Clare Garner took her football-mad son to Chia Laguna:
If you long to spend your holiday lying on a lounger with a book and happen to have a football-mad child, Chia Laguna, has the solution. We signed up for a week-long football course with former Premier League player Andrew Johnson. Every morning son togged up in his personalised kit and headed off for two hours of football. In the late afternoon there was another two hours – pure bliss for him and also the rest of us, who could relax knowing that he was having the perfect holiday and that we could do the same. At lunchtime we all headed down to the beach, which is a short shuttle ride away. The resort isn’t actually on the sea, but don’t be put off. The “toy town” bus is designed to look like a train, with open sides, and trundles down to the beach every 10 minutes. The beach is truly unspoilt and feels wonderfully remote. It has just a single shack selling drinks and paninis, which is all you need. There is also a very good, open-air pizzeria set back from the beach, which is ideal for lunch. The hotel is busy but never felt crowded. It is always possible to get a spot by the pool, where the atmosphere is convivial. And for anyone who wishes to get away from it all, there is the deluxe spa, which is set against the hillside with an exquisite in nity pool overlooking the sea. This really is a resort where there is something for everyone.
In addition to football camps, Chia Laguna is launching an all-new Campioni Dance Academy for children aged 5–16, during May half term and the summer holidays.
From £420 p/night for a family of three, half board.