisy nippers. Zam Zam Riad/boutique hotel is different however and welcomes children. The ancient riad was a fortune tellers house and has been lovingly restored, adding the luxuries of a top class boutique hotel – there’s a plunge pool and a spa with massage room and hammam. It’s ideally located 15 minutes stroll from the souks and 5 minutes taxi from the new town of Marrakech - Gueliz and close to all restaurants. Emma the owner was a Montessori teacher, and the riad is equipped with bottle steriliser, high chair, childrens plates, cups and cuttlery, cot, bed and Zamzam bears. A car seat and pushchair is available. Children's meals are provided on request.
Quintassential Apartment Cottages, Loule, Algarve
Set close to the lovely,unspoilt market town of Loule (great market, good restaurants)The Quintassential offers a variety of accommodation sleeping 2-4 people, or 13 in total. It’s blessed with panoramic sea views and spectacular countryside views. The gardens are marvellous, with many bushes, plants & fruit trees, along with quiet areas to relax & absorb the views. There is a large pool area, measuring 10 x 5 m with cushioned sun loungers, parasols etc and the pool is heated during the cooler months from 1st October until 30th April. The owners have children of their own, and so know how important it is to keep kids happy & entertained on holiday, within a safe & secure environment. The Quintassential is totally fenced & accessed via electric gates, so a very safe place. Prices from £330 - £825 per week..
Family friendly France: Domaine de la Dolce, Lot/Dordogne Borders
Set in an idyllic, quiet and secluded location near the Lot Valley, Domaine de la Dolce has three tastefully furnished, well-equipped and super family-friendly cottages with a games & toys room, playground and salt-filtered, fenced pool. Children can roam freely and safely, while their parents relax by the pool, under a tree or on their terrace. Each cottage is single-level (safe for children) with beautiful tiled floors and high-quality furnishings.Babysitting is available by prior arrangement. Prices range from GBP 400 in low season to GBP 1250 in high season .
New! At last, a family-friendly boutique hotel in Mallorca
Mallorca has plenty of small, exclusive boutique hotels - but most tend to be strictly adults only. We're delighted then to have found an option which not only welcomes children, but which is set in one of our favourite regions - the unspoilt south east close to Santanyi. The hotel has just 10 suites - all have separate bedroom and lounge and kitchen facilities - an added plus for families. Lovely pool, gardens and restaurant, childrens toys/equipment and babysitting all available. This area has some lovely unspoilt market towns and a thriving artistic community - plus lots of fiestas throughout the summer.The beaches in this area are gorgeous - soft white sand and,clear blue seas. National park (Mondrago) close by. Ideal area for cycling. Good value too, at around £1700 per week for a suite, plus flights peak season. Special rates for babygoes2 visitors low season.
Dubai: option with hard to find family suites
Despite being a very family-friendly destination, finding suites or rooms which take a family of 4 can be very tricky to find in Dubai. The Palm Tree Court is the exception to the rule however. Located in the Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa, with a tranquil and private location in a secluded part of the resort, just steps away from a pristine beach, this well priced smaller hotel (only 134 suites) had good spacious accommodation and excellent family facilities. The suites can accommodate a family of 4, there s'a kids club 3-7 yrs ,babysitting, childrens menu and pool.
Family-friendly luxury hotel in Corfu
The Corfu Imperial Grecotel in Corfu on the lovely Kommeno Peninsula is an excellent luxury family friendly option. It offers an unrivalled choice of accommodation including rooms, suites, bungalows and villas with private pools - some with kitchens too,adding flexibility - and some great family-friendly facilities such as kids club and pre bookable equipment, such as sterilisers, kettles, night lights, safety gates etc. Well located just 12kms formCorfu Town - it's the perfect base to explorethis bautiful Ionian island.
Menorca - luxury hotel with self catering facilities AND childcare from 2 yrs:
Finally - a great hotel in Menorca with childcare from 2 years, PLUS the added flexibility of a kitchenette. Spacious suite accomodation close to the beach (white sand, clear sea, ideal for children), good activities for all the family. The Insotel Punta Printa suites offer good childcare from 2 years right up to teenagers of 16. Ideal for young families, offering useful baby facilities on request. Spa offering a wide range of treatments, good sports and activities including tennis and football. Ideal for all ages, short transfer, great location in unspoilt south eastern Menorca.
New option in Sharm with sought-after family suites!
