You Are Here: Home » Lifestyle » Family & Parenting » Fab family holidays

Fab family holidays

fabfamholidaysFinding the perfect summer holiday where everyone is catered for takes considerable planning. So, whether you’re after a break on home soil, further afield or somewhere in the middle, we’ve come up with some fail-safe options to suit all ages and stages – take your pick and enjoy…

Austrian adventure
While it may not be the first destination that springs to mind when it comes to summer holidays, Austria is full of family-friendly attractions including colossal mountains, breathtaking walking trails, chocolate box villages and delicious food. And don’t think this is just a skiing destination – this region is perfect for the summer months when temperatures can reach 35°C in August.

aussiead1

Where to go
Saalbach Hinterglemm is an Alpine resort in the heart of Austria, which is renowned for family skiing, but in the summer months it becomes an outdoor adventure playground for kids, with no rides or queues, just endless space to explore.

Highlights include Schnitza’s Holzpark, the brainchild of a local craftsman, which is full of wooden sculptures that children can play around and use their imagination and hands to explore.

For something a bit different that your little ones will definitely remember, in the nearby Kohlmais Mountain, you can go on a mission to help Montelino the clown find his missing toys. After an exciting trip in a cable car, you then set off on a scenic walk through woods and meadows, searching for missing toys and negotiating fun obstacles including a giant spider’s web. It’s a great way to burn off some energy.

Children will also love the fantasy zone at Reiterkogel, in Hinterglemm. After taking a different cable car to the top of the mountain, you enter the world of the gremlin, Kodok, who has stolen the hat of the clown, the ‘good spirit’ of the mountain. The aim is to recover the hat,solve riddles and collect clues. All old-fashioned fun that the kids will love. (And not a computer in sight!)

Where to stay
The Wellness & Family Hotel Egger  is a 4-star family-run hotel in the skiing and hiking region of Saalbach-Hinterglemm. It is part of the Kinderhotels group, which offers all-inclusive family breaks across34 locations. It has a Bathing and Wellness Oasis, with mountain views, three outdoor pools, two indoor pools plus saunas and steam rooms.

It offers all-inclusive board, including breakfast and evening dinner and there is also a diverse lunch buffet with local specialities or you can have a ‘wanderjause’, a packed lunch to take on your hike. You can also enjoy the coffee hour with cakes from the in-house patisserie. This hotel has a 4-Smiley rating, an accolade based on how child-friendly the services are.

Good for kids
There are two children’s playrooms, a softplay area, a baby’s swimming pool, a cinema and Egger’s Theatre. Kindergarten staff and infant teachers are on hand to help out, plus an extra children’s entertainer and a hiking guide for kids during the summer.

Travel information
Prices

  • Hotel Egger Summer Package for high season from £1,118 for seven nights for two adults and two children (up to10 years) in a family room, including all-inclusive board (this is valid from: 9 July 2011 to 23 July 2011 and from 20 August to 27 August 2011). 
  • Pumukl Package for mid season from £926.92 for seven nights for two adults and two children (up to 10 years) in a family room, including all-inclusive board (this is valid from 3 September 2011 to 10 September 2011).

How to get there

  • The nearest airport is Salzburg, which is 90km away from the area – a 60-minute drive.

For more details visit www.hotel-egger.at or www.austria.info.


Great Scot getaway
Sample the delights of Scotland at this time of year – some say the scenery beats anywhere abroad for sheer magnificence. Choose from fascinating cities steeped in history and culture, to stunning landscapes that will simply take your breath away. Scotland offers wonderful wildlife, outdoor adventure activities that are suitable for all the family and, of course, the greatest golf there is, if that’s your bag!

greatscotgetaway

Where to go
Nestled in the Strathearn valley at the gateway to the Scottish Highlands, Crieff is just an hour’s drive from Glasgow and Edinburgh yet a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life. The town is home to Scotland’s oldest distillery, The Famous Grouse Experience, and there’s a wide range of small shops and eateries to explore.

Where to stay
At Crieff Hydro in Perthshire you will find luxurious self-catering accommodation, set in a stunning rural setting and perfect for families of all ages. If you’ve got children you’ll appreciate the little extras such as high chairs and stair gates and not having to pack linen or heavy crockery. The cherry on the cake on this holiday is the access to
a superb choice of hotel facilities and onsite activities, of which there are over 60. With six hours of free daily childcare included in the price, you could book into the adult-only Victorian Spa or play a round or two on the 18-hole golf course, while the kids are taken care of by the qualified staff in the Big Country holiday club; a crèche is also available for under twos at an additional cost.

And when the designated chef of your family decides they want a break, then you have the choice of five different restaurants to dine in, including a formal restaurant, a family-friendly brasserie and one catering purely for the little ones – there’s even a child-friendly high tea available.

Good for kids
From swimming in one of the two pools (one indoor and one outdoor), there is also the onsite outdoor activity centre, which offers quad biking, off-road driving, archery and even a 50ft climbing wall, plus high and low ropes courses. Children (and grown-ups alike) can enjoy a bout of horse-riding out on the vast estate, play a game or two of tennis, high-energy squash or badminton or you can all join in with the hotel’s own entertainment programme, which is provided daily.

