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BA starts flying to Canary IslandsGreat news! British Airways is launching a schedule service to Tenerife and Lanzarote, daytime flights, good times, perfect for families! Services start in April so if you hurry you could just squeeze in a trip during the Easter holidays and prices are currently similar to Easyjet but we expect them to go soaring soon. Don't waste money on your flights, act now! Tenerife: 5 times a week.Departs Gatwick 1300 arrives 1730, return service departs 1815 arrives 2230. Lanzarote: 2 times a weekDeparts Gatwick 1325 arrives 1740, return service departs 1815 arrives 2225 We have some great deals to The ABAMA in Tenerife and the Princesa Yaiza in Lanzarote Terms and conditions apply to these offers - please ask us. Email or call 01279 639600 to book. We specialise solely in family holidays, are all parents and can offer expert advice, personal service and good value. Fully ABTA bonded for your financial protection.Holiday Ideas!Looking for separate sleeping areas on holiday?Interconnecting rooms for a young family can be very expensive. Don't worry, we can suggest some great family-friendly 5 star hotels offering a range of rooms and suites - all offer two separate sleeping areas - that are excellent value for money. Here are some for starters but don't hesitate to contact us with your personal requirements or browse or website for more ideas. www.quovadistravel.co.uk. Princess Yaiza (5 star), Lanzarote 1 or 2 bedroom suites have double bedroom with a door to living room made up as child's bedroom. All have convenience of kitchenette. On promenade, sandy beach Kikoland has supervised children's club from 3 years, unsupervised play area for 2 year olds Roca Nivaria (5 star), Tenerife Junior suites have double bedroom with door connecting to living area converted to children's bedroom Huge balconies with sunloungers and table and chairs Complimentary children's club from 10 months Sheraton Algarve (5 star deluxe), Portugal 2 bedroom townhouses or superb residences have 2 bedrooms plus living room/kitchen Convenience of self catering with many restaurants and other facilities of hotel on site Children's club from 6 months Sani Resort (5 star) , Halkidiki, Greece Porto Sani and Asterias suites both have double bedroom with door to living room converted to children's bedroom Crèche from 6 months run by PB kids Skiathos Princess (5 star), Skiathos, Greece Family deluxe rooms have double room separated by partition On stunning sandy beach Small hotel (131 rooms) Excellent crèche and children's club from 6 months run by PB kids Call us on 01279 639600 or email us to book your perfect family holiday. We specialise solely in family holidays, are all parents and can offer expert advice, perosnal service and good value. Fully ABTA bonded for your financial protection.Club Med - it's changed!Club Med has changed so much in the last few years; there has been millions of pounds on investments in the clubs themselves, they are mostly in the best locations and of course being French you can be sure the food is superb. With always a keen eye on quality at Quo Vadis we have been busy testing out a few – all have exceeded our expectations! Some of our preconceptions included: · ‘Club’ style dining therefore obliging you to ‘make friends’ on long bench style dining tables - these have all gone and there are tables seating 2, 4, 6 and 8. · Only French guests and our children would feel left out – well it is a French company but the clubs are promoted in many European Countries and there are some specifically targeted to the British and English speaking countries so the proportion of Brits can be between 10 – 60% depending on weeks. Club Med guarantee at those there will be English speaking staff on activities and in the childcare. You may actually like the fact there are few other Brits so don’t discount the others! · Accommodation was of basic standard – they are clearly rated by tridents (their own star system) and almost all have been upgraded to an excellent standard. · Don’t get to feel you are in another country – excursions? · All inclusive can be a bit tacky/limiting – not at Club Med. Breakfast, lunch and dinner plus daytime and evening snacks, wine, beer, cocktails and popular branded spirits are all provided. Main restaurants are buffets but don’t think limp and soggy food that has been sitting around for hours. There are cooking stations preparing and cooking food fresh for you individually even at the 3 trident properties and it only gets better as the trident rating goes up. We are certain you will not be disappointed. Each club also has an a la carte restaurant (no extra cost). If you are looking for a family holiday with good food, an excellent range of activities for all ages, entertainment you can take or leave in a stunning location then this is definitely worth a look!QV Safari Guide for familiesThere is nothing more awe inspiring for inquisitive children than seeing lions, elephants and other animals at close quarters and a safari followed by a luxurious period of relaxation on the beach makes a fabulous family holiday.At Quovadis, our knowledge is both expert and first hand so do read our tips below and then give us a call to discuss