Few hotels in Sharm will guarantee interconnecting rooms, so suites are the perfect option - yet very hard to find. The Concorde El Salaam is a great find - offering spacious suites with two bedrooms, living room and even a kitchen for flexibility. There's alos a kids club form 3 years (most are form 4/5 years) and there are fantastic activities for all the family from tennis to horse riding and even ice skating!! It's priced on an all inclusive basis, and is great value. One week in November for a family of 4, from around £4k all inclusive.
Palmeraie Golf Resort
Luxury resort in a quiet area 10 – 15 mins from the centre of Marrakech – perfect for exploring the excitement of the medina and then escaping back to relax in peace. Good facilities including pools, tennis, squash and a ten pin bowling alley. Kids club from 4 years. Fantastic for Golf lovers – the hotel has its own Robert Trent Jones Snr 18 hole Golf course.
Sister to the very popular Belle Mare Plage, the Tamassa opened at the beginning of 08 on the unspoilt South coast of Mauritius- offering a luxury, family friendly environment at a very reasonable price. The stylish resort has 2 bed suites ideal for families (one room with bunks), and a wide variety of activities including a kids club with a theatre dining room, internet access and a teens club excellent watersports and a very good spa. 2 weeks in November for example around £6700 for a family of 4 in a 2 bed family suite half board with overnight flights both directions.
Palacio de Isora - 5 star suites with kitchenettes and family concierge: Tenerife
Resorts which offer some level of self catering flexibility with 5 star resort facilities are hughely popular with our visitors and clients. We're delighted to finally find an option in the Canaries: the Palacio de Isora in Tenerife - unspoilt south west coast. As well as stadanrd one bedroom suites (also ideal for families), the resort also offers one and 2 bedrooms suites with kitchenette and dining area. Excellent all round facilities too - huge pool, superb spa with yoga tai chi and meditation, various courses, from tango to photography.
New too in November 08 - the family concierge wing, a purpose built area for families, offering childcare and activities right up to 11pm. Children 2+ are welcomed at their own check-in desk to an area filled with games, playstations, and quiet zones with beds. The outside area has 2 supervised kids' pools, one of which has a playground within it. [Before Nov '08, kids club available for 5-12s]
Atlantis - Palm Dubai - luxury for grown ups and paradise for children
Finally opened -the new Atlantis resort on Palm island. Yes, it's an enormous resort, but it does offer both a luxurious environment for grown ups with everything you'd expect from a top 5 star in terms of facility and service PLUS an outstanding range of activities for children of all ages, from waterpark adventures to swimming with dolphins. Short flight low jet lag, great weather - hard to beat. Contact us now for quotes.
What was new for 2011-2008
Glynn Barton Cottages
new to babygoes2, a collection of 8 stunning, child-friendly 18th Century holiday cottages set in 13 acres in the heart of Cornwall with breathtaking views, and excellent facilities inc indoor swimming oool, tennis court, children's play areas, animals to pet and feed eggs to collect….From November the cottages are also offering unique 5 day ‘learn to swim holidays for babies’, with swimming lessons for babies as young as 4 weeks. For more info contact us.
New! USA option
New to babygoes2: Florida Gulf Coast: Sanibel, Sundial Resort: the USA is great value this year, and this great resort set on the beautiful Sanibel island – famous for its stunning shell strewn beaches - ticks many of the main family friendly boxes: it offers self catering suites for flexibility but full resort facilities including kids club and activities, sports inc golf restaurants etc.It can be combined with a Disney stay as well of course. For more info, prices, or other USA options including ranch holidays, contact us asap.
New! Option in Skiathos with creche from 6 months
Skiathos is arguably one of the most chic Greek islands, and has a lovely Pine covered interior with beautiful sandy beaches. The Skiathos Princess is a relaxed, stylish hotel with an excellent British run creche from 6 mths. It's also very good value - and has family rooms with separate sleeping areas, and a variety of different suite options.
New and unique - The Rosevine in Cornwall
New from the team behind Family Holiday House (and previously Fowey Hall). Stylish spacious and very comfortable self catering suites with shared indoor pool, Den with xbox, dvds, tv etc, restaurant, gardens, play area for children, babysitting and glorious beach, right on Cornish coastal Path just 4 miles from St Mawes at Portscatho. Offer: Low season rates apply to all bookings to end May for all bookings quoting babygoes2. Huge saving FROM £630 on a weekly booking. Nightly rates also available.
