Holidaying with toddlers can be challenging but very exciting! There are so many more boxes that need ticking the help parents to make it more enjoyable for the whole family having little curious mind to consider. Let’s face it, it is not a holiday unless the little ones have enough to keep them happily giggling away, their enjoyment is your enjoyment, so let’s look at some toddler friendly hotels and resorts ideas.
To make it a little more personal, we asked our owners to tell us what they believe inspires guests to come and visit their wonderful properties. Here are their thoughts…
Located in the Languedoc-Roussillon south west France (known as Occitanie since 2016) this is a luxurious 19th Century wine domaine which has been restored into a luxury self-catering estate with a collection of family-friendly apartments.
The Disney Castle…
”Our founder and CEO Karl recalls setting eyes on the Château’s turreted roofline for the first time, driving up the driveway through the vineyards his young daughter shouted from the back seat “Daddy it’s a Disney castle”!
Our younger guests love the magical and intimate feel of the Château with its heated infinity pool and spacious grounds to explore. Parents relish the mix of luxury self-catering facilities and boutique hotel services offering the perfect no compromise family holiday.”
Shanti Maurice Resort and Spa is located on a beautiful sandy beach in Mauritius with stunning sea views, tropical gardens and waterfalls. From luxury villas to private apartments it is a beach lovers paradise.
”Shanti Maurice Resort & Spa is a toddler paradise. Dedicated age group kids program in the 2.000sqm kids club with its private kids pool, open from 10am to 10pm to cover the entire day, fun filled. All villas do have their own private heated pool for family pool pleasures 365 days.
Most popular with the toddler are the fleet of Kettcars and bicycles to explore the 16hectare safe estate, and the Kreol inspired Sega Dance Parties, Chef’s Cookie Baking classes and the famous “Crab discovery” on the beach after sunset and the “Reef Explores” games and educating classes to discover the nature in, on and near the lagoon by playing win cooperation with Reef Conservatorium Mauritius.
A not to miss visit nearby is the well know “Crocodile Park”, just 10minutes from hotel, a real jungle experience or the family fun park “Vallee du Coleurs” just 5 minutes from the resort with breathtaking zip lines, quad bike tours and a large animal park.”
Toddler beach fun to city breaks…
”Martinhal Family Hotels and Resorts have been designed with families in mind and provide hassle free family holidays for families of all ages. Travelling with babies and toddlers can be challenging, so we offer an array of services and facilities to make them, as well as parents, fell comfortable. Toddlers love our playgrounds, indoor and outdoor with swings, slides, trampolines and the most popular activity is the swimming lessons. While parents love our baby concierge service, providing a wide range of baby equipment as well as the healthy children and baby menus, that include fresh vegetable and fruit purées.”
A micro resort set in the Languedoc-Roussillon, France with all-inclusive options and only 2 1/2 miles from sandy beaches.
Quiet family fun…
“At Imagine Roussillon, kids are excited in the mornings when they meet near kids club. We have croissants and pains au chocolat on offer, whilst parents enjoy a coffee at the bar.
The children are whisked into kids club where they enjoy painting and games until lunchtime. When they emerge, our warm and sparkling swimming pools beckon!
Mum & Dad have had a quiet morning and the kids have burned off some energy. Now it’s time to choose between the pools and the nearby sandy beaches!”
A small family run hotel in southern Majorca, Spain with only ten self-catering apartments and 5 minute drive to the nearest beach.
Cultural Spain with a friendly welcome…
”Toddlers very much enjoy our little playground in the garden(with its sun protecting roof) which is equipped with various toys especially for toddlers.
They also enjoy the toy box in their rooms, as well as playing mats and playing chairs for inside and outside use.
We also provide (free of charge as everything else, of course) toys for our pool and for excursions to the beach. In the nearby town of Colonia Sant Jordi there are playground as well, and an aquarium which is enjoyed especially by the little ones. Apart from all this there are many nearby beaches with shallow waters perfect for the kids.”
Four Seasons Country Club, Quinta do Lago is a toddler-friendly holiday resort in the Algarve, Portugal, luxury villas and apartments
”Four Seasons Country Club with its unique, friendly, relaxing atmosphere appeals to all ages, and it is not hard to see why.
When children arrive at our kids club, they look for the outside space to play and the “The Jungle Slide” is one of their favourites. The children look to play with other children and especially like to make new friends. Most of the children that visit us come to the kids club year after year and love to return to the space they know so well, meeting the friends that they made the previous year.
We are not far from Quinta do Lago beach; the children enjoy jumping in the waves and collecting seashells, which they sometimes bring back to the kids club to make arts & crafts. There is a variety of activities available ensuring that children have an enjoyable time with us.”
Fiver star luxury resort with villas and apartments, situated in Cyprus with stunning views overlooking the Mediterranean sea.
”At Aphrodite Hills Resort, Cyprus children have always been looked after with tender love and care. At the Holiday Residences kid’s club there is a recreational paradise where they can feel even more special. Offering a spacious indoor kids club for ages as young as 3 years, shaded outdoor soft play area, adventure playground, dedicated pool for water activities this facility is supervised by a trained kids club team. Activities for the little ones include arts and crafts, music and dance, mini Olympics and sport activities. Also offers a baby creche for the tiny tots of 3 – 36 months.
Within the resort toddlers can enjoy activities at the mini football academy (2-5 years) and mini tennis academy (2-6 years) as well as the horse riding club with pony riding or pony care club.
For pre-school aged kids staying with the Holiday Residences both high chairs and cots are offered free of charge. Guests can also request at an additional charge an Essential Kit of toys, games, inflatables or safety equipment.”
Three child-friendly holiday villages located in France, Charente, Brittany and South West France.
Fun toddler friendly holiday villages
”If there’s one activity that seems to appeal to our holidaymakers of all ages (especially on a hot summer day), it’s splashing about in a pool or in the sea. Parents of toddlers are often relieved to discover our toddler-friendly paddling pool areas (at parks such as Bonne Anse Plage in Charente Maritime) and our colourful Splash Zones (like the one at Domaine de Kerlann in Brittany). These offer younger kids the chance to enjoy watery fun in lifeguard-supervised safety without having to share the bigger pool with older kids. La Réserve in South West France takes it one step further: its stunning location on the shores of Lake Biscarrosse makes it perfect for a your toddler’s first day out at the beach. Little ones love paddling with their parents in the sheltered, calm waters of the lake or constructing their very first sandcastles back on shore.”
I hope you have enjoyed our owners inspirations and I am sure there is something for every family. There are many more family-friendly hotels and resorts worth having a look through on Holiday Tots.