SUMMER HOLIDAYS IN EUROPE
Although our beautiful world is a plethora of gorgeous destinations to discover, it’s easy to forget the wonders that we have right on our doorstep in Europe, the most culturally diverse continent on the planet. Europe is a dream destination for travellers looking to discover ancient cultures, intriguing history, ornate architecture and breath-taking scenery, not to mention it’s the ultimate art-lovers paradise. With travel to Europe being so easy, this really ticks the box as a stress-free summer holiday destination, where combining a few different stops for an extraordinarily varied experience is easy to arrange. It also boasts fantastic weather in our summer and May to October is a great time to make the most of the sunshine. We have chosen a selection of some of the most exclusive hotels with incredibly personalised service where there is a wealth of unforgettable experiences to be enjoyed.
Forte Village, Sardinia
Forte Village is a one of a kind destination in Europe and we could talk about its outstanding features all day. 7 hotels in 1, this is a secluded all-singing, all-dancing resort. Forte Village’s staggering array of accommodation and dining options and more impressively, family-friendly activities and facilities, knocks just about anywhere else in Europe out of the park. The modern Sardinian style and unbeatable luxury service are complimented by an extensive program of activities for all ages and experiences to enjoy; in addition to the Chelsea FC football academy there are programmes covering rugby, cricket, basketball, swimming and even boxing – it’s no wonder the resort is hugely popular amongst celebrity sports personalities. Adults are spoilt for evening entertainment at the unique Forte Arena, where the likes of artists such as Anastasia and Andrea Bocelli have been known to perform. You’ll need plenty of time here to try out all the exciting things on offer, but for some down-time, the beach is one of the best we’ve seen anywhere in the Mediterranean, a broad swathe of perfect white sand lapped by crystalline waters and from here you can go canoeing, diving, jet skiing or windsurfing. Each hotel within Forte Village appeals to a different guests, we will help you select the one that suits you perfectly. Pineta is the place to stay for a peaceful ambience, Il Castello boasts an exclusive location near the sea, and Il Borgo village works well for families wanting to be close to Kids City.
The amazing Leisureland complex dedicated to entertaining children contains a go karting track, ten pin bowling alley, climbing walls, trampolines and a disco, and is cleverly located at the back of the resort so the kids can make as much noise as they like.
Golfers can perfect their swing at the driving range or pitch and putt, and there is a 27-hole course a short drive away.
7 nights from £1,329 per adult and £699 per child. Based on a family of four sharing a Deluxe Family Bungalow on Half Board.
Verdura Resort, Sicily
Set amidst 570 acres of Olive Groves on the gorgeous Sicilian Coast and privy to a secluded beach, the charming Verdura Resort is a stylish retreat and a great destination to get stuck in to a range of fun and active experiences on holiday, whilst also being a peaceful place to relax. The exceptional facilities here, even more exciting with fabulous views out to the azure Mediterranean, make it a highly appealing option for an action-packed getaway at a luxury hotel, topped off with generously large suites to settle into and a wonderful team working hard behind the scenes to make your holiday seamless. Verdura’s beautiful grounds are calling out to be enjoyed, there are 3 golf courses to play on, with the 9-hole course being perfect for some family bonding time, or take the bikes out on the numerous cycle trails to explore the local area. There are even tennis and football academies (football from July to August) here so the children can improve their skills with the help of excellent coaches. Easy to get to, particularly as British Airways have launched a new flight schedule to Palermo three times a week, and promising a range of adventurous excursions from a gorgeous setting, this is an amazing destination for short-haul holidays with that something extra special.
7 nights from £1,369 per adult and £529 per child. Based on a family of four sharing two Deluxe Rooms including breakfast. OFFER: Save up to 35%
Anassa is our favourite little Cypriot secret promising an authentic experience in an exceptional setting. The low-rise, whitewashed buildings, including four Private Villas, resembling a Byzantine village are set on a long sandy beach and Anassa stuns guests with its perfect blend of local traditional style with modern luxury, drawing people back year after year. Anassa offers excitement for all ages - the Explorer’s Club for children is kitted out with a shaded playground - making it the perfect family holiday destination. If you’re inclined to a little adventure in paradise, there’s rock climbing in the nearby national park, or amazing diving explorations at beautiful reefs and caves in the Akamas Marine Reserve. For your down-time, treat yourself to a dip in the Thalasso Therapy exercise pool and Roman-style indoor pool in the hotel’s award-winning spa, before dining in candlelight at the gorgeous Basiliko restaurant, and families love the casual beach barbecue as the sun sets over the Akamas Peninsular.
7 nights from £1,699 per adult. Based on a family of four sharing two interconnecting Studio Suites including breakfast. OFFER: Save 20% between 03 April - 13 November 2017
Bahia Del Duque, Tenerife
Bahia del Duque is a long-standing classic luxury hotel on the stunning island of Tenerife, and we love it for its superior location with direct beach access. What makes Bahia del Duque stand out from others is the beautiful Canarian village-style architecture. A family-friendly hotel with an amazing children’s club, and continuously voted as ‘Best Spa in Spain’ it really does cater for everyone and the service here is renowned for being faultless. The Villas have private butler service, a splendid option for those looking to indulge in an even more spoiling experience at the hotel. The hotel has its own yacht for sailing out to get a fantastic sight looking back to the island, an excursion not to be missed on a lovely clear day exploring the Canary Islands.
7 nights from £1,269 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Double Room including breakfast. OFFER: Save 15% between 01 May - 31 October 2017.
Eagles Palace, Halkidiki, Greece
Set on golden sands in mountainous northern Greece, this family-friendly hotel is nestled in a verdant oasis, fringed by one of the best golden beaches on the Athos peninsula. It’s not just the surrounding area that's spectacular; the hotel itself is pure luxury, and with exceptional service and facilities, it’s no wonder it belongs to the Small Luxury Hotels of the World collection. With numerous Family Suites and Bungalows, it’s a great hotel for catering to the needs of big families staying all together. Adults can unwind in the award-winning spa, stroll in the gorgeous and fragrant gardens full of olive trees, and indulge in the sun bed service, where someone will bring refreshments to you at the press of a button on your parasol so you can lounge the day away in peace. Eagles Palace is also sure to keep children well entertained with their own playground, pool and Explorers Club, which runs excellent activities and an introductory watersports programme.
7 nights from £795 per person. Based on 2 adults sharing a Standard Room on Half Board. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Save 20% + Upgrade to Half Board between 14 April - 30 June 2017.