The Rou Estate - renovated village in Corfu
Something very different - a beautifully restored and renovated 200yr old village in Corfu - 13 private houses sleeping 2- 6 - all very comfortable but also very stylish, and with plunge pools. There is also a stunning communal pool, beautiful landscaped gardens plus a very good spa. Babysitting is easily arranged and there are local food deliveries each day, cook service subj to availability. The beach is just a 10 min drive/ It's a unique place - restful yet family friendly (owners have 2 children of their own), quiet area yet not isolated, good combination of privacy and interaction, not to mention spa etc which is unusual with self catering. Currently some peak summer availability.
New! Luxury, chic hotel with self catering facilities and kids club from 2yrs Antigua
Hodges Bay is set to rival Carlisle Bay as a super-stylish Caribbean resort with childcare. The resort will also offer sought after self catering facilities (state of the art of course!) too in its oceanfront houses, apartments and suites. With a kids club from 2-11 yrs (plus nannies for younger children)spa treatments, tennis and restaurants the resort will be genuinely family friendly but with no compromise on the adult experience. From around £1400 per person for one week in a cllub suite. For more info or to book, contact us.
New luxury, child-friendly Maldives option: The Beach House
The Maldives is a fabulous relaxed destination for a family holiday- but there are only a limited number of resorts which offer accomodation which can sleep a family of 4 - yet there are very few interconnecting rooms either. The Beach House is a stunning new luxury resort which CAN accommodate families of up to 5 in its villas/suites. Super stylish, with a kids club and babysitting, it's a really exciting new luxury family-friendly option in this beautiful destination.
New individual properties: France and UK and Spain
La Mare Chappey, Normandy - 16th Century Norman Manoir set in 5 acres, b&b or 4 luxurious self-catering cottages, with leisure complex, heated pool with spa area, bistro & bar. Only 20 mins from Cherbourg, 1 hour from Caen. Prices from £360 (low season) - £955 (high season).
White Lodge Farm Cottages, Norfolk - 3 self-catering cottages set in the heart of Norfolk. Very child friendly with fenced gardens and loads to do in the local area. Weekends and mid-week stays from £300 and week stays from £350.
Mazzard Farm, Devon - 5 beautifully restored cottages 5 miles from the Jurassic coast in East Devon. Outside play areas, orchard, private woods and gardens, Various baby & children's equipment available on request: cot, highchair, changing table, baby radios, steriliser. Babysitting service. High season from £575 per week.
For more info or to book, contact us.
New - Capsis 5 star resort in Crete with private zoo
Capsis is a superb 5 star luxury resort in Crete opened May 2007 - offering 5 different types of stylish suite accommodation including one/2 bedroom maisonettes and a variety of interconnecting rooms and suites which are ideal for families. The resort has a beautiful setting, and really excellent facilities for both children and adults. It's surrounded by a huge Botanical Park, has beautiful Aegean views, extensive gardens, a small river, 3 beaches and - perfect for children - a private zoo. There is a huge Greek themed play area for children including a climbing wall, and its own good programme of activities including juggling, trampoling etc. There is also a good kids club from 4 yrs (younger children of any age can atend witha babysitter, arranged by the resort), open day and evening with a varied schedule of activities. The resort also produces its own organically-grown fruits, vegetables, herbs which are used in all the restaurants and bars. The hotel is also perfectly located in central Crete - ideal for visiting many sites of interest and is only a short transfer from Heraklion airport. An exclusive 10% off bookings at this superb family resort, for bookings made via babygoes2 by 28 March 2008. Guide prices for one week with flights bungalow suite from £1265-£1630 per adult, £758-£930 per child and for maisonettes £1985-£2830 per adult, £375 for children.
New! Anassa Cyprus opens its own crèche
The Anassa is one of the top hotels in the Med, and its effortless combination of elegance, exclusivity yet informality make it one of the most popular resorts on babygoes2. It's always offered its own excellent kids club, but those looking for childcare had to rely on the dates that Powder Byrne ran their own club at the hotel. After the success of the creche at sister hotel the Almyra in 2007, the Anassa is opening its own creche this year, from April. Like the Almyra's, it will be be run by the PB Kids franchise, which ensures a high standard of care in line with Ofsted - but it will be open to clients booking with any company or even direct with the hotel. Contact us for a quote and more info.
La Grange du Moulin offers family friendly cottages in the Charente Maritime region of France. Family-run, La Grange has superb baby and toddler facilities including a large garden with sandpit, swings, slide and fenced pool, todder pool plus babysitting. A three bedroom cottage sleeping 6 in August from £750.
