As any parent knows, when you go on holiday with children your priorities are very different from when travelling as a couple. But at Prestige Holidays, we don’t believe that “family friendly” has to come at the expense of luxury. These hotels from our handpicked portfolio are renowned not just for their 5-star elegance, but also their extensive child-friendly facilities.
In my experience, a beach holiday is generally a hit with every member of the family, from the very little ones to the hard-to-please teens. The beautiful beaches of Lanzarote, Tenerife and Portugal’s Algarve region are enough of a temptation in themselves, but when you factor in the huge range of activities, dedicated kids’ clubs, and luxury accoutrements of these hotels in our collection, the prospect of your family beach holiday just got even better.
Luxury and Family Friendly? Yes, You Can!
It’s a delicate balance to find just the right combination, but in the following recommendations we know you’ll not only feel happy that the children are relaxed and entertained, you’ll also feel wrapped in luxury from the moment you arrive. After all, it’s your holiday too.
Lanzarote: Princess Yaiza
The Canaries are a fantastic destination for families (this blog post may give you some inspiration as to why); the beautiful island of Lanzarote is especially popular with nature lovers and young folk who like to get out into the great outdoors. The beautiful Princesa Yaiza, set right on the ocean at Playa Blanca on the south coast of the island, is an absolute treat for both adults and children.
Kikoland children’s playground is a magical facility onsite that has everything a youngster could think of to keep them entertained, including daily shows, sports and themed parties. Mascots Hooky, Kooky and Kiko add to the wonderful ambience the hotel has created at Kikoland, and you really can rest assured the children are safe and happy. In the meantime, you can head off for some adult time with a few holes at the nearby Lanzarote Golf (special rates for guests), set against picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean.
The hotel even offers two hours of complimentary babysitting when parents dine at the onsite Isla de Lobos restaurant, or sneak off for an indulgent treatment at the day spa. “Blissful” just about covers a stay in this hotel.
Tenerife: Adrian Hotel Roca Nivaria Gran
For a luxurious and relaxing stay, you really can’t go past the excellent Adrian Hotel Roca Nivaria Gran. Located right on the edge of the ocean at Playa Paraiso, you’re out of the hustle and bustle, but this fantastic five-star hotel has everything a heart could desire right at your fingertips. Book a Junior or Superior suite and you’ll be spoilt for space, with a separate sitting room for children to do their own thing while parents relax.
For children, undoubtedly the best thing about the hotel is the mini-club, which has a full daily entertainment programme with a range of fun activities. It even comes with its own friendly mascot, Roni. There’s also a baby club (for babies over 10 months), which is open mornings and afternoons, and a submarine-themed games room. Everyone in the family can take advantage of the fabulous energetic onsite activities, which include bike rentals, mini golf, a tennis court (with lessons), ping pong and lots more.
Of course, no matter how much family fun you’re having, there’s always room for a bit of parent pampering – you’ll need something to do while the young ones are at the mini-club, after all. The elegant Azules de Nivaria Spa is an absolute sanctuary of relaxation, offering a superb range of therapeutic treatments to tempt you. And tempted you will be – I guarantee it.
Algarve: Martinhal Beach Resort
The Algarve region of Portugal truly is one of the most idyllic places on the planet, and we’re proud to have the marvellous Martinhal Beach Resort as part of our luxury collection. Families absolutely love this place and, having spent time here myself, I know exactly why it’s so popular with our clients. Set on cliffs overlooking the ocean at Sagres, within 100 beautiful acres of the Costa Vincentina National Park, its lovely surrounds set a relaxing pace for a laidback family beach break.
While parents relax, children can take on as much fun as they can handle, with dedicated areas around the hotel catering for different ages. Activities encompass everything from bike riding, surfing, sports academies and diving for the older ones, to the action-packed programme of the kids’ club.
As the only truly children-focused resort in the Algarve, Martinhal Beach Resort leaves nothing to chance. They really have created a wonderfully warm ambience, with the ultimate in family-friendly facilities, right down to the details of a baby concierge service so those with very little ones can travel light.