Travel information
Prices

  • Luxury self-catering from £23-£65 per person per night (based on six sharing).

How to get there

  • Crieff is approximately one hour’s drive from both Glasgow and Edinburgh and is also very easily reached  from Perth.

For more details, go to www.awaywiththekids.co.uk or www.crieffhydro.com.


Cream of Cornwall
This is the perfect location for a family holiday because it offers so much, pleasing everyone from tiny tots all the way up to teenagers. The main attraction is the stunning coastline with sandy beaches, some deserted, some pulsating
with activity from local surfers, windsurfers and swimmers all enjoying the warm waters and swelling tides. There are coastal walks for all abilities and ages, giving you the chance to take in the stunning views, plus family days out galore, from the amazing Eden Project to adventure parks and monkey sanctuaries. So even if the weather isn’t behaving as it should over the summer, you can still have a fabulous fun-filled holiday.

cornwall

Where to go
On the south east coast of Cornwall, about half way down, you have the quaint town of Fowey, filled with unique shops and delis serving locally sourced food, tempting enough to make your mouth water. Sandy Readymoney Cove is just a 10-minute walk away, as is the start of the beautiful coastal path, which you could stroll along for hours discovering empty beaches along the way. It is also the perfect location to explore the rest of Cornwall.

Where to stay
Fowey Hall was the inspiration behind Toad Hall in The Wind In The Willows, penned by famed children’s author Kenneth Grahame, and sits in a spectacular location overlooking the sailing and fishing port of Fowey, within its original walled gardens. You will experience spectacular watery views of the river estuary and far out to sea.

At this luxury hotel, you can treat yourself to some serious pampering at the new Aquae Sulis Retreat spa which has three treatments rooms, one relaxation room, a swimming pool, not to mention a hot tub with sea views located on the decking area. The hotel’s own restaurant, Hanson’s, offers fine dining at its best, but it also caters for little ones with a special children’s menu.

Good for kids
This family hotel has a team of four qualified nannies who supervise the activities that run daily in The Den for the under eights. The facility is free of charge and it is open from 10am to 4.45pm and children can stay there for up to two hours at a time every day. The activities on offer at The Den include face painting, cooking, craft activities and nature trails. For older children The Beach Hut has plenty to offer, such as a pool table, table tennis, table football
and a TV and stereo. There’s also an outdoor play area, trampoline and an indoor swimming pool.

Travel information
Prices

  • A three-night stay this summer will cost from £999, which includes dinner, bed and breakfast for the adults. Children can stay for free. You will also get breakfast for up to three children, children’s tea for up to three children (up to the age of nine years old), as well as having complimentary use of the OFSTED registered crèche, baby listening service and spa facilities.

How to get there

  • The city of Fowey is situated on the south east coast of Cornwall. It is located between Trelaske and St Austell – off the A390.

For more details, go to www.luxuryfamilyhotels.co.uk or you can visit www.foweyhallhotel.co.uk.


Fabulous France
France is the top holiday destination for Brits and it’s easy to see why. The vast swathes of rolling countryside, beautiful ancient cities and gorgeous beaches, not to mention the top notch food and the fact that it’s only a hop over the Channel, make it a particularly easy choice.

fabfrance2

Where to go
Brittany, sometimes known as Little Britain, is a popular area with British holiday makers, not least because it’s in the north west of the country and not that far to travel to from the UK. There are 1,700 miles of coastline to explore and it is renowned for its numerous Neolithic monuments as well as the Côte de Granit Rose, translated as the Pink Granite Coast.

Where to stay
Set within 250 acres of rolling French countryside, and with an array of on-parc facilities, Keycamp’s Château des Ormes parc in Dol-de-Bretagne is a great choice for a family break, with something to keep children of all ages entertained. Parents can wind down at the on-parc bar on the terrace, play a round of golf on the 18-hole golf course just next door and dine in the parc’s gourmet restaurant. For families looking to sample some French culture, excursions to the medieval town of Dinan or the Benedictine abbey on Mont St-Michel are also available.

Keycamp is not just based in France – it offers self-catering holidays to more than a hundred parcs across 11 European countries, including Greece, Denmark and Croatia, plus the US and if you don’t want to travel far, there are 11 parcs in the UK.

Good for kids
There are free kids’ club activities, an impressive waterpark, a newly built indoor pool complex and outdoor wave pool, plus plenty of sports to try including tennis, football, canoeing and volleyball. So not only will the kids be keeping themselves busy, they’ll also be outside burning off lots of energy and keeping fit, too!

Travel information
Prices

  • Seven nights from 19 August 2011 for a family of two adults, and up to four children, staying in a two-bed Villanova mobile home with decking at Château des Ormes  will cost from £879, accommodation only.

How to get there

  • The best way is to get a ferry from Portsmouth to St Malo and Château des Ormes is approximately a 30-minute drive from St Malo. Fly-drive packages can be arranged through Keycamp as well.

For more details, visit www.keycamp.co.uk or to book and make a reservation, you can call Keycamp on 0844 406 0319.

 


This article was first published in at home’s ’Parenting with Jo Frost’ July 2011. [Read the digital edition here]


Images: Getty

Scroll to top