Montengrand is a collection of 3 stylishly converted and furnished cottages set in beautiful, extensive grounds with a heated swimming pool. Lots for children to do - tipi in the gardens, animals to pet, babysitting available. Close to lake for swiming and watersports, superbly located close to Carcassonne in Languedoc. Ideal for small families, or a large group of friends or familis could book all the cottages at once.Babygoes2 visitors staying here for a minimum of one week during June and September will enjoy a complimentary dinner for two (excluding wine) at the wonderful L' Abbaye - Chateau de Camon, currently featured in the Tatler Travel Guide "101 Best Places to Stay In The World".
New! Crèche from 3 mths at 5 star Valle Del Erica Sardinia
Sardinia is a beautiful island with some of the most stunning beaches in the Med - and is largely free from mass market tourism. This makes it a firm favourite with babygoes2 visitors, and one of the most popular hotels is the Sardinian run, 5 star Valle Del Erica, just north of the Costa Smerelda. Up until recently however there has only been a kids club from 3 yrs - but this year sees the arrival of a new Powder Byrne crèche from 6 mths - certain to be hugely popular. Prices range from around £1000- £1928 for a week half board in a standard double inc flights, depending on season. Opens mid-May. Contact us for a quote and more info.
New! Villa finding service
Find your perfect villa:
The best villas book up very quickly - those that are close to the beach, with perhaps gated pools and/or cook option are often completely booked for high season by December. We have a new (completely free) villa recommendation service at babygoes2 which can help you locate the ideal villa - we research each request individually. Click here for information, and let us know hat you're looking for, plus an idea of budget, and we'll find some options for you.
New! Villas at Beau Rivage in Mauritius:
Beau Rivage has long been one of the most relaxed,family-friendly luxury options in Mauritius, and they have now added 12 deluxe villas, featuring private pools, kitchens and every mod con imaginable. This means a rare chance to combine the flexibility of self catering the with facilities of a top family-friendly resort in Mauritius - incuding kids club from 3 yrs and nannies for younger children. Contact us for a quote and more info.
New! Super-chic luxury chalet with childcare:
Chalet Yellowstone in charming Sainte Foy is simply stunning. Contemporary in style,very comfortable, it has an enviable ski in ski out location, and comes complete with childcare (nanny or crèche), wonderful food, and all round magnificent service. One of the best luxury family-friendly ski options available. Sleeps up to 16 including children. Exclusive use from around £14,000 per week. Discounts for smaller parties and bookable on a per room basis for selected dates, at around £1500 per adult. Contact us for a quote and more info.
New Von Essen Luxury Family Hotel:
The Elms in Worcestershire, which has superb creche and all round facilities - read our location report here. Open now for stays of any duration, it's also launching a series of post-natal fitness packages for new mums keen to regain their pre-baby body shape. Click here for more info.
New for 2008 - luxury Villas with full hotel facilities in Mauritius:
Anahita is a superb new resort offering the best of worlds: state of the art 2/3 bedroom residences with full kitchens in Mauritius (East coast) complete with all the luxury hotel facilities hotel facilities inc butler service, kids club, teens club, spa, Ernie Els golf course, tennis and watersports. Guide price: from £2400 per adult for a week based on a 2 bed residence.
New for 2008: boutique hotel with villas in St Lucia:
The lovely new Cap Maison resort offers the style, personal service and calm ambiance of a boutique hotel, with the flexibility of self catering. It offers 1/2/3 bed suites, all with large terraces and verandahs, tiled floors, state-of-the-art kitchens, spacious bedrooms, en suite bathrooms and elegant, stylish furniture. Ideal for a stylish and relaxed holiday with babies or small children. Guide price £1500 for one week per adult June-Sept.
New for 2008 - boutique hotel in Bali with villas:
Karma Jimbaran Bali combines the ambiance of a luxury boutiqe hotel with the space and flexibility of a villa – ideal for families. There are just 39 one, two, three and four-bedroom pool villas, and one Grand Residence. Each villa has a Balinese style garden with private pool. The spacious lounge pavilions features dining tables, designer kitchens, DVD/CD surround sound systems, televisions with satellite connections, wireless and broadband internet access. Facilities include restaurant serving Mediterranean cuisine, in- villa chef, butler service on request, , CD’s and DVD’s. Chakra spa, elephant riding, white water rafting, surfing, deep sea fishing, horse riding, trekking and swimming with dolphins.
Similar Karma villa resort also in Koh Samui Thailand.