your plans. Points you should consider before thinking of a family safari: Many safari lodges do not take children. Many lodges do not have rooms/tents which accept more than two or three persons Most do not have interconnecting rooms Children under 7 or 8 are often not allowed to participate on Game Drives Many destinations have malaria so it is necessary for you to either avoid these or to take malaria prophylactics In order to combine safari and beach you will inevitably need to take internal flights on small planes. Game drives are early morning (in time for sunrise) and late afternoon (just before sunset) Safari holidays are not cheap – the lodges are mostly sold full board with all game drives included. Internal flights add to the cost Due to the exhaustive and exciting nature of safaris we suggest no more than 4 nights in any one lodge and a maximum of 7 nights in total with a week at the beach after.However, we can often tailor make holidays to suit your dates and duration.The most frequent problem we have is lack of availability so anything up to 1 year in advance is not unreasonable especially for busy times such as August or Christmas. KenyaThis is perhaps the most famous and popular destination for safaris. The flight time is approximately 8 hours and there are day and night time flights in both directions. There are a number of National Parks including the world famous Maasai Mara, Ambroseli and Samburu.Combining safari with beach is easy as there are a number of direct flights from Nairobi to the lodges and then on to Mombasa. Beach destinations that can be combined with Kenyan safaris are Kenyan Coast, Zanzibar, Seychelles and Mauritius.Malaria prevention is necessary here along with the normal jabs. However, we do recommend seeing your GP for up to date information.Weather wise Kenya has two rainy seasons. April and May is very wet and some lodges even close. November and December has some rain but it is often short and less problematic.Otherwise temperatures are in the late 20’s to 30 degrees with clear skies.The annual migration occurs in August and September making these fantastic months to visit but conversely they are popular and get booked quickly. South AfricaIt is served directly with a number of airlines offering daily day and night flights taking 10-11 hours, and has the huge advantage of little or no time difference. Add to this that the standard of accommodation here is higher than most of Africa with some of the most luxurious lodges on the continent and there are malaria free areas then you have a winning combination.The two most popular areas are the Kruger National Park which is malarial but has a number of luxury lodges and Eastern Cape which is malaria free.Combine a safari here with a stay in Cape Town, a trip to Cape Point and a stay along the coast for a perfect family holiday. Weather-wise South Africa has almost the opposite seasons to ours (there are regional variations) – certainly the garden route is perfect through our autumn, winter and spring.Other African countriesIt is possible to get some family friendly accommodation in Namibia and Tanzania.Botswana and Zambia make fewer concessions for children. Families of four and above would need to expect accommodation of two units or more that do not interconnect.However it is only Kenya and South Africa where you can get children’s programmes.I am interested – what should I do now? Call us on 01279 639600 or email us for your family holiday. We specialise solely in family holidays, are all parents and can offer expert advice, personal service and good value. Fully ABTA bonded for your financial protection.show me three more ideasThe ReviewHotels reviewed by Quovadis TravelBorgo Egnazia Hotel, ItalyHotel Review by Jo and Karen, November 2012. Borgo Egnazia in Puglia, Italy has been a sell-out for most of summer 2012 and given that it is not cheap Karen and I went to find out why, specifically for luxury family holidays, it is so popular for ourselves.First impressions: wow! Think Italian style, chic and modern, quirky but contemporary. The pictures of Borgo Egnazia do not do it justice – the white limestone feels solid, friendly but calming whereas the images look somewhat bland, cold and unwelcoming. The hotel really exceeded our expectations and the local area even more so.My room was a Borgo Townhouse (all rooms are being renamed for 2013 so it will become a Casetta Bella) in the Village area and it was definitely another wow. The emphasis is on outdoor living with a large roof terrace, a good size balcony from the first-floor master bedroom bedroom and a big enclosed private ground floor terrace, complete with pear trees and pretty fuchsia, made private by high stone walls. This is not to say the interior was short changed!All the rooms in the hotel and the village have a similar feel and to be honest in terms of room comfort and design it wouldn’t matter which area you stayed in. Probably best for family holidays is the Borgo Village as there is more space and feels more relaxed, the hotel definitely felt an unenforced ‘quiet’ zone.The hotel offers some superb 5 star facilities for all the family – the San Domenico Golf Course is one of the top golf courses in Italy (handicap of 18 required), there is a superb