Hotel Vs Villa, Family Holiday – what works for your family?


One fact acknowledged by everyone is that finding the perfect family holiday poses several challenges. For example, do you go with the independence and privacy of a villa, or the first-class amenities of a hotel resort?

The good news is that there are resorts that perfectly mix the best of hotel life with the perks of having your own villa (or sizeable accommodation) with family-friendly facilities. Here are 10 that welcome children and/or provide supervised children’s programs:

The Paradis in Mauritius, set on Le Morne Peninsula,  is renowned for its extensive range of luxurious and spacious accommodation. Family suites and private villas are dotted along an endless strip of golden beach. The Paradis’ mini-club welcomes children aged 3-12 in a convivial area at the heart of the hotel.

The Monte da Quinta Golf Club and Beach Resort, Quinta do Lago, Portugal  has been carefully designed to the highest standard.  It offers the sought-after-yet-rare combination of top quality self-catering accommodation with hotel style service and facilities, including a kids club (6 months-12 years) and a wide variety of relaxation and sporting activities.

Few hotels are able to name drop quite as impressively as Round Hill in Jamaica. Clarke Gable, Noel Coward and John F Kennedy are just a handful of the celebrities that have stayed here. Round Hill does not rely on past glories, as demonstrated by the introduction of a double infinity pool, some beautiful private villas and the Pineapples Kids Clubhouse (ages 3-12).

Porto Zante Villas & Spa, Zakynthos, Greece, is a boutique villa-hotel located on the dazzling shores of the Ionian island of Zakynthos, famed for its enchanting village & spa. All the comforts of home are complemented by round-the-clock five-star services to ensure absolute escapism. Children are welcomed with activities and tailor-made menus, while babysitting services ensure parents can really relax.

The Aphrodite Hills, Cyprus, offers a collection of luxury villas and apartments built on and around an 18-hole championship grade golf course. Aphrodite Hills Resort offers many facilities including the Resort Kid’s Club for babies and toddlers as well as kicken’ places and funky spaces designed with teenagers in mind (allowing parents some ‘down time’).

Situated amidst the stunning pine forests of Belek in Turkey, Gloria Serenity Resort offers an array of facilities and several golf courses nearby. At Gogi Kids Club, they offer entertainment shows for kids as well as various programs to develop their talents. VIB is a special club for babies.

Chia Leguna, Sardinia, offers a discreet and exclusive experience reserved for a select few, tinted with impeccable service and the most luxurious surroundings.  The independent villas add a touch of privacy yet are only a few steps from all resort amenities including the children’s club for children aged 3 -17 and close to the beach, with views of Chia Bay.

Martinhal, Sagres, Algarve, is where luxury meets nature.  It is positioned within a protected natural park near the historic fishing port of Sagres, on Portugal’s unspoiled western Algarve coast.  Accommodation is varied and stylish with choices from houses to villas to sumptuous hotel rooms.   There is plenty to keep your children entertained at Martinhal!  They have dedicated  over 3,300 sqm or 37,000 sqft to children in play areas, crèches, kids clubs, restaurants and kids corners.  In addition, the Martinhal also features a Sports academy where boys and girls can polish their skills or learn new techniques in activities such as surf, windsurf, swimming, tennis and football.

If you would like more information on the locations suggested or would like further inspiration please get in touch with Bespoke Vacations. We will do our utmost to ensure that you have a great holiday experience that also offers great value for money.

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