We've all done it. We find an amazing hotel with everything mum and dad need but there's no kids' club or anything to keep the children happy. So you move on to a resort with wonderful activities for the kids but there's no appeal to mum and dad. Hotels that offer the best of both worlds are few and far between but they do exist. Take a look at the following suggestions, one for each of the seven most visited European countries from the UK.....
1 - Greece - Sani Resort, Halkidiki
Halkidiki is set in the North East of Greece approximately 3.5 hours from the UK by air and is a perfect summer destination boasting beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters.
Choose from four distinct hotels at the family owned, award winning Sani Resort set in 1000 acres and boating six private beaches. The resort offers babysitting, creche (from 4 months) kids' clubs (4 to 11 & 12 to 17) and even a summer 'babe watch' service on the beach if you want to enjoy a cocktail. Summer clubs are also offered in such activities as football and sailing.
2 - Spain - Princess Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort, Lanzarote
Approximately 4.25 hours by air from the UK, Lanzarote boasts it's main beaches in the South of the Island. The Princess Yaiza is set directly on one of these, Playa Dorada in the resort of Playa Blanca just a few minutes stroll to Marina Rubicon along the beautiful seafront promenade.
The resort boasts several choices of suites to accommodate the whole family while still allowing private space. There are eight restaurants to choose from without leaving the resort.
The 10,000 square metre 'Kikoland' is where the kids are kept occupied. The kids' club is for the three to twelve year olds and teenage activities are also organised. The under threes can join in too but must be accompanied by an adult.
3 - Turkey - Gloria Golf Resort, Belek
A flight of just over four hours and a transfer of less than an hour will bring you to the wonderfully diverse resort of Belek. The hotel is set directly on the beach but with a backdrop of pine forests, archeological treasures and beautifully manicured golf courses.
The 'Gogi' kids club caters for all children from 12 months (babysitting charge for those younger than 4 years). The resort boasts an Aquapark with eight thrilling slides and the indoor Gogi Fun Jungle, a fantastic soft play centre.
Various suites are available offering plenty of space for adults and kids alike and the resort offers an all inclusive option, ideal as the kids become engrossed with the on-site facilities.
4 - Portugal - The Lake Resort, Vilamoura
The likelihood is that within 3.5 hours of taking off from your UK airport you will be checking into the wonderful Lake Resort in Vilamoura. The resort is located a short stroll to the beautiful Falesia beach one way and the spacious and wonderfully atmospheric Vilamoura Marina, packed with bars, restaurants and shops the other.
The elegant resort offers babysitting (charges apply) and a kids' club through the summer months. On site facilities include a man made beach, canoe and pedal boat lake, kids' pool and a sports' pitch.
Accommodations and dining options are superb.
5 - France - Terre Hotel Spa & Golf Resort, Provence
Away from the camps France is not renowned for providing wondeul kids' facilities in hotels but this hotel, just 45 minutes from Nice is worth a look.
For the golf lover and the lover of the outdoor life, cycling and walking it is a perfect getaway and the on site kids' club will offer you that respite from the children when required although the fresh air will have probably put them to sleep.
The resort is set in rolling countryside and mountains but is within just thirty minutes of the vibrant resorts of the French Riviera.
6 - Italy - Forte Village, Sardinia
A flight of less than 2.5 hours and a transfer of less than 1 hour should see you at the iconic and wonderful Forte Village, the perfect choice for families.
'Wonderland' is much more than a kids' club. Activities such as Italian cookery and ceramics compliment the themed play featuring kids' favourites Thomas the Tank Engine and Barbie. The Teens love the trendy 'U' club where DJs and make up academies are popular. All the family can head off to Leisureland to enjoy go-karts, bowling, discos and more.
The creche will take kids from birth with a charge for under 2s.
Chelsea Soccer Football Academy has a home here along with The Rugby Academy with legends Austin Healey and Will Greenwood and the Pat Cash Tennis Academy.
This array of activities should leave you adults to enjoy the resort's wonderful facilities including superb beaches and Michelin starred dining.
7 - Cyprus - Olympic Lagoon Resort, Paphos
A flight of 4.5 hours and a short transfer gets you to the wonderful Olympic Lagoon Resort in Paphos. Close to the town and set on a wonderful Blue Flag beach the resort activities revolve around the wonderful pool complex with five pools, water slides and swim up bars.
There are five 'all inclusive' dining options.
The 'Little Monsters Kids Club', the state of the art 'Teenz Club' and the 'Olympic Soccer Academy' should be enough to keep the kids occupied when not in the pool. For the very young ones (up to six months) babysitting is available at a charge.
So there we go. Our seven 'round the Med' choices for luxurious family holidays.
For more details on any of these resorts and similar long haul resorts please do not hesitate to contact us. And don't forget that cruises are superb for children as long as you choose carefully.