The idea of travelling with babies, toddlers and young children can seem daunting in theory, especially when embarking on a big summer holiday.
The main goals of holidays are fun and relaxation- right? So you might think that the extra work of child care - especially changing nappies, chasing toddlers around the pool stopping them jumping in, and feeding them food they will actually eat puts a serious dent in the idea of a ‘proper holiday’.
But you can think again when you find great holiday resorts and destinations that are equipped to handle the challenges of your little one, or army of little ones if you are blessed with several young children. Yes, you can have a wonderful holiday experience with your kids. You get your family cover, pack your essentials, and the wonderful people at your destination take care of the rest. Really! Read on to be inspired.
Now let's give you a guide around the places that could be great fun for both dad, mum, and the little ones.
Having a recent addition to the family shouldn't spell doom for your holiday. There are baby havens around that not only take a fair amount of stress off your hands, but also ensure that your tiny little tot is included in the fun.
So here we go:
1. Hotel Suite Villa Maria, Canary Islands
Hotel Suite Villa Maria is an all-villa unique five-star resort situated in a strategic, serene location with views to the Atlantic Ocean and Tenerife’s Adeje mountains. It offers a number of well-spaced self-catering villas with full facilities ideal for families with kids.
There are numerous sites and activities to draw fun from in this family-friendly resort. The two-story self-catering villas, for example, are designed to possess natural tones and offer the view of the ocean The La Torre restaurant, which overlooks the swimming pool and plaza from the first floor, offers an intimate and elegant dining experience each evening.
You can get babysitting organised through Totstoo's exclusive Nanny Too arrangements to get a full feel of the villa without interruption.
2. Franklyn D. Resort: Runaway Bay, Jamaica
This resort offers mouth-watering culinary opportunities, such as enjoying Jamaican cuisines with four amazing restaurants to choose from. The range of activities on offer is tremendous, with snorkeling, 4 large pools, tennis, kayaking, a 100-inch waterslide and much more to do.
But that's not the best part,
From check-in to check-out, you get to have a dedicated vacation Nanny, who can double as a tour guide, to care for the kids.
You can check out their rates here
3. Sani Resorts, Halkidiki
Enjoy the charming beauty of nature to its finest when you opt to holiday in this beautiful ecological reserve that spans 1,000 acres. Its beaches are charmingly complemented by the spectacular pine forests of the Kassandra Peninsula and the Aegean waters.
There is a special service on the beach called the Babewatch, where nannies can look after your infant while you go for a dive in the sea.
You'll be happy to explore the resort comprising 18 restaurants, three hotels, a spa, three beaches, and a Marina are all located on-site. You won’t need to travel far, and everything is baby and toddler friendly.
4. Holy Mama Yoga Retreat, Ibiza
Fashioned particularly for mothers and their young kids (Dad's are permitted on certain weeks too, not to worry), this holiday gives radiance to the skin and freshly freed spirit thanks to yoga and the strict food choices.
In the course of the week-long holiday, Montessori-level qualified child carers get to play with the kids to give mums space for morning yoga sessions. Everyone is united at lunch and the family can go off to explore the beautiful island or stretch themselves by the saltwater pool later on. The day culminates in an all vegetarian and organic three-course supper.
Lodgings are located in a beautiful gardens situated in the centre of the popular island.
Learn more and check out rates here.
Toddlers and big kids
When they're walking and all grown up, they tend to present fresh challenges, especially when they find themselves in "boring" adult circles with nothing to do. So here are ideas for holiday destinations that can keep them busy so you won't e constantly bracing yourself for the next tantrum.
5. Paradise Island, Bahamas (Atlantis Paradise Resorts)
Pique their fancies - especially toddlers - with the serene and interesting experience of sand and water. You can soak in the sun as you watch them contemplate the sands and dig up treasures for hours. Older kids can enjoy other fun adventurous attractions of the resort
But that's not all that Paradise Island offers
There's a water-play area just for newly-walking tots, water attractions of 141 acres with 50,000 sea creatures to keep your bigger kids in wonder, and to wrap up things after the day, homely enjoy-together free nightly family films are always on the schedule.
6. Country Kids, France
Perfect for a family getaway, this rural beauty situated in 30 acres of gorgeous French countryside, blends boutique accommodation and personalized services excellently.
There's a petting farm, a café/bar, on and off-site recreation for both adults and children, delicious meals and so on.
To take care of the needs of your children, the kids club and crèche are available for children from 3 months to ten years old. It is accredited and run professionally by English-speaking staff that are both experienced and passionate about their work.
Only seven families are welcomed at a go so find out more about this place and book in plenty of time!
7. Visit a Farm
Children love the prospect of getting up close and personal with animals: they enjoy the thrill of a horse munching hay from their palms, getting to feed baby chicks and going on tractor rides.
The older ones too will enjoy riding the horses, planned nature trails with exciting rewards, bonfires and much more.
There's no need to send your kids to their aunts or he husband's cousin's best friend's brother so that you can have a relaxing holiday. The kids deserve their own share of fun. There are plenty of places set up to help you enjoy both your kids and your holiday; as you can see above.