spa, large indoor pool (open to children in inclement weather), 2 tennis courts. There are 2 private beaches. Cala Masciola is the closest, delightful but rocky and entry/exit into the sea is via metal step ladders, there are plenty of sunbeds on the grassy and sandy bank with a shady bar and restaurant, watersports are available too. It had rained a little the morning we went hence it looks a bit closed but the sun later shined!The other is sandy and has a gentle entry into the sea so more suited to young children and here there are sunbeds and a snack bar. This was closed when we visited (usually open May - Sept inclusive) but we took some photos to show the sand!The children’s club was fantastic and we had a long chat with the English manager. A large purpose built facility which is separated into ages plus a separate sleeping room for babies it is located next to the children’s pool.The surrounding area of Puglia was a big surprise. It was a pleasure to explore and we were struck by was how refreshing untouched by tourism this area of Italy was, it truly felt very Italian! Easy to get to and good for family outings lasting probably a couple of hours plus lunch for each would be perfect.A 20 minute walk (along the road which is quiet but there are no pavements) or short shuttle ride is the small seaside village of Savelletri with a pretty harbour , working fishing boats and a good handful of restaurants and bars, perfect for a stroll. We especially liked the vans selling their fruit and veg from the farm to the locals.We also visited Osuni, the white city with its mazes of narrow cobbled streets with buzzing cafes and restaurants and a cathedral at the top. We were told Bari has a fabulous old town and excellent shopping and several other places were mentioned, all close. You are probably best to hire a car to give you total flexibility although we didn’t and a private car and driver was 125 Euros for 4 hours.As a treat for the kids there is a zoo safari (type in zoo safari Fasano for a good idea of what it's like) with fair rides just 10 minutes away, also horseriding and go-karting.One and Only Royal Mirage, DubaiInspected by Gary in October 2012 From the moment I arrived at the One&Only Royal Mirage I was overwhelmed by its tranquillity. It is my favourite hotel in Dubai – superb food, excellent service, delightful low rise buildings, the most beautiful gardens, one of the best locations on Jumeirah Beach and very family friendly. I guess though partly it was the escape from the buzz that I love, a true oasis for a luxury family holiday but if the buzz is your reason to be in Dubai then this might not be your best choice!The Hotel is split into 3 different areas: The Residence, the Palace and the Arabian Court. All are within walking distance and share the same facilities with the lovely sandy beach running along in front of each.I was staying at the Palace on this occasion but I kept in mind during the hotel inspection which I would prefer for my family holiday. The Residence is the quieter, spa area and therefore least suited to family holidays but there is little difference between the Arabian Court and the Palace, both are perfectly suited to any family. The Arabian Court has a Middle Eastern feel whereas the Palace décor is more contemporary chic. Prices and access to facilities are the same in both. On balance I preferred the Arabian Court as it felt Middle Eastern and after all that was where I was, plus they will guarantee interconnecting rooms here.My room though at the Palace, a Palace Superior Deluxe Room with a balcony and views over the picture-perfect gardens, was fantastic. Luxuriously appointed throughout, spacious and as a family you can share this with 1 extra bed for a child and 1 baby or toddler in a cot, which would be OK but of course it is only just 1 room.The food options were fantastic and as the half board option allows you to eat in any restaurant the choice was good too.There were watersports on the beach and of course the children's club from 4 years or there are paid daytime babysitters to care for younger children which works well in Dubai.In summary I think it was my favourite as the location is superb yet it is smaller, more spacious, more peaceful and more personable for a luxury family holiday than the other hotels I visited.Sheraton Fuerteventura Beach, Spain, Canary IslandsInspected by Karen in August 2012 We opted to take our family holiday this year in Fuerteventura partly because I had never been to the Island, partly because the Sheraton Fuerteventura looked a great hotel for my girls aged 12 and 7 and importantly because the Canary Islands in Summer offer superb value when you compare them to seasonal resorts such as Cyprus, Greece.We had a great time in Fuerteventura, we would go back (in fact the girls are begging already) but there were a couple of things worth knowing before you book.Arrival is great - with a 4 hour flight to the Canary Islands from London the children had had enough and it was a delight for all of us to just have a 10 minute taxi ride to get to the Sheraton Fuerteventura (approx 15 Euros and nearly all taxi's had car seats in them). An obvious consequence of this is that you do hear the planes from the hotel fairly loudly - around 12 