Are you looking for a family friendly resort, where you can be sure to enjoy the precious family holiday time you have together? Following on from our popular 10 of the Best Family Resorts in Europe article, here are 10 more of the Best Family Resorts in Europe. Prices will vary and change so please do check each site for the final costs.
#1. Delphi Resort, Ireland
Delphi Resort is set amid the breathtaking surroundings of the Connemara Mountains, on the north shore of the Killary Fjord and offers a range of great value Family Breaks.
There’s simply nowhere quite like it in Ireland, offering 20+ Family Friendly Water and Land Activities, an award winning spa, 3 Unique dining experiences, led by award winning chef Stefan Matz, and accommodation options to suit every budget (you can choose from luxury rooms in the 4 Star Hotel or great value budget rooms in their onsite hostel), Delphi Resort has it all for a one-stop holiday break.
#2. Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort, Lanzarote
The Princesa Yaiza Suite Hotel Resort is a five-star resort in Lanzarote in the Canary Islands with a great seafront location. The resort has lots of swimming options available with 3 large pools and 2 smaller kids’ pools, so you can visit a different pool on different days.
Also on site is Kikoland, a children’s park, featuring pools, mini-clubs, playhouses, sports courts, an amphitheatre for shows and its very own soccer school.
You can stay in 2 bedroom family suites in an annexe connected to the main hotel, these have lounge, balcony, air-conditioning, satellite TV and Wi-Fi and sleep up to 5 with 1 twin bedroom, 1 double bedroom plus 1 child bed in the bedroom.
#3. Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa, Costa Blanca, Spain
Located 40 minutes from Alicante on the Costa Blanca, the Asia Gardens Hotel & Thai Spa blends Far Eastern style with child friendly activities, from sport to craft to kids only dinners, as well as kids club and Thai style spa for parents to relax in. At the resort there are
- three outdoor swimming pools (two are heated)
- a paddling pool
- four restaurants that all welcome smaller diners
- selection of bars
- kids club with playground
- extensive asian-style gardens to wander in
- free DVD library
- free WiFI.
Children under two can stay free in cots (there’s room for one in almost all rooms) and some rooms have space for extra beds for under 11s. Some of the ground floor rooms have access to a private patch of grass good for little ones to run around. They also have 12 suites available with separate rooms for parents and kids, and you’ll have all the equipment on hand for babies, toddlers and older kids from high chairs to nappies to bicycles for smaller and bigger kids.
And if you get bored at the resort, one of Spain’s biggest theme parks, Terra Mitica is only 3 minutes drive away, while Terra Natura (zoo with 1,500 animals) and Aqua Natura (water park with slides, rides and wave pools) are within a five-minute drive too.
#4. Colle San Paolo, Italy
The Colle San Paolo estate in Umbria comprises 3 farmhouses restored to a high spec into 12 apartments and cottages available to rent. The location of the estate puts it in striking distance to visit many of the sights of Umbria on easy day trips, e.g. Assisi, Orvieto and Perugia (one of my favourite places in Italy).
The apartments are well-furnished and well equipped. Outside there are open safe areas for little people to run around and plenty of activities for older kids and teens to choose from. The bilingual owners are happy to help organise trips and activities from, cycling to cooking, to make your stay fun. WIFI is free and available in all apartments. Each farmhouse has a pool (all unheated).
There are also International summer day camps in English for children 6 to 12 with a choice of art & culture or soccer as their focus with a fun Italian lesson in the afternoon. Entertaining for the children, and relaxing for their parents! There are nature walks, biking and hiking within the estate and in the area. There’s no restaurant on site but you can arrange breakfast or even a private chef, otherwise it’s a 10 minute drive to the nearest grocery store to pick up all your supplies.
#5. Alpenpark Family & Spa Resort, Austria
The family-friendly Alpenpark Family & Spa Resort in Tirol in Austria has plenty of fun both for winter ski season with nearby ski area and snowshoeing available.
In summer months you can enjoy the natural surroundings with walking and biking tours, and excellent facilities that include:
- a spa area especially for families with kids pool
- free babysitting
- table tennis
- soft play area
- children’s club.
#6. Hillside Beach Club, Turkey
The Hillside Beach Club located near Fetihye on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast, boasts 330 rooms and its own stunning bay. Family rooms have either balconies or private terraces all with sea views. All food plus water and soft drinks are included in your stay, alcohol charged separately. You’ll find a variety of fish, Turkish and modern dishes such as pizza to please all tastes.
There are 3 beaches, a main beach suitable for families with pool, ice cream shop, toilet and eateries. Or if you fancy a bit of adult only time either with or without your partner, the Silent Beach or Serenity Beach (a short boat ride away) offer Mums and Dads the opportunity for some time away from kids. Or enjoy a treat at the Sanda Spa with treatment rooms, as well as spa facilities such as Turkish Hamam.
