Getting away for a break during the long school summer holidays is a real pleasure, but you want to make sure the place you pick has plenty of options for entertaining the kids as well as giving Mum and Dad some much-needed down time.
From Croatia to Spain, here are 6 European Holiday Resorts That The Kids Will Love:
European Holiday Resorts that are Family Friendly
When you are planning a family holiday you want to stay somewhere that ticks all the boxes. Family friendly accommodation, good food the kids will also enjoy, sun, pool, activities, maybe even some treats for Mum and Dad too.
Check out these amazing family resorts around Europe.
#1. Sun Gardens Dubrovnik, Croatia
The Sun Gardens Dubrovnik is a very child-friendly resort, with a beach and gorgeous views over the Elaphiti islands, not far from Dubrovnik. It offers self catering option as well as hotel rooms with balcony or terrace.
Facilities include three outdoor pools (two for families; one adults-only); a Sports Centre with gym, three clay tennis courts and a squash court; and a shopping promenade. For the kids there’s a Sports Academy with football, tennis, water polo and basketball for 7-15 year-olds and a Marco Polo kids’ club managed by Worldwide Kids with activities and games. Babysitting services also available
In summer, a hotel boat runs to Dubrovnik (30 mins away by boat) and there are other trips to nearby islands and destinations should you be tempted away from the resort.
#2. Delphina’s Le Dune Resort, Sardinia
The Delphina’s Le Dune Resort has plenty to offer with accommodation designed for families with children. Their dedicated kids entertainment area called Village Fantasia is perfect for entertaining young guests, complete with play area, swimming pool, Indian reservation and “Fort Crock”, a cowboy fort.
With a variety of clubs available for all ages of kids, there’s also the Peter Pan Restaurant, for guests of the Baby and Mini Club. And best of all, the vegetables and eggs come directly from the resort, collected by the children from the Il Peperone organic vegetable garden and the “Puddaggiju”, the onsite aviary.
At the Le Dune Resort you’ll find 10 restaurants and a homemade ice cream shop, 6 swimming pools of which two are reserved for children, “Duneland” castle for the youngest guests with creative workshops, games area, cinema, soft area, dining area, nap room with cots and bottle-feeding preparation area, and a wide range of free sports and fun activities, including five-a-side football, tennis, basketball and archery.
#3. Efteling World of Wonders, The Netherlands
If you always look for something a bit different for your family holiday, Efteling might be the perfect destination. Located just half an hour away from Amsterdam, Efteling World of Wonders is a theme park, with a variety of rides from rollercoasters for older kids to the enchanted world of the Fairytale Forest where you can walk between giants and trolls.
Efteling Theme Park Resort offers various accommodation options:
- Holiday Village Efteling Loonsche Land – located in the heart of the nature area ‘Loonsche Land’ with a hotel and cosy holiday houses. You will find a restaurant for breakfast and dinner, as well as various play apparatus for children and a small animal pen. From the reception you can walk to the entrance of the Efteling theme park in about 20 minutes.
- The Efteling Hotel – less than a 5 minutes walk from the theme park, in one of their 20 enchanting theme suites, such as The Sleeping Beauty Suite or The Flying Dutchman Suite. Kids even get to help check in at their own special reception area/desk. All stays include access to the theme park.
- Holiday Village Efteling Bosrijk – in the middle of the woods of Brabant and within walking distance of Efteling, this spacious holiday village covers approximately 16 hectares of varied landscape with dunes, dense woodland and an open space. Visitors can spend the night in luxurious and atmospheric houses.
#4. Daios Cove Resort, Crete
Not only is Daios Cove Resort breathtakingly beautiful, but this 5 star resort makes sure that the activities available here for kids and parents alike make it a winner for a family holiday to Greece.
Babies and toddlers are supervised in the Crèche Club by UK childcare experts Worldwide Kids Co, with qualified nursery staff meeting UK standards and regulations. Meanwhile, older kids can check in for fun at the well-equipped Children’s Club where friendly, highly trained multilingual staff will make them feel at home and provide games and activities.
Daios is geared up for families, with a child-friendly beach, pool games, outdoor playground, special children’s menus and high chairs at all restaurants, toys for indoor and outdoor play, and babysitting services.
#5. Pine Cliffs Resort, Portugal
Portugal is a great destination for a family holiday, my family has visited twice and enjoyed both holidays.
The Pine Cliffs Resort in the Algarve has won Europe’s Best Family Resort six times, has been presented twice in Condé Nast Traveller’s ‘Gold List’ and, most recently, has been highlighted as “Europe’s Best Luxury Family Resort” in the World Luxury Hotel Awards.
You can see why it is a leading family destination with its array of watersports, Annabel Croft Tennis Academy, Junior Club for 8 to 13 year-olds and Porto Pirata Kid’s Club with its lifelike pirate ship and 7,000m2 children’s village for 6 month to 8 year olds.
The resort is close to Falésia Beach, considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Portugal, you access the beach via a scenic walkway and panoramic elevator leading to a private area reserved for Resort guests.
#6. Playa Andaluza Beach Resort, Spain
The Playa Andaluza Beach Resort in Estepona has plenty to offer families in the way of comfortable accommodation with a choice of spacious rooms with a kitchenette or apartments with living room and full kitchen, all with balconies.
The family-friendly resort has 4 pools including an indoor pool, and sits beside a sandy beach if you fancy a change from the pool. There’s plenty of fun for kids with a kids’ club, play area, sport courts, teen zone with table tennis, pool and air hockey, and daily fun activities.
There is a spa for a bit of parent pampering while the kids are occupied, and babysitting services are available if required. With restaurants and bar and a shop in the resort, you might be tempted to stay put, but there’s plenty of fun nearby the resort including Roman ruins, Alcazaba, Picasso Museum, historic towns, shopping, dining, water sports, golf and more.