​It’s easy to overlook just how many advantages there are to holidaying closer to home. Perhaps it’s because everything feels so familiar… but then that’s one of the big advantages, surely?

Europe’s incredible diversity in scenery, history, culture, language and cuisine make it a fascinating destination, whichever country you visit. And in just two to three hours you can be in some of the most fashionable resorts or greatest cities in the world.

Don’t forget too that in many European countries, life revolves around the family, so children are welcomed with open arms (especially if you encourage them to practice their foreign language skills!).


  • Verdura - A Rocco Forte Hotel, Sicily

    Verdura’s Families R Forte’s kids’ programme really does make sure its younger guests are as spoilt as the grown-ups. The Verduland Kids' Club for under 12's (overseen by Verdú the Hedgehog, the kids’ club mascot) has a dazzling array of activities, from the brilliant play area with its own pool; to pottery, cooking and acting classes, and tennis, golf and watersports sessions; plus lots of little extra luxuries like kids’ spa treatments, pint-sized bathrobes and slippers and animal toys.

    Teens have their own club complete with snooker, football, tennis and more – including cocktail making (alcohol-free of course!), and a new spa menu too. After dark there's a disco, cinema or karaoke. And when it comes to accommodation, the Grand Suites have just been updated with plenty of space for two adults and two children to share, making these the ideal option for families. So, whatever your age, Verdura really has thought of everything – and isn't that just what you want on a family holiday?


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  • Belmond Hotel Splendido, Italy

    Keeping the kids smiling in true Belmond style, the Belmond Hotel Splendido’s Smile Club is a real treat, and much, much more than just a kids’ club. Immersing the little ones in everything this fantastic destination has to offer, one day they could be learning Italian, or angling with local fishermen, making pizzas, ice-cream tasting, heading out on a scavenger hunt, or taking yoga and tennis lessons. Back at the hotel, the kids can enjoy their own child-friendly spa treatments and meals, or relax and watch a DVD, all cosied up in their mini bathrobes and slippers.

    For a super-special treat for the entire family, why not take them on an exclusive after-hours evening visit to the Genoa Aquarium where you’ll enjoy a special behind-the-scenes tour?


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  • Porto Sani, Sani Resort, Greece

    Parents and children are spoilt for choice at Porto Sani Village: a dedicated Babe Watch beach service looks after the little one while parents take a break and the Melissa Mini Club provides buckets of fun in partnership with UK childcare specialists Worldwide Kids Company. There’s everything from mini-beach Olympics, excursions, pool games, picnics, parties and stage shows. And teens can enjoy watersports, cooking or spa experiences and tennis and football academies.


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