Baby services at the Hillside include cots, wireless intercoms, bottle warmers and sterilizers, strollers, high chairs, nappy changing facilities and babysitters available on request. Kids are well catered for with Kids Club, water sports include windsurfing, scuba diving, wakeboarding, water skiing and more, and they will love the daily entertainment shows that are put on in the evenings at the resort.
#7. Club Med Opio en Provence, France
Located 30 minutes from Nice Airport, the Club Med Opio en Provence has a focus on family fun and sports with a 9-hole golf course, pools, tennis courts as well as a Spa for a bit of pampering. The resort’s Provençal-style architecture is laid out in a traditional setting with narrow streets and shady squares. Rooms are decorated in warm earthy tones.
There are 3 pools at the resort: the main pool has low sides making it easier for kids to climb in and out. There’s also a separate children’s pool with a slide and a quiet adults-only pool if you want some time away from the children.
For children of all ages there’s plenty on offer:
- Baby Restaurant, Feeding Room, Baby Corner, Baby Gym where they can explore movement like crawling, climbing and sliding, as well as Baby sitting services.
- For toddlers, the Petit Club Med for ages 2-3 gives them activities such as gym, Little Tennis, outdoor games and rest time
- There are nature and discovery activities for kids at Mini Club Med for ages 4-10 including sport, art and crafts, dance and shows, plenty of play time and meals.
- Teen Club Med offers a wide variety of activities for 11-17 year olds including archery, tennis, flying trapeze and entertainment, films and shows, and for an extra treat, there are Teen Spa beauty treatments
#8. Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort, Croatia
The Amfora Hvar Grand Beach Resort is tucked away in a tranquil bay, surrounded by a lush pine grove, and is only a short ten minute walk from the historic UNESCO Old Town of Hvar with its medieval walls and plenty to see and do.
The Resort has rooms and suites and offers contemporary accommodation with balconies and terraces offering great views of the Paklinski Islands and the Adriatic Sea.
There’s a spectacular cascading pool with lounge areas, climbing wall, swim up bar. Or if you want to enjoy the sea, it’s only 2 minutes to the luxurious beach club Bonj ‘Les Bains’ which has private cabanas, massages in the Sensori Spa wellness centre, sunbeds and a beach bar and restaurant. You can also rent paddle boards or enjoy the volleyball sand court.
The Kids Club for 4-14 year olds run by multi-lingual staff offers them adventures, competitions, art & crafts and theatre performances. NB there is not Wifi throughout the hotel but there are two “Internet Corners” where you can check in online.
Highlights of the port town Hvar include its 13th-century walls, a hilltop fortress and a main square anchored by the Renaissance-era Hvar Cathedral. The island also features beaches like Dubovica and inland lavender fields. Boat excursions serve the nearby islands, which have secluded beaches and coves.
#9. Lakeside Hotel & Spa, England
“We love children – in fact, our senior management team have 10 between them!” boasts The Lakeside Hotel & Spa at Lake Windermere in the Lake District.
The hotel offers a variety of spacious family rooms either with fold out double sofa beds for kids and sitting area, or else with interconnecting rooms with bunk beds for the children or suites with lake and garden views. The luxury accommodation, fine dining using the best of local produce as well as pool and spa, means you’ll have no excuse but to relax during your stay.
As well as the 17m pool, gym (for 15+) and spa to enjoy, there are plenty of activities for families:
- Windermere Lake Cruisers sail from right outside the hotel taking you across the lake to visit Ambleside and Bowness.
- The Lakeside Steam Railway nearby
- The Lakes Aquarium is located just across the car park from the Hotel.
- You can make easy day trips to nearby family friendly attractions such as the Lakeland Motor Museum, South Lakes Wild Animal Park or
Tree Top Trek.
- Take an amble out with plenty of nearby walks ranging from 1 – 4 hours in length.
There’s a choice of restaurants at the hotel, with lots of child friendly menu options. There’s also free WiFi and the hotel can organise to book a babysitter for the evening if Mum and Dad want to enjoy dinner by themselves.
#10. Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel, Portugal
If you’re in the market for pure luxury that is completely family-friendly and on top of that, great value for money, then you might be interested to hear what the Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel has to offer.
In a stunning position overlooking Martinhal Beach and set within a protected natural park, Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel is located close to the historic town of Sagres on the unspoiled Western Algarve. Featuring a 37 bedroom five star hotel and a selection of spacious family houses, the Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel has been designed with families in mind and children of all ages are especially welcome.
The resort offers a wide range of children’s facilities and activities of the highest quality, made just for kids from 6 months to teenagers. Look out for the fun VW Camper Van that kids can climb inside in one of the resort bars, they will love it while Mum and Dad can relax and enjoy a drink.
Over to you now. Have you been to any of these resorts or can you recommend a family resort in Europe that you thought was outstanding? Tell us in the comments below.