These brilliantly reliable resorts and villas tick all the boxes for a family holiday. There’s still availability too, although we don’t advise waiting much longer…
Pine Cliffs, Algarve, Portugal
Perched above the shimmering Atlantic Ocean and overlooking a sensational beach, flanked by typical Algarve amber-red sandstone rocks is Pine Cliffs. This sprawling resort has everything a holiday-needy family require and you can choose between staying in spacious rooms, town house villas or apartments. Kids will adore the seven swimming pools, the lift down to the beach and the all-singing Porto Pirata kids club complete with two play pirate ships. Parents meanwhile can luxuriate in the newly renovated spa or catch sunset at the Mirador champagne bar. Active families will enjoy programmes at the tennis academy, catching surf breaks or join in beach volleyball. Come together for a delicious meal of Portuguese seafood classics at one of Pine Cliffs’ seven restaurants.
Forte Village, Sardinia
Sardinia’s waters have often been compared to the Caribbean and here at Forte Village it’s no exception. The azure sea and a swathe of white sand beach hover tantalisingly in front of this luxurious beachside hotel, located in southern Sardinia. Set among the pine-scented forest, families will discover an extraordinary variety of activity. Appropriately named ‘Wonderland’, the children’s play area includes an open-air theatre complete with clown, a vegetable garden, a Barbie centre, a cookery school and an arts and crafts hub. Sporty kids will learn from their heroes at the Chelsea Football Academy; and Irish and English legends coach at the Rugby Academy. As the sun slides into the sea, sip an aperol spritz and enjoy fuss-free meals with perpetual favourites of wood-fired pizza and homemade pasta, plus Michelin-starred cuisine.
Stunning Villa, Mougins, South of France
Villas are often the first to get booked up, with families reserving prime spots a year in advance. However, with careful digging we’ve unearthed some sensational villas that still have availability. For example, this beauty in much sought-after South of France is, at present, available. Located five minutes from artist enclave Mougins and fifteen minutes from Cannes, the large six-bedroom house comes with a gorgeous swimming pool surrounded lavender and olive trees. The flower-filled garden is a paradise for children and includes a tennis court, expansive lawn for ball games, table tennis and lots of shady spots for outdoor dining. Inside, you’ll find a contemporary style and cool interior with typically French shuttered windows. A visiting to Mougins, walkable in 15 minutes is a must. Dine at L’Amandier, once managed by Alain Ducasse or explore the studio and farmhouse where Picasso lived and worked.