flights a day.The hotel felt spacious and airy - very much like the Sheraton La Caleta in Tenerife or the Kempinski Estepona in Spain in design and feel. Large pools, plenty of sunbeds and umbrellas, so it never felt crowded.The two smaller pools are widely advertised as being heated - this may be the case in winter but in August they were too cold for me to get in! Fortunately the children's pool was lovely and warm and being large with fun fountains and features this was a big hit.The kid's club is a purpose built air-conditioned room with standard toys - ball pit, crafty things, indoor climbing frame and a good timetable of planned activities (mini golf, football, water disco) in addition to indoor fun. The staff spoke good English and my youngest loved it for a couple of hours a day and made lots of friends there but the majority of children were under 10 and my 12 year old was not interested.The beach is lovely, sandy and expansive. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available but are 10 Euro a day (2 sunbeds, umbrella) as it is not owned by the hotel. Pedaloes were available for hire. The only catch was it was windy (as I understand it more than often is) and much as this meant the temperature felt pleasant the sand did blow up a bit which was annoying and we spent most of our time around the pools.The great thing about the Sheraton Fuerteventura for families is its location and just five minutes’ walk along a promenade takes you to small shopping centre with a big supermarket (everything available for babies), a few shops and some activities such as kid's trampolines etc.In the other direction across some scrub land is the main town. The terrain is sandy and uneven and you couldn’t take a buggy on this and my youngest wouldn’t walk it so we walked around on the road which takes about 20 minutes and a taxi back (3.5 Euros). It is a typical small tourist town with the usual sorts of shops and tourist restaurants and a little harbour. Pleasant but nothing particularly noteworthy.We had a Junior Suite which was very spacious for a family of 4 with a kingsize bed and 2 proper single beds and there was still room for a table and sofa. The balcony was large - see picture below!The deluxe rooms do allow 2 adults and 2 children to share there is just less space (and they interconnect so if you prefer 2 separate rooms this is an option). The Premium Deluxe rooms are on the ground floor and have a very large terrace which is nice but now having seen them they would be shady (lots of plants and Cacti).Major irritation of mine, not enough to ruin the holiday of course, but although there was tea and coffee making facilities in the room, we were charged 3.5 Euros per cup we made for ourselves!Breakfast was a good buffet spread but the evening buffet was only just OK, the same spread most nights and I have to be honest did get boring. There was fish, and a selection on the hot plate and then the chef would cook steak, pork, fish etc. but little to excite and often barely warm.I hope overall you have a positive impression of the Sheraton Fuerteventura from my description of our family holiday despite a few moans along the way, it is a good option for an excellent hotel for a week in the sun with your family.Daios Cove, GreeceInspected by Gary in June 2012 This resort is perfect for relaxation!When I arrived at the Daios Cove I did not know quite what to expect because when the taxi drops you off there is just a smart but small hut with a member of staff manning it. At this point you cannot even see a hotel! I soon realised why! The Resort is built on a hillside which goes down to a picture perfect cove. When you arrive you are at the top of Daios Cove and have to get a lift down to reception.The hilly nature of the Resort might put off some families but pathways are smooth enough for a pushchair, there are plenty of lifts and, rather uniquely, they have a funicular that takes you up and down – great fun even for big kids like me!The Resort has been built in local stone (meaning that all walls are thick and act as brilliant soundproofing!) and really blends in with the surroundings. This along with the private location makes you feel like you are in a secret hotel.Naturally, the negative with this is that you are not in walking distance of any local town or village though the bustling town of Agios Nicolaos is only a 10 minute taxi ride away.All the rooms are great and there are a number of options for larger families or those that want a separate sleeping area. The lead-in room, called a 'deluxe room' was spacious if you are happy to share and if you can stretch to it take one with a sea view, not because the other is awful but the sea view was superb.Just one word of caution, do not look at the villas and expect to get a kitchen. Their name is misleading as they are really luxurious suites on two floors.The children's club (from 4 months - 11 years) has its own funicular station which might be fun although I did wonder if when it was busy it might get annoying if you had to wait, but as long as you can persuade your children you can walk there quite easily too. There are two separate rooms for differing age groups and an enclosed garden with toys that is shared. Run in 2012 by UK company Worldwide kids you can be sure of English speaking staff and Ofsted standards.I only stayed for 1 night and did not get a chance to sample the buffet but I did have a superb meal in the a la carte restaurant. They do early suppers for kids in high season (Mid June to Mid September this year) with 2 hours of supervision in the kids club so this gives you a bit of ‘us’ time.The beach is small (though was made bigger this year in case you see any reviews from 2011) but it is lovely soft sand. You can see from the picture below the sea is that gorgeous aqua blue and perfect to paddle of for a dip. The picture below does make it look ridiculously cramped but the one of me in the beach bar shows that there is space between the sun beds!If you want a peaceful relaxing holiday with good amenities for your family holiday Daios Cove will fit the bill!Monte da Quinta, PortugalInspection by Hazel in 2012 Having briefly visited Monte da Quinta Suites back in December 2010 when they were closed I was very happy to have the opportunity to revisit this lovely Quinta da Lago resort when it was in full flow.Just a 20 minute drive from Faro Airport the drive in the dark (we landed at gone midnight) was easily navigable and we were pleased to be given a warm welcome even at this time of night.Our one bedroom suite had a fully equipped kitchen, a spacious lounge, a shower room with loo and a master bedroom with a large ensuite with shower over the bath. His and hers separate bathrooms – bliss!After a quick drink in the bar and a catch up on the US Open Golf (or something like that for him) we had a good night’s sleep in the very comfortable bed and the very efficient black out curtains meant we woke late. We headed to breakfast and were very pleased to see an extremely good display of breakfast goodies although no 'live' cooking stations. An extra effort seemed to have been made to make everything a bit more interesting though eg cheese and herbs on the grilled tomatoes. Being a good “inspector” I tried everything from the fresh fruit to the sliced hams and cheeses to of course all the cooked bits! Totally delicious with very prompt coffee and tea service and lots of high chairs dotted around. This is a family resort and most tables had child guests so I would not have been in the least concerned about keeping the little ones on best behaviour so as not to draw attention to ourselves. My children never did learn to sit on their hands and not say a word when eating in public!The other half sloped off to the pool with his towel voucher while I met up with one of the guest relations managers for a look around.We did skip the fantastic spa as I had done this before and you can’t really watch a treatment in action! First stop the children’s club. I have seen quite a few in my job but this one was up there with the best. Very clean and beautifully equipped with a large air conditioned room for activities and a smaller room with cots for naps. All the activities take place indoors and are very craft related (stencil techniques, clay sculptures, toothbrush paintings, salt water pictures etc.) so lacking in the sports activities if you have an energetic child. There are a few outside toys that can be used by parents.The main children's club is located in the Monte da Quinta Suites.Despite being called Suites and being sold on bed and breakfast or half board all rooms do have kitchens offering the best of both worlds for families. The 1 and 2 Bedroom Suites are offered with either Garden or Resort View, the Garden View being slightly cheaper. To be honest there is not a huge difference but all the 2 bedroom Suites with Garden View do overlook the entrance to the hotel so you will see a few cars and a fairly quiet road but they have an underground car park (send the best driver in the family to park – it is tight) so not too much shiny metal on display. They do get the sunset though so probably swings and roundabouts which I would recommend!The Monte da Quinta Club is an adjacent complex of self catering villas and townhouses at the Monte da Quinta Club. This is run as a separate entity (including its own entrance) but residents in the Club can use all the facilities of the hotel if they wish. There are 2 and 3 bedroom townhouses and 3, 4 and 5 bedroom villas, all privately owned and decorated but the fixtures and fittings are more or less the same in each. I visited a very impressive four bedroom villa and a two bedroom townhouse. They all have their own small private pools, careful review of the resort plan would be a good idea as some are quite overlooked. All of the accommodation here is very spacious and cool and could easily feel like being at home as they are very well equipped with everything that you might need to self cater. I particularly liked the bathrooms with little tiles around the mirrors with a variety of either bugs or shells on but my guide thought they were dated (each to their own!) In all the town houses and villas there are: fitted kitchens, microwave, electric oven and hob, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine and drier, cable television with pay tv, internet, mini hi-fi system, telephone, safe and alarm and air conditioning throughout.The Monte da Quinta Club has its own communal pool. There is also an additional children’s club (3-12 years) open to help supplement the other club in the high season only.There is also a restaurant (again open high season) and a well equipped gym (with scary high tech stuff in it). One thing I did notice whilst being driven about on my golf buggy was a rather unpleasant smell on the road by the side of the villa and townhouse bit. On enquiring (politely of course) I was told it was from a water treatment works and could only be noticed if the wind was in the wrong direction (which it was on the day I visited). I would personally request a house further into the resort as I did not notice the smell at all except on the buggy journey.Given the choice between the townhouses and the suites I would definitely opt for the suites, especially outside of the main summer holidays when the Club House is closed and you would need to walk to the Suites anyway, but of course you do not get your own pool or garden.HazelLatest Special OffersOur Top 10 Recommendations1Martinhal Resort, PortugalNewly opened in 2010, the luxurious Martinhal is billed as ‘the finest luxury family resort in Europe.’ The resort is has 3 main categories of accommodation – the hotel (with interconnecting rooms for 2012), village (1, 2 and 3 bedroom houses) and luxury private villas with heated pools. Located on a stunning sandy beach within a protected national park, the resort is a far cry from the tourist crowds of the Algarve. The little fishing village of Sagres is a 15 minute walk away across the beach.
2ABAMA Hotel , Spain, Canary IslandsThe Abama, 5 star deluxe hotel (now operated and managed by the Ritz Carlton Hotel Company LLC) located on its own large private estate and surrounded by banana plantations. The setting is stunning on a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and La Gomera, there is a gorgeous large and secluded sandy cove perfect for sandcastles, paddling and swimming and peaceful, too, as watersports are not allowed. The leisure facilites at the Abama are outstanding and service levels excellent. Rooms offer flexibility with interconnecting, junior suites (open plan), 1 and 2 bedroom suites. Choose between the main building or, our favourites, the garden villa rooms which are quieter and open straight out into gardens (ground floor not suitable for toddlers/some children as pool maybe nearby) and come with complimentary golf buggies. In our opinion the Abama is one of the best hotel in the Canaries.
3Porto Elounda Deluxe Resort, GreeceA world-class, five star resort with outstanding leisure and family facilities. This well located Mediterranean resort situated in the Bay of Mirabello, is surrounded by the vast blue of the Aegean sea. With it's genuine Cretan hospitality and the first Six Senses Spa in Europe, the Porto Elounda Deluxe Resort is a place to unwind. Don't miss the Arsenal Soccer School for and NEW Dance school for 2013!
4Carlisle Bay Hotel, CaribbeanSister hotel to the award-winning One Aldwych London, Carlisle Bay is a stunning boutique hotel in Antigua and is a member of 'The Leading Small Hotels of the World'. The 82 all suite resort is situated on one of the island's most ravishing beaches, with a dramatic backdrop of rolling hills and tropical rainforest. The hotel's contemporary design makes quite an impact. Families are offered beach suites, located directly onto the gently shelving sandy beach, with king-sized double bedrooms with seating areas and a separate study or second bedroom with twin beds, plus a large beach front terrace with seating and a double day bed. The interiors are cool and calm with bespoke furniture, luxurious silks, risp white Frette bed linen and stunning original artworks. The bathroom is large and luxurious with both a bath tub and a shower.
5Porto Sani Village, GreeceThe family-owned Sani Resort is situated in an ecological reserve with pine forests, olive groves, and five miles of safe, white sandy beaches. In its 1,000 acres you will find four elegant hotels, two state-of-the-art spa facilities, a fully equipped yacht marina and over 30 bars and restaurants. The relaxed surroundings of the expansive Porto Sani Village is an ideal setting in which to restore your karma. The sensuous Spa Suite is a haven of tranquility providing tailor-made aromatherapy treatments, personal trainers and one-on-one yoga lessons, while the breathtaking lagoon pool is the perfect place to soak up the sun and enjoy our energizing fresh juices and well-being menus for adults and children.The contemporary elegance of Porto Sani Village is complemented by a superb setting close to Sani Marina and its enticing world of inspired cuisine. The refreshingly spacious suites of this hotel are ideal for families and command spectacular views over the lagoon pools and the Marina, resplendent with its majestic yachts. Sani Resort is a unique concept with all guests sharing most facilities (except those at Sani Asterias Suites) and a fabulous dine around programme for those on half board offering at least 10 restaurants - some in different hotels, some a la carte, some buffet, and others in the picturesque marina. Many have baby, toddler and children's menus! As frequent visitors ourselves, let us advise you the best accommodation for your particular family needs.
6Aphrodite Hills Resort, CyprusIndependent and luxurious villas and apartments are available for those who would like to feel the ultimate privacy of their own accommodation whilst enjoying the resorts unique facilities and services. Furnished to the highest standard and all individually decorated the villas and apartments all offer spectacular views of the surrounding landscape (golf, mountains, ravine or Mediterranean), and the advantage of a swimming pool either private or communal, including sun beds and umbrellas. InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort is a luxury hotspot offering a fantastic array of facilities such as an 18-hole championship golf course plus a golf academy, a Greco Roman Spa, tennis and multi-surface courts with tennis academy, an exclusive beach club, horse riding, nature and bike trails and a variety of bars and restaurants.
7Cotton Bay Village, CaribbeanA perfect combination of a small intimate resort offering childcare and flexible accommodation from 1 bedroom suites to 4 bedroom villas all with fully equipped kitchens. Of course you don't have to cook - butlers can arrange in room dining if you don't want to eat at the fine dinning restaurant. 1 and 2 bedroom suites; ground floor suites have covered dining terraces featuring teak dining furniture and a private sun terrace while top floor suites have a private wooden sun deck with a spiral staircase providing direct access to the village swimming pool. All have fully fitted designer kitchens featuring beautifully appointed cutlery and tableware. Villas have between 2-4 bedrooms and have a private pool and garden and sun deck area. They also include a butler who prepares breakfast amongst other things. With the safe beach, protected by a lagoon and flat, shallow waters your children will have hours of fun here, by the pool or enjoying the activities and clubs (from 4 months) run by the trained staff. A quiet village atmosphere for you to enjoy time together as a family. Rodney Bay is just a short drive away offering restaurants and nightlife if you crave a little more action.
8The Residence Hotel, MauritiusStylish and sophisticated this 5 star hotel offers a spectacular beachfront setting combined with superb service. Rooms and suites offer a simple colonial style which is simply sublime. The luxuriously appointed garden or ocean view rooms, each with a spacious balcony or terrace, have a king size or twin beds, and benefit from air-conditioning and a ceiling fan. Many interconnect. Alternatively junior suites and suites are available. Reliving the magnificence and splendour of yesteryear, each room and suite comes complete with a 24-hour butler.
9Princesa Yaiza Hotel, Spain, Canary IslandsWhite sandy beaches don't generally spring to mind when you think of Lanzarote, but Playa Blanca offers exactly that. Princesa Yaiza is a luxury hotel that enjoys a great spot overlooking this beach, separated only by the promenade which takes you along the waterfront to the restaurants and shops, 1km away. The main building has excellent one bedroom suites with a separate bedroom and living room/children's bedroom and small kitchenette (microwave, fridge and kettle) in hall. These sleep minimum 2 adults and up to 2 children. The two bedroom suites are located opposite the main building and are accessed by a private subway. These are 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, lounge and kitchenette and sleep a minimum of 2 adults and 2 children, 3 years or over. The plentiful children's facilities are located in a dedicated area next door to the main hotel, allowing the children to enjoy themselves, whilst adults relax in peace around the main pool.
10Monte da Quinta, PortugalMonte da Quinta Club is set on the exclusive resort of Quinta do Lago. It offers an extremely high standard of accommodation with the added benefit of offering a self-catering holiday with hotel style service, or brand new 1,2 and 3 bedroom Suites. Guests can choose to relax in the privacy of their own private townhouse or villa, or take advantage of the superb range of communal facilities in this exclusive resort. A rare combination of elegant accommodation, first class service and facilities for all the family. 1, 2 and 3 Bedroom suites all with full kitchen facilities and living rooms. 2-3 bedroom townhouses and 3-5 bedroom villas of a very high standard with individual colour schemes making each one unique. Each villa has a private pool and townhouses have plunge pools. Fully air-conditioned and very well-equipped with microwave, TV (cable), Playstation, CD, Internet access, built-in or portable barbecue